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Fall 2017 CONTENTS FEATURES Luxury at Your Front Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........... . . 10 . Arts and Entertainment Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...36
Condo and townhome living is on the upswing in Atlanta; see how this type of home gives you the best of city life.
Music, dance, theatre, film, and the visual arts: see why Atlanta is the arts and entertainment center of the Southeast.
Newcomer’s 2017 Education Guide. ....... . . . . . . . .19 Georgia’s Coastal Getaways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 42
Our annual look at Atlanta education includes what to ask when interviewing schools, the Common Core standards in Georgia and more.
The passing of Labor Day doesn’t mean the end of summer. Make the season last with a fall getaway to Georgia’s barrier islands.
DEPARTMENTS In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.
Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Historic College Park combines small town charm with modern amenities and transportation options, all just minutes from Atlanta.
Special Advertising Section: Atlanta Independent School Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Searching for local schools? Consult our exclusive list of some of metro Atlanta’s top independent schools to find the right educational environment for your child.
Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips and much more.
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Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.
Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 The LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza is more than just plastic bricks: It’s also a world of fun in miniature.
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inFOCUS NEWS BITES FROM AROUND ATLANTA
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Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites your curious child to step into a world of wonder and discovery at Sid the Science Kid: The SuperDuper Exhibit. This interactive exhibit brings the hit PBS KIDS series to life, allowing inquisitive minds to use scientific tools to learn about simple machines and explore the laws of motion, magnetism, air power and the five senses. The exhibit runs from Sept. 16 through Jan. 15 and is free with museum admission. For more information, please call 404-659-5437 or visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
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Fire dancers, aerial acrobatics, break-dancing werewolves … you never know what you’ll see at Howl on the Green! This family-friendly Halloween event promises an unforgettable evening of food, fun treats and otherworldly entertainment for boys and ghouls of all ages. The fun lasts from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 at the Duluth Town Green. Visit duluthga.net for more information.
Celebrating Success School isn’t just about facts and figures—it’s a place to be encouraged and inspired. To help achieve that goal, the DeKalb County School District has launched I Love DeKalb Schools, a campaign to share the successes of students, staffers, families and alumni. The ongoing campaign aims to inspire future success stories in TV spots, on billboards and in print publications and digital media. For more information, please visit dekalbschoolsga.org/ilovedcsd. 8 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com
Students at Atlanta-area schools kept busy during their summer break. Woodward Academy students Julia Gianneschi and Max Greenbaum were both awarded $2,000 fencing scholarships at the 2017 USA Fencing All-Academic Team and Scholarship ceremony in Utah in July. Meanwhile, civic-minded students of Holy Spirit Preparatory School helped in the construction of a chapel in Quintana Roo, Mexico, assisted in the construction of a house in rural Kentucky and took part in aCollege building Historic Park project Home with Habitat for Humanity. Congratulations to all! PHOTO: Holy Spirit Prep: Mexico Chapel
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Local Schools in the News
inFOCUS Investing in the Future
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The Walker School, an independent day school located in Marietta, is set to break ground on a new 30,000 square-foot Science & Technology building as part of a $10 million campaign to provide new state-of-the art facilities for students. The building, scheduled to open next year, will feature science labs for Middle School students and chemistry, physics, robotics and media tech suites and classrooms for Upper School students. For information on other improvements, visit thewalkerschool.org.
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A Taste-Ful Affair What better way to celebrate the coming of fall than by enjoying food from more than 30 fantastic restaurants at the Taste of Smyrna festival? This “festival of delectable” also promises live music and an enormous kids’ zone with a shark slide, rock wall, roller coaster obstacle course and other fun pursuits. Admission is free; vendor samples may be purchased for $1 to $4. The event is Saturday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the Village Green and Market Village in downtown Smyrna. For information, call 770-423-1330 or visit smyrnacity.com.
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C O MMUNITIE S
WHITE PICKET FENCE Atlanta’s Luxury Condos and Townhomes By Michelle Bourg
From employment to recreation to dining, Atlanta is truly a city with something for everyone. That’s especially true when it comes to housing options, with a vast array of vibrant neighborhoods and home styles, from the traditional to the trendy, to choose from. If your idea of “home” goes beyond the single-family detached house and yard, you’re in luck, because Atlanta is a prime market for condominiums and townhomes. 10 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com
LEFT: The landscaped terrace beckons residents of The Atlantic to the rooftop on sunny days. TOP RIGHT: The Atlanta skyline creates a dramatic backdrop for elegant interiors at The Atlantic.
ondos and townhomes are on the upswing for a number of reasons. High on the list is the low-maintenance lifestyle that frees up time for enjoying the entertainment, shopping and culture just outside your door; Atlanta condo dwellers have their choice of some of the city’s hottest districts. However, you just may be tempted to stay home and enjoy the amenities, including pools, fitness centers, and community lounges. Community is often an important element of condo living and makes it easy for newcomers to meet their neighbors and make new friends. For all these reasons and more, new Atlantans from young professionals to empty nesters are choosing the condo or townhome lifestyle. “Condos and townhomes remain a very popular housing choice in Atlanta,” says Victor Miller, managing broker with Coldwell Banker
Intown. Condos represent a competitive segment of the Atlanta market, but Jeffrey Taylor Johnson, owner and broker with Above Atlanta Realtors, notes that the market has stabilized after two years of significant price increases, with new construction asking $700-$1000 per square foot and resales from $200-$400. Condo developments aren’t just limited to areas like Midtown and Buckhead, says Miller, who notes that buyers are also flocking to the trendy Beltline areas and to “higher end, mixeduse developments such as Avalon in Alpharetta. Look for more such “live, work, play” developments to pop up in our major cities outside the Perimeter (Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Marietta).” Johnson reports that in-demand areas include Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Vinings, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, West Midtown, Castleberry District, Decatur, and Chamblee.
Just as in the detached single-family home market, certain amenities are crucial. Location is a key factor, with access to restaurants, shopping and entertainment seen as must-haves. Wish list items also include gourmet kitchens, media rooms and luxury baths. While eschewing private lawns, buyers put a high priority on outdoor space, with balconies, outdoor kitchens with grills and pet areas in high demand. In all these areas, Atlanta’s condos deliver. A look at the range of existing properties currently on the market reveals the variety of options available to buyers. The Atlantic (theatlanticmidtown.com) rises high above the premier Atlantic Station district, with upscale shopping, dining and entertainment as well as quick access to virtually every point in town. Here, direct elevators access unique one-, twoand three-bedroom floor plans with floor-to-
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With its striking architecture, Emerson in Buckhead will present a beautiful view from both inside and outside.
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entryways, Sub ZeroÂŽ kitchen appliances and spa baths with glass-enclosed showers and jet-massage tubs. The landscaped Sky Terrace presents a grilling area, hot tub and saltwater pool, and common areas showcase a collection of masterpieces by artists like Elliot Erwitt and Michael Wolf. Two restaurants are located onsite, but the world of Buckhead dining and shopping are steps away if you can bring yourself to leave. With the surge of interest, exciting new players are entering the scene and are now in the selling phase for future occupancy. The Emerson Buckhead (emersonbuckhead.com) will combine a striking exterior with living areas featuring natural stone baths and generous closets that open onto expansive terraces. A zen garden and heated lap pool frame the picture. u
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Condos free up time to enjoy life outside your door.
ceiling windows that drink in panoramic views of the city. Features include soaking tubs, stainless appliances, 10- and 11-foot ceilings and hardwood and marble finishes. The building showcases a fitness center, community viewing room and landscaped rooftop terrace with full-size pool and sun deck with WiFi access. Prices range from $400,000 to $1.2 million. For those who set their sights high, residences at the award-winning Sovereign (sovereignbuckhead.com), begin on the 28th floor and rise to the 50th. Residents of this singularly-styled landmark building take elevators from a dedicated lobby to two- and three-bedroom homes ranging from 1500 to more than 4000 square feet, priced from $1.5 to $3 million. Units showcase hardwood and marble
The Charles (thecharlesbuckhead.com) will seamlessly blend indoors and outdoors, with units appointed with corner master suites opening onto sweeping private terraces. Set on four acres adjacent to the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown, No. 2 Opus Place (opusplaceatlanta.com) will present interiors designed by Champalimaud of contrasting Mediterraneo and Nublado marble, outfitted with state-of-the-art fixtures and finishes. An IMAX screening room, golf simulator, wine tasting and storage facilities, and a staffed wellness center and spa will all be onsite. High-rises only represent a fraction of condo development, however, and for a wide choice in new construction and price points, the townhome market is one to watch. Despite a competitive market, “Financing for townhomes is much simpler and easier to obtain than for high-rise or traditional condo construction,” says Miller, who says this makes them an affordable and plentiful alternative to single family homes. This is especially true outside the Perimeter, with plentiful new construction taking place rapidly across the metro area. South of downtown and adjacent to the community of Grant Park, you’ll find The Swift (eahomes.com), a townhouse community offering two- and three-bedroom homes priced from
the $300,000s. The community will begin welcoming residents early next year to more than 120 townhomes with a variety of floor plans and elevations, surrounding a social lawn with amphitheater, pet areas and community garden. There’s also quick access to the city via the fu-
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ture southeastern spur of the Beltline, a walking and biking corridor linking intown neighborhoods across the city and flanked by a growing number of restaurants, shops and parks. One of Atlanta’s most talked-about new developments is Avalon (experienceavalon.com),
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an 86-acre mixed-use community located north of Atlanta near Alpharetta. This walkable area combines retail and office space with residential living providing access to concierge services, green space, a bocce court, playground, dog park and more. A variety of townhomes are under construction here and slated for availability this autumn, featuring three and four bedrooms, main-floor masters with freestanding soaking tubs, 10-foot ceilings, media rooms and three-car garages. Prices range from the high $600,000s to around $1.3 million. Nearby communities of existing townhomes are priced from the $300,000s and offer three to four bedrooms and 2 ½ -3 baths. Whatever part of the city you choose as your home, you’re sure to find a condo or townhome that meets your needs. Once you’ve decided what area of town and what features and amenities are important to you, you can set out to find a home that provides the setting for a lifestyle as expansive as your view. www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 15
SPOTLIGHT College Park By Muriel Vega
ith its proximity to both Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and downtown Atlanta, College Park is the city’s vibrant gateway. Home to the corporate headquarters of Chick-fil-A, it’s also a growing community with small-town charm, beautiful historic homes and a walkable Main Street. “We have always said that College Park is Atlanta’s best-kept secret,” says Robbie Roberts, owner of Red Door Realty Group Atlanta. While the city offers easy access to points elsewhere by plane, car or rail, its amenities and character make it a worthy destination in itself.
College Park Municipal Golf Course
“College Park boasts some beautiful architectural-style homes from the late 1890s to the 1940s. What many may not know is the abundance of newer homes that have settled so nicely into the neighborhood,” says Roberts. These homes range in price from $300,000 to $600,000 for three to four bedrooms; typical features include hardwood flooring, stainless and slate kitchen appliances and flex spaces. The city is also home to new community developments. At The Links, homes include spacious open three- to five-bedroom plans, coffered ceilings, gourmet kitchens with double ovens and open tiled showers in the master bath, priced from $200,000 to $300,000 (drhorton.com).
Local Treasures The heart of town is located on Main Street and Virginia Avenue, with businesses, restaurants and shops lining the streets. Georgia International Convention Center (gicc.com) is connected to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport by the ATL Sky Train, making it a convenient hub for major conventions and meetings. The city is also home to the highly ranked Woodward Academy (woodward.edu), the largest independent Georgia International Convention Center
Historic College Park Home
THE INSIDE TRACK College Park boasts the fourth-largest urban historic district in Georgia with 867 buildings listed on the NRHP. Among the city’s historical properties are homes, monuments, businesses, schools, a government building, churches, parks, a cemetery and a railway station.
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college-preparatory school in the continental United States. Camellia Hall (collegeparkwomansclub.org) provides a stylish setting for meetings, receptions and special events.
Culinary Treats Barbecue Kitchen (404-766-9906) specializes in an all-day breakfast along with barbecue staples, jalapeno cornbread and homemade peach cobbler. The Brake Pad (brakepadatlanta.com) serves up satisfying burgers and sandwiches on a breezy patio, while Urban Foodie Feed Store (urbanfoodie-eats.com), housed in an actual former feed store, presents a fine dining take on classic Southern and New American cuisine.
Arts and Entertainment The College Park Municipal Golf Course (cph9golf.com) is a nine-hole course with no required tee times and reasonable rates, and the city’s four public parks offer walking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and greenspace (collegeparkga.com). The 5400-seat Wolf Creek Amphitheater (wolfcreekamphitheater.com) is the venue for concerts, plays and other performances under the stars; recent and upcoming performers include Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle. N
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2017 EDUCATION GUIDE
Your Resource for Making Informed Decisions About Your Childrenâ€™s Education Asking Schools the Right Questions ........................................................20 The Evolution of Common Core ................................................................24 Atlanta Independent School Directory ...................................................29 Beyond the Basics Independent School Chart .....................................35 www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 19
2017 EDUCATION GUIDE
Asking Schools the Right Questions
What to Ask When Interviewing Schools for Your Child By H.M. Cauley
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One of the best developments in education is the availability of a wider range of school choices than ever before. At the same time, this abundance of choice can be a source of stress, as parents work to weigh a greater number of alternatives objectively. When searching for the right school for your child, the most important part of the process is asking questions of the faculty and staff. From a school’s educational philosophy to its test scores and what it serves for lunch, it’s crucial to get as much information as possible to help you make the right decision.
But what questions should you ask ? ACADEMICS The first thing to ask about is a school’s academics. Nicole Evans Jones, chief operating officer at Thomasville Heights Elementary and founding principal at Purpose Built Schools, an Atlanta nonprofit charter school management group, encourages parents to take time to consider just what they want their children to learn. “The course offerings and the extracurriculars may not fit your child’s needs,” she says. “Look at the
course of study and talk about what the kids are learning.” Ideally, the program should enrich your child’s academic strengths and interests while also being able to support improvement in other areas where needed. Ayanna Hill-Gill, head of school at Atlanta Girls’ School, agrees. After relocating to the area from New Jersey in 2015, Hill-Gill visited local institutions to find the right fit for her own two children. When interviewing schools, she made
sure to focus on the curriculum. “Coming from out of town, we wanted to make sure the curriculum was what my kids were accustomed to, so there would be a smooth transition,” she says. “For instance, I wasn’t familiar with what one school used for math, so I asked to see some lessons to get a sense of the objectives,” she says. For both students and schools, standardized test performance is only a snapshot of academic achievement, but it should be considered. Look at a school’s average test scores, and compare them to results for the past three to five years to determine if they are trending upward or downward. If a test area is weak, determine if there’s an underlying cause. A science and technology magnet school may score slightly lower than average in English, for example. What’s as important as the score is what’s being done to address any deficiencies and to keep improving. For parents of middle and high school students, college preparation is of critical importance. Asking about the percentage of students at a school that go on to college—and which colleges—can help you learn about not just a school’s academic rigor, but also how well it supports a commitment to learning in its students. Other topics about which to ask regarding academics include: How often is homework assigned and how much time does it require? Are tutoring and study assistance available? What programs and support are available for special needs or academically gifted students? What extracurricular activities are offered? u
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It’s also important to ask about teachers. Review the educational background and qualifications for individual teachers and note how these relate to the subjects they teach. While class size and student-teacher ratio are good indicators of how much individual attention can be expected, especially in the lower grades, how it’s computed can make a difference. For a clear picture, ask if the school includes staff such as librarians in its teacher count when determining its published ratio.
COMMUNITY, CULTURE AND COST Every school has a unique culture and its own concept of involving the family in its approach to learning. The answers to questions about a school’s recent accomplishments and outstanding features can speak volumes about a school’s mission and values. Whether you’re investigating a public or independent school, Kari Schrock, principal of the International Academy of Smyrna, an International Baccalaureate charter school, suggests asking just what it means to be a part of the school’s learning community. “I encourage parents to dig deeper to know what the school represents,” she says. “As a charter school, we have a charter, and I urge them to read it.” She notes
that it’s important for parents to know exactly what their expected level of involvement is, if any, and to make sure that they’re able to make the required commitment. One important topic, whether you’re interviewing a traditional public, charter or independent school, is funding. Are there booster clubs, foundations or other stakeholders that actively support the school?
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Also, find out about tuition: what specifically does it cover? Are there added fees for extracurricular activities, events outside of class or for equipment and supplies?
VISITING IN PERSON “When you step foot on a campus, you can get a sense of the school’s mission and you can find out what makes them different,” says Hill-Gill.
not to enroll a child there comes down to one thing, says Hill-Gill. “It’s all about fit; you want the best fit, and only you know what works best for your child.”
10 QUESTIONS TO ASK 1. What is the school’s educational philosophy or mission? 2. What are its safety and security procedures? 3. How does the school help students meet grade-level standards? 4. How is technology used at the school? 5. Does it offer strong arts or extracurricular programs? 6. How do students fare on the SAT and other standardized tests?
“I look at how people address each other, what the vibe is when people are walking in the halls. Do they welcome you when you visit the classroom?” And if possible, bring your child along when you visit, she adds. “I think it’s important to have them involved in the process.” A school visit can demonstrate all aspects of the school’s culture, from its safety and security procedures to how open and enthused the staff
and faculty are. “It’s how you are greeted, not just in the office but in the halls,” says Jones. “Do the kids and teachers seem happy? Are they excited to talk about their school? You should see some visible evidence of parental involvement, from volunteers in the classrooms to PTA sign-up sheets on the walls.” After discovering as much as possible about a school, the final decision about whether or
7. How does it work with students with learning difficulties or other challenges? 8. Does it have gifted/talented or other programs for exceptional students? 9. How do students get to school? 10. Is the school accredited, and if so, by which organizations?
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2017 EDUCATION GUIDE
Georgia’s Approach to Implementing Education Standards By Ken Abramczyk
In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education issued a landmark report entitled “A Nation at Risk.” It warned of a “rising tide of mediocrity…that threatens our very future” in the field of education, and led to a rush to create state education standards across the country. 24 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.comaa
standing and applying math skills. Nationwide, the standards have become a lightning rod for controversy. Some say the national standards are another form of federal government overreach, despite the fact that the standards were developed by governors and state school officers.
owever, standards varied widely from state to state, with some setting the bar higher than others. Governors and state school officers decided to tackle the task of developing nationwide requirements, and in 2009, launched the Common Core State Standards. A total of 42 states adopted these new standards, including Georgia in the fall of 2012. Common Core standards help to ensure that students in the United States are proficient in language arts and mathematics. But what exactly is Common Core, and how does it impact Georgia students?
Introducing the Georgia Standards of Excellence
Common Core: The Basics Common Core Standards are a single set of academic expectations of students at each grade level in language arts (English) and math. The standards do not include a specified day-to-day curriculum, but are basically descriptions of needed skills forming a broad outline of expectations from which a curriculum can be created. Among the elements of the English/lan-
guage arts standard are more emphasis on nonfiction reading versus literature and a focus on increasing students’ ability to read complex texts. It also calls on teachers of other subjects to teach literacy skills related to those disciplines. The math standard prioritizes a deeper focus on fewer topics, and emphasizes under-
In 2015, the Georgia State Board of Education made minor changes to the Common Core language arts and math standards, with most of the revisions clarifying mathematic language and terminology. Those changes were completed after surveys and legislative and state board listening sessions, followed by a 60-day period of public input. The state board then voted in February 2015 to rename the standards as the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). The board approved new standards for science in March 2016 and for social studies in June 2016. These standards will be implemented beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Additionally, stan-
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dards have been adopted in media arts, visual arts and theatre that will be fully adopted for the 2018-2019 school year. In Georgia, standards are developed by the state’s own teachers, curriculum leaders, postsecondary educators and the business community, with additional input from parents and the public. The standards are designed to set challenging instructional goals and support personalized learning in meeting the diverse educational needs of all students. The state board adopts content area standards, but each local school district may expand and enrich content standards. The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) provides instructional resources, but decisions regarding strategies and resources are left to local school districts. State laws governing textbook adoption were changed in 2016 so that the decision rests with local districts. The DOE is considering how to support districts in program evaluation without being part of the formal adoption and evaluation process. Reviews of the standards are conducted every four years in order to determine revisions based on teacher and education stakeholder feedback. “Georgia Standards of Excellence provide consistency across the state to ensure equitable access to quality standards for a quality education,” says Pam Smith, director of curriculum and instruction for the DOE. These standards incorporate technology and provide each student with a personalized, hands-on and inquiry-based instructional program.
The Independent School Approach Private schools are not subject to Common Core
to what the individual needs.” Jackson says Georgia independent schools use the SAT scores and college placement as barometers of scholastic success. “Generally, we do very well with our college placements,” Jackson says. Each member school is fully accredited by at least one of the nationally recognized regional accreditation organizations.
Applying Standards to Student Needs
or Georgia’s state educational standards. However, private school students face the same SAT/ ACT tests as public school students when they seek to get into college and to apply for scholarships. These and other standardized tests are aligned with Common Core State Standards, so even private schools need to adapt. Independent school students and their parents should become familiar with what is covered on these tests and plan their preparations accordingly. Dr. Jeff Jackson, president of the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA), which consists of 160 private, independent and parochial schools with 75,000 students, says that independent schools are “highly student-centered
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Standards like Common Core and the Georgia Standards of Excellence are just one element in the process of guiding students to achieve educational success. The aim is to address the individual needs of each student while achieving higher educational benchmarks, so that more students are equipped to compete and succeed in a changing world. The approach by the Georgia Department of Education in developing the GSE is summed up best by Richard Woods, Georgia’s school superintendent: “We want to provide a holistic education, so that Georgia’s children graduate ready to learn, ready to live, and ready to lead.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION • Review Georgia’s educational standards and sample instructional resources at georgiastandards.com • Learn more about the Common Core State Standards initiative at corestandards.org • Information on accreditation of private schools in Georgia is available at gapsac.org
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ATLANTA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DIRECTORY
Atlanta is home to many excellent schools and learning resources, which means you can find exactly the right environment for a challenging and nurturing education for your child. The following profiles represent a selection of independent 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 35. ARLINGTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
BRIDGEWAY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
It all comes together at Arlington Christian School: Christian educators working with families to provide an unparalleled comprehensive Christian education for students. The Christian worldview permeates every endeavor as the school continually strives to uphold its core values: Knowledge, Honor, Truth, Wisdom, Excellence, and Integrity. “Leadership” is what characterizes the Arlington experience in college prep academics, quality fine arts, and multiple athletic offerings. Students are provided the opportunity to develop their God-given talents in a nurturing, safe and student-centered environment. Extracurricular activity opportunities abound. ACS students earn solid academic credentials, wonderful school experiences, life-long friends and a background of approaching life from a Christian perspective. For information, contact the school directly at 770-964-9871 or visit arlingtonchristian.org.
ATLANTA GIRLS’ SCHOOL Atlanta Girls’ School offers girls in grades 6 through 12 a college-preparatory curriculum of the highest standards. Graduates attend Ivy League schools, prestigious liberal arts colleges, leading Southeastern universities and respected research institutes. Atlanta Girls’ School was custom-built for one purpose: girls’ achievement and success. Girls attending AGS learn to take appropriate risks, be courageous leaders, give back to their communities and project personal confidence and competence in all they do. Attend the school’s open house on November 12 and see what makes it truly unique. For more information, call Atlanta Girls’ school at 404-8450900 or visit atlantagirlsschool.org. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
Now in its 19th year, Bridgeway Christian Academy is a covenant Christian school located in Alpharetta, GA. At BCA, students experience a family-like atmosphere where they are nurtured and challenged; in fact, its parents consistently say it was the family atmosphere that brought them to Bridgeway. At BCA, the primary goal is to create environments where students can grow in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man. Dedicated Christian teachers and comprehensive biblical integration, in a safe and nurturing environment, are at the core of its programs. The decision of where and how to educate your child is one of the most important decisions you have to make. If you are considering an academically Christ-centered school, then consider Bridgeway Christian Academy. You’re invited to visit the campus and see how the school fulfills its mission of providing excellence in Christcentered education, equipping students to know, grow, and go. For more information, call 770-751-1972 or visit bridgewayca.org. u Newcomer Magazine | 29
THE BEDFORD SCHOOL
BRANDON HALL SCHOOL Brandon Hall’s mission as a coeducational, global boarding and day school challenges students to lead lives of leadership, scholarship and service. Its community celebrates learning, fosters global citizenship, embraces diversity, encourages athleticism and artistic expression, and inspires students to find their path and lead the way. Brandon Hall welcomes boarding students, day students and international students from all over the world. Although its primary focus is cultivating academic scholars, it also emphasizes character development, service and leadership preparation, ensuring that these qualities are woven into the fabric of its community. Its 100 percent college acceptance rate reflects the quality of its program and the strengths of a diverse student body. Its graduates are poised to be leaders in the next phase of their academic life and beyond. Brandon Hall focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math education that will prepare students for the rapid pace of innovation in the world. It provides students with the confidence to thrive in this global world, while caring for the environment, health and wellbeing and service. Brandon Hall believes that building a strong educational foundation inspires students to be engaged citizens and proactive leaders in an ever-changing world. For more information, call 770-394-8177 or visit brandonhall.org.
CANTERBURY SCHOOL The Bedford School offers a fresh start to students who have been frustrated in a traditional setting due to learning differences. The school serves children in grades 1-9 who have been professionally identified as having specific learning disabilities and related disorders. The mission of The Bedford School is to maximize the potential of children with learning differences and develop foundations for success; this is accomplished through small classes (5-12 per class), a structured, multisensory approach and a dedicated staff. The school was established in 1985 and currently serves 150 students. The Squirrel Hollow Camp summer program offers academic tutoring in a recreational environment and is open to children who need an academic boost in the summer; a student does not have to be enrolled in the school to attend summer camp. Students receive tutoring in reading, math and written expression and participate in recreational activities on their challenge course and their outdoor pool. Bedford is located on a 45-acre campus in Fairburn, 15 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For more information, contact Dr. Betsy Box, Director, at 770-774-8001 or go online to thebedfordschool.org. 30 | Newcomer Magazine
Canterbury School is an independent, non-profit private school located in the Morningside-Emory area of Atlanta, offering a range of programs for infants through eighth grade. It provides an innovative alternative learning environment that embraces diversity of all kinds, where students’ ideas are valued, their individuality is celebrated, and they are empowered to steer their own education. Since 1954, Canterbury School has been dedicated to providing a superior, nurturing education for young children, and it challenges each child to meet his or her potential by providing small class sizes, an adaptable environment and a flexible curriculum. For more information, call the school at 404-522-5659 or visit canterburyschoolga.com.
THE FRIENDS SCHOOL OF ATLANTA The Friends School of Atlanta (FSA) provides challenging academics in a diverse environment, drawing on values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship to empower students to go out into the world with conscience, conviction and compassion. Founded as a model of diversity in 1991, FSA strives to address the development of the whole child and seeks to nurture that of goodness within each student. Offering classes for children from three years old through eighth grade, FSA’s program is designed to prepare students for a successful high school future and a lifetime of engagement as thoughtful citizens. For more information, call 404-373-8746 or visit friendsschoolatlanta.org. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
HIGH MEADOWS SCHOOL
There is no place like High Meadows School. Since 1973, High Meadows students in Pre-K through 8th grade have learned through experiential, immersive educational opportunities, offered both in the school’s spacious, light-filled classrooms and across 42 acres of grassy fields and scenic woodlands. High Meadows School’s progressive curriculum focuses on developing future global citizens and innovative leaders who embrace challenge and think for themselves. High Meadows lower-year classrooms offer low student-teacher ratios in which instruction emphasizes academic excellence, love of learning, critical thinking and environmental and social responsibility. As a nationally recognized and award-winning leader in progressive education, High Meadows is an accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering its renowned Primary Years Programme for students in preschool through fifth grade. High Meadows teachers are unequaled in their intellect, passion, and compassion for their students. Through interactive, inquiry-based instruction, supported by of-the-moment technology and our nature-based campus, every day they inspire authentic learning opportunities that are engaging and—literally and figuratively—sticky. When children graduate from High Meadows, they are empowered with a deep respect for international perspectives, an intuitive understanding of life’s interconnectedness, and an exceedingly strong sense of self. Education is an expedition that starts from the moment we are born. When we teach children to be curious and inquiring at an early age, we create within them a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. What is more important than that? Come see how all this comes to life with a tour of our campus. We invite you to talk with us about how your child may find his or her sense of place with us, and speak with current and alumni parents to learn about their own experiences firsthand. For more information, call 770-993-2940 or visit highmeadows.org.
JOHNS CREEK MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF GEORGIA Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia offers authentic Montessori education in the heart of Johns Creek, serving children from 6 weeks to 8 years old. Observe the “Montessori Magic” happening in the school’s vibrant classroom communities, where children are free to choose from a wide variety of activities and lessons best suited to their development. Specially-trained teachers act as “guides” to the extensive curriculum, planting a seed of wonder that grows into a desire for greater knowledge. Multi-age classrooms allow younger children to learn from older ones, and for older children to reinforce and “test” their learning when helping younger ones. This dynamic, structured environment nurtures a strong work ethic, love of learning, and a passion for discovery not found in other schools. Dr. Maria Montessori wrote, “Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.” Help your child to reach his or her full potential. Call 770-8148001 to schedule a tour or visit JCMSOG.org.
JOHNSON FERRY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Johnson Ferry Christian Academy is a certified University Model® School that prepares students for life academically, spiritually, and relationally in a vibrant community atmosphere. It delivers a personalized, accredited, college-preparatory education with a uniquely flexible schedule. The staff leads with a love for Christ, a desire for all students to discover God’s purpose in their lives, and a passion to prepare students for life. Established in 2004, JFCA is a ministry of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and provides an educational program for grades K-12. JFCA offers rigorous academics, low teacher-student ratio, opportunities for spiritual growth and personal development in a vibrant school culture, with an array of activities including academic competition, athletics, and fine arts. Mid-semester applications will be accepted beginning October 1. JFCA is accredited through AdvancEd, the Association of Christian Schools International, and the Georgia Accrediting Commission. For more information, call 678-784-5231 or visit www.jfca.org. u SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
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HOLY SPIRIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL
LANIER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
MIDTOWN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Holy Spirit Preparatory School is a remarkable choice among Atlanta’s independent schools. The young but accomplished school is one of the few independent Catholic schools in the Atlanta metro area. It serves students from 6 months all the way through 12th grade, so is perfect for families. Its high school keeps getting named one of the top Catholic high schools in the country by the Catholic Education Honor Roll. Really, it’s all about fit. Because they maintain a smaller enrollment than most independent schools, HSP finds the right place for each student—channeling them to the right club, the right gifted classes, the right team—and the right college fit after HSP. This school is all about personalized learning, small class sizes, and forming students in “mind, body, and soul” in a family of faith and learning. For more information, call 678-7617992 or visit holyspiritprep.org.
Lanier Christian Academy is a preparatory school for grades K-12. LCA features two educational models, the traditional five-day school, and the UM® (University Model) school with three days of class instruction and two days under the supervision of parents in the home. Lanier Christian Academy provides a strong Christian education taught from a Biblical worldview. In partnership with families to develop a wellrounded student, LCA offers discipleship, character development and leadership as a part of the overall LCA program. To prepare Lanier Christian Academy students for life beyond LCA, the school also offers AP and Dual Enrollment classes. LCA is accredited by AdvancED, ACSI, and NAUMS. For information, call 678828-8350 or visit lanierchristian.org.
It’s Midtown International School’s unique combination of gifted and global that sets it apart. At MIS, diverse and inquisitive students yearn to engage in a world bigger and infinitely more complex than themselves. Through global languages and course-embedded travel, MIS quenches their thirst for connecting intellectual, cultural, political, and artistic experiences. And it’s a school for ambitious, accelerated learners; it knows its students thrive in settings where personal interaction drives breakthroughs, where challenge ignites creativity and invention, and where problem-based learning leads to the next exciting discovery. So what happens in a school designed for such curious, globally minded learners? No one waits to learn. Call 404-5427003 or visit midtowninternationalschool.com for more information.
MT. BETHEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
THE PIEDMONT SCHOOL OF ATLANTA
For nearly twenty years, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy has been the school of choice for families from East Cobb and beyond desiring a JK-12th grade, Christ-centered education for their children. College-preparatory in its approach, Mt. Bethel’s curriculum challenges students with rigorous studies that include a dual-track STEM program, honors and AP opportunities. A one-to-one laptop program (5th through 12th) allows students to access their textbooks and reference material online and includes a communication tool connecting students and parents to teachers. With two campuses in east Cobb County, the combined facilities include spacious classrooms, performing arts, visual arts and video production studios, dining halls, learning commons with dedicated student collaboration space, an 1800-square-foot fully equipped fitness center, two indoor gymnasiums, a six-lane, 25 yard year-round swimming pool, an outdoor pavilion covering a regulation-size basketball court, lighted tennis courts, athletic fields, and two recreational lakes. Beyond the classroom, a championship athletic program includes volleyball, soccer, basketball, swimming, cross-country, baseball, golf, tennis, lacrosse, clay targets, archery, cheerleading and an equestrian team. Bus service is available to the Main Campus (Jr. Kindergarten-8), located at 4385 Lower Roswell Road, and the North Campus (9-12), located at 2509 Post Oak Tritt Rd. Call 770-971-0245 or visit their website at mtbethelchristian.org for further information and open house dates.
The Piedmont School of Atlanta serves children in kindergarten through high school with challenges in areas of learning, social skills, and social problem-solving. A team of certified masters-level teachers delivers differentiated instruction using a project-based dynamic approach. The curriculum exceeds the Georgia Standards and includes PE, art, foreign language, and Community-Based Instruction. The Piedmont School has been named a Boxlight National Demonstration School and serves as a model site for incorporating technology in the classroom. The school offers after-school programming. For information call The Piedmont School of Atlanta at 404-382-8200 or visit tpsoa.org.
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ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL “We are so pleased with the progress he has made so far this year. He is beaming when he reads aloud, and his confidence is soaring. He is no longer too timid to take chances and try something new. We couldn’t be happier!” - Porter Academy Parent
When parents first come tour Porter Academy, many of them feel heavy with frustration, anxiety, and sadness because they have fought hard for their children, but with little success to show for their efforts. These same families, within a few months of enrollment, are able to relax and feel hopeful, knowing that their children are finally happy and learning. The school’s founder, Claudia Porter, didn’t teach a curriculum, she taught a child. She knew each child’s passions, strengths, and stumbling blocks. She knew that their past struggles had made them feel less—less capable, less important, and that these feelings had led many of them to resist trying. They had learned to slip through the cracks or to distract from the real problems by acting out behaviorally. Mrs. Porter knew that the first step to getting children to learn was to rebuild their self confidence and self respect. The school has grown, but the child-centered care and teaching persists, enabling each child to find joy and success in learning. For more information, call 770-594-1313 or visit porteracademy.org.
RIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY
Celebrating more than 60 years of Catholic education as a K-8 school within the Archdiocese of Atlanta, St. Joseph Catholic School is a 2003 and 2016 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence—a two-time recipient of this prestigious award. Accredited by AdvancED, St. Joseph embraces the Catholic faith while offering an academically challenging curriculum that is enhanced with weekly school mass, art, music, computer lab and Spanish. Extracurricular opportunities include drama, LEGO robotics, basketball, volleyball and more. Before- and afterschool care is available. The school is located at 81 Lacy Street in Marietta, Ga. 30060. Call 770-428-3328 or visit stjosephschool.org for more information about this remarkable school. u
For more than 110 years Riverside Military Academy (RMA) has remained one of the nation’s premier military college preparatory academies, and produces young men of purpose, character, and a commitment to those ideals necessary for citizenship and leadership in a free republic. RMA offers a traditional American-style education where personal values, honor and love of country still matter. RMA is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families. The military process at RMA is not an end in itself; it is simply the means to an end, the end being an educated young man who has experienced the challenges of the military model of education and who is completely prepared for the rigors of college—a cadet who is poised, polite, and confident in any social environment. Hence, RMA cadets stand tall, offer a firm handshake, respect authority and display a level of confidence that parents may not have observed previously. The military setting adds structure, responsibility, accountability and yes, consequences when necessary. All contribute to a well-rounded young man. This environment works for those who have historically underachieved, who simply have not been able to manage their time, and who tend to procrastinate in every endeavor. The rigorous days at RMA are filled with academics, military activities, social activities, and athletics. At RMA, we change what cadets think is good enough in terms of effort and achievement. Please visit the beautiful 206-acre campus located in Gainesville on the shores of Lake Lanier and the foothills of the north Georgia Mountains. Call 1-877-MY-CADET or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit cadet.com for more information. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
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SAINT FRANCIS SCHOOLS
THE WALKER SCHOOL
Saint Francis Schools is an independent, not for profit school with no religious affiliation, providing an exceptional college preparatory program serving the students of metro Atlanta since 1976. Grades 1-8 are located on the Roswell campus while the High School is located on the Milton campus. The school’s commitment to small class sizes, low pupil-to-teacher ratio, and a strong emphasis on structure and organization allow students to enjoy academic success and develop the self-confidence necessary to be successful in college. Curriculum offerings include AP, honors, traditional and support classes. Saint Francis is a Google Apps for Education Classroom, utilizing laptops in grades 4-12. Specialized reading programs offered include Fundations®, Wilson Reading System®, Just Words® and supplemental support from Cars and Stars® Reading Comprehension. A full sports program is offered at the middle school and high school levels (GHSA) and includes football and equestrian. For information: 770-641-8257 Ext. 3 (grades 1-8) and 678-339-9989 Ext. 33 (grades 9-12) and saintfrancisschools.com.
Located just two miles from historic Marietta Square, The Walker School is metro Atlanta’s college-preparatory independent school for families seeking an engaging educational experience within an intimately scaled, caring and diverse community where opportunities abound and meaningful relationships inspire transformative learning. Walker teachers cultivate students’ spirit of wanting to know in every setting—the classroom and the hallway, the laboratory and the library, the art studio and the stage, the court and the playing field. Walker students learn to value the experience over the applause, developing along the way the confidence to explore new avenues of thinking, the wisdom to articulate meaningful insights and the fortitude to act with integrity and honor. At the culmination of the journey from Early Learners through grade 12, Walker graduates have evolved from curious young learners into critically thinking, expressive, collaborative and honest young adults thoroughly prepared for the intellectual and relational challenges of college and life. For more information, call the school at 678-581-6891 or visit thewalkerschool.org.
Woodward Academy is celebrating its second century of fostering excellence, character and opportunity. With almost 2,700 students, two campuses, and an abundance of opportunities, Woodward offers the resources of a college but with the intimacy of home. The main campus (pre-K–12) is in College Park and the north campus (pre-K–6) is in Johns Creek. The average 34 | Newcomer Magazine
student to teacher ratio is 9:1, creating a personal learning experience for every child. Teachers, coaches, and counselors provide guidance at every step, helping students reach their fullest potential, mentoring them in life-shaping qualities and preparing them for best-fit colleges. Woodward offers a range of college-preparatory instructional tracks that students can mix and SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
match according to their strengths; academic opportunities include 25 AP courses as well as a Transition Program for students with mild learning challenges in grades 2 through 8. No matter a child’s passion, they will find support at Woodward, with hundreds of courses in traditional and innovative subjects as well as a wide array of clubs, arts opportunities, and athletic options. The Global Connections Program, Independent Research Program in the STEM fields, and an award-winning arts program are just some of the challenging opportunities that await. At Woodward, diversity is more than skin deep; it’s integral to the school’s culture. Students develop a deep respect for difference as they collaborate with peers from a broad array of religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds from across the metro area. The Woodward experience prepares young people for today’s evolving world. A typical graduating class goes on to attend more than 100 different colleges and universities, devotes 5,000 hours to community service projects, and earns more than $14 million in scholarship awards. Please call 404-765-4000 (main campus), 404-765-4490 (Johns Creek campus) or visit woodward.edu and discover the Woodward Difference today.
BEYOND THE BASICS School
Avg. Class Size
Accreditations or Affiliations
Open House Dates
Arlington Christian School
Atlanta Girls’ School
AAIS, GAC, NCGS, NIAS, SACS
The Bedford School
GAC, SACS, SAIS
AAAIS, GISA, SACS_SAIS
Bridgeway Christian Academy
10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15, 1/21
The Friends School of Atlanta
AAAIS, FCE, GISA, SACS-SAIS
12/2, 1/13, 2/3, 4/14
IB, SACS, SAIS
11/12, 11/28, 12/1, 12/7, 12/14, 1/18, 1/25, 1/30, 2/8, 3/15
Lower School, 22; Upper School, max 12
GISA, NAIS, NCEA, SACS-SAIS
Preschool: 11/7, 1/25, 5/1; K-6th: 11/2, 1/26, 5/3; 7-12th: 11/3, 1/24, 5/2
High Meadows School
Holy Spirit Preparatory School
Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia
AMI, AMS, PAMS
Johnson Ferry Christian Academy
ACSI, AdvancED, GAC, NAUMS
11/9, 1/16, 3/20
Lanier Christian Academy
ACSI, AdvancED, NAUMS
Midtown International School
North Druid Hills
NAIS, SACS (in process)
Mt. Bethel Christian Academy
ERB, GICAA, GISA, MAYLA, NAML, NAIS, NMSA, SACS, SAIS
Main Campus: 11/9, 1/10, 2/1; North Campus: 10/15, 11/11, 01/17
The Piedmont School of Atlanta
Oglethorpe Campus, Brookhaven
9/29, 10/23, 11/10, 12/4
AAAIS, GAC, GAPSEC, GISA, SACS-SAIS
Riverside Military Academy
$15,600 (day cadet); $34,840 (boarding)
Saint Francis Schools
High School, 678-339-9989; Roswell Campus, Grades 1-8, 770-641-8257
Milton (High School), Roswell (Lower School)
SACS, SAIS, GISA, AAAIS
St. Joseph Catholic School
9/26, 10/21, 11/7, 12/5, 1/6
The Walker School
11/16, 1/27, 1/28, 2/4
404-765-4000 (main campus); 404-765-4490 (Johns Creek campus)
College Park (Main Campus) and Johns Creek (Woodward North)
Main Campus, 16; Woodward North, 10
AAAIS, GISA, NAIS, SAIS
Main Campus, 10/22; Woodward North, 11/12
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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Your Guide to Atlanta’s Vibrant Cultural Scene
“Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” is an Atlanta holiday tradition.
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PHOTO: Charlie McCullers, courtesy of Atlanta Ballet
By Larry Anderson and Michelle Bourg
WELCOME TO ATLANTA! You’ve chosen a city that not only offers charming neighborhoods, quality schools, exciting attractions and top-notch dining, but is also the unrivaled arts capital of the Southeast. From Broadway blockbusters to experimental theater, symphony classics to intimate supper club jazz, Renaissance masters to emerging artists, Atlanta has it all. Here you’ll find a guide to the city’s arts and entertainment landscape, where you’re sure to find something inspiring and exciting for everyone in your family.
“The Flying Du tchman,” The Atlanta
LEGEND: – Family
A – Adults
T – Teens
D – Date night
Atlanta Ballet One of the premier dance companies in the country, Atlanta Ballet is now celebrating 88 years of sharing the power and joy of dance. The new season represents a renewed emphasis on the classic repertoire alongside inventive originals. It begins with “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker,” a holiday tradition. Other highlights include “Don Quixote,” with its famed Act III pas de deux; Act III of “Swan Lake” along with a world premiere by Australian choreographer Craig Davidson; and “Beauty and the Beast,” a one-hour version of the familiar tale for audiences ages 12 and under. atlantaballet.com
7 Stages Theatre This nonprofit company explores contemporary values through new plays and emerging playwrights with an international perspective. The current five-show season includes Rajiv Joseph’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” and Margaret Baldwin’s “The Followers”. 7stages.org
TOP PHOTO: Jeff Roffman Photography
Alliance Theatre The Tony-Award winning company presents seven productions, including the musical “Candide,” the world premiere of “Sheltered,” and the company’s signature production, “A Christmas Carol.” The Family Series presents “Alice Between,” a look at Alice in the wonderland of a new middle school; “The Jungle Book” and “The Dancing Granny.” alliancetheatre.org
Atlanta Opera For its 2017-2018 season, this acclaimed company will stage Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s “The Seven Deadly Sins,” an all-new production of Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman,” Bizet’s immortal “Carmen” and three other works. atlantaopera.org
Fifth Third Broadway in Atlanta, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”
Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education At the Centre, anyone—regardless of age or experience—can discover the joy of dance while observing and rehearsing with a professional company at work. centre.atlantaballet.com
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The Shakespeare Tavern
theater, film and live music; and an immersive multi-media performance of “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” by guitarist Kaki King. arts.gatech.edu
by soprano Kathleen Battle and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, along with performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. The Family Series lets youngsters meet a musician and visit an instrument “petting zoo” before the show; among this year’s selections are “Plundering Pirates of Symphony Hall” and “Family Holiday,” featuring the movie “The Snowman.” The Music for the Very Young Series introduces little ones age 5 and under to the wonderful world of music. atlantasymphony.org
Dad’s Garage A nonprofit comedy theatre company located in the historic Old Fourth Ward district, Dad’s Garage presents both original scripted shows and improv performances. Upcoming productions include “Karon the Barbarian” and “Wicket,” a retelling of the Star Wars saga through the eyes of the Ewoks. dadsgarage.com
Broadway in Atlanta Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta has hosted the best of touring Broadway productions at the Fox Theatre for 32 years. This season, the curtain goes up on “The Color Purple”; “Love Never Dies,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s follow-up to “Phantom of the Opera”; “The Lion King”; “Rent”; “The Book of Mormon” and an obscure little show called “Hamilton.” atlanta.broadway.com
Center For Puppetry Arts Upcoming performances at this enchanting Midtown institution include “Charlotte’s Web” and Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” for younger visitors, as well as “The Pigeoning” and Xperimental Puppetry Theater for teens and adults. The Worlds of Puppetry Museum houses puppets from around the world, with an entire wing dedicated to the work and iconic characters of Jim Henson, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Big Bird. The Center also offers kids’ workshops that will turn your child into a puppeteer. puppet.org
Fox Theatre This beloved Midtown landmark, a former 1920s movie palace known for its Moorish and Egyptian architecture, hosts performances in old-school grandeur. Daily 60-minute tours showcase the venue’s history and mustsee details – from “Mighty Mo’,” the world’s largest working Moller theatre organ, to the lounges that feature furniture chosen by the wife of movie mogul William Fox, to the crystal “stars” twinkling overhead in the auditorium’s trompe l’oeil sky. foxtheatre.org
Georgia Ballet The Marietta-based Georgia Ballet presents its 58th season this year, featuring “The Girl Who Needed Watching (La Fille Mal Gardee),” “The Nutcracker” and a Director’s Collection that includes “Haydn Concerto” and “Carmen Suite.” The School of the Georgia Ballet offers classes in classical ballet, tap, modern, jazz and hip hop for recreational dancers of all ages as well as aspiring professionals. georgiaballet.org
Ferst Center for The Arts At Georgia Tech
Rialto Center for the Arts
Located on the Georgia Tech campus, this 1,159-seat venue hosts the University’s Arts@Tech Series, including both student and professional productions. Upcoming shows include jazz-pop trumpeter and singer Spencer Ludwig; an innovative fusion of visual effects, mime and techno from Japan’s Siro-A; “Nufonia Must Fall,” a combination of puppet
This 833-seat venue at Georgia State University is celebrating 100 years as downtown’s premier venue for jazz. world music, theatre and dance. Waiting in the wings for this year’s Rialto Series are the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet, Ailey II, Celtic Christmas, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Capitol Steps. rialto.gsu.edu
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INSET PHOTO: Maria Aufmuth
World of Puppetry at The Center for Puppetry Arts
The Hudgens Center for Arts and Learning
Schwartz Center for The Performing Arts Emory University’s Schwartz Center features an 800-seat concert hall that hosts eclectic music, dance and theater performances. Upcoming attractions in the concert series include the Vienna Boys Choir, Irma Thomas and pianist Murray Perahia. arts.emory.edu
Shakespeare Tavern Shakespeare Tavern presents works by the Bard and other classics, mounted as closely as possible to the the original staging. Pub fare is available onsite. This year’s scheduled productions include “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Macbeth” and “Twelfth Night.” shakespearetavern.com
Spivey Hall Renowned for its exceptional acoustics, this 400-seat space on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow is a great setting for live music, especially classical and jazz. The upcoming season will feature performances by pianist Sir András Schiff, the Kenny Barron Trio and soprano Julia Bullock. clayton.edu/spiveyhall
Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square This landmark theater presents established and new plays, comedy and films in Marietta’s scenic Square district. Productions on tap include “The Glass Menagerie,” “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” and for the upcoming holiday season, O. Henry’s sentimental favorite, “The Gift of the Magi.” theatreinthesquare.net
FILM Midtown Art Cinema Located in the Midtown Promenade, this theater shows a mix of independent, foreign language and documentary films, National Theatre Live broadcasts and mass-appeal Hollywood titles. Nearby dining and shopping make it perfect for an evening out. landmarktheatres.com/atlanta
Plaza Theatre Atlanta’s oldest continually operating theatre mixes indie films, contemporary classics, shorts, documentaries and cult films, including regular showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” plazaatlanta.com www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 39
The Childrenâ€™s Museum of Atlanta
Regal Tara Cinema 4 A favorite of movie buffs, the Tara presents four screens devoted exclusively to independent and limited-release films, including many British imports. regmovies.com/theaters
Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) Now in its 41st year, ATLFF is one of only two dozen Academy-Award qualifying festivals in the country and also one of the largest and most prestigious, welcoming 25,000 movie lovers from around the world to screenings of hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary and short films. atlantafilmfestival.com
VISUAL ARTS Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center This influential gallery spotlights important local, national and international artists in addition to commissioning new works. The Center hosts the Contemporary Cocktails series and Contemporary Kids, a free interactive program that introduces kids to art and artists. atlantacontemporary.org
High Museum of Art
The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning Gwinnett Countyâ€™s showcase for the visual arts, the Center presents exhibitions by masters such as Picasso, Liechtenstein and Kandinsky as well as new and local artists. Three-dimensional works are presented in the Al Weeks Sculpture Garden, while The Kids Zone invites hand-on participation with big, bright exhibits that blend art, music and science. Classes and workshops are available for all ages. thehudgens.org 40 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com
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The High is renowned for its notable architecture, its extensive collection and large-scale exhibits by Warhol, Monet and others. Forthcoming retrospectives include Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale and Yayoi Katsuma: Infinity Mirrors. The first Friday of every month features drop-in art making, live performances and drinks, while Second Sundays include free admission and family-friendly programming. Summer art camps and monthly Toddler Thursdays let kids up to age 14 have fun discovering their inner artist. high.org
Jackson Fine Arts Specializing in contemporary photography by leading national and international artists, this Buckhead gallery also presents vintage and 20thcentury works. Past exhibits have showcased works by Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Carolyn Carr, Alfred Eisenstadt and others. jacksonfineart.com
MUSEUMS AND SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS Children’s Museum of Atlanta This downtown attraction is Atlanta’s only museum designed expressly for children. It presents innovative programming for children up to age 8 that sparks young imaginations and inspires discovery through play. The Let Your Creativity Flow exhibit lets kids create a masterpiece on the Paint Wall, sculpt their wildest imaginings at the Sand Tables, work in mixed media in the Arts Studio, and bring down the house at On Stage CMA. Periodic Sensory Friendly Saturdays offer modifications for children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders. childrensmuseumatlanta.org
Gone with the Wind Museum Dedicated to Atlanta’s favorite movie, the museum showcases rare and vintage memorabilia such as Margaret Mitchell’s personal copies of the novel, items from the production of the film, and a display dedicated to the film’s African American cast members. It is the only location in the world known to have an original costume worn by Viven Leigh in the role of Scarlett O’Hara on display: the stunning silk bengaline gown worn in the honeymoon scene. gwtwmarietta.com
POP, JAZZ AND COMEDY VENUES Amphitheatres
Lakewood Amphitheater, Atlanta thelakewoodamphitheatre.com Chastain Amphitheatre, Atlanta chastainseries.com Verizon Amphitheatre, Atlanta vzwamp.com Fred Brown Amphitheater, Peachtree City amphitheater.org Southern Ground Amphitheater, Fayetteville southerngroundamp.com Wolf Creek Amphitheater, College Park wolfcreekamphitheater.com
Phillips Arena, Atlanta philipsarena.com
Theaters and Clubs POP/ROCK Center Stage/The Loft/Vinyl, Atlanta centerstage-atlanta.com Coca-Cola Roxy, Atlanta cocacolaroxy.com Eddie’s Attic, Decatur eddiesattic.com Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta smithsoldebar.com The Tabernacle, Atlanta tabernacleatl.com Variety Playhouse, Atlanta variety-playhouse.com JAZZ Café 290, Sandy Springs cafe290atlanta.com St. James Live, Atlanta stjamesliveatl.com COMEDY Atlanta Comedy Theatre, Norcross atlantacomedytheater.com Laughing Skull Lounge, Atlanta laughingskulllounge.com The Punchline, Atlanta punchline.com
THE PIEDMONT SCHOOL OF ATLANTA Serving Children Grades K to HS with learning and social challenges
Integrating Academic, Social, and Life Skills Certiﬁed teachers deliver a regulareducation curriculum combining: • Georgia Standards • Differentiated and group instruction • Community-based instruction • PE, art, foreign language, and culinary arts • Technology in every classroom Rolling Admissions. Fully Accredited GAC. Accepting applications for 2017-18 4484 Peachtree Road, NE | Atlanta, GA 30319 • www.tpsoa.org For information or a personalized tour, call: Catherine Trapani, Ph.D., 404-382-8200 www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 41
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Georgia’s BARRIER ISLANDS
Making Summer Last with a Beach Getaway
The Peach State is known for its wide variety of lush landscapes, and some of the most beautiful are encountered as you head east to where the salty air intertwines with the sea-baring breeze. Thinking Savannah? Keep thinking—Georgia’s coast invites city dwellers to discover the islands that are especially inviting in the post-summertime months, when the temperatures mellow, the bustle of the beaches winds down, and you can take your time and really enjoy the deeprooted charm while scoring some off-season bargains in the process. 42 | Newcomer Magazine | www.newcomeratlanta.com
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LEFT PAGE: A breathtaking sunset over St. Andrews Beach, Jekyll Island. ABOVE: (Top Left) Pirates on parade at the Tybee Island Pirate Fest; (Top right) The picturesque St. Simons Island lighthouse; (Bottom Right) Jekyll Island Club Resort, favored by the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts.
or starters, take a trip to Tybee Island, where you can claim your spot on the gleaming beach or stroll down the pier to take in the sunrise. Spanning just 2.75 miles, it offers a multitude of adventures. Take a Lighthouse Sunset Tour to view the state’s tallest and oldest standing lighthouse in all its 300-yearold glory. The admission fee offers access to the Tybee Museum as well, letting guests enter an 1898 artillery battery at Fort Screven that displays relics from over 400 years of Georgia history. On adjacent Cockspur Island is Fort Pulaski National Monument, the scene of a Union victory that represented a turning point in the Civil War. Explore watersports or bird watching at the Colonial Coastal Birding Trail, with over 300 species to spot, fishing charters and tours, and abundant bike trails. In October, you can expe-
rience the annual Pirate Festival with familyfriendly amusement for all, including music, a parade, pirate performers and costume contests. After a busy day outside, you’ll be looking forward to a place to relax. Stay close to the water at Beachside Colony, where one-, two-, and three-bedroom condominiums provide a range of options. The Hotel Tybee has welcomed guests to the island for more than 125 years with 208 luxurious guest rooms, many with ocean views and all with balconies for unwinding and deciding where you’d like to enjoy dinner. The hotel is within walking distance of several popular restaurants: The scent of Low Country boil may draw you into The Crab Shack, or you may decide on the Sundae Café for the seafood cheesecake, an appetizer of shrimp, crab and smoky Gouda. Seafood takes a Caribbean twist at North Beach Bar and Grill. u
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Strolling beneath a canopy of Spanish Moss on Cumberland Island’s Grand Avenue.
The sweeping ocean view from the course at Sea Island Golf Club.
Heading south, you’ll come to Brunswick and the Golden Isles, including the four barrier islands of St. Simons, Sea Island, Jekyll Island and Little St. Simons Island. Accommodations here range from rental properties to resort-style living. Jekyll Island Club Resort dates to 1888 and boasts a history as the winter playground of millionaires. Here you can unwind in Victorian splendor, with many rooms featuring gracious balconies and fireplaces. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with vintage style, The Village Inn and Pub features 28 unique rooms decorated with traditional charm, set around a restored 1930s beach cottage. Stop by the pub for a drink and some live music for the perfect night out. For the ultimate in luxury, the famed Sea Island Resort offers several Forbes Five Star options: the palatial Spanish style of The Cloister, an English manor at The Lodge, a refined hunting and golf retreat at Broadfield,
and private residences in the one- to eight-bedroom Cottages. Whichever you choose, you’ll have at your disposal a spa, private beach and pools, fine dining, and watersports including kayaking in the surrounding salt marshes, paddleboarding and Sunfish sailing. Of course, there’s also use of the world-famous Sea Island Golf Club. As you explore the area, you’ll want to be sure to lock in your appointment for the Golden Isles Carriage and Trail at Three Oaks Farm. Whether it’s a guided carriage tour, a private drive or a fairytale horseback ride on the beach, these excursions ensure a lifetime memory. If the water is calling, check into the boat tours running out of the Historic Wharf for dolphin watching, kayaking, fishing or just a romantic sunset sail. Active families can unite for fun at the Jekyll Island Tennis Center, with 13 clay courts, or joyride along the abundant biking trails on both St. Simons and
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njoy the blooming Dogwoods and Azaleas in Spring. In Summer, explore waterfalls, rivers and lakes. Take a drive along scenic byways for the fabulous Fall foliage. Spend a weekend in a cozy cabin during Winter. Whenever you choose to visit, the Upcountry will be Perfectly Seasoned for you!
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Jekyll Islands. Life on the Georgia coast means fine dining, especially seafood. Try the famous crab cakes at Barbara Jean’s or savor a Porterhouse for two at Colt and Alison on St. Simons, or dig in to pizza, homemade pasta and seafood at Jekyll Island’s Beach House. Enjoy Sunday brunch at The Farmer and the Larder in Brunswick, showcasing local fare. The town of St. Marys is known as the gateway to Cumberland Island, the southernmost and largest of Georgia’s barrier islands. Start your day with the hearty breakfast buffet at the Spencer House Inn Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the historic district before heading by ferry to the Island to enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, hiking or biking and stargazing. The island is home to the state’s famous herd of wild horses, as well as a host of other wildlife including sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, otters, manatees, bald eagles and ospreys. If civilization is more your style, visit the St. Marys Peace Garden, dedicated to the friendship between the U.S. and Canada since the War of 1812. Later, take a ride into history on the St. Marys Express, where you might meet up with hobos, cowboys, or even pirates. On Friday and Saturday evenings, enjoy bluegrass and country music at the Woodbine Opry.
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Whether you rough it or stay in town, it all leads into an evening of glorious local fare at any of the downtown dining options, where there’s a bite awaiting even the pickiest of taste buds. The perfectly named St. Marys Seafood and More offers shrimp corn chowder and deviled crab alongside grilled ribeye and chicken. At Pauly’s Café you’ll find Italian favorites as well as seafood, with a whimsical tiki bar on the patio. You can even savor Asian fare at Pat Thai. The area also hosts some autumn special events that only postsummertime visitors can share, giving the lie to the term “off season.” In October, the Rock Shrimp Festival in St. Marys celebrates the local delicacy with a parade, live music and vendors, while the Haunted History Tour ushers in Halloween with spooky tales told by professional actors at historic venues around town. In November, the nearby Kingsland Catfish Festival makes for a fun-filled day of antique and craft booths, parades and of course, lots of fried catfish and hush puppies. Exploring the Peach State coast in autumn will draw you closer to the culture, character and charm of this region that can be overlooked in the summer tourist season bustle. These islands rival other destinations for a convenient, exciting and memorable getaway.
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 www.cleanairforce.com.
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 www.itsmarta.com.
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Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia Sowing the Seeds of Organic Learning All day, year-round, authentic Montessori program Montessori certiﬁed teacher in every classroom School leadership team with advanced academic degrees Extracurricular activities including art, karate, music, sports, and yoga offered at school Scientiﬁcally designed, hands-on, multisensory learning materials Flexible academic program schedules 6450 East Johns Crossing • Johns Creek, GA 30097 • 770-814-8001 • www.JCMSOG.org
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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 www.georgianavigator.com.
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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
County www.cherokeega.com Neighborhoods www.canton-georgia.com www.woodstockga.gov www.cityofballground.com www.hollyspringsga.us www.cityofwaleska.com Schools www.cherokee.k12.ga.us
PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com 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 706-276-2362 Amicalola EMC Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 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 www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE 888-436-8638 AT&T ETC Communications 678-454-1212 TDS Telecom-Nelson 770-735-2000 Ball Ground Windstream 800-501-1754 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 404-266-2278 ETC Communications
HOSPITALS Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000
Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development
Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. 1560 Georgia 1460 National 1509
Median household income: $63,518 Median age of residents: 34 Population: 210,529 Sales tax: 6% Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, www.cherokeechamber.com 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 www.newcomeratlanta.com
COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION
PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools 71 25 Middle Schools High Schools 16 Magnet 6 Charter 6 Special 4 Per-pupil expenditures $8,816
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One of Family Circle magaCobb County came into zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Famibeing in 1832 when the state lies,” Kennesaw takes pride in its County www.cobbcountyga.gov redistributed land once part small-town atmosphere and boasts Neighborhoods www.austellga.org abundant parks and green space, of the Cherokee Nation. www.mariettaga.gov exceptional recreational programs Named after Thomas www.ci.smyrna.ga.us and top-notch schools, includWelch Cobb, the county www.kennesaw-ga.gov ing Kennesaw State University. experienced a devastating www.cityofpowdersprings.org Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown setback during the Civil features shopping, dining and atWar when most of it was Schools www.cobb.k12.ga.us tractions such as the Smithsoniandestroyed during the Battle www.marietta-city.org affiliated Southern Museum of at Kennesaw Mountain. Median household income: $65,123 Civil War and Locomotive History, Today, Cobb County, 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% tional Battlefield Park. est-growing counties in the Chamber of Commerce nation. With a diverse ecoCobb County nomic base that includes 770-980-2000, www.cobbchamber.org 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 ofvalue. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 fers a quality of life unsurdelivers an amazing sense of style passed in the Southeast. More and love of life. The new Market than $770 million has been spent luxury apartments and condos near Village, home to fabulous restaurants, on transportation improvements in Cumberland Mall, secluded sub- bars and upscale shops and services, recent years, allowing residents easy divisions in East Cobb and horse is the final piece of a master plan for access to Atlanta and the commer- ranches in the northwest corner success. Call it “Main Street USA” or cial districts of Vinings Overlook, of the county. The small towns of “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its Cumberland Parkway and the pres- Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna and Aus- charm and ability to offer the best in tigious “Platinum Triangle” in the tell still retain their Southern charm fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N amidst urban settings. According to Galleria area. For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options the Census Bureau, the median valinformation, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com exist in Cobb County, including ue of homes in 2006 was $205,200.
Marietta City Schools Board of Education
Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 1 High Schools Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,061 School and bus information 678-594-8000 Avg. SAT Scores
Cobb Co. 1534 Marietta City 1514 Georgia 1460 National 1509 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com 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 770-974-5233 Acworth Power 770-429-2100 Cobb EMC Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-942-6576 GreyStone Power Corp. Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE 888-436-8638 AT&T Comcast 404-266-2278 770-541-7235 MCI Worldcom 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
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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS DeKalb County Schools Board of Education 678-676-1200
DeKalb County 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.
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
Decatur The county seat of DeKalb, Decatur is a charming historic city known for its recreation and pedestrian-friendly streets. Its beating heart
PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY Georgia Power
Snapping Shoals EMC
GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE AT&T
DeKalb County Water System 770-621-7200 CABLE TV Charter Communication
HOSPITALS Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
DeKalb Medical Center
Emory University Hospital
Piedmont Hospital and Medical Care Center
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Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. 1334 City of Decatur 1577 Georgia 1460 National 1509
The square is also home to some beautiful public art, and hosts numerous festivals, town celebrations and neighborhood events. Decatur is home to a diverse population, attracting young professionals, families, retirees and bright young college students—the city is home to the prestigious women’s university Agnes Scott College, and world-renowned Emory University is just outside the city limits. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes distinguish the community and the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.
DeKalb County prosCounty www.co.dekalb.ga.us pers in part due to its exNeighborhoods www.decaturga.com cellent transportation sys- www.druidhills.org tem. Five major road ar- www.dunwoodyga.org teries traverse the county: www.candlerpark.org www.stonemountaincity.org Interstates 20, 85, 285, 675 and US Highway 78. Schools www.dekalb.k12.ga.us Hartsfield-Jackson Inter www.csdecatur.net national Airport is only six miles from DeKalb’s Median household income: $51,753 southern border and the Median age of residents: 35 Population: 739,956 DeKalb Peachtree AirSales tax: 7% port, a general aviation field, is reported to be Chamber of Commerce DeKalb County the second busiest air404-378-8000, www.dekalbchamber.org port in Georgia. DeKalb County is also a leader in Property Taxes The property tax rate is $41.50 per $1,000 for the biomedical commuunincorporated DeKalb County. Tax Commissioner: nity with The Center for 404-298-4000 Disease Control headis the Courthouse Square, which quartered there. The median value of homes in features an eclectic mix of store2006, according to the Census Bu- front boutiques and shops, restaurants and entertainment options. reau, was $190,100.
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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 hotspot for families. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com
CANTERBURY SCHOOL Keeping alive childrenâ€™s inborn sense of wonder
Infants - Pre K Grades K-3 Afterschool and summer camp Located in Morningside, convenient to Downtown, Midtown, Druid Hills, Buckhead, Decatur, L5P Canterbury School practices a nondiscriminatory admission policy.
Call 404-522-5659 For more information canterburyschoolga.com
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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION
PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 404-768-3600 Elementary Schools 58 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 17 Charter 8 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,561 404-802-3500
Elementary Schools 52 Middle Schools 14 High Schools 20 Charter 15 Alternative 6 Per-pupil expenditures $13,069 School & bus information 404-802-5500 Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1567 Georgia 1452 National 1498 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY 404-669-3759 City of College Park City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-3481 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE AT&T 866-271-9724 Comcast 404-266-2278
CABLE TV Charter Communications 887-906-9121 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Atlanta Medical Center 404-265-4000 Atlanta VA Medical Center 404-321-6111 Center for the Visually Impaired 404-875-9011 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 404-785-9500 at Hughes Spalding Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-5252 Emory University Hospital Midtown 404-778-2000 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-606-1000 North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 St. Joseph’s Hospital 678-843-7001
Fulton County serves as the center of the metro Atlanta area. With 90 percent of the city of Atlanta, including the state’s capital building, located within its borders, it sits at the hub of the area’s financial, transportation, retail, communications and cultural services. A number of Fortune 500 companies, including the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and UPS, are headquartered here. More than 970,000 people live in Fulton County, drawn by its convenience to Interstates 75, 85 and 285 and Georgia State Route 400. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in the county is $246,200. Fulton is home to many of Atlanta’s signature neighborhoods, including its bustling downtown district. Older neighborhoods like Inman Park, Grant Park, Candler Park and Virginia-Highland offer affordable housing, pedestrianfriendly layouts and plentiful parks and recreational options. Midtown Atlanta is the heart of Atlanta’s cultural scene, with the Woodruff Arts Center (home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art) and the historic Fox Theatre, as well as a host of art galleries. Midtown’s Piedmont Park, the city’s most popular green space, hosts many outdoor festivals and concerts.
filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With more than 200 restaurants, bars shops and luxury hotels, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals.
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Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education
Downtown Atlanta skyline
Buckhead is “where old money lives and new money parties,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With its mixture of mansions and uniquely styled homes, Buckhead is a favorite among architecture and history buffs. Convenient to Georgia 400, Interstate 85 and MARTA, it’s
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One of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta is home to approximately 62,000 residents, according to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. They're drawn to its mix of big-city vitality and small-town charm, as well as its many amenities and affordable housing options. Homes range Median household income: $57,664 from large apartment comMedian age of residents: 34 munities to elegant subPopulation: 977,773 Sales tax: 7%, Atlanta City: 8% divisions, with a median value of $324,300. Chamber of Commerce Alpharetta offers a vaGreater North Fulton riety of parks and outdoor 770-993-8806, www.gnfcc.com Metro Atlanta attractions, including the 404-880-9000, www.metroatlantachamber.com Big Creek Greenway trail. South Fulton Shoppers flock to North 770-964-1984, www.southfultonchamber.com Point Mall for a multiProperty Taxes tude of retail options. The The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is: city’s historic downtown $44.12 for the City of Atlanta; $29.13 for incorporated area boasts an appealing Fulton County; $41.60 for unincorporated Fulton town square surrounded County; $33.75 for Johns Creek; $33.86 for Sandy by restaurants and shops. Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100 The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre hosts big-name The neighborhood also offers numerconcerts each summer. N ous antique stores, art galleries and For more counties and neighborhood mall shopping at Lenox Square and information, visit our Web site at www.newcomeratlanta.com Phipps Plaza..
County www.co.fulton.ga.us Neighborhoods www.alpharetta.ga.us www.buckhead.net www.virginiahighland.com www.eastpointcity.org www.collegeparkga.com www.hapeville.org www.roswellgov.com www.sandyspringsga.org www.fultonschools.org Schools www.atlanta.k12.ga.us
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COUNTY INFORMATION for any railroad aficionado. 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 in the latter part of the 18th Originally part of Georgia’s century. Following the official Native American territory, Gwinnett founding of the city in 1837, County was created by the State Suwanee became a railroad stop Legislature in 1818 and named after along the Southern Railroad route. It Button Gwinnett, the third signer of remained a small country town well the Declaration of Independence and into the ’70s when construction of a former state governor. I-85 and U.S. 23 brought easy access While the county was to the region. once largely rural with small Since then, Suwanee County www.co.gwinnett.ga.us towns, country stores, farms has experienced tremenNeighborhoods www.cityofbuford.com dous growth, from 2,000 and forests, today it is home to www.duluthga.net residents in 1990 to more than 245 international www.snellville.org more than 10,000 today. companies and 450 high-tech www.suwanee.com To help manage growth, firms. With an average of 260 Schools www.bufordcityschools.org the city has developed new professional and industrial www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us a comprehensive developcompanies relocating to the Median household income: $64,005 ment plan that promotes county each year, attracting more Median age of residents: 33 pedestrian-oriented dethan 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett Population: 789,499 velopment and mixedCounty remains in the top 10 Sales tax: 6% use zoning. Designated ranking for growth nationwide. Chamber of Commerce a Tree City USA for more The county supports many Gwinnett County than 10 years, the city cultural events, restaurants 770-232-3000, www.gwinnettchamber.org is committed to preserving and shopping opportunities, Property Taxes 27 percent of its land as including the Mall of Georgia. The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett green space. Gwinnett County remains County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. Such foresight has affordable for renters and firstTax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. allowed Suwanee to retain time home buyers, many of whom find homes in the communities of of the most exclusive neighborhoods its old-fashioned charm while proDoraville, Lawrenceville and Snellville. in Metro Atlanta and is home to viding contemporary convenience. The median value of homes in 2006, some of the best golf courses and Only 35 miles from downtown Ataccording to the Census Bureau, was private tennis clubs. There are lanta, Suwanee is close to big-city numerous parks for recreation and attractions, business districts and $193,100. participatory sports, including shopping. Many antique shops and Bunten Road Park and “Shorty” historic structures, including severHowell Park. Two major malls, al Victorian and regional farm-style Gwinnett Place and Northpoint, homes, are located near downtown are located near Duluth. The Suwanee. N Southeastern Railway Museum, For more counties and neighborhood Amidst the pristine setting of which preserves and operates old information, visit our Web site at Gwinnett County, Duluth has some railroad equipment, is a must-see www.newcomeratlanta.com
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EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education 678-301-6000 Elementary Schools 72 Middle Schools 24 High Schools 20 Alternative 6 Open Campus 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,338 City Schools of Buford Board of Education
Elementary Schools 1 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Academy 1 Per-pupil expenditures $10,198 Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. 1526 City of Buford 1455 Georgia 1460 National 1509 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of Buford 770-945-6761 770-963-2414 City of Lawrenceville City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 404-395-7611 770-963-6166 Jackson EMC Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 770-972-2917 Walton EMC GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com.
WATER Buford 770-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 Gwinnett City Water 678-376-6800 Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Norcross 770-448-2122 CABLE TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications
Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Emory Eastside Medical Center
Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4770 Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health 770-822-2200
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Charlotte’s Web, Center for Puppetry Arts Charlotte the spider saves Wilbur the pig from a horrible fate in this fun adaptation of E.B. White’s classic tale. Sept. 19-Oct. 22, puppet.org.
Food Truck Fridays, Downtown Duluth Enjoy exotic flavors from mobile vendors while enjoying live music and other fun activities every Friday. Through Sept. 22, duluthga.net.
Duluth Fall Festival
Theater & Concerts Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Infinite Energy Center
Movies on the Square, Downtown McDonough
Target Free Second Tuesdays, Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, Fox Theatre
Local families are invited to visit Children’s Museum of Atlanta free of charge at this monthly event. Interested parties must register online through the museum’s website the day before.
Exhibits & Events LEGO Star Wars™ Days, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Let your child explore his inner Jedi during this weekend event featuring a scavenger hunt, a Star Wars-themed build and more. Sept. 2-4, legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.
Learn about the different emergency organizations supporting your community and attend safety demonstrations. Free children’s emergency backpacks are available while supplies last.
This two-day seasonal celebration features an old-fashioned carnival with rides, games and food, plus a parade, the 5K Duluth Donut Dash, live entertainment and more. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, duluthfallfestival.org.
Lilburn Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, Lilburn City Park Start your holiday shopping at one of the metro area’s longest-running arts festivals, featuring children’s activities, comfort foods and live music. Oct. 14, lilburndaze.org.
Shakerag Arts & Crafts Festival, Peachtree City
Classics at the Crossing, Southeastern Railway Museum
This 40th annual two-day festival features arts and crafts, kids’ activities and food vendors from across Georgia and neighboring states.
View tons of vintage cars and vote for your favorite at this fourth annual car show, which is included in the regular museum admission price. Oct. 21, train-museum.org.
Sept. 16-17, peachtree-city.org. Charlotte’s Web, Center for Puppetry Arts
Hogs, Hotrods & Harleys, Downtown McDonough
Andy Warhol: Prints From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, High Museum of Art
Enjoy a backyard barbecue contest, a car and bike show, arts and crafts vendors and live music. Oct. 21, mainstreetmcdonough.com.
This exhibition contains more than 250 prints by the legendary late pop artist, tracing his innovative graphic production over four decades.
S’mores ‘N Snores, Rogers Bridge Park
Through Sept. 3, high.org.
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Lilburn Beer & Wine Fest, Lilburn City Park
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Emergency Preparedness Family Fair, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Duluth Fall Festival, Downtown Duluth
Sept. 12, Oct. 10 and Nov. 14, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Sample more than 100 beers, ciders and wines while enjoying live music, food vendors and football on big-screen TVs. Sept. 30, cityoflilburn.com.
Watch as teams race in beautifully designed dragon boats at this fun and exciting competition showcasing the world’s fastest-growing water sport. Sept. 23, ptcdragonboats.org.
Sept. 24, inkfun.org.
Enjoy a free screening of “Back to the Future” under the stars. Sept. 9, mainstreetmcdonough.com.
The GRAMMY award-winning singer and songwriter performs, along with Nancy Wilson of Heart. Oct. 7, infiniteenergycenter.com.
The former Beatle performs with his all-star rock and roll revue. Nov. 11, foxtheatre.org.
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Rotary Club of Peachtree City Dragon Boat Festival, Lake McIntosh
The City of Duluth’s family tent camping event features live entertainment, games, crafts, food trucks and, of course, s’mores (they’re free!) Bring your own tent or reserve a fully set up site. Oct. 21-22, duluthga.net.
Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art
Halloween Week, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
Train or Treat, Southeastern Railway Museum Guests are invited to trick or treat at designated stations around the museum and enjoy wagon rides, refreshments and $2 rides on the museum’s restored antique handcar. Attendees 12 and under are encouraged to participate in a costume contest. Oct. 28, train-museum.org.
Hops & Props Georgia Craft Brew Festival, Peachtree City Enjoy the works of Georgia craft breweries at this intimate beer-tasting event held at the Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility at Falcon Field. Nov. 4, peachtree-city.org.
Bedford Dasher, The Bedford School Run or walk at this ninth annual 5K and cheer on your kids as they participate in the 200-meter Elf Run. The race starts and ends at The Bedford School in Fairburn. Dec. 9, thebedfordschool.org.
Space Mission, LEGOLAND Discovery Center
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Learn to make fun treat bags and other Halloween crafts. Oct. 23-31, 770-536-1900, inkfun.org.
COMING UP IN CHATTANOOGA Blowing Springs Farm Featuring the Enchanted MAIZE, Rock City Explore 10 acres of family fun, including a corn maze, food and drink, live music, tractor-pulled hayrides and much more. Sept. 29-Oct. 29, enchantedmaze.com.
Haunted Cavern, Ruby Falls Make a weekend getaway for these family-friendly events in charming Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Crawling with terrifying creatures, this spooky event takes place both above ground and (if you’re brave enough) 26 stories deep underground. Sept. 29-Oct. 31, hauntedcavern.com.
Big Band Day, Chattanooga Market
Railfest, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
This two-day railroad celebration features great food, live music and entertainment, a ride on the Missionary Ridge Local, a petting zoo, mini golf and more, all at the largest operating historical museum in the Southeast. Sept. 9-10, tvrail.com.
Put on your dancing shoes and hit the hardwood dance floor with a big band showcasing the sounds of Glenn Miller and other big bands of the 1940s. There will also be more than 200 vendors for your shopping pleasure. Held at First Tennessee Pavilion. Nov. 12, chattanoogamarket.com.
Serve and Protect, Tennessee Aquarium
Enchanted Garden of Lights, Rock City
Nov. 17-Jan. 6, seerockcity.com/lights.
Enjoy a live celebrity cooking show and an elegant seafood dinner prepared by one of Chattanooga’s top chefs at this tasty event to benefit Aquarium programs. Sept. 21,
Thousands of lights create a fantasy land high atop Lookout Mountain. Events include pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, nightly entertainment and more.
Explore alien worlds, watch a LEGO rocket launch into space, and build your very own intergalactic LEGO creations at this exciting exhibit. Ongoing, legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.
A Short Drive Away 71st North Carolina Apple Festival, Hendersonville, N.C. This four-day celebration of the state apple industry, held over Labor Day weekend, features a variety of events with free entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s activities, exhibits, great food and more. Sept. 1-4, ncapplefestival.org.
Farm City Day, Hendersonville, N.C. This family-oriented event features antique and modern farm equipment and tools, live music, square dancing, clogging, arts and crafts, children’s activities, wagon rides, petting zoos and much more. Oct. 7, visithendersonvillenc.org.
Harmony Jubilee, Fitzgerald, GA See the beautiful countryside from above in a hot air balloon and enjoy an artisan market, children’s activities, musical entertainment, photo ops with the balloons and more at the Paulk Park Campground. Nov. 10-11, fitzgeraldga.org. www.newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 57
Legoland Discovery Center
he LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a dream come true for adults and children alike—a dream constructed out of more than 2 million colorful LEGO bricks. This 35,000-square-foot space on the top floor of Phipps Plaza in Buckhead is an interactive playground that sparks kids’ creativity at every turn and offers a little education along the way. Designed for children ages 3 through 10, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center lets visitors see how these beloved bricks are made in the LEGO factory, and then pick up By Lindsay Oberst building tips from the pros at the Master Builder Academy. At the Build and Test Zone, kids create their own vehicles and test them on a speed track, while at the Earthquake Tables, they construct towering buildings and then stand back to watch as the plates shift, testing the strength of their creations. For a limited time, kids can take command of the Space Mission control center to build a spaceship, visit alien worlds and blast a rocket into space. From there, it’s on to wonders like the 4D Cinema, where viewers become part of the story unfolding onscreen as they experience bursts of wind, rain, snow and even lightning. Kids can romp at Pirate Adventure Island, ride a chariot at Kingdom Quest, and much more. Toddlers will enjoy building their own creations at DUPLO Village and visiting the LEGO Friends at Olivia’s House, where they can watch movies, build fanciful “cupcakes” and even perform karaoke. Adults will appreciate the center’s educational benefits, including school trips that get students excited about using math and introduce them to basic concepts of physics and engineering. Grownups will also get a kick out of MINILAND, a miniature Atlanta complete with tiny versions of the Fox Theatre, Stone Mountain and Centennial Olympic Park that even light up. The staff recommends allowing two to three hours to take everything in, but you’ll want to budget some extra time to hit the onsite café—and the LEGOLAND shop, bursting with more than 900 products, including the latest LEGO building sets and exclusive limited edition items. Of course, no matter how long your visit, your little ones will be shouting, “When are we coming back?” before you’ve even left. For hours, ticket prices and other information about LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, call 404-848-9252 or visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.
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