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Fall Holiday Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Special Advertising Section: Atlanta is known for its festive Halloween events. Here’s our guide to Atlanta Independent School Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Atlanta’s haunted houses, corn mazes and pumpkin patches.
Newcomer’s 2021 Annual Education Guide . . . . . . 17
Our annual look at Atlanta education includes how technological advances are creating changes in teaching, strategies for doing homework effectively and more.
Searching for local schools? Our list of some of Atlanta’s top independent schools will help you find the right educational environment for your child.
An Autumn Escape to Hilton Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 With golf, tennis, dining and more, Hilton Head is much more than just a beach destination. Discover all that this coastal jewel has to offer.
DEPARTMENTS In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.
Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 With the help of your homebuilder’s design team, you can help create your dream Atlanta house. We have the scoop on how to get the most from the process.
Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map to metro Atlanta and much more.
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Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.
Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 The Porsche Experience Center Atlanta allows sports car aficionados to feel what it’s like to be in the fast lane and also offers a restaurant, event space and even a gallery of historical vehicles.
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After going virtual last year due to the pandemic, The Cottage School’s Big Pumpkin 5K Run is back in person! This popular race, which benefits The Cottage School, an independent school for children with special needs based in Roswell, gets underway at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Riverside Park in Roswell. To register or for more information, visit bigpumpkin5krun.com.
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The Atlanta Botanical Garden gets into the spirit of the Halloween season with Scarecrows in the Garden, showcasing more than 100 scarecrows created by artists, designers, schools, business and families at both the Midtown and Gainesville locations, Sept. 28-Oct. 31. Other seasonal festivities include the Fest-of-Ale beer fest, each evening from 5-7 p.m., as well as Goblins in the Garden for the little ones on Sunday, Oct. 24 and a Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest on Saturday, Oct. 28. 404-876-5859, atlantabg.org.
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The complex mechanisms at the heart of Rube Goldberg, The World Of Hilarious Invention! aim to accomplish simple tasks through the most overcomplicated and entertaining ways possible. This exciting exhibit, which pays tribute to the Pulitzer Prize-winning inventor and cartoonist, features life-sized machines that let kids trigger fun chain reactions and then figure out how they work! Sept. 18-Jan. 2 at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org. Historic College Park Home
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entirely. Not a fan of the cabinets? Change the finish, the hardware or both and transform the look entirely. There’s really nothing that can’t be accomplished. Loudermilk Homes, Ashton Woods and Traton Homes are just three Atlanta builders offering homebuyers a plethora of options to make their homes reflect their personal style, both inside and out. What buyers need to do is define that personal style and be ready to com-
municate it to their builder, so they can work together to make those ideas come to life.
STARTING THE PROCESS With Traton Homes, the base plan for homeowners is already set and any construction changes would be handled through the sales agents, according to Director of Design Angi Sago. So, the design center gets to handle the fun stuff like cabinets, backsplashes and tile.
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Gone are the days of the cookie-cutter homes. Now, when driving through a new community, you can expect to see something different on each lot—thanks to the customization options that most home builders offer their clients. The builders can change the exteriors, too. Want a lighter hardwood floor in your living room? Choose from multiple shades and grains. Decided to change the backsplash in your kitchen? Opt for brick, subway tile or something else
“It's unique for every buyer and some dread this,” she says. “And then you have the owners who come in with their Pinterest page and folders of ideas. It can go really fast if they come prepared.” Going through Ashton Woods’ New Home Journey is a four-step process “designed to help homeowners create a home that is a true reflection of their tastes and passions,” according to Angelique Foster of The Studio. The Studio, located in Alpharetta, is a one-stop shop that allows homeowners a chance to glean inspiration, advice and design solutions. The process is a collaborative one and ensures that each homeowner gets the chance to tell the right story of their new abode. At Loudermilk Homes, buyers can expect to be asked deep personal questions during their design consultation and are asked to provide lots of photos, even hundreds. The builder,
which is used to constructing million-dollarplus homes for celebrities, executives and professional athletes, has a nine-step process that guides clients through the customization plan. “Every home we design is unique,” Loudermilk Homes President Sherwin Loudermilk said. “We want the house to fit both the lots and the personality of the clients. That first meeting is very critical of setting the stage for what we’re looking for. We want it to be consistent and be relative to their budget.” With any builder, expect the first few appointments to last for a few hours in order for the team to truly understand what is needed and just how personalized the home will be.
ON–TREND DESIGN When it comes to finally choosing what to change and personalize in your home, the sky
can be the limit. Homeowners are only limited by their imagination (and budgets), says Loudermilk. If you dream it, Loudermilk Homes will build it. Some past over-the-top items the company has built for its clients include a racquetball court that doubles as a basketball court, indoor gun ranges, secret rooms and walk-in safes, Loudermilk says. Kitchens tend to be a space where customers are itching to create an oasis for cooking and gathering. With Traton Homes, Sago says homebuyers may start off with a base cabinet layout and from there add a wine chiller or an entire wine bar. Examples of the personalization might be extending the island or creating a larger sitting area. There are many amazing things that can be done specifically with a kitchen, according to Sago. Each new home with Ashton Woods is an
AT LOUDERMILK HOMES, BUYERS CAN EXPECT TO BE ASKED DEEP PERSONAL QUESTIONS DURING THEIR DESIGN CONSULTATION AND ARE ASKED TO PROVIDE LOTS OF PHOTOS, EVEN HUNDREDS.
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The entry to Ashton Woods Design Studio.
Ashton Woods’ kitchen design project, Chopin model.
Traton Homes’ kitchen and breakfast area design project.
Traton Homes’ bath design project.
opportunity to explore new design options and ideas. Buyers are not limited to changing anything with their home from the cabinetry to the countertops to lighting. “We look beyond the conventional to draw inspiration from places like art, architecture, music, even fashion,” Foster says. “We then incorporate these inspirations into the design of their home.” These inspirations help the team create a home that is as unique as the homebuyer. Physical changes aren’t the only ways to personalize a home. Color is one of the most important aspects. Sago added with Traton Homes homebuyers are still into greys and creams, or “greige,” as it’s known. Also, hardwood floors are getting lighter and lighter, and more attention is being paid to appliances. Loudermilk says clients are requesting a vari12 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
ety of colors and styles, but he’s “seeing more of the silver/gray tones with a mixture of different kinds of metals,” plus floor plans with a “clean, open (look with) large windows.” But another trend is emerging in the design process, and that’s focusing on feeling. Foster says their clients with Ashton Woods are looking to create a home that is comfortable and authentic to their lifestyles. For example, authentic finishes such as oak, hickory and anything with character are making their way around. Even mixing finishes like matte black appliances and chrome faucets, or adding textures like shiplap or other wall treatments, is becoming popular.
OWNING YOUR STYLE As mentioned above, going in to work with the designer and being prepared is key. You may not need to know exactly what you want down to
the detail, but some knowledge of the overall feel and look for your home is best. Loudermilk says his company’s designers spend two to three weeks with clients to create a mood board, which provides “the mood or theme of their house” based on the photos and information they provide. “Getting that right mood is one of the most critical things in the process,” he says. Knowing your base color palette is the first step, according to Sago. She adds that knowing the basic color scheme to start off with helps in creating a unique space. She says some clients have shared a Pinterest page so the designer can see in real-time what they’re interested in. Sometimes inspiration can come from knowing what you don’t want. Foster says they always suggest that homeowners spend
PHOTOS: (Top Left and Right) Ashton Woods Homes; (Bottom Left and Right) Traton Homes
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time reflecting on the home they are currently in to determine what they love and what they would like to change. Of course, magazines, design websites and social media sites are also great tools for inspiration. Along with the changes you may want to make yourself, each home builder has his or her own sense of style to differentiate their homes from others in the market. For Loudermilk, homes come standard with 12-foot first-floor ceilings, 15-foot glass sliding pocket doors and smart home technology. Outside details like material usage and window configurations are what separate Traton Homes from the competition. And Ashton Woods constantly pushes the boundaries of design and encourages its clients to think outside of the box when it comes to their home’s construction. No matter the project, homeowners can rest assured that designers are there to help guide them to create their dream home. Whether it’s a quick paint job or complete structural changes, nothing is off limits to make sure homeowners move into a home they can truly be proud of for years to come.
“GETTING THAT RIGHT MOOD IS ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL THINGS IN THE PROCESS.” —Sherwin Loudermilk, president of Loudermilk Homes Ashton Woods’ Marlow model family room.
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YOUR GUIDE TO ATLANTA’S HAUNTED HOUSES AND CORN MAZES By Karin Pendley Koser
The Tiger at NETHERWORLD
Haunted houses are both popular and abundant in the Atlanta and north Georgia area; if you, your friends and family members enjoy the frights and low lights of all that fall brings, read our recommendations for haunted houses and haunted (and non-haunted) corn mazes for those looking for after-dark haints. Some have hard and fast rules for children’s ages and others leave it to parents’ discretion. As a movie industry hub, Georgia has plenty of experienced special effects, costumers and escape room professionals working to ensure your experience at haunted houses is as fear-inducing as possible. Are you ready?
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The Boiler Room at Nightmare’s Gate Haunted House.
frightening the heck out of its patrons. While its Escape Rooms and Laser Adventure are open year-round, the Halloween season of terror begins Sept. 24 and lasts until Nov. 13 with 18 days closed. Walk through a spookily dark attraction filled with monsters, live actors (who will never touch you) and amazing special effects. You can bring children as young as 5 years old, though the attraction doesn’t recommend carrying them through the grounds. Everyone admitted must wear a mask and get a temperature check. “Our 25th anniversary is a huge milestone that we are very proud of. We wouldn’t be where we are without the devoted haunt fans that have made NETHERWORLD a Halloween tradition in the Atlanta area and beyond! We have a ton of new amazingly terrifying stuff for everyone to experience and a lot of classic char-
acters from our history making a triumphant comeback. It will definitely be an unforgettable season of screams,” said Ben Armstrong, NETHERWORLD’s co-creator. Located at 1313 Netherworld Way in Stone Mountain. fearworld.com
PARANOIA HAUNTED HOUSE This indoor haunted house prides itself on helping you face all your phobias with two superspooky attractions to choose from. Experience shocking special effects and horrifying live actors as you walk unguided through its hallways to face your worst fears. Monsters roam around outside for picture taking while you wait in line. Paranoia strongly suggests that guests under 13 come with an adult as the show is intense. Paranoia opens for the Halloween season at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 and is open every weekend in
PHOTOS: (top right and bottom left) NETHERWORLD Haunted House, (bottom right) fearphoto.rip.
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Children play on the Popcorn Jumping Pillow at the Buford Corn Maze.
Guests walk through the Buford Corn Maze.
The Buford Corn Maze.
October and some weekdays. Lines close at 11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays and midnight Fridays and Saturdays. You can stay all night if you want once you’ve gotten through the ticket line. Located at 2075 Marietta Hwy. in Canton. paranoiahaunt.com
NIGHTMARE’S GATE HAUNTED HOUSE Voted one of the best haunts in Georgia by its Facebook fans, Nightmare’s Gate certainly lives up to its name. It’s oriented for adults but has no age restrictions if a child wants to go through on his/her own. Its owners bought the old Sparkle’s Skating Rink within walking distance of its current location off Interstate 20. They are readying the second show, Terror Falls, to be held in the new building; owner Craig Newton said it will be a totally immersive experience
where attendees go into an Army tent for a briefing about a monster in a swamp they must find. Terror Falls pulls out all the stops with a 16-foot waterfall and 20-foot swinging bridge. Nightmare’s Gate’s original location will host its popular Haunted Hospital show where guests help figure out gruesome medical mysteries and try to escape alive. “Our job is to sell an emotional experience,” said Newton. “The highs and lows in our shows are perfect for first dates and team-building activities.” Located at 3931 Longview Drive in Douglasville. nightmaresgate.com
named one of the Top 3 haunted attractions in the nation by USA Today reader votes. Containment offers both classic horrors embracing the spirit of Halloween and scenes of more modern torture and terror. Features include live actors, cutting-edge special effects, animatronics and interactive monster puppets. The attraction is just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta and is open Sept. 24 through Oct. 31, with nine days closed. Located at Blairs Bridge Road in Lithia Springs. containmenthauntedhouse.com
CONTAINMENT HAUNTED HOUSE
UNCLE SHUCK’S CORN MAZE & PUMPKIN PATCH
Containment Haunted House advises its patrons to leave children under 13 at home, though there’s no hard and fast rule. It’s been
CORN MAZES & PUMPKIN PATCHES
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The pumpkin patch at the Buford Corn Maze. farm animals to pet, a kids maze and more. This fall, the attraction offers The Dark Rows on Friday and Saturday nights in October, a haunted trail through some of the most twisted parts of the corn fields. Uncle Shuck’s is open Fridays through Sundays in September and November and seven days a week in October. Wear sturdy shoes and no heels, everyone! Ages 12 and under must be accompanied in the haunted corn maze by a parent. Located at 125 Bannister Road in Dawsonville. uncleshucks.com
MITCHAM FARMS CORN MAZE During the day, Mitcham Farms Corn Maze is open for walks through the 7-acre Colonel Cob’s Corn Maze that has a different theme each year. Mitcham Farms also features a pumpkin patch, cow train, super slide, corn cannon, hayrides and more. Brave visitors are encouraged to come in the evening to experience the maze after dark for Flashlight Nights on Fridays and Saturdays. Located at 797 W. Macedonia Church Road in Oxford. mitchamfarm.com
BUFORD CORN MAZE AND HAUNTED FOREST This attraction has made improvements which include new activities in its Kids’ CORNer, new lighting, brand new restrooms and a new admission system designed to maintain social distancing and cut down time in line. The corn maze section opens Sept. 4, followed by the Haunted Forest Sept. 24. The theme of the haunted forest changes every year, and it is recommended for children ages 10 to adult. Located at 4470 Bennett Road in Buford. Bufordcornmaze.com 16 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
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22 Tips for Handling Homework
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TECHNOLOGY HOW CLASSROOMS ARE EVOLVING IN THE DIGITAL AGE By E. Marcel Pourtout
AS TECHNOLOGY EVOLVES, it continues to change the ways that people interact with one another— and the ways in which they exchange and absorb information. That’s particularly true in today’s classrooms, where teachers incorporate technological advances to create interactive learning environments that parents are likely to find very different from their own school experiences. 18 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
The traditional classroom model is experiencing a 21st-century upgrade, with textbooks and chalkboards giving way to tablets and cutting-edge tools like 3-D printers. Technology is no longer reserved for the computer lab. Instead, students interact with technological devices on a regular basis throughout the school day. At King’s Ridge Christian School, an independent school in Alpharetta, teachers use
Activpanel interactive displays and document cameras (devices that display objects for large audiences) in every classroom. In addition, “we heavily utilize iPads,” says Director of Communications Michelle Azzi, “and our teachers also utilize platforms like Seesaw and Spelling City.”
ROBOTS AND 3-D PRINTERS But in today’s high-tech classroom, you’ll find much more than laptops and apps. You’re likely
Technology isn’t just changing the way students learn—it’s changing what they learn about, introducing them to tools and fields that once seemed like science fiction. to see students learning about the fundamentals of robotics and creating prosthetic body parts with 3-D printers—machines that create threedimensional objects from digital files, layer by layer. Technology isn’t just changing the way students learn—it’s changing what they learn about, introducing them to tools and fields that once seemed like science fiction. “Within our curriculum, students are often allowed to use technology for class projects” such as creating websites, podcasts or infographics, says Connie White, director of learning design and innovation at Woodward Academy in College Park. Students also have access to robotics, CAD (computer-aided design) and 3-D printers. They can even reserve slots in maker spaces, special areas where they engage in collaborative, hands-on projects, using contemporary technology. “Any type of technology we have, we try to replicate it to give students a chance to use them. In our science department in particular, we have some high-level, Omni Globe (Spherical Displays) and high-powered microscopes,” White says. The school also has several clubs geared toward technology, such as the Aviation Club, Girls Who Code and Tech Ninjas, according to its website. At Mount Vernon School in Sandy Springs, students also can congregate in maker spaces to let their creativity run wild. “All four maker spaces have multiple 3-D printers, and all grade levels use them for not only maker class projects but core classroom projects, as well,” says Alexandra Blumencranz, executive director for the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation at Mount Vernon School. “The projects range from jewelry to physical representation of architecture projects to torsion-powered cars in physics." One early project found students working to create a prosthetic hand for teenager Alex Linkous, who was born with only part of his right hand. “The students were led through a design thinking challenge to prototype hands that would best serve Alex and his wish to drive and hold a Coca-Cola at the same time,”
Blumencranz says. At Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, students in grades 1 through 3 can learn the basic building blocks of 21st-century technology in an after-school Velocity Tech program, working with tools like Lego models, robot drones and 3-D pens. A Robotics and Programming course for fourth- through sixth-graders familiarizes students with such concepts as mechanical and electrical engineering, coding and sensors as they learn to think logically and analytically. A 3-D printing class allows students in grades 4-8 to work hands-on with the equipment and even take home some of their creations. Woodward’s curriculum includes a focus on STEAM (science, technology, education, arts and math), White says. “We have things like a coding curriculum students are involved with. Teachers use technology in lots of ways, and we’re helping them to gain or increase their skills with formative learning,” she says. Middle-schoolers at Mount Vernon can also participate in an after-school robotics course us-
ing Lego Mindstorms, kits that combine robotics technology with Lego building blocks. Landmark Christian School offers several specialized programs, called academies, that offer in-depth instruction in different fields of interest. “Our Aviation Academy has five flight simulators,” says Director of Marketing and Communications Paula Dobbs. The Academy of Arts and Media Production uses new iMac computers and professional-level production software to help students learn about music production and digital recording, as well as drones, HD cameras and professional-grade production software for students interested in film production.
EMPOWERING STUDENTS Students utilize technology outside of the classroom, from social media to streaming platforms to video games and tools that help them create music and make videos. So it only makes sense to incorporate it as a teaching aid. But educators are quick to point out that all of these devices and programs are just that—tools. The idea isn’t to make students dependent on technology—it’s
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for them to use it to learn and present information in new and creative ways that will keep them engaged. “We believe in a balanced approach,” Azzi says. “The students use technology, and then we also have times where we do things by hand.” “We give students the toolsets, skillsets and mindsets to have choice and agency in their work,” says Blumencranz. “Using their creativity and curiosity, students use these classes and materials to engage deeply in their work and make an impact in their community.” Before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodward has given all its students devices such as laptops they can take anywhere and use for homework and other projects. “During COVID, our teachers have used our tools to scale,” White said. “We feel like it’s important that we sustain those innovations that provide all young people with the skills they need for their communities. It’s an ongoing process to use technology. That’s a shift that has occurred.” And as technology grows more and more advanced, from robots to 3-D printers, the ways in which students use it to learn and create will continue to transform, as well.
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HOMEWORK REDUCE THE STRESS; INCREASE SUCCESS
ack in the day, homework was something kids could do before dinner—a page of math problems and maybe a chapter of reading, done with the radio or TV on. Not anymore: today’s academic environment is much more challenging, designed to help students meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. Homework is an integral part of that process. In addition, students encounter more demands on their time, with sports, clubs and community service frequently on the agenda. This means that handling homework 22 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
By Michelle Bourg efficiently while truly learning from it is an essential skill to learn. “As teachers, we understand the importance of balancing the homework load for students, therefore we implore different strategies at different grade levels. At the elementary level, we use Tic-Tac-Toe boards for the week. Within this board, we are conscious to have students pick only one or two tasks per night to engage in activities that do not exceed about 30 minutes per night,” says Charell G. Coleman, a seventh- and eighth-grade literature teacher at Woodward
Academy in College Park. By taking a step-by-step approach, students can master the skills required for effective home study—skills that they’ll use throughout their lives. The first step to productive homework management is to create a designated study area, with space to spread materials out and where parents can keep a watchful eye. Experts recommend keeping bedrooms reserved for sleep to promote good rest habits, and kids’ rooms often hold distractions such as TV or toys, so a laptop at the kitchen or dining room table may be best,
Inevitably, your child is going to need some help. When that happens, don’t lead your child down the wrong path by trying to be an expert in an unfamiliar subject. at least for younger children. Next, set up a study time. Some kids like to come straight home and start while they’re still in “school mode;” others need to unwind first. Whatever the preferred time is, it should be reasonably close to the same time every day; our minds learn to adapt to functions done on a set schedule, and it’s also a good way to begin to learn time management. Within that set time, experiment with how to prioritize the work load: some kids prefer to
start with demanding subjects while they’re relatively fresh and allot extra time to them, while others want to get the easier work out of the way first. Scan the day’s assignments together and plan a schedule based on both your child’s study style and the amount of work assigned in each subject, making sure that everything is covered. Children often need guidance with this but giving them input on how they’d like to work goes a long way toward a positive attitude about the work itself. Once the books are cracked, be available to clarify instructions or suggest an approach to a problem if needed, but let your child do the work. Meanwhile, observe their progress and note what’s challenging and what’s not demanding enough. If there are consistent patterns, talk to the teacher to create a solution as a team. When study time is over, review the work with your child. Praise effort and progress, and review problem areas together to brainstorm on how to improve. Inevitably, your child is going to need some help. When that happens, don’t lead your child down the wrong path by trying to be an expert in an unfamiliar subject. It’s tempting to just Google it, but be careful about online resources. Checking the reliability of sources not only helps your child learn to use media responsibly, but also teaches them the most important skill they can ever have: how to learn. Possibly the hardest part of homework management for parents is to know when to stop and call for reinforcements. Dennis Freeman,
co-founder of In-Home Tutors Atlanta (inhometutors.com), says there are several scenarios in which a family can benefit from some personal help, primarily “When the child is clearly struggling and it’s gone beyond the parent’s capabilities,” noting that 7th- and 8th-grade math is typically the upper limit for many parents. If children actively resist homework, have chronic difficulty getting organized, or are dealing with issues such as ADHD, family relationships can suffer as parents get caught in the stress. Children often respond differently to someone outside their circle, and in these cases, a homework coach helps with academics but also helps keep the child organized and on track, which can make homework less of a burden and just maybe, even fun. “Having a less emotionally attached third party can take a lot of stress out of the household,” Freeman says. By working together with your child to create a plan and getting help when appropriate, you can make sure that he or she works smarter, not harder, to get the most out of homework. Ultimately, kids want to do well, and understand the value of homework in the process of achieving that. Says Coleman, “The most important factor in assigning homework is to only assign work necessary to a child's mastery of concepts being taught.”
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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 and nearby boarding schools serving the metro Atlanta area. For additional information about the schools listed below, including location, tuition, class size and open house dates, turn to Beyond the Basics on page 36.
Arbor Montessori School Arbor Montessori School prepares children to go anywhere. Anywhere their interests, dreams, and passions take them. • The school teaches its students math, science, and language so they can thrive anywhere academically. • It encourages independence, self-direction and critical reasoning so students have the tools to make good decisions anywhere their life takes them. • Arbor teaches collaboration, cooperation, and peace because it knows children can be agents of change anywhere they go in the world. Since 1970, Arbor has been the flagship of Montessori education in Atlanta. Today, it is one of the largest Montessori schools in the Southeast and regarded as a benchmark for Montessori education worldwide. Children ages 18 months through eighth grade receive
individualized attention and curricula in developmentally-appropriate environments from understanding, knowledgeable, experienced faculty. “Arbor provides an authentic Montessori education,” says Luci David, an Arbor parent. “The teachers are kind, patient, and passionate; the classrooms and play areas are beautiful and safe. Most importantly, my child is flourishing and is excited to go to school every day.” Arbor's flagship campus sits on a 4-acre wooded lot offering students opportunities to engage in the natural world. In addition to an outstanding academic program, Arbor offers art, music, Spanish, before- and after-school care, a strong athletics program, extracurriculars, and a close-knit community. Arbor’s second campus on Scott Boulevard offers a conveniently-located, smaller community of toddler and 3- to 6-year-old primary classes. Children benefit from intentionally-designed
materials and experienced teachers. Arbor’s teachers offer lessons promoting meaningful work, encouraging children to be the optimal version of themselves. The founders’ vision has become a reality. Go here, then go anywhere. For more information, visit arbormontessori.org or call 404-321-9304.
Atlanta International School Atlanta International School is an inclusive, multicultural, community providing a worldclass education to 1,307 US and international students from kindergarten (starting with 3-year-olds) to Grade 12. The International Baccalaureate (IB) provides a rigorous academic structure that is complemented by language acquisition programs beginning with a full-immersion preschool program in French, German, Chinese and Spanish. In addition to the prestigious IB diploma, Atlanta International School offers STEM- and STEAM-endorsed and bilingual diplomas. The curriculum is further enhanced with a wide range of age-appropriate activities to help expand learning experiences beyond the 26 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
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classroom. Students can participate in awardwinning performing and fine arts opportunities, competitive athletics, and an impressive range of global experiential learning options, all designed to help students realize the school’s mission: To develop courageous leaders who shape their world for the better. Along with the authorization to offer IB education, AIS is also accredited by the following academic programs: AdvancED/Cognia, Agency of French Teaching Abroad (aefe), Council for International Schools (CIS), European Council for International Schools (ECIS), and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). For more information, visit aischool.org or call 404-841-3840.
Baylor School Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Baylor School is among the finest college prep schools in the country and is only two hours from Atlanta. Academics is one constant in Baylor’s 128-year history because it provides a college preparatory program that engages, challenges, and inspires students to achieve their greatest academic potential at both Baylor and beyond. While Baylor is first and foremost an academic institution, it believes that prepping students for college requires attention to the body and the spirit as well as the mind. That commitment is reflected in every aspect of Baylor life outside the classroom. Its students find that balance on what is arguably the most beautiful independent school campus in the Southeast, with 690 acres along the Tennessee River and an abundance of extracurricular opportunities. The campus is home to boarding students from 15 countries and 23 states who enjoy a deep sense of community while discovering an independence most students are not able to experience until college. For more information, visit baylorschool.org or call 423-267-5902.
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The Bedford School offers a fresh start to students who have been frustrated in a traditional setting due to learning differences. The school 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, multi-sensory 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 and recreational activities. The camp 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 its Challenge Course and its 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 The Bedford School at 770774-8001 or visit thebedfordschool.org.
Brandon Hall’s mission as a co-educational, global day and boarding school is to challenge 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. The school’s 24-acre campus in Sandy Springs is historically and naturally preserved, nestled on the Chattahoochee River. An average class size of 8:1 ensures that students are fully engaged learners, and its diverse community comprises 22 countries and 10 states. The IB Diploma Programme is offered to eligible students entering their junior year. Brandon Hall offers world-class arts and athletics partnerships and a variety of extracurricular clubs. All students have regular opportunities to serve local and international communities through its extensive partnerships. The Center for Global Youth Leadership inspires students to be innovators, problem-solvers, and pioneers. Boarding students benefit from the school’s structured and organized program that teaches accountability, character, study habits, and essential life skills. For more information, visit brandonhall.org or call 770-394-8177.
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 educate for peace and justice by nurturing that of goodness within each student. Offering classes for children from PreK3 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. Enrolling for 2021-22, class space permitting. For more information, visit friendsschoolatlanta.org, or call 404-373-8746. u SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
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The Cottage School Building a sense of self for students with special learning needs through academic and experiential programming, The Cottage School (TCS) prepares individuals for fulfillment of their true potential as confident, productive, and independent adults. The Cottage School provides an educational environment for students with learning differences in grades 4-12. It prides itself in meeting the student where he or she needs to be met. It also recognizes that all students learn differently, so it teaches differently. Based on three pillars of success: academic, social and emotional, TCS school offers: • Small class sizes (10-student average) for individualized learning. • Customized education plans for every student. • A work-based, incentive-based model that teaches life skills. • A year-round sports program that encourages all students to participate. • A required post-secondary plan that insures. continued success after graduation (or “to insure”). Come visit the beautiful 23-acre campus and contact the director of admissions for an appointment today. For more information, call 770-641-8688 or visit cottageschool.org.
Georgia Cyber Academy is a tuition-free, online, public charter school serving students in grades K-12 throughout the state. Enjoy everything you love about traditional brick-and-mortar education, from the comfort of your own home! Once partnered with the school’s certified teachers and a Family Success liaison, your student will participate in live interactive classes and an engaging curriculum that supports their individualized learning path. Students access lessons and live classes via an online learning management system, and laptops are provided to qualifying families. During the school day, a parent or guardian acts as a learning coach to provide support and guidance to the student while in the safety and security of the home environment. Since 2007, the school has been providing high-quality, accredited education to students throughout the state. Some of the programs and services it provides include an advanced & gifted program, English learner program, special education services, counseling, Advanced Placement courses, dual enrollment and many more. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of in-person social activities, including field trips, extracurricular clubs, sports, college visits, and even an annual Statewide Community Event Day held in several different regions throughout Georgia! Interested in enrolling your student at GCA? The school would love for you and your family to join its community of champions. Working together, Georgia Cyber Academy can help your student Rise Up, Aim High, and Soar toward his or her bright future! Do you have questions about the school or the enrollment process? For more information, call 404-334-4790, visit georgiacyber.org/champions or email email@example.com.
Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia A Montessori education develops children who are responsible, creative, innovative, respectful and kind. Montessori children are truly the citizens of the future, equipped to face challenges with confidence and competence. Located near the intersection of Hwy. 141 and McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek, Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia provides excellence in Montessori education for infants, toddlers and children up to 6 years old. JCMSOG provides an authentic Montessori environment, where each individual’s needs are respected, and everyone works together for the good of the community. The focus is always on helping the children develop themselves in a caring, peaceful environment. By helping children develop independence, the school assists them in their physical and emotional development. As their sense of security in their ability to care for themselves and their environment grows, their brains have more energy or “bandwidth” for increased academic learning. Additionally, this focus on development of muscular control is a first step in developing self-discipline. The JCMSOG difference is best experienced in person. To schedule a visit with your child to observe its “Montessori Magic,” call 770-814-8001 or visit jcmsog.org. 28 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
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High Meadows School Since 1973, High Meadows School has inspired children to think critically, learn creatively, act globally, and live compassionately. High Meadows is about learning and laughter, exploration and discovery, and friendship and connection. The school was built on 42 acres of historic farm property in Roswell, where students from 3 years old through eighth grade experience a school environment where adventure and play go hand in hand with extraordinary academic preparation and exemplary student outcomes. From the outstanding faculty and breathtaking campus to the small class sizes and acclaimed International Baccalaureate curriculum, a High Meadows School education is unlike any other. Visit us to experience the magic of High Meadows! 1055 Willeo Rd., Roswell, GA 30075. For more information, visit highmeadows.org or call 770-993-2940.
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Mount Paran Christian School As a grades PreK312 non-denominational, collegepreparatory school, Mount Paran Christian School provides an innovative education to a diverse community of learners within a liberal arts framework, all for the Glory of God. Mount Paran is committed to excellence in academics, award-winning arts, and championship athletics. Located on a 68-acre collegiatelike campus, it unites with home and church to prepare servant-leaders to honor God, love others, and walk in Truth. With Bible classes, weekly chapel, discipleship, and service opportunities, faith becomes integrated into who Mount Paran students are, building on a strong moral foundation. Within small classes, the school offers 56 AP/ honors courses, instructional support, robotics, STEAM, and 1:1 devices. Its aim is to develop servant-leaders in the classroom, on the ball field, on the stage, and in the community. For more information, visit mtparanschool.com/ experience or call 770-578-0182. u
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Lyndon Academy Linda Murdock founded Lyndon Academy in 2005 with an interest in creating an elite private educational experience for local and international students alike. Now, 16 years later, this goal has been met with flying colors. But that doesn’t mean the school is resting on its past accomplishments. With its small classrooms and a vested interest in seeing pupils grow into leaders, Lyndon sees that its students, no matter how young, are confident and eager to engage in classroom activities. Students are taught to speak up and share what they’ve learned. There’s a lot that goes into that level of preparedness and enthusiasm, but perhaps the biggest detail is the student teacher ratios in relation to the advanced courses offered. With a ratio of 8 to 1, students receive personal instruction in a wide range of topics, from hands-on science opportunities to immersive studies in Spanish and Mandarin. In addition to meeting local public and private institutions class for class, Lyndon offers more AP classes than the average school in the U.S. As a family-founded school, Lyndon knows the importance of social development, and it helps to create this through athletics, special events, and extracurricular activities. The competitive sports teams have tapped into school pride and taken home local, regional, and state awards. The school is also taking strides to include a number of artistic endeavors for growing minds, including its band and choral group. This is Lyndon’s goal in motion: preparing young minds for the rigors of higher education, from Pre-K to high school. For more information, call 770-926-0166 or visit lyndonacademy.org.
McCallie School What if Atlanta’s best school isn’t in Atlanta? What if the best school for your son is just two hours north on I-75? McCallie is a school built for boys. Everything at McCallie, from its curriculum to the extracurricular programs, has been designed with the
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rest they need to function at their best. Not only is McCallie designed with the needs of boys in mind, but it works to customize the experience for each individual student. McCallie partners with students and their families to build a personalized experience created around students' strengths, talents, and interests. McCallie's robust curriculum and wide variety of activities and organizations give students an opportunity to pursue their passions and discover new ones. Academically, every student will have an experience that will challenge him while also offering him the support to help him thrive. McCallie boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including a Center for Animation, Video, and Entertainment, an Innovation and Engineering lab, an indoor golf facility, indoor tennis facilities, an outdoor lake, a Sports and Activities Center, and much more. When you choose McCallie, you are choosing a community of faculty and peers who challenge, support, mentor, and guide your son. You are choosing to be challenged both academically and personally. You are choosing to push the limits of who you can be. Because at McCallie, you can be an athlete, a thinker, a motivator, an artist, and much more. For more information, visit mccallie.org/inquiry or call 423-493-5848.
The Piedmont School of Atlanta The Piedmont School of Atlanta serves children in kindergarten through high school with challenges in the areas of learning, social skills, and social problem-solving. Typically, Piedmont students have a diagnosis of autism, learning disability, and/or attention deficit disorder. Certified, master’s-level teachers deliver differentiated instruction. The curriculum exceeds the Georgia Standards and includes PE, art, foreign language, theater, social-emotional, and ethical behavior, transition planning, job coaching, and community-based instruction when COVID-19 permits. The Piedmont School has been named a Boxlight National Demonstration School serving as a model site for incorporating technology in the classroom. For more information call The Piedmont School of Atlanta at 404-382-8200 or visit tpsoa.org.
Porter Academy “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 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.
The Suzuki School The Suzuki School is a preparatory preschool committed to providing young children with the best in early childhood education. Its belief in the innate ability and talent of every child guides them in creating an environment rich in language, discovery, and stimulation. They know that a child’s learning experience begins right away, and that every moment is an opportunity to engage and explore. Suzuki recognizes that the first years of life are the most critical in the development of an inquisitive mind and a noble heart. The Suzuki School’s faculty is comprised of well-qualified trained educators who also serve as thought leaders for other professionals in the field of early childhood education. With a full-time program for infants, toddlers, and preschoolaged children, the Suzuki School has been built upon these Five Foundations: Love of Learning, Respect for Nature, Culture and Tradition, A Noble Heart, and Talent Education. For more information, call 404-841-3939 or visit suzukischool.com. u SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
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Springmont School Springmont, the oldest Montessori school in the Southeast, offers students 18 months through middle school an authentic Montessori experience that is extraordinary by design. Individualized learning inspires students to become
creative, independent, and globally minded. Classrooms are large, light-filled, and thoughtfully prepared while the campus’ many natural areas, class gardens, and farm animals afford rich outdoor life science lessons.
St. Joseph Catholic School Celebrating 68 years of Catholic education as a pre-K4-8th-grade school within the Archdiocese of Atlanta, St. Joseph Catholic School is a twice-recognized National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence! Located in Marietta, a few blocks north of the historic Marietta Square, the school draws students from Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, and Fulton counties and focuses on educating the whole child through its curriculum. One key to the school’s success is the dedicated, certified faculty and staff. By continuing to use new methods of instruction, combined with programs such as Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Language, Touch Math, and STREAM activities, St. Joseph offers an outstanding curriculum for its students. Each student has a computer or iPad and receives instruction on the Google, Microsoft, and Apple platforms. In addition to the core area subjects, students receive instruction in the fine arts, and for students who need extra support in school, the school offers a guidance counselor, learning specialist, and speech and language pathologist. The school offers an extended care program, as well as extracurricular activities for its students. It has a rigorous curriculum, certified teachers, and a supportive environment—as one of its parents stated, “How wonderful to drop your child off at school and know that she is being cared for by such a lovely, capable teacher!” Come experience St. Joseph Catholic School — “Educating the mind… Expanding the heart.” For more information, call 770-428-3328, or visit stjosephschool.org. Follow the school at Facebook/sjcs.marietta, Twitter/SJCS_ MariettaGA, or Instagram/sjcs_marietta. 32 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
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Specially designed Montessori materials support children’s developmental needs and offer students a wide variety of handson activities that concretely reinforce skills, lessons and concepts. Highly-experienced teachers guide students through an individualized curriculum that develops the whole child—socially, emotionally, and academically. Multi-aged classes allow younger children to learn from older ones and older students to mentor younger classmates. Art, music, physical education, and Spanish are important parts of each student’s experience. At Springmont, each student is challenged to reach his or her fullest potential and is empowered to help steer his or her own education. Students’ innate curiosity grows into a lifelong love of learning and a quest for meaningful discoveries and deeper knowledge. Middle school students run micro-economies, participate in internships, and compete in regional academic competitions. They have opportunities to hone time-management skills, experience active leadership roles, articulate complex ideas, and work both independently and in diverse groups. Springmont graduates are confident, collaborative, engaged learners, prepared for success in Atlanta’s premier high schools as well as life beyond academics. Springmont School—Extraordinary by Design. For more information, call 404-252-3910 or visit springmont.com.
Language is so important in today’s world. Imagine the global opportunities available to a child if he or she knows four of the world’s top languages. The Quadrilingual Academy is the first school in the area (and possibly the nation) that immerses children in four different languages at once. Students learn Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, and English. The school, which celebrated its one-year anniversary Aug. 1, offers classes for toddlers, pre-K, and elementary students through first grade, with plans to expand into a full-service elementary school. Unlike schools that ask children to choose one language track, Quadrilingual strives to make kids lifelong learners of all four languages. This year it became accredited for its Pre-K and Elementary program with the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC) and is a candidate school teaching the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. The owner and her husband, Jessa and Jim Depew, started the school after identifying a need for a place for their own children to learn. When Jessa studied abroad in France while in high school, she saw firsthand the impact of speaking another language. “It’s the difference between communicating and connecting,” she says. “Once they learned I spoke French, the local people and culture opened up in ways that wouldn’t have happened with a language barrier. I want to open up the world for my children and our students.” For more information, call 404-777-QUAD (7823) or visit thequadacademy.com.
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Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School Founded in 1903 and located just two hours north of Atlanta, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School prepares young people for college, career, and a lifetime of leadership and service. On its beautiful mountain campus, Rabun Gap inspires students to grow in character, intellect, and spirit. The school values educational accessibility and fosters a community of learners whose diversity is honored and reflects the world. Rabun Gap-Nacoochee is the most geographically diverse boarding school in the nation, made up of a student body from 56
different countries and 15 states. The 1,400-acre mountain campus provides many opportunities for hands-on learning, as well as arts and athletic activities. Rabun Gap students graduate ready for college: 100 percent attend the top colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world. Rabun Gap makes a boarding school education a reality for families, with more than 75 percent of students receiving financial aid and merit scholarships. For more information, call 706-746-7720 or visit rabungap.org.
Still Waters International Academy If you're looking for a place to call home, Still Waters International Academy (SWIA) serves children from day care through 12th grade. With students and staff from many nations, Still Waters is a community that provides students with an excellent education with Scripture at its center. Its goal is to prepare students to succeed in competitive environments and develop their unique abilities to the fullest to show forth God’s glory. The school believes small class-size ratios create the most effective classroom environments for students to learn, be challenged, and develop positive relationships. SWIA is a private Christian school located in Norcross. Its families love the convenience SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
of a day care and K-12 school in one location. SWIA has a ST2E2AM internship program where middle and high school students work alongside industry leaders to create engineering solutions. ST2E2AM stands for Science, Technology, Theology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Art, and Math. The core curriculum is Abeka Book, and Spanish and Chinese are a part of the curriculum as well. K-12 students participate in project-based learning within a grade-level context. The school’s joy is to see each child grow to become lifelong lovers of learning for the purpose of serving God's people. For more information, call 770-449-4125 to schedule a tour or visit stillwaters.academy. u newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 33
Wesleyan School Wesleyan School believes faith and intellect are great partners with each other. At Wesleyan, it’s not a matter of choosing faith or intellect, but rather using both to create the best possible education for your child. The school leadership and faculty work to provide students with an atmosphere that is challenging, reinforces the value of hard work, and emphasizes character and integrity above accomplishment. Wesleyan prepares students for each stage of life and provides them the opportunity to see all the possibilities that lie before them. The school is located just outside of I-285 in Peachtree Corners. Wesleyan started the 2021-22 school year with 1,171 students enrolled in grades K-12. Wesleyan offers bus routes throughout the metro Atlanta area and has morning and afternoon options. For more information or to schedule a campus tour, call 770-448-7640 or visit wesleyanschool.org.
Vanguard School Vanguard School, located in Lake Wales, Florida, is a learning environment that addresses student strengths and challenges to build self-confidence and learning skills. The school works with students through academics and residential settings to provide mentors, athletics and clubs, community service opportunities, and goal attainment for students in sixth through 12th grades with learning challenges. Students can qualify for dual enrollment in postsecondary schools, complete college and career preparation, and internships in fields of their interest. Vanguard is a co-educational boarding and day school where students overcome past hurdles and gain a wide spectrum of skills to discover their potential. For more information, call 863-676-6091 or visit vanguardschool.org. You may also visit the school for a personal tour: 22000 U.S. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33859.
The Walker School At The Walker School, the infinite worth and dignity of each student define its approach to learning. Walker is the top pre-K3-12th-grade school open to all faiths in metro Atlanta. At Walker, students engage in advanced academics taught by dynamic faculty. With an average class size of 15 students, each child is challenged, supported and encouraged to explore all opportunities on its campus. At Walker, you can star in the fall musical, represent your school on the soccer field and design your own genetic research project. Upper school students are able to customize their high school experience, choosing from a wide range of academic offerings, including 26 of the 31 College Board Advanced Placement courses. Most of all, your child is known. One hundred percent of graduates are accepted to fouryear colleges and universities. Walker students are excited and confident about college and beyond. Walker is located 2 miles from the Marietta Square, and it offers more than 20 bus routes in the metro area. At The Walker School, tuition assistance is available to bridge the gap between the cost of tuition and a family’s ability to pay. For more information about the wonder of Walker, visit thewalkerschool.org/admission/why-walker. 34 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
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Whitefield Academy Whitefield Academy’s college-preparatory education is built on Christ-centered values and beliefs, enabling students to succeed in both college and life. Whitefield teachers engage deeply with their students in the pursuit of knowledge and truth with shared experiences, grace and accountability. And because students are known, valued, and loved, they thrive academically and are equipped to face the challenges of the future. Located just off I-285 in Smyrna, Whitefield maintains a solid academic reputation with its numerous Advanced Placement and honors courses, and a rigorous curriculum that sets the framework for 100 percent of its graduates to matriculate to colleges and universities. With more than 50 sports teams, including 20 varsity squads, Whitefield athletes have multiple opportunities for both participation and success. Whitefield’s award-winning fine arts programs and newly debuted Innovation Lab are allowing students to explore and develop their passions in theater, music, and visual arts, as well as STEM subjects, such as engineering and robotics. For more information about Whitefield Academy or to register for a virtual tour, visit whitefieldacademy.com.
A Christ-Centered Preparatory School for PreK - 12th Grade
At Whitefield, we integrate our mission into all aspects of student development a passion for learning, for others ahead of self, and for the living and active Jesus.
For more information, visit whitefieldacademy.com
1 Whitefield Drive SE Smyrna, Ga 30126 | 678.305.3000
Woodward Academy With renowned college-preparatory academics and a community defined by its geographic, racial, spiritual, economic, and cognitive diversity, Woodward Academy is Atlanta at its best. From pre-K through 12th grade, Woodward is a place where a child can study Gauguin and golf, Copernicus and coding, rhetoric and robotics—all in one day. With 2,500 students across two campuses spanning 133 acres, complemented by the intimacy of a 6:1 student-teacher ratio, Woodward offers the vast resources and opportunities of a college or university coupled with the intimacy and attention of home. Students learn how to think about and engage in the world outside of themselves, making a commitment to do their best, and gaining the confidence to make a difference. This shared purpose is something the school calls The Woodward Way. Woodward challenges its students to explore new academic frontiers and reach their fullest potential. What does success look like? Look no further than the 25 AP classes, renowned Transition Program for students with mild learning differences, 86 student clubs, 75 yearly arts performances, and 18 varsity sports. Woodward’s Global Connections Program offers extensive international study abroad programs, and its innovative STEAM programs are woven into the curriculum—from coding for kindergarteners to the Independent Scientific Research program, which pairs juniors and seniors with university professors to work on real-world problems. At Woodward, students don’t just gain knowledge. The Woodward Way imbues them with skills and traits such as respect, social awareness, empathy, open-mindedness, accountability, and dedication to service, which will serve them throughout their lives and enable them to make their mark in the world. A typical Woodward Academy graduating class attends more than 100 different colleges and universities, devotes 5,000 hours to community service, and earns more than $15 million in scholarship awards. For more information, visit woodward.edu or call 404-765-4001. u SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
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BEYOND THE BASICS SCHOOL
AVG. CLASS SIZE
ACCREDITATIONS OR AFFILIATIONS
OPEN HOUSE DATES
Arbor Montessori School
Oak Grove & Decatur Heights
AAAIS, AMI, NAMTA, SACS, SAIS
Call the school
Atlanta International School l
AdvanceED, aefe, CIS, ECIS, SAIS
Call the school
Day: $27,255, Boarding: $55,500
9/17, 10/15, 11/5, 12/3, 1/21
The Bedford School
AdvancEd, GAC, SAIS
Brandon Hall School
IB World School, NAIS, SAIS, SBSA, TABS
Call to Schedule a Tour
The Cottage School
Call the school
The Friends School of Atlanta
AAAIS, FCE, NAIS, SACS-SAIS
Call the school
Georgia Cyber Academy
Throughout entire state
Throughout entire state
Varies per grade level
View virtual information sessions on website
High Meadows School
AAAIS, International Baccalaureate, SAIS
Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia
AMI, AMS, PAMS
Call the school
Every day is an open house
AdvancED, Cognia, NAIS, SAIS, TABS, TAIS
10/22, 11/12, 12/3, 1/14
Mount Paran Christian School
Call the school
The Piedmont School of Atlanta
Call the school
AAAIS, GAC, GAPSEC, GISA, SAIS
Call the school
The Quadrilingual Academy
Bright from the Start, GAC
Call the school
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
NAIS, NCISAA, SAIS, SABS, SACS, TABS
AAAIS, AMI, Cognia/SAIS, GISA, NAIS
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BEYOND THE BASICS SCHOOL
AVG. CLASS SIZE
ACCREDITATIONS OR AFFILIATIONS
OPEN HOUSE DATES
St. Joseph Catholic School
$7,568 for Catholic, $9,840 non-Catholic
Twice-recognized Blue Ribbon School, AAAIS, Cognia
Still Waters International Academy
Bright from the Start, Cognia
Call the school
The Suzuki School
Two campuses in Buckhead, one at Ponce City Market
Call the school
Call for a tour
The Walker School
Open to all faiths
AAAIS, GHSA, GISA, NAIS, SAIS
AAAIS, CESA, GHSA, GISA, SAIS
Call the school
College Park (main); Johns Creek (Woodward North)
Main Campus, 14; Woodward North, 11
AAAIS, GISA, NAIS, SAIS
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND!
PLAN A FALL GETAWAY TO RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES By Patrick Killam
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AS THE CRAZINESS OF SUMMER FADES
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and daily routines click into place, an autumn retreat is the perfect way to recharge your batteries before the winter holidays. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is your dream destination, wrapping you in balmy beach weather but with fewer crowds and lower lodging rates than the tourist season. And it’s less than five hours from Atlanta by car—far enough to leave your cares behind but close enough to make a weekend trip doable. The 12 miles of beautiful beaches along Hilton Head’s perimeter cannot be ignored. Coligny Beach Park is a popular launching point for all things sand and surf, and includes the convenience of outdoor showers, changing rooms and restrooms. Lounge in a rented beach chair in the sand or enjoy a swing in the shady
One HHI dolphin tour
gazebo. Just across the way is Coligny Plaza, where a stroll among the boutiques can provide some retail therapy. Fish Haul Beach offers a more intimate ocean experience. A short walk through the quiet woods and marshland set the stage for this hidden gem which features an observation deck, a covered picnic pavilion and plenty of sand from which to enjoy the view of Port Royal Sound. There is no need to be confined to the land, however. Soak in the serenity of calm water kayaking or paddle boarding among the dolphins, or book one of several boat excursions to see more of the Atlantic Ocean. One HHI has an extensive roster of daily guided water adventures and rentals of jet skis, boats, skiffs and more. Moving inland, you’ll find over 120 miles of
well-maintained paths for refreshing exploration. Make a reservation with The Bike Doctor to tour at your own pace. Adult and youth bikes, covered trailers for transporting kids or pets, child seats and tandem bikes are also available. The Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to commune with nature. Covering 4,053 acres, the preserve is home to more than 250 species of birds, as well as white-tailed deer, red fox, bobcat and American alligator. Have your camera with you as you lose yourself among the vibrant salt marshes, forest lands and freshwater ponds, taking the time to enjoy the self-guided interpretive exhibits along the way. Gentle breezes and balmy temperatures make Hilton Head’s pro-designed championship golf courses a favorite fall attraction.
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Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival
The Old Oyster Factory The Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes offers sweeping views of the Atlantic amidst wide fairways and challenging bunkers, and the elevated green of the par-5 10th hole is a stunning experience no player will forget. If you prefer more structured events, Hilton Head is not lacking in fall festivals and celebrations. The week-long Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival happens every October, pairing the rich history, culture and art of the area with delicious Low Country cuisine and Southern hospitality. In November, the Concours d’Elegance celebrates the legacies
Corner Perk Br un restaurants th ch Café is one of over 250 e Hilton Head area has to of fer.
PHOTOS: Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau
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Concours d’Elegance of automobiles and aviation over three days of upscale exhibition and fine dining. For an opportunity to get your heart racing, visit the Escape Room Hilton Head. With only one hour on the clock, adults and teens are plunged into a themed room with a mystery to solve. Uncover hidden clues, crack tough codes and unravel challenging puzzles before time runs out. Choose from one of three intense missions, or tackle them all. Your outdoor jaunts will require you to fuel up, and the more than 250 eateries on Hilton Head ensure that you can start and end your
day with a variety of delicious bites. Ease into your morning at the Corner Perk Brunch Café. Luxuriate in the homey atmosphere as you sip a specialty coffee, or choose a treat from their artfully crafted selection of breakfast skillets, artisan toasts, sandwiches, salads and wraps for adults and kids alike. Lunch and dinner will find you riding the wave of fresh seafood so abundant on Hilton Head. Oysters, shrimp, bass and blue crab are just some of the island’s specialties served up with tasty Southern flair. The Old Oyster Factory encompasses the
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gentle sophistication of Hilton Head Island, with its gorgeous panoramic marshland views and delectable seafood dishes. The raw oyster bar serves up an ample variety, or enjoy a selection from the elegant entrée menu. For a down-home meal, follow the line of locals to The Sea Shack. This no-frills eatery features the hugely popular “catch of the day” blackboard specials, along with hearty Po’ Boy sandwiches and sizeable seafood platter options. For a change of pace, The Sandbar Beach Eats’ casual fare puts Southern and Caribbean comfort food in the spotlight, like Jamaican Jerk Pasta and Lowcountry Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Or enjoy Crane’s Tavern’s famous flavorful prime rib and award-winning wine selection. The crisp white tablecloths, pillowed window seats and rich dark wood features add coziness to this friendly upscale steakhouse. As you wind down your island explorations, stop by The Frozen Moo and indulge in a scoop of their 92 flavors of super-premium ice cream. It’s an island tradition. Intimate cottages, luxurious suites, cozy guestrooms and spacious village homes are all
available through the many resort communities on and near the island, making it easy to tailor your home-away-from-home to fit your vacation needs. Palmetto Dunes Resort offers stunning rental accommodations featuring from one to six bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens and laundry rooms and pet-friendly options. For quiet rejuvenation, prepare to be pampered at The Inn and Club at Harbour Town, where you’ll received personalized and attentive butler service, Frette Italian linens and terry towels and room service around the clock. The Holiday Inn Resort Beach House keeps you near the action with easy access to sand volleyball courts, Coligny Plaza and the waterfront. The cozy coastal-themed rooms promote tranquility, and amenities like a mini-fridge, flat-screen TV and internet access provide the comforts of home. Many resorts offer fall and winter getaway packages that include lower lodging rates, complimentary meals, discounts on equipment rentals, preferred golf rates and more,
FOR MORE INFO • Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce & Visitor and Convention Bureau: hiltonheadisland.org • Welcome to Hilton Head Island: hiltonheadisland.com • Hilton Head Island Vacation Deals: hiltonheadislanddeals.com
so be sure to ask what’s available. There are no neon signs on the island, no billboards, no amusement parks or high-rise hotels. Instead, Hilton Head Island, modern in amenities yet in harmony with nature, offers a quiet reprieve from the cacophony of everyday life, a place to relax and recharge at your own pace ... your perfect autumn retreat.
SAVOR THE SEASONS in Upcountry South Carolina
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THERE Vehicle Emission Inspection
Vehicles that are 24 model years old and later (except the three years prior to the current year) must be checked yearly for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit cleanairforce.com.
One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, the 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 $2.50 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 itsmarta.com.
MARTA Rail Service
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) 877694-2511, by dialing 511 or by visiting dot.ga.gov.
A Christ-Centered Preparatory School for PreK - 12th Grade
At Whitefield, we integrate our mission into all aspects of student development a passion for learning, for others ahead of self, and for the living and active Jesus.
For more information, visit whitefieldacademy.com
1 Whitefield Drive SE Smyrna, Ga 30126 | 678.305.3000
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COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871 cherokee.k12.ga.us
Cherokee County QUICK INFO
Elementary Schools 23 Middle Schools 7 High Schools 6 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,149 School & bus information 770-720-2112
County cherokeega.com Neighborhoods cantonga.gov woodstockga.gov cityofballground.com hollyspringsga.us cityofwaleska.com
Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. 1115 Georgia 1048 National 1039
Median household income: $75,477 Median age of residents: 38 Population: 235,896 Sales tax: 6%
PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, cherokeechamber.com
UTILITIES & CONTACTS
Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $21.46; Incorporated Cherokee County, $21.46. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400
ELECTRICITY Amicalola EMC 706-253-5200 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com.
TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Cobb EMC cobbemc.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com ETC Communications etcnow.com Spectrum spectrum.com TDS Telecom tdstelecom.com Windstream windstream.com
WATER Cherokee County Water Authority City of Ball Ground City of Canton City of Waleska City of Woodstock
770-479-1813 770-735-2123 770-704-1500 770-479-2912 770-592-6006
HOSPITALS Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-224-1000 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000
Old Sixes Mill
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 Zillow.com, the median value of homes is $283,573. Homes for well over $1 million can be purchased in such neighborhoods as Bradshaw Farm, BridgeMill and Towne 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
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Mountains and along the banks of the Etowah River, Canton is a prime location for development.
to live, 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 reinvesting 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 Ridge
Located 12 miles south of Canton, Woodstock is one of Georgia's top 10 fastest-growing cities and a community recently named one of the Top 50 Cities Places to Live in the U.S. by Money magazine. Residents also enjoy easy access to 575 and 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 area, 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 Website at newcomeratlanta.com
COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION
PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 cobbk12.org Elementary Schools 67 Middle Schools 25 High Schools 17 Magnet 6 Charter 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,833 School and bus information 678-594-8000
Cobb County QUICK INFO
Cobb County came into being in 1832 when the state County cobbcountyga.gov redistributed land once part Neighborhoods austellga.org of the Cherokee Nation. mariettaga.gov Named after Thomas Willis smyrnaga.gov Cobb, the county experi kennesaw-ga.gov enced a devastating setback cityofpowdersprings.org during the Civil War when smyrnacity.com most of it was destroyed during the famous Battle of Median household income: $75,654 Median age of residents: 36.6 Kennesaw Mountain. Population: 755,754 Today, Cobb County, Sales tax: 6% located northwest of Fulton County, is one of the state's Chamber of Commerce Cobb County most thriving counties. With 770-980-2000, cobbchamber.org a diverse economic base that includes jobs in the service, Property Taxes retail, aerospace and techThe property tax is $33.84 per $1,000 of assessed value. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 nology sectors, Cobb County offers a quality of life unsurpassed in the Southeast. Nearly $900 million has been spent Cumberland Mall, secluded subon transportation improvements in divisions in East Cobb and horse recent years, allowing residents easy access to Atlanta and the commercial ranches in the northwest corner of the county. The small towns districts of Vinings Overlook, Cumberland Parkway and the prestigious of Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna and Platinum Triangle in the popular Austell still retain their Southern Galleria area. charm amidst urban settings. AcA variety of housing options cording to the Census Bureau, the exist in Cobb County, including median value of homes in 2018 luxury apartments and condos near was $237,800.
Kennesaw One of Family Circle magazine’s Ten Best Towns for Families, Kennesaw takes pride in its smalltown atmosphere and boasts abundant parks and greenspace, exceptional recreational programs and top-notch schools, including Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw’s historic downtown features shopping, dining and attractions such as the Smithsonianaffiliated Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, the Smith-Gilbert Gardens and nearby Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
Smyrna Rapidly defining what’s new and progressive in quality of life and citizen services, Smyrna delivers an amazing sense of style and love of life. The Market Village district, home to fabulous restaurants, bars and upscale shops and services, is the final piece of a master plan for success. Call it “Main Street USA” or “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its charm and ability to offer the best in fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Website at newcomeratlanta.com
Marietta City Schools Board of Education 770-422-3500 marietta-city-org Elementary Schools 8 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $10,542 School and bus information 770-429-3110 Avg. SAT Scores
Cobb Co. 1114 Marietta City 1056 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-917-8903 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power 770-794-5150 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Cobb EMC cobbemc.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com Spectrum spectrum.com WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water System Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water
770-944-4300 770-419-6200 770-794-5150 770-943-8000 678-631-5338
HOSPITALS WellStar Cobb Hospital 470-732-4000 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Windy Hill Hospital 770-644-1000
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PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 470-254-3600 fultonschools.org Elementary Schools 59 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 18 Charter 10 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $10,609 School & Bus Information North 470-254-2970 South 470-254-6060 Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education 404-802-3500 atlantapublicschools.us Elementary Schools 49 Middle Schools 12 High Schools 14 Charter 18 Alternative 4 Per-pupil expenditures $11,263 School & bus information 404-802-5500 Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1086 Atlanta Public Schools 944 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of College Park 404-669-3759 City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-2244 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com WATER Fulton County
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 at Hughes Spalding 404-785-9500 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-2273 Emory University Hospital Midtown 404-686-4411 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-616-1000 WellStar North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 Emory St. Joseph's Hospital 678-843-7001
Fulton County 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 one million 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 $290,400. 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 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 greenspace, hosts many outdoor festivals and concerts.
sion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With luxury hotels, shops, bars and more than 250 restaurants, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals.The neighborhood also offers numerous antique stores, art galleries and mall shopping at both Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.
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 filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor’s Man-
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County co.fulton.ga.us Neighborhoods alpharetta.ga.us buckhead.net cityofmiltonga.us virginiahighland.com collegeparkga.com eastpointcity.org hapeville.org johnscreekga.gov roswellgov.com sandyspringsga.gov
is home to about 64,000 residents, drawn to its affordable housing, parks, shopping at North Point Mall and concerts at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. The city's historic downtown boasts an appealing town square. Called Alpharetta City Center, it features locally owned shops and restaurants, and hosts events year round.
Median household income: $65,037 Median age of residents: 35.5 Population: 1,050,114 Sales tax: 7.75%, Atlanta City: 8.9% Chamber of Commerce Greater North Fulton 770-993-8806, gnfcc.com Metro Atlanta 404-880-9000, metroatlantachamber.com South Fulton 770-964-1984, southfultonchamber.com Property Taxes The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is: $40.92 for the City of Atlanta; $29.18 for incorporated Fulton County; $40.76 for unincorporated Fulton County; $33.54 for Johns Creek; $33.91 for Sandy Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100
One of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta
Incorporated in 2006, this thriving community of 84,000 was ranked fourth among 50 Best U.S. Cities to Live In by USA Today. It boasts a diverse economic base, coupled with a peaceful environment: the city contains over 400 acres of parkland and nature reserves and contains five access points to the Chattahoochee River.
Also incorporated in 2006, Milton combines a pastoral setting with forward-thinking city planning that offers what's been called "The best quality of life in Georgia." N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com
COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION 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.
City Hall and the Town Green in downtown Duluth
Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here in the latter part of the 18th cenOriginally part of Georgia’s tury. Following the official foundNative American territory, Gwinnett ing of the city in 1837, Suwanee County was created by the State became a railroad stop along the Legislature in 1818 and named Southern Railroad route. It reafter Button Gwinnett, one of Geormained a small country town well gia's three signers of the Declainto the ’70s when conration of Independence and a struction of I-85 and U.S. former governor. 23 brought easy access to County gwinnettcounty.com While the county was once the region. Neighborhoods cityofbuford.com largely rural with small towns, Since then, Suwanee duluthga.net country stores, farms and forests, has experienced tremen cityoflilburn.com today it is home to about 600 dous growth, from 2,412 snellville.org international companies and 450 residents in 1990 to more suwanee.com high-tech firms. With an averthan 20,000 today. To help Median household income: $68,914 age of 21 new professional and manage growth, the city Median age of residents: 35.3 industrial companies relocating has developed a comprePopulation: 920,260 to the county each year, attracthensive development plan Sales tax: 6% ing almost 21,000 new jobs, that promotes pedestrianChamber of Commerce Gwinnett County remains in oriented development and Gwinnett County, 770-232-3000, the top 10 ranking for growth mixed-use zoning. The gwinnettchamber.org nationwide. The county supcity was designated a Tree Property Taxes ports many cultural events, City USA for 29 years for The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett restaurants and shopping opits commitment to preservCounty is $28.84 per $1,000 of assessed value. portunities, including the Mall of ing 27 percent of its land Tax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. Georgia in Buford. as greenspace. of Gwinnett County, Duluth has Gwinnett County remains Such foresight has allowed some of the most exclusive neighaffordable for renters and firstSuwanee to retain its old-fashioned borhoods in metro Atlanta and time home buyers, many of whom charm while providing contempois home to some of the best golf find homes in the communities of rary convenience. Only 35 miles courses and private tennis clubs. Doraville, Lawrenceville and Snellfrom downtown Atlanta, Suwanee There are numerous parks for recville. The median value of homes is close to big-city attractions, busireation and participatory sports, in 2018, according to the Census ness districts and shopping. Many including Bunten Road Park and Bureau, was $200,400. antique shops and historic strucShorty Howell Park. North Point tures, including several Victorian Mall, a major shopping center, is and regional farm-style homes, are located near Duluth. The Southlocated near downtown Suwanee. N eastern Railway Museum, which For more counties and neighborhood preserves and operates old railroad information, visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com Amidst the pristine setting equipment, is a must-see for any
PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education 678-301-6000 gwinnett.k12.ga.us Elementary Schools 80 Middle Schools 29 High Schools 25 Per-pupil expenditures $8,926 City Schools of Buford Board of Education 770-945-5035 bufordcityschools.org Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Per-pupil expenditures
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Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. 1094 City of Buford 1122 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of Buford 678-889-4600 City of Lawrenceville 770-963-9834 City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 Jackson EMC 800-462-3691 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Walton EMC 770-267-2505 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T att.com Comcast (Xfinity) xfinity.com Direct TV directv.com Dish Network dish.com WATER Buford 678-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 Gwinnett City Water 678-376-6800 Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Norcross 770-448-2122 CABLE TV Spectrum 888-438-2427 Comcast 800-266-2278 HOSPITALS Eastside Medical Center 770-979-0200 Northside Hospital Gwinnett 678-312-1000 Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4790 Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health 678-442-5800
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Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged for Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Hall The drummer of legendary band the Police performs that band’s classic hits (including “Roxanne” and “Message in a Bottle”) with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, along with three singers and a guitarist. Nov. 7, 404-733-4900, aso.org.
Exhibits & Events
Hamilton, Fox Theatre
Theater & Concerts Song and Dance, Aurora Theatre Aurora Theatre stages a special limited-run production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. The first act is told entirely in song (featuring India Tyree) while the second is told through dance (featuring cellist Noah Johnson and choreography by Angela Harris). Through Sept. 12, 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com.
Daryl Hall & John Oates, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre The hitmaking duo behind such hits as “Private Eyes,” “Maneater” and more performs. Sept. 24, 404-733-5000, livenation.com.
Hamilton, Fox Theatre The national touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical returns to the Fox thanks to Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta. Through Sept. 26, 855-285-8499, atlanta.broadway.com.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Concert, Atlanta Symphony Hall Enjoy a screening of the smash-hit 2018 film, with the musical score performed live by the award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Oct. 1-3, 404-733-4900, aso.org.
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Marietta Art in the Park, Marietta Square
Monkees commemorate 55 years of hits such as “I’m a Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday.” Oct. 8,
Browse handcrafted works by 175 artists from all over the country, including paintings, photography, pottery, graphic arts, sculptures, jewelry, woodworking and much more at this free festival. Sept. 4-6, artparkmarietta.com.
Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab, Children’s Museum of Atlanta This sensational exhibit highlights exciting forces like electricity, magnetism and sound waves while shining a spotlight on some of history’s most inspiring and celebrated scientists and innovators and their discoveries.
Through Sept. 7, 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Judas Priest, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Monster Jam, Gas South Arena
The award-winning heavy metal band performs in celebration of its 50-year anniversary. Oct. 22, 404-733-5000, livenation.com.
Harry Styles, State Farm Arena The actor and musician, formerly of the boy band One Direction, performs. Oct. 27 and 28, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert, Symphony Hall Conductor Lawrence Loh leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing composer Danny Elfman’s musical score live during a screening of the beloved hit film. Oct. 29 and 30, 404-733-4900, aso.org. Monster Jam, Gas South Arena
The action-packed motorsports extravaganza returns with the most famous trucks in the world for a weekend of high-octane fourwheel excitement. Sept. 10-12, gassouthdistrict.com.
Fridays N Duluth, Downtown Duluth Experience exotic flavors from amazing local food trucks while enjoying live music. The last Friday of each month brings Block Party on Main, offering a festive, street fair atmosphere that’s both family-friendly and free. Sept. 17, duluthga.net.
Screen on the Green, Lyndon Academy Enjoy the experience of watching a film on a large outdoor screen. Sept. 17, 770-926-0166, lyndonacademy.org.
Rock the Park, Lilburn City Park Georgia Players Guild presents Georgia Rhythm, a revue of Peach State music history performing songs from such artists as Little Richard, Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, the B-52s, R.E.M., Collective Soul, Outkast, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Lilac Wine opens. Sept. 18, oldtownlilburnga.com.
Calder-Picasso, High Museum of Art This touring exhibit showcases more than 100
Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art
paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso. Through Sept. 19, 404-733-5000, high.org.
Super Natural: Aerial Art in Motion, Atlanta Botanical Garden Patrick Shearn’s “Dream Flora” features a 12,500-square-foot “skynet” of multicolored nylon streamers attached to webs of nylon fishing net, creating a mesmerizing river of color above Storza Woods. Through Sept. 19,
Trunk or Treat, Lyndon Academy Stroll among creatively decorated cars at this all-ages Halloween-themed event. Call for date and other details. 770-926-0166, lyndonacademy.org.
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Cyclorama: The Big Picture, Atlanta History Center This multimedia experience spotlights showcases the fully restored cyclorama painting “The Battle of Atlanta,” which stands 49 feet tall, is longer than a football field and weighs 10,000 pounds. Ongoing, 404-814-4000, atlantahistory.com.
Fundamentally Food, Children’s Museum of Atlanta Children up to 8 years old will love this handson exhibit. Select produce from the farm, climb on a John Deere tractor, milk Buttercup the milking cow, shop at a grocery and enjoy a pretend meal at the museum’s play diner. Ongoing, 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Locomotion: Railroads and the Making of Atlanta, Atlanta History Center This new exhibition explores the role that railroad travel played in the formation of Atlanta. Climb aboard the cab of the restored locomotive Texas and view the Zero Mile Post, the famous railroad marker around which the city of Atlanta was built. Ongoing, 404-814-4000, atlantahistory.com.
A Short Drive Away 75th North Carolina Apple Festival, Hendersonville, N.C. This family-friendly celebration of harvest season features arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, fresh apples and apple confections like doughnuts, turnovers, and pies. On Labor Day, the King Apple Parade winds down Mainstreet with floats, antique cars, fire trucks and marching bands. Sept. 3-6, ncapplefestival.org.
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Porsche Experience Center A SPORTS CAR FAN’S DREAM COME TRUE
THE DETAILS LOCATION: One Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354 HOURS: Tuesday- Saturday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. by reservation only TICKETS: $40 -$1,500 depending on activity PHONE NUMBER: 888-204-7474 WEBSITE: porschedriving.com/atlanta
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ports car aficionados know that multiple Porsche vehicles rank high each year on lists of American consumer’s top choices, but did you know that, since 2015, Atlanta has been home to Porsche’s North American headquarters and to the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta, the latter of which is open to the public? To feast your eyes on its meticulously landscaped and sculpted track is a beauty to behold. The center’s track offers 1.6 miles of skill-focused, purpose-built driving designed to test drivers’ skills, as well as vehicle functionality. Drivers 21 and older can choose from over 30 driving experiences with different Porsche models ranging in price from $400 to $1,500, lasting from 90 minutes to four hours. A popular activity is the center’s Young Driver Experience, aimed to give licensed drivers between 16 and 24 better awareness, hazard recognition and strategic responses. For either experience, each patron will have a personalized driving coach who is always in the car with you, with a goal to get you driving as soon as it’s safe. Not ready to get behind the real wheel? The next best thing is the center’s indoor Simulator Labs where you can choose from multiple models and races and either a 30- or 60-minute experience, starting at $40. The venue is also home to much more including its Heritage Gallery, the Carrera Café and Restaurant 356 for fine dining.
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Bask in the Bounty Corn Mazes • Apple Orchards Wagon Rides • Baked Goods Pumpkins • Apple Cider
September through October Photo: Grandad’s Apples N’ Such
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