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Sophia Academy

Private | PK-11 | 100 students

Catholic, small classes, highly trained teachers for LD, most extracurricluars
 
 

 
 

Living in Atlanta

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $212,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $850.

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 9 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted yesterday

All of Sophia Academy's core curricular teachers are certified, and 75% of the faculty has either specialized or advanced degrees. Weekly staff training ensures up to date techniques of content delivery. As a "Curriculum 21" school focusing on the skills needed for the near future, we integrate our curriculum including the arts. Each student receives extensive goals or "benchmarks" depending on their level of need for accommodations or modifications. They are academic, social and motor-skills specific. Occasionally a family needs to find a different fit and we are available to help the family transition to another school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My grandson attended this school for one year. I'm so glad that he is somewhere else now. There are many programs advertised at Sophia that do not really exist or are so minimal that they are of no value for children with learning differences. It really says something about the way a school is managed when a large number of teachers are there for only a year or less. From my conversations with some of the teachers, they were obviously micromanaged by the Founder. Most of those teachers are gone now. What I found at Sophia was a school administration that has lost it's focus on helping children with learning differences in exchange for a focus on expansion of the school. Many of the longterm families have left Sophia seeking a more stable school environment. Sadly, the school does not have the professional expertise to empower children with learning differences.


Posted August 18, 2014

I can't say enough good things about Sophia Academy. I feel so blessed to have found this wonderful Catholic School for my girl. Sophia Academy has made such a difference for my daughter and for our entire family! She likes school again! The individualized attention and the caring and excellent staff have my daughter excited about learning again. Sophia Academy is an amazing school and an amazing community to be a part of. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2014

We Wasted a Year at Sophia! Do your research! Ask for teacher credentials-Nothing is published. Most teachers had no experience working with students who have learning differences. Ask a syllabus or teacher lesson plan Did not exist for my child. Ask why teacher turnover is so high. Check Linked-In.com for teacher resumes. Note teacher employment dates at Sophia. Ask about the Orton-Gillingham based Spire reading program. Spire evaluations and student goals are not published or communicated with parents. Report card grades are inflated. Textbooks are outdated. Homework planning is disorganized. Limited computer access at school. Ask about the director of assistive technology and her credentials. She has an Associate degree and is also listed as a teacher on website. School behavior management plan places students with academic/social deficits in seclusion time-out depriving the student of opportunities for instruction and growth. Read Sophia Strategic Plan, available online goal is to increase traditional learners. Student goals are not tailored to the needs of students with learning differences. Academic/behavior goals are standardized for grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2014

My son attended Sophia several years ago, and I have continued to stay involved with the school because I love the work that they do. He made great progress academically while he was at Sophia. He had previously attended another school for learning differences for several years, but he only got further and further behind grade level while at the other school. Sophia is continuing to progress in curriculum, extracurricular activities, and technology. I am so grateful for the time that my son spent at Sophia.


Posted July 26, 2014

Sophia promises much more than it delivers. They claim an "award winning" fine arts program, but they don't even have an art or music teacher. The regular classroom teachers just have to try to incorporate some art into their lessons. Disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2014

We have been at Sophia for years and are very pleased with the small classrooms, the committed teachers and administration. We are so thankful for this school because without it, we really would be lost as to where to go with our child with learning differences. This school is a God-send.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2014

Extremely disappointed we left after one year. We had very high hopes that this would be a breakthrough year for our child, unfortunately that did not occur. Extremely high teacher attrition from time of application to the start of the school year and it continued throughout the year. Many incidents of negative student interactions the school is lacking in the areas of behavior management and social skill building. There is one room with computers for the entire school to use none for students in the classroom. Assistance for those who bring their own devices is less than mediocre. The addition to the school s focus of college preparatory is questionable. School administration does not welcome input from parents which questions administration policy, procedure or management.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

Sophia Academy provides a very caring, nurturing and small-class environment for my child. It is always apparent when I'm in the school that the teachers genuinely know and love the kids. Most teachers from any grade will know the names of any student K-12, so the small, family-like atmosphere is perfect for kids who have learning challenges. I suppose when your child has learning differences it is hard to pinpoint what can help them best and ultimately I think direct, one-on-one teaching (or as much of it as you can get) is the best. For such a small environment, I would like to see much more of that. But overall, Sophia's approach to reading, decoding, and core fundamentals provides a solid foundation for these kids who would definitely be lost in public school. I would rate it a five star for sure if there was slightly more academic intensity and more individual time devoted to problem areas. But I highly recommend it for families seeking a place where their child is taught with respect and fosters a love of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

My grandson is in his ninth year at Sophia Academy. His learning differences were identified in pre-K, so we requested special assistance at his public school kindergarten. Not only was that assistance provided late in the year, but it was totally inadequate. His preparation was so poor that he had to repeat kindergarten at Sophia. He has benefited dramatically from the small classes and by his teachers who took an interest in him individually and spent extra time to help him in areas in which he had difficulty. The atmosphere of kindness and caring has contributed measurably to his academic, social and spiritual growth. We plan to keep him at Sophia through high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

Left the school during the first year we were there and wished we'd left sooner. They kept our money for one half year but it was well spent to remove our child. What you see and what you hear from the founder is not what you get. Unless it is a micromanaged, scared staff, fear based behavior plan, and less than stellar education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2013

Great at first but NOT trained to teach children with LD. We are at a charter school now that is so loving and educated to serve students with all disabilities. My son is slightly cognitive impaired but very verbal and social. We finally found our place at CHESTNUT with an IEP. We are kicking ourselves and regretting spending thousands of dollars at Sophia Academy. We got one good year but lost soooo much! I am mad that we spent upward of 42K and have to start back at square one.


Posted November 28, 2013

So disappointed with our experience with Sophia Acadmey last year and would never consider going back to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

The teachers at Sophia are great! I especially love the low student to teacher ratio. My chlild has been attending Sophia Academy for the past three years and is very happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

To clarify below, many former parents of students believe the importance of seeking a "Catholic status" over the last year and a half outweighed the importance of offering a specialized education for children with "learning differences." We have heard very few teachers have returned this year and there is small student enrollment this year, which is cause enough for concern for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2013

Sophia has a lovely facility! We appreciate the fact that they make their venues accessible to outsiders for various events. The school has heart.


Posted March 1, 2013

Communication with parents and all constituents is paramount. Our faculty and administration do an amazing job communicating and collaborating with our school community. Per the Southern Association of Independent Schools " Sophia Academy has a high level of rich communication with parents and creating an atmosphere where parents feel comfortable with communication concerning classroom progress."
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 23, 2012

Many teachers are not returning next year which should tell you something about the environment at this school. We are not returning next year after a very disappointing year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

After years at this school we left due to, what we consider, below average caliber of teachers. While a few teachers are good, there is a low teacher retention rate. There were aspects of the school we liked, but not enough to stay. Disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2012

This is our first year as member of Sophia Academy family. All we have is admiration for our school from principal to teachers and staff. After five years struggle in public school our son shows interest in going to school every day. He loves Sophia Academy, and demonstrates that with hard work, when we threat to put him back in public school if he does not do his homework on time. We love our Sophia Academy family and recommend it to those parents who look for better school alternative for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 44%
Black 13% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 12%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • NASET (2012)
  • NASET (2013)
  • NASET (2014)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Tommy Nobis Governors (2010)
  • GA Mother of the Year (2010)
  • Green Challenge (2012)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Marie S. Corrigan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Catholic Independent
Fax number
  • (404) 303-8883

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Orton-Gillingham
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Sophia Academy sees each child as an individual with unlimited potential if given the opportunities and tailored instruction. With a highly motivated and award-winning staff and a commitment to each child's learning style, we provide a premier college prep PreK - high school environment. 90% master their goals. Small class sizes, individual goals, guided by the Common Core Standards produce results for all. Orton-Gillingham approach. Superior opportunities. Sophia: Greek for wisdom
School leaders can update this information here.

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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$5000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
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2880 Dresden Dr
Atlanta, GA 30341
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Phone: (404) 303-8722

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