The Cottage School

  • Founded in 1985, The Cottage School provides an innovative educational program for elementary, middle and high school students with learning differences, ADHD, and/or social/emotional issues.
  • With a ten-to-one student-faculty ratio, small classes that accommodate various learning styles, and highly individualized instruction, The Cottage School provides a comprehensive academic college preparatory curriculum as well as vocational and special "hands on" classes including carpentry, culinary arts, drama, studio art, landscaping, and forensics.
  • Building a sense of self for students with special learning needs through academic and experiential programming, the Cottage School prepares individuals for fulfillment of their true potential as confident, productive, and independent adults.

School News

  • The Cottage School’s Dr. Steven Palmer Wins Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce 2019 Non-Profit Leader of the Year Award - 09/17/2019 - (Roswell, Ga August, 2019) The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce recognized Dr. Steven "Steve" Palmer, Head of School at The Cottage School (TCS) in Roswell, as the 2019 Non-Profit ...moreLeader of the Year. Dr. Palmer accepted his award at a luncheon honoring fellow nominees for this prestigious distinction.

    The Cottage School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that combines small class sizes, a workplace model, and the implementation of study skills to provide a unique educational experience. This combination, along with the outstanding faculty and staff at TCS, work together to provide students with mild to moderate learning differences an opportunity to achieve academic and social success.

    Dr. Palmer came to TCS in 2015 from Michigan, where he served at every level from teacher to Superintendent. Steve`s central work focused on enhancing the educational culture with "best practices" and ensuring all high school graduates were prepared for both college and careers. Under his leadership, his schools received national recognition from U.S. News and World Report as One of America`s Best High Schools.

    Palmer believes, "there are no limits to how The Cottage School can grow in the future." With significant growth this school year, he is confident that together, with the support of the community, TCS will continue to expand and advance to meet the needs of every child who may find success in a non-traditional learning environment. For more information about Dr. Steven Palmer and The Cottage School, please visit www.cottageschool.org.
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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Georgia Accrediting Commission
AdvancED
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 4-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedADHD; Mild to Moderate Learning Differences; small structured classes
Year Founded1985
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students257 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade The Cottage School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size10 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Business Casual)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$24,000
% on Financial Aid
17%
Admissions DirectorBrenda Hall

Sports

Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsArchery, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballArcheryBaseball,
BasketballBowling,
CheeringCross Country,
GolfSoccer,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.18 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Chess, Culinary Arts, Forensics, Horticulure, InterAct, International Sports, Jewelry Fabrication, Judo, Literary Magazine, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Leadership, Spirit Squad, Strength and Conditioning, Student Council, Weight Training, Yearbook

Club or Organization:
After School Program

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama Club

School Notes

Our Philosophy.

The Cottage School`s history of success repeatedly demonstrates that students who come to the school disillusioned or discouraged--some to the point of "giving up" on education--flourish in the school`s environment and emerge as independent, capable, and successful young adults. Carefully designed to meet State of Georgia high school graduation standards, as well as HOPE scholarship requirements, the curriculum also exposes students to various situations and subjects that assist them in unlocking their own unique talents and finding their niche in life. All seniors must prepare an approved post-secondary plan as part of graduation requirements.The centerpiece of The Cottage School program teaches students the basic work skills that will prove essential to them as adults. Among the school`s unique learning techniques is a time management system, similar to the daily planners utilized by many adults. Students receive assignments in two-week blocks, enabling them to engage in short-term planning, with rewards for completing tasks on a timely basis. An instant "task feedback system" rewards students for completing assignments on time through the payment of a mock "salary" which they manage through a checking and savings account. Students learn that wages can increase for a job well done, and they learn the value of saving to pay for privileges such as off-campus activities or trips.Every other week, the students participate in "levels," a model of the corporate staff meeting, in which students can apply for promotions, give or receive feedback from peers and teachers, and discuss issues of interest. Dress code and respectful ethic builds awareness and appreciation for appropriate workplace attire.

In addition to the traditional day school program, The Cottage School offers a wide range of educational opportunities, including:

  • Summer High School for Credit: customized academic instruction, either for current students or students from area schools requiring specific courses for full or half Carnegie Credit units;
  • Summer Success: Middle School Enrichment, English, Math, 
  • Summer sports camps;

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