From staff reports

Buckhead’s Heart of Hope Academy, a private school for children with special needs located at 3715 Wieuca Road NE, announced July 20 that it will accept its official accreditation from the Georgia Accrediting Commission’s Board of Commissioners.

The school joins the ranks with 155 other private schools in the state.

With its accreditation, Heart of Hope will be able to accept the Georgia’s special Needs Scholarship, which will make it possible for the cost of a special needs education to become more affordable, according to school officials.

“Heart of Hope Academy is unique because the educators focus on each child individually,” said school founder and board chair Angela Matthiessen. “This way, we can teach them the proper skills according to the child’s disability. The children are taught many different subjects as well, such as vocal communication, technology and Special Olympics.”

Following a similar program in Florida, Georgia’s legislature recently passed a bill creating a scholarship for special needs schools across the state. This new plan will allow extra funding for families that wish to move their children from a public school to a private, special needs institution.

“Tuition expenses should not prevent a child from receiving the best education possible,” Matthiessen says. “This new program allows deserving families to enroll in schools that cater to the special needs of the child.”

Heart of Hope Academy provides a learning environment where developmentally-disabled children can learn life skills they will need in order to become independent adults. This education transitions the students from the school into their community life.

For more information, contact the school at 404-816-3967 or on the Internet at