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Atlanta, GA
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1192 Foster Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318

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August 23, 2013
The Howard School named its library after a woman that no one at the school has ever known.

- submitted by a teacher
May 28, 2013
This school is amazing. My son has Mixed Language Expressive Receptive Processing Disorder. He has a language delay as well. He entered into this school last year and it has made such a difference in his life. He now has confidence, can read, is part of the movie club, the art club and more. The administration is wonderful and the teachers are unbelievable. Teachers are wonderful! and amazing to work with! The Lower School is wonderful and there is a great lower school principal that is great with amazing counselors. They are worth the money that we pay to have our son go there. I hope we can stay forever!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
The Howard School has been a Godsend for our family! Our son has OCD, and experienced extreme anxiety in his large public high school. He missed nearly 25% of his freshman year due to anxiety-related absences, and really struggled to make friends. While we knew he was bright, his grades suffered because of missing classes and coping with stress. We transferred him to Howard in his sophomore year. The class sizes are small, and the teachers get to know they students well. Our son has been challenged academically, but has been given accommodations when he needs them. There is a lot of discussion in class, and students have the opportunity to really delve deeply into their subjects. Our son was readily accepted by the other students, and he now has good friends. He rarely misses a day of school, and his grades have improved significantly. He's had opportunities to play school sports that he never would have in a 2,000-student public school. He did very well on the SAT and the ACT and he will graduate this spring and attend college in the fall. Our son is now a happy, confident young man, and Howard gets the credit! We cannot recommend it highly enough.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2011
A different approach does, indeed, make all the difference. For parents of students with LD struggling in the public or private schools in the Atlanta area, consider the howard school. This curriculum is geared for student success with eventual matriculation ot colleges or vocational based secondary education. The teachers are committed and the campus is inclusive and welcoming. Although not academically rigorous, the program reinforces independence, progression and success for students.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
Disregard all negative reviews on this site I am a senior this year at the Howard school with severe dyslexia and there is no better place to be than right here I started in ninth grade and could hardly read and now I can read just about anything the teachers are great they strive for independence and the curriculum is challenging as it should be it is not behind in any way!! If your child has a learning disability and this is coming from a student at Howard this is where they need to be!!!

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2011
We began our journey at The Howard School January 2011. We have a daughter with dyslexia and all that goes with it. We were shut out of several of the Buckhead schools mid-year that accept children with reading and language difficulties. However, Howard realized that when a child is diagnosed with learning challenges, immersion needs to begin immediately. She is in the lower school and has made such amazing progress in understanding and comprehending what she reads. Math continues to be a challenge, but the tools Howard provides students will help her in the years to come. I fully believe that early diagnosis and immersing her at Howard will provide the best foundation for her in the years to come. I realize with the focus on getting them to read, write and compute math at grade level, they may miss things in other subjects. It will be easy to make up in the years to come. Plus...who really ever used what they learned in 2nd grade earth science anyway.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
The Howard School has been a big disappointment. After three years on high expecations for our ADHD child, we have given up and are much poorer for it. THS averages down child with ADHS to make them feel like they are smarter. However, the disservice is that they do not keep up academicallly. Our child is older and further behind his age group three year later. Do not waste your time or money on this school. It is a loser!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2011
This school is amazing!! Our journey with the special needs of a dyslexic & LD child has taken us through 5 schools. The 5th being the Howard school. I wish he could have been here all along , but after 2 years he's an 8th grader now and will definitely stay to be a graduate. In the first year his reading and comprehension rose 4 grade levels. They totally got him and started his "happy days". His self esteem is soaring and he is aware how to accommodate himself to get his studies done. He actually told us he definitely wants to take their summer program to get started on his high school maths! ( He used to dread school! ) He has lots of friends now, ( he used to be very quiet and play alone.) The changes we have seen make the tuition so much easier to pay. Of course if you have a special needs child you know the tuition isn't cheap at any of the schools because these children need low ratio classes and highly qualified teachers. We have experienced teachers that go above and beyond expectations.Their motto is " A Different Approach Makes All the Difference", and it certainly does.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
The Howard School saved my child. She entered as a high-school sophomore and is graduating this year. She was identified with ADD in 5th grade, and even with "accommodations", public school (in a high-achieving school district) was not helping her academically, and was destroying her self-esteem. She could still be stronger academically, but at least she knows she is valued for her strengths and as a person. I think she now has a good chance to go to college and succeed. Her teachers really showed her that they believe in her and think she has a unique voice that deserves to be heard. Also, as a parent, I appreciate the tone of parent/teacher interactions. I finally feel like a team member working with my child and her school, instead of fighting for my child to be served appropriately.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
This is our third year at The Howard School. My son has always felt supported while being challenged and looks forward to each day. The staff and teachers are excellent; we are lucky to have a school like Howard.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2011
My son is in his first year at this school as a lower school student. He also participated in the summer school sessions, where his progress and love of the staff, prompted me to enroll him in the fall of 2010. He is very happy and really enjoys school. The atmosphere at The Howard School is very accepting of students with their own unique sense of style, character, and individuality. Most children with any learning differences exhibit many different qualities, that I have found are accepted here and encouraged. I also am the parent of an adult child who also has learning issues, so I do know what to expect with my second child with differences. The best I can say for now, because he has not been there for a full year, is that he is loving to learn, happy to attend school, and I do feel he has found a "home school" where he will receive the instruction and what he needs to begin his academic journey.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
My daughter has struggled with a mixed expressive and receptive language delay. She has attended the Howard School for 3 years. We have had independent testing performed outside of the school 2 of those 3 years and have seen dramatic improvements in many of her deficient areas. While the pace of education is slower than the traditional setting, a school reaching out to a broad range of students has to adjust accordingly. We have tried to fill in any remaining gaps and our daughter will transition out next year able to perform with her mainstream peers.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
The Howard School has been instrumental in changing my son's attitude towards learning and enhancing his confidence. Diagnosed with ADHD about a year ago, he struggled in a traditional classroom. Howard professionals teach to each child individually; recognizing the best way they personally will learn. Teachers are creative and responsive to students and parents. My son loves it there!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
After spending two years struggling to get adequate education in the public school sector... Finding the Howard School is clearly the correct place for our child to be! It's been a wonderful experience!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
I do not know where we would be without The Howard School! With two children with learning disabilities, we have found the perfect fit. When other schools said, 'no' they do not fit our profile, you wonder who really does? I do not think any road is smooth sailing with a child with learning issues, but at least The Howard School is 100% committed. They understand & strive to find a learning profile that aids, grows and develops your child's needs, and no one gets left behind! My children are in an environment where they are happy, thriving and strategies are continuously being put in place, to help them where they need it most, in everyday learning. This does not happen, unless there are dedicated, nurturing and truly passionate staff, faculty and administration teams, as there is at The Howard School. Once denial turns into acceptance & both parents are on the same page, can a child with LD be placed in the best possible learning environment and that would have to be The Howard School.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2010
This school is way overpriced for the not so high quality of education of LD students. The tuition is so out of reach for most and given the price, the expectations of a better program was desired. My child did good there, but a lot of what they promoted simply does not exist like modern techniuqes and tools that the school has for the children wound up being something extra in most cases. In some high school classes there's no books or alternative program. As a result, education planning was somewhat disorganized. I would not recommend this for the average family with a special needs child because our families go through enough without the extra burden of high tuition and a lack of quality education. I don't believe that many of the teachers actually are trained or have certification in educating specific learning disabilities. It seemed all about money & image.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2009
(continued) There are many paths to learning and HS students are taught to recognize how they best learn and what their many strengths are. Rather than disabled, they are looked at as being 'differently abled'. Students are taught to advocate for themselves, an important skill for their education and beyond. Teachers there care very much about their students. Most of them put in many more hours than what is reqiured in order to differentiate lessons for individual children and to meet their needs. It's true students do not take standardized tests, but so what? More progressive school systems across the nation are trying to do away with these. Students with LDs traditionally do poorly on such tests because of time restraints and other testing limits. Howard School students are given more authentic assessments. Students at The Howard School succeed. Check out the colleges and universities where their graduates are accepted. Michela Towne,M.Ed.

- submitted by a teacher
November 18, 2009
The Howard School's motto: Where a different approach makes all the difference, is absolutely true! It has not only made a positive difference in my daughter's academic life but in her quality of life overall. By being respected for her intelligence and not handicapped by her learning difference, her self esteem has soared along with her academic progress. The school exposed her to technology that opened a whole new world of communication independence. Before, writing was a struggle. Although she has creative and insightful thoughts, getting these thoughts onto paper was very difficult. At Howard, she was introduced to voice to text software. This started her on her independent journey of creative writing. Although her reading was on grade level, we found that using additional software such as Read and Write Gold (a text to speech software) increased her comprehension and writing independence. These tools were utilized daily in the school environment and at home. During her Howard middle school experience her brain matured to a level of working and writing totally independently. She was able to come off of all medications for ADD and anxiety. She is now excelling in the high school already making plans for college. The school's approach of an integrating curriculum keeps school interesting, exciting and meaningful. The faculty and staff are extremely knowledgeable in language processing and are very supportive to the students. They encourage independence - which is refreshing to both the student and the parent! Howard makes learning fun - even for the challenged student.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 16, 2009
I have been at The Howard School for one year in the upper elementary school and found that there is very little accountability within the entire school. The teachers as well as the administration is unresponsive and vague to questions around academic progress. There is no testing, no standard curriculum and very little output from the students which enbables the teachers to be totally unaccountable. The kids are not working on grade level and the teachers have no intention of working with you to get them there. It is way overpriced and you pay for services with an SLP that you do not receive. My child regressed academically during her year at Howard. It is too much $$ for academic regression. The school's claim to fame is 'assistive technology' which is basically MAC book usage for reading. For the sake of your child's academic progress, look for other options.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 24, 2009
My son just celebrated his graduation from The Howard School. While there were ups and downs in his performance, just like with any child at any school, the overriding support for my son's intelligence and creativity surpassed his shortcomings. He was allowed to grow into his own person, thinking independently yet taking responsibility for his actions. He would never have had this freedom at a public school. These kids aren't stupid, they just need someone to help them individually and then they flourish! You'll find that at THS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2009
We had a terrible experience at this school. We have moved on, and donot care to rehash everything-- there is quite a bit! I just want other parents to research this school very carefully. I do know some families who have had positive experiences. However, there definately seems to be some correlation between how well a child does and is treated, and how much the parents donate. Keep in mind the tuition is already ridiculously high--way to high for what one gets. I agree completely with the other negative postings. Be very, very careful sending your child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
My son attended the high school and would come home every day after school telling me how bad the school was. I then took this into consideration when i would go there for conferences. I realize that this schools is way behind, and does not teach my son any material on his grade level. I would never recommend this school because my son would come home everyday and sleep caused by depression. He knew he was smarter and they also treated him like a lower human being while he was there. 'they treat me like i cannot think for myself.'

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 28, 2008
Thank God for the Howard School! They have embraced my son and celebrated him for who he is. The teachers are among the best we have worked with and have the patience of saints. Every child has their own program to meet their needs and the teachers are accountable because students are tested at the beginning and end of the year. This is a wonderful community for kids with LD. Everyone feels accepted and loved.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2008
This school proved to be a huge disappointment. It over promises and under delivers on what's promised to help the children. With no grading and little accountability by the teachers, there is lots of wiggle room for poor teacher performance. I found the head of the school to be non-responsive to the concerns of the parents. It is an elitist school for special needs kids. It is also very expensive for the little it delivers. Unless your child is so disabled they cannot function in any other environment, I would not recommend this school to anyone. I'm a very disappointed parent. They do nothing that an excellent public school couldn't do if the public schools were better focused on special needs kids. There are other options for special needs kids. Don't drink the kool aid on this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 01, 2007
The Howard School changed our son's life, but also ours. He used to cry out of frustration just about every night with homework, and so did I. At the Howard School, he has been respected for his great intelligence and creativity, while not put down or punished for his LD. He has been able to move along and develop to his fullest, instead of being kept back for his areas of weaknesses. He has been 6 years at the Howard School, and is fluent with writing with his laptop. He just started High School, and we are extremly happy with the program. Our son has a friend who went to a public High School this year, and he commented last week that the adjustment had been surprinsingly easy. Parents? They are as great and unique as their kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2007
I attended The Howard School for high school for two years and it was the best decision that could be made. Previously, I hated school and had a horrible problem with cutting class. After attending Howard, I started going to school everyday and actually wanting to go to school everyday. I began to get involved in various clubs and with student government, something I never would of done at public school. Before I entered Howard my parents were worried that I would never graduate high school, but by my senior year the only worry was having enough money to send me to the great college I was accepted to.

- submitted by a former student
January 20, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
January 09, 2007
The new school, library and classroom layouts were designed with lots of input from the teachers to maximize instructional possibilities. It s really awesome and worth a tour! My child has attended The Howard School for 7 years and is currently a senior looking forward to college next year. Diagnosed with a language based learning disability in 2nd grade, he struggled through our local elementary school spending 3-4 hours a night on homework. At Howard he learned techniques to help him organize his thoughts and the homework battles ended. I highly recommend the school for their focus on individual learning styles and their ability to educate the whole child through academics, music, art and athletics.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2006
I am a student here at the Howard School, and have been for eight years now, before Howard, I hated school, and only thought about how fast I could get out of school. Howard taught me how to not only enjoy, but how to look forward to school, everyday! I never felt like that at any of my four other schools. Howard is, hands down, the best thing that ever happened to me and my family. At my other schools, mom and I would stay up til 1:00 in the morning, now, I do my H. W in fair and respectable amounts of time. I don't dread the morning of Monday, instead, I can't wait to see my friends, and tell my teachers 'good morning' every day. I can honestly say that I barely even talked to my teachers at my other school, and that's saying something.

- submitted by a student
October 01, 2006
I would not recommend this school to anyone. It was extremely expensive, and the sparse speech therapy that you do receive through the school is an additional fee. The school is in transition, trying to build a new building and accept students with only extremely mild difficulties. Our son is extremely bright, but has a lanauge based learning disability and after two years, was told not to return. There is such a need for a school to help these bright students. They advertise that they are a school for children with learning disabilities, but they do not have the staff to help these children. Such a shame!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 11, 2005
My son was called lazy in the posh public east cobb elementary school he attended from k-5. The truth of the matter was the public school was not equipt to handle learning disabilities within their population and deflected the problem onto the child even after he was tested by a pyschologist. My son credits the Howard School for teaching him to finally learn how to read, how to learn and how to study. He is a freshmen in college and thriving.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2004
My daughter attended this school last school year. I enrolled her in the school because they stated that they specialized in teaching children with different learning styles and learning disabilities. However, I found that the school's teachers are not particularly trained to handle children with learning disabilities. You have to pay extra for that. Also, there is a fair amount of teacher turnover there. My child had three out of four teachers who were new to the school. There is also not a lot of diversity when it comes to girls in the middle school. Only one African American girl. This may have been because more boys are diagnosed with LD. On the other hand because of the smaller number of kids, my child was able to find out what she can excel in as opposed to the huge number of kids in the public school where she was swallowed up.

- submitted by a parent
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The Howard School
1192 Foster Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA  30318
(404) 377-7436
Last modified The Howard School is a Private school that serves grades 8-12
The Howard School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top