Welcome to The Joseph Sams School

The Joseph Sams School is located in Fayetteville, Georgia and currently serves children from several Georgia counties.

The Joseph Sams School, Inc. is a private, non-profit school serving children from birth through twenty-two years of age who have mild to severe intellectual and/or physical disabilities or diagnosed developed disabilities. The school provides intense educational training as well as speech and language therapy for its students.

There are no geographic restrictions for attendance in the program although the majority of students reside in Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Fulton, and Henry counties. The Joseph Sams School is one of few privately operated schools of its kind serving children with intellectual, physical disabilities and/or developmental disabilities in the Atlanta area.

Families of many of our students travel more than sixty miles because of the lack comparable services in other localities.

In addition to serving children with disabilities, the school also provides consultative services to programs developing similar intervention strategies for young children throughout the state. The Joseph Sams School staff also works closely with private therapists and physicians to provide comprehensive programs for its students. We also offer one-on-one tutoring to children with disabilities. Such joint efforts have proven to be successful for these children’s development.

Founded in 1984, The Joseph Sams School, Inc., previously known as The Early Years, Georgia, remains a one-of-a-kind educational facility.

Founded in l984 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Joseph Sams School is dedicated to the education and life skills development of children and young adults who are intellectually, physically, or developmentally challenged.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Zane Scarborough, President
Kat Pendergraft, Vice President
Brock Morman, Treasurer
Kellie Reed, Secretary

Jay Boren
Clay Boyles
Trey Bradbury
Travis Cliett
Summer Costley
John Cunninham
Mike Geeslin

Michael Harbin
Krista Massey
Ellen Nichol
Trey Ogle
Bryan Reese
Dr. Jim Sams
Mary Schwab

Members at Large

Chris Barnett
Dr. David Goodman
Dr. Sally Goza
Allen Harp
Wayne Hillis

Alice Mallory
Doug Mickey
Dr. Michael Obenshain
Dallas Olson, Jr.
Dr. Rod Robinson
Bob Rolader

Marie Sams
Dave Sapp
Brent Scarbrough
Jonathan Strack
Aaron Williams

Honorary Board Members

Mary Ann Crofton

Mary Ann Mitcham

Beth Wilker

The Joseph Sams School’s Annual Reports

Below are our latest annual reports. Read through them and see how we are changing lives for the better!