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Winter/Spring 2022

Atlanta’s Leading Education Resource

HELP YOUR CHILD JUGGLE SCHOOL & ACTIVITIES

GETTING INTO COLLEGE

WAYS TO STAND OUT IN THE PROCESS

HOW ATLANTA SCHOOLS ARE DEALING WITH BULLIES

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CONTENTS

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Finding the Right Balance As you consider new schools for your child, make sure your education choices allow balance among extracurricular pursuits, schoolwork and free time.

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Acing the College Admissions Process How can your child craft a memorable college application? We spoke to local counselors and admissions reps to find out the keys to a great application.

With Bullies 25 Dealing Find out how Atlanta schools are tackling this serious problem— and what parents can do to help.

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6 How to Use This Guide 8 Critical Communication 14 Special Needs Resources 30 Independent Schools At a Glance 33 Headmaster’s Corner

Chris Cleveland of Wesleyan School

64 Boarding School Directory 74 Public Schools by County 84 Educational Resources Tutoring, summer camps and activities, field trips and more.

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Metro Atlanta Area Map To search for independent schools by region or neighborhood, turn to page 28 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 30 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 34 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 90 to find the appropriate page number.

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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 Local Schools Ranked Best in State Kittredge Magnet School in Brookhaven was named the No. 1 elementary school in Georgia by U.S. News and World Report’s inaugural rankings of elementary and middle schools. Elite Scholars Academy in Jonesboro was named the state’s top middle school. APS Opens Social Justice Center Atlanta Public Schools launched the Center for Equity and Social Justice in September. The office is dedicated to advancing equity in education to help ensure academic success for all students across the district. Whitefield Academy Marks 25 Years Smyrna’s Whitefield Academy is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout the 2021-22 school year. The independent Christ8

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centered school serves almost 900 students on a 100-plus-acre campus that includes its newest building, Brostrand Hall, which opened last year.

sue their educational goals even if they can’t make it to a school campus. The mobile classroom features a library, desks, computers, internet access and staff.

Local Schools Named Blue Ribbon Winners Five metro Atlanta public schools and one area independent school have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Crabapple Lane Elementary, Elite Scholars Academy, Johns Creek Elementary, Oakhurst Elementary and Riverview Elementary were the public school winners, and Fulton Science Academy was the independent school winner.

Galloway Seniors Win Film Fest Award “Elysium,” a short film by Galloway School seniors Ari Jones and Ella Good, won the Best Experimental category at the Arlington International Film Festival’s 2021 high school filmmaker’s program Voices of Our Youth. Jones and Good wrote, directed, shot and starred in the five-minute film.

Mobile Classroom Comes to DeKalb DeKalb County School District has launched the Mobile Impact Learning Hub, a classroom on wheels designed to help students and adults pur-

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Marietta Schools Launch Literacy Initiative Marietta City Schools was recently awarded a $2.5 million grant to launch the Literacy and Justice for All Initiative, with the aim of helping every child become a proficient reader by the end of third grade. The grant is allocated by United Way with support


from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. Baylor Grad Drafted by MLB Baylor School graduate Cooper Kinney was drafted by Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays this summer. Kinney was the No. 34 overall selection in this year’s draft. He joins an elite list of professional athletes from Baylor, including an LPGA golfer and four PGA Tour golfers. New STEM Schools in Fulton County Fulton County Schools opened two new state-ofthe-art schools in August dedicated to the evergrowing field of science,

technology, engineering and mathematics: Global Impact Academy in Fairburn and Innovation Academy in Alpharetta. Both schools serve ninthand 10th-grade students, with plans to expand to cover all of high school. Westminster, GSMST Named State’s Best Niche.com, a website that reviews area schools, colleges, neighborhoods and companies, has once again named The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology as metro Atlanta’s best public high school, and The Westminster Schools as the area’s top independent high school. Pace Academy,

Atlanta International School, The Paideia School and Fulton Science Academy rounded out the top five independent schools, with Northview High, Walton High, Alpharetta High and Lambert High completing the top five public high schools. Imhotep Academy Wins National Award Imhotep Academy, an independent school serving Pre-K through eighth grade, was named the national winner of the inaugural Colgate Bright Smiles Kids Awards. Students submitted a video featuring music and artwork promoting dental and overall health.

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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 parents in the 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 instilling a global perspective in its students.

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 to moderate 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 40-minute writing test. COLLEGE AND CAREER READY PERFORMANCE INDEX (CCRPI) A school improvement, accountability and communication platform for all educational stakeholders that will prepare all Georgia public school students for colleges and careers.


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION  Education that applies to children from birth to age 8, focusing specifically on their development, including physical, emotional, sensory, communicative, cognitive and social needs. EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) The main federal law for K-12 general education covers all students in public schools. GEORGIA MILESTONES Tests designed to measure how well students in grades 3 through 12 acquire the skills and knowledge outlined in the state-adopted content standards. They replaced the CRCT and involve both multiplechoice and free-response questions. 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)  Funded by the Georgia Lottery, this is a scholarship in the state that rewards academically achieving students with financial assistance to attend eligible

Did You Know? Fulton County Schools' class of 2021 had a record graduation rate of 87.7%, up 2.2% from 2020.

public and private Georgia colleges and universities. MISSION/PHILOSOPHY  A statement outlining the guidelines a school follows as it works to achieve its various educational goals and/or maintain its performance standards. 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 where 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 at the school. SAT  This standardized test measures the critical thinking, writing and mathematical reasoning skills of students planning to attend college. SECONDARY SCHOOL ADMISSIONS TEST (SSAT) The admissions test that many independent schools require students 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.

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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 identifying schools that meet certain standards through accreditation. These groups also set policies, research educational advancements and offer services to the educational communities both in Atlanta and in Georgia. The following are just some of the associations and organizations you should know in your search for the best educational experience for your child. The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) boardingschools.com This organization of 250 boarding schools serves the professional development needs of boarding schools and provides information to potential students and their families. Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) ami-global.org Recognizes and provides 12

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support, training and development to schools that strongly adhere to Montessori method principles and practices. Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS) aaais.org Promotes the highest standards and best administrative practices for accredited independent schools in the metro Atlanta area.

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Cognia cognia.org Formed from the merger of two organizations (AdvancED and Measured Progress), it advances education excellence through accreditation and school improvement initiatives. Department of Education (DOE) gadoe.org A statewide, policy-driven organization governing the public school system of education in Georgia for grades K-12. Georgia Association of Christian Schools (GACS) gacs.org Uses generally accepted indicators of quality, voluntary self-improvement and peer review to measure Christian schools. Georgia Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children (GAPSEC) gapsec.org This state organization of independent schools for students with learning disabilities maintains a code of ethics and shares information about programs at member schools. Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) gisaschools.org An association of Georgia’s private, independent and parochial schools, dedicated


to serving the professional growth, advocacy and interscholastic needs of member schools. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) naeyc.org A professional membership organization working to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) nais.org A membership association

providing research, leadership and governance guidance and professional development opportunities for school and board leaders in U.S. independent schools. National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) napsec.org Represents private specialized education programs by promoting quality programs and services for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) sacs.org The recognized regional accrediting body for both public and private schools in the 11 U.S. Southern states. Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) sais.org Provides accreditation services, professional growth opportunities and leadership development programs for 375 independent U.S. schools.

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 (gadoe.org) or the U.S. Department of Education (ed.gov).

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Special Needs

Resources Information on Learning Disabilities, Education Options and More What is a Learning Disability? A learning disability is a neurological disorder that affects how your child processes certain information. Children with learning disabilities are as smart as or even smarter than other children, but may face challenges with reading, writing, spelling, reasoning and other functions. As a result, they often struggle to achieve in traditional classrooms. There are many types of learning disabilities, from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia to more serious forms such as autism. 14

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What is a Special Needs School? Special needs schools are those that serve children who struggle with learning disabilities or don’t perform well in a conventional school environment. These schools use alternative approaches to instruction in order to help children learn more effectively and also achieve success in the classroom and in social settings. Other schools don’t specifically target those with learning disabilities, but may teach different kinds of students who have had difficulty learning in a typical class-


room setting. Others may teach average or even above-average learners while also offering additional programs and classes for students with learning differences.

ability, it’s critical to have him or her evaluated by a mental health professional. A diagnosis is necessary in order to address the child’s educational needs.

How to Tell if Your Child Has a Special After a Diagnosis: What’s Next? Needs Situation If your child is diagnosed with a learning disFirst, it’s important to identify your child’s ability and attends public school, talk with specific challenges. Students who exhibit the principal, school counselor or another average or above-average intelligence but administrator about developing an Individuoften seem distracted and don’t peralized Education Program (IEP). All public schools are required to creform well in a traditional classroom setting may be ate an IEP for students with struggling with dyslexia, learning disabilities who Asperger’s syndrome, A professional meet special education requirements. An IEP is a ADHD or some other evaluation is document that specifies disorder that affects their ability to learn effeccrucial in order your child’s learning situatively. Also, disruptive or tion and educational needs to evaluate aggressive children may and outlines a course of be exhibiting frustration action for teachers and your child’s brought on by a learning other professionals to foleducational disability. low to help make sure your child learns to the best of If you suspect your child needs. his or her ability. u may have a learning disatlantaschoolguide.com

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Critical Communication If you feel your local public school isn’t the right environment for your child or simply want to explore all your options, there are many quality independent schools in metro Atlanta devoted to helping children with special needs and learning issues. Visit the Georgia Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children’s website (gapsec.org) or our listings for special needs schools on page 90 to help you with your search.

needs education. Independent special needs schools can offer more individualized instruction and a more structured and predictable environment, and are likely to address nonacademic issues such as social skills and self-esteem. As you begin searching for the right school for your child’s situation, here are some questions to keep in mind: • Will your child fare better in a school that focuses on his or her specific learning disability, or would you rather that he or she be able to interact with students with a wide range of learning capabilities? • Does the school serve a specific age range or work with students on all grade levels? Many students with learning disabilities have trouble transitioning to new schools.

How Do I Find the Right School? All special needs schools are not the same. The first step is to identify those schools that can address your child’s specific learning difficulty, and offer the level of special needs instruction that you (and perhaps a professional) feel is best for your child. You may be more comfortable enrolling your child in a school that focuses specifically on his or her needs, or you may want a more diverse environment where he or she can interact with many different kinds of students. Familiarize yourself with the different options offered by each kind of school. Traditional indeIdentify those pendent schools that offer special needs schools that programs as part of a can best larger curriculum can offer that kind of enviaddress your ronment, but may have larger class sizes than child’s specific schools that specialize learning in specific learning disabilities. These kinds of difficulty. schools may also focus more on academics than on the therapeutic aspects of special 16

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Critical Communication • D oes the school offer a variety of extracurricular activities, including arts and sports programs? • Is the school accredited? If so, by which organizations? • Is the staff certified to instruct special needs children or those with your child’s specific learning difficulty? • Does the school focus more on academics or on addressing the child’s therapeutic needs? Financial Assistance Many independent special needs schools participate in the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship program (GSNS), a school choice program available to special needs students attending Georgia public schools. It offers funds to offset tuition and

fees at participating private schools authorized by the State Board of Education. According to the Georgia Department of Education, scholarship amounts range from $2,500 to $13,500, with an average amount of around $6,000. The Qualified Education Expense Tax Credit program provides another scholarship option. Donations are made to an organization known as a Georgia Student Scholarship Organization (GaSSO), which uses the money to award scholarships to students in pre-K through grade 12. Many schools also offer their own scholarships or tuition assistance programs as well. Contact individual schools for details. For more information on special needs schools and resources, please see our listings on page 90.

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HELPING YOUR CHILD JUGGLE SCHOOL AND OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES

BY H.M. CAULEY

We live in a fast-paced world, with many parents struggling

to balance the demands of home life and a busy career. And that world is increasingly affecting our children, who are enrolled in extracurricular activities and organized sports in an effort to help them become well-rounded individuals and increase their chances of getting into a good college. On top of that, changing to a new school can 18

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bring the added pressures of fitting in and making new friends. The result can be a crushing weight of activities that keeps students rushing from one to another at breakneck speed. Too often, this hectic approach can backfire, creating stressed-out students who can suffer both academically and socially. Striking the right balance is crucial for kids’ health. So how can parents keep them from getting overloaded?


ESTABLISH COMMUNICATION The struggle to find the right mix of activities and the amount of hours to spend on those activities should never take a backseat to academics, cautions Lauren Wilson, school counselor at White Oak Elementary School in Sugar Hill. “There are some students who can do all their academics and three or four extracurricular activities and others who can’t juggle them as well,” she says. “It’s very important for the parents to know their child and what one sibling can do and what another can’t do. But I think there’s room for both academics and extracurriculars.” Wilson says White Oak does not assign its students a lot of homework, with the exception of reading, so students have time to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports. “We have parents who are involved as coaches,” she says. Natasha Moon, head counselor at Tucker Middle School in DeKalb County, added, “Let me start off by saying I wholeheartedly endorse children to participate in extracurricular activities if their grades are high enough. Research shows if students are involved with extracurriculars, they have a higher belonging to their school. Those who don’t tend to drop out of school.” At Tucker Middle, students can sign up for academic clubs that focus on robotics, languages, science and reading, as well as off-campus activities. “Here at Tucker, we work with students to help them prioritize their schedules,” Moon says. “We go into the classrooms and give them classroom guidance and learning how

to balance your school and home activities. We also help provide how to work smarter. Particularly with the sixth grade, we always encourage them to get involved with at least one extracurricular activity, and it provides a more solid transition from elementary and middle school.” She also says the school will intervene with students’ schedules if their extracurriculars are causing their grades to slip. LET KIDS BE KIDS While communication and time-management skills are important, it’s essential that children be given time to just be themselves but not overdo it. “For the parents in particular, I encourage them to help their

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kids prioritize because they know their kids’ talents and skillsets the best,” Moon said. “It’s important they look at the big picture and the activities. If they’re too tired, they can’t do their homework.” Letting kids be kids can be even more important when those children are dealing with learning difficulties. Parents of children with special needs can feel compelled to push their kids further than is helpful, says Catherine Trapani, head of school at The Piedmont School of Atlanta, which serves children with autism. “We have students putting in more than 40 hours a week, going to school and a combination of therapies,” she says. “Parents of children with autism are constantly afraid they’re not doing enough, when sometimes, too many things are torture.” Trapani says parents absorbed in meeting a child’s special needs often overlook a key point. “I tell them, ‘Your child is still a child.’ They need to learn on their own, and they 20

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can do that by allowing them to be like other children—to fall down, get hurt, get dirty and experience negotiating with other kids.” What’s more, children need unstructured time to just play, relax or socialize—and to process what they’ve learned and experienced. WHAT COLLEGES REALLY WANT Juggling school and extracurricular activities can be stressful enough for kids. But that stress can multiply when parents push them to take on more projects and activities in the hopes of getting into a good college. For many parents, it’s never too soon to start building a child’s resume for higher education. “Kids think they have to be good at everything,” says Susan Reilly, director of college counseling at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek. “But often, that’s not what colleges are looking for. Colleges want them to pursue what they really enjoy with


HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR YOUR CHILDREN, MAKING SURE THEY DON’T TAKE ON TOO MANY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT THE EXPENSE OF SCHOOLWORK. integrity and commitment. The big word right now is ‘authentic’—they want their applicants to be who they are, and not present themselves as someone they think that college is looking for. They should pick an activity because of the positive experience they’ll have, not because they think it will look good to a college.” Part of the problem, Reilly says, is the misconception that all those juggled activities are the key to being accepted into college. “The truth is colleges accept more kids than they reject. But many parents and students still work themselves into a frenzy, thinking they have to do it all.” And parents can feel the pressure to get their students into a variety of activities well

before high school. “We find even eighth-grade parents want to know what their students should do to prepare for college, when they really should be asking, ‘What is my child interested in?’” Reilly says. “Look at their strengths and let them increase their level of commitment so they can really make an impact in that area, whether it’s sports, student government or academics.” By having realistic expectations for your children, making sure they don’t take on too many extracurricular activities at the expense of schoolwork, and allowing time for them to be themselves, you can best help position them for success in school and beyond.

TIPS FOR KEEPING BALANCE • Set limits on the number of extracurricular activities you feel your child should be involved in concurrently. • Create an activity budget. Figure out how many hours in a week your child can safely spend on outside activities while still keeping up with schoolwork. • Check in with your kids often. Are they enjoying their current activities? Do they feel over whelmed?

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HELP YOUR CHILD STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD BY ANNA BENTLEY

It’s a topic on the minds of many high-school students and their parents: college admissions. With an ever-growing number of prospective college students—and an average of seven to 10 applications per student—colleges are seeing more competition than ever before. So, how do students stand out in the sea of applicants? According to some of metro Atlanta’s college and admissions counselors, the strongest applications are ones that show a pattern of success—and a little personality. GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND The most important aspect of a student’s application is his or her academic record. 22

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Strong academic performance is important, as well as the relative rigor of the class load. Admissions officers value strong grades, but they also consider classes taken in the context of classes offered at particular schools. “At UGA we take a whole-student approach to our application review—meaning not only do we look at a students’ academic credentials, but we also review their extracurricular involvement, ultimately asking the question—how did they impact their community?” says Amanda Sale, senior associate director for undergraduate admissions at the University of Georgia. “To understand how we review students, it’s helpful to start with


the end-goal: we want to admit students who are going to contribute and positively impact UGA both in the classroom and in our community. As a result, we keep that in mind when we’re reviewing applications and making admissions decisions.” However, each student’s grades and the types of classes he or she took remain important factors in his or her application. “We want to make sure students are academically prepared and will contribute in the classroom,” Sale says. “AP/IB and dualenrollment courses offer great preparation for students while they’re in high school.” Does it matter how many extracurricular activities a student participates in, or how many internships he’s completed by graduation? Not necessarily. For admissions counselors, the most important thing is the level of effort. Students stand out by making an impact—not just participating—in their activities, no matter how many they choose. To show further initiative, Juan Acosta, associate director of college counseling at northwest Atlanta’s The Westminster Schools, encourages his students to get involved in activities related to their interests and communicate that in their applications. “I think it’s important to do things that they like because ultimately that can help them get into a school they want,” he says. “But ultimately, they should be able to find that level of interest in things that will keep them engaged, not just now, in high school, but in college.”

person wants to see or hear instead of whatever it is that they really care about. We hear questions all the time about, ‘How much community service do I need?’ or, ‘What do you think an admissions counselor wants to hear in my essay?’ when the reality is the most refreshing students in those pools are the ones who are just comfortable enough to be who they are.” Before joining Lovett, Sant was an admissions counselor at Emory University and the University of Georgia. She recalls students that spoke in an authentic voice and presented themselves as they were—successes, failures and all—were some of the most memorable candidates. THE WRITTEN ELEMENT When it comes to completing essays, the advice for students is clear: Answer the question asked. Use your own voice and writing style. And check for typos and mistakes before submitting—better yet, have someone else review it, too. While students should thoughtfully consider the question

AUTHENTICITY MATTERS “I think the most important thing is for students to honestly be themselves, to be authentic and to be honest,” says Jessica Jaret Sant, chief engagement officer at The Lovett School, an independent K–12 school in northwest Atlanta. “Kids often write about or do what they think an admissions atlantaschoolguide.com

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WHAT PARENTS CAN DO TO HELP

Here are some ways you can help nudge your child in the right direction:

• Check in with your child’s college counseling department or guidance counselor to ask about his or her progress. • Encourage your child to polish his or her resume by pursuing community service, like a church mission trip to another country. • Likewise, help your child choose extracurricular activities that complement each other and illustrate personal growth and commitment.

asked, they should be careful not to overthink it, too. Regarding the college-specific essays, Acosta says students should do their research on each school, adding, “Those collegespecific questions are the (colleges’) most important piece to find a match for them.” Essays are also a great chance for students to show a side of themselves not represented 24

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in other parts of their application. Sant recommends that students take this opportunity to let the reader learn more about their personality, their values and who they are as an individual. For letters of recommendation, Sant recommend seeking teachers from the student’s junior or senior year, and preferably one humanities teacher and one math/ science teacher. And while students might be tempted to choose teachers who saw them at their best, Sant recommends considering teachers of classes students have struggled in instead. “When I was reading applications, the best letters of recommendation that I read were from teachers who actually observed the student struggle and overcome,” she says. “It’s those teachers who can speak to that student’s ability to overcome adversity the best.” Ultimately, the application that stands out is the one that is organized, conveys a sense of personality and shows a history of academic performance and initiative. “I would recommend students think about their application as kind of like an interview on paper,” Sale says. “We don’t have an opportunity to talk with you in person and, as a result, we’re using that application as the opportunity to get to know you both academically and within your community. As you pull together your application, be authentic and tell us about you.”

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BULLY PROBLEM HOW ATLANTA SCHOOLS DEAL WITH BULLYING BY LAURA RAINES

The educational experience is constantly changing, as technology and teaching methods evolve. But one aspect of school life remains as present as reading, writing and arithmetic—bullying. It’s a problem that torments many children, and can have long-lasting effects long beyond a child’s school years. Fortunately, public and independent Atlanta schools have procedures in place to deal with the issue and aim to tackle the problem through their curricula as well. WHAT IS BULLYING? About 20 percent of U.S. high school students reported being bullied in school in

2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bullying continues to make the news—and awareness is critical, says Maurice Granger, coordinator of student discipline for Atlanta Public Schools (APS). “We have to make sure that students, parents and all stakeholders are aware of bullying and of the impact bullying has on our community at large,” he says. “Through awareness, we’ve learned we can intervene and therefore decrease the number of bullying incidences we have by teaching individuals to learn from their behavior.” Attacking the problem begins with having a clear definition. The website StopBullying.gov atlantaschoolguide.com

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defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” Examples of bullying include making threats, spreading rumors and either verbal or physical abuse. APS has a zero-tolerance policy regarding bullying, from its board of education to its code of conduct, which is included in its student handbook. “It makes it very clear that bullying will not be tolerated and there will be consequences for bullying,” Granger says. “There are consequences ranging from one day of out-of-school suspension to expulsion.” APS maintains an anti-bullying page on its website, with multiple resources for students, teachers and parents. Last year the district added to its website a code of conduct video, which it also shows students in class. The video includes bullying scenarios to educate them on the issue. TEACHING POSITIVE BEHAVIORS Curtailing negative behaviors is necessary, but educators are finding that teaching positive behaviors and creating inclusive, supporting school environments can make a bigger impact. About 250 metro Atlanta public and independent schools have adopted No Place for Hate campaigns, sponsored by the AntiDefamation League (ADL). Melissa Licali, associate director of No Place for Hate for the ADL’s Southern division, which includes Georgia, says any K-12 school can sign up for the campaign, which is free. She says the key to the campaign’s success is it addresses bullying or cyberbullying “through the lens of identity and bias,” adding it focuses on “the root of bullying and not just the behaviors or the symptoms.” “We were able to look at (each school) 26

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and ask, ‘Why is this student doing this to another student?’” Licali says. “We can always look at bullying as a piece of identity, whether it’s ableism, race or ethnicity, maybe physical appearance. I know a lot of our data is anecdotal, and at the school I was in, we saw our bullying incidents decrease, we saw more student engagement and teachers were getting more valuable time back because students were now self-directing.” Teaching responsibility and respect for others begins early at Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia, where students range in age from 15 months to 6 years old. As a result, the school has no bullying issues because of its preventative measures, including teaching conflict-resolution skills. “I think the hallmark is respect for the child,” says Debra Markham, the school’s director, referring to Montessori school founder Maria Montessori’s teachings. “One of Maria Montessori’s biggest inspirations was the idea that children have a great capacity for learning if you prepare their environment. … The classroom is designed and set up so the children can learn in every


In middle school, counselors meet with sixth-grade boys and girls separately in small groups to address bullying, body image and online etiquette. “The point is to get them thinking and talking to each other about topics that are important to them,” says middle school counselor Sara Friedman. Character and values are also reinforced in class through book discussions, papers and projects. “Anti-bullying can’t just be a sign or a slogan,” says counselor Chase Jones. “It has to be in the fabric of your school culture.”

WHAT PARENTS CAN DO ABOUT BULLYING 1. If you suspect your child is being bullied, ask him—he may not volunteer the information. 2. Look for warning signs. He may show decreased interest in school, have angry outbursts or even hurt himself. function of the classroom, not just academics. … They’re taught how to care for themselves.” The Lovett School also believes that creating the right school atmosphere is most important. It has a no-tolerance policy and addresses any reports of bullying. Every student also signs a character pledge that says he will honor the values of honesty, respect, responsibility and compassion. And counselors visit classes regularly for guidance sessions. “In kindergarten, we talk about valuing the differences in others,” says Gayle Greenwood, director of lower school counseling. “In fourth and fifth grades, when peer pressure kicks in, we discuss what it means to be a friend.”

3. If he tells you he’s being bullied, listen calmly, without getting upset, and offer your support. 4. Help him figure out appropriate responses to the bullying behavior. It’s important that he feel as if he’s handling the problem himself, rather than you “solving” it for him. 5. If the bullying behavior is severe enough, contact the child’s teacher, counselor or principal and work with them to determine what next steps may need to be taken. atlantaschoolguide.com

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p.43 REGION 2: Atlanta North/Northeast

p.34 REGION 1: Atlanta North/Northwest

Page | Region | Neighborhoods Fairburn, Fayetteville, Locust Grove, Metro-Atlanta, Newnan, Sharpsburg/Peachtree City, Stonecrest

Austell, Buckhead, Kennesaw, Smyrna, Smyrna/Vinings

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Tutoring, Summer Camps and Activities, Field Trips and Education Programs.

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The Cottage School

770-641-8688

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Cumberland Academy of Georgia

404-835-9000

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Eaton Academy

770-645-2673

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Fulton Science Academy Private School

678-366-2555

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Fusion Academy - Alpharetta

470-339-7224

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The Galloway School

404-252-8389

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High Meadows School

770-993-2940

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Holy Spirit Preparatory School

678-761-7992

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Lyndon Academy

770-926-0166

Pace Academy

404-262-1345 770-565-2220

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Porter Academy

770-594-1313

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Saint Francis School

770-641-8257

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Springmont School

404-252-3910

The Walker School

770-427-2689

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Parker-Chase Preschool of East Cobb

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404-841-3840

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Atlanta International School

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Atlanta Academy

678-461-6102

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Endeavor International School

770-637-4737

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Endeavor Montessori Dunwoody

770-637-4644

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Fusion Academy - Buckhead

762-224-0422

Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia McGinnis Woods 44 Country Day School 47

770-814-8001 770-664-7764

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MJCCA Preschools

678-812-3800

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Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs

770-205-6277

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Montessori at Vickery

46 Mount Pisgah Christian School

770-777-9131 678-336-3400

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Notre Dame Academy

678-387-9385

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Oak Grove Academy

770-800-6034

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Woodward Academy

404-765-4001

Arbor Montessori School

404-321-9304

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Athens Academy

706-549-9225

Atlanta Montessori International 404-325-6777 School - Cliff Valley Atlanta Montessori International 3 404-500-0501 School - Druid Hills

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Bethlehem Christian Academy

770-307-1574

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Capstone Academy

404-458-5160

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The Friends School of Atlanta

404-373-8746

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Hebron Christian Academy

770-963-9250

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Still Waters International Academy

770-449-4125

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Firm Foundation Preparatory School

770-310-1095

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The Heritage School

770-253-9898

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Landmark Christian School

770-306-0647

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Strong Rock Christian School

678-833-1200

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Trinity Christian School

770-251-6770

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404-765-4001

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770-993-8684

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The Lovett School

404-262-3032

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Mount Paran Christian School

770-578-0182

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The Quadrilingual Academy

404-777-7823

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Seeds of Excellence Christian Academy

678-426-5560

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Whitefield Academy

678-305-3000

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Brandon Hall School

770-394-8177

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The Brook Hill School

903-894-5000

$50,995 8-12th $58,350 9-12th

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McCallie School

423-493-5828

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North Broward Preparatory School

954-247-0179

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Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

706-746-7720

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Saint Mary’s School

919-424-4000

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Salem Academy

336-721-2643

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The Vanguard School

863-676-6091

$24,200$34,340 $9,950$59,700 $30,400$60,700 $25,000$50,500 $25,500$49,000

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100

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680

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13

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75

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120

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OPEN HOUSE BEGINS

SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMS

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION*

UNIFORM

423-267-5902

AP/IB COURSES

Baylor School

AVG. CLASS SIZE

70

8-12th & PG $27,2556-12th $55,500 $29,200- 6-12th $59,150 & PG

$53,200

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727-384-3474

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Admiral Farragut Academy

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Headmaster’s Corner

Chris Cleveland Head of School, Wesleyan School Chris Cleveland, an Atlanta native, has been at Wesleyan School since 2002, first serving as the middle school principal. He became the high school principal two years later and was named the assistant headmaster for advancement in 2010. In 2014, he became head of school.

What is your educational philosophy? Children thrive in an environment where teachers challenge, support and love students. Education is best delivered in the context of relationships. How is the field of education changing? Schools are being asked with increasing frequency to provide services for which we were not designed, trained or staffed, and yet those support needs beyond traditional learning are critical to the overall health and wellness of our students. What do you love most about your job? I love our aspirational mission to be a Christian school of academic excellence and the incredible people I work with each day. How can parents best contribute to the education process? Make sure your child is at a school where he or she can flourish and become the

best version of who God created them to be, and then fully support the teachers, coaches, mentors and leaders who are making a direct impact on your child. What advice would you offer parents about their children’s education? Invest deeply in your child’s character. Place a higher value on who your child is than on his or her accomplishments. We need smart people who can work together to solve incredibly complex problems and men and women of character who will do what is right and lead. WESLEYAN SCHOOL Emphasis: Christian school of academic excellence; independent, non-denominational Year Founded: 1963

Accreditations or Affiliations: NAIS, SAIS, Cognia (formerly AdvanceEd or SACS), CESA

Avg. Class Size: 15

Location: 5405 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

Tuition Range: $18,560-$26,500

Contact: 770-448-7640, wesleyanschool.org

Grades: K-12 Students: 1,173

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High Meadows School Holy Spirit Preparatory School Lyndon Academy Pace Academy Porter Academy Saint Francis School Springmont School The Walker School

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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. 34

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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.


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BUCKHEAD

CONNECTING LEARNING TO LIFE AT EVERY LEVEL. paceacademy.org/admissions

18 MONTHS – 8TH GRADE

Springmont’s authentic Montessori experience balances academic learning with social/emotional well-being. Highly experienced and caring teachers guide individualized learning that inspires students to become creative, independent and globally-minded. Contact admission@springmont.com or call 404.252.3910 for more info or to schedule a tour. ATLANTA’S F I R ST MONTE S SOR I SCHO OL

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CHASTAIN PARK • CRABAPPLE

Galloway students confidently embrace challenges while developing the knowledge, skills, and cultural competence to thrive as enlightened contributors in their chosen pathways.

PRE-K3 – GRADE 12

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ROSWELL

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MJCCA Preschools Mount Pisgah Christian School Notre Dame Academy The Piedmont School of Atlanta Wesleyan School Woodward Academy

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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.

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. atlantaschoolguide.com

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Serving children in grades Kindergarten to High School with language, learning and social challenges.

Call for a private tour!!! Certified masters-level teachers deliver a regular-education curriculum combining: • Georgia Standards and National Core • Differentiated Instruction • PE, Art, Foreign Language, Theatre and Culinary Arts • Technology in every classroom

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Curiosity Sparked. No Limits.

NOW ENROLLING PRESCHOOL8TH GRADE

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Capstone Academy The Friends School of Atlanta Hebron Christian Academy Still Waters International Academy Westminster Christian Academy

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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.

Stone Mountain With a revitalized downtown and a variety of family oriented 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. atlantaschoolguide.com

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DECATUR

Fostering independence in each child through supportive relationships, joyful learning, and meaningful work in a Montessori environment, inspiring them to contribute with integrity to the community of the world.

Call 404.321.9304 today to set up your personalized tour. Enrolling students from 18 months old to 8th grade at our two Decatur campus locations. 2998 Lavista Road • 1434 Scott Boulevard

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An exceptional, values-based academic program in small diverse classes. 862 Columbia Dr., Decatur

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Landmark Christian School Strong Rock Christian School Trinity Christian School Woodward Academy

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Fairburn Less than half an hour from Atlanta, Fairburn is filled with historic buildings and boasts a peaceful, smalltown atmosphere. The city is home to the annual Georgia Renaissance Festival and the local campus of Georgia Military College.


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NEIGHBORHOODS OF NOTE Acworth Just 35 miles northwest of Atlanta, Acworth is convenient to the city while offering its own unique smalltown appeal. Its historic downtown is a charming mixture of past and present. Surrounded by Lake Acworth and Lake Allatoona, this thriving city is a popular destination for fishing, boating and many other recreational activities. 60

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Douglasville A quick trip west of Atlanta on I-20, Douglasville has easy access to all that Atlanta offers—including Six Flags, 10 minutes away—but plenty of its own charm, too. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Downtown Douglasville’s historic district is an outstanding example of a turn-ofthe-century southern railroad town.


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here are many benefits of a boarding school education. Boarding schools are an option for students seeking a more independent learning experience. Because students generally live on campus, learning takes place in and out of the classroom almost on a 24-hour basis. When selecting a boarding school, it is important to visit the school campus, but representatives from many boarding schools visit Metro Atlanta throughout the year—contact each school for specific dates.

Boarding Schools Schools Page Admiral Farragut Academy 66 Baylor School 70 Brandon Hall 67 The Brook Hill School 72 McCallie School 71

North Broward Preparatory School 65 Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School 68 Saint Mary's School 69 Salem Academy 68 The Vanguard School 66

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THE BROOK HILL SCHOOL Bullard, TX

As one of the leading Christ-centered, college preparatory boarding schools in the USA, Brook Hill’s goal is that every student who walks the halls will become a better learner, leader, listener, problem-solver and friend. Students are given the opportunity to excel academically, mature spiritually and engage globally. Brook Hill's hope is that all students will graduate knowing their full potential and walk into the world as confident men and women of Christ-like character. Brook Hill is a Christian day and boarding school in Texas, about 90 minutes east of Dallas and three hours north of Houston. The school has over 750 students in grades PK-12 with 120 boarding students in grades 8-12. Students come from 30 different countries and 12 different states. Brook Hill has been nationally recognized as one of the “best Christian 72

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boarding schools in America.” At Brook Hill, students discover their potential through athletics and the arts while receiving a world-class, collegepreparatory education through its handson Business Lab, on-campus American Freedom Museum, interactive robotics and fabrication lab and engaging Socratic teaching method. For more information, visit brookhill.org or call 903-894-5000.

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ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY St. Petersburg, FL

Admiral Farragut Academy provides a collegepreparatory environment that promotes academic excellence, leadership skills and social development within a diverse global community of young men and women. Its graduates enjoy 100 percent college acceptance and succeed in college as organized, accountable, self-disciplined and respectful young men and women. Farragut is situated on the waterfront in one of the most picturesque places you will ever find. St. Pete Beach which is minutes away

by car or bicycle is routinely ranked by travel magazines and websites as one of the top vacation spots in the United States. The academy accepts local day students entering kindergarten-12th grade and boarding students entering 8th-12th grade or their postgraduate year. In addition to the traditional K-12 curriculum, Farragut students have the following opportunities: · Earn their AP Capstone Diploma · Learn multiple languages: Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and sign language · Take aviation courses and earn a private pilot license · Hands-on marine science at the campus’ waterfront · Earn up to four SCUBA certifications · Make robots come to life in engineering classes and clubs For more information, visit farragut.org or call 727-384-5500.

SALEM ACADEMY Winston-Salem, NC

A day and boarding school for girls in grades 9 through 12, Salem Academy is located on a beautiful and safe campus with Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Salem Academy’s rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, individualized support and nurturing community leads to lifelong success. It is the nation’s only all-girls, boarding and day high school located on a college campus with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) focus. In addition to the emphasis on STEAM, Salem Academy offers a college-exploratory curriculum including the opportunity for students to attend Salem College classes beginning in 11th grade. Students may earn up to 40 college credits and AP credits as well as undertake individualized study to pursue their passions. Students participate in high school sports as well as clubs including robotics,

Model UN and debate programs. Salem Academy is focused on developing the entire person with an emphasis on student wellness. Leadership development is cultivated with specialized programs designed for each grade level. Recognizing that today’s world is a truly international environment, the academy works toward ensuring students develop global perspectives. For more information, visit salemacademy.com or call 336-721-2643.

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Board of Education 770-606-5800 bartow.k12.ga.us

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Number of Schools Elementary 12 Middle 4 High 3 Career Academy 1 Virtual Academy 1

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 493 (M) 512 5th: (ELA) 511 (M) 512 8th: (ELA) 508 (M) 508

Total # of Students: 12,919 Student Spending: $10,027

Top 3 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Woodland 1062 Adairsville High 1057 Cass High 1043

What’s New: Woodland High School’s health and physical education teacher, athletic coordinator and head wrestling coach, Adrian Tramutola, has been named Georgia’s Coach of the Year and Section 3 Coach of the Year from the National Wrestling Coaches Association after winning seven state titles in 13 years. Number of Schools Elementary 23 Middle 7 High 6 Alternative 1 Centers 5 Virtual 1 Total # of Students: 42,110 Student Spending: $9,564

Board of Education 770-479-1871 cherokeek12.net

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2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 515 (M) 533 5th: (ELA) 519 (M) 532 8th: (ELA) 521 (M) 518 2021 Average SAT: 1125 Top 6 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score River Ridge High 1140 Sequoyah High 1134 Woodstock High 1127 Etowah High 1121 Cherokee High 1116 Creekview High 1116

What’s New: Cherokee County School District has partnered with the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners to rejuvenate the historic Hickory Flat Gym, which has sat dormant since 2002. Number of Schools Elementary 34 Primary 2 Middle 14 High 9 Alternative 1 Performing Arts Center 1 Adult Education 1 Charter 2 Magnet 5 Open Campus 1 Total # of Students: 53,438 Student Spending: $9,145

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

2021 Average SAT: 1053

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 459 (M) 473 5th: (ELA) 478 (M) 460 8th: (ELA) 485 (M) 466 2021 Average SAT: 946 Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Elite Scholars Academy 1085 Morrow High School 1056 M. E. Stilwell School of the Arts 1014 North Clayton High School 963 Lovejoy High School 948

What’s New: U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has recognized Elite Scholars Academy (ESA) as an Exemplary High Performing Schools National Blue Ribbon School for 2021. atlantaschoolguide.com

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Board of Education 770-426-3300 cobbk12.org

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Number of Schools Elementary 65 Primary 2 Middle 25 6th Grade Academy 1 High 10 Magnet High Schools 6 Charter 1 Learning Centers 1 Adult Education Center 1 Special Education Centers 2 Virtual Academies 1 Total # of Students: 111,043 Student Spending: $10,262

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 509 (M) 515 5th: (ELA) 518 (M) 510 8th: (ELA) 517 (M) 513 2021 Average SAT: 1150 Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Walton High School 1275 Wheeler High School 1233 Alan C. Pope High School 1205 Lassiter High School 1176 Sprayberry High School 1104

What’s New: The Cobb Schools 2021 SAT results show an average test score of 1150 out of 1600 points, 43 points above 2020. Number of Schools Elementary 19 Middle 7 High 3 Charter & Career Academy 2 Alternative 2 Centre for Performing and Visual Arts 1 Special Education 1 Virtual 1 Total # of Students: 22,212 Student Spending: $9,600

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 513 (M) 522 5th: (ELA) 517 (M) 510 8th: (ELA) 515 (M) 501 2021 Average SAT: 1110 Top 3 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Northgate High 1129 Newnan High 1112 East Coweta High 1095

Board of Education 770-254-2800 cowetaschools.net

What’s New: Empower Virtual Learning Program is Coweta County’s stand-alone, year-long online educational option for grades K-8, utilizing all Coweta and state curriculum and grade-level standards.

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Number of Schools Elementary 69 Middle 17 High 19 Charter 5 Magnet 3 Centers, Special Education and Alternative 24

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Total # of Students: 95,715 Student Spending: $12,399

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 476 (M) 487 5th: (ELA) 492 (M) 474 8th: (ELA) 495 (M) 482 2021 Average SAT: 1037 Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score DeKalb Early College Academy 1249 Chamblee Charter High 1208 DeKalb School of the Arts 1203 Lakeside High 1189 Dunwoody High 1182

Board of Education 678-676-1200 dekalbschoolsga.org

What’s New: DeKalb County School District offers free weekly COVID-19 testing for students and staff. The test will help detect, trace and isolate COVID-19-positive individuals, and is intended to help lower the risk of transmission of the virus.

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Board of Education 770-651-2000 dcssga.org

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Number of Schools Elementary 20 Middle 8 High 5 Centers 3 Charter 1 Virtual 1 Total # of Students: 26,382 Student Spending: $9,779

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 490 (M) 499 5th: (ELA) 508 (M) 494 8th: (ELA) 510 (M) 493 2021 Average SAT: 1036 Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Douglas County High 1070 Chapel Hill High 1061 Alexander High 1044 New Manchester High 971 Lithia Springs High 960

What’s New: South Douglas Elementary School students have started an on-campus garden club that will serve as an outdoor classroom to enhance their daily lessons. Members from each grade will improve and enlarge the existing garden area. Number of Schools Elementary 14 Middle 5 High 5 Alternative 1 Open Campus 1 Virtual 1 Total # of Students: 20,162 Student Spending: $10,999

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 531 (M) 536 5th: (ELA) 532 (M) 530 8th: (ELA) 544 (M) 540 2021 Average SAT: 1152 Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score McIntosh High 1226 Starr’s Mill High 1156 Whitewater High 1152 Sandy Creek High 1066 Fayette County High 1042

Board of Education 770-460-3990 fcboe.org

What’s New: Interrelated teacher Victoria Saxon has implemented her Coaching Through Coding initiative at Peeples Elementary School, focused on problem solving.

FORSYTH

Number of Schools Elementary 22 Middle 11 High 7 Non-Traditional 2 Virtual 1 Charter/Evening 1 Career Academy 1

FORSYTH

Total # of Students: 50,034 Student Spending: $9,300

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

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 537 (M) 552 5th: (ELA) 542 (M) 558 8th: (ELA) 539 (M) 534 2021 Average SAT: 1193 Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Lambert High 1251 South Forsyth High 1241 Alliance Academy 1226 Denmark High 1205 Forsyth Central 1152

What’s New: U.S. News and World Report has included five Forsyth County high schools on its annual list of 2021 Best High Schools. Lambert came in at 261, South Forsyth at 399, West Forsyth at 1,164, Forsyth Central at 1,670 and North Forsyth at 2,712. Denmark and Alliance were too new to be eligible. atlantaschoolguide.com

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Number of Schools Elementary 59 Middle 19 High 20 Charter 10 Alternative Schools 3 Virtual Campus 2 Total # of Students: 91,716 Student Spending: $11,408

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Board of Education 470-254-3600 fultonschools.org

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2021 Average SAT: 1128 Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Northview High 1301 Alpharetta High 1265 Chattahoochee High 1249 Johns Creek High 1241 Milton High 1201

What’s New: Mountain Park Elementary School offers the only elementary construction program in the state of Georgia. All students in second through fifth grade gain hands-on experience in a weekly class that teaches them to use a variety of items. Number of Schools Elementary 11 Middle 4 High 2 Alternative 2 Career Academy 1

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 458 (M) 479 5th: (ELA) 480 (M) 470 8th: (ELA) 488 (M) 474

Total # of Students: 9,704 Student Spending: $10,417

Top 2 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Spalding High 1040 Griffin High 931

2021 Average SAT: 983

What’s New: At the age of 81, former New York City Deputy Mayor Haskell Ward presented Griffin-Spalding County Schools Superintendent Keith Simmons with a gift of $25,000 to create a scholarship fund to benefit the students of Moore Elementary School. Having attended Moore as a child, Ward attributes much of his life’s success to the positive influence of his teachers there. Number of Schools Elementary 80 Middle 29 High 20 Alternative 4 Charter 2 Open Campus 1 Virtual School 1 Special Education 2 Center 1 Career/Technical 4 Total # of Students: 179,338 Student Spending: $9,503

Board of Education 678-301-6000 gcpsk12.org

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 527 (M) 535 5th: (ELA) 530 (M) 526 8th: (ELA) 521 (M) 519

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 511 (M) 520 5th: (ELA) 518 (M) 514 8th: (ELA) 509 (M) 504 2021 Average SAT: 1132 Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology 1378 North Gwinnett High 1210 Peachtree Ridge High 1155 Brookwood High 1152 Parkview High 1142

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Number of Schools Elementary 11 Middle 6 High 6 Magnet 12 Alternative 1 Career 2 Virtual 1 Total # of Students: 26,720 Student Spending: $9,974

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 492 (M) 507 5th: (ELA) 504 (M) 497 8th: (ELA) 499 (M) 501 2021 Average SAT: 1086 Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Flowery Branch High 1123 Chestatee High 1121 North Hall High 1116 Johnson High 1087 East Hall High 1042

Board of Education 770-534-1080 hallco.org

What’s New: Hall County School District has launched its Virtual Program of Choice learning option. Students in grades 3 through 12 can apply, including homeschooled students.

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Number of Schools Elementary 26 Middle 11 High 10 Charter 2 Alternative 1 Career Academy 1 Virtual School 1

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Total # of Students: 42,611 Student Spending: $9,374

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 489 (M) 501 5th: (ELA) 502 (M) 490 8th: (ELA) 511 (M) 496 2021 Average SAT: 1029 Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Union Grove High 1097 Ola High 1086 Eagles Landing High 1053 Dutchtown High 1033 Locust Grove High 1027

Board of Education What’s New: Fourteen regular classrooms and two science labs 770-957-6601 will be added to Dutchtown High School, along with associated schoolwires.henry.k12.ga.us workrooms, offices and restrooms.

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Number of Schools Elementary 19 Middle 9 High 5 Alternative 1 Career 1

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 512 (M) 522 5th: (ELA) 513 (M) 514 8th: (ELA) 520 (M) 509

Total # of Students: 30,226 Student Spending: $9,419

Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Paulding County High 1078 North Paulding High 1077 East Paulding High 1034 Hiram High 1030 South Paulding High 1024

2021 Average SAT: 1053

What’s New: Two East Paulding Middle School 7th-graders are being recognized for their heroic actions in a crisis situation. Their bus driver experienced a medical emergency en route to school and pulled off the road but couldn’t communicate. Kane Daugherty contacted the dispatcher and coordinated an emergency response while Conner Doss helped calm and organize the other children. atlantaschoolguide.com

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Board of Education 770-483-4713 rockdaleschools.org

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Number of Schools Elementary 11 Middle 4 High 3 Alternative 1 Career Academy 1 Magnet 1 Open Campus 1 Virtual School 2 Total # of Students: 16,104 Student Spending: $10,640

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 481 (M) 486 5th: (ELA) 494 (M) 471 8th: (ELA) 509 (M) 482 2021 Average SAT: 1057 Top 3 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Rockdale High 1106 Heritage High 1019 Salem High 998

What’s New: Rockdale County Public Schools has been awarded about $5 million in the third round of the Georgia Department of Education’s Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading in Georgia (L4GA) grant.

Board of Education 404-802-3500 atlantapublicschools.us

Number of Schools Elementary 43 Intermediate 3 Middle 10 High 10 Charter 19 Alternative 4 Virtual 1 Total # of Students: 50,954 Student Spending: $16,269

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 490 (M) 497 5th: (ELA) 500 (M) 488 8th: (ELA) 502 (M) 489 2021 Average SAT: 927 Top 5 Schools by Average 2021 SAT Score Midtown High 1082 Atlanta Classical Academy 1068 KIPP Atlanta Collegiate Academy 1034 North Atlanta High 1021 Charles R. Drew Charter High 946

What’s New: In tribute to the late Atlanta Braves baseball legend Hank Aaron, Atlanta Public Schools has renamed Forrest Hill Academy as the Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron New Beginnings Academy. Aaron is known for breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record and for the impact he made as a humanitarian.

BUFORD CITY SCHOOLS

Board of Education 770-945-5035 bufordcityschools.org Number of Schools Elementary (K-1) 1 1st-3rd Grade Academy 1 4th-5th Grade Academy 1 Middle 1 High 1

Total # of Students: 5,155 Student Spending: $11,050 2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 543 (M) 556 5th: (ELA) 531 (M) 536 8th: (ELA) 554 (M) 558 2021 Average SAT: 1162

What’s New: For the seventh consecutive year, Buford City Schools was named the best public school district in Georgia, according to Niche’s annual report. Niche examines information from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Board of Education 404-371-3601 csdecatur.net Number of Schools Elementary 5 Middle 1 3rd-5th Grade Academy 1 4th & 5th Grade Academy 1 High 1 Early Learning Center 1 Virtual 1

Total # of Students: 5,695 Student Spending: $12,874 2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 550 (M) 550 5th: (ELA) 547 (M) 543 8th: (ELA) 547 (M) 530 2021 Average SAT: 1227

What’s New: Maggie Fehrman, City Schools of Decatur’s superintendent, has organized a Superintendent Advisory Team as a way of giving a voice to the student body with regard to school decisions. Twenty-six Decatur High students and 14 eighth-graders from Renfroe Middle School make up the team.

GAINESVILLE CITY SCHOOLS

Board of Education 770-536-5275 gcssk12.net Number of Schools Elementary 6 Middle 1 High 1 Virtual 1

Total # of Students: 7,780 Student Spending: $9,716 2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 470 (M) 500 5th: (ELA) 494 (M) 495 8th: (ELA) 496 (M) 494 2021 Average SAT: 1055

What’s New: Gainesville City Schools continues progress on three new additions. The Gainesville Middle School West Campus, including a full football field and field house, and Gainesville High School’s three-story Student Activities Center are both set to open next fall. The third addition, a cafeteria and media center building at Gainesville High School, should be completed by January.

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

Total # of Students: 8,716 Student Spending: $12,455 7 1 1 1 1 1 1

2021 Mean Georgia Milestone Scores: 3rd: (ELA) 503 (M) 517 5th: (ELA) 517 (M) 512 8th: (ELA) 507 (M) 509 2021 Average SAT: 1073

What’s New: Marietta City Schools recently hosted its firstever Adapted Games, providing a day of non-competitive activities for students with intellectual disabilities. More than 100 participants rotated through stations like the 100-yard dash, shot put, javelin, bowling and more. Each challenge was adapted by the MCS staff to be more inclusive, as well as fun and educational. The district intends for the games to become an annual event. atlantaschoolguide.com

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ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER

Atlanta History Center offers multidisciplinary and interactive guided tours for students of all ages that are educational and fun. Tours are designed to match the state social studies requirements and cover five subjects for grade levels ranging from K-5 to 12th grade. Cyclorama and the Case of America’s Changing History is Atlanta History Center’s latest tour that explores the history of the Civil War from the perspective of one of Georgia’s most fascinating artifacts, The Battle of Atlanta: Cyclorama. Other subjects include Fight for Your Rights, The Price of Freedom, Georgia Farm Life and We are Still Here. The Fight for Your Rights tour explores the Civil Rights Era and connects it to social movements throughout time. Students will contemplate whether the Civil War was worth the cost to the nation through historical simulations and performances in The Price of Freedom virtual tour. We are Still Here sheds light on the history of the Cherokee people and their contemporary culture. Georgia Farm Life allows students to learn about the lives of enslaved peoples through historic buildings, tactile experiences and exciting encounters with museum interpreters. 88

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The tours are open to all students including those who attend school in person, homeschool families and remote learning pods. Students are given the opportunity to handle historic objects from Atlanta History Center’s collection in addition to touring award-winning exhibitions, historic houses and gardens. For the 2021–22 school year, Atlanta History Center is offering free virtual and onsite school tours to Title I schools as well as a virtual tour and travel trunk combination discount to all schools. The center’s educator aids and digital tools are designed to spark curiosity, support discussion and kick-start inquirybased learning. To learn more about these educational resources, visit atlantahistory center.com or call at 404-814-4000. The center is located at 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta.

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Admiral Farragut Academy................................66 Brandon Hall.......................................................67 The Brook Hill School.........................................72 Baylor School......................................................70 McCallie School..................................................71 North Broward Preparatory School...................65 Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School.........................68 Saint Mary’s School.............................................69 Salem Academy..................................................68 The Vanguard School.........................................66

Early Education

Arbor Montessori School...................................52 Atlanta Academy................................................48 The Friends School of Atlanta...........................52 Lyndon Academy................................................38 McGinnis Woods Country Day School.............44 MJCCA Preschools.............................................45 Oak Grove Academy............................................3 The Suzuki School.................................................7

Field Trips & Education Programs

Atlanta History Center........................................87 Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK)..........89 Legoland Discovery Center...............................86 Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History.........................................89 Zoo Atlanta..........................................................86

Independent Schools

Arbor Montessori School...................................52 Athens Academy.................................................50 Atlanta Academy................................................48 Atlanta International School..............................35 Atlanta Montessori International Schools Cliff Valley Campus...............................................3 Atlanta Montessori International Schools Druid Hills Campus...............................................3 The Bedford School...........................................55 Bethlehem Christian Academy..........................50 Brandon Hall.......................................................67 Capstone Academy............................................51 The Cottage School...........................................40 Counterpane Montessori School......................56 Cumberland Academy of Georgia....................17 Eaton Academy..................................................41 Endeavor International School..................IBC, 91 Endeavor Montessori – Dunwoody............BC, 92 Firm Foundation Preparatory School................59 The Friends School of Atlanta...........................52 Fulton Science Academy Private School.... IFC, 2 Fusion Academy...................................................7 The Galloway School..........................................37 Hebron Christian Academy................................51 The Heritage School...........................................58 High Meadows School.......................................41 Holy Spirit Preparatory School............................5 Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia........47

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Landmark Christian School................................55 The Lovett School...............................................61 Lyndon Academy................................................38 McGinnis Woods Country Day School.............44 MJCCA Preschools.............................................45 Mount Paran Christian School...........................62 Mount Pisgah Christian School.........................46 Notre Dame Academy.......................................45 Oak Grove Academy............................................3 Pace Academy....................................................36 The Piedmont School of Atlanta.......................44 Porter Academy..................................................37 The Quadrilingual Academy..............................62 Saint Francis School...........................................42 Seeds of Excellence Christian Academy..........61 Springmont School.............................................36 Still Waters International Academy...................53 Strong Rock Christian School............................56 The Suzuki School.................................................7 Trinity Christian School.......................................58 The Walker School..............................................39 Wesleyan School................................................ 47 Westminster Christian Academy.......................53 Whitefield Academy...........................................63 Woodward Academy..........................................57

Montessori Schools

Arbor Montessori School...................................52 Atlanta Montessori International Schools Cliff Valley Campus...............................................3 Atlanta Montessori International Schools Druid Hills Campus...............................................3 Counterpane Montessori School.......................56 Endeavor International School..................IBC, 91 Endeavor Montessori – Dunwood .............BC, 92 Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia........47 Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs............92 Montessori at Vickery.........................................92 Springmont School.............................................36 The Suzuki School.................................................7

Public & Charter Schools

Brookhaven Innovation Academy.....................76 Georgia Cyber Academy...................................75 International Charter School of Atlanta............76

Special Needs & Learning Difficulties

The Bedford School...........................................55 The Cottage School...........................................40 Cumberland Academy of Georgia....................17 The Piedmont School of Atlanta.......................44 Porter Academy..................................................37

Summer Camps & Activities

Squirrel Hollow Day Camp.................................85 Zoo Atlanta..........................................................86

Tutoring & Study Skills

In-Home Tutors of Atlanta.................................85