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STEM Education

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Why courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are more important than ever.

Building Strong Study Habits

8 Critical Communication 19 Headmaster’s Corner

Suzanna Jemsby, Head of School for The Galloway School.

Tips from teachers and tutors on how to help your child study more effectively.

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The Importance of Arts Programs

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77 Boarding School Directory

Educators say that arts instruction 94 Educational Resources stimulates students’ critical Tutoring, summer camps and thinking, strengthens problemactivities, field trips and more. solving skills and improves academic performance. 106 Advertiser Index

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Metro Atlanta Area Map To search for independent schools by region or neighborhood, turn to page 34 and use the color-coded map to direct you to each region’s page number.

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Once you’ve selected your region of interest, the charts beginning on page 36 include a comparison of features for each school in that region, along with the page number for each school’s ad.

Divided into regions of Atlanta, the color-coded maps beginning on page 39 provide each school’s location and page number for their ad.

Advertiser Index To find a school or resource by name, turn to the advertiser index on page 106 to find the appropriate page number.

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Timeline for Finding a School Prepare for enrolling your child in school KEY: I = INDEPENDENT SCHOOL, P = PUBLIC SCHOOL

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MONTHS AWAY • Determine your child’s needs and expectations. I,P • Research open house dates. I,P • Inquire about each school’s admissions process. I

• Schedule any required health tests or immunizations. I,P • To determine your school zone, use the county’s Web site or call the System directly. P

• Narrow down your choices. I,P • Submit application and fees by the deadline. I

• Find out what documentation is required for registration. P • Complete registration forms and file with school. P

OF 1ST DAY CLASS • Prepare your child by making sure he or she gets a good night’s sleep, adheres to the dress code and is on time. I,P

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• Make a final decision and send in your acceptance to the school of your choice. I

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Important Dates Dates subject to change. Please check with your local school district for updates. T = Traditional Calendar Y = Year-round Calendar

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Public Schools Winter Holidays Dec. 17 – Jan. 1 Hall Dec. 19 – Jan. 2 Griffin-Spalding, Rockdale Dec. 20 – Jan. 2 Atlanta City (Y), Gwinnett Dec. 20 – Jan. 4 Atlanta City (T), Fulton Dec. 21 – Jan. 2 Coweta, Decatur City Dec. 21 – Jan. 4 Cherokee, Forsyth, Paulding Dec. 21 – Jan. 7 Buford City, Cobb Dec. 24 – Jan. 4 Fayette, Marietta City Dec. 24 – Jan. 7 DeKalb, Douglas, Henry, Clayton Jan. 21 All Feb. 11-15 Decatur City Feb. 15-18 Clayton, Cobb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall Feb. 18 Atlanta City (T, Y), DeKalb Feb. 18-20 Buford City Feb. 18-22 Cherokee, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Griffin-Spalding, Henry, Marietta City, Paulding, Rockdale

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Last Day of School May 22 Atlanta City (T), Cherokee, Gwinnett, Hall May 23 Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Rockdale May 24 Buford City, Coweta, Decatur City, Fayette, Forsyth, Griffin-Spalding, Marietta City, Paulding May 31 Atlanta City (Y), Douglas, Henry

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Trends and Happenings in Georgia Education What You Need to Know to Stay Up to Date with Atlanta and Georgia Education Brandon Hall Enters Historic Alliance Brandon Hall School recently announced an alliance with Shanghai World Foreign Language Middle School. This multiyear partnership allows students to pursue a dual diploma in both China and the United States. Georgia SAT Scores on the Rise Georgia’s high school seniors scored an average of 1,452 on the SAT collegeentrance exam, according to a report issued in September. That represents a seven-point rise and marks the end of a five-year downward slide. S.T.E.M. Schools Take Home Honors The Technology Association of Georgia and the TAG Education Collaborative announced the winners of the inaugural S.T.E.M. Education Awards in September. The awards 12

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are designed to honor schools and other organizations that support and promote education in the growing fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.). The Georgia School of Mathematics, Science and Technology and Carrollton Middle School were among the winners. For more information, visit www.tagonline.org. Georgia Schools Win National Honors Eight Georgia schools were among the 269 schools nationwide named 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education in September. Austell Intermediate School, Britt David Magnet Academy, Chase Street Elementary, Crabapple Crossing Elementary, Fairmount Elementary, First Presbyterian Day School, Kittredge Magnet School and Simpson Elementary were the

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Georgia schools honored for high levels of academic achievement. Entertainer Launches Green Nonprofit Singer and television personality Cee Lo Green visited Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, where he once attended school, for an August groundbreaking ceremony for the GreenHouse Foundation. The nonprofit aims to make “green” education more accessible to students in underserved school districts. Atlanta Schools Among Top Catholic Schools Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta and Pinecrest Academy in Cumming were named among America’s top 50 Catholic secondary schools by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll in September. It was Holy Spirit’s third time receiving the honor


and the fourth time for Pinecrest Academy. Fulton County Experiences Record Enrollment The start of the 2012-2013 school year saw Fulton County Schools experience an all-time high in student enrollment, with 93,818 students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade based on the first four weeks of school. That represents a population growth of more than 1,300 students over last year. Atlanta School Cafeterias Take State Honors Metro Atlanta school cafeterias and school systems were among the winners at Georgia School Nutrition Association’s National School Lunch Week

Kickoff Luncheon on Sept. 26. Among the highlights: Cobb County Schools won an award for Food Safety, while Cherokee, Fulton and Gwinnett County Schools won awards for working with local farms and producers. Early Learning Center Opens in Buckhead Atlanta International School opened its new Early Learning Center on Aug. 21, offering full-immersion language instruction in French, German and Spanish for 3- and 4-year-old students. In other news, the school’s Adair Art, Science and Design Center recently received a LEED silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Woodward Academy to Begin Testing Students for Drug Use Starting with the 20132014 school year, College Park’s Woodward Academy will begin administering random drug tests to students. Teachers and administrators will also be subjected to testing. The tests will be administered about every two weeks and results will be reported only to parents and the school’s administration. Woodward will become the second Georgia school to enforce random drug testing, after the Wesleyan School in Norcross. End-of-Course Tests Show Improvement Results from the spring 2012 Georgia Endof-Course Tests show improvement in U.S. History, Economics, Biology, Physical Science, Ninth Grade Literature, American Literature and Mathematics I. “End-of-Course Tests are more rigorous than the Georgia High School Graduation Tests, so increases are further testament to the great job our teachers are doing delivering the Georgia Performance Standards to students in a way that they are grasping,” State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. www.atlantaschoolguide.com

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Education 101

Terms to know in your search for the right educational experience for your child Charter School  A tax-supported public school that is independently run, allowing for greater educational choice for a school community. Experiential Learning  An educational approach using applied, hands-on methods of learning. INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)  A specifically designed comprehensive academic program emphasizing traditional disciplines while encouraging an international perspective.

Magnet School A public school that offers a specific or enhanced curriculum designed for students of special interest or ability. Montessori  A school following the principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori focusing on the unique individuality, self-reliance and independence of children. Special Needs A school or program for children who have mild-tomoderate learning differences. It usually features smaller class sizes, individualized attention and multisensory learning methods.

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Accreditation Official certification that guarantees a school provides an education of a reasonably high quality. Schools must prove levels of quality and maintain continuous standards of improvement. ACT An alternative to the SAT, this national college admissions examination consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science, with an optional 30minute writing test. Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) A measure of year-to-year student achievement on statewide assessments as required by the No Child Left Behind Act.


Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) Tests designed to measure how well students in grades one through eight acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Georgia Performance Standards. Early Childhood Education  Education that applies to children from birth to age eight, focusing specifically on their development, including physical, emotional, sensory, communicative, cognitive and social needs. GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TESTS (GHSGT)  All students seeking a Georgia high school diploma must pass four content areas as well as the Georgia High School Writing Assessment. Georgia Performance Standards  Statewide standards of academic content for all subjects K-12, to which every school must adhere and on which students are annually tested. HOPE Scholarship (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally)  A scholarship in Georgia, funded by the Georgia Lottery, that rewards academically achieving students with financial assistance to attend eligible public and private Georgia colleges and universities.

Did You Know: More than 1.5 million HOPE scholarships have been awarded totaling more than $6.6 billion.

Mission/Philosophy A statement outlining the guidelines a school follows to achieve its goals or maintain performance standards. No Child Left Behind Act A federal law passed in 2001 designed to ensure that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and meet state academic standards of proficiency. Notification Deadline  The date by which an independent school notifies families of the acceptance of a child for enrollment to the school. Open House An event held at a school, at which parents can learn more about the school and its offerings. PSAT A standardized test that offers students practice for the SAT Reasoning Test and allows them to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Reply Deadline  The date by which parents must notify an accepting school of their commitment to enroll their child. SAT  This standardized test measures the critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills of students planning to attend college. Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) The admissions test that many independent schools require students to take in order to be considered for enrollment. Summer Camp A common destination for children and teenagers during the summer, at which they can participate in a variety of activities or classes. www.atlantaschoolguide.com

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Deciphering Associations and Organizations Many local and national organizations work to bring out the best in summer camps and public, private and boarding schools by setting policies, serving as advocates, researching educational advancements, identifying schools that meet certain standards through accreditation or by offering services to the educational communities both in Atlanta and in Georgia. The following are just some of the organizations you should know in your search for the best educational experience for your child. AdvancED www.advanc-ed.org Parent organization for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, AdvancED advances education excellence through accreditation and school improvement American Camp Association (ACA) www.acacamps.org Accredits camps that meet industry-accepted and 16

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Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) www.acsi.org ACSI strives to enable Christian educators and schools worldwide to effectively teach using Christ-centered curricula and programs. Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) www.montessori-ami.org Recognizes schools that strongly adhere to Montessori principles and practices. Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS) aaais.org Although not an accrediting agency, AAAIS is an affiliation of independent schools and operates under analogous principles and a common code of ethics.

government-recognized standards, educates owners and directors and establishes guidelines.

The Council of International Schools (CIS) www.cois.org The premier organization in International Education for the accreditation of schools and Best Practice development.

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) www.boardingschools.com This organization of 300 boarding schools serves the professional development needs of boarding schools and provides information to potential students and their families.

Department of Education (DOE) www.doe.k12.ga.us A statewide, policy-driven organization governing the public school system of education in Georgia for K-12, the DOE operates under the direction of the State Superintendent of Schools.

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Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC) www.coe.uga.edu/gac GAC offers four levels of approval: preparation status, provisional accreditation, accreditation and accreditation with quality. Georgia Association of Christian Schools (GACS) www.gacs.org Uses generally accepted indicators of quality, voluntary self-improvement and peer review to measure schools. Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) www.gael.org This statewide umbrella organization of six professional associations provides unity among school leadership organizations in Georgia. Georgia Association for Private Schools for Exceptional Children (GAPSEC) www.gapsec.org This state organization is for schools that serve students with learning issues. Georgia Charter School Association (GCSA) www.gacharters.org A membership organization whose mission is to be an effective advocate and service provider for all charter public schools in Georgia.

Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) www.gisa-schools.org An association of private, independent and parochial schools throughout the state whose mission is to advance excellence and collaboration among Georgia’s independent schools.

tion and conduct of public school teachers and staff.

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) www.gpee.org This non-profit organization of business, education, community and government leaders aims to shape policy and reform public education in the state.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) www.naeyc.org The NAEYC focuses on the quality of educational and developmental services for children, from birth to age eight, including daycare and Pre-K centers. It is a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional affiliates, and a growing global alliance.

Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC) www.gapsac.org Association of K-12 private schools whose students are recognized and approved by the Georgia DOE for transferring credits to public schools on the same basis as students from public schools. Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) www.gapsc.com A state organization responsible for setting and applying high standards for the preparation, certification, and continued licensing of Georgia public educators. Prepara-

Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) www.gsba.com Representing Georgia’s 180 elected boards of education, GSBA provides leadership and services to local boards of education.

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) www.nais.org The association values and works to maintain the independent nature of each member school by promoting high standards of educational quality and ethical behavior. National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) www.napsec.org Represents private specialized education programs and their leaders u www.atlantaschoolguide.com

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zations dedicated to preserving the integrity of the accreditation process for thousands of private schools across the nation.

by promoting high quality programs for individuals with disabilities and their families. National Christian School Association (NCSA) www.nationalchristian.org Administrators from accredited schools, university educators and public schools preside over the accreditation process for NCSA. National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA) www.ncpsa.org A consortium of several private school organi-

Southeastern Association of Boarding Schools (SABS) www.sabs.org An association of 23 boarding schools committed to promoting and supporting boarding education opportunities in Southeastern states, including the Carolinas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) www.sacs.org Member schools meet research-based standards and maintain continuous school improvement and quality assurance. Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) www.sais.org Members meet quality standards, receive peer evaluation and implement a school plan focused on strategic improvement.

For more information about these and other organizations and associations that ensure quality education among camps and schools, visit the websites of the Georgia Department of Education (www.k12.ga.us) or the U.S. Department of Education (www.ed.gov).

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Serving all eligible Students ages 3-5 with disabilities. Parents must live within the Fulton County Schools District.

調 Diagnostic & Evaluation Services 調 Speech/Language Therapy 調 Specialized Community & School Based Special Education It is the policy of the Fulton County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability in any employment practice, educational program, or any other program, activity or service.

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Headmaster’s Corner

Suzanna Jemsby

Head of School, The Galloway School

What is your educational philosophy? I believe it’s important to focus on obtaining and mastering skills for life, rather than simply remembering content; focusing more on how rather than what students learn; assessing each student’s potential and helping them to realize it; helping students to realize that they will learn best if learning itself is fun. What do you love most about your job? I love thinking about how to actively engage all learners in creative ways. And I love participating in the end-of-day carpool with the 3-year-olds. How can parents best contribute to the education process? Eat dinner with your children and engage them in conversation. It makes them think critically. How is the field of education changing? The boundaries of the classroom have

PHOTO: Patricia O’Driscoll

Suzanna Jemsby recently took the helm of The Galloway School after working at the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education. She is fluent in German and French and is a cellist as well as a published author of short stories.

been blasted wide open. Topics are global and incredibly interdisciplinary. Language learning has never been as important as now. What advice would you offer parents about their children’s education? Choose a school and type of schooling whose philosophy, mission and values are close to that of the family. A focus on joyful learning will likely result in a confident, happy person who will find a good direction for him or herself. The Essentials: THE GALLOWAY SCHOOL Emphasis: A vibrant community of learners who pursue the values of individuality, fearlessness, mastery and community. Year Founded: 1969 Grades: Pre-K through High School Students: 747

Avg. Class Size: 15 Tuition Range: $10,650 - $21,370 Accreditations or Affiliations: NAIS, SAIS, GISA, AAAIS Location: Chastain Park, Buckhead Contact: 404-252-8389, www.gallowayschool.org

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WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT BY DANIEL BEAUREGARD

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s technology continues to expand at a rapid rate, careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are among the fastest-growing jobs in the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics 20

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Administration, STEM-related job growth was three times greater than that of nonSTEM jobs over the last 10 years. Over the next decade, STEM jobs are expected to grow at an even faster rate as those fields take on an increased importance due to continuing technological advances.


ing that whether students are takAn early start on STEM educaing biology or a language arts tion can give today’s elementary class, what they’re learnand high-school students ing will relate in some an advantage when comSTEM makes way to STEM and how it peting for high-tech, subjects applies to the real world. high-wage jobs in the In addition, STEM edfuture. For that reason, accessible to all ucation fosters an envimany schools in the Atronment that encourages lanta area and across students instead collaboration. the country are adoptof reserving “STEM is driven by ing STEM initiatives and problem-solving, discovincorporating some asthem for gifted ery, exploratory learning pects of STEM into their programs. and student-centered curricula. development of ideas Exactly what falls under the heading of STEM can differ from and solutions,” says Andres Pinzon, school to school. But in general, STEM STEM center director for Holy Spirit Precurricula emphasizes instruction that in- paratory School. troduces students to the principles of these disciplines at an earlier age, even in Approaches to STEM Education elementary school, and makes these sub- There are a number of different apjects accessible to all students instead of proaches to teaching STEM in Atlanta, reserving them for advanced classes and including schools dedicated solely to gifted programs. And many such schools STEM learning. One of those is the Gwinoffer an “integrated” curriculum, mean- nett School of Mathematics, Science and www.atlantaschoolguide.com

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Technology, a charter school in the Gwin- age, while they’re open-minded and crenett County school district. The Gwin- ative, says principal Jennifer Hernandez. Other area schools offer STEM coursnett School came into being to produce students who could help fill employment es as a part of a wider curriculum. Mount gaps in STEM fields and “to bridge the Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek interest that kids innately have of STEM uses integrated technology in and out and reach down into the elementary and of the classrooms to help prepare stumiddle schools and excite the students dents for post-secondary education in STEM fields. Mount Carmel Chrismore,” says principal Jeff Mathews. tian School offers technology and The school brings in partners to engineering courses, and speak to the students each also features engineering, year, and every student is required to participate in The key is to robotics and science clubs so students can further a job-shadowing program get children their interests outside of and complete an internship at a local STEM company interested at the classroom. Students at Holy Spirit’s before graduating. an early age. STEM lab have enWhile many metro Atgaged in such activities as lanta schools with a STEMbased curriculum are high schools, the competitive robotics and 3-D modeling. Marietta Center for Advanced Academ- Fourth-grade students were able to exics (MCAA) serves students in grades perience a 3-D simulation of the solar three through five. That’s because the system. Response has been so positive that for key to filling the gaps in the STEM fields is to get children interested at an early the 2012-2013 school year, the school 22

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Students learn about chemistry in the STEM lab at Holy Spirit Preparatory School.


Roswell International Math & Science School

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has extended its offerings to include a STEM honors diploma program and a number of new STEM clubs, including Mythbusters and Cosmetic Design. Cherokee Christian High School in Woodstock also features a separate STEM diploma program, the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Other schools offer separate STEM schools inside their walls: The Rockdale Magnet School for Science And Technology is housed within Rockdale County High School in Conyers. Areas of Emphasis While the Gwinnett School focuses on bioscience, engineering and emerging technology, the emphasis at MCAA is on engineering. At one time, each grade level was offered four different STEM classes, says Hernandez, but teachers and officials realized that engineering is “the glue that holds all the pieces together.” Students from a third grade class about heat and energy recently designed, built and tested a solar oven to reinforce what they’d learned. Another group went into a creek on MCAA’s property and tested the water, then designed and built an eco-friendly birdhouse. At the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, meanwhile, “the cornerstone of our curriculum is scientific research,” says director Mary Ann Suddeth. After fulfilling some required courses, students can branch out into a research area such as microbiology, physics or engineering. The school has several labs where students perform hands-on research in such areas as cellular biology, microbiology, animal and plant sciences and nanotechnology. Before graduating, each student is required to complete a scientific research project based on their area of study. 24

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Preparing for the Future Whether incorporating STEM into an existing curriculum or focusing exclusively on a specific STEM field, all of these schools are pursuing the same goal: acquainting students with areas of study that are becoming increasingly important—and preparing them to pursue degrees and careers in science and engineering fields. The goal at the Rockdale Magnet School, says Suddeth, is to expose students to academic opportunities that will help rocket them into top-notch colleges and jobs. “Our students stand out in those application processes because of the opportunities they’ve had here,” she says. The majority of students at MCAA, says Hernandez, will “matriculate through high school, college and beyond” in the STEM field. “We feel that giving the students the opportunity to learn at a higher level and be exposed to STEM will really propel them forward and prepare them” for the future, she says. STEM 101 What is STEM, anyway? STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These four disciplines are considered crucial fields of study for today’s students. Why is it important? STEM careers are among the fastest-growing fields in the country. STEM schools and curricula are designed to meet the growing need for workers in these areas. What are some examples of STEM related fields or careers? A very brief list of STEM-related jobs and fields would include computer science, biochemistry, robotics, computer engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, astrophysics, nanotechnology, statistics, nuclear physics and mathematical biology.


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“Knowing how your child learns is the key to providing support,” says Joye Callaway, director of the Academic Resource Center at the Lovett School. Where and When to Study Observing where your child does his or her homework is a good place to start. Experts agree that a well-defined homework area is crucial. Consider establishing a “homework office” to enforce the idea that studying is important and requires its own space. Students “should not be lounging on the bed,” says Libby Porter, who Sitting down to study teaches skills and strategies for success at a consistent time at Marist School. every day reinforces it And make sure to keep this study area as part of the child’s free from such distractions as music and everyday routine. cell or smart phones. “Even if the phone is on vibrate, it lights up, and for kids who are visual learners, that’s a distraction,” she says. Even more important than where your student studies is when. Sitting down to study at a consistent ducational achievement hinges on time every day reinforces it as part of the parental involvement that evolves child’s everyday routine. What time of day to fit the child’s needs, from the that takes place depends on finding your first day of first grade to high school child’s best time of day to focus and concentrate. Many educators recommend imgraduation and beyond. Communication with your child is mediately after school, before your child critical, both when establishing a study becomes too tired to study effectively. As for how long a child should study, routine and afterward, to ensure that things go smoothly. That means not only that will vary depending on the child’s telling a child to do his or her homework grade level and their workload. In genbut learning their existing study habits in eral, setting aside an hour each day is a good place to start. order to help improve them.

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Start with brief periods of study, punctuated by short breaks. “Students should try to fully focus on their work for 20 minutes,” which is about what our short-term memory can actually process, says Porter. After that, she stresses a break of no longer than five minutes, as longer breaks can reduce concentration. Parental Involvement Organizing your child’s study time is another major step. Have him or her write down objectives for each day’s session and keep a log so that he or she can see their results. Encourage them to break larger tasks into smaller ones to make them seem less intimidating. Check in afterward to see what they’ve covered and whether they’ve retained it. “Ask them to recap it in two minutes,” says Porter. “That’s when they know ‘I’ve got this,’ or ‘I didn’t really get Danielle Hawkins, assisthis,’” she adds. tant director of Atlanta If your child is inTutors. volved in extracurricuAnother key area of lar activities, tests and communication is makspecial projects can get Another key area ing sure your child gets lost in the shuffle of pracrest. Lack of tices, games and lesof communication adequate sleep eventually wears sons. Keep a calendar in down a child’s cognitive a common area, such as is making sure abilities, and can make the kitchen, so that prepyour child gets it difficult to concentrate aration for a Friday spelland retain information. ing quiz can be a priority adequate rest. “Deprivation can exthroughout the week. Learning to be creative with free time haust our memory and our processing of is also important. Use the ride to baseball material,” says Porter. “Students will nopractice as a chance to practice spelling tice that they can’t locate the right word words. “It’s the little things that you can in their brain, and they will find that their do that make such a big impact,” says abilities are compromised.” 28

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Students “should not be lounging on the bed” when studying, says Marist’s Libby Porter. Help them establish a “homework office.”

Proper nutrition is just as important: “Healthy food fuels the brain to work efficiently and effectively,” says Callaway. But while parents should always be available, parent and child should work toward the child’s independence. “Children do not want their parents to do their homework for them,” says Callaway. “Ownership is important and essential for a student’s self-esteem, especially by the middle school years.” Other Sources Many schools have research labs or special programs designed to assist students. The Lovett School’s Academic Resource

Center offers a learning specialist program that assists with time management, study skills and other learning strategies. Similarly, the Academic Resource Center at Pace Academy helps students develop strong learning habits. Tutors can also be a valuable resource, bringing a fresh perspective to study challenges. “Our tutors assess situations with a fresh pair of eyes and implement new tactics that are tailored to the families’ individual needs,” says Hawkins of Atlanta Tutors. “The tutor will then build a specific plan for that student and his or her family.” Last but not least, don’t forget the most important figure in your child’s school life—the person who teaches him or her every day. “If a child is struggling, that’s the time to talk to a teacher,” she says. At every stage of a child’s education, motivated parents can do a great deal to ensure academic success. Paying attention, creating structure and giving children the space they need can go a long way toward putting your young scholar on the right path. TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE STUDYING 1. Before beginning a study session, have your child write down the goals for that day’s study time. 2. Have your child study at the same time each day. 3. Keep a daily log so that your child can track his or her progress and accomplishments. 4. Major projects and papers can be intimidating for children. Help your child get started by breaking large tasks into small, doable pieces. This practice will also help your child to form good habits and avoid procrastination. 5. Don’t overload or overschedule your child to the point that studying is secondary to extracurricular activities.

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in the Classroom EXPLORING THE IMPORTANCE OF ARTS EDUCATION BY CADY SCHULMAN

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At a time when some educators are obsessed with rankings on standardized tests and many school systems face spending cuts, arts education can be seen as a luxury. But studies have shown that instruction in visual arts, music, theater and other disciplines can promote cognitive abilities, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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ccording to the advocacy group Americans for the Arts, arts education stimulates critical thinking, refines cognitive and creative skills and strengthens problem-solving. Participation in arts programs has also been linked with gains in math, reading and other areas, according to the research compendium Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Achievement and Social Development. “Research in education is showing us that the creative thought process … [and] the high order of thinking skills we need to be instilling in kids are a fundamental component of their intelligence,” says Kevin Glass, headmaster of Atlanta International School (AIS). An early grounding in the arts helps students draw connections between different subjects, says John Kennedy, headmaster at Lakeview Academy. In drawing classes, for example, students “go from stick figures to proportions, which is a mathematical term,” he says.

“And music helps with composition, which is used in writing.” “All schools need to have a core art program,” says Jessica Henley, head of school at Creative Career Academy. “It just builds that bridge.” A Wealth of Options Fortunately, metro Atlanta is rich with options. Its public school systems, including those in DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties, each boast an arts department that stresses the importance of arts education in a well-rounded curriculum. Similarly, most of Atlanta’s independent schools offer classes in music, visual and/or performing arts. But while just about any school in the Atlanta area offers some form of basic arts instruction, some have chosen to single out arts education as a key part of their academic focus. Mill Springs Academy, an independent school in Alpharetta, employs a full-time arts faculty including two art teachers, a band director, a music teacher, a theater teacher and a technical www.atlantaschoolguide.com

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director. Lakeview Academy has added new programs and staff in recent years to ensure that every middle school student is able to take at least three years of art, drama and music. Mount Paran Christian School offers the Dozier School of the Performing Arts, a school-within-a-school providing courses in dance, drama and vocal and instrumental music, as well as the afterschool Murray Arts Academy. And at Creative Career Academy, students choose a major and pursue a curriculum based on such fields as computer science, video game design and digital filmmaking. Atlanta’s charter and magnet schools each offer a different degree of emphasis on the arts, as well. The Atlanta Preparatory Academy, a K-8 charter school, includes a magnet-like arts and technology focus, while the DeKalb School of the Arts, a magnet school serving grades eight through 12, combines a rigor32

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ous academic curriculum with studies in dance, drama, creative writing and other disciplines. But independent, charter and magnet schools aren’t alone in offering a more concentrated focus on the arts. In addition to its Fine & Performing Arts Department, Atlanta Public Schools has developed ArtsAPS, a three-year program to improve arts curriculum and implement arts testing in grades five, eight and 10. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the program underwent a pilot run at Grady High School in 2011 and aims to become a national model for arts education. Helping Students Learn In addition to their academic benefits, arts programs can also provide students with the motivation to stay in school. “A child may not be a great reader, but for 45 minutes or an hour a day, he

PHOTO: Atlanta International School

Atlanta International School’s visual arts program teaches Kindergarten through grade 12.


looks forward to walking into a room and playing with clay and making something beautiful,” says Kennedy of Lakeview Academy. “There are a lot of children who find humiliation, who find frustration [in school]. If you can find something that gives them some kind of feeling of success, you’re going to keep them in school.” Most importantly, says Glass from AIS, introducing children to the arts can help them figure out what their passions are and give them confidence and a sense of self that will serve them well in the world beyond school. “If you can discover that thing that makes your heart sing, you know you’ll have a happy and healthy life,” he says. “[They will] leave school with absolute understanding that they can and will do new and cool [things] with their lives.”

HOW ARTS EDUCATION PROMOTES LEARNING t3&"%*/(Drama instruction has been shown to help develop literacy skills. t."5) According to multiple studies, students who take music classes in high school are more likely to score higher on standardized math tests. One reason is that training in rhythm emphasizes such mathematical concepts as proportion, patterns and ratios. t40$*"-4,*--4Learning to dance or play an instrument and performing in front of peers can instill confidence, persistence and self-esteem, allowing students to overcome fears and see that they can succeed. t.05*7"5*0/At-risk students “cite their participation in the arts as reasons for staying in school,” pointing to such factors as “a supportive environment that promotes constructive … criticism and one where it is safe to take risks.” Source: Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement (National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the Arts Education Partnership)

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REGIONS FOR INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

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Alpharetta, Buford, Dunwoody, Gainesville, Norcross, North Fulton, Northeast Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Sugar Hill

Ansley Park, Athens, Dacula, Decatur, Lilburn, Midtown, Monroe, Morningside, Stone Mtn.

p.56 REGION 3: Atlanta East

p.48 REGION 2: Atlanta North/Northeast

Alpharetta, Buckhead, Crabapple, Marietta, Roswell, Sandy Springs

p.39 REGION 1: Atlanta North/Northwest

Page | Region | Neighborhoods

Atlanta South, College Park, Douglasville, Eagle’s Landing, East Point, Fairburn, Lithonia, Locust Grove, Newnan

Buckhead North, Kennesaw, Powder Springs, Marietta, Smyrna

p.72 REGION 5: Atlanta West

p.64 R  EGION 4: Atlanta South/ Southeast/Southwest

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p.94 Educational Resources

p.86 Public School County Guide

Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Virginia

p.77 Boarding Schools

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Education At-a-Glance This information reflects the latest available data at publication time. Please confirm with each individual school.

Application Deadline

Open House Begins

Uniform

5

AP/iB COURSES

15

SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMs

Avg. Class Size

4

Religious Affiliation*

# Students

Before/After Care

Phone

Kindergarten

School

# Teachers

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Preschool

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Grades/AGES

*KEY: Religious Affiliation: B = Baptist C = Christian CC = Catholic CG = Church of God E = Episcopal L = Lutheran M = Methodist ND = Non-denominational P = Presbyterian Q = Quaker SDA = Seventh Day Adventist

ANNUAL TUITION

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

REGION 1: ATLANTA NORTH/NORTHWEST

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Alexsander Academy

404-839-5910

41

Atlanta International School

404-841-3840

47

Cumberland Academy of Georgia

404-835-9000

44

Eastside Christian School

770-971-2332

45

Eaton Academy

770-645-2673

43

Faith Lutheran School

770-973-8921

47

First Montessori School of Atlanta

404-252-3910

42

The Galloway School

404-252-8389

42

The Heiskell School

404-262-2233

3

High Meadows School

770-993-2940

46

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

678-904-2811

40

Mill Springs Academy

770-360-1336

$6,5002-12th $18,000 $19,0803K-12th $21,780

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12

80

6-10

K5-8th

50

350

12

K-12th

30

150

5

230

15

$21,500 4-12th $5,046$8,283 $5,000$22,000 $4,000$7,000 $10,260$17,750 $10,650$21,370 $4,700$14,055 $5,240$16,030 $5,404$19,418 $20,570$21,860 $9,380$10,650 $18,200$19,025 $4,400$5,850

2y-8th

17

18mo8th

21

265 Varies

3y-12th

89

747

15

2y-8th

29

257

14

3y-8th

55

400

18

PK212th

107

693

Call

50

322

10

39

493

18

20

66

10

2

12

12

1-12th

44

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

770-971-0245

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Porter Academy

770-594-1313

21

Roswell International Math & Science School

770-649-8383

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REGION 2: ATLANTA NORTH/NORTHEAST

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Atlanta North School

770-512-8456

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Brandon Hall School

770-394-8177

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Bridgeway Christian Academy

770-751-1972

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Crimson Academy

678-482-5678

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Lakeview Academy

770-532-4383

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McGinnis Woods Country Day School

770-664-7764

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Mount Pisgah Christian School

678-336-3443

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Northwoods Montessori School

770-457-7261

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North Georgia Christian School

678-828-8350

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Seigakuin Atlanta International School

770-730-0045

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Sugar Hill Christian Academy

678-745-4121

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Victory World Christian School

678-684-2030

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$3,850$5,800 $26,095$49,995 $3,800$10,600 $640$660 mo. $6,120$15,345 $8,875$11,575 $9,045$16,635 $6,720$9,700 $5,765$8,075 $7,100$9,200 $6,746$7,028 $5,858$5,967

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Call

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70

15

28

140

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35

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25

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211

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K-8th

23

275

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12

127

15

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Cliff Valley School

678-302-1302

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The Friends School of Atlanta

404-373-8746

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George Walton Academy

770-267-7578

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770-243-2000

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770-963-9250

Open House Begins

Application Deadline

135

955

19

14

77

10

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$17,250 3y-6th

60

400

22

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3/1

$4,050$15,630 $15,800$17,000 $3,500$8,950 $10,540$15,490 $5,891$7,580 $4,750$14,325

2y-8th

50

260

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Hebron Christian Academy

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946

20

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Heritage Preparatory School of Georgia Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School

404-815-7711

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141

11

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706-433-0223

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132

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150

15

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119

645

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Providence Christian Academy

770-279-7200

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$6,650$10,200

K512th

The Bedford School

770-774-8001

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1-9th

Cornerstone Leadership Academy Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy

770-987-4400 770-957-2927

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Eastminster School

770-785-6780

66

Harvester Christian Academy

770-942-1583

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The Heritage School

770-253-9898

66

Landmark Christian School

770-306-0647

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Romar Academy

404-761-3388

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Strong Rock Christian School

678-833-1200

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Woodward Academy

404-765-4001

$9,600$13,600 $2,790$10,344 $8,800$11,800 $3,900$6,800 $7,205$13,640 $4,225$13,500 $603$850 mo. $5,071$10,644 $10,000$21,950

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129

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10

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15

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160

12

301

18

K-12th

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2/8

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428

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79

843

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170

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207

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Mount Carmel Christian School

Arlington Christian School

9-12th

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Uniform

404-873-6985

69

AP/iB COURSES

404-522-5659

The Children’s School

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SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMs

Avg. Class Size

Canterbury School

61

68

Call

# Students

62

68

Oct.

# Teachers

706-549-9225

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$7,525K3-12th $15,600 $10,620- Infant$15,000 6th

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Before/After Care

Phone

Kindergarten

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Preschool

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Grades/AGES

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*KEY: Religious Affiliation: B = Baptist C = Christian CC = Catholic CG = Church of God E = Episcopal L = Lutheran M = Methodist ND = Non-denominational P = Presbyterian Q = Quaker SDA = Seventh Day Adventist

Religious Affiliation*

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

Jan. Rolling

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Feb.

Appt. Rolling

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3/1

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Atlanta Girls’ School

404-604-0900

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Center Academy

770-333-1616

75

Midway Covenant Christian School

770-590-1866

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Oct.

Appt. Rolling

Appt.

Call

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Praise Academy

770-943-2484

74

St. Joseph Catholic School

770-428-3328

76

Trinity Chapel Academy

678-831-1062

77

AP/iB COURSES

Uniform

100 1,210 18

20

281

15

M

54

490

27

CC

35

266

20

36

275

12

Avg. Class Size

# Students

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Application Deadline

SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMs

ND

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Religious Affiliation*

$2,574- PK3$14,309 12th $2,800K3-12th $4,800 $5,878K-8th $7,641 $6,800K3$8,900 12th

# Teachers

770-578-0182

Before/After Care

Phone

Mount Paran Christian School

Kindergarten

School

73

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Grades/AGES

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ANNUAL TUITION

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

Nov. Rolling

Appt. Rolling

Jan. Rolling

Nov. Rolling

Appt.

boarding schools

84

Asheville School

828-254-6345

81

Brehm Preparatory School

618-457-0371

82

The Gow School

716-652-3450

83

New York Military Academy

845-534-3710

82

The Piney Woods School

601-845-2214

79

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

706-746-7467

78

The Rectory School

860-928-1328

80

Riverside Military Academy

800-462-2338

85

St. Margaret’s School

804-443-3357

78

St. Thomas More School

860-823-3861

83

The Stony Brook School

631-751-1800 706-754-0400

81

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$43,800 9-12th $41,400$66,900 $35,000$54,500 $14,000$36,000 $7,500$22,500 $16,150$40,850 $45,000

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5

7-12th

37

151

4

7-12th

17

125

12

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17

130 10-15

C

50

350

P

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6-12th K-9th

15

ND

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2/1

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Appt. Rolling

Appt. Rolling

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75

220

10

45

420

14

35

105

7

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38

165 6-10

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46

324

14

C

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370

12

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The Heiskell School 42 High Meadows School 3 Holy Spirit Preparatory School (2 locations) 46 Mill Springs Academy 40 Mount Bethel Christian Academy 44 Porter Academy 43 Roswell International Math & Science School (RIMS) 23

Neighborhoods of Note Marietta Beautiful parks, charming streets, 19th-century Victorian homes and historic sites make Marietta a desirable place to call home. Residents enjoy the vibrant downtown square, with its many restaurants, antique shops and happenings.

Woodstock Located in Cherokee County, Woodstock is, as locals say, “where modern amenities meet old Southern charm.” Historic Olde Towne pays a continual tribute to Woodstock’s pioneers through vintage shops and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. www.atlantaschoolguide.com

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Buckhead


Buckhead

The Heiskell School The Heiskell School’s accelerated academic program and its focus on building Godly character have had a life-changing impact in the lives of children for more than 60 years.

OPEN HOUSE Friday, December 7, 2012 Friday, January 18, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Campus Tour and Orientation Meeting

2 Years - 8th Grade Georgia 30305 3260 Northside Drive NW, W A W, Atlanta, Geo

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Crabapple • Marietta

Helping children with learning differences succeed

 Pre-K through 8th Grade  Small group instruction using multi-sensory techniques  Academic programs matched to individual’s strengths  Therapeutic support for all: Speech, OT, Music Therapy  Art, Drama, Sign Language, and Daily PE

www.porteracademy.org‡‡&R[5RDG5RVZHOO

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Roswell


Sandy Springs


Serving students with Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD & LD

4th – 12th, plus a postgraduate year CALL TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE TOUR ROLLING ADMISSIONS

OPEN HOUSE DATES: SACS & GAC Accredited SB10 Approved

3UNDAY *ANUARY pPM 3UNDAY -ARCH pPM

Low Student-Teacher Ratio Robotics, Drama, Chess, College Prep

Athletic Programs Social Skills

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Neighborhoods of Note Alpharetta Offering exceptional shopping, entertainment and dining, Alpharetta also boasts many awardwinning parks and numerous housing options.The city is also home to a 12,000-seat outdoor concert venue, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 48

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Chamblee This DeKalb County suburb attracts diverse residents, thanks to its International Village, a 394-acre neighborhood that is home to people representing more than 30 countries. Chamblee’s Antique Row is the South’s largest antiques area.


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Crimson Academy Building Minds, Growing Futures

Crimson Academy is a Christian School providing early childhood education for ages 6wks-kindergarten.

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ATLANTA NORTH SCHOOL

Preparing Children for God’s Kingdom through Christian Education. Atlanta North School is committed to the provision of a stimulating, happy and safe environment where each child has the opportunity to fully develop spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally and physically.

Challenging Academic Curriculum Small Class Sizes Quality Leadership Up-to-date Technology/Computers Music Program Fully-equipped Science and Art Studio

(770) 316-9297 www.atlantanorthschool.com 5123 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. Dunwoody, GA 30338

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Adventist School of Excellence

Accredited by: (SACS), (NCPSA), (GAPSAC), Adventist Edge School of Excellence, Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) www.atlantaschoolguide.com

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north fulton â&#x20AC;˘ NORTHEAST ATLANTA

Victory World Christian School is a multicultural community of learners committed to Christian discipleship, academic excellence & world transformation. 1 Pre-K (4) through 5th grade elementary program 1 High curriculum standards & creative learning environments 1 Interactive Technology in every classroom (whiteboards & laptops) 1 Rosetta Stone Spanish in all classes 1 Extracurricular Activities (ballet, jazz, chorus, drama, Tai-Kwon-do, piano)

5905 BROOK HOLLOW PARKWAY, NORCROSS, GA 30071

Phone: 678.684.2030 Fax: 678.684.2031 www.vwcs.org

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Greater Atlanta Christian School 60 Hebron Christian Academy 58 Heritage Preparatory School of Georgia 57 Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School 58 Mount Carmel Christian School 63 Providence Christian Academy 61

Neighborhoods of Note Decatur A great mix of history and modernity, Decatur is home to more than 200 shops, restaurants, galleries and performance venues located along tree-lined streets. Events take place throughout the year at the city’s historic downtown square. 56

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Stone Mountain With a revitalized downtown and a variety of familyoriented activities, Stone Mountain has much to offer. The city’s four city parks, as well as Stone Mountain Park, make this one of the cleanest and “greenest” areas in Metro Atlanta.


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Cherokee CHEROKEE

Number of Schools Elementary Intermediate Middle High Alternative Evening Centers

24 1 7 6 1 1 1

Total # of Students: 38,293 Spending per Student: $8,963

Board of Education 770-479-1871 www.cherokee.k12.ga.us

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Number of Schools Elementary 36 Middle 14 High 9 Charter 2 Special Education Centers 2 Magnet 1 Total # of Students: 50,204

Number of Schools Elementary 65 Middle 25 High 15 Magnet 6 Charter 5 Special Education Centers 2 Virtual Academies 2

Spending per Student: $9,427

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Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Etowah High 1615 Cherokee High 1597 Creekview High 1593 Woodstock High 1576 Sequoyah High 1570

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 830.75 (M) 820.74 5th: (R) 826.72 (M) 823.90 8th: (R) 832.71 (M) 814.01 2012 Average SAT: 1254 Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Lovejoy High 1314 Riverdale High 1285 North Clayton High 1272 Jonesboro High 1253 Forest Park High 1251

What’s New The Clayton County Board of Education has appointed Luvenia Jackson, a veteran educator with 33 years’ experience serving the children of Clayton County, as interim superintendent. She was sworn in on Oct. 1, 2012, replacing Superintendent Edmond Heatley.

Total # of Students: 107,245

Board of Education 770-426-3300 www.cobb.k12.ga.us

2012 Average SAT: 1587

What’s New Cherokee County School District Class of 2012 graduates earned the highest SAT scores in the district’s history, beating the national average by 89 points.

Spending per Student: $10,084

Board of Education 770-473-2700 www.clayton.k12.ga.us

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 857.13 (M) 848.40 5th: (R) 842.24 (M) 841.13 8th: (R) 849.71 (M) 840.95

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 850.01 (M) 848.92 5th: (R) 839.60 (M) 852.93 8th: (R) 846.56 (M) 837.80 2012 Average SAT: 1520 Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Walton High 1743 Pope High 1645 Lassiter High 1636 Wheeler High 1611 Kennesaw Mountain High 1572

What’s New Hendricks Elementary School is one of just seven public schools in Georgia to be named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Winter/Spring 2013


COWETA

Number of Schools Elementary 19 Middle 6 High 3 Charter 3 Alternative 3 Central Education Center 1 Total # of Students: 22,560 Spending per Student: $8,219

Board of Education 770-254-2800 www.coweta.k12.ga.us

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Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Charter Magnet Learning Centers and Alternative Schools

69 19 18 11 6 11

Total # of Students: 99,406

Board of Education 770-651-2000 www.douglas.k12.ga.us

Top 3 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Northgate High 1528 Newnan High 1475 East Coweta High 1428

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 835.75 (M) 825.93 5th: (R) 827.10 (M) 825.83 8th: (R) 833.02 (M) 816.43 2012 Average SAT: 1343 Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Chamblee High 1613 DeKalb School of the Arts 1559 Lakeside High 1529 Dunwoody High 1509 DeKalb Early College 1480

What’s New Kittredge Magnet School for High Achievers was named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The school was honored as an Exemplary High Performing School. Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Centers Total # of Students: 24,951

DOUGLAS

2012 Average SAT: 1476

What’s New Coweta County Schools and the Shenandoah Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center are accepting donations of used computers and devices for use by students in the county’s “Bring Your Own Technology” initiative.

Spending per Student: $10,319

Board of Education 678-676-1200 www.dekalb.k12.ga.us

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 846.13 (M) 842.47 5th: (R) 833.80 (M) 832.85 8th: (R) 844.13 (M) 830.69

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What’s New SAT scores for Douglas County increased in all three areas over last year. The school system’s total average increased by 21 points over 2011’s score of 1,352, and 31 points over the 2010 average of 1,342 points. www.atlantaschoolguide.com

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Fayette FAYETTE

Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Intermediate Primary Alternative Open Campus

16 6 5 1 1 1 1

Total # of Students: 21,727 Spending per Student: $9,190

Board of Education 770-460-3535 www.fcboe.org

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Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Alternative Charter Virtual Evening

20 9 5 1 1 1 1

Spending per Student: $8,306

FULTON

Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Charter Centers

Spending per Student: $9,760

Board of Education 404-768-3600 www.fultonschools.org

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Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score McIntosh High 1633 Starr’s Mill High 1605 Whitewater High 1516 Sandy Creek High 1456 Fayette County High 1423

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 862.86 (M) 871.49 5th: (R) 850.03 (M) 869.95 8th: (R) 854.87 (M) 854.04 2012 Average SAT: 1568 Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Lambert High 1609 South Forsyth High 1606 West Forsyth High 1567 Forsyth Central 1518 North Forsyth High 1518

What’s New Forsyth County Schools are ranked No. 3 in the United States for the largest enrollment gain from 2005 to 2010. Forsyth is the only school district in Georgia to make the top 10 list in enrollment gains.

Total # of Students: 90,399

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2012 Average SAT: 1542

What’s New Fayette County’s high school seniors scored 1.8 points over the national average on 2012 ACT scores, and 2.2 points over the state composite score.

Total # of Students: 34,208

Board of Education 770-887-2461 www.forsyth.k12.ga.us

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 861.15 (M) 865.07 5th: (R) 848.16 (M) 861.10 8th: (R) 852.64 (M) 849.36

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2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 851.51 (M) 852.64 5th: (R) 840.26 (M) 849.19 8th: (R) 845.86 (M) 838.17 2012 Average SAT: 1580 Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Northview High 1769 Johns Creek High 1729 Milton High 1681 Roswell High 1677 Chattahoochee High 1674

What’s New For the first time in the county’s history, 108 students have been named semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The students were identified through remarkably high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Winners will be named in the spring. Winter/Spring 2013


Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Alternative Center

11 4 2 2 1

Spending per Student: $9,340

Gwinnett

GWINNETT

What’s New The Caterpillar Foundation donated $20,000 to the GriffinSpalding School District over the summer. The money will go toward starting a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at Cowan Road Elementary and Jackson Road Elementary. Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Alternative Charter Open Campus Virtual School Special Education

77 26 18 2 3 1 1 4

Total # of Students: 159,296 Spending per Student: $9,369

Board of Education 678-301-6000 www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us

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2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 849.77 (M) 854.29 5th: (R) 840.59 (M) 851.95 8th: (R) 847.17 (M) 839.34 2012 Average SAT: 1498 Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Brookwood High 1614 North Gwinnett High 1595 Parkview High 1587 Collins Hill High 1557 Peachtree Ridge High 1547

What’s New Mill Creek High School’s 2012 Pride of Mill Creek Marching Band has been invited by Queen Elizabeth II to participate in London’s New Year’s Day Parade on Jan. 1, 2014. Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Charter Career Academy Total # of Students: 25,777 Spending per Student: $9,238

Board of Education 770-534-1080 www.hallco.org

2012 Average SAT: 1511 Top 2 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Spalding High 1372 Griffin High 1322

Total # of Students: 10,860

Board of Education 770-229-3700 www.spalding.k12.ga.us

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 834.29 (M) 828.60 5th: (R) 827.78 (M) 837.29 8th: (R) 833.81 (M) 816.29

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2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 840.27 (M) 835.70 5th: (R) 829.31 (M) 829.66 8th: (R) 836.24 (M) 822.33 2012 Average SAT: 1438 Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score North Hall High 1536 Chestatee High 1449 West Hall High 1441 Flowery Branch High 1425 Johnson High 1400

What’s New Lanier Charter Career Academy launched its newest program, the Workforce Development Academy (WDA), in August 2012. The WDA will focus on developing the skills local employers say are needed in the workforce. www.atlantaschoolguide.com

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2012 Average SAT: 1380

What’s New Brendan Bell, a sophomore at Stockbridge High School, has been named to serve on State School Superintendent John Barge’s 2012-2013 Student Advisory Board. Bell is one of only 50 students selected from more than 750 applicants statewide. Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Alternative

19 9 5 2

Total # of Students: 28,444

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 847.66 (M) 847.40 5th: (R) 836.86 (M) 841.77 8th: (R) 840.62 (M) 823.13 2012 Average SAT: 1452 Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score North Paulding High 1451 Hiram High 1377 East Paulding high 1374 Paulding High 1328 South Paulding High 1327

Spending per Student: $8,243

Board of Education 770-443-8000 www.paulding.k12.ga.us

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 846.84 (M) 845.93 5th: (R) 836.93 (M) 839.16 8th: (R) 841.30 (M) 825.98

Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Union Grove High 1533 Ola High 1487 Woodland high 1440 Eagles Landing High 1428 Dutchtown High 1406

Total # of Students: 40,951 Spending per Student: $8,288

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Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Alternative Virtual School

What’s New Jill Oberklofer, a teacher at McClure Middle School, was featured on Atlanta television station WXIA 11 Alive’s “Class Act” segment for her inventive approach to teaching Social Studies, turning her classroom into a fantasy realm known as Obertopia. Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Alternative Charter Magnet Open Campus Virtual School

11 4 3 1 1 1 1 1

Total # of Students: 15,777 Spending per Student: $9,881

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 845.00 (M) 845.46 5th: (R) 836.85 (M) 839.48 8th: (R) 839.60 (M) 824.92 2012 Average SAT: 1356 Top 3 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Heritage High 1400 Rockdale High 1353 Salem High 1306

What’s New Rockdale Career Academy and Heritage, Rockdale County and Salem High Schools were named 2012 Advanced Placement Honor Schools by state superintendent Dr. John Barge. Winter/Spring 2013

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Board of Education 404-802-3500 www.atlanta.k12.ga.us Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Charter Alternative

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 836.77 (M) 825.89 5th: (R) 828.08 (M) 826.09 8th: (R) 833.13 (M) 812.00

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Total # of Students: 48,909 Spending per Student: $13,933

2012 Average SAT: 1337 Top 5 Schools by Average 2012 SAT Score Grady High 1508 North Atlanta High 1426 Carver Early College 1336 South Atlanta High School of Law and Social Justice 1320 Carver School of the Arts 1306

What’s New Atlanta Public School students were judged “outstanding” at the 2012 International Student Media Festival. Ten of the state competition-winning projects submitted by APS students in collaboration with their media specialists and teachers were judged outstanding and received the Excellence in Media Production award.

Buford City Board of Education 770-945-5035 www.bufordcityschools.org

Total # of Students: 3,077 Spending per Student: $11,253

Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Academies

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 852.83 (M) 862.47 5th: (R) 842.61 (M) 854.04 8th: (R) 846.98 (M) 845.49

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2012 Average SAT: 1498

What’s New Buford High School students Kennedy Webster and Grant Hall were named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Danielle Reed was named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Decatur City Board of Education 404-370-4400 www.csdecatur.net Number of Schools Elementary Middle High Intermediate Early Learning Center

Total # of Students: 5,687 Spending per Student: $8,959 4 1 1 1 1

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 867.99 (M) 866.05 5th: (R) 848.50 (M) 855.12 8th: (R) 851.16 (M) 840.90 2012 Average SAT: 1570

What’s New The National Scholastic Press Association awarded Decatur High School magazine Carpe Diem a rating of “All-American,” with marks of distinction in concept, content, writing and editing, and photography and graphics.

Marietta City Board of Education 770-422-3500 www.marietta-city.org Number of Schools Elementary Sixth Grade Middle High Alternative Magnet

Total # of Students: 7,852 Spending per Student: $11,240 7 1 1 1 1 1

2012 Average CRCT Scores 3rd: (R) 840.38 (M) 842.97 5th: (R) 834.03 (M) 834.92 8th: (R) 835.92 (M) 819.76 2012 Average SAT: 1459

What’s New The Georgia Department of Education named West Side Elementary a “Highest Performing” school and Sawyer Road Elementary a “High Progress” school. These awards go to schools with the highest academic performance or biggest gains by students in the last three years. www.atlantaschoolguide.com

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Kids ‘R’ Kids.................................................................... 33 Montessori Unlimited.................................................... 11

Field Trips and Outreach Programs

Atlanta Cyclorama....................................................... 103 Atlanta History Center................................................. 103 Cherokee Historical Association................................ 104 DeSoto Caverns........................................................... 100 The Foxfire Museum.................................................... 104 Georgia Aquarium....................................................... 101 Georgia Sports Hall of Fame ..................................... 104 Interactive Neighborhood for Kids ........................... 105 LEGOLAND Discovery Center................................... 105 Lookout Mountain Attractions.................................... 101 Pine Mountain Gold Museum.................................... 102 Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism............................. 9 Spivey Hall Education.................................................. 102 Zoo Atlanta ................................................................. 103

Independent Schools

Alexsander Academy.................................................... 40 Arlington Christian School ....................................... 5, 68 Athens Academy .......................................................... 57 Atlanta Girls’ School...................................................... 73 Atlanta International School ........................................ 41 Atlanta North School . .................................................. 51 The Bedford School ..................................................... 68 Brandon Hall School . ................................................... 55 Bridgeway Christian Academy..................................... 50 Brookstone Montessori................................................. 11 Canterbury School......................................................... 62 Center Academy . ......................................................... 76 The Children’s School . ................................................. 61 Cliff Valley School ......................................................... 59 Cornerstone Leadership Academy.............................. 69 Crimson Academy......................................................... 50 Cumberland Academy of Georgia............................... 47 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy............................ 67 Eastminster School .............................Inside Back Cover Eastside Christian School ............................................ 44 Eaton Academy ............................................................ 45 Faith Lutheran School .................................................. 43 First Montessori School of Atlanta .............................. 47 The Friends School of Atlanta...................................... 60 The Galloway School..................................................... 42 George Walton Academy ............................................ 62 Greater Atlanta Christian School.................................. 60 Harvester Christian Academy....................................... 66

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Hebron Christian Academy ......................................... 58 The Heiskell School ...................................................... 42 Heritage Preparatory School of Georgia..................... 57 The Heritage School .................................................... 71 Holy Spirit Preparatory School..................................... 46 High Meadows School ................................................... 3 Lakeview Academy........................................................ 52 Landmark Christian School........................................... 66 McGinnis Woods Country Day School ....................... 49 Medlock Bridge Montessori......................................... 11 Midway Covenant Christian School............................. 75 Mill Springs Academy .................................................. 40 Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School................. 58 Mount Bethel Christian Academy................................ 44 Mount Carmel Christian School................................... 63 Mount Paran Christian School ..................................... 73 Mount Pisgah Christian School.................................... 54 Nesbit Ferry Montessori................................................ 11 North Georgia Christian School................................... 52 Northwoods Montessori School................................... 53 Porter Academy............................................................. 43 Praise Academy ............................................................ 75 Preston Ridge Montessori............................................. 11 Providence Christian Academy.................................... 61 Romar Academy............................................................ 67 Roswell International Math & Science School............. 23 Seigakuin Atlanta International School ...................... 53 St. Joseph Catholic School .......................................... 74 Strong Rock Christian School....................................... 70 Sugar Hill Christian Academy....................................... 51 Sugarloaf Montessori.................................................... 11 Trinity Chapel Academy................................................ 76 Victory World Christian School..................................... 54 Woodward Academy . ....................... Inside Front Cover

Neighborhoods

City of College Park ..................................................... 65

Public Schools

Atlanta Heights Charter School.................................... 87 Fulton County Schools.................................................. 18

Resources & Services

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.................... Back Cover Project Identity at Morehouse College.......................... 7 Radio Disney.................................................................. 25 The School Box . ......................................................... 23

Summer Camps

Alexsander Academy Summer Camp.......................... 99 Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education................. 95 Atlanta Girls’ School Summer Camp........................... 97 The Children’s School Summer Programs................... 97 Georgia Ballet................................................................ 99 Georgia Shakespeare.................................................. 100 High Meadows Summer Day Camp ........................... 96 McGinnis Woods Country Day School Summer Camp... 98 New York Military Academy Summer Programs......... 98 Rabun-Gap Nacoochee Weekend Summer Camp.. 100 Squirrel Hollow Day Camp............................................ 99

Tutoring & Study Skills

In-Home Tutors of Atlanta ........................................... 95


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