Coralwood School is the only public school in DeKalb County dedicated to serving children with and without special needs between three and six years of age. Our research-based educational model includes 12 collaborative and cotaught (inclusion) classrooms in which six children with special needs and ten to fourteen typically developing children are educated together. Research shows that this inclusion model results in significant gains for special education students, including higher levels of social play, more appropriate social interactions and greater gains in language, cognitive and motor development. Additionally, Coralwood has four self-contained classrooms that serve children with more severe disabilities. Children in the self-contained classes engage in multiple learning experiences with typically developing children throughout the school day. The classrooms at Coralwood are led by highly specialized teachers and paraprofessionals who teach to a broad set of students with varied needs. Our preschool and PreK students learn through play. The GELDS (Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards) curriculum is developmentally appropriate for these young children. Our Kindergarten students follow the statewide GSE (Georgia Standards of Excellence) curriculum. Children learn from each other at Coralwood and each child’s unique gifts are celebrated.
Coralwood—Setting the Standard for Excellence in Early Childhood Education for All Students.
Our mission is to educate in a safe, nurturing environment.
¨ All students can learn.
¨ Each student is unique.
¨ Learning is a lifelong process.
¨ A safe environment is required for learning to take place.
¨ Parents and community share responsibility for learning.
¨ High expectations improve the learning of all students.