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october/november CONTENTS FEATURES Atlanta’s Healthcare Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Newcomer’s 2011 Annual Education Guide . . . . 21

Moving to a new town is a great time to fine a new healthcare network for your family—and Atlanta has plenty to choose from.

Metro Atlanta offers several mixed-use communities designed around the concept of living, playing, working and staying in one place, for all your needs. Here’s a look at some of these great neighborhoods.

Your guide to Metro Atlanta’s public and private school options, featuring how learning styles affect your child’s experience, the importance of accreditation, programs to help your child thrive, and much more.

Live, Work and Play Neighborhoods . . . . . . . . .14 Georgia’s Historic Towns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 From gold rushes and presidential escapes to antebellum homes and ‘50s style soda shops, autumn is the perfect time to plan your escape to some of Georgia’s picturesque historic towns.




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In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.

A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map to Metro Atlanta and much more.

Neighborhood Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Whether you’re ready to shoot the ‘Hooch in a ride down the Chattahoochee River or enjoy fine dining, Sandy Springs has something for everyone and for all ages.

Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Fall is in the air, and it’s time for great exhibitions, theatrical productions, holiday events and live music around the metro area.

Special Advertising Section: Atlanta School Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Atlanta is home to many excellent schools and learning resources. Learn more about some of these select independent and charter schools in the Metro Atlanta area.

Take a peek behind the curtain and behind the scenes with a CNN Studio Tour. Meet on-air personalities and see what it’s like at this 24-hour news network’s world headquarters.

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inFOCUS n e w s b i tes fr om a ro un d AT LANTA

Bedford Dasher

5K Run

10th Annual Taste of Atlanta

Atlanta’s premier food festival, Taste of Atlanta, returns for its 10th year on Oct. 22 and 23 with more than 80 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants and most exciting chefs. From international cuisine to under-the-radar eats, Taste of Atlanta spotlights the incredible energy and diversity of Atlanta’s food scene with gourmet grub, live cooking demos and family-friendly entertainment. General admission is $25 in advance, $35 at the gate. For more information, visit

World Trade Center Artifact Now on display near Suwanee’s City Hall is Remembrance, an artifact from the World Trade Center obtained from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Remembrance, an exterior panel from the 101st to 104th floors of one of the World Trade Center towers, weighs 1,638 pounds and is more than 7 feet long, 4 feet tall and 7 feet wide. For more information, call 770-945-8996 or visit

Harvest Balloon Festival Sterling on the Lake presents its second annual Harvest Balloon Festival on Oct. 15 and 16. This fall festival takes fun to new heights, with balloon adventures, tasty treats and activities for the whole family. Experience the thrill of sky-high balloon rides, tethered rides, a balloon glow and competitive races and take part in pumpkin carvings, face painting, games, dragon boat racing and a special Saturday night concert. Call 770-967-9777 or visit 8 | Newcomer Magazine |

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On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer…to the third annual Bedford Dasher 5K Run/Walk and Elf Run at The Bedford School in Fairburn. The whole family can join in the fun with a children’s Elf Run that includes a t-shirt, race ribbon and picture with Santa! The run will be held on Dec. 10. For more information, call 770-774-8001 or visit



WorldFest Celebration

Christian School

Changing the world for Christ…one child at a time.

PHOTO: Jay Denslow

Visit six continents in one day— without leaving Atlanta! Join the Atlanta International School on Oct. 30 for WorldFest, a communitywide event that celebrates the rich cultures and diversity of its student population. Sample the wonderful flavors of the Taste of Nations and enjoy performances, cultural games and crafts from around the world. The event takes place from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 404-8413840 or visit

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Douglasville Bike & Tike Ride Douglasville will host the West Georgia Quad bike ride on Saturday, Oct. 22. Cyclists can test their skills on a 35-, 50- or 100-mile loop touring Carroll, Douglas, Haralson and Paulding counties, and children 6 and younger can also get in gear for the annual Douglasville Tike Ride—training wheels allowed. For more information or to register for the race, call 678-715-6069 or visit


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TOP LEFT: (clockwise) Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s The Zone, state-of-the-art surgery procedures at Wellstar, CHOA is committed to advancing research, one of the many CHOA locations in metro Atlanta.

Healthcare Networks Atlanta’s

The labor and delivery staff at Wellstar.

Finding the right network for your family’s needs by Melanie F. Gibbs


hether you’re planning a move to Atlanta or you’re new to the area, you have important things to consider. You know you need to find a home, a school and a bank, but don’t wait until you have an emergency or family illness to choose a healthcare provider, too. Moving to a new town is a great time to find a new healthcare network—and Atlanta has plenty to choose from! “There is no better opportunity to line up a healthcare provider than before you get sick,” says Sandra Mackey, executive director of marketing for Emory Healthcare, the clinical arm of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University. “Looking for a provider when you don’t need one is smart.” Take the time to do your research. The hope

is that a newcomer would not need to be treated for something like cancer or cardiology issues, but it would be wise to know where they could turn for help. “Talk to people in the area, do research online, even make phone calls and ask questions to office staff to help you prepare before you arrive,” says Kimberly Parker, RN, MSN, CNL-C and clinical program manager of illness prevention for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country, with three area hospitals and 16 neighborhood locations. Mackey suggests newcomers consider the size and scope of a healthcare system and its areas of specialty when making a choice. Major healthcare networks will include hospitals in

multiple locations, large networks of physicians and other specialty services. “Residents know that whether in times of crisis or individual distress, the local hospital is a place of care, comfort and security,” says Sharon Woods, PR strategist for WellStar Health System, a not-for-profit health system primarily serving the residents of Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties. Since many hospitals are part of healthcare systems, what can people expect from such networks? “A new trend in healthcare is the creation of hospital systems that include multiple hospitals, clinics and physician locations,” says Parker. “This may offer the best of both worlds as you may have a smaller facility close to you but have access to larger facilities if you needed additional care.” Either way, you can choose your physician or your hospital facility, but be sure that the provider you want has privileges to practice at the hospital of your choosing. Networks offer services to help you select a physician from groups that can number more than a thousand and include a wide range of specialties. For example, the website of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will allow you to select a specialty—from acupuncture to vascular surgery—and then refine the search to find a physician speaking any one of eight second languages. While location is certainly important to selecting healthcare providers—and you’ll want to choose one that has convenient offices—quantity without quality won’t do you much good. Be sure to ask around about physicians you are considering. “You can often find out about education, certifications (you will likely want a Boardcertified provider) in online searches,” suggests Parker. “Also, you should consider what type of providers you are willing to see. For example, are you okay with seeing a midwife (CNM) or nurse practitioner (NP), or do you only want to see a medical doctor (MD)?” Moreover, if you will need the services of a specialist, you will want to select a network that has a depth of offerings related to that specialty. “Particularly if you are dealing with pre-existing conditions or high risk factors, you will want providers that can care for the individual needs of you and your family,” says Parker. Networks will provide individual healthcare advice, with nurses answering questions over the phone, through email or both. They also will provide libraries of information and educational opportunities. Piedmont Healthcare, for one, offers interactive tools and resources, including a Test Your Knowledge series and a Calculator | Newcomer Magazine | 11

series. Piedmont has hospitals in Newnan, Fayette, Jasper and Atlanta, as wells as physicians in 35 locations around Atlanta and an integrated cardiovascular healthcare delivery program. WellStar’s programs aim to “preserve and improve the overall health of the community,” says Woods. Its programs range from general wellness programs (health screenings and tests for cancer, cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as CPR training and weight loss and smoking cessation groups) to programs tailored to specific health issues like diabetes, asthma and arthritis. There are even support groups for those experiencing a health-related problem, such as cancer, alcoholism or the death of a loved one. Northside Hospital, with hospitals in Atlanta, Forsyth and Cherokee and hospital-affiliated outpatient centers and medical office buildings across north metro Atlanta, offers a range of services, including a weekly parenting email tailored to the recipient’s week of pregnancy and then to the age of baby. Print magazines are available, also. Through Northside you might attend a diabetes support group or an asthma education class. If you’ve been diagnosed and/or treated for cancer at Northside, you could attend a free three-day weekend retreat for adults. You might

Whenever you are searching for new pro­viders, you have to identify what is most impor­tant to you and your family. take Fibromyalgia Aquatics or a “Healthy Heart” class through Piedmont, or even an “Everything You Wanted to Know about Epidurals but Were Afraid to Ask” class through WellStar. These healthcare networks are “plugging in”—using the latest social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook—to communicate. Many content providers, including Piedmont Hospital, offer Internet podcasts at no cost. These audio broadcasts cover a range of healthcare topics and can be downloaded to your desktop or even transferred to your MP3 player for on-the-go learning. Video on Demand pod-

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casts—or “Vodcasts”—also are available on various procedures. “Whenever you are searching for new providers, you have to identify what is most important to you and your family,” says Parker. “Certainly getting recommendations from others can be helpful, but you may not like the same people that your friends do. In the end, you want a healthcare home for you and your family that is comfortable and trusting.” N

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Decatur Downtown Development Authority

PHOTO: David Douglas

TOP LEFT: (clockwise) Downtown Decatur’s skyline; the Millennium Gate at Atlantic Station; Suwanee’s Town Center Park hosts free concerts and events.

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Decatur’s Plaza Fountain

PHOTO: Courtesy of Decatur Downtown Development Authority

Exploring Atlanta’s Mixed-Use Neighborhoods by Susan Flowers

Although Atlanta is often known for its heavy traffic, a move to the city doesn’t have to convert into a monster commute. The metro area is home to several communities designed around the concept of mixed-use that allows residents to live, work and play within the same area; these communities embody much of what makes Atlanta a great place to live. X | Newcomer Magazine | 15


Perimeter offers a variety of convenient shopping and dining options.

Smyrna Its beauty enhanced by the thousands of blooms that inspired its informal name, “The Jonquil City,” Smyrna boasts a vibrant downtown area with homes, shopping and office space all in one cozy setting. The Market Village is the focal point of the city’s mixed- use development, with

16 townhomes, 40,000 square feet of retail and 18,000 square feet of office space. Several neighborhoods are in proximity to Market Village, each with its own particular charm. Among the best-known is Williams Park, an area with numerous older homes that also contains many lofts and other options. Williams Park residents are within walking distance of downtown. Cheney Woods, also nearby, has more than 200 houses, most in the ranch style so popular in the 1950s and ‘60s. Also close to downtown is Forest Hills, a heavily wooded neighborhood that features a variety of home styles. Like most areas in Smyrna, these neighborhoods feature many community activities, including fall festivals and garage sales. All the city’s residents can enjoy its many parks, jogging trails and other amenities; but with small town perks including a Village Green downtown with a community center, library and arboretum, plus regular community events. Just 10 miles northwest of the city, Smyrna is 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta.

Perimeter Area With a strong retail presence, plentiful office space and numerous housing options, the Pe-

PHOTO: Gwinnett County Communications Division.

Located north of Atlanta in Gwinnett County, this city of some 16,000 residents is ideal for newcomers who wish to have home, office, shopping and recreation within easy reach. The 10-acre Town Center Park is the hub of the community’s mixed-use space, the center of a 63-acre development. Forty acres of that space is devoted to residential in the form of Shadowbrook at Town Center, a neighborhood that includes 85 singlefamily houses and 147 townhomes and condos. Residents enjoy the leafy, relaxing setting, with ponds, parks and nearby walking trails enhancing everyday life. Designed to also offer 100,000 square feet of retail space and 87,000 square feet of office space, Town Center has become a kind of “front yard” for residents. Festivals and community events are held regularly in the park, and the abundant green space is a great spot for weekend leisure or a pleasant lunch hour. The park’s interactive fountain delights children and adults alike. The 1,000-seat amphitheater is a frequent setting for concerts, while some musical events attract as many as 15,000 fans. The park is surrounded by outstanding restaurants and shops as well.

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rimeter area offers multiple developments created around the concept of live/work/play. Located in Dekalb County’s Dunwoody area, Perimeter’s mixed-use options include Perimeter Summit. Located at 1-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Road, this 83-acre development features office, housing, retail and dining options. Residents can enjoy walking trails and free shuttles to a nearby station for Atlanta’s rapid transit system, MARTA. Perimeter Summit also offers spectacular, 360-degree elevated views of the city, all the way to Stone Mountain and beyond. Perimeter Place, a 425,000 square-foot multi-anchor development with more than 550 residential units, is another great mixed- use option, with shopping and entertainment. With more than 22 million square feet of office space and many Fortune 500 companies calling it home, the area is prime territory for job seekers. This award-winning walkable urban center is a collaborative effort, with Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (Perimeter CID) at the helm providing alternative transportation, pedestrian choices with miles of new bike lanes and sidewalks, and connectivity to the three MARTA stations within its boundaries. Perimeter is also a shopper’s para-

dise, with the upscale Perimeter Mall as its hub. Anchored by Bloomindale’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Macy’s, the mall also features more than 200 specialty shops and services. According to Elida Baverman, managing broker with Prudential Realty Perimeter North, the entire area remains much in demand even in the current market, due to the highly desirable location and excellent nearby schools.

Atlantic Station For newcomers who wish to live, work, play and shop in the heart of the city, Atlantic Station could be an excellent choice. More than 5,000 homes are eventually planned for this cutting edge, mixed-use development, which features 138 acres in the city’s Midtown area. Buyers can choose from an array of condos, lofts, townhomes, apartments and single-family detached homes. The area also contains a two-acre lake and a surprising wealth of green space. Grocery shopping is available within the development, and Atlantic Station is home not just to numerous fine shops but to major retailers, including Dillard’s, Target and Atlanta’s only IKEA store. A gym, a 16-screen movie | Newcomer Magazine | 17

Decatur has varied annual events where neighbors can meet and mingle.

Decatur The county seat of Dekalb County, this city of 18,000 features a thriving downtown area with single-family homes, condos, excellent restaurants and numerous shops. Lucky Decatur residents enjoy all the advantages of their own mixed-use community while still only a short drive from downtown Atlanta. Decatur also features easy access to the metro area’s rapid transit service, MARTA, with a station downtown and numerous bus stops. From galleries and bookstores to restaurants and nightlife, this city has it all, including an active arts community. Public art dots the city’s streets, enhancing the lives of residents and visitors. The downtown appeals to animal lovers as well; residents can be seen strolling and relaxing with their four-legged friends on both weekdays and weekends. Decatur also benefits from its involved citizenry, who are active in 18 | Newcomer Magazine |

many neighborhood and civic groups. Single-family homes around downtown Decatur offer beauty, charm and a tree-lined setting. These older houses are just an easy walk from the vibrant town square. The downtown area also offers condos in close proximity to the town square. With easy access to shops, restaurants, and the county courthouse, many of these developments also offer upscale amenities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Atlantic Station 404-733-1221 City of Decatur 404-370-4100 City of Smyrna 770-434-6600 City of Suwanee 770-945-8996 Perimeter Area Perimeter CID 770-390-1780 Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce 678-244-9700

PHOTO: Courtesy of Decatur Downtown Development Authority

theater, and an upscale bowling alley are part of the mix as well. Atlantic Station also features some of the city’s best restaurants, sports pubs, sandwich shops and casual dining venues. With 1.4 million square feet of existing office space, plus an additional 4 million in the works, Atlantic Station was designed to host a work force of more than 15,000 people. The Midtown setting means that residents have easy access to MARTA, through buses and shuttles to the nearby Arts Center Station. A three-story parking deck and metered parking on the street are also available.

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entral Michigan University’s Metro Atlanta locations offer master’s degrees designed to meet the unique needs of working students. Adult- and military-friendly classes meet evenings or weekends in compressed terms that allow students to complete their degrees in less time. Registration and textbook ordering can be completed online. Our nationally-recognized Off-Campus Library Service is ready to help with research, reference assistance as well as document and book delivery. The following CMU degree programs are offered in Metro Atlanta: MA degree in Education (Adult Education or Instruction), MA degree in Sport Administration, Master of Public Administration degree (Public Management), and a Master of Science in Administration degree (General Administration, Health Services Administration, Human Resources Administration, Leadership or Public Administration). CMU has two locations in Georgia—the Atlanta Metro Center on Powers Ferry Road and the DeKalb Center on Lakeside Parkway in Tucker. Additional degrees are often added in a cohort format where a group of students follows a set schedule of courses together from start to finish. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, CMU takes its academic responsibilities seriously. Classes at Metro Atlanta centers meet the same academic standards as on-campus courses. Additionally, faculty come from CMU’s main campus, other distinguished universities, as well as the executive ranks of business, government, and industry. More than 70,000 students have earned their degrees from CMU’s off-campus programs since 1971. N For more information on CMU’s educational opportunities in Georgia, call 770-933-7660 or 877-268-4636 or visit PROMOTION

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spotlight Sandy Springs

I Fishing atthe Chattahoochee

Culinary Treats

Local Treasures

With choices which seem to span much of the globe, restaurants in Sandy Springs offer almost endless variety. For a taste of French cuisine in a romantic setting, visit La Petite Maison, (404303-6600) which features soft lighting and the flavors of Provence. Fuego Mundo (404-2564660) offers South American cuisine, with organic, vegan-friendly, dairy-free and kosher dining options. A menu from the Andes and wine tasting are among the treats of a visit to Fuego Mundo. Rumi’s Kitchen (404-477-2100) features Middle Eastern fare, with a menu of authentic Iranian food. Visitors can sample Turkish tobacco on the patio, while patrons can enjoy a look at Middle Eastern décor and art indoors.

Big Trees Forest Preserve (770-673-0111) is a tree, plant and wildlife sanctuary spanning 30 acres with more than a mile and a half of trails that let visitors take in all its beauty. Nature’s beauty can also be seen from a raft, kayak or canoe in a trip down the Chattahoochee River. Visitors to Sandy Springs’ streets will enjoy the Town Turtles, works of art and replicas of the Eastern box turtles native to the area. A moving look at a unique historic figure can be found in Anne Frank in the World (770-206-1558), an exhibit featuring 600 photographs that document the too-short life of this young girl.

Arts & Entertainment

PHOTO: Courtesy of Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism

Chastain Park Amphitheater

Town Turtles

The Inside Track Sandy Springs was the first new city in Georgia in 50 years when it was officially incorporated in December 2005. The city’s population is estimated at 98,000, according to Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism.

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Catch your favorite comedy act at the Punchline, (404-252-5233) metro Atlanta’s premier comedy club, which has hosted more than 3000 comedians since its founding in 1982. In the mood for a musical treat? Featuring major acts, Chastain Park Amphitheater (404-733-4949) offers an open-air venue and the chance to bring your own picnic. (You can have dinner catered if you’re not in the mood to pack a basket.) Enjoy free Concerts by the Springs (404-851-9111) at the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn near Roswell Road. Theater lovers will enjoy the offerings of Act3 Productions, (770-241-1905) with a 2011-2012 season that features a mix of comedy, drama and musicals.

Housing Housing in Sandy Springs is often on the highend of the price scale, according to Robert Burnette, managing broker at Sandy Springs Realtors. New residents should expect to spend a minimum of $400,000 for a four-bedroom home, he says. Among the developments where newcomers could begin a search, he mentions Riverside, near the highly rated Riverwood High School, with homes ranging from $450,000 to $800,000—$1,000,000. Homes in Riverside Trace start at $500,000 and up, and houses in the Winterthur subdivision begin at $1,000,000. The occasional exception can also be found, he adds, including Amberglades, where homes are available starting in the mid-$300s. A good townhome will begin in the mid-$300,000 range. N — Susan Flowers

A bird’s eye view of Sandy Springs.

PHOTO: City of Sandy Springs

PHOTO: City of Sandy Springs

ncorporated in 2005, Sandy Springs is an independent community offering a wide array of options for living, dining and leisure. Whether you’re ready to shoot the ‘Hooch in a ride down the Chattahoochee River or enjoy fine dining, Sandy Springs has something for everyone.

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Your Resource for Making Informed Decisions About Your Children’s Education How Learning Styles Affect your Child’s Education Experience..............22 The Importance of Accreditation.............................................................................25 Public School Programs to Help Your Child Thrive.........................................27 Atlanta Independent School Directory.................................................................28 | Newcomer Magazine | 21



Shaping your Child’s Future How Learning in the Classroom Affects the Education Experience Moving to a new city under any conditions can be daunting. Moving to a new city with children makes it all the more challenging. Not only do you need to find an attractive, safe community that suits your lifestyle and affords you a convenient commute to your new job, you also have to focus on finding the best schools for your children. by Dawn Sloan Downes


s parents, you worry about every aspect of your children’s lives. Choosing the right school is critical to their future because no other experience outside of the home will shape them to the same degree. You know that not every teacher, school and curriculum will be a good fit for every child. Yet with close to 300 private schools and public school districts in the Atlanta area, how can parents identify the best learning environments

for their children? What can they do to maximize their children’s learning opportunities? Quite a lot, says Marcia Prewitt Spiller, head of school at The Children’s School, an Atlanta private school that celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. “Parents should share their children’s interests and learning styles with their teachers to get feedback on how a particular curriculum might accommodate the child’s needs. While

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most schools don’t have curricula based on individual instruction, many design their curriculum to meet a wide variety of learning styles,” says Spiller. As to how to assess a particular teacher’s strengths and qualifications, Spiller advises parents to “assume that individual teachers have the qualifications to meet the learning needs of the students they teach.” For parents who want a more definitive

answer regarding teacher qualifications, they should know that since 2006, public schools have been required under federal law to ensure that all teachers are “highly qualified,” meaning they have full certification or licensure by the state, a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated competence in both subject(s) taught and teaching skills. Parents of public school students can request verification of teacher qualifications under law by writing a letter to their school’s administrator. While the qualifications required to teach at private schools vary based on the school and its affiliations, most require their teachers to be state certified, hold a degree and exhibit a high level of teaching competence. Catholic schools require teachers and administrators to be certified by the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools. There is no single governing body that certifies private school teachers or accredits independent schools. While teacher certification requirements vary according to accrediting body, most state and national private school accrediting organizations require schools to validate teacher quality and provide opportunities for professional development. As in public schools, if parents of private school students have questions or concerns about teacher qualifications, they should talk to administrators about accreditation standards,

professional development and teacher retention to get a sense of the school’s policies regarding teacher qualifications. Dr. Janna Dresden, an early childhood education specialist and director of the Office of School Engagement at the University of Georgia’s College of Education, reminds parents that parents and teachers are partners, not adversaries. “We’re all on the same side when it comes to educating children, and we all need to recognize that we [parents and teachers] are the ones closest to the children … it is imperative that we work together.” Dresden points out that even an “expert” like herself can misjudge a teacher but offers her thoughts on what parents should consider when deciding if a particular teacher is a good fit. “Does the teacher encourage a sense of community, or does she foster competition? Does the teacher focus solely on test scores, or does he create opportunities for real learning? Do the kids in a particular class seem interested, engaged and happy to learn?” Those standards apply to schools as well, says Dresden. She suggests looking for schools with a broader purpose than achieving high test scores, then exploring further to determine if their specific curriculum and teaching methodologies seem like a good fit for your child. Another area of consideration is the technology available to enhance classroom learning. u

St. Joseph Catholic School National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

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an Information Session with Patricia Allen, Principal

October 18, 2011 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Marist Hall 770-428-3328 81 Lacy Street, Marietta, GA 30060 SJCS does not discriminate in admissions or employment practices on the basis of sex, race, age, national or ethnic origin or disability.

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From supplementary podcast lectures, laptops and smartboards, many Atlanta-area schools offer cutting-edge technology. Marist School, an independent Catholic school that has been operating in Atlanta for over 100 years, abandoned the 70 PCs in its eight science labs for 70 “thin client” workstations from Wyse. Thin clients display programs and applications that run on network servers rather than on the local computer, making them less expensive to maintain and operate—as well as more secure—than older technology. The school’s library also houses an additional 25 thin client workstations that allow students to log in from home and complete assignments remotely. Meanwhile, Woodward Academy, one of the largest private schools in the United States, has been working with architecture firm Perkins+Will to create a wireless campus. “The trend in both public and private schools,” says John Poelker, associate at Perkins+Will, “is to get away from the computer lab model where students leave their classroom to use a computer. Today, schools are embracing a more collaborative learning model that encourages a more fluid transition between technology and traditional learning…At Wood-

ward, we’ve created ‘soft spaces’ like cyber cafés that allow students a casual area where they can sit and work together in a relaxed atmosphere.”


What to do if you find that your child’s teacher isn’t the best fit: • B  egin the discussion with the classroom teacher. Share your concerns and work together to develop a plan to help your child succeed. • C  ommunicate openly and frequently in a respectful manner. • O  ffer your child’s teacher feedback on your child’s specific interests, strengths, weaknesses and any changes you’ve noticed. • R  emember that you and your child’s teacher are partners with a common goal. Work together toward your child’s success. • If your child’s teacher is unresponsive or you do not begin to see change, schedule appointments with your school’s administration.

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Poelker points to another example of innovative, technology-driven thinking in Atlantaarea schools: “Whitfield County’s Coahulla Creek High School was built with collaborative learning in mind and utilizes project-based labs modeled on the Apple Store’s Genius Bar® where you have roving experts. In this case the experts are teachers, and students work individually or in small groups at their own pace.” Yet to some, the two most critical technologies a teacher has at his or her disposal are email and a class website. “Many of the best teachers today are utilizing these two basic technologies to communicate with parents and share vital information like homework and class projects in an efficient manner,” says Dr. Lesley Coia, associate professor of education at Agnes Scott College. “What should matter to parents is not smartboards, but how effectively teachers communicate with them and with their students.” While there is no magic formula to help parents identify the perfect teacher or school, by taking the time to ask the right questions and communicate your concerns with teachers and administrators, you can help your children make the most of their learning opportunities in almost any environment.



The Importance of Accreditation Setting the standards for success As you begin to investigate education choices for your children, you will consider many factors in your quest for the right school. One key area to explore is accreditation, an independent seal of approval schools voluntarily seek from private agencies to indicate that they have met certain standards. by Ruth E. Dávila


ccreditation is a process whereby a school gains recognition for excellence through a vigorous examination process, which is both self-reflective and confirmed by external educators,” says Damian Kavanagh, vice president of accreditation and school services for the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). Today, a majority of schools hold an accreditation, which comes into play at two major junctures: when your child transfers to another school or applies for college. If you are in the process of moving your child from one school to another—whether transferring within Georgia or from another state—you may already be seeing the impact of school accreditation. According to the Georgia Board of Education, all public schools must accept transfer credits from any school accredited by one of three agencies: the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council and the Georgia Accrediting Commission. If you are transferring in state, your child’s credits will more than likely transfer. However, differences between state education requirements might complicate matters for out-of-state transfers from schools not accredited by SACS. For the most accurate information about how your move might affect your child’s educational standing, contact your child’s new school di-

rectly with all supporting documents like transcripts ready for their review. The simplest way to find out whether a school is accredited is to check with the school via its website, in person or by phone. If the accreditation’s validity is in question, doublecheck with the accrediting agency directly. Most Georgia schools are accredited through SACS through its parent company, AdvancED. Several other agencies operate locally, regionally and nationally and range from faithbased to those specializing in the accreditation of independent schools, like SAIS. While some accrediting bodies are called “agencies” and others “associations,” they function similarly. The main distinction is that as-

sociations typically offer a membership option to schools before they complete the accreditation process. Schools might pursue membership for networking and professional development. Membership, however, is not to be confused with accreditation. Accrediting agencies generally follow the same standards when evaluating schools, which range from financial stability to a focus on improving student performance. Religious accrediting associations evaluate additional factors to ensure the school reflects the theology and values at hand. With nearly identical standards, the real differentiator among agencies is their approach to the peer review process. At a minimum, an agency should require that at least one evaluator review the school. A more thorough process—and the prevalent practice—is to conduct reviews by a panel of educators. SAIS compiles a peer group of diverse backgrounds, pedagogy and school cultures to visit applicants. These groups usually consist of a school head, a business manager, teachers and an administrator. In addition to evaluating documents and other evidence, SAIS reviewers sit down with students at the lunch table and in the classroom. They try to attend a cultural event, like a play. And they talk to various stakeholders, such as parents, board members and neighbors. u | Newcomer Magazine | 25

Independent schools in Atlanta routinely seek dual accreditation from both SACS and SAIS. As the largest regional body, SACS grants a sense of universality to the accreditation, while SAIS ensures that the independent school context is considered. The Atlanta International School (AIS) holds two accreditations: nationally through SACS/SAIS and globally through the Council of International Schools. Headmaster Kevin Glass says, prior to external review, AIS’ self-study illuminated areas for synergy throughout the pre-K to grade 12 curriculums. For example, it sparked the idea of team-teaching certain subjects or linking certain projects with those in other units. Accreditation also eases eligibility for financial aid and college scholarships like HOPE. Kennesaw State University receives a bevy of new applicants each semester. While transcripts from accredited schools are easier to review, the university doesn’t automatically rule out students from schools without accreditation for acceptance or aid. “There is a portfolio method (exhaustive curriculum review) for students who graduated from non-accredited high schools,” says Susan Blake, associate dean for Enrollment Services

and executive director of University Admissions. “We require additional testing from them, since we would not be able to verify their college preparation,” Blake adds. In the end, Kavanagh says, parents should seek the school that’s the best fit for their child.

Accreditation is not likely to be the central consideration, but it is a good indicator that the school strives to improve every year. “Like our students, whom we expect to grow and change as they grow older, we expect schools to do the same thing.”


Here are some accrediting organizations and associations that help to set certain standards of excellence in education. Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) ACSI strives to enable Christian educators and schools worldwide to effectively teach using Christ-centered curricula and programs.

Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC) GAC offers four levels of approval: preparation status, provisional accreditation, accreditation and accreditation with quality.

Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC) 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.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Member schools meet researchbased standards and maintain continuous school improvement and quality assurance. Its mission is the improvement of education in the South through accreditation.

Department of Education (DOE) 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.

Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) SAIS compiles a group of diverse backgrounds and school cultures to visit applicants. Members meet quality standards, receive peer evaluation and implement a plan focused on strategic improvement.


“Eastside Christian School has provided my children with an accelerated academic experience in a Christ centered atmosphere. ~ Laura Tribble, Registered Nurse and ECS Parent


Wherever Your Neighborhood May Be K5 - 8th grades • Foreign language Small student/teacher ratio Visual & performing arts • Athletics Computer technology education 2450 Lower Roswell Rd. Marietta, GA 30068

770-971-2332 / Eastside Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies or employment practices.

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Metro Atlanta School Systems Programs to Help Your Child Thrive Every child is unique, and while some fare better in independent school settings, there are many that thrive in a public school atmosphere. Before you make a decision regarding your child’s education, take a moment to give Atlanta-area public systems a second thought. The system boasts some uniquely tailored programs that just might be the ideal fit for your child. by Katie Kelly Bell

Magnet Schools Magnet programs offer unique exposure to special subject areas along with a concentrated curriculum in specific areas of interest. Dekalb County’s schools have 14 magnet programs serving students in disciplines ranging from math, science and technology to foreign languages and the arts. Atlanta Public Schools has creatively broken down its populations into smaller, more focused units. Carver High School now features four separate schools that focus on specific disciplines: Early College, School of the Arts, School of Health Sciences and Research, and School of Technology. At Maynard H. Jackson, students can concentrate in Fine Arts and Media Communications, Information Technology or Early College Engineering. Many systems also require magnet students to pursue internships and special research projects as part of their senior year studies. At Cobb County’s Kennesaw Mountain High School Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology, students complete a senior research project and engage in field experience with a local professional practice, business or institution of higher learning. Students at Marietta’s Wheeler High School Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Math and Technology also must complete an internship or research experience in the field.

emies are another avenue for parents seeking an alternative to the co-ed classroom. The Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy for 6th grade girls and the B.E.S.T (Business, Engineering, Science and Technology) Academy for 6th grade boys at Benjamin S. Carson will eventually expand into a grades 6-12 configuration, creating a seamless transition from middle to high school. Several area public systems also offer International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs, a challenging globally recognized curriculum with special focus on mathematics, science and humanities.

Athletics and Laurels

Special Programs Children with special needs receive highly trained instruction at Dekalb County’s Coralwood School, a facility that serves students with special needs ages 3-6. The school offers preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes in which students with disabilities are mainstreamed with community students. The school also offers speech therapy, vision therapy, audiology services, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Atlanta Public Schools’ single-gender acad-

Given the size and scope of most public schools, athletic programs tend to be top-drawer, offering athletes the chance to work with seasoned coaches and compete in everything from baseball, golf and lacrosse to soccer, tennis and, of course, AAAA football. Several area systems have received recognition and praise for their overall performance and programs. Gwinnett County was awarded the Broad Foundation’s 2010 Broad Award in recognition of student performance and district improvement, while Cobb County’s Dickerson Middle School’s music program won the firstever Exemplary Performance Award from the Georgia Music Educators Association. | Newcomer Magazine | 27



Atlanta School Directory It’s no secret that Atlanta is home to many excellent schools and learning resources. The following profiles represent a selection of independent and charter schools in the Metro Atlanta area. For additional information about the schools listed below, including location, class size and open house dates, turn to “Beyond the Basics” on page 31. ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


Atlanta International School doesn’t just prepare students for college—it gives them the intellectual and cultural confidence to succeed in a globally connected world. Celebrating its 25th anniversary last year, AIS was the dream of parents, educators and members of the business community who understood and valued the benefits of an international education. Today, AIS is the only school in Georgia, and one of only a handful of schools in the U.S., to offer an International Baccalaureate education in grades 4K–12. The prestigious IB program, the fastest-growing curriculum in the world, is a rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum recognized by the world’s most renowned universities and colleges. AIS graduates pursue higher education at top-100 ranked U.S. schools and universities around the globe. The school is widely considered to be a major asset to the city of Atlanta in attracting foreign investment and business. Located in Buckhead, AIS is fully accredited by the International Baccalaureate, Council of International Schools and AdvanceEd. Current enrollment stands at more than 1,000 students in 4K–12, of which 50 percent are American and 50 percent international, hailing from more than 70 nations. Primary students follow a bilingual curriculum of English plus French, German or Spanish until the 5th grade. The school offers a full complement of notable extracurricular activities, including an award-winning performing arts program. AIS is also pleased to announce the opening of the Adair Art, Science and Design Center this past fall. This lightfilled, environmentally friendly, LEED-designed classroom building further facilitates the close interdisciplinary collaboration that is the hallmark of the IB curriculum. For more information, call 404-841-3840 or visit Visit Atlanta International School during its Open House on Dec. 3, 2011.

Arlington Christian School is celebrating more than 50 years in quality education, preparing students for college and beyond. ACS offers a K-5 through grade 12 college preparatory program that incorporates a Christian atmosphere into the learning experience. ACS offers strong spiritual, academic, fine arts and athletic programs designed to educate and develop the whole child. Recent ACT and SAT scores show that ACS students perform well above national averages. ACS is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission with quality and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, call 770-964-9871 or visit

PHOTO: Billy Howard Photography


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The Bedford School offers a fresh start to students who have been frustrated in a traditional setting due to learning differences. The school SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

serves children who have been professionally diagnosed as having specific learning disabilities and related disorders. Bedford is located on a 45-acre campus in Fairburn, Ga., 15 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Its goal is to maximize each child’s potential; this is accomplished through small classes; a structured, multisensory approach; and a dedicated staff. Squirrel Hollow Camp summer program offers academic tutoring in a recreational environment. Call Betsy Box, director, at 770-774-8001 or visit for more information.

CUMBERLAND ACADEMY OF GEORGIA Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students with Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD and LD. Fully accredited with both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement and Georgia Accrediting Commission, Cumberland serves grades 4 through 12 and offers a post-graduate year as well. Students are challenged academically in small class sizes and encouraged with a strong emphasis on social and life skills. Competitive sports are offered throughout the year. For more information, call 404-835-9000, or email admissions@cumberlandacademy .org or visit Tours are by appointment, and there is an Open House Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. Cumberland Academy operates on a rolling admissions basis.

PHOTO: (The Children’s School) Courtesy of Sean Randall Photography


the launch of 6th grade. Cliff Valley will add 7th grade in the fall of 2012 and 8th grade in the fall of 2013. The modern campus features facilities for environmental education (inside and out), earth-friendly building materials, computers in each elementary classroom, a library/ media center and meeting facilities. In 2011, the school added two new buildings to the campus that include an additional classroom, a science lab, a new music room and a gymnasium with a stage for performing arts. The application deadline for the 20112012 school year is Feb. 4. For admissions questions, call 678-302-1302 or visit www.


Since its establishment in 1970, The Children’s School has maintained a tradition of quality education. An independent, nonprofit elementary school, The Children’s School is a learning environment in which academic development is stressed with social and emotional growth. The atmosphere is a caring, nurturing one that fosters a deep sense of community. Its 10-building midtown campus across from Piedmont Park allows for freedom within boundaries—a hallmark of its educational philosophy. The Children’s School serves students age 3 years old through the 6th grade. For more information, call 404-873-6985 or visit their website at

EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Founded as a cooperative preschool and kindergarten in 1966, Cliff Valley School provides an environment where children can develop to their fullest potential academically, socially, emotionally and physically. Its programs maintain high academic standards while supporting each child’s creativity and individual needs. The success of its programs, coupled with the demands of its families and community, has prompted the school to expand through grade 8. The program expansion began in August 2011 with

Eastside Christian School provides quality academics from a biblical perspective in a loving environment, equipping students to be strong in spirit and pure in character as they impact the world for Christ. Since 1983, the goal at ECS has been to give students the best educational experience possible and help them develop high expectations for themselves. Eastside Christian School provides grades K-5 through 8 with a pre-1st grade option as well as an extended-day program. Providing education to a second generation, ECS has earned a reputation for providing outstanding academics enriched by fine arts SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

Every student should have the opportunity to succeed in school and in life. The Bedford School offers a fresh start for students with learning disabilities and who are frustrated in traditional learning settings.

H Grades 1-9 H Ability grouping H Beautiful 45-acre campus in Fairburn H Challenge course H Squirrel Hollow Camp

Accredited by the GeorGiA AccreditinG commission And the southern AssociAtion of colleGes And schools.

the bedford school maintains a non-discriminatory policy concerning admissions, employment, use of facilities or scholarships on the basis of sex, race, color, religion or national origin.

770-774-8001 5665 Milam Road, Fairburn, GA 30231

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and athletic programs and preparing students for excellent placement in secondary schools—including magnet programs—with continued success in colleges. Located in the heart of east Cobb County, the school is accredited with quality by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. For information, call 770-971-2332 or visit

ing at each grade level in preparation for the next step in the student’s academic career. Age-appropriate chapels are held on a weekly basis and include music, devotionals, guest speakers and prayer. Ninety-six percent of the 2011 graduates will be continuing their education in college, and 79 percent receive the Georgia HOPE Scholarship. For more information, call 770-992-4975 (Elementary School) or 770-993-1650 (Middle and High School), or visit them online at www.fellow


and is bolstered by arts and sports programs, including band, choir, track, basketball and more. Students benefit from small classes; experienced, innovative educators; and a safe, nurturing environment. Programs are offered for kindergarten through 8th grade, along with preschool for children ages 2 to 4. Founded in 1958, Faith Lutheran School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. For more information, call 770-973-8921, email faithls@ or visit school.


FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Fellowship Christian School offers a K4 through grade 12 college preparatory program that incorporates a Christian worldview into the learning experience. It offers strong spiritual, academic, fine arts and athletic programs designed to educate the whole child. The curriculum is structured to be challeng-

The success of Faith Lutheran School is built on challenging academics offered in a Christcentered environment. The curriculum promotes individual achievement, fosters selfesteem, encourages creativity and social skills,


When Larry Page and Sergey Brin, cofounders of Google, were asked whether they credited their success to having college professors as parents, they said no. Page and Brin attribute their success to a Montessori education—because Montessori works! First Montessori School of Atlanta, the oldest Montessori school in the Southeast, provides an environment that balances academic preparation with building social, emotional and physical abilities. First Montessori is located on a 7-acre wooded campus in Sandy Springs. This hands-on, discovery-based education serves children ages 1 1/2 to 14. First Montessori provides students with a foundation and appreciation for learning that will support problem-solving and collaborative skills needed for future challenges. For more information, call 404-252-3910 or visit www.

HEBRON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Founded in 1973, High Meadows School is a non-profit, co-educational, independent, nonsectarian day school serving children from age 3 through 8th grade. Located on more than 40 wooded acres in Roswell, Ga., High Meadows offers an innovative, inquiry-based curriculum that emphasizes love of learning, creativity, meaningful connections and global perspective. High Meadows School is an International Baccalaureate World School highly respected and consistently recognized for best practices, innovation and excellence. High Meadows also provides a wide variety of co-curricular enrichment programs, including visual arts, theatre, music, environmental studies, Spanish, technology, band and debate. For more information, call 770-993-2940 or visit 30 | Newcomer Magazine


Hebron Christian Academy has two campuses, but only one mission: to help parents prepare their students spiritually, academically, physically and socially to become disciples of Jesus Christ. HCA is a private Christian school currently serving 969 students from grades kindergarten through 12. HCA offers an academically challenging program, including AP and honors classes, with students scoring far above national averages. The

school also offers award-winning fine arts programs and leadership development. In addition, HCA offers a broad range of sports; students participate competitively in Georgia High School Association Region 8A. For more information, call 770-962-5423 (elementary campus) or 770-963-9250 (high school campus) or visit


cluding after school programs such as Chinese, chess, hip-hop, German and robotics. Instructional practices follow the belief that to reach children academically, one must first address emotional and physical needs by creating learning environments where students feel safe, invited and part of a family. The school’s standardized scores are evidence that students flourish in this environment. KCSMA continues to be a School of Distinction. Located at 3010 Cobb Parkway, the new school will open in spring 2012. For more information, call 678-290-9628 or visit www.

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL In its 59th year as a K-8 school within the Archdiocese of Atlanta, St. Joseph Catholic School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The school was recently awarded The Heritage School was founded in 1970 to create an outstanding educational opportunity for the families of Coweta, Fayette and surrounding counties. As an independent, co-educational, college preparatory, nonsectarian day school, Heritage serves a student population of approximately 435, from 3 years of age through graduation from high school. The mission of The Heritage School is to develop the mind in preparation for college and later life, develop the body through competition and teamwork, develop the spirit through self-awareness and growth, and develop camaraderie through shared experience. Heritage recognizes the unique strengths and needs of every child and works with those assets to create enthusiasm for learning and a path for each child’s personal growth and development. The school values family, an intimate learning environment and self-respect. Heritage regards itself as a steward of human potential and takes great pride in the ethos of its graduates. For more information, call 678423-5393 or visit

KENNESAW CHARTER SCIENCE AND MATH ACADEMY Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy, a K-6 charter school, will soon be moving into a beautiful new 110,000-square-foot facility, but the school’s focus on science and math will continue. KCSMA integrates math and science into every core subject, designing classes and activities to extend and enhance Georgia Performance Standards. Brain-based instructional strategies are implemented throughout the school day, in-

the distinction of being a “Top Private” school in metro Atlanta. Its academically challenging curriculum and focus on character building foster the development of the whole child. The standard curriculum is enhanced with art, music, drama, computer lab, Spanish and weekly school mass. The school is located at 81 Lacy Street in Marietta, Ga. For more information, call 770-428-3328 or visit

Beyond The Basics School




Annual Tuition Range

Avg. Class Size

Religious Affiliation

Accreditations or Affiliations

Open House Dates*

Arlington Christian School








Call for Tour

Atlanta International School



Buckhead/ Garden Hills




CIS, IB, AdvanceEd


The Bedford School








Contact School

The Children’s School








Tues & Thurs, Nov.- Mar.

Cliff Valley School








11/17, 12/3, 12/8, 1/8, 1/12

Cumberland Academy of Georgia



Sandy Springs





Call for Appointment

Eastside Christian School



East Cobb





11/17, 1/11, 2/1

Faith Lutheran Church and School



East Cobb





11/13, 1/22, 3/4

Fellowship Christian School








Contact School

First Montessori School of Atlanta



Sandy Springs





10/20, 11/4, 12/2, 1/19, 2/3

Hebron Christian Academy

770-963-9250 or 770-962-5423








The Heritage School









High Meadows School








11/13, 1/8, Visits by Appt

Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy









St. Joseph Catholic School









C - Christian

CC - Catholic

L - Lutheran

N/A - Does not Apply

ND - Non-denominational

* Open house dates may be specific to a grade level or day of the week. Please contact each school for details.


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LEFT TO RIGHT: The County Courthouse is one of the many sites near Warm Springs; Madison offers unique places to shop; historic homes line the streets of Madison, Ga.

Historic Towns Take a Charming Tour of the Past

Georgia’s long and storied history continues far beyond the shadow of Atlanta’s skyline. From gold rushes and presidential escapes to antebellum homes and ’50s-style soda shops, Georgia’s attractions are as varied as the towns they call home. As temperatures drop and autumn reveals its crisp blue skies and turning leaves, it’s the perfect time to hit the road and explore some of the state’s most interesting and charming historic towns. by Dawn Sloan Downes 32 | Newcomer Magazine |

PHOTOS: (Left) Kim Foster Photography; (Center and Right) Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau


TOP: Monroe Georgia’s McDaniel-Tichenor House. CENTER: The Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge in Warm Springs.

PHOTO: (Center) Kim Foster Photography

BACK IN TIME Dahlonega Situated in the rustic Appalachian foothills, Dahlonega gave America its first gold rush in 1828. Today, visitors can learn more about that gold rush at the Dahlonega Gold Museum housed in the state’s oldest surviving courthouse. While on the town’s historic square, visitors can grab a treat at the Picnic Café and Dessertery inside the century-old Price Building or do a little shopping at Parks Clothing Store, a local shopping staple since the late 1940s. After dinner at the Historic Smith House Inn, which was built in 1898 atop a rich vein of gold, visitors can take in the award-winning Mountain Music & Medicine radio show at the Holly Theatre or drop into the Crimson Moon Café to check out one of the great singer-songwriters that play there several nights a week. (706-864-3513 or visit

Monroe Nestled right between Atlanta and Athens, Monroe was the birthplace and home of four Georgia governors, earning it the nickname “the City of Governors.”


Visitors can tour the McDaniel-Tichenor House, a stunning example of the region’s Italinate and Neoclassical architecture styles. Monroe also enjoys a reputation as the cradle of the cultural arts in the Georgia midlands. The Monroe Art Guild hosts frequent events, including an upcoming exhibit of glass art this November. On the nights of Dec. 8, 15 and 22, enjoy Candlelight Shopping in the charming shops of downtown Monroe’s historic town square. When you’re done, drop into the Sweet Shoppe & Soda Stop for an old-fashioned soda fountain experience or wind down with a great Greek dinner at Zoe’s Café and Bakery. (770-267-6594 or visit

Jesup, Georgia, features prominently in the state’s colonial history. Once the only path between Georgia’s interior and its coastal regions, the area around Jesup was fought over by the English, Spanish and natives before once again becoming a central battleground in the Civil War. Visitors to Jesup can tour historic ruins, shop in the town’s revitalized downtown shopping district and attend Arch Fest, an annual festival featuring arts and crafts, live music, kids’ activities and a BBQ cookoff. In December, a reenactment of the Battle for the Doctortown Railroad Trestle, a prominent battle during Sherman’s March to the Sea, features weapons demonstrations and a funeral for long-lost Confederate soldiers. Later that month the town’s streets turn into a charming Christmas village with music, merriment, the Santa House and shopping in antique shops, fine clothing stores and unique Southern gift emporiums. (912-427-2028 or visit www.

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Autumn in Madison brings local farm tours, pumpkin patches and fall festivals.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt as its natural warm springs, which he sought for treatment of his crippling polio. Visitors can tour the “Little White House,” the six-room cottage believed to be the birthplace of the New Deal. FDR died here on April 12, 1945. Today, guests to Warm Springs can visit a touch pool to feel the waters, which remain at a constant 88 degrees year-round. The area is also home to Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge, Georgia’s longest remaining wooden bridge. On Nov. 18 and than any other Georgia city. 19, the 60 specialty stores housed Autumn in Madison brings loin the 100-year-old buildings lining cal farm tours, pumpkin patches the town square stay open until 10 and fall festivals. The holiday seap.m. during the Candlelight Tour son kicks off with Christmas in the Festival. Runners can participate in Country from Nov. 18–20 and an the Candlelight Tour 5K Run, which Madison has a multitude of historic and antebellum homes. old-fashioned Christmas parade on winds through a holiday-lit downNov. 29. Plan a romantic getaway at town. (706-655-2558 or visit one of the town’s many B&Bs and enjoy shopping for fine art and antiques, relaxing in one of three local spas, and soaking up this beautiful town’s magnificent history. Made-from-scratch vittles at Ye Olde Colonial SOUTHERN GRANDEUR Restaurant will satisfy your hankering for authentic Southern cuisine, Madison Known as “the city Sherman refused to burn” because the general but if you’re looking for something more upscale, locals swear by the Ice refused to put a match to the home of pro-Union Georgia Senator Joshua House and Town 220, all located on the town square. (706-342-4454 or Hill, Madison boasts more original examples of antebellum architecture visit


Home of the Great Locomotive Chase Festival Visit to shop, dine, relive history and stay for the weekend.

The Great Locomotive Chase Festival Sept 30 – Oct 1 & 2nd Located halfway between Atlanta and Chattanooga

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PHOTO: Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau


Thomasville’s Big Oak is a truly unique attraction and an experience to see.

Thomasville This South Georgia town has more than 70 unique historical sites, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From antebellum homes to the historic church where Jackie Kennedy attended mass during her six-week retreat following her husband’s death, Thomasville holds a wealth of Georgia history. Stay in one of its many charming B&Bs and enjoy shopping in its historic district, where you can find everything from antiques and high-end fashion to hunting gear. Thomasville offers something for everyone with unique attractions including the Big Oak, a 326-year-old oak tree; historic cemeteries; and the unusual LaphamPatterson house, which has no rectangular or square rooms. The Deep South Fair comes to town Oct. 4–7, and visitors can enjoy the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival Nov. 19 and 20. (229-228-7977 or visit

Calhoun New Echota State Historic Site

Capital of the Cherokee Nation- Visit Original and Restored Buildings, Museum and Gift Shop

Frontier Day – October 15 Go back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear. Historic lifestyle demonstrations will be presented throughout the day. p Quilting p Music p Leatherwork p Basket making p Blacksmithing p Chair Caning p Soap making p Candle making p Historic weaponry pŸ,OOMŸANDŸÚNGERŸWEAVING | Newcomer Magazine | 35

HISTORIC TOWNS Plan your visit to these charming destinations and experience what makes Georgia so unforgettable.




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Visit Lawrenceville, where you will experience a destination set in the history and heritage of one of metro Atlanta’s oldest cities. History lovers won’t want to miss the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse grounds, art galleries and Veterans War Museum. Other must-sees include the Historic Female Seminary and Gwinnett History Museum, as well as the Historic Lawrenceville Cemetery. Discover the true stories of Lawrenceville’s past along its self-guided history walk, which includes everything from a World Heavyweight Champion to tipsy mules. To add live storytelling and haunts to your history, dare to join a creation of the Aurora Theatre—the now very popular Lawrenceville Ghost Tours—for bizarre and spooky tales from the city’s quiet streets and alleys. Lawrenceville’s storybook appearance is just the book’s cover to an incredible community of families and fun that create Lawrenceville’s wealth of character. Add civic and annual events to the mix, and the 190-year-old town remains a vibrant commercial and cultural hub with a strong, hometown business core. A main stage for both Georgia and the Southeast, the city—already rich with history and small-town hospitality—has generations of residents and newcomers working to maintain, revitalize and share its unique sense of place. To plan your visit, call 678-226-2639 or visit


Historic Thomasville

A small but growing city, Adairsville was founded in 1836 as a railroad town. Though trains stopped rolling through in the mid-1900s, the city has retained much of its railroad town personality. The 1847 depot building—downtown’s centerpiece—features an expansive mural of the Great Locomotive Chase and houses a welcome center and museum celebrating the town’s history. Visitors can also wander through Public Square, which features restaurants, antique shops and a bakery, all housed in elegantly restored turn-of-the-century buildings. A historic town nestled in some of the nation’s most beautiful scenery, Adairsville is characterized by easy-going spirits and friendly conversation. It’s easily accessible from metro Atlanta; halfway between Atlanta and Chattanooga, the town is easily reachable via major interstates and state roads. For more information, call 770-773-1775.

Escape to an elegant era where you can relax in the serenity of a bygone time. Located 30 minutes north of the Florida border and with easy access via three major highways, Thomasville enjoys a climate of refreshing falls; short, mild winters; and glorious springs. Come experience a piece of Georgia paradise where the air is clean, the people are friendly and traffic jams are unheard of. Thomasville’s historic downtown is a shopper’s dream come true, offering dozens of charming retail shops, antiques, art galleries and restaurants. Set apart from many tourist destinations because of its award-winning downtown and attention to historic preservation, Thomasville is truly worth the trip! Plan your visit now and enjoy the fall, festivals and more. For more information, call 866-577-3600 or visit

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Atlanta’s majestic skyline.

Suwanee’s Town Center.

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Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

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Mass Transit

One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Offering both train and bus service, MARTA is a convenient way to travel to downtown or the airport. The fee for traveling one way is $2.00 including transfers, and payment is even easier now with the Breeze limited-use and extendeduse cards. Weekly and monthly passes can be obtained at discounted rates. For fares, schedule and route information call 404848-5000 or visit


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Driver’s License

Out-of-state drivers are required to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. To obtain your license, you will need to provide the following: 1) Previous driver’s license; 2) Two pieces of identification; 3) An eye exam at the time of issue; 4) A $20 fee (in cash) for a five-year license, or a $35 fee for a 10-year license. Licenses are issued through the Georgia Department of Driver Services at several sites across Atlanta. Call 678-413-8400 or visit

Car Tag

You must register your car within 30 days of residency. Bring with you the following information: 1) Car title, name and address of lienholder, or copy of lease agreement; 2) Current tag registration; 3) Mileage reading of vehicle; 4) Proof of insurance; 5) Emission certificate (if applicable). There is an approximate $20 fee for your tag. In January 2006, the state began charging sales tax on vehicles. Your tag office will

GETTING STARTED provide the amount of sales tax on your vehicle. For information on a specific county, contact the county’s Tax Commissioner’s Office.

Vehicle Emission Inspection

Vehicles dating from 1985 through 2006 model year must be checked each year for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit

Driving Tips

Georgia 400 is the only toll road in Atlanta. If you travel it daily, obtaining a Cruise Card is recommended. Purchased in advance, the Cruise Card allows drivers to bypass the tollbooth and avoid long lines. Call 404-893-6161 or visit www. to purchase a card. The Georgia DOT provides daily updates of road work, road closings and traffic delays, which are helpful when commuting. Updates can be obtained by calling (toll free) 1-877-694-2511, by dialing 511, or by visiting

NEED TO KNOW Voter Registration

Registration applies to U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. You have up to 30 days before an election to register. Register at your local Voter Registration Office and most public libraries. Refer to the AT&T directory for locations, or download a registration form at

Making a Phone Call All phone numbers in the Metro Atlanta area include the area code plus the sevendigit number. To make a phone call, dial one of the three area codes (404, 770, 678) and the seven-digit number. In general, the 404 area code is designated for intown areas, the 770 area code for suburbs, and the 678 area code is normally used for cell phones, fax numbers and some suburbs.

Registering for School By law, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and 6 years old on or before September 1 to enter the first grade. To enroll your child in either kindergarten or first grade, you will need to provide the child’s social security number; a vision, hearing, and dental screening from a family practitioner or local health clinic; and immunization records on Georgia State Form 3231. | Newcomer Magazine | 39

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION public schools Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871

Cherokee County QUICK INFO

Elementary Schools 22 Middle Schools 7 Intermediate Schools 1 High Schools 6 Alternative 1 Evening 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,578 School & bus information: 770-720-2112 Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. Georgia National

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 Electricity Amicalola EMC 706-276-2362 770-429-2100 Cobb EMC Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-887-2363

Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T 888-436-8638 678-454-1212 ETC Communications TDS Telecom-Nelson Ball Ground 770-735-2000 Windstream


Water Cherokee County Water Authority City of Ball Ground City of Canton City of Waleska

770-479-1813 770-735-2123 770-704-1500 770-479-2912

City of Woodstock


Cable TV Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast


ETC Communications


Hospitals Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital


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County Neighborhoods Schools

Median household income: $63,518 Median age of residents: 34 Population: 210,529 Sales tax: 6% Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $26.80; Incorporated Cherokee County, $24.06. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400

Cagle Dairy Farm, Canton

Located northwest of Atlanta, Cherokee County gets its name from the original inhabitants of the area, the Cherokee Indians. The county seat, then called Etowah, was established in 1833 and renamed Canton in 1834. Today, the city is enjoying its greatest economic boom in its history since more than $60 million was invested in residential and commercial development in 1998. Despite developing its own industrial base, Cherokee County remains idyllic and serene. Farming, especially poultry processing, remains a leading industry. Canton and the neighboring community of Woodstock have seen tremendous growth as subdivisions crop up to accommodate newcomers. In fact, nearly 60 percent of the county’s population are commuters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in 2006 was $194,900. Homes for well over $1 million can be purchased in such neighborhoods as Bradshaw Farms, Bridge Mill and Town Lake Hills. Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92 traverse the county, affording residents easy access to Atlanta and the nearby attractions of Town Center Mall, Lake Allatoona and the North Georgia Mountains. Other great places to live,

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Ridge Mountains and along the banks of the Etowah River, Canton is prime location for development.


work and play in Cherokee County include the cities of Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Waleska.


Canton Canton was incorporated in 1833 and renamed in 1834 at the request of two founding fathers who had visions that the town might become a silk center similar to what existed in Canton, China. Canton did become famous for its “Canton Denim,” known worldwide for the high-quality denim produced by Canton Cotton Mills. Today, Canton is attracting new industry and residents. As a result, the city is re-investing in its downtown. As part of its “Streetscapes” program, downtown Canton will be restored to its historic look and features a newly designed theater on Main Street. Located at the foothills of the Blue

Twelve miles south of Canton, Woodstock is the fastest-growing city in Cherokee County. With a growth rate of 70 percent over the past 10 years, the city has doubled in size. Residents enjoy easy access to Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92, allowing short commutes to Cobb and Fulton counties. While affording convenience to big-city attractions, Woodstock still maintains its small-town appeal. Buildings dating back to 1879 characterize the downtown, where antique and other specialty shops are located. Various golf courses are located in Woodstock, including Arnold Palmer’s Eagle Watch, a course with wooded countryside views that is considered to be one of the top places to play in Atlanta. The 11,860-acre Lake Allatoona provides additional recreation. Woodstock is also convenient to more than 13 state parks. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at


Clayton County

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Life in Clayton County revolves around transportation, much like it did when the Central Railroad passed through the county seat of Jonesboro carrying goods and people. Today, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport employs more than 35,000 people, one-third of whom


Jonesboro Clayton County is steeped in history, especially Jonesboro, the fictional setting for Margaret Mitchell’s legendary Civil War

novel, Gone With the Wind. In truth, the farming community of Jonesboro was all but destroyed in the decisive Battle of Jonesboro. Today, this community of more than 4,000 residents maintains its small-town atmosphere despite its proximity to Atlanta and major freeways. Jonesboro’s Main Street buildings, some dating back to the mid-1800s, have been renovated and now house antique shops, gift shops and government offices. Many residential homes have also been restored, including the historic Ashley Oaks Mansion (1879) and Stately Oaks (1939). Open to the public, these antebellum gems transport visitors to the Gone With the Wind era.

Morrow Stately Oaks quilt show


live in Clayton County. Many of the county’s almost 267,000 County residents have lived in the area Neighborhoods for generations. Unlike in other Metro Atlanta counties, nearly Schools half of them also work in the county. Median household income: $43,674 Just 15 miles south of Median age of residents: 32 Population: 273,718 downtown Atlanta, Clayton Sales Tax: 7% County, one of the smallest counties in Georgia, offers Chamber of Commerce residents many natural reClayton County treats, including the Reyn678-610-4021, olds Nature Preserve, the Property Taxes Newman Wetlands Center, The property tax rate is $32.52 per $1,000 of Lake Blalock and Lake Shamassessed value. Tax Commissioner: 770-477-3311 rock. The county also boasts several private and public golf courses. World-renowned Spivey Hall, located on the campus of Clayton State University, attracts acclaimed performers and is one of the world’s foremost acoustical facilities. The 2006 median value of homes, according to the Census Bureau, was $133,700. Milliondollar homes can be found in the Lake Spivey area.

A passenger traveling north from Jonesboro to Atlanta in the mid-1800s would have invariably passed through a small farming community known as Morrow Station. Once depicted as “the whistle stop” south of Atlanta, today Morrow is a booming city of more than 5,000 residents with a thriving industrial, commercial and retail base that includes Morrow Industrial Park and Southlake Mall. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at


public schools Clayton County Schools Board of Education 770-473-2700 Elementary Schools 36 Middle Schools 14 High Schools 10 Charter 3 Alternative 2 Per-pupil expenditures $8,146 School & bus information 770-473-2835 Avg. SAT Scores Clayton Co. Georgia National

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Georgia Power Company


Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T 888-436-8638 Ultimate Security of America, Inc. 770-460-5722 Water Clayton County Water Authority 770-961-2130 Cable TV Comcast

800-266-2278 Hospitals

Southern Crescent Hospital for Specialty Care 770-897-7600 Southern Regional Medical Center


South Fulton Medical Center

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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION pUBLIC schools Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Magnet Charter Special Per-pupil expenditures


Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,061 School and bus information 678-594-8000 Avg. SAT Scores

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UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-974-5233 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE AT&T 888-436-8638 Comcast 404-266-2278 MCI Worldcom 770-541-7235 Outside Georgia 800-356-3094 WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water Systems Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water

770-944-4300 770-423-1000 770-794-5100 770-943-8000 770-319-5338

CABLE TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Emory Adventist Hospital 770-434-0710 WellStar Cobb Hospital 770-732-4000 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Windy Hill Hospital 770-644-1000

White Water

Cobb County



One of Family Circle magaCobb County came zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Famiinto being in 1832 when lies,” Kennesaw takes pride in its the state redistributed land small-town atmosphere and boasts County once part of the Cherokee abundant parks and green space, Neighborhoods Nation. Named after Thomas exceptional recreational programs Welch Cobb, the county and top-notch schools, includ experienced a devastating ing Kennesaw State University. setback during the Civil Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown War when most of it was features shopping, dining and atSchools destroyed during the Battle tractions such as the Smithsonian at Kennesaw Mountain. affiliated Southern Museum of Median household income: $65,123 Today, Cobb County, Civil War and Locomotive History, Median age of residents: 35 located north of Fulton the Smith-Gilbert Arboretum and Population: 698,158 County, is one of the fastnearby Kennesaw Mountain NaSales tax: 6% est-growing counties in the tional Battlefield Park. Chamber of Commerce nation. With a diverse ecoCobb County nomic base that includes 770-980-2000, Rapidly defining what’s new jobs in the service, retail, Property Taxes and progressive in quality of life aerospace and technology The property tax is $28.75 per $1,000 of assessed and citizen services, Smyrna sectors, Cobb County offers value. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 delivers an amazing sense of style a quality of life unsurpassed and love of life. The new Market in the Southeast. More than $770 million has been spent on apartments and condos near Cum- Village, home to fabulous restaurants, transportation improvements in re- berland Mall, secluded subdivisions bars and upscale shops and services, cent years, allowing residents easy in East Cobb and horse ranches in is the final piece of a master plan for access to Atlanta and the commer- the northwest corner of the county. success. Call it “Main Street USA” or cial districts of Vinings Overlook, The small towns of Marietta, Vin- “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its Cumberland Parkway and the pres- ings, Smyrna and Austell still retain charm and ability to offer the best in tigious “Platinum Triangle” in the their Southern charm amidst urban fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N Galleria area. settings. According to the Census For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options ex- Bureau, the median value of homes information, visit our Web site at ist in Cobb County, including luxury in 2006 was $205,200.

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Marietta City Schools Board of Education

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DeKalb County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Located east of Fulton County, DeKalb County is the second largest county in the state with a population of about 705,000. DeKalb County contributes to Atlanta’s status as an “ international city” with its businesses and residences representing more than 30 different countries and 120 languages.


Decatur As the county seat, Decatur revolves around the Courthouse Square. In recent years, the square has undergone a renaissance as small storefront mo-

shed and Supper Club. The square also plays host to numerous festivals, town celebrations and neighborhood parties. Decatur is home to a diverse population, attracting young professionals, families and retirees. With Agnes Scott College, a prestigious women’s college, and just outside the city limits, Emory University, Decatur is a college town amidst a big city. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes distinguish the community and the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.


Emory University


DeKalb County prosNeighborhoods pers in part due to its ex- cellent transportation sys- tem. Five major road ar- teries traverse the county: Interstates 20, 85, 285, Schools 675 and US Highway 78. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is only six Median household income: $51,753 miles from DeKalb’s south- Median age of residents: 35 Population: 739,956 ern border and the DeKalb Sales tax: 7% Peachtree Airport, a general aviation field, is report- Chamber of Commerce DeKalb County ed to be the second busiest 404-378-8000, airport in Georgia. DeKalb County is also a leader in Property Taxes the biomedical commu- The property tax rate is $41.50 per $1,000 for unincorporated DeKalb County. Tax Commissioner: nity with The Center for 404-298-4000 Disease Control headquartifs have been preserved, attracting tered there. The median value of homes in unique shopping, entertainment and 2006, according to the Census Bu- dining that includes By Hand South, Square Roots, Eddie’s Attic, Waterreau, was $190,100.

In the northern corner of the county is Dunwoody, a popular neighborhood among established professionals and young, upwardly mobile professionals raising families. It is often referred to as the “tennis set” neighborhood because of its numerous recreational outlets that include Lynwood Park and Recreation Center, as well as Blackburn Park and Tennis Center. Cultural attractions include the Dunwoody Nature Center and the Spruill Gallery. A variety of housing is available in Dunwoody, including apartments, townhomes, ranch-style homes, bungalows and mini-mansions with manicured lawns. Nearby Perimeter Mall provides shopping, dining and family entertainment. With its proximity to all major expressways and North Fulton’s booming business opportunities, Dunwoody is a hot-spot for families. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at

EDUCATION pUBLIC schools DeKalb County Schools Board of Education 678-676-1200 Elementary Schools 83 Middle Schools 20 High Schools 20 Per-pupil expenditures $9,896 School & bus information 678-676-1300 City Schools of Decatur Board of Education


Early Learning 1 Elementary Schools 4 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Per-pupil expenditures $13,444 School & bus information 404-370-8737 Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. City of Decatur Georgia National

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UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity Georgia Power


Snapping Shoals EMC


Walton EMC


Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T



404-780-2355 Water

DeKalb County Water System 770-621-7200 Cable TV Charter Communication


Comcast Cablevision


Hospitals Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston


DeKalb Medical Center


Emory University Hospital


Piedmont Hospital and Medical Care Center

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pUBLIC schools Fulton County Schools Board of Education 404-768-3600 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Charter Per-pupil expenditures

58 19 16 6 $9,746 404-802-3500

Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Charter Non-Traditional Per-pupil expenditures: School & bus information:

55 16 22 7 2 $13,710 404-753-9815

Avg. SAT Scores Atlanta (City) 1285 Fulton Co. 1584 Georgia 1460 National 1509 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 Electricity City of College Park 404-669-3772 City of East Point 404-270-7093 City of Fairburn 770-964-2244 City of Palmetto 770-463-3377 Georgia Power Company 404-395-7611 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T 888-436-8638 800-356-3094 Outside Georgia Water Fulton County


Cable TV Charter Communications 877-728-3121 Comcast 404-266-2278 Hospitals Atlanta Medical Center 404-265-4000 Center for the Visually Impaired 404-875-9011 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding 404-785-9500 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-5252 Emory Crawford Long Hospital 404-686-2513 Fulton County Health Dept. 404-730-1211 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-616-4307 North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 South Fulton Medical Center 404-466-1170 404-851-7001 St. Joseph’s Hospital

At the center of the Metro Atlanta area is Fulton County. Bordered on the west by the Chattahoochee River and encompassing Interstates 85, 75, 285 and Ga. 400, Fulton County is at the hub of the area’s financial, transportation, retail, communications and cultural services. Most Fortune 500 corporations maintain national or regional facilities in the area; many are headquartered here, including Coca-Cola, Equifax, United Parcel Service, Home Depot, Delta Airlines and Turner Broadcasting System. More than 3 million live and work in Fulton County. Older, innercity neighborhoods, such as Inman Park, Candler Park and trendy Virginia-Highland offer eclectic living amidst unique boutiques and restaurants. Midtown is at the heart of the city’s cultural life, home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre and the historic Fox Theatre. Many outdoor festivals are held at Piedmont Park. According to the Census Bureau, the median value of homes in 2006 was $270,000. Homes in the millions can be found in such affluent neighborhoods as Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Alpharetta.

Buckhead is also the epicenter for the city’s entertainment and dining industries. With more than 200 restaurants, luxury hotels and nightspots, it has long been a young professional’s paradise. The area also offers numerous antique stores, art galleries and mall shopping at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.

Downtown Atlanta skyline




Considered Atlanta’s “silk stocking district,” Buckhead is “where old money lives and new money parties,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With its one-of-a-kind Georgian and Neoclassical mansions and uniquely styled homes from the 1950s and 1960s, Buckhead is a favorite locale among architecture and history buffs. It is home to the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center.

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Median household income: $57,586 Median age of residents: 35 Population: 963,676 Sales tax: 7%, Atlanta City: 8% Chamber of Commerce Greater North Fulton 770-993-8806, Metro Atlanta 404-880-9000, South Fulton 770-964-1984, Property Taxes The property tax rate per $1,000 is: $30.49 for the City of Atlanta; $28.03 for incorporated Fulton County; $33.69 for unincorporated South Fulton and $31.90 for unincorporated North Fulton County County. Tax Commissioner: 404-730-6100

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Atlanta City Schools

Fulton County

lanta’s most affluent neighborhoods. Homes range from elegant subdivisions to those with acreage. The Country Club of the South is a planned community home to several sports stars, high profile executives and celebrities. A successful combination of old and new, Alpharetta has become a haven for singles, families and professionals wanting a bit of country living with all the amenities that city dwelling offers. While many residents shop at nearby Northpoint Mall and Gwinnett Mall, many still enjoy the old stores on Main Street— a visit to the Alpharetta Soda Shoppe is a special treat. N


Once a small farming community, Alpharetta has boomed within the last 20 years to become one of At-

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Gwinnett County

COUNTY INFORMATION Some of Duluth’s neighborhoods include Edgewater Estates, Sweet Bottom Plantation, and Riverbrooke. Affluent estates with antebellum architecture can be found as well as apartment communities, older brick, ranch-style homes and subdivisions. Duluth still retains some of its original small-town businesses, along with chain businesses, many accessible by Ga. 400 and I-85.


Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here Mall of Georgia in the latter part of the 18th century. Following the official founding of Originally part of Georgia’s the city in 1837, Suwanee became Native American territory, Gwinnett a railroad stop along the Southern County was created by the State Railroad route. It remained a small Legislature in 1818 and named after country town well into the ’70s when Button Gwinnett, the third signer of construction of I-85 and U.S. 23 the Declaration of Independence and brought easy access to the region. a former state governor. Since then, Suwanee has exWhile the county was perienced tremendous once largely rural with small growth, from 2,000 resiCounty towns, country stores, farms dents in 1990 to more Neighborhoods and forests, today it is home to than 10,000 today. To more than 245 international help manage growth, companies and 450 high-tech the city has developed firms. With an average of 260 a comprehensive developSchools new professional and industrial ment plan that promotes companies relocating to the pedestrian-oriented deMedian household income: $64,005 county each year, attracting more velopment and mixedMedian age of residents: 33 than 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett use zoning. Designated Population: 789,499 County remains in the top 10 a Tree City USA for more Sales tax: 6% ranking for growth nationwide. than 10 years, the city Chamber of Commerce The county supports many is committed to preserving Gwinnett County cultural events, restaurants 27 percent of its land as 770-232-3000, and shopping opportunities, green space. Property Taxes including the Mall of Georgia. Such foresight has The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett Gwinnett County remains allowed Suwanee to retain County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. affordable for renters and first-time its old-fashioned charm Tax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. home buyers, many of whom find while providing contemhomes in the communities of Doraville, in Metro Atlanta and is home to porary convenience. Only 35 miles Lawrenceville and Snellville. The median some of the best golf courses and from downtown Atlanta, Suwanee is value of homes in 2006, according to private tennis clubs. There are close to big-city attractions, business numerous parks for recreation and districts and shopping. Many anthe Census Bureau, was $193,100. participatory sports, including tique shops and historic structures, Bunten Road Park and “Shorty” including several Victorian and reHowell Park. Two major malls, gional farm-style homes, are located Gwinnett Place and Northpoint, near downtown Suwanee. N are located near Duluth. The Southeastern Railway Museum, Amidst the pristine setting of which preserves and operates old For more counties and neighborhood Gwinnett County, Duluth has some railroad equipment, is a must-see information, visit our Web site at of the most exclusive neighborhoods for any railroad aficionado.




EDUCATION pUBLIC schools Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education: 678-301-6000 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Alternative Open Campus Per-pupil expenditures: City Schools of Buford Board of Education:

72 24 20 6 1 $8,338 770-945-5035

Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Academy Per-pupil expenditures

1 1 1 1 $10,198

Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. City of Buford Georgia National

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UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity City of Buford 770-945-6761 City of Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 404-395-7611 Jackson EMC 770-963-6166 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Walton EMC 770-972-2917 Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit


Telephone 888-436-8638

Water Buford Dacula Gwinnett City Water Lawrenceville Norcross

770-889-4600 770-963-7451 678-376-6800 770-963-2414 770-448-2122

Cable TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications



404-266-2278 Hospitals

Emory Eastside Medical Center


Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 Gwinnett Medical Center


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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION pUBLIC schools Henry County Schools Board of Education 770-957-6601 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Alternative Per-pupil expenditures School & bus information


29 12 10 1 $7,910 770-957-2025

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UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity Central Georgia EMC 770-775-7857 Georgia Power


Snapping Shoals EMC


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McDonough’s town square

Henry County

Incorporated in 1823, McDonough was named after Commodore McDonough of the War of 1812 and is the county seat. Many historic structures with architecture dating back to the 1800s can be seen in and around McDonough’s town square. McDonough, in an effort to bring its residents a sense of community, created its Main Street Program, which revitalized its Main Street. Today, the street is not only home to intimate boutiques and family-friendly restaurants, it is also home to a variety of free community events throughout the year on the town square, including Music on the Square summer concerts, Santa on the Square at Christmas, classic car shows and chili cook-offs.

Named after Patrick Henry, orator from the Revolutionary War, Henry County is one of 17 County counties created from the Creek Neighborhoods Indian land secessions. The Schools county is known as the “Mother Median household income: $63,395 Host of the LPGA of Counties” because much of Median age of residents: 32 Chick-fil-A Charity Chamits land was taken to develop Population: 191,502 pionship each year in April, surrounding counties, including Sales tax: 7% Stockbridge is a golfer’s parFulton, DeKalb and Clayton. Chamber of Commerce adise. Eagle’s Landing, the Today Henry County is Henry County community surrounding made up of the cities of 770-957-5786, the 18-hole Eagle’s LandMcDonough, Stockbridge, ing golf course, is home to Locust Grove and Hampton. Property Taxes some of the most beautiful It is one of the fastest-growing The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is $37.51 for unincorporated Henry County. and exclusive neighborcounties in Metro Atlanta with Tax Commissioner: 770-288-8180 hoods south of Atlanta. The more than 198,000 residents. 51,000-square-foot, plantaThe county continues to flourish as a major industrial and retail hosts the LPGA Chick-fil-A Char- tion-style clubhouse on the property exemplifies Georgian charm. Home center. Tanger Outlet Center in ity Championship. Locust Grove is a favorite attraction With the county’s rich resources prices range from the hundredamong Atlanta’s shoppers. and convenience to I-75, housing thousands to the millions. Incorporated in 1920, StockHenry County is known best, has continued at a steady growth however, as the home of Atlanta Mo- with such planned developments bridge began as a settlement in tor Speedway and Eagle’s Landing as Heron Bay Golf & Country 1829 and celebrates its heriCountry Club. Located in the county Club and Crown Ridge cropping tage each May with Ole’ Stocksince 1959, the speedway attracts up everywhere. The median value bridge Days. N people from all over the state for of homes in 2008 was $150,189, For more counties and neighborhood its two annual NASCAR races. making Henry County a very information, visit our Web site at Eagle’s Landing in Stockbridge affordable place to live.




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Billy Elliot The Musical, Fox Theatre Billy Elliot The Musical is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class. The Fox Theatre, March 14-25, 2012, 800-745-3000, or

Jersey Boys, Fox Theatre

Theater & Concerts Paul Lewis, Spivey Hall Acclaimed British pianist Paul Lewis makes a welcome return to Spivey Hall for its Season Opening Celebration with popular works by Viennese master, Franz Schubert, as part of his international two-year project, Schubert and the Piano: 1822-1828. Spivey Hall, Oct. 9, 678-466-4200,

The Ghastly Dreadfuls, Center for Puppetry Arts Jon Ludwig & Jason von Hinezmeyer present a Halloween cavalcade of creepy stories, frightful songs, and devilish dances—and yes puppets— from around the world and beyond your deadliest imagination. Ages 18+, Center for Puppetry Arts, Oct. 18-29, 404-873-3391,

MAMMA MIA!, Fox Theatre The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Over 45 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show. The Fox Theatre, Nov. 2-6, 800-745-3000.

Memphis, Fox Theatre From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, TN, comes a hot new musical that energizes with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. The Fox Theatre, Jan. 31Feb. 5, 2012 800-745-3000, Bill Cosby, Ferst Center for the Arts

Watch The Throne, Philips Arena, Atlanta Jay -Z and Kanye West, two hip-hop moguls, team up to promote their Watch The Throne album—and you never know about surprise visits from local and other artists in this extravaganza event at Philips Arena, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.,

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Les Misérables, Fox Theatre A brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Misérables has glorious new staging and is dazzlingly re-imagined. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The Fox Theatre, April 24-29, 2012, 800-745-3000,

Jersey Boys, Fox Theatre The 2006 Tony® Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Four Seasons is coming to Atlanta. Jersey Boys is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. The Fox Theatre, May 22-June 10, 2012, 800-745-3000,

Exhibits & Events Oktoberfest, Helen, GA The 41st Annual Oktoberfest features beers, brats, and bands street-wide, bar-side and at the famous Festhalle, which houses main events with German-style bands and foods from around the world. Helen, GA, Sept. 22-Nov. 2,

Western Art South of the Sweet Tea Line III, Booth Western Art Museum The third offering in the Booth’s signature triennial exhibition series, Western Art South of the Sweet Tea Line III features seldom seen great works of art from public and private Southern collections. Included are more than 50 works in a range of media and styles covering over 150 years of art history. Booth Western Art Museum,

Sept. 24-Feb. 12, 770-387-1300,

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee

Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.” The Fox Theatre, Nov. 29Dec. 4, 800-745-3000,

Enjoy the scenery of the North Georgia Mountains at the Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, a 9-day event featuring musical performances educational demonstrations, a flower show, and the GA’s Official State Fiddler’s Convention. Hiawassee, Oct. 7-15,

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Great Atlanta Beer Fest, Turner Field Featuring hundreds of different beers to sample from all over America and Europe. Oct. 8, 3-8 p.m.,

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, Atlanta History Center This exhibit examines the rich cultural history of the Harlem theater, tracing its story from early origins to its starring role at the epicenter of African American entertainment. Oct. 8-Mar. 4, 2012, 404-814-4000,

Nature’s Beloved Son, Atlanta History Center John Muir, a lifelong botanist, contributed significantly to today’s need to preserve wilderness. This traveling exhibition traces his trek to Canada, Indiana, the American Southeast, California, and Alaska, and presents vivid images, specimens and actual plants Muir held in his hands, carried in his pockets, and preserved for all time. Oct. 13-Dec. 4, 404-814-4000,

Cherokee Pignic 2011, Canton’s Heritage Park Enjoy a full serving of beautiful Northwest Georgia. This annual event is a Kansas City Barbeque

Society sanctioned cook-off as well as an old-fash- a whimsical cast of characters, and visit more Patrick Killam, Publisher ioned country fair and festival. Bring the kids and than 1,000 animals from around the world. a hearty appetite for tasty barbeque and treats. Activities run Oct. 22, 23,Ad 29, 30 from 11 a.m. -3 p.m., Size: Oct. 14, 15, 770-345-0400, 770.992.0273 Office

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Taste of Suwanee, Town Center Park

Bill Cosby, Ferst Center for the Arts

Attended by more than 9,000 families and foodies, Taste of Suwanee features over 30 local restaurants and vendors offering appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Dish Network airs college games for football fanatics, and the Kid Zone engages wee ones with inflatables and other games. Center stage provides live music. Suwanee’s Town Center Park, Oct. 18,

One of America’s most beloved comedians, will FULL PAGE 8.375"x 10.875"Transcendbe performing two shows in Atlanta. ing age, gender and cultural barriers, Bill Cosby PAGE HORIZONTAL 4.812" has aHALF unique ability to touch 7.375"x people’s hearts.

9th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium, Booth Western Art Museum History comes to life during this four-day celebration of the West with featured artist Shonto Begay, featured entertainer Lynn Anderson, plus art history lectures, children’s activities, pioneer demonstrations, re-enactments of historic Western gunfights, Native American dancing, and much more. October 20-23, 770-387-1300,

Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., 404-894-9600, HALF PAGE VERTICAL 3.5625"x 9.875" THIRD PAGE VERTICAL 2.375"x 9.875"

Trek or Treat, Suwanee Creek Park

Spooky, funky, silly costumes are welcome for the annual Trek or Treat event, which includes dance and costume competitions and lawn games at Suwanee Creek Park. Free to the public. Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., THIRD PAGE HORIZONTAL 4.75"x 4.812"

Party with Parker, City of Suwanee Parks

Boo at the Zoo, Zoo Atlanta

City of Suwanee plays host to Parker’s Parks Party, serving as a progressive dinner with particiFOURTH PAGE VERTICAL 3.5625"x 4.812" pants traveling from park to park to enjoy different courses. There are activities throughout the parks and festivities concluding at Town Center PAGE VERTICAL with aSIXTH performance by country2.375"x singer4.812" Andy Velo.

Explore magical paths, sample sweet treats, meet

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Y Inside CNN

ou probably already know that CNN’s world headquarters are located in downtown Atlanta. But what you may not know is that CNN offers a totally cool behind-thescenes look at the 24-hour news network on one of four different tours that give you access to the newsrooms, as well as meet and greets with on-air by Sarah Gleim personalities. The Inside CNN Studio Tour is the network’s signature tour and has been available at CNN since 1987 when Ted Turner commissioned the very first tour. Inside CNN Studio Tours give visitors a glimpse into how CNN produces news, from a replica control center to a bird’s-eye view of the CNN newsroom in action. There’s even an Inside CNN Kids Tour specifically developed for elementary-aged students, too. As CNN has grown over the years, so has its tour options. Today there are several tours available, including tours based on some of CNN’s most popular shows. For instance, fans of HLN’s Robin Meade will want to take the Morning Express with Robin Meade Tour for an inside look at the popular morning show. You’ll make visits to the newsroom and control room, watch a portion of the live broadcast and meet with anchor Robin Meade. If that’s not enough CNN for you, check out the VIP Tour, which provides an exclusive behindthe-scenes experience with expanded access to the working studios of CNN Worldwide. Some guests selected to participate in the HLN News and Views Tour will get to express their views on a daily news topic filmed for inclusion in HLN’s “Your Views” segments. Visitors may also get a chance to meet HLN anchor Richelle Carey. CNN studio tours are extremely popular (CNN hosts nearly 300,000 guests every year and can run up to 49 tours a day), so space is limited. Times vary, and prices range from $9 to $49 depending on tour. Reservations for individuals or group tickets are available at 404-827-2300 or 877-4-CNN-TOUR. For more information, visit N

Taking the CNN Studio Tour

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Since 1996, Newcomer magazine has been the leading relocation and new resident guide for businesses, corporate executives and families who a...

Newcomer Magazine | October/November 2011  

Since 1996, Newcomer magazine has been the leading relocation and new resident guide for businesses, corporate executives and families who a...