The Hirsch Academy

705 S. Candler Street
Decatur, GA 30030-0404
Tel: (404)378-9706
Grades: PK-8 | 26 students
The Hirsch Academy is dedicated to providing a nurturing educational environment that supports each child's strengths and capacity to understand themselves and others.
We promote intellectual, social and emotional growth through a variety of contexts and experiences emphasizing self-empowerment, connections and independence.
We want our students to love learning, to be problem solvers and to embrace challenges.
Teachers and staff are hightly trained in developmental approaches that include social and emotional support, sensory integration, speech and language development, visual spatial thinking and occupational therapy approaches.
The Hirsch Academy serves children ages 4- 14 who thrive in an aducational environment that supports their developmental, sensory and cognitive differences.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing
Year Founded 2005

Student Body

Total Students 26 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 24%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 2:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 6 students

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling

School Notes

  • Our approach to education is rooted in the DIR/Floortime model.  This approach is a comprehensive framework for understanding and supporting children on their unique developmental path.  It focuses on helping children master the building blocks of relating, communicating and thinking, which provide the foundation for learning and critical thinking.  Our students thrive with an individualized, affinity-based curriculum - a curriculum that serves each child according to their individual curiousities and developmental capacities.  Students are encouraged to explore their world through a sense of wonder and discovery.  They work together and individually with the staff to meaningfully understand academic content involving reading, writing, math, social studies and science.  At Hirsch, children are encouraged to become problem solvers, to embrace challenges and to learn through shared experiences.  We are committed to the philosophy that when children work together, celebrating where they are in the moment and discovering with one another, they have the greatest potential to become lifelong learners about themselves and the world around them.
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