The Principles that Guide Our Work

For Students:

  • We invest in and provide opportunities for young citizens who want to learn, improve, and succeed, especially those who are challenged physically, economically, etc.
  • We encourage and support innovative curriculum and teaching methodologies that focus on educational effectiveness.
For Partners:
  • We are flexible, adaptable and responsive to changing community needs.
  • We work in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education and the State Board of Education to understand educational priorities that inform, but do not dictate, GFPE’s funding decisions.
Within Operations:
  • We operate ethically, with the utmost professionalism and integrity, and with clarity, transparency and accountability in all we do within the organization and in the community.
  • We strive for continual improvement and organizational renewal through ongoing self-assessment, planning, and board development.



The Georgia Foundation for Public Education (GFPE) was created in 2010 by the Georgia General Assembly.  The goal is to support educational excellence in Georgia, including excellence at the three state schools for visually and hearing-impaired students.

The GFPE is a neutral, nonpartisan organization that promotes innovative educational programs across the state. It is operationally provisioned by the Georgia Department of Education, with oversight by a Board of Directors whose members are selected, in part, by the State School Superintendent and State Board of Education.

Donations to the GFPE are tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Copies of this revenue ruling are available upon request.


State Schools

The GFPE supports Georgia’s three state schools for blind, deaf, and hard of hearing students, providing scholarships and assisting with preparation for life beyond K-12. Please contact us if you would like to donate to one of these three schools specifically. Click here to learn more about the impact of your gift.

Atlanta Area School for the Deaf

The Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD) is a state-operated school for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, located in Clarkston, Georgia. AASD serves approximately 200 students in preschool through high school and also serves as a resource center on deafness, offering information and technical assistance to parents, local school systems, community groups, and other agencies.

Georgia Academy for the Blind

Since its establishment by the Georgia General Assembly in 1852, the Georgia Academy for the Blind (GAB) has been the state’s only residential school for the visually impaired. Located in Macon, Georgia, GAB provides developmental opportunities for students ages three to 21, in the areas of intellectual growth, vocational skills, and functional living experience.

GAB also serves students with multiple disabilities, providing educational opportunities for both visually impaired students and non-sensory impaired students who may have significant related handicaps, in a variety of academic, vocational, and community settings.

Georgia School for the Deaf

The Georgia School for the Deaf (GSD) provides comprehensive, appropriate education and services for deaf and hard of hearing students and their families. Located in Cave Spring, Georgia, GSD offers day and residential programs that meet the academic, social, and physical needs of students in a total communication environment. The school also serves as a staff development and technical resource center for local school systems and other agencies that work with deaf and hard of hearing students.