School fair to be held for kids with disabilities

Parents seeking school choice for students with disabilities can learn more about campuses targeting their kids at an education fair Sunday.

The Georgia Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children (GAPSEC) is hosting a school fair from 1 to 4 p.m. at Perimeter Mall. The association has a network of nearly 20 schools serving hundreds of students with learning disabilities and other needs.

"Parents can get information and see people from a lot of schools that cover all of Atlanta without having to drive to each of them," said Robert Moore, president of GAPSEC. "It will save them a lot of time."

Information on paying for private school also will be available. Public school students with individualized education plans detailing the support they need in the classroom can qualify for state scholarships.

"If students have an individualized education plan and have been in public school for a year, the state will give money for that child to go to private school," said Moore, who is also headmaster of Mill Springs Academy in Alpharetta.

All GAPSEC schools accept the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship. About 117 Mill Springs students received the scholarship this year. The average award was abour $5,500. Tuition for Mill Springs is $20,000.  The school, like other GAPSEC campuses, offers financial aid and opportunities to apply for other awards to help parents make up the difference.

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