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Margaret Harris Comprehensive School
1634 Knob Hill Dr., N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
678-874-7000 (Information)
678-874-7002 (Office)
678-874-7010 (Fax)
678-874-7036 (PTA Voice Mail)
Principal: Dr. Cheryl L. Rhodes
Grades: Special Education, Grades P - 12
Enrollment: 78
Board Members: Mr. Don McChesney
Dr. Eugene Walker
School Website: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/margaretharris/
Margaret Harris Comprehensive School is a self-contained special education school for students, ages 3-21, with severe and profound multiple disabilities. The self-contained school is a valued component of the continuum of educational services offered by the school system to meet the specialized needs of students. Margaret Harris provides services to students in grades P – 12, and students generally continue to receive services through age 21 unless it is determined that their needs are best met in a general school environment. The educational program involves access to the general curriculum, as well as a functional curriculum centering on acquisition of life skills (communication, social/emotional, vocational, fine motor, gross motor, and recreation/leisure skills). Instruction is both school-based and community-based, and all activities promote attainment of IEP goals and objectives. To supplement the general program, students engage in a variety of school-wide activities including art, music, home economics, technology lab, library/media, physical education, sensory program, and swimming and bowling. Engagement in supplemental activities provides an opportunity for all students to access various learning environments in the school and to interact with a variety of adults and peers. All staff members are trained to provide quality-based and collaborative services to all students. Staff members include administrators, teachers, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech/language pathologist, recreation therapist, music teacher, and social worker. Margaret Harris also partners with Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (IHM) through a “Special Friends” program. The Special Friends program involves students from IHM serving as peer tutors during structured, meaningful, and fun activities facilitated by the classroom staff. Other important partnerships have been established with Intown Community School’s Community Outreach Program and the Health Occupations Classes of Grady H.S./APS. These partnerships promote interactions between students with severe disabilities and typically functioning students. The primary emphasis of the total school program at Margaret Harris is to promote independent functioning and enhanced quality of life now and in the future.
Margaret Harris Comprehensive School Greater Expectations/Greater Achievements: Setting the Standard for Excellence in Service
The school’s mission, vision, and goals are aligned with those of the DeKalb County School System and are informed by fundamental beliefs.
The mission of Margaret Harris Comprehensive School is to ensure that each student achieves maximum knowledge and skills that enhance their independence and improved quality of life through data-driven, collaborative, and differentiated instructional programs.
  • Maintain high expectations and relevant performance standards as a means for positively impacting student achievement.
  • Function collaboratively with students, parents, community members, and school professionals when planning, implementing, and assessing instructional programs.
  • Integrate research-based pedagogy and instructional technology across the curriculum.
  • Increase student, parent, community, and personal satisfaction through data-driven programs and continuous communication regarding success and necessary changes.
  • Increase student integration options (with typically functioning peers) and quality of life now and in the future.
  • We acknowledge the challenges faced by our students, but we also realize their potential for continuous growth and development.
  • We believe that all stakeholders have the ability to contribute to student success and quality of life if given opportunities to collaborate.
  • Student strengths, needs, and interests are placed at the center of every program decision.
  • It is our duty to develop our knowledge, skills, and dispositions in order to promote “best practices” in our student-centered programs.
  • We celebrate every new skill acquired by our students, whether great or small.
  • Every student will receive a quality instructional program delivered by knowledgeable and highly trained individuals.

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