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Questions about Referrals and Admissions? Please contact:

Amanda Zimmerman
Admissions Manager ext 205
azimmerman@hside.org

Meghan Toomey
Admissions Coordinator ext 1017
mtoomey@hside.org

(404) 846-5118
fax: 404-892-1770

Conant School at Hillside

Please visit our Conant School Site for classroom and teacher information, resources, record requests, and much more!

The Hillside Conant School is a place of encouragement and enthusiasm. It houses 11 state of the art classrooms with specialized media teaching tools such as Promethean Boards and Google Chromebooks, a monitored computer lab, and the Dorothy Cohen Library. Our school is accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and is part of the Atlanta Public School system through the Georgia Department of Education.

We have 11 certified and highly qualified Special Education and General Education teachers who are here to use their creative teaching methods and behavioral expertise. The majority of children enrolled at our school are entering the program at grade levels lower than expected due to their individual previous situations, environments, and behaviors. Our teachers face the challenge of remediating their skill gaps and encouraging them to move forward with their education. Speech/Language and Occupational Therapy are provided through Atlanta Public Schools.

What to Expect at Conant

Upon admission into our program, you should have supplied the school with your child’s school records, IEP, eligibility reports, and all Psychological Testing. Children attending our school are actually enrolled into Atlanta Public Schools at the same time that they are admitted to Hillside for treatment. We are a fully accredited school which will result in your child receiving credits for the coursework they complete during their stay.

Hillside is compliant with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 504 which are designed to provide students with disabilities appropriate educational services designed to meet the individual needs of the student to the same extent as the needs of students without disabilities.

Hillside Conant is a School-Wide Title 1 school. All students enrolled qualify for Free & Reduced Lunches and are privy to funding through the Neglected and Delinquent Title 1 program, Title 1, Part A, as well as Priority School funding.
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How to Know If Conant Is Right for Your Child

Children and teens who are struggling with behavioral and emotional issues often find it hard to succeed in traditional schools. Their inability to follow the rules or conform to social norms can hinder their development in a traditional school setting, and it can hold them back academically.

Teenagers, especially, may struggle with conformity. They want to fit in with their peers, and when they don’t, it can be devastating to their self-esteem. A lack of self-confidence can exacerbate the symptoms of mental health issues in kids and trigger a negative spiral.

Conant is a school specially designed for children who are facing mental health challenges and may have difficulty reaching their true potential in their previous academic setting. It provides them with a safe place to grow and learn in the context of teachers and other students who understand them. At Conant, your child will truly be surrounded by their peers.

Through structure, routine, academic support and integration with a therapy program, Conant can help your child become his or her best. The life skills your child will learn at Conant can form the basis of a fulfilling future, both academically and socially.

Dr Christina Kennedy, our Education Director, is happy to share our school’s vision, School Improvement Plan, and Parental Involvement Policy with you upon request. Click here to access Hillside’s Conant School site for additional information.

 

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