To help each person develop his or her full potential through language and literacy.


The Atlanta Speech School effects transformative change in the lives of children and adults through research-based practices, innovation, advocacy, and partnerships with other organizations so that each child at the Atlanta Speech School and every child in Georgia can acquire the language and literacy abilities essential for deciding his or her own future.


  • We strive for unequivocal excellence in every program measured by the quality and depth of impact on each person we serve.
  • We recognize that excellence demands the continuing pursuit and application of the most advanced knowledge, research, and practices in our fields of service and expertise.
  • We understand that the recruitment, development, and support of an exceptional faculty and staff are essential to meeting our mission.
  • We integrate teaching, clinical practices, and advocacy within our organization for the maximum benefit of those we serve.
  • We employ staff with the highest level of expertise and matching relentless devotion to children and our mission.
  • We are dedicated to the implementation of research with the highest fidelity and focus on its most effective application and innovation for the benefit of each child at the Speech School and every child in Georgia.
  • We each commit to use best practices based on the research and learnings in our own classrooms, clinics and workshops; share those best practices with colleagues throughout the School; and incorporate best practices from our colleagues in our individual roles.
  • We build relationships based on the highest trust with each child, family, and adult we serve.
  • We seek relationships with other public and private institutions to help every child in Georgia develop his or her full potential.
  • We develop relationships with the most highly-regarded researchers whose work informs our pedagogical and clinical practices.
  • We share our intellectual capacity and experience with other professionals and opinion leaders, and we listen and learn from their experiences, for the benefit of all children.
  • We choose to be strategic, proactive leaders in order to instill confidence in our families, staff, and team members.
  • We have an eye to the future while continuing to honor the legacy of our past.
  • We commit to direct, productive communication that is honest and intentional.
  • We value teamwork, personal responsibility, integrity, and respect in our learning and work environments.
  • We are committed to shared, collective leadership that leads to effective problem-solving at the leadership level and throughout the organization.
  • We are grateful for the time, talents, and financial resources that are invested in the lives of the persons we serve.
  • We are committed to our financial aid program, as we seek to assist all persons in need of our services, regardless of their financial circumstances.
  • We practice thoughtful stewardship of our resources, recognizing our responsibilities to the persons we currently serve and the need to be an institution prepared to serve future generations.
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