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3 Weeks in and Wow!

Friday and the first day it finally feels like Fall here in Georgia! We are wrapping week three and I’m in awe of how our little project is unfolding. In Hope School, we have three different group learning environments. Each group has organically started to take pieces of the project and focus their energy and unique talents. Group A (lead by Laura Veloso) is committed to the learning and understanding of how a library functions. Group B (lead by Laura Bailey) is supporting a big part of the public face of the project by taking on book collection. They areRead More

HOPE to READ Project: Students Lead the Way

Starting With Unintended Consequences Megan Finnegan, Hope School Academic Lead Today’s the day I let go. It’s pretty scary. I’ve always been a teacher who plans every unit, every lesson, and every activity with the end in mind. I ALWAYS know (or at least think I know) what the end product will look like. Not this time. Last week, I met with the founder and director of our school, Amy O’Dell.   My intention was to present her with an updated version of the idea for our latest Hope School Interactive Academics Project: design and build a library for the studentsRead More

Intensive Summer Experience 2018

Our students had a blast this summer during our Intensive Summer Experience! They were all around town with trips to the Center for Puppetry Arts, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Zoo Atlanta and The Georgia Aquarium. We also had our fun overnight trips with camping, white water rafting and cave excursions. Did we have a great summer or what?!

Jacob’s Ladder Celebrates 20 Years!

Jacob’s Ladder is excited to celebrate it’s 20th year anniversary! There have been so many amazing changes in the past 20 years and many more are to come! Thank you to everyone who has supported our growth and the impact it has allowed us to have on the children and families that we serve. Some of the exciting changes are: Moved from a single, residential house to a 13 acre campus in Roswell, GA with a second, remote campus in Buckhead (Atlanta), GA. School enrollment has grown to 150 students with 120 teachers. Addition of our PODs of Care environmentRead More

Student Spotlight

Samantha ‘Sammie’ Leiter was born in Atlanta, GA in 2004. She is a true Georgia girl as well and attends Jacobs Ladder Neurodevelopmental School and Therapy Center in Buckhead. Sammie suffered a non-traumatic brain injury at 2.5 weeks old, when a blood clot lodged unknowingly in her brain and caused significant damage. The doctor’s prognosis was bleak, but her parents never gave up hope. Sammie works hard, has an amazing support system of friends and family and a ‘don’t ever quit’ spirit. She rides horses weekly at Chastain Horse Park and paints as often as she can during the week. Sammie loves to bring happinessRead More

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