At AASD, the High School department’s goal is to meet the needs of students and empower them to be successful later in life. Teachers and staff practice a bilingual approach with students and encourage them to thrive in American Sign Language and English. Our teachers are encouraged to incorporate best practices and the latest technology to help students achieve their personal goals while addressing state high school standards. Students take various academic classes and are challenged to do their best. There are myriad events happening in high school such as club activities and special sessions to help students advocate for themselves and develop leadership skills. In addition, students are welcome to participate in education trips and after school activities.
Leading the High School department is Greg Owen. Owen is a native Georgian who attended high school down the street from AASD. He was diagnosed with profound hearing loss as an infant and went through several programs before responding well to sign language in second grade. Today, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University and Master’s degree from Valdosta State University in Deaf Education. Prior to his employment with AASD, he taught deaf/hard of hearing students at Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County for 12 years. By bringing his rich personal experience as Student Body Government President at a mainstream high school along with his experience in working at a public school system, he is able to push the level of expectation in high school to an even higher level. Being Deaf, he believes AASD students can achieve their personal goals.