We invite you to watch short videos to learn about our programs, and to read Melissa Fay Greene’s feature story about us in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. TCS has also been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and…


Our Programs

The Community School comprises two programs: a junior high/high school, and a young adult transition program. Both programs serve individuals who are autistic, including those with Asperger Syndrome; more broadly, the programs work with individuals who have had difficulty keeping…



The Community School’s main fundraising event, the Southern Soiree & Auction, takes place each year in February. The Soiree includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, music, dancing, and live and silent auctions. All proceeds from the event benefit TCS….

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The Best Present

Our daughter, Christine, aged out of Decatur High School in May 2013. As the transition time approached we searched the metro area for programs that would bridge the worlds of school and adult life. We found a number of programs…


When my son was first diagnosed with autism, my wife and I were told, “He’s autistic. He’ll have life long limitations.” I thought, “Well, I’ll never dunk a basketball but I’m okay with that. What kind of limitations?” And there…

It’s a Process

The following is an excerpt from a series of essays by a TCS parent. Several years before The Community School (TCS) was established, I had the good fortune to meet Dave Nelson, the man who was destined to become [TCS’s] founder….

Why Should You Give to My School?

The following is a speech given last year by a student at The Community School to a group of potential funders. Why you should give to my school? My name is Brendon. This is my second year at The Community…

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Parent Ed Workshop

3rd Annual Bridging the Gap Workshop

The Community School is hosting its 3rd annual Bridging the Gap Workshop: Addressing Transition-Related Matters for Adolescents and Young Adults with Developmental Challenges. When?  Tuesday March 17, 2015, 9:30am – 4pm Please join us for this workshop for parents, guardians,…

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10-17 Geocaching BD

Geocaching Challenge Update

The Community School’s Geocaching Challenge is over! Thanks very much to the Parent Development Committee (Mike Fields, Cory Gatliff, and Melissa Cazalet) for organizing this fundraiser. And THANK YOU to all our Team Captains, Teams, Donors, Sponsors, and other supporters…

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