Center Academy

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Basic Information

Address: 3499 South Cobb Drive SE Smyrna, GA 30080
County: Cobb
School District: Center Academy Schools
Phone Number: 770 333-1616
Fax Number: 770 333-1577
President: Eric Larson, Ph.D.
Principal: Marci Mironov
School Type: Private, Special Education

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Additional Information

Accreditation: AdvancED, SACS, NIPSA
Founded: 1968
Organization Affiliation: GISA, LDA, CHADD
Ages/Grades: Gradesd 4-12
School Setting:

Unique classroom design allowing for small group instruction and quiet, individualized study.

School Schedule: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Aftercare available.
School days in Calendar Year: 180
School Size: 54 students
Classroom Size: 18
Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1


Financial Aid:

GSNS, Center Academy Scholarship


Based on our assessment of each student, we develop an individualized program that incorporates appropriate academic levels and prescriptive modules which address processing deficits. Students may work on remedial materials to address academic or processing difficulties and may work on enrichment activities for advanced study.

Support Services:

Our typical student teacher ratio is 10:1. Our classrooms have a qualified teacher and a teaching assistant. This class size is optimal to allow individualized attention to students' needs and still allow for quality interaction among students. We believe one should not limit a child's potential for growth. We approach each student with the confident attitude that he or she will grow and prosper in our program.

After School Programs: Yes
Admissions Deadline: Rolling admissions
Mission Statement:

The mission of Center Academy is to provide students with a learning environment that facilitates the development of self-confidence, motivation, and academic skills, and gives students the opportunity to achieve success in life.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: We’re parents too! And as parents we know that when your child is hurting, you’re hurting. Whether your child’s frustration stems from negative school experiences or untapped potential, it hurts. We also know you have a dream for your child that includes happiness and a successful future. Sometimes our dreams get off track, but with love and support in a safe environment, your child can re-establish his or her learning ability and underlying goodness. As your child’s teachers and mentors, we pledge to give you 100% of our effort and expertise. For us, that’s a reachable goal because we know that every child is capable of succeeding, and we believe that all children learn differently. We enjoy teaching children and adolescents. Our primary goal is helping your child grow and mature into a self-reliant adult.
School History: Center Academy began in 1968 with the vision of its founder, Dr. Mack Hicks. Seeing the need for a specialized, full-day school for students who were falling through the cracks in traditional schools, Dr. Hicks established one of the first schools in the United States to focus on the needs of students with Attention Deficit Disorder and other neuropsychological processing difficulties. With a team of professionals in the fields of neuro-psychology, education, and individualized remediation, Center Academy opened its first classrooms in the Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. The school focused on remediating learning disabilities and providing a small, focused, and positive learning environment for students who had experienced academic frustration, and for whom tutoring and other part-time programs were not successful. In 1974, Center Academy opened a campus in London, England in response to requests by parents and professionals. In the US, the St. Petersburg Center Academy moved to larger sites as the school expanded to meet the needs of more students. It moved to its permanent location in Pinellas Park, FL in 1974, finding a peaceful, 10-acre setting with horses and room to grow. In 1976, Center Academy established a campus in Tampa, FL. Initially, Center Academy worked with elementary students who were struggling with large schools, ineffective teaching methods, or one-size-fits-all approaches to learning. Over the years, the scope of Center Academy expanded to include other students, and in 1984, Center Academy began its high school program. The Pinellas Park and Tampa schools celebrated their first graduating class in 1987. In 1988, Center Academy was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to develop and research the effectiveness of individualized remedial programs for students with a wide range of learning disabilities. While developing these programs, Center Academy provided free evaluations and remediation to over 200 students under the NIMH grant. As Center Academy has expanded to locations around Florida and Georgia, it has stayed true to its mission and kept its focus on addressing the unique needs of each student.
Notes/School Information:

Center Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, AdvancED, and the National Independent Private Schools Association. Students receive credit for each academic course completed. Graduating seniors receive a regular diploma recognized by the Florida and Georgia Departments of Education and accepted at all Colleges and Universities.

Our high school curriculum is aligned with Florida and Georgia State Standards, and credits earned are recognized throughout the country. We offer a 24 credit, standard diploma to our graduating students. Many of our high school students are dually enrolled in local colleges, earning college credit as well as high school credit.