School Psychological Services

Specialized Support for Students at Every Tier


Atlanta Publics Schools' Psychological Services team is comprised of 28 school psychologists, three intern and practicum students, the coordinator of psychological services, and an administrative assistant. Our team collaborates with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all APS students.

About School Psychologists

School psychologists work with students, educators, and families to support the academic achievement, positive behavior, and mental wellness of all students, especially those who struggle with barriers to learning. They help schools and families address some of our biggest challenges in education: improving and individualizing instruction to close the achievement gap; increasing graduation rates and preventing dropouts; creating safe, positives school climates and preventing violence; providing meaningful accountability; and strengthening family–school partnerships (NASP, 2008).

According to the Georgia Department of Education's website, school psychologists are the most highly trained personnel in education and are employed in Georgia schools in order to prevent or address the most severe learning and behavior problems. Their training is specific to applying this expertise within the school context, both general education and special education, and also includes extensive knowledge in school systems and law (NASP 2010a, 2010b).


School Psychologists Are Experts In

Mental Health

Learning, Assessment, & Interventions

Behavior

School Systems

School Psychologists Work With Students to:

  • Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems

  • Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning

  • Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism

  • Enhance understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and backgrounds


School Psychologists Work With Parents and Families to:

  • dentify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success

  • Evaluate eligibility for special education services (within a multidisciplinary team)

  • Support students' social, emotional, and behavioral health

  • Teach parenting skills and enhance home–school collaboration

  • Make referrals and help coordinate community support services

School Psychologists Work With Teachers to:

  • Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning

  • Design and implement student progress monitoring systems

  • Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions

  • Support effective individualized instruction

  • Create positive classroom environments

  • Motivate all students to engage in learning

School Psychologists Work With Administrators to:

  • Collect and analyze data related to school improvement, student outcomes, and accountability requirements

  • Implement school-wide prevention programs that help maintain positive school climates conducive to learning

  • Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students by reducing school violence, bullying, and harassment

  • Respond to crises by providing leadership, direct services, and coordination with needed community services

  • Design, implement, and garner support for comprehensive school mental health programming

MaryAnn Green, Ed.S.

Coordinator of Psychological Services

Atlanta Public Schools

Division of Student Services| CLL Building

Ph: 404-802-2685 | Fax: 404-802-1602

Email Address: magreen@atlanta.k12.ga.us