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Atlanta Speech School Earns SAIS-SACS Accreditation
“World-Class Institution” Recognized for its Work
(Atlanta, GA – March 18, 2011) At a time when some school systems’ accreditation is under scrutiny, the Atlanta Speech School recently earned high praise from the Southern Association of Independent Schools-Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SAIS-SACS) and became a member of the international network of accredited schools. Accreditation by SAIS-SACS is recognized as a symbol of quality in education for students and teachers.
“The members of the visiting team, given their backgrounds and general familiarity with the Atlanta Speech School, expected to see a world-class institution. We found that and much, much more,” said Patrick Cuneo, chairman, SAIS-SACS visiting team. “Not only is the School a model in terms of its research-based approach and life-long professional learning, but it is also a warm, nurturing place in which students feel safe and happy while learning.”
To earn accreditation, schools must meet rigorous quality standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement and student performance. The Atlanta Speech School demonstrated its commitment to excellence through its effective, evidence-based strategies that help each person develop his or her full potential through language and literacy.
According to Comer Yates, Executive Director, Atlanta Speech School, “Accreditation is a further reflection of our commitment to the quality of experience and depth of impact on each child and adult for whom we are responsible. Our staff of outstanding teaching and resource professionals consistently contributes to the high academic standards we’ve set to enrich the lives of our students, their families, and children across our city and beyond.”
The Atlanta Speech School is one of the country’s most comprehensive language centers for children and adults with hearing loss, speech-language disorders, and learning disabilities, including dyslexia. Established in 1938, the Atlanta Speech School’s four schools, five clinics, and professional development center seek to help each person develop his or her full potential through language and literacy. Each year, the School profoundly impacts the lives of approximately 1,400 children and adults at the Atlanta Speech School and more than 5,000 students throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area through the work of its Rollins Center for Language & Learning professional development program.