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The Atlanta Speech School provides an unmatched opportunity to learn from both peers and experts in the field. Beyond seeking proficiency, we work to construct a Deep Reading Brain for each child. Deep reading requires learning to make connections between what we read to what we think, feel, and do. 

Founded over 85 years ago, the Atlanta Speech School has evolved into four school divisions, clinical programs, and the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy (a professional development program) with Rollins’ free online Cox Campus. Across all our programs we are driven to ensure that each child can find their voice.  We do this through our mission, to help each child develop their full potential through language and literacy.  

We are the educational equivalent of a teaching hospital. We lead change through the extension of our work - what occurs in the classroom for each child at the Atlanta Speech School is extended to every child through our free online learning platform,  Cox Campus, on which we have more than 240,000 members nationwide and in 80 countries.  

The School, across all its programs, including the Wardlaw School, attracts a staff of the most gifted and committed teaching professionals who apply the research of the nation’s leading brain development and educational experts to achieve transformational language and literacy outcomes for children. 

Our focus on language and literacy is through the construction of the Deep Reading Brain.  This means that: 

  • We believe in connection over compliance. Rather than silencing children, we teach them to listen - and to think, to question, and to solve. 

  • Our staff works together to know and serve each child from within an intentional learning ecosystem that is as joyful as it is rigorous. 

  • Our practices are grounded in structured literacy and built on the sciences of healthy brain development, language acquisition, and the construction of the deep reading brain.  

  • The School has never turned away a child in need of services based on his or her family’s financial circumstances. 


Iris Goodson

Iris Goodson

Director of Human Resources

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Rollins Center for Language and Literacy

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Atlanta Speech School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. All of our programs are built upon a foundation of caring instruction, based on proven research, and strengthened with a depth of academic and clinical knowledge. At the Atlanta Speech School, language is the link that connects all of our services.