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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 12 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
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Posted September 11, 2014

Student enrollment has steadily declined since 2008 which is not surprising. There is a lot going on at Sophia but not anything that would benefit a child with learning differences. The founder is dead set on expanding the school at all costs, even if it puts an unreasonable burden on the backs of children. With children changing teachers like folks change clothes, it's not a good thing. I know children that had 5 different teachers last year. The founder is known to be difficult to work with (according to former teachers) but she is of the opinion that-- it's her way or the highway and it appears most of the teachers are taking the highway.


Posted September 10, 2014

What a wasted year at Sophia for my child. Parents take charge. Ask for teacher credentials. No teacher credentials are published. I assumed the teachers had experience working with students who have learning differences. Ask to see the semester teacher lesson plan. It did not exist for my child. Check Linked-In teacher resumes online and see for yourself the teacher employment dates at Sophia. Ask why teacher turnover is so high. Interview former teachers. 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 Textbooks outdated from early 2000s. Homework planning is disorganized. No computers in classrooms. Student behavior management plan places students with academic/social deficits in seclusion time-out depriving the student of opportunities for instruction and growth. Your can verify disciplinary plan in the student handbook. Read online Sophia Strategic Plan goal is to increase traditional learners. Student goals are not tailored to LD student needs. The student goals are standardized for grade level. The Founder is ineffective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2014

Sophia is a great learning and social environment for children who need extra academic support. My husband and I can't say enough good things about Sophia and how happy our girl is. I have had many conversations with teachers - every teacher truly cares about the students and love seeing progress. I'm happy with the SPIRE reading program and the small groups devoted to reading skills. With another child in public school, I see the contrast between feedback Sophia teachers provide on a DAILY basis vs. waiting for progress report time to roll around in a public school. It's a very unique environment. "Warm" is one word that comes to mind. The Catholic setting reinforces kindness and compassion. I appreciate that they open up the school for so many extra-curricular events to parents: Fall picnic, Dad's breakfast, Family Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas program, Founder's Day, Fun Run, Book Fairs, etc. have been great windows into the school and how it runs. I always leave more impressed than the last time and am amazed at all they can accomplish for a small school. It's a hidden gem and I hope more parents searching for the right setting for their child find it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2014

Sophia Academy is pleased to announce that veteran teacher Theresa Payne was named a 2014 NASET Teacher of the Year!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 4, 2014

Don t be Fooled. Curriculum 21 is neither an evidence based curriculum nor is it a type of school as decribed below by a teacher. It is simply a book that was published in 2010 and edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs. In this book, Ms. Jacobs and 10 other authors compiled essays on what they thought were essential curriculum for a changing world. In chapter seven, Frank Baker outlined the need for media literacy in modern education. Sophia Academy created a project that integrated this chapter into the spring 2014 curriculum which consisted of filming a video about the school featuring students. All academic classes were suspended for 2 weeks and devoted to the Curriculum 21 project. It cleverly coincided with a school celebration where the video was used for school propaganda and fund raising. Sophia merely used an idea from the Curriculum 21 book to create an in-school 4 week educational project (2 weeks in the fall and 2 weeks in the spring) without any measurable goals. There was no communication to parents about how students spent those 10 days at school. The merits of such a project are questionable when used for more than a half day session.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2014

There are no published teacher credentials at Sophia Academy. Check the website. Informed parents would want to know who is teaching their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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 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 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


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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
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What does it cost?

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