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Summer 2021 CONTENTS FEATURES Getting Around Atlanta Like a Native . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Summer Fun in Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............26

With four different interstates and a traffic lingo all its own, Atlanta can be an intimidating place for commuters. Here’s our guide to navigating the city just like a pro.

Now that you’re a new Atlanta resident, it’s time to explore the best things to see and do in your new city. Here’s a list of our top 30 places you should experience.

Standardized Test Survival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Sensational St. Augustine ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Standardized tests are a fact of life for students. Here are our tips to help your child better prepare and succeed at the challenge.

With 42 miles of gorgeous beaches, a mix of history, sand and oldworld charm, St. Augustine, Florida, is a terrific summer destination.




DEPARTMENTS In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.

Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The metro Atlanta area offers numerous golf course communities, which allow you to live a links-centered lifestyle.

Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Nestled within 13 square miles in the heart of Gwinnett County, Lawrenceville is a city that celebrates history while embracing a forward-thinking attitude.

Restaurant Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 The Chastain bistro serves up new American cuisine in a historic neighborhood setting alongside Chastain Park.

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map of metro Atlanta and much more.

Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.

School Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 The Quadrilingual Academy combines nurturing childcare with foreign

Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

language immersion to foster international awareness and endless curiosity in young learners.

Ponce City Market’s Skyline Park is an old-fashioned carnival midway with a few twists, including a birds-eye view of the city.

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The Quadrilingual Academy, the Smyrna school that teaches Spanish, French, Chinese and English to infants, toddlers and early elementary students, is now offering weekly music classes taught by Catherine Lopez, an experienced flutist. In addition, the school is proud to announce that all of its educators and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For information about the school, call 404-777-7823 or visit


Celebrate Independence Day a day early as Duluth Celebrates America on the expansive Town Green on July 3. This all-ages celebration features live music by Legacy Band and Ebony & Ivory, food trucks, activities for children and adults and, of course, a majestic fireworks display. The event takes place from 5:30-10 p.m. For more information, visit

The Best Science Class Ever Budding scientists of all ages will find something to shout “Eureka!” about at Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab! This sensational exhibit immerses young minds in the world of STEM, teaches them about the scientific process and highlights exciting forces like electricity, magnetism and sound waves while shining a spotlight on some of the most inspiring and celebrated scientists and innovators and their discoveries. Through Sept. 7 at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. 404-659-5437, 8 | Newcomer Magazine |

The Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta series kicks off its 40th anniversary this fall with the return of Hamilton to the Fox Theatre. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prizewinning musical puts a contemporary spin on the life of the Founding Father, with a cast of largely non-White actors and an electrifying mix of pop, R&B and hip-hop sounds. See what all the fuss is about. Aug. 24-Sept. 26. For more information, call 855-285-8499 or visit Historic College Park Home

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Broadway’s Back in Atlanta

inFOCUS A Virtual Learning Opportunity If recent changes in schooling due to the pandemic have you wondering about homeschooling, Georgia Cyber Academy invites you to drop by its booth at the Southeast Homeschool Expo to learn how virtual schooling may be the best fit for your child. The online charter school has been providing accredited, tuition-free online education for thousands of children statewide since 2007. The expo takes place July 30-31 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

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By Muriel Vega

YOUR GUIDE TO COMMUTING LIKE A NATIVE As a new resident, finding your way around Atlanta can be intimidating. It’s a big place, after all, with different neighborhoods and landmarks spread out across a metropolitan area that stretches across several counties. In addition, there are four different interstates crisscrossing the city to keep track of. And, of course, there are more than 70 streets with “Peachtree” in the name. To help you get your bearings, we’ve broken down some of the major streets, interstates and public transportation options you’ll need to know.

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Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel

MAIN ROADS AND HIGHWAYS It all starts on Peachtree Street. Atlanta’s Main Street begins in the Five Points area of downtown, passing such landmarks as the GeorgiaPacific Tower and the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel before crossing northward into Midtown, where you’ll encounter the Margaret Mitchell House, the Woodruff Arts Center (home of the High Museum of Art) and the Fox Theatre. Just before passing Piedmont Hospital, it becomes Peachtree Road (specifically at Palisades Road) before continuing on to the Buckhead district and Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls. From there it’s on to Brookhaven, where it becomes Peachtree Boulevard before crossing I-285 to become Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Other prominent roads to know are West Peachtree Street, which runs parallel to Peachtree in downtown and Midtown; Ponce de Leon Avenue, which begins in Midtown and travels eastward to Decatur; and Buford Highway, the area’s center of international culture and cuisine, which is located primarily in DeKalb County to the northeast. The Downtown Connector is the unofficial name of the approximately 7.5-mile stretch of highway where Interstates 75 and 85 merge as they pass through downtown Atlanta. Also known as 75/85, the Connector begins near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at the Langford Parkway exit and runs north

Fox Theatre in Midtown past the campuses of Georgia State University and later Georgia Tech. The Connector ends in Midtown, at an interchange known as the Brookwood Split. The east side of the metro is served by Interstate 85, which is back to normal after a fire beneath an overpass caused a section to collapse in the spring of 2017. Heading south from the Connector, I-85 leads to East Point, College Park and the airport; its northward stretch passes Chamblee, Doraville, Duluth and Suwanee on its way to the Carolinas. Just past Suwanee, it branches off into Interstate 985, which leads to Buford, Flowery Branch and Gainesville. After splitting with I-85, Interstate 75 heads northwest, climbing through Smyrna, Marietta and Kennesaw on its way toward Chattanooga, Tennessee. Its southern stretch heads southeast toward Macon and eventually to Florida. Interstate 20, meanwhile, passes Six Flags Over Georgia on its way from Alabama into Atlanta, crossing the Connector and Interstate 285 on its way east. Approximately 64 miles long, Interstate 285 is also known as “the Perimeter” because it forms a circle around the city. From East Point in the south, it travels north toward Smyrna, arcing east past Sandy Springs in the north (radio traffic reports usually refer to this section as “the top end”), then south through Doraville, Tucker and Stone Mountain and then looping westward toward the airport and College Park.

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Two major landmarks along this route are the Cobb Cloverleaf, where 285 connects with I-75 northwest of the city, and the Tom Moreland Interchange, or Spaghetti Junction, where it intersects with I-85 near Tucker. Georgia State Route 400, also known as Georgia 400, splits off from I-85 and cuts northward through Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Cumming, after which it becomes a surface road near the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville. The major landmark along this road is the Concourse at Landmark Center, known for a pair of distinctive office towers nicknamed the King and Queen buildings.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) provides rail and bus service to the metro Atlanta area, with four rail lines operating primarily in Fulton and DeKalb counties. All four lines connect, offering transfers at the Five Points station located downtown off Peachtree Street. The one-way fare is $2.50 including transfers, and payment is easy with prepaid $2 MARTA Breeze cards, which can be purchased at the train stations. The Gold and Red lines travel a north-south trajectory, while the Blue and Green lines take an east-west route that runs mostly through the city of Atlanta. The Gold line goes from the | Newcomer Magazine | 11

line starts at Edgewood in the east and splits from the Blue line after the Vine City neighborhood, terminating in Bankhead to the west of the city. To complement the rail service, MARTA offers bus and shuttle service. Bus stops are located in three metro Atlanta counties with affordable fares and reliable schedules. MARTA also offers a free shuttle to Midtown’s Atlantic Station development and IKEA store, which departs from the Arts Center Centennial station on the Red and Gold lines. Other public transportation opOlympic Park tions include CobbLinc, providing bus service throughout Cobb County and to airport through downtown and the business downtown Atlanta; Gwinnett County Transit, district, past Lenox Square and Chamblee to serving Gwinnett County with bus service to end in Doraville. The Red line makes the same downtown, and the State Road and Tollway trek from the airport through the downtown Authority, which operates the Xpress comarea, but splits after the Lindbergh station and heads toward Buckhead and Dunwoody, endmuter bus service, offering 27 routes across 12 metro Atlanta counties. The ATL (Atlanta-Region ing near Sandy Springs. Transit Link Authority) was established in 2018 The Blue line is the longest route, covering to unite all the metro area’s transit agencies. Avondale, Decatur, Candler Park, Inman Park, Now that you’re familiar with Atlanta’s Grant Park and Cabbagetown to the east. To the west, it stops at several landmarks, major thoroughfares and transit options, you’re including CNN Center, Centennial Olympic well on your way to getting around like a native. Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Green Bon voyage!

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By Derek Prall

DISCOVER SOME OF ATLANTA’S BEST GOLF COMMUNITIES Atlanta is known for many things— its booming businesses, its thriving economy, its thrilling nightlife—but there’s another selling point that’s not as often discussed: the city’s incredible golf courses. The metro area has numerous courses of all skill levels available to players, and dozens of golf-centered communities have grown in popularity throughout the years. While golf has built a reputation as an exclusive sport, Atlanta’s Southern hospitality has 14 | Newcomer Magazine |

made it more inclusive. For the paid professionals to the hobbyist, there’s a course—and a community—here in the city to call home.

ST. MARLO, FORSYTH COUNTY Located on the southern tip of Forsyth County—one of the fastest-growing in the United States—St. Marlo Country Club's luxury homes sprawl across 900 acres of lightly forested gently rolling hills. The gated community offers low

property taxes, highly acclaimed public and private schools and easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment. Of course, the community takes pride in its golf course, and many of St. Marlo’s homes are located adjacent to the award-winning, 200-acre gem, which is open to the public and members alike. With 900 homes, St. Marlo is a sizable community, “But it doesn’t feel that way,” says Realtor Donna Luff Taylor, a resident for more than

20 years, who notes that the mix of homes and friendliness of the neighborhood give it an intimate feel. Here, you’ll find European and traditional home styles, offering luxurious amenities like gourmet kitchens, keeping rooms with fireplaces, and spa baths with his-and-hers closets. Terrace-level recreation rooms are popular, with many featuring billiard rooms and theaters. Taylor notes that outdoor living is popular, with infinity pools and putting greens as coveted home features. The championship 18-hole golf course was ranked in the Top 3 of Atlanta's best daily fee golf courses by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Golf News. It also made

the Top 10 "Best New Courses" according to Golf Digest. Designed by Denis Griffiths, who also designed Chateau Elan and Georgia National, the course is made for players of all ages and skill levels. Water comes into play on nine of the holes, and players will also enjoy distinctive stonework and beautiful hardwoods designed to fit perfectly into the natural, rolling terrain. The semi-private club includes a long list of events, including amateur tournaments and outings. It also offers company rates and often host charity tournaments. No matter the need, the dedicated staff can help coordinate every event. The St. Marlo Dining Room and Grille

offers delicious casual and formal dining options coupled with spectacular views of the course. For more information, visit

TPC SUGARLOAF, GWINNETT COUNTY Located about 45 minutes north of Atlanta in the Gwinnett County city of Duluth, this gated community is considered by many to be the epitome of luxury living in Georgia. Grand in scale, these established estate-style homes offer a pleasing mix of traditional Southern, Georgian and European architecture, set on lavishly landscaped lots of a half-acre and larger. No detail is overlooked, from soaring atrium


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Cross Creek­—The best-kept secret in Buckhead entrances, multiple fireplaces and expansive grilling patios perfect for watching the action on the fairways. Pools, saunas and home theaters are other popular amenities in the neighborhood. Prices range from the high $600s to more than $5 million, with many in the high-$1 millions. But the community is best known for its spectacular course, the first U.S. course designed by the legendary Greg Norman and home of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic PGA Tournament. The two nine-hole courses—The Stables and The Meadows—are the crown jewels, renowned for challenging play and stunning landscaping. A third course, The Pines, is slightly shorter in length, but just as beautiful and challenging. But golf isn’t Sugarloaf’s only world-class offering. The handsomely appointed clubhouse offers casual and formal dining rooms, private conference rooms and a full-service banquet 16 | Newcomer Magazine |

facility, complete with an outdoor verandah with romantic panoramic views. The sports center offers a state-of-the-art fitness facility and a nationally recognized tennis center with all-weather and hydro-clay courts. And they didn’t forget something for the little ones—the aquatics center features tree pools, waterfalls, slides and spouts to splash around in. An active women’s club hosts numerous welcome events year round. Just outside the community, the brand-new Revel development offers more than 300,000 square feet of curated shopping, entertainment, and chef-driven dining. From there, it’s a short hop to I-85 to reach the city. For more information, visit

CROSS CREEK, FULTON COUNTY For a golf-centered lifestyle in the heart of the city, look no further than Cross Creek. Often re-

ferred to as “The best-kept secret in Buckhead,” Cross Creek is a gated condo and townhome community on 122 acres of mature landscaping in the northwest corner of Atlanta, with easy access to Buckhead, Midtown, downtown and I-75. Since the ‘70s, those in the know have recognized it as one of the best places in Atlanta for a little rest and relaxation—and, of course, golf. Despite being in the city, Cross Creek combines a peaceful setting with an array of amenities and services for both residents and guests including tennis courts, fitness center and three swimming pools. The on-site Café offers casual dining for lunch and dinner with breathtaking views of the golf course, and the adjacent clubhouse offers pub fare, live music and a lively late-night crowd. Cross Creek is perfect for those seeking a streamlined, low-maintenance lifestyle. The extensively renovated condos and townhomes seamlessly blend the expansive rooms and

DESPITE BEING IN THE CITY, CROSS CREEK COMBINES A PEACEFUL SETTING WITH AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES AND SERVICES FOR BOTH RESIDENTS AND GUESTS INCLUDING TENNIS COURTS, FITNESS CENTER AND THREE SWIMMING POOLS. “good bones” of the original units with modern style, including granite countertops, new appliances and hardwood floors. Charming patios and sunrooms replace expansive yards, so residents are free to enjoy the golf and tennis or enjoy Buckhead’s upscale shopping and dining or check out a concert or art exhibit at Midtown’s Woodruff Arts Center. The 18-hole, par-three golf course has something to offer players of all ages and skill levels. The combination of gently rolling hills, ponds, grass mounds and woods makes this

a challenging 2,000-yard, par-54 course. Specifically designed to sharpen a player’s short game, the course is particularly challenging for those who might rely a little too heavily on their driver. Residents enjoy discounted rates for greens fees and memberships. The welcoming environment is perfect for those new to the sport, and due to the size of the course, the pace of play is quick enough that playing a round doesn’t need to be an all-day affair. For more information, visit

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SPOTLIGHT Lawrenceville By Christine Fonville


The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

estled within 13 square miles in the heart of Gwinnett County, Lawrenceville is a city that celebrates history while embracing a forward-thinking attitude. Numerous ongoing projects include a performing arts center, downtown hotel and miles of mobility connecting Lawrenceville not only to its neighboring cities, but also to its past and future.

Housing Downtown Lawrenceville is brimming with new development, including homes ranging from the $200,000s and up. Blending residences and retail, SouthLawn Townhomes are charming in their craftsman-style, yet modern with open-concept designs. A townhome or singlefamily home with spa-quality baths and modern finishes in the City View subdivision will grant easy access to historic downtown Lawrenceville. Currently in development and starting in the $400,000s is The Winn, townhomes which will offer luxury and contemporary comfort steps away from the landmarks and boutiques on the town square.

Local Treasures

Ironshield Brewing

A recently completed amphitheater has enhanced the Lawrenceville Lawn, a city park that is home to community events such as Chill’n the Ville. Freeman Grist Mill is a historic focal point on the banks of the Alcovy River. The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is a landmark worth visiting with a museum, monuments, exhibits and more. Rhodes Jordan Park is home to Harvest Gwinnett’s first community garden, an initiative to increase environmental education and improve access to healthy foods. The Lawrence Hotel

Rhodes Jordan Park

OFF THE BEATEN PATH Lawrenceville is the seat of Gwinnett County and is home to many historic structures and buildings that are still standing. The Lawrenceville Female Seminary building, constructed in 1855, now houses the Gwinnett History Museum.

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Located a block off the square, The Lawrence will be a boutique hotel with 120 rooms. It is attached to a newly completed, 380-space public parking deck.

Culinary Treats Nosh on elevated burgers, like the Celine Dijon featuring fried mozzarella, bacon jam, arugula and dijonnaise at Local Republic. Pull up a seat at the friendly and cute Peachtree Café to enjoy classic breakfast and brunch food or decadent crepes filled with fresh fruit and ingredients like warm sea salt caramel or house-made sweet cream cheese. True to its name, Strange Taco Bar offers fare not usually seen in a tortilla, like tasty Nashville Hot Chicken or Ginger Braised Duck. Located in a repurposed historic home, Boulder Creek Coffee is the place to caffeinate while unwinding on the wrap-around porch.

Arts and Entertainment The new Lawrenceville Performing Arts Center includes plans for a state-of-the-art 500seat mainstage theatre, cabaret theatre, office suites and educational spaces for classes. Enjoy weekly concerts and live entertainment in the spacious outdoor beer garden at Lawrenceville’s new brewpub, Ironshield Brewing. N | Newcomer Magazine | 19



Standardized Survival By E. Marcel Pourtout

HELPING YOUR CHILD CONQUER STANDARDIZED TESTS Standardized tests are a fact of life for children in both public and independent schools. A standardized test is one that is administered and graded in a consistent manner, usually given to students across an entire school or school system or even nationally, as opposed to one created by a teacher for a specific class. These tests are often used to determine whether your child passes to the next grade level, or what kind of college they will attend. As a result, they can be a source of stress for

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students and parents alike. Fortunately, most schools offer programs and resources to help children prepare for these critical tests.

ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL If your child is enrolled in a Georgia public school, there are a number of tests he or she will be required to take as part of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. Georgia Milestones spans grade 3 through high school, and is designed to determine how well a

student has absorbed the information taught in the classroom. Students in grades 3 through 8 currently take an end-of-grade test in English, language arts and math, while those in grades 5 and 8 are also tested in science and social studies. High school students are tested at the end of each year in subjects including literature and composition, algebra, geometry, biology, physical science and U.S. history. Students at independent schools may also be required to take standardized tests. Spring-

OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT, TEST-PREPARATION SERVICES LIKE KAPLAN AND THE PRINCETON REVIEW OFFER INSTRUCTION TO HELP STUDENTS PREPARE FOR COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS. mont, a Montessori school in Sandy Springs, administers the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to its primary and middle-school students each year. Another standardized test independent school students are likely to encounter is the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), which measures the abilities of students looking to enroll in an independent school.

COLLEGE APTITUDE TESTS Whether they’re from public or independent schools, all college-bound students are expected to take a college aptitude test like the SAT or the ACT as part of their application process. The SAT evaluates a student’s math, writing and critical reading skills, while the

ACT covers English, math, reading, science and an optional writing component. A great number of Atlanta-area public and independent schools offer prep courses or workshops, or have counselors who work with students to help them prepare for college-preparatory testing. Atlanta Public Schools offers test-prep opportunities that “which focus on content preparation plus simulation of the testing environment,” says Seth Coleman, media relations manager. “Our counselors have stayed abreast of the recent changes with both the ACT and SAT,” says Courtney Fowler, director of communications and marketing for The Lovett School. Lovett’s college counseling department

offers parent webinars, meets with families individually and connects families with free resources for test preparation, she says. At Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, in addition to having a challenging upper school curriculum, “we supplement what students are learning in the classroom by offering both the PSAT and mock ACT tests so students can get a feel for which test may best suit them,” says Jessica Ramm, director of college counseling. “Additionally, we provide students with access to a self-directed online test-prep platform that includes full-length practice exams and short tutorials, along with a full course of study students can navigate at their own pace.” Outside of the school environment, testpreparation services like Kaplan and The Princeton Review offer instruction to help students prepare for college entrance exams. The College Board, the organization that administers the SAT, offers a number of | Newcomer Magazine | 21

preparatory resources. TutorATL is a free service that provides tutoring and homework help as well as resources for students preparing for college entrance exams. It’s available to students from Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County Public Schools and Marietta City Schools, as well as members of Boys and Girls Club, as well as Atlanta Public Library and Cobb County Library patrons who are enrolled in a K-12 program.

TESTING TIPS One of the most important things a student can do to prepare for these tests is, of course, to absorb their lessons throughout the school year. “Learning the critical thinking skills necessary to master the curriculum sets the student up to be able to do well on the test,” says Ken Connor, director of college advising for Wesleyan School. But parents can implement several techniques at home to help their children prepare

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BY CREATING A TESTING SCHEDULE THAT ACCOUNTS FOR EACH STUDENT’S INDIVIDUAL ACADEMIC AND EXTRACURRICULAR COMMITMENTS, STUDENTS CAN CONFIDENTLY PREPARE FOR THESE TESTS. for standardized tests, whether they’re in-school assessments or college aptitude tests. “Parents can help students by providing them with a space that can provide parental overview without becoming too invasive,” Connor says. “Creating schedules for students that provide breaks also helps the student learn how to develop strong study habits.” Says Ramm,“We encourage students to prepare for these tests by planning ahead. By creating a testing schedule that accounts for each student’s individual academic and extracurricular commitments, students can

confidently prepare for these tests. We advise students to plan on sitting for two to three test dates, to create a schedule in which to study and to choose a method of preparation that best suits their schedule and learning style, which can include small classes, individual tutoring and/or self-directed study.” Above all, make sure your child maintains a positive attitude, gets enough sleep and has a proper breakfast on the day of the test. With the right physical and mental preparation, he or she will be well on their way to acing these important tests.

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The Quadrilingual Academy Early Immersion in Foreign Languages By Donna J. Neale


he Quadrilingual Academy seeks to combine nurturing childcare with purposeful foreign language immersion to foster international awareness and endless curiosity in the youngest of learners. Known as The Quad, the school was opened on Aug. 3 by owner Jessa Depew, a medical professional and busy mom who believes that the early years are the optimal time to introduce foreign languages to children. “Before age 3, children are capable of hearing the slight differences in words and pitch that become more difficult as they get older,” she says. “Additionally, the language centers of the brain start to harden around age 8, so young children are far more receptive to multiple languages than later in life.” The Quad offers Spanish, French, Chinese and English for infants, toddlers and early elementary students. Rather than asking families to choose a single language track, the school seeks to make each child a lifelong learner of all four languages. Depew has designed a full immersion setting where this learning can take place naturally. For babies and toddlers, the school uses the Lango Kids Curriculum, which is designed for children learning The Quad’s four languages. For toddlers age 3 through elementary school, it selected the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program for its curriculum. All of the teachers have college degrees, and many are experienced in early childhood education. “Our teachers are all native speakers,” Depew says. “They give the children lots of affection and make school fun, so the students learn a lot through play.” Each classroom is assigned a language theme. Students rotate

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between the rooms for lessons. For example, when children go to the French room, they are encouraged to speak, think and play entirely in French. (Due to COVID-19 considerations, teachers currently rotate rooms for lessons and students stay in their homeroom classrooms.) The baby and toddler groups engage in a mix of activity and care fused with portions of language-related teaching. At age 3, children transition into additional academic subjects while remaining immersed in the four languages. Daily instruction is supplemented with a focus on cultural history and holidays, including class celebrations, performances and designated Discovery Days. A variety of online resources are available for parents to reinforce their child’s foreign language skills. Stretched out over three floors, newly remodeled classrooms are equipped for the needs of each age group. The facility includes a 3,000-square-foot open play and performance area, an on-site cafeteria and a private outdoor playground. There are no registration fees or long-term contracts, and the monthly tuition includes meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks) and classroom supplies. When The Quad students transition to upper elementary school, “Of course, we’d like to see them continue progressing in the languages they’ve learned,” Depew says. “But we hope our kids will leave as kind, curious, international citizens.” N

THE SPECIFICS Grades: Ages 3 months to 7 years Student/Teacher Ratio: Infants 4:1; Elementary 15:1 Tuition: $1,300-$1,500 month Location: Smyrna

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As summer comes into full swing, it’s time to get out and enjoy the warm weather, have fun with the kids and explore your new city. We’ve put together our list of suggestions for 30 of Atlanta’s most unique places that every Atlantan should discover and experience. Whether you enjoy browsing for antiques, tasting some international cuisine or catching up on the local history, you’re sure to find plenty to do over the summer months. 26 | Newcomer Magazine |

Taste Atlanta’s Flavor ATLANTA FOOD TRUCK PARK AND MARKET Looking for a little bit of everything? This spot hosts various food trucks from throughout the city on different days offering a range of items, including tacos at Yumbii, popsicles at the King of Pops and the eponymous fries at the Fry Guy. 1850 Howell Mill Road, or

DINING AT INMAN PARK After a serious construction project, central Inman Park has become a hotspot for restaurants. Check out BeetleCat for oysters, Barcelona Wine Bar for tapas, Sotto Sotto for Italian and Bartaco for Mexican.

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ers-and-pizza definition of American cuisine, especially the cuisines of Asia. Try Vietnamese at Pho Dai Loi, Bangladeshi at Purnima, Japanese at Sushi Hayakawa or Chinese at Canton House—all just a short drive from one another.

KROG STREET MARKET An ideal spot for a solid dinner, hit up this destination just off the BeltLine for Tex-Mex cuisine at Superica, burgers and cheesteaks at Fred’s Meat & Bread, Middle Eastern dishes at Yalla or sake and sushi at Makimono. 99 Krog St., 770-434-2400,

PONCE CITY MARKET This open market has everything an adventurous foodie could desire. Let your taste buds run wild with gourmet Italian market Bellina Alimentari, South African beef jerky at Biltong Bar, deep-fried chicken sliders at Hop’s Chicken and fresh oysters at W.H. Stiles Fish Camp. 675 Ponce De Leon Ave., 404-900-7900,

WESTSIDE PROVISIONS DISTRICT Top foodie draws at this walkable destination just west of Midtown include Bacchanalia, widely regarded as Atlanta’s best restaurant; Ormsby’s, a hit with the bar crowd; and JCT Kitchen and Bar, perfect for a family dinner. 1100-1210 Howell Mill Road,

The Swan House, part of the Atlanta History Center

Shop ‘til You Drop CHAMBLEE’S ANTIQUE ROW DISTRICT This entire stroll can set you back a pretty penny. One place not to miss: the 12,000square-foot Broad Street Antique Mall, where you can find vintage jewelry, Civil War artifacts, Art Deco pieces and thousands of old postcards. 770-986-7460,

KUDZU ANTIQUES Need to decorate your new home? Recent trips to this Decatur destination unearthed railroad lanterns, an English oak China hutch, a walnut credenza from the ’60s, a midcentury modern desk and an orb chandelier. 2928 E Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-373-6498,

LENOX SQUARE AND PHIPPS PLAZA Located just across from one another, these two malls offer everything a shopper could desire. For more upscale stores, try Phipps for Gucci, Prada and Saks Fifth Avenue. For a wider variety, hit up Lenox for Armani Exchange, Banana Republic and your local Apple store. Lenox Square: 3393 Peachtree Road, 404-233-6767; Phipps Plaza: 3500 Peachtree Road, 404-261-7910; both:

LITTLE FIVE POINTS Known as Atlanta’s hipper, grungier neighborhood, Little Five probably has more thrift stores

than any other neighborhood in the city. Swing by Rag-O-Rama, Psycho Sisters and the Clothing Warehouse. Then head to The Vortex or Cameli's for dinner.

THE MIDTOWN MILE Stroll up and down the famed Midtown Mile, which stretches along Peachtree Street from the Fox Theatre up to the High Museum of Art. It’s filled with great shops, plus a variety of bars and restaurants, including The Lawrence and Oceanaire Seafood Room.

BUCKHEAD VILLAGE After years of planning, Atlanta finally got its own high-end retail center that can rival those found in other cities. Some of the chicest international brands have opened up shop in Buckhead, including Dior, Hermes and Jimmy Choo. 3035 Peachtree Road, 404-939-9270,

Music, Movies and More ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER As a new resident to Atlanta, you owe it to yourself to brush up on your new home’s history. Thankfully, this Buckhead museum has you covered. View Southern folk art, learn about the city’s role in the Civil War and relive the 1996 Olympic Games through tons of memorabilia. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404-814-4000, | Newcomer Magazine | 27

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In the past, this organization has held the world premieres of such plays as Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple,” Elton John’s “Aida” and Chad Beguelin’s “The Prom.” This summer, it will show a new production following this spring’s “Working: A Musical.” 1280 Peachtree St., 404-733-4650,

Atlanta’s premier art museum, the High’s permanent collection includes such French impressionists as Monet and Pissarro, and in late June it will open an exhibit celebrating the works of Calder and Picasso. 1280 Peachtree St., 404733-4400,

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Part of the elaborate Woodruff Arts Center, which also houses the High and the Alliance, our city’s orchestra highlights music from both the classic and current repertoire. This summer, you can come here to hear the works of Mahler and Queen plus the film scores of “Forrest Gump” and “The Godfather.” 1280 Peachtree St., 404-733-4900,

THE FABULOUS FOX THEATRE Launched in the 1920s, this historic landmark is famous for its soaring domes, gold-leaf details and trompe l’oeil art, which rightly earned its stature as “movie palace” back in the day. It’s now the best place in Atlanta to see Broadway shows on tour, including “Hamilton” starting in August, plus comedy shows such as Bill Maher and concerts like Boz Scaggs. 660 Peachtree St., 404-881-2100, 28 | Newcomer Magazine |

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, which includes a “skynet” sculpture of streamers in the air. 1345 Piedmont Ave., 404-876-5859,


The city’s oldest operating and only independent cinema has been around since 1939. Planning to see the new “Top Gun” sequel this July? Go local and see it here. 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., 470-410-1939,

Atlanta’s premier outdoor concert venue, Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park is surrounded by plush greenery and twilight. This summer you can catch acts such as Barenaked Ladies, Alicia Keys and John Legend. 4469 Stella Drive, 404-733-5012,

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THE ATLANTA BELTLINE Once completed, the BeltLine will connect public parks and neighborhoods along a 22-mile rail corridor around the city proper. While uncompleted, various trails have already opened, including the Eastside Trail, which goes from Piedmont Park to Old Fourth Ward and is lined with public art.

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN Enjoy the serene effects of immersing yourself in orchids and walking through a Japanese garden. Check out the destination’s new exhibit,

A vestige of the city’s 1996 hosting of the Olympics, this Downtown park is central to both the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Relax, and don’t be afraid to get a little wet. 265 Park Avenue West, 404-223-4000,

DINE ALFRESCO AT PIEDMONT PARK Enjoy a summer afternoon on the green with the family, a blanket and a hearty lunch amidst a park designed by the same man who created New York’s famed Central Park. 404-875-7275,

Georgia Aquarium

LAKE LANIER Located 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, Lake Lanier offers a cool, family-friendly spot on a hot day for swimming, boating, fishing, walking or just lazing on the beach with a cocktail, plus overnight accommodations. 770-945-8787,


FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY No child can resist the allure of dinosaurs, and the museum’s central plaza features a family of bronze dinosaurs ready to greet visitors upon arrival. Other exhibits include the new Games in the Gallery and Crocs: Ancient Predator in a Modern World. 767 Clifton Road, 404-929-6300,

ZOO ATLANTA Of all the myriad species on display at our zoo in Grant Park—including leopards, ostriches and orangutans—the giant pandas never fail to delight. Observe Lun Lun and Yang Yang and also check out the new Savanna Hall. 800 Cherokee Ave., 404-624-5600,


Sign up your child for a Create-a-Puppet Workshop, and watch as their imaginations take flight. Afterwards, browse the museum to see original pieces from Jim Henson. This summer the center will host performances of The Ugly Duckling starting in June and Mother Goose beginning in August. 1404 Spring St., 404-873-3391,

Deemed the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere, this destination offers glimpses of dolphins, penguins and sea otters—all in their natural habitats. You can even pet the stingrays. Divided into seven sections, the aquarium offers behind-the-scenes tours plus shows and presentations. Be sure to check out the beluga whales and whale sharks. 225 Baker St., 404-581-4000,



The museum features everything necessary to start your child down a path toward deeper learning, including activities about robotics, language and agriculture. This year it will host two new exhibits: Thomas Edison's Secret Lab and Rube Goldberg: The World of Hilarious Invention. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, 404-659-5437,

Located on the top floor of Phipps, this spot boasts plenty for Lego enthusiasts to enjoy, including the Great Lego Race VR Experience, Miniland, Lego 4D Cinema and Kingdom Quest. This summer will bring a new event, Pirates Ahoy! 3500 Peachtree Road, 404-848-9252,

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Sunrise at the fishing pier at St. Augustine Beach, Florida.



St. Augustine, Florida, is a terrific summer vacation destination. But it doesn’t have to be all about the sand and surf. Billed as our nation’s oldest city (it was founded in 1565, 55 years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock), this popular vacation destination offers so much in the way of captivating history, inspiring architecture and exciting recreational activities 30 | Newcomer Magazine |

that travelers are at liberty to choose their own adventure—if you can narrow it down. Your choice of lodging will become the hub of your vacation adventures. Whether you’re looking for accommodations with a funky vibe or swanky sophistication, or just a family-functional launch pad, St. Augustine has no shortage of choices to meet your needs. If it’s the ocean you’re after, the Guy Harvey Resort is a good spot for immersing yourself in

Fishermen kaya king at St. Augustin across the river e, Florida life at the beach. Just steps away from the sandy shore, it includes easy access to kayak and paddleboard eco-tours, guided nature walks, fishing charters and parasailing. Along with enviable views, each of the comfortable rooms comes equipped with a microwave and mini-fridge. Kid suites and pet-friendly considerations make

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this location perfect for the whole family. If it’s just the two of you, the Carriage Way Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a grand escape. Each room in this charming Victorian house is adorned with warm, jewel-themed colors and elegant antiques. Decadently soft sheets, a pair of plush bathrobes and a decanter of cream sherry add to the intimate feel. Enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast served tableside every morning and fresh-baked cookies every afternoon. Conspire with the concierge to arrange for champagne and roses, and, if you choose to venture out, a cozy carriage ride through the city’s beautiful streets. The World Golf Village Renaissance Resort will get sports fans into the swing of things. Guests enjoy easy access to two golf courses designed by legendary golf champions, as well

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as the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and the Village’s own IMAX theater. This familyfriendly resort offers luxurious and modern amenities, including pillowtop mattresses, Internet access and a sparkling outdoor pool. Movie lovers are invited to “eat, drink and be Murray” at the golf-themed Murray Bros. Caddyshack diner, where meals are made from scratch and movie memorabilia adorn the walls. Once you’ve settled into your digs, it’s time to explore. Old Town Trolley Tours will help you navigate St. Augustine’s historic downtown, filled with Spanish architecture, brick-lined streets, great restaurants and museums and boutiques aplenty. Enjoy the fully narrated 90-minute tour in one sitting, or take advantage of the “hop on, hop off” privileges. The orange and green open-air trolleys stop at 22 fascinating

locations all over the city, making it convenient to disembark, explore an area to your heart’s content and then catch a ride to the next stop on your agenda. Your paid tickets include a free shuttle to the beach and the Alligator Farm Zoological Park, as well as admission to the St. Augustine History Museum. Travel back 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica, at the exciting Pirate and Treasure Museum. Not only does this museum boast over 800 authentic, one-of-a-kind pirate artifacts, it’s also chock full of interactive experiences to plunge you into the golden age of piracy. Whether hunting for treasure or seeing a real treasure chest, tying seaworthy knots, lighting a cannon or raising the Jolly Roger, visitors young and old will discover their inner swashbucklers on this self-guided tour. | Newcomer Magazine | 31


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Be sure to investigate the world’s first Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, too. Located in the historic Castle Warden, the museum houses hundreds of oddities, visual illusions and bizarre-but-real artifacts collected from all over the globe. Grab a seat on the popular Red Train Tour, a one-hour sightseeing jaunt that visits over 100 points of interest, as your knowledgeable conductor shares the city’s historical facts and fascinating stories with energetic humor. Upend your history adventure at Escape U, a live-action game for couples, families and friends. You’re placed in a themed room with 60 minutes on the clock. Using a variety of clues, puzzles and physical objects, you work together to solve the mystery and get out of the room before time runs out. Faithful recreation of landmarks like the Old Jail coupled with erarealistic interactive activities allow participants to relive the city’s rich history in a unique and unforgettable way. You’ll likely find yourself famished from your exciting escapades. Fortunately, St. Augustine 32 | Newcomer Magazine |

offers a satisfying selection of eateries for every appetite. For American fare cooked up just the way you like it, visit the casual One Twenty Three Burger House. Choose from the popular house burgers or build your own stack from a long list of tasty toppings. Not in the mood for a burger? Satisfy your hunger with a wood-fired pizza, a signature sandwich or a selection of flavorful wings. The whole family will delight in sweets from the dessert bar. St. Augustine Fish Camp pairs the freshest of seafood and sides with lively Southern hospitality. The lunch and dinner menus feature dishes that run the gamut from fried gator tail to specialties like Fish Camp Shrimp and Grits with white wine butter sauce. There are plenty of choices for non-fish lovers and kids, too. The Maple Street Biscuit Company attacks the appetite from a different angle, offering “comfort food with a modern twist” with its unique breakfast and lunch sandwiches and homey atmosphere. Thick, flakey biscuits are

made fresh all day, every day, and stacked with creative combinations of all-natural meats, cheeses, and homemade jellies, jams, gravies, and sauces. Other hearty delights include biscuits and gravy, made-from-scratch waffles, Smoky Mountain Mac ‘n Cheese, and “field to fork” salads. From its lush, tropical patio seating to its classy, understated dining room, O.C. White’s Seafood and Spirits offers an elegant ambiance that is hard to resist. Fresh seafood is the star of the menu, but chicken dishes, gourmet burgers and hand-cut filet mignon are also showcased. Enjoy O.C.’s Sunday brunch, or spend an evening relaxing with a refreshing cocktail accompanied by live music and the sunset view. Make no mistake, the appeal and timelessness of St. Augustine will forever alter your summer vacation expectations. You’ll find yourself wanting to return again and again, and every time you do, you’ll find a whole new adventure awaits.

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et alongside 268-acre Chastain Park, The Chastain shares not the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Creating an inviting yet safe dining only a name with the area but also a rich history. Headed by experience became a priority. “We have two large patios for our guests: Executive Chef Christopher Grossman, the New American the Old Oak Terrace, which features a tented dining space with tables Bistro-style restaurant celebrates its locality with its cuisine and aesthetic. and heaters, and the more casual South Side Terrace,which flanks the Officially opening in the fall of 2020, the space housing The Chasfront walk with a fire pit and lounge seating for cocktail hours and tain and its story serve as a significant influence to the look and feel morning cafe service,” said Grossman. Inside the restaurant, all CDC of the restaurant. The building started off as a small country store and guidelines are followed closely, including masks for staff and guests grocery before transforming into a service station and then a number of eateries. In 1995, it became home to the Horseradish Grill which operated for 25 years, earning local loveand national recognition before being sold to its current owners. The same, welcoming neighborhood atmosphere the Horseradish Grill was known for has stayed intact through the renovations to transform the space into The Chastain. The Chastain’s look and design are that of an open and inviting modern barn, achieved through the use of contemporary finishes juxtaposed against pieces of the original structure. Renovations included an opening of the 2,500-square-foot main floor space by adding floorto-ceiling, iron-rimmed windows. The roofline was raised to highlight the onsite garden and integrate the indoor dining space with the outdoor areas. The garden on the property serves as just one example of how fresh ingredients dominate the evolving, seasonal menu. Some dishes, such as the decadent pain au chocolate croissant on the A.M. menu and the popular lobster agnolotti with butterpoached Maine lobster, fine herbs, chanterelles and sugar snap peas on the dinner menu will stay on permanently. The Chastain’s menus also Above: The Chastain’s interior showcases its transformation into an open and inviting showcase Grossman’s experience as a chef and dedication to his mademodern barn. Left: Pecan-grilled New York strip with red wine-braised short rib, braised from- scratch mindset. sweet peppers, fondant potatoes, roasted broccoli and chevre. Pasta made in-house, which Grossman has an affinity for creating, is paired with ingredients like tender rabbit or black truffles. Southwhen not seated, distancing tables and limiting seating capacity. ern classics, like shrimp and grits or collard greens, are elevated with Despite the challenges that go along with running a new busiadditions like savory miso broth or a dash of chili oil. The cocktail ness in a pandemic, the crew of The Chastain is experiencing what menu includes modern spins on the clasmakes the area special—a warm THE DETAILS sics, but don’t pass up trying one of the welcome and feeling of acceptance Attire: Casual Hours: Mon.- Sat., 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for original concoctions like The Winchester from the neighborhood. “It has Atmosphere: Family-friendly breakfast and brunch; 5-10 p.m. for dinner Artillery Punch made with Old Bardstown been difficult to open a restauRecommendations: House sourdough, Location: 4320 Powers Ferry Road, Bourbon, Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Plantation pain au chocolate, lobster agnolotti, rant during a pandemic, but we’re Atlanta, GA 30342 Rum, lemon and Fever Tree Ginger Beer. made-from-scratch pastas Contact: 404-257-6416, incredibly grateful to our com In the midst of the purchase and changes Reservations: Encouraged but not required munity for the support they’ve Parking: Valet made to get The Chastain up and running, given so far,” said Grossman. N





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Elementary Schools 23 Middle Schools 7 High Schools 6 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,149 School & bus information 770-720-2112

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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%

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Located northwest of Atlanta, Cherokee County gets its name from the original inhabitants of the area, the Cherokee Indians. The county seat, then called Etowah, was established in 1833 and renamed Canton in 1834. Today, the city is enjoying its greatest economic boom in its history since more than $60 million was invested in residential and commercial development in 1998. Despite developing its own industrial base, Cherokee County remains idyllic and serene. Farming, especially poultry processing, remains a leading industry. Canton and the neighboring community of Woodstock have seen tremendous growth as subdivisions crop up to accommodate newcomers. In fact, nearly 60 percent of the county’s population are commuters. According to, the 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


PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 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

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Cobb County came into being in 1832 when the state County redistributed land once part Neighborhoods of the Cherokee Nation. Named after Thomas Willis Cobb, the county experi enced a devastating setback during the Civil War when 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, 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.


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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

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 470-254-3600 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 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 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 TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T Comcast (Xfinity) Direct TV Dish Network 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 Neighborhoods

Piedmont Park

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, Metro Atlanta 404-880-9000, South Fulton 770-964-1984, 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

Johns Creek

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

Gwinnett County

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 While the county was once the region. Neighborhoods largely rural with small towns, Since then, Suwanee country stores, farms and forests, has experienced tremen today it is home to about 600 dous growth, from 2,412 international companies and 450 residents in 1990 to more 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 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 Amidst the pristine setting equipment, is a must-see for any


PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education 678-301-6000 Elementary Schools 80 Middle Schools 29 High Schools 25 Per-pupil expenditures $8,926 City Schools of Buford Board of Education 770-945-5035 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Per-pupil expenditures

2 1 1 $9,397

Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. 1094 City of Buford 1122 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at 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 TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T Comcast (Xfinity) Direct TV Dish Network 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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Marc Anthony, State Farm Arena The Grammy Award-winning pop singer performs. Sept. 5, 800-745-3000,

Exhibits & Events Flicks on the Bricks, Downtown Duluth Enjoy an outdoor screening of “Black Panther” as this popular summertime film series returns. June 4,

Civil War History Day, Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History This daylong event features historians in period-appropriate uniforms presenting a variety of items, from the battlefield to the home front, that visitors can handle as they learn about the Civil War. Guests can also take hourly tours of the museum, enjoy special videos and watch a special firing demonstration. June 5, 770-427-2117,

Fridays N Duluth, Downtown Duluth

Theater & Concerts

James Taylor, Infinite Energy Center

Broadway’s Rock of Ages Band, Duluth Town Green

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Duluth Farmers Market, Downtown Duluth

The musicians that rocked Broadway during the run of the popular “Rock of Ages” jukebox musical perform as part of Duluth’s Summer Stage Concert Series. June 19,

Alanis Morissette, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Browse fresh and in-season produce, baked goods and other locally made food products at this popular event. 4 to 8 p.m. June 24 and July

Rob Schneider, Center Stage

The actor and comedian performs. June 25-26,

The alt-rock singer performs with Garbage and Liz Phair. Aug. 20, 404-733-5000,


Uptown Funk, Duluth Town Green

Movie Magic With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

The popular Bruno Mars tribute band performs as part of Duluth’s Summer Stage Concert Series. Aug. 21,

Hear iconic scores from such films as “Forrest Gump,” “Schindler’s List” and “The Godfather” at this socially distanced event. June 26,

Chris Stapleton’s All-American Roadshow, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre


Chicago, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre The band known for such hits as “Saturday in the Park” and “25 Or 6 To 4” performs. June 30, 404-733-5000,

The legendary singer-songwriter performs. Very special guest Jackson Browne opens. Aug.


Back-to-School Bubblepalooza, Duluth Town Green This free event features bubbles for your kids to play with along with yard games and a DJ providing live entertainment. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 28,

Flicks on the Bricks, Downtown Duluth

The country music star performs on a bill with “Sheryl Crow and Kendell Marvell. Aug. 27,

Enjoy an outdoor screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” as part of this popular monthly summertime film series.


August 6,

Our Good Earth: Rural Life and American Art, High Museum of Art

Civil War History Day, Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

The group performs hits such as “Crash Into Me” and “Ants Marching.” July 27,

This exhibit of prints, drawings and photographs from the museum’s collection explores the many ways in which Americans have imagined and engaged with life beyond the city limits over the course of a century. Through


Aug. 1, 404-733-5000,

Alicia Keys, Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park The Grammy Award-winning singer performs. July 29, 404-233-2227,

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PHOTO: Southern Museum

Dave Matthews Band, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Booth Artists’ Guild Annual Exhibition, Booth Western Art Museum See the works of painters and sculptors who are members of the Booth Artists’ Guild, a

Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art

Underexposed: Women Photographers From the Collection, High Museum of Art This exhibit showcases more than 100 photos from the High Museum’s collection, many of them never before on view, charting the history of photography through the work of women photographers. Through August, 404-733-5000,

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. Through Sept. 17,

Andrews’ Raiders Room, Marietta History Museum This permanent exhibit recreates the decor of an 1860s hotel room much like the one James Andrews stayed in (located in the same building that now houses the museum) before taking part in a famous Civil War event known as the Great Locomotive Chase. Ongoing, 770-794-5710,

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,

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,

Millar Science in Motion Gallery, Tellus Science Museum This exhibit examines 100 years of changes in transportation technology, from vintage automobiles to air travel and even space travel. Ongoing, 770-606-5700,

Pioneers, Influencers, and Rising Voices: Women in the Collection, High Museum of Art

Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month, Henderson County, N.C.

In observance of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote, this exhibit features artworks made exclusively by women, drawn from the High Museum’s collection. Ongoing, 404-733-5000,

Shaheen Collection of French Works, High Museum of Art This installation from the High Museum’s permanent collection focuses on French artwork of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ongoing, 404-733-5000,

PHOTO: Courtesy of Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

group that meets monthly for educational programs. Through Aug. 22, 770-387-1300,

Fair Play: The Bobby Jones Story, Atlanta History Center This exhibit examines the career of the inspirational figure who turned the sport of golf into a worldwide sensation. Jones remains the only golfer to achieve the Grand Slam by winning golf’s four major tournaments in the same calendar year. Ongoing, 404-814-4000,

Fundamentally Food, Children’s Museum of Atlanta Children up to 8 years old will love this hands-on 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,

Turning Point: The American Civil War, Atlanta History Center

Davidson Center for Space Exploration, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala. Explore the history of America’s “space race” and NASA’s plan to put a man on the moon and the International Space Station, and experience the mesmerizing view of a National Historic Landmark: an authentic Saturn V rocket, one of only three in the world. Included with museum admission.

View original artifacts including cannons, uniforms and swords, and learn about life on the front lines and on the home front as you immerse yourself in one of the nation’s largest Civil War exhibitions. Ongoing, 404-814-4000,

Ongoing, Tuesdays through Sundays, 800-637-7223,

Tour mockups of two modules of the International Space Station, as well as a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Ongoing, Tuesdays through

A Short Drive Away Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month, Henderson County, N.C. Explore traditional and contemporary craft along three distinct trails guiding visitors through the towns of Hendersonville and Flat Rock and into the Blue Ridge Mountain countryside, showcasing nationally renowned artists in their studios and galleries. Through July, 800-828-8244,

ISS: Science on Orbit, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Sundays, 800-637-7223,

Space Craze: A Space-Age Journey Through Pop Culture, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala. Take a close-up look at the public’s continued fascination with all things space-related. Ongoing, Tuesdays through Sundays, 800-637-7223, | Newcomer Magazine | 41

PHOTOS: (Far Left and Top RIght) Ramona King; (Bottom Right) Garret Lobaugh


Skyline Park



THE DETAILS LOCATION: 675 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308 HOURS: vary by day; admission is 21 and over only after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays TICKETS: admission is $15 for adults (over age 12) and $7 for12 and under; all-access passes are $30 for adults and $22 for children PHONE NUMBER: 770-999-1530 WEBSITE:

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By Michelle Bourg

ith a location more than 250 miles from the coast, Atlanta can’t claim an oceanfront boardwalk. But you can still enjoy old-fashioned boardwalk fun on a carnival midway with stunning views of the city, open every day at Skyline Park in the Old Fourth Ward, on the roof of Ponce City Market. After you’ve bought your tickets, anticipation mounts as you take the open elevator to roof level. Once there, it’ll be hard to decide what to do first. Get your bearings with a walk around, taking the opportunity to take in the views that stretch from downtown all the way to Buckhead and are even more dazzling at night. As you finish your stroll, the scent of hot mixed nuts or soft pretzels will be tempting you, so get a snack and also a libation to keep your thirst at bay. Fueled up for fun, get things started with a challenging round of 18 holes on the mini-golf course, followed by a zip down the Skyline Slide or a turn on the Heege Tower—pulling your seat up to the top for an even better view of the skyline before floating gently back down to terra firma. By now you’re likely hungry again—it’s just a few steps to the concession area for a short rib sandwich, walking taco or a hot dog, but if you’re craving more sophisticated fare, head to Nine Mile Station beer garden for sandwiches, pasta, ribs or steak, along with artisan cocktails and, of course, craft beers. | Newcomer Magazine | 43

Not too big. Not too small. For your next mountain getaway, Hendersonville is just right.


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