(ATLANTA) – The Piedmont School of Atlanta will relocate to Oglethorpe University’s historic Brookhaven campus in summer 2016. The Piedmont School, which serves high-achieving children with autism and other learning and social challenges, will move from their current location at the Boys & Girls Club on North Druid Hills Road, and lease dedicated classroom space on the garden level of Oglethorpe’s Hearst Hall.
“The Piedmont School is thrilled to move to the Oglethorpe campus and the beautiful learning environment it will provide for our students,” said Dr. Catherine Trapani, head of school for The Piedmont School. “I envision Oglethorpe students serving as role models to the children of the Piedmont School, inspiring academic achievement and commitment to education.”
“We are excited to welcome The Piedmont School to our campus. This partnership offers volunteer and internship opportunities for our students, which in turn will benefit the children at the Piedmont School,” said Oglethorpe President Larry Schall. Several Oglethorpe psychology and communications majors have interned previously with the Piedmont School; one student helped to launch and staff their afterschool program.
The Piedmont School of Atlanta provides students in kindergarten through grade nine with an education that addresses their academic potential and social and emotional needs. The curriculum focuses on academic, social, vocational, and life skills, preparing student to recognize and assume their responsibilities to themselves and to their communities.
About Oglethorpe University
Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is Atlanta’s liberal arts and sciences university, home to 1150 eclectic and engaged students representing 32 states and 38 countries. In recent years, Oglethorpe has entered an era of innovation, reinvigoration, and growth, evidenced by a dramatic rise in enrollment, increased philanthropic giving, and new strategic entrepreneurial partnerships. To accommodate growth, Oglethorpe’s campus has seen the addition of a $16 million campus center, the expansion of arts and athletics facilities, and the addition of a new residential apartment complex that includes 6,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms. Renowned for its groundbreaking Core program, Oglethorpe connects theory and practice through the A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning), which serves as an incubator for students’ real-world experiential learning through civic engagement, global education, professional development and undergraduate research. The university has further expanded its global reach through a strategic partnership with study abroad provider LeadAbroad and the launch of Global Oglethorpe (GO) programs in Rome and Barcelona. The Conant Performing Arts Center and the OU Museum of Art, as well as strategic partnerships with several leading Atlanta arts organizations, bring the Atlanta arts community to campus and provide students with opportunities to work and perform alongside some of the nation’s top artists and performers. Oglethorpe is the only university in Georgia to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for commitment to and achievement in community service every year since its inception. Oglethorpe is a member of the Annapolis Group, comprised of America’s most selective liberal arts institutions, and has been named among the best colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Forbes and USA Today. The Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association. Website: www.oglethorpe.edu
About The Piedmont School of Atlanta
The mission of The Piedmont School (TPSOA) is to provide children with autism an education that addresses their academic potential, and social emotional needs, preparing them to be independent adults actively engaged in their communities. The School is a collaboration of parents who wish to provide children with autism a comprehensive education addressing current needs and anticipating future options. It is an outgrowth of the Early Intervention Program of the Marcus Autism Center. The School is fully accredited through the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Educational and behavioral staff are well trained, with teachers certified at the master’s level. At a minimum, the curriculum reflects the National Core Curriculum and Georgia Performance Standards. Additionally, it integrates interdisciplinary studies across subjects. Over time, The Piedmont School will serve students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
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For Immediate Release: May 26, 2016
Contact: Renee Vary, 404-364-8868 or [email protected]