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106 years of purpose, integrity and character For over 106 years Riverside Military Academy has produced young men of purpose, integrity, and character. We offer a traditional, Americanstyle education where personal values, honor, and love of country still matter. Riverside is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families. Upon graduation, a Riverside cadet has experienced the challenges of the military model of education and is completely prepared for the rigors of college. He is poised, polite, and confident in any social environment. Riverside cadets stand tall, offer a firm handshake, respect authority, and display a level of confidence that parents may not have

observed previously. Cadets of Riverside Military Academy attend grades 7 through 12 and benefit from a small class size and a 15:1 student teacher ratio. Our entire educational program centers around the way young men learn best. Riverside’s College Center assists cadets in preparing for and placing their college applications each year. The graduating class 2013 consisted of 95 cadets who were admitted to over 105 universities across the world and earned over $3.2 million in collegiate scholarships not including HOPE scholarship. Two graduating seniors were appointed to the U.S. Military Academy –West Point, an educational value of over $450,000 per cadet. Riverside Military Academy

holds dual accreditation in SACS and SAIS. Our comprehensive program of rigorous academics, athletics and leadership development sets the

stage for a lifetime of success. Riverside Military Academy is located on 206 acres on the shores of Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA. For more

information please visit our web site at or contact our admissions office at 770-538-2938.

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At Riverside Military Academy, we change what our cadets think is good enough in terms of effort and achievement. Please call today. 770.538.2938. Young men, grades 7-12

Gainesville, Georgia

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Mount Pisgah Christian School

What sets Pisgah apart? From preschool to graduation, Pisgah provides an experience that develops students who are truly prepared for college and ready for life. More than a school, Pisgah is a community. Ask any students, parent or teacher, “What do you love most about Pisgah?” The answer you’ll hear is “Pisgah is a family.” Relationships and a sense of belonging are highlights of the Pisgah Experience. Pisgah graduates are well-prepared for the country’s most challenging colleges. Recent graduates were accepted to the nation’s top universities including Princeton, Cornell, Davidson, Dartmouth, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and more. More than 90% of Pisgah graduates were accepted to their college of first choice. Exceptional extracurricular programs are a Pisgah trademark. Students participate in highly successful, championship athletic programs, with coaches who develop the complete student-

athlete: mind, body and spirit. Superb Fine Arts are offered for all students preschool through twelfth grade, providing unique opportunities for exploration and creative selfexpression. Christian Foundation the mission of Mount Pisgah Christian School is to provide a college-preparatory education grounded in Christian faith and values. Students are given the opportunity to explore their faith through spiritual retreats, Chapel, Bible courses, leadership/mentor opportunities, and mission trips. Pisgah has the “and then some” that defines and produces outstanding young men and women. Pisgah emphasizes the development of “Life Ready Skills” including confidence, responsibility, selfawareness, presentation skills, and other key abilities that prepare a student to succeed in college and beyond. The Pisgah Experience - a clear vision and purpose with a strong sense of community built around families. Pisgah’s Admissions team welcomes

the opportunity to work with your family and invites you to visit by scheduling a campus

tour. Mount Pisgah Christian School, 9820 Nesbit Ferry Road, Johns Creek, Georgia

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Bridgeway Christian Academy Strong Faith. Strong Families. Strong Futures. Bridgeway Christian Academy (BCA) has been delivering excellence in Christian education for the past 15 years. At Bridgeway, you will find strong leaders and teachers committed to providing a Christcentered learning environment that encourages parent involvement and reinforces the beliefs and values taught in the Christian home. Serving families with children in preschool through eighth grade, Bridgeway strives to help students reach their full potential based on their unique gifts, strengths, and needs. A proven curriculum challenges students on each grade level; an interscholastic sports program is available to students in grades 5th – 8th; and a rich fine arts program enables students to express their creativity. Graduates and their

parents consistently say that Bridgeway prepared them to handle the pressures of high school by making wise, faithbased decisions, and that they are MORE prepared academically for high school than their

peers. Bridgeway is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Located in Alpharetta,

Bridgeway is currently accepting applications for preschool (fours), kindergarten, and 1st grade for the fall. Availability beyond first grade varies by grade level. Tours are offered over the summer, Monday –

Thursday between 9 am – 1 pm. For additional information, or to schedule an individual tour, contact the BCA Admissions Office at 678.942.1126, or visit Bridgeway online at

PRIORITY “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world will be a better place because I was important in the life of a child.”

Home Sweet Homeschool A Christian Academy

41 Church Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009 • • 678-339-2777

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For all ages ranging from preschool through adulthood At Congregation Dor Tamid (“CDT”), a Reform synagogue in Johns Creek, we strive to create a welcoming environment that inspires and educates the Reform Jewish community in North Metro Atlanta through the strong religious leadership of Rabbi Michael Weinstein, with dedication to the study of Torah and the traditions of Jewish family life. Our practice of Judaism is according to Reform principles and we embrace the Reform movement’s commitment to diversity, outreach, inclusiveness, and social justice. In addition to Shabbat services, our congregation enjoys Havdallah services, Adult Enrichment classes, Torah study, social activities, Men’s Club and Sisterhood activities, youth groups, Derech Tamid -- our teen educational program, and various social action projects. The Preschool Place at CDT welcomes children ages 18 months through pre-kindergarten. Under the guidance of Risa Walter, Preschool Place Director, we emphasize a curriculum based upon

understanding early childhood development in the cognitive, social, emotional and physical fields. The heart of our Judaic

program is based on values and traditions. The Preschool Place community is warm, inviting and involved. Our Preschool Place families can also participate in our “Step Up to CDT” graduated synagogue membership program. The Religious School at CDT is accredited by the National Association of Temple Educators and offers Jewish education in a Sunday only program, for classes from Kindergarten through 7th grade. Under the direction of

Rabbi Lauren S. Cohn, CDT’s Religious School offers a high quality educational experience. Not ready to join a synagogue but still want your child to begin their

Jewish education? CDT welcomes non-member students through 2nd grade. Now enrolling for the 2013-2014 school year. For more information about

CDT, membership, or educational programs, contact us at 770-623-8860 or 11165 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, GA 30097

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Rivers Academy expands - Students thrive in unique environment Rivers Academy is a fully accredited college prep school, providing an outstanding education within a condensed school week. Rivers is excited to announce the addition of an intermediate department serving 4th and 5th grades. The expansion will be called The Tributary as it feeds into the Rivers’ middle and high schools located in downtown Alpharetta. The Tributary will meet the developmental and academic needs specific to 4th and 5th graders following our proven model for success. Rivers Academy and now The Tributary are unique in that they serve students that are in pursuit of a passion, at an elite level, unattainable with the constraints of a traditional school schedule. Rivers Academy students can get their academic and elective requirements met in a three day school week, leaving them time to practice, perform and travel. Rivers Academy is focused on student’s academics while keeping their authentic self intact along with offering them a social life, and school

events. With advanced curriculum, small class sizes and positive peer interactions, an exceptional learning environment is provided. Our teachers are highly educated, dedicated, caring, and remarkable at delivering accelerated content. Students develop superior

mastery and critical thinking skills while taking ownership of their learning. Rivers’ staff work together with parents to develop the whole child through mutual respect and character driven expectations. The hectic days of running from place to place and

the inevitable exhaustion that follows become non issues. At Rivers Academy, students can meet and exceed academic requirements and pursue their passions without sacrificing either, ensuring kids build successful life skills. Rivers Academy continues to live out its

mission each day as it serves families that want to support their children’s dreams and reclaim the right to a quality education. For Information Please Visit:

Opening Fall 2013 Rivers Academy – The Tributary Introducing Intermediate Department Tours available for 4th and 5th grade Advanced Curriculum Small Class Sizes • Condensed School Week Our students have the time, energy and focus to excel academically and in their chosen passion.

Pursue your passion without academic compromise 61 Canton Street • Alpharetta, GA 30009 • • 770-475-0081

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Traditional Montessori student-focused teaching Montessori Kids Academy is located at 3034 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming, next to the Publix shopping center. We are a SACS/CASI accredited school and a member of the American Montessori Society. We currently participate in the Georgia Student Scholarship Program, a tax-savings program created to enable parents to use their money tax-free for education. Montessori Kids Academy offers a traditional Montessori student-focused constructivist teaching style. Our growing school teaches children from 18 months to 3 years of age in our preprimary classroom, 3 years to 6 years of age in our primary classrooms, and 6 to 12 years of age in our elementary classrooms. We strive to maintain a low student to teacher ratio in each classroom. The school is housed in a 20,000 square foot, state-ofthe-art building complete with a children’s garden, outdoor classroom, spacious library, learning kitchen, computer lab, indoor café, outside picnic patio, two music rooms, and traditional Montessori furnishings.

The following daily enrichments are offered as part of our Montessori curriculum at no additional cost: Chinese, Spanish, Music, Art, Cooking, and Organic Gardening. We also provide a P. E. class and Chess for our elementary students. Transportation to and from regular field trips is provided by the new Montessori Kids Academy school bus. Students enjoy daily yoga in their classrooms and the computer lab. Montessori Kids Academy also offers an academic summer camp where students can learn while having fun. While at camp, the students will continue with Montessori Language Arts and Mathematics materials and lessons. Each week’s theme will bring new excitement to the students as they learn about the world around them as well as tap into their creativity and imagination. We invite you to call to schedule a tour or to stop by and see our traditional Montessori School that makes a difference around the world as well as at home. Join us for our open house July 20th and Aug 3rd from 10:00-2:00.

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Opening minds, expanding imaginations

We believe that happy, loved and connected children are destined for success in every facet of their lives.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Schools of Quality learning, located at 3036 Old Atlanta Road in Cumming, is an excellent quality childcare facility that combines learning with playing. From the well-trained staff members to the innovative school, children are given the opportunity to explore the world around them, establishing the basis for their future learning experiences. Infants through school age children can learn and play in the spacious school which includes: a cafeteria, playgrounds with age appropriate equipment, computer lab, library, water park, large covered patio, smart

board technology, and much more! At every stage of your child’s journey, Kids ‘R’ Kids develops new and challenging ways to open the mind and expand the imagination – it’s what we call Smart Fun. Our foundation of love and trust is accompanied every step of the way by our teachers, parents and peers. Kids ‘R’ Kids now includes private Playball, Fun Bus, Soccer, Robotics, Chess, Ballet and Tap Lessons. Regardless of your need, whether full time, part time, after school care, or seasonal camps, Kids ‘R’ Kids is the place for your child.

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Huntington Helps Children Make the Move Back to School As the school year approaches, parents call learning centers to help their children transition back to school. This is especially true of parents whose children are reluctant, (even frightened) about returning. The specially-trained teachers and personal attention offered at Huntington Learning Center can give a child the much-needed shot of self-esteem for the new school year. Naturally, children experience some anxiety entering a new classroom.  However, when anxiety turns to dread, it is important to find out why and help them move past it.  Huntington focuses on three building blocks that help a child overcome fear-of-school: skills, confidence, and motivation.  With all three, success follows. We build skills - Children become frustrated when they cannot keep up with classmates or school assignments due to a lack of basic skills.  If a child was having problems

at the end of last school year, new material will be even more overwhelming now. By working on academic skills at our learning centers, children can master new material. We build self-confidence Without self-confidence, children may not feel capable of success.  To build confidence, we set reasonable expectations and attainable goals, praising the child’s achievements.  Finding that they can complete small tasks, children feel better moving on to bigger challenges. We build motivation - When unmotivated, a child may express boredom or frustration with materials studied.  At Huntington, we know that the key to motivating children is to make learning interesting.  We also encourage parents to look for real world opportunities to show their children the value of schoolwork.  Once a child has skills and confidence, motivation follows because now they can do the work. The diagnostic test taken

by students at Huntington Learning Center is the first step toward academic success. After diagnosing a child’s exact strengths and weaknesses, a customized program of instruction can be prescribed.  Our goal is to help children reach their full potential. For more information about Huntington’s customized program of instruction, contact Terry Schwarz of the Alpharetta Huntington Learning Center at 678-240-9221 or visit

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Kumon, the world’s most established supplemental education program, can help your child become that confident, independent learner all parents want their child to be. We develop strong study habits and lay that solid foundation of skills necessary for competency. Consider what these parents have

to say about Kumon: “…We were provided with a very accurate evaluation of our child’s reading and math abilities, along with the steps necessary to reach the goals we had for her. I highly recommend Kumon. It has helped our daughter improve her math and reading skills.” Mother of a rising third

grader, Summit Hill Elementary School “…My child came from a much less rigorous school system out of state and had some catching up to do. Kumon has given her the math and reading skills necessary to be ready for third grade.” Parent of a rising third grade, Vickery Creek Elementary “… Kumon gave our daughter the extra boost she needed while in kindergarten that helped her become the competent reader she is today.” Ann and Eric Anderson, Birmingham Falls Elementary Call AlpharettaMilton Center Instructor Ginny Griffin at 770.777.9121 today to find out how Kumon can help your child reach his or her full potential!

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Three common myths about the SAT debunked Myth 1: Colleges prefer the SAT over the ACT All four-year colleges in the U.S. now accept the ACT, and it is highly regarded. Some admissions professionals will even tell you that they prefer it over the SAT because it is based more on coursework and better reflects how a student will perform in college. They can take a free ACT vs. SAT Comparison Test at Chyten to determine which test is best. Myth 2: Colleges only see the scores I send them This is often accompanied by rumors like “it doesn’t matter how many times I take the SAT because colleges won’t see it,” or “I will just focus on one section of the SAT at a time because colleges will take my highest score for each section.” While many colleges state that they will still “Superscore” (use the highest section across multiple test dates), the jury is still out on why they want all the scores. Most think it is simply in the interest of making certain that they have all the correct data to select the highest scores.

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The 3 hour test is held in the Chyten centers under actual test conditions. It contains all components of both the SAT and ACT. Within just a few days of taking the test, the Center Director will sit down with you to review the results. During this introductory period, there is no cost for either the test or the private consultation (a $90 value).

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King’s Ridge students jump start career and life direction The Journey For Life Impact program at King’s Ridge Christian School is unlike any other college and life preparatory experience offered. The PreK – 12th grade curriculum promotes students’ self-discovery and instructs them on how to reach their potential by not just letting life happen, but taking intentional, planned action toward achieving their life and career goals. Students will be prepared

to navigate their lives by creating clear objectives, viewing problems as opportunities and working with courage, creativity and confidence to achieve their goals. They will emerge as strong problem solvers, critical thinkers, life-long learners and collaborative leaders who adapt effectively to change, follow their passions, joyfully serve others and make a positive impact in the world. The Journey For Life

Impact also provides opportunities for students to develop life skills for successful relationships and meaningful work, connect globally, participate in internship experi-

ences and have mentors who invest in their success as their life purpose starts to emerge. All members of the community are invited to take a closer look on Tuesday,

July 23 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at a Community Open House event. Admission tours are available upon request. Contact 770-754-5738 or visit

FSA High School: A top Performing School of Choice FSA High School: A top Performing School of Choice Fulton Science Academy High School is an open enrollment tuitionfree public charter school in North Alpharetta that is open to all students in Fulton Country. According to the latest release of EOCT and AP scores, FSAHS has out-performed many of the schools in Fulton County, placing it in the top 5 schools within the county. With 100% passing rates in AP US History, Language, Calculus, and Spanish Language, and 90% passing in World History, the students are well-prepared for a successful college career upon graduation. The small classes also allow for individual attention to each student. The school has committed to maintaining small class sizes in order to afford all students a quality education. The average class size is 17 students with a student to teacher ratio of 11:1. Not only does the school have an excellent academic record, they also excel in extra-curricular activities. FSAHS has been awarded every year for their robotics team which has gone to the national competition nearly every year for the past 9 years. FSAHS has been the best performing school in the state tech fair, with the most awards in multiple categories

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for the past 5 years. These are only a few of the accomplishments. The school also has award-winning teams in History Bowl, Mock Trial and Science Fair competitions. If after school clubs or sports are what you are looking for, FSAHS has you covered. Students are primary in deciding which clubs are offered. In the past, the school has had clubs from Chess to Zombie Survival. Sports are up and coming, and we have basketball, soccer, table-tennis, and cheerleading teams. To be added soon will be swimming, volleyball, and possibly golf. Accommodating student desires is the priority for FSAHS. The school is currently accepting applications for enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year. Spaces are limited, and students are accepted on a first come, first served basis. You are encouraged to go online to to fill out an online application and you will be sent an enrollment packet. If you would like to guarantee a spot, you can come in and fill out the enrollment paperwork. For any questions, you can call 770-475-3223 and the friendly, pleasant staff will be happy to help.


FSA High School offers a variety of high quality opportunities in ways that address and maximize each child’s unique learning characteristics, interest, personal needs, and capabilities. FSA High School cordially invites your family to join us for our

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