Learning Tailored To The Student

We equip your student to meet the challenges of a changing world.

Individualized Learning Plans

Each student at TCS has an individualized learning plan which they help to develop, setting them up for long term success at TCS and their future endeavors.

Business Is The Key

A unique work based model sets TCS apart from other programs.  Our students benefit from the three pillars of success while learning to advocate for themselves and being held accountable, thus building confident adults.

Experiences

At TCS, off campus activities build confidence, interpersonal skills and enhance education opportunities beyond the classroom.

Course Catalog

Overview of academic policies and 2022-2023 High School course descriptions.

Dr. Steven Palmer

Dr. Steven Palmer

Head of School

Education Designed For Success

Our staff of highly qualified professional educators support students with special learning differences in 4th – 12th grades.  They are committed to providing our students many opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom.

TCS teachers are dedicated to each student’s individual needs.  We know that in order to reach every student we must meet them where they are and teach differently.  With small class sizes, TCS teachers are able to form strong relationships with their students.  Strong communication with the family serves to round out the circle of support necessary for each student’s success.

TCS teachers are the key to our community and the key to our success.

Academic Programs & Staff

High School

The Cottage School is a unique educational setting that addresses the total student from middle school through high school graduation. By providing a balanced blend of academic and experiential programming, students acquire a strong sense of their individual skill set and develop the confidence to venture into areas of academics, athletics, and social interaction that, in the past, may have seemed beyond their reach. Transitioning from middle school into high school can be difficult for most students, and TCS has a blueprint in place to address this important time in a student’s life. Through the structured approach that has been developed since the school’s inception, each student is provided with an opportunity to experience success in whatever areas of strength they possess, while learning strategies to develop skills that may need strengthening.

TCS provides a comprehensive academic college preparatory curriculum that meets Georgia high school graduation standards and HOPE scholarship requirements. Small class sizes accommodate various learning styles and allow for tailored instruction. Experiential classes and clubs, which make for a well-rounded education, could include drama, computer literacy, yoga, chess, photography, journalism/yearbook, Interact, art, horseback riding, mountain biking, bowling, weight training and culinary skills. TCS’ athletic program offers a wide range of sports and provides opportunities to develop a positive competitive spirit, learn self-discipline, and foster teamwork and sportsmanship.  The school’s time management system, two-week assignments that enable students to engage in short-term planning, and a task feedback system teach students the value of a job well done. Graduation requirements include an approved post-secondary plan.

“TCS didn’t only prepare me for college, it prepared me for life” stated Marquis V., 2014 TCS graduate.

Leadership

Laura Finnell, M. Ed.

Laura Finnell, M. Ed.

High School Principal
Kyle Jarczynski, M. Ed.

Kyle Jarczynski, M. Ed.

Assistant HS Principal

Journalism/Yearbook
Driver Education
ACT/SAT Test Prep
Debate
Horticulture
Etiquette
Study Skills
Body Sculpting
History of Rock Music and Literature
Culinary Arts
Low Ropes
Team Building Horseback Riding
Experiential Art
Archery
Rock Climbing
Chorus
Personal Fitness
Yoga

Hiking
Promo Arts
Outdoor Adventure
Student Council
Interact
Dorm Cooking
Chess
Fishing

High School Teachers & Staff

Pam Blackwell

Pam Blackwell

Central Office Admin Assistant
Harriett Blanco

Harriett Blanco

High School Math
Richie Briggs, M. Ed.

Richie Briggs, M. Ed.

High School Health & High School Athletic Director
Susan Bucci

Susan Bucci

Dean of Academics
Katja Burkett

Katja Burkett

High School Art
Sara Burnowsky

Sara Burnowsky

High School Math
MaryAnn Corsaro

MaryAnn Corsaro

Learning Specialist
Lyle Cutchin

Lyle Cutchin

High School History & Dean of Student Activities
Lydia Dené

Lydia Dené

High School English
Nathan Edwards

Nathan Edwards

Academic Technology Coordinator
Nakia Genwright

Nakia Genwright

Computer Programming
Michael Ann Harris

Michael Ann Harris

High School Math
Shari Hendrickson

Shari Hendrickson

Substitute Teaching Staff
Greg Husnik

Greg Husnik

High School Economics
Marina Jackson

Marina Jackson

High School Language Arts
Tasha Johnson M. Ed.

Tasha Johnson M. Ed.

High School Counselor (A-K)
Ryan Lafitte

Ryan Lafitte

High School Math
Helena Machado

Helena Machado

High School Math & Science
Zephyrino Machado

Zephyrino Machado

High School Science
Allen McAdams

Allen McAdams

High School Social Science
Justin Nwachu

Justin Nwachu

High School Digital Technology
Amanda Parker

Amanda Parker

High School Science
Sylvia Pracht

Sylvia Pracht

High School World Languages
Jordan Ratliff

Jordan Ratliff

High School Math
Jessica Russell

Jessica Russell

High School Science
Kayla Sims

Kayla Sims

Guidance Counselor
Jan Smith

Jan Smith

Post Secondary Counselor
Kenya Smith

Kenya Smith

High School ELA
Jennifer Sudbury

Jennifer Sudbury

High School Science
Hector Vazquez

Hector Vazquez

High School World Languages
Wilfrid Ward

Wilfrid Ward

High School Business

Middle School

Middle School is a time of great change and growth for students. They are shifting from children to young adults, experiencing physical and mental transformations, and feeling the effects of increasing hormones. Add learning difficulties to the mix, and you have a very puzzling developmental stage for young adolescents.   Students with ADHD possess an immense amount of energy, and concentrating on schoolwork can be a challenge. This is where The Cottage School Middle School’s positive learning environment can make a huge impact on your child’s learning experience.

TCS follows Fulton County Curriculum, employs small class sizes for optimal learning, and balances academics with afternoon experiential classes in which students can expend their energy developing their creative side.  Project-based learning experiences combine academics, communication skills and creative expression, and instill a sense of teamwork and accomplishment.  Social skills classes, sports, clubs and field trips support students in developing appropriate means of communication and interaction and, as a result,  self-esteem improves.

The Middle School Staff is dedicated to facilitating the growth of the total student…academically, mentally, physically, and socially.  Teachers take the time to identify each student’s learning style, therefore teaching according to their individual strengths.  The result is a well-rounded teen who is more confident, more capable, and more prepared to take on High School and post-secondary opportunities

We welcome you to visit The Cottage School Middle School in action. Be prepared to see busy, involved students at their most important job of their young years: learning. Not only book learning, but learning about who they are, what they do best, and what needs improving.

Leadership

Julie Libro Crudgington M. Ed.

Julie Libro Crudgington M. Ed.

Middle School Principal
Lauren Pinto, MAT

Lauren Pinto, MAT

Assistant Principal & Teacher

Myths and Legends
Drama
Rock Climbing
History of Sports
Ceramics
Modern Exercise
Computer Literacy
Study Skills
Yearbook
Fitness/Cardio
Tennis

Hiking Club
Book Club
Student Council
Pond and Landscaping Club
Survivor Club
American Sign Language
CottageCon
Trivia Club
Collage Art
Classic TV
Sports Club
Board Games and Hobbies

Middle School Teachers & Staff

Donna Barwick

Donna Barwick

Middle School Administrative Assistant
Elli Burris

Elli Burris

Middle School Art
Jason Cook

Jason Cook

Middle School History & Math
Casey Cox

Casey Cox

Middle School Math
MaryAnn Corsaro

MaryAnn Corsaro

Learning Specialist
Lainey Doss

Lainey Doss

Middle School ELA
Nathan Edwards

Nathan Edwards

Academic Technology Coordinator
Elizabeth Goodman

Elizabeth Goodman

Middle School Language Arts
Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Middle School Science
Tricia Grider

Tricia Grider

Middle School Language Arts
Stephen Harlin

Stephen Harlin

Middle School History
David Harris

David Harris

Middle School Science
Shari Hendrickson

Shari Hendrickson

Long Term Substitute
Patrice Janyska

Patrice Janyska

Middle School Science
Diasha Johnson

Diasha Johnson

Middle School PE & Independent Living
Lauren Lomax

Lauren Lomax

Middle School Science
Dania Michel-Wolf

Dania Michel-Wolf

Middle School ELA
Annie Ngo

Annie Ngo

Middle School Math & Science
Rose Pagel

Rose Pagel

Middle School Reading Specialist
Bonnie Phillips

Bonnie Phillips

Middle School PE
Libby Swinson

Libby Swinson

Head Counselor, Elementary & Middle School Counselor

Elementary School Grades 3rd, 4th & 5th

The Cottage School has an adaptive special education program reaching 4th and 5th grade students in our Elementary School. The program is designed for those students whose early academics have proven challenging in a traditional classroom. Our students benefit from small class sizes, experiential learning, and individualized education plans. We work with our students to adapt to the social, emotional, and academic challenges they meet each day in a school setting. 

Every student in the Lower School benefits from the support of a speech and language pathologist, a learning specialist, a technology specialist, and weekly interactions with a school counselor. We recognize that students are more than just academic learners. These early years allow us to address the social and emotional growth of our young citizens as well. 

Our academics are rigorous and experiential. We follow the Georgia State Standards of Excellence when addressing the content and standards we expect our students to learn. Students take an active role in setting their personal goals each year. Lessons are adapted to their individual needs. Concepts are experienced through labs and hands on activities that connect the content to their everyday lives. 

In addition, students attend their chosen electives and clubs daily, to grow their personal interests in the arts, music, STEAM, technology and robotics. They attend weekly  field trips and lab days every Friday which improve their social skills, expand their interests, and connect them with their global community. Every aspect of their personal growth is explored and supported here at the TCS Elementary School. 

Leadership

Lynn Bosworth M. Ed.

Lynn Bosworth M. Ed.

Elementary School Principal

Myths and Legends
Drama
Rock Climbing
History of Sports
Ceramics
Modern Exercise
Computer Literacy
Study Skills
Yearbook
Fitness/Cardio
Tennis

Hiking Club
Book Club
Student Council
Pond and Landscaping Club
Survivor Club
American Sign Language
CottageCon
Trivia Club
Collage Art
Classic TV
Sports Club
Board Games and Hobbies

Elementary School Instructors

Vonda Britt

Vonda Britt

Elementary Instructor
MaryAnn Corsaro

MaryAnn Corsaro

Learning Specialist
Kylie Dempsey

Kylie Dempsey

Elementary Counselor
Danielle Edwards

Danielle Edwards

Elementary Instructor
Nathan Edwards

Nathan Edwards

Academic Technology Coordinator
Shari Hendrickson

Shari Hendrickson

Substitute Teaching Staff
Renee Kincaid

Renee Kincaid

Elementary School Instructor
Taylor Malone

Taylor Malone

Elementary School Instructor
Brenda Stark

Brenda Stark

Elementary Admin Assistant
Craig Whitten

Craig Whitten

Elementary Instructor

Counseling

In support of The Cottage School mission, the Counseling Department is dedicated to serving the individual needs of each student. We invite you to visit our office to introduce yourself and get to know our counseling team.

Our staff offers guidance and counseling in three major areas: personal, academic, and post-secondary planning.  Our goal is to help you make the most of your Cottage School education by providing support to help you reach your personal and education goals. We do this by discussing values, perspectives, and issues; providing information and strategies; and sharing your joy in achieving your goals while helping you with your concerns when you face challenges.

Each counselor focuses on one or more of these specific areas so that you can best benefit from their knowledge and develop consistent relationships. When you enter The Cottage School, you will be introduced to the counselor(s) who will help you address your personal and academic needs. You will work with the counselor(s) each year in grades 9-12, you will begin post-secondary planning with a focus on career exploration ending is post-secondary options to meet your specific goals. Our objective is to develop a partnership with you and other school departments that will encourage and support you in reaching your personal and academic goals.

Our doors are open to welcome you, and we look forward to visiting with you, sharing in your successes, addressing your questions, and offering you support. We hope that we can assist you in making this exciting period of your life meaningful, happy, and productive.

Leadership

Libby Swinson, M. Ed.

Libby Swinson, M. Ed.

Head Counselor

Counselors

Kylie Dempsey

Kylie Dempsey

Elementary School Counselor
Tasha Johnson, M. Ed.

Tasha Johnson, M. Ed.

High School Counselor
Kayla Sims, Ed.S., LAPC

Kayla Sims, Ed.S., LAPC

High School Counselor
Jan Smith, JD

Jan Smith, JD

Post Secondary Counselor

Admin Support Staff

While The Cottage School academic year runs August through May; the school facilities operate year round and they employ a full time grounds, office and administrative team on site throughout the year.

Donna Barwick

Donna Barwick

Middle School Admin Assistant
Pam Blackwell

Pam Blackwell

Central Office Admin Assistant
Brenda Hall

Brenda Hall

Director of Admissions and Enrollment
Carter Hall

Carter Hall

Project Associate
Tyrelle Harrison

Tyrelle Harrison

Grounds
Suroy Henderson

Suroy Henderson

Facilities Director
Carolyn Horton

Carolyn Horton

Accountant
Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson

Executive Assistant to Head of School
Erin Kett

Erin Kett

Central Office Receptionist
Kelley LeRoy

Kelley LeRoy

Chief Financial Officer
Henry Lewis

Henry Lewis

ASP Coordinator
Tangela McFarlane

Tangela McFarlane

Director of Philanthropy, Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Justin Nwachu

Justin Nwachu

Technology Coordinator
Steven Palmer

Steven Palmer

Head of School
Leslie Peeples

Leslie Peeples

Admissions Assistant
Ryan Reddy

Ryan Reddy

Facilities
Jordan Ratliffe

Jordan Ratliffe

Registrar
Samuel Shortz

Samuel Shortz

Grounds
Brenda Stark

Brenda Stark

Elementary Admin Assistant
Kim Weber

Kim Weber

Director of Special Events & Alumni Affairs

The Cottage School is accredited by AdvancEd for the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The Cottage School is a member of the following organizations:

  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Georgia Independent School Association (GISA)
  • Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS)
  • Georgia Area Private Schools for Exceptional Children (GAPSEC)
  • International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
  • Atlanta Athletic Conference (AAC)
  • Atlanta Private Athletic Conference (APAC)
  • Georgia Independent School Librarians (GISL)
  • Atlanta Area Technology Educators(AATE)
  • GNFCC Education Committee
  • National Council for the Social Studies