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Our Mission

Building a sense of self for students with special learning needs through academic and experiential programming, The Cottage School (TCS) prepares individuals for fulfillment of their true potential as confident, productive, and independent adults.

Dr. Steven Palmer, Head of School

I am Dr. Steve Palmer and I am extremely honored to be the Head of School for The Cottage School (TCS). I am passionate about education and here at TCS we provide our students with a comprehensive, engaging and successful elementary, middle and high school experience. Parents are every child’s first teacher and I believe that by working together, we can make sure our students’ academic, social and emotional needs are met, and they emerge from TCS as confident, productive and independent adults.

We are fully accredited by AdvanceEd, Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Association of LD Schools (ALDS). TCS was founded in 1985 as an alternative to the traditional academic model. For over 38 years, TCS has offered the unique combination of small class sizes, a business place model, along with the implementation of study skill techniques to provide a individualized educational experience. This unique combination along with our outstanding TCS faculty and staff, together provide an opportunity for students with mild to moderate learning differences to achieve academic and social success. TCS has been recognized for excellence by distinguished educators, counselors and psychologists and was named by the Masters in Special Education Resource Guide as one of their Top 50 Best Private Special Needs Schools in the United States. Of significant importance, the school is recognized for its results by the most valued audience of all – our students and their families.

Thank you for visiting our website and taking time to learn more about The Cottage School.

In Education,
Dr. Steve Palmer



The Cottage School provides an educational environment for students with learning differences grades K-12.  We pride ourselves in meeting the student where they need to be met.  We also recognize that all students learn differently.

Our solution is simple … we simply teach you differently!

Learning styles are as unique as individual thumbprints we customize an education plan for each student.  We focus on the three pillars of success:  Academics, Socialization and Emotional Wellness.  Our parents say it best, “The beauty of TCS is that from day one, your student is celebrated!  They are in control of their future.  Safe, heard and respected.  Welcomed.”


The unique learning environment of The Cottage School provides the platform for our students to grow.  Advancement seeks funds to provide the tools, technology, classroom facilities, professional faculty and staff.  Through grants, fundraising, endowments, annual fund drives and corporate gifts TCS can make sure our student body has these tools to not only thrive in the short term but have the life skills to take them to graduation and beyond.