About the Education Center School


The Education Center School began humbly in one woman’s living room. During her years as a teacher, Martha Thomas Kabbes discovered that a smaller classroom setting, which in turn led to more individualized instruction, greatly improved her students’ learning experience, particularly those with exceptional needs. In 1964 she began opening the doors of her home to tutor children with a variety of learning differences. Her work with these children helped her develop an understanding of the value of a structured yet personalized educational plan for all students.

Mrs. Kabbes’ tutoring venture was such a great success that she expanded, eventually opening The Education Center School for grades 1-12 at its present location on Old Canton Road in the historic Fondren district of Jackson. Over the years she continued to lead and inspire others in the fields of special education and non-traditional schooling with her wisdom, humor, and love of teaching.

Today, Lynn Thomas Macon, our present director, follows in her sister’s trailblazing footsteps. Her shared dedication to the humanization of learning continues to make a difference in the lives of new generations of students.


The Education Center School is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), an accreditation division of Cognia. The world’s largest education community, Cognia serves more than fifteen million students in over 27,000 schools and districts all across the United States and around the world.

Cognia has designed its accreditation process “to help educational institutions boost their ongoing performance efforts for the benefit of their students.” For us, accreditation is more than just a seal of quality; it is a promise to our students and to ourselves that we will continue to strive for educational excellence. Just as learning is a lifelong process, so is our pursuit of new and improved ways to make a difference in our students’ lives.

Our Mission

We prepare students to reach their highest capabilities by personalizing instruction in a nurturing, respectful academic community.  Our team identifies student talents, addresses challenges, and fosters emotional growth, integrity, and core humanitarian values.