Margaret Harris High School
1634 Knob Hill Dr., N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
Phone: (404) 634-0979
FAX: (404) 728-8987
Dr. Doris Minmier|
Ungraded Special Education;|
14 - 21 years of age
AGL Resources (Atlanta Gas Light Company)|
Margaret Harris is a center based program that is part of the continuum of service models offered by the school system to meet the specialized needs of students with severe and profound intellectual disabilities. It is a secondary program serving students from 14 to 21 years of age. The program is non-academic. Instruction is both school based and community based with areas of instruction centering around community skills, home living skills, social skills/behavior, communication, leisure, and vocational skills. The focus is to teach students to participate independently, or with partial independence, within the widest possible range of activities that are considered age appropriate.
The goal of Margaret Harris High School is to educate each individual with intellectual disabilities by providing a functional life plan that will enhance acceptance and independence. To achieve this goal, the school develops appropriate curriculum, actively involves staff, parents and community, and fosters a positive, caring atmosphere.
Strong factors for center based placement tend to be the need for medically fragile children to have access to a full-time nurse and for students with highly disruptive behaviors to be in a calm and structural environment. Because the staff at Margaret Harris work closely with a nurse, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist and teacher for the vision impaired they have developed specialized skills that are not found system-wide.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Three grant proposals have been approved for implementation, or awarded, and are in progress this school year. The Pay for Performance grant is awarded by the Georgia Department of Education and is open to all K-12 public schools in the state. Performance objectives are developed in four areas; academic achievement, client involvement, educational programming, and resource development. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc. has approved grant monies to provide each non-verbal student with an adaptive communication device that can be programmed to talk for the child by parent or home provider for use at home and in the community. A Prevention and Intervention Education grant funds local educational strategies for prevention and intervention programs. For Margaret Harris, the focus has been on extensive staff and parent training related to the safety and specialized care of medically fragile children.