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Tate Academy seeks to provide a better classroom where children can thrive!

Founder's Message

I am excited to share a new educational opportunity for the children of North East Georgia! Tate Academy is a unique environment which has been designed to effectively meet the needs of students with autism and associated difficulties. Every aspect of the environment and learning offered has been modified to support students in their journey to become independent, confident members of the community. We view autism as a different way of learning and engaging.  We strive to work with strengths and talents.


As a private non-profit school, Tate Academy is able to provide low student to teacher ratios.  This means the curriculum can be customized to each individual student’s needs and learning style.  In addition to our qualified teaching staff, students are supported by a team of Registered Behavior Technicians.  We blend our teaching and therapy to achieve maximum impact for the students. 


Our staff team is highly trained and supportive of our students and all programs and approaches are developed in a manner tailored to support individual needs. We work very closely with parents so that we are able to provide a consistency across school and home.  We truly value the contribution that parents bring to the school community.

I look forward to welcoming you to Tate Academy.

​Melanie Lawrence


Our mission is to improve the lives of everyone we serve through state-of-the-art behavior analytic treatment and research.​  At Tate Academy, we take a participatory, forward-looking approach in helping our clients learn and grow. Each of our clinical supervisors, directors, assistants, and behavior technicians are passionate and dedicated to providing the best treatment for every individual in our care. We encourage individuality and celebrate every client’s interests.

Kids in Preschool


Tate Academy is dedicated to the belief that faculty, staff, students and parents are all involved in our children’s education in a responsible, nurturing and supportive way. Each student is entitled to a safe, secure and healthy environment.  We strive to create a warm and inviting atmosphere and to instill in our students a sense of self-worth.  We teach beneficial life skills so that our students grow into confident, cooperative and productive members of society. Tate Academy has developed and will continue to improve an exciting and challenging curriculum that recognizes the educational needs of each student.  We respect the learning diversity of each student.  This is done through cooperative learning, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and active hands-on techniques that are integrated into all subject areas.  This best practices curriculum infuses the creative arts as well as problem solving, social skills, critical thinking and decision making skills.  The curriculum aims to develop and enhance abilities, giving appropriate guidance with realistic expectations.  Tate Academy promotes helping students develop strategies to cope with anger, stress and anxiety along with motivating them to assert themselves in a positive way while respecting others.

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