Lots of good news for special needs students AND their ‘typical’ peers

Charter school for “neurotypical” and autistic students hosts information event

Leaders of a new charter school that will mix “neurotypical” middle school students with those on the autism spectrum will hold an information session two weeks before the March 14 registration deadline.

Tapestry Public Charter School was authorized by the DeKalb County school board on Sept. 25 and will open this fall for up to 96 students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, with plans to expand to 12th grade over four years. The school will offer a “student-driven, experiential, sensory-based learning environment,” in classrooms with a mix of student ages, flexible groupings and hands-on learning. One selling point in a district with ever-growing class sizes: core content classrooms will have 16 students and two co-teachers, for an 8-1 ratio.

The school hopes to open, at least temporarily, at the Northeast Baptist Church, 4046 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta. The informational meeting is March 1, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Tucker – Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker. Information: tapestrycharter.org and DeKalb school board eboard page for Sept. 25.

This is one of the very best things to take shape in DeKalb in recent years!


In addition >> The DeKalb Council of PTAs will host a Special Needs Fair on March 1st. Please note there will be a speaker on “Eliminating Homework Headaches.” This event is NOT just for students in special education. Also, it is not limited to people who live in DeKalb County.

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, Tucker High School, 5036 LaVista Road Tucker, GA 30084

For more Information, Questions, Directions, Vendor Table
Contact: The DeKalb County Council of PTAs dekalbcouncilptas@gmail.com
Or call DeKalb County School District Family Engagement Liaison at 678-676-0381

Register at www.dekalbcouncilptas.org


Click here to download the flyer for the event.



If you don’t know about, or have never been to GLRS (Georgia Learning Resources System) you should check them out. Great resources for families AND teachers.



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5 Responses to Lots of good news for special needs students AND their ‘typical’ peers

  1. Fred in DeKalb says:

    It is great to see that another church is providing temporary housing for a worthwhile Charter school. Churches have been instrumental is doing that for ICS, the Museum School and LPA also. Separation of church and state does not mean they must be separated from one another. I see this as another case of a vendor renting space to a customer.

  2. This and That says:

    I am special ed. teacher in DeKalb. When I read the information about Tapestry Charter I thought “this is a wonderful idea!” I am hoping an elementary school would open up similar to Tapestry Charter. I am going to be out of town March 1st or I would go to the info. meeting!

    I also use the GLRS center frequently (I have been using it since the early ’90s)! I went more frequently last year . . . it has changed how you are charged for the services. But it is a hidden treasure I share with the parents I work with. It use to be called Jim Cherry Center (on North Druid Hills Rd.). It was next to the original Kittredge. (Back in the day it was called Briarcliff High School – I am a ’78 alumni.) A few years ago it moved to the back of the Main Offices on Mountain Industrial (outside entrance only). I highly recommend it!

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  4. This and That says:

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