//SPECIAL FOR THE AJT//

The MDE School will host an Open House on Tues., Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. at its new facilities in Marietta, Ga. MDE School educates children K- eighth grade who are diagnosed with developmental disabilities and special needs, or need a different learning style and individual attention.

The Open House will offer the opportunity to introduce interested parties to the facilities and staff, and inform them about the curriculum.

In addition to the Open House, there will be a Special Needs Resource Fair that same evening. There will be representatives of many companies serving the special needs community on hand to provides information and answer questions.

MDE School was founded in 2009 by Mindy Elkan and began as a home-school program dedicated to helping families achieve maximum success with home-schooling their children, along with an added social component.

In October 2013, MDE School moved into new, larger facilities in East Cobb.  With the move to this facility, there are increased opportunities for every student to expand their learning experiences.

The new building encompasses two floors with classrooms on the upper level, and “specials” such as computers, art, music and life skills, as well as a library, gym, newly expanded lunchroom and an outdoor playground on the main level.

MDE also shares a campus with Greater Atlanta Speech and Language Clinics which can allow for speech, occupational, and physical therapies to be incorporated as necessary during the school day.

The program is designed for students with communication disorders and developmental disabilities, whose learning differences are addressed on an individual basis. The mission at MDE School is to provide a loving and nurturing learning environment for all children with delayed communication skills.

The teachers and therapists are all highly skilled, certified and dedicated with advanced degrees and many years of experience with children with special needs.  MDE is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission as a certified provider of educational services to children grades K-eighth who have different learning needs.  MDE can also offer a vocational rehab Certificate of Completion for grades ninth through 12th.

A core curriculum is offered, as well as art, computers, P.E., improv and music. The program prides itself on a small student-to-teacher ratio of 4:1. The MDE classrooms provide a flexible atmosphere in a more casual setting than the traditional mainstream classroom, providing each student with the environment that works best for their specific needs.

Each teacher works with the family to determine the specific goals and grade level that is suitable for their child.  Academic needs as well socialization are incorporated in to the daily program.

The MDE goal is to facilitate intellectual, emotional and physical growth. Children will experience dedicated educators to guide them to achieve their maximum potential.

MDE School accepts the Senate Bill 10 and participates in the GASSO student scholarship program. For a private tour of the facility and for information please call the school at (770) 971-4633 or visit www.mdeschool.com.