Virtus Scientia Felicitas
As our motto reminds us, the ultimate goal of an education rooted in both virtue and knowledge is happiness. Not the superficial and ephemeral pleasure that occupies much of the world around us, but the deep and abiding sense of joy and well-being that comes from an understanding and appreciation of what it truly means to be human.
Your child’s happiness and well-being are always the highest priorities of the administration, faculty, and staff at Atlanta Classical. Just as you care for their physical needs, we realize that you as parents have the first and primary responsibility for the emotional support and care of your children. However, occasions arise where outside help may be needed to support your efforts.
Atlanta Classical retains a part-time counselor, Mrs. Brianna Bacorn, to assist students and families when situations arise that threaten a student’s emotional well-being. Mrs. Bacorn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience working specifically with children and adolescents. She visits Atlanta Classical 2-3 times each week and is available on-call at other times.
There are several ways that a student may be referred to Mrs. Bacorn. If a student approaches a member of the administration or faculty with an issue where his or her physical or emotional well-being seems to be at risk, the member of administration or faculty may suggest that the student meet with Mrs. Bacorn. She has also provided some training to teachers to better help them recognize signs of emotional distress. Therefore, in some cases, a faculty member may refer a student to Mrs. Bacorn if they observe some troubling signs. Additionally, there may be disciplinary matters where Mrs. Bacorn’s involvement is requested.
Although every emotional issue that effects one of our students is important, because of limited resources, Mrs. Bacorn must prioritize and give attention to the most urgent situations during the time she spends at Atlanta Classical. Therefore, it is possible that Mrs. Bacorn may not have the availability to address the issue in a timely manner during school hours. However, parents may make arrangements with her directly and engage her services independent of the school. There are also psychiatric and behavioral support services available through the City of Atlanta, Fulton County Government, Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, as well as many private professional therapists in our area.
Our students at Atlanta Classical are fortunate to have parents who are devoted to their well-being, and who want to do all that they can to help their children thrive and flourish. Mrs. Bacorn’s best advice to parents is to be present for your children. Watch for changes in your child’s behavior such as isolating him or herself from friends or family or losing pleasure in activities they used to enjoy. If it seems your child is having a hard time coping, she suggests that you may want to consider taking them to a therapist or using one of the resources listed above.
To shepherd a young mind from infancy to adulthood can at times be a daunting endeavor for any parent. But the administration, faculty, and staff at Atlanta Classical stand with you as willing partners. The purpose of the education provided at Atlanta Classical is to develop in every student the intellect and character needed to enjoy a life of lasting happiness. It is the hope of everyone at Atlanta Classical Academy that we can work together with you to help your child attain this goal.