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PK-11
Private
Atlanta, GA
Students enrolled: 100
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2880 Dresden Dr
Atlanta, GA 30341

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(404) 303-8722
(404) 303-8883
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November 08, 2014
Sophia is a faith-based school and your faith should be strong if you choose to send your child there. You will need to rely on your faith to help get you through the disappointments and the failure to follow through. There are many promises made and few if any that are kept at Sophia. While the program may work well for pre-school through grade 5, it runs off the rails in Middle School and the High School has yet to graduate a class. As students with learning differences begin to mature, their needs change along with them. They need support in social and emotional development non-existent at Sophia. Prayer is needed for Sophia to understand these needs.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2014
A Faith-based school cannot substitute faith for an Evidence-based educational program. Sophia Academy lacks innovative educational programs to unlock hidden talents of children with learning disabilities. Holding hands, closing your eyes and hoping for the best is not the same as highly individualized instruction that accommodates various learning styles. A parent tour of the building and a check constitute the admission process to the school. Be sure to ask to see ALL of the programs advertised many will be miraculously unavailable at the moment which is code for does not exist. The founder s book of business is to ensure a good fit for your child if you sign the contract and pay the money. I do not recommend this school. Amen

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
As a faith-based school we strive to serve students to the very best of our ability. As part of our commitment to our families we also strive to manage reasonable expectations for their child. Our admissions process includes a parent tour where parents can view our entire facility. We then collect and review all information about a student that a parent is willing to share and do admissions testing to determine grade/age ability. Parents have unlimited opportunities to ask about our teachers, program, materials and outcomes. As a faith-based school we also continuously pray for the success of those students who can benefit from methods used at other educational institutions. We understand the difficulty that some parents have in finding an appropriate environment for their student. We wish them the very best.

- submitted by a teacher
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
September 08, 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
September 07, 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
September 04, 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
September 03, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
August 06, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
July 03, 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
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
December 04, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
March 03, 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.

- submitted by a community member
March 01, 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
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
June 09, 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
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
February 10, 2012
I am so happy and feel so blessed to be part of the Sophia Academy family!

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2011
I began searching for schools on the internet because my daughter was beginning to fall through the cracks in public school. After an extensive search I came across The Sophia Academy's site. As soon as I listened to Marie Corrigan and visited the school I knew I had found the right school. My daughter is in middle school. I have never seen her with this much self confidence. Her enthusiasm and desire to learn has returned. She is happy and excited to go to school. We just had a parent/teacher conference and before going I was trying to think of something I could suggest to make the day better. I couldn't think of one thing! We are that pleased. I hope this review helps any parent out there that has struggled, as I have, in making that decision. God bless all of you.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
We are new to the school and so happy. Here's a quote from my daughter: "Mom, Sophia is worth every penny! These teachers know what they re doing and they are actually teaching me things. I love it here!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2011
Several of the teachers are good but that is because of their own concern and drive and not because they have been properly trained by the admin. The school feels like a business and their obvious goal is raising more money, not sticking to their original goal of teaching kids with learning differences.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2011
Sophia Academy saved our child! He was in a special program with Dekalb Cty Schools which were bad. His self esteem and happiness improved tremendously. The arts program is amazing. The teachers really care. Nice and convenient campus. This school was a true blessing. Definitely worth the money. I hate paying for an education, but this has been a great value.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
My son was an invisible special education student at his elementary school and is an honored student leader at Sophia Academy. Like another parent noted, Sophia Academy was an answer to prayer for our family.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2010
Sophia Academy has been a God-send to my family. My child has attended this school for 4 years and each year I have been pleased with the instruction and class size. He is currently 1 of 7 in his class now! The multi-sensory approach, small class size, multiple accommodations and modifications to instruction, advanced technology, great athletics, AND chapel are just some of the reasons why I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2010
My son has a reading and processing disorder. He has a very high IQ. He attended this school and grew a little socially. At the end of the year his reading scores dropped by atleast one grade. He attended only one year. This school makes promises and does not deliver.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Small class size, school listens and acts on the requests of parents like me.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 02, 2010
This school costs 110 dollars a day to go to. We struggle to pay the costs, to provide our child with a way to cope with his learning problems. Three years into the program, his Iowa basics are lower on a grade level than when he started. This is very disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2010
Our daughter attended Sophia for two years (4th-5th). The teachers were very caring and helped her learn how to interact much better socially. In math, she progressed at grade level. In language, she did not progress much, if at all. Almost no gain in her reading ability or test scores, though she made all 'A's in language and reading. No one at Sophia indicated she needed additional help or that she was not improving. When we had her tested independently, her teachers included serious comments about emotional and language issues, which they never mentioned to us (though we were available for communication and attended every conference). Teachers regularly did not respond to e-mails, or did not provide sufficient information when they did reply.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
This is our first year at Sophia. Our son has processing delays that were not appropriately addressed in public school. We made the decision and took a leap of faith to take him out of public school and put him in Sophia Academy. What a difference! after only 2 months his confidence is coming back, he doesn't feel 'different from everyone else' anymore, his academics are improving every day and his teachers truly have is best interests at heart. Everyday we ask him how his day was and he says 'awesome' or 'great' or 'wonderful'. As a parent there is nothing more heart warming than to see your child flourish and grow both spiritually and academically. We are very happy that we made the change, God brought us to Sophia and it is evident to us that every day He is at work within those walls.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
We are so pleased with our son's progress in his second year here, and multisensory ways they have motivated him to want to read. A smaller size school allows the entire staff to know all of our family, a bonus.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
Sophia Academy is a wonderful place to work and I am thankful for the opportunity to work with such well-trained and loving faculty and staff. The parents and students are superb as well. I cannot imagine a better environment to teach in.

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2009
We have pulled our child out of this school. At the old location we experienced a loving and supportive enviroment, which did wonders for our child and made us a believer in the school's mission. However since moving to its new location, we have had a different experience. Our parental concerns were not being addressed, we lost all trust in the adminstration, and our child after several years of all 'A's' tested more behind academically then when he started at the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
I am moving my daughter. to another school. Even though the school says it is for children with learning differences, really it is not. My daughter is a slow learner and has a cognitive delay and this school is not able to meet her needs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2009
I am currently pulling my child out of this school. When I started, I enjoyed getting to know the teachers and my son was pushed to do his best in a supportive way. After many other places that hacked away at his confidence I relished his improvement. Things began to change when the school moved. Beloved teachers began leaving. Money became more and more the focus. The schools mission was forgotten and the atmosphere so cherished when my son started, slowly eroded away. The school celebrates a 10 year this year but I fear that until the mission is revived from the top down, the school will die. It is certainly needed in Georgia but the school is missing the mark. I miss the many teachers who have impacted my son and I can only imagine why they leave.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 06, 2009
Sophia Academy is tirelessly devoted to the education and success of the children they serve. I have worked often with Marie Corrigan and my child's teacher and all of those interactions have centered around the welfare of my child. A strong Christian focus coupled with strong academics delivered in multisensory instruction truly benefits any child that goes to Sophia. The vision of educating the whole child with individualized instruction in a safe and nurturing environment is paramount to the mission of the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2009
I am currently a faculty member at this fine school. I am proud of the work that we do and the positive changes I have seen from our students. Mrs. Corrigan started this school from a place of love and that love is evident in all that we do here at Sophia Academy.

- submitted by a teacher
February 27, 2009
As a former (husband relocated) teacher i found Sophia to be a wonderful place to work - the other teachers and staff are fantastic, the founding director is smart, easy to work with, and has an unusually high degree of integrity. The students love the school. I personally know of 3 former teachers who have applied to return to the school-the ultimate compliment. I wish the school all the best. Prospective parents and their child will be delighted with the Sophia!

- submitted by a teacher
November 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
Sophia Academy has allowed my child the opportunity to realize her worth as a student. A time to work on her weaknesses, maximize her strengths, discover new talents and give back to others. Whether the need is one, two or more years, a child can envision his/her tomorrow because of supportive yesterdays.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
My granddaughter was early into her third grade and she could not read from 'Dick and Jane.' We had her tested by the Marcus Institute and she had five learning disabilities, including dyslexia. We enrolled her in Sophia Academy and she began to thrive. The outstanding teachers and smail classes gave her confidence and her love for school (which she never had) grew tenfold. What is the value of confidence instilled in your child? How much is your love for school worth? The Founding Director is one of most dedicated educators I have met and I have had children or grandchildren in school since 1973. Most parents who have children with learning differences want to know, 'Will my child ever be ready to enter public school? My granddaughter spent three years at Sophia and went to public school in the 6th grade. She made the honor roll on every report card.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
Sophia is a great school with loving caring teachers! I love working there1

- submitted by a teacher
May 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
Sophia Academy has been a wonderful school for my child. My child is now doing wonderful in school and his self confidence is soaring. Sophia Academy has truly been a blessing.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
Fundamentally the school has a long way to go. In business you first develop core compentencies before you expand to any other product line. The school is focusing more on expansion plans, than providing a nurturing and safe environment for the children. The teachers are great but need more support from Administration.

- submitted by a parent
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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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Sophia Academy
2880 Dresden Dr, Atlanta, GA  30341
(404) 303-8722
Last modified Sophia Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-11
Sophia Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top