About TCS


Our Mission

Building a sense of self for students with special learning needs through academic and experiential programming, The Cottage School prepares individuals for fulfillment of their true potential as confident, productive, and independent adults.

IMG_0002The 2014-2015 school year marks The Cottage School’s 30th anniversary serving middle and high school students with special learning needs.   The school’s 23 acres along the Chattahoochee River Corridor is home to an expansive campus that includes a state of the art media center, computer and science labs, a multi-purpose athletic and arts facility, indoor and outdoor classrooms, and trails for mountain biking and cross-country. Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and the Georgia Accrediting Commission, TCS provides a comprehensive academic college preparatory curriculum that meets Georgia high school graduation standards and HOPE scholarship requirements.   Experiential classes and clubs include drama, forensics, horticulture, computer literacy, yoga, chess, photography, journalism/yearbook, Interact, and culinary skills. Graduation requirements include an approved post-secondary plan. Ten-to-one student/teacher class sizes accommodate various learning styles and allow for differentiated instruction. Students participate in community service projects and various activities that broaden their knowledge base and assist them in unlocking their talents.  TCS’ athletic program offers a wide range of sports and provides opportunities to develop a positive competitive spirit, learn self-discipline, and foster teamwork and sportsmanship.  TCS offers an after school study and activities program as well as summer academic programs and camps.

DSC_0238Among the school’s unique learning techniques is a time management system, similar to the daily planners utilized by many adults. Students receive assignments in two-week blocks, enabling them to engage in short-term planning, with rewards for completing tasks on a timely basis. An instant “task feedback system” rewards students for completing assignments on time through the payment of a mock “salary” which they manage through a checking and savings account. Students learn that wages can increase for a job well done, and they learn the value of saving to pay for privileges such as off-campus activities or trips. Every other week, students participate in “levels,” a model of the corporate staff meeting, in which students can apply for promotions, give or receive feedback from peers and teachers, and discuss issues of interest.

The Cottage School serves a diverse enrollment of approximately 170 Middle and High School students from across Metro Atlanta. Its dedicated staff of 50 includes 40 professional educators, of whom 80 percent possess advanced degrees.

For Admissions information, contact Rosetta Goodman, Director of Admissions, at 770.641.8688 or