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Fall 2022 TM Inside: • KNOWAtlanta’s Education Guide • Atlanta’s Big Business Moves • The Condo Lifestyle • Best Cities for the Fall Season Making the Grade

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KNOW Atlanta 8 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Your Gateway to the World 10 How Atlanta Stacks Up 11 How Metro Atlanta Cities Stack Up 12 Best of Fall Check out the best metro Atlanta has to offer this season in some of our favorite cities 19 KNOW Where to Go Navigating metro Atlanta’s ITP and OTP locales
20 Move It Companies add and expand their business operations in metro Atlanta and beyond 24 Big Business in Atlanta The metro area’s Fortune 500 companies and top 20 employers 25 Atlanta: The Tech Mecca of the Southeast
26 Beyond the Building Atlanta’s condo communities offer a rare lifestyle opportunity in the South’s hottest city 32 Moving to Atlanta Timeline 33 Metro Atlanta Guide to Utilities 34 Get Schooled Metro Atlanta homebuilders take education into account for their new home communities 37 KNOWAtlanta’s Guide to New Homes 42 Builder and Developer Locator Map 43 Mortgage/Finance Making a Move is a Win-Win with the Right Game Plan 44 Leasing Luxury apartment community The Alastair offers ITP services in an ideal OTP location 44 55+ Living Get a glimpse of how active adults live thanks to some incredible model homes 26 12

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4 KNOWAtlanta FALL 2022 Get to KNOW Education 54 KNOWAtlanta’s 2022 Education Guide 56 Public School Spotlight 57 Georgia School Glossary 57 Independent School Accreditations and Memberships 58 In with the New Metro Atlanta’s private schools introduce a plethora of new offerings 64 Something Special Metro Atlanta is home to a diverse range of schools designed for students with special needs 69 Choosing a Private School 88 Select Metro Atlanta Private Schools Map 90 Life University Adds Two New Health Science Programs for Aspiring Students 92 Metro Atlanta’s Colleges and Universities Map 93 Get to KNOW Metro Atlanta’s Counties 112 Ad Index 58 64 90 CONTENTS

COBB Creekwood 55 or Better

From the Mid $300’s Powder Springs


Seaboard Junction 55 or Better From the Mid $300’s Loganville


Traditions of Braselton Golf Community From the Mid $300s - $700s Jefferson

PAULDING Oakleigh Pointe From the Mid $400s Dallas

High Shoals Coming Soon Dallas

You Just Love Atlanta in the Fall?

There’s a great line in the Nora Ephron classic “You’ve Got Mail” that gets me every time. It’s probably not the one you think. It comes early in the film when Tom Hanks’ character writes to Meg Ryan’s character, “Don’t you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to go buy schools supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

I feel the same way about Atlanta when summer ends and autumn arrives. It really does make me want to head straight to the nearest big box store and pick up folders, notebooks, Ticonderoga #2 pencils and loose leaf paper. Of course, if you’re new to the ATL, you’ll need more than a trip to the school supply aisle as you navigate the metro area’s bustling education community. Fortunately, you have KNOWAtlanta and our annual Education Guide, which covers everything you must know about the ATL’s private schools, public schools and institutes of higher education. As always, we start with a comprehensive listing of the area’s private schools on page 69. We also look at major happenings and changes being made at many of those independent schools, from new capital improvements to innovative curriculum additions; find out more in our education feature on page 58. And you won’t want to miss our articles about local schools that cater to students with special needs, the area’s public schools and the newest additions to Life University’s Health Science programs. It’s the primer you need as you make important education decisions for your family.

While school is on everyone’s mind this time of year, that doesn’t mean things are slowing down elsewhere in metro Atlanta. In fact, economic development continues to move at a fast pace, and we introduce you to the impressive companies that have decid ed to relocate to or expand within Atlanta and the surrounding areas on page 20. You’ll also find everything you need to know about condo living in the ATL, one of the newest corporate housing hot spots and what it’s like to live in one of the area’s many active adult communities. And when you want to enjoy some downtime this season, you’ll definitely want to visit the cities featured in our Best of Fall article on page 12.

Back-to-school season is so exciting. I wish you and your family nothing but the best as this academic year gets un derway. And as you get settled in your new home in Atlanta, I hope someone sends you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

ne of metro Atlanta’s greatest assets is HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport. Serving more than 100 million passengers each year, the airport boasts nonstop flights to over 150 domestic destinations and 70 international destinations in more than 50 countries. In 2020, the airport was recognized as the busiest airport in the world for the 22nd consecutive year. Of course, it makes sense that Atlanta, the leading city in the Southeast, offers such an incredible facility. Just as the city itself is a diverse locale with millions of residents who hail from all over the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a welcoming sight for passengers from all walks of life. Take a look at everything this outstanding airport has to offer.


75+ international destinations in 50+ countries with nonstop service 80 percent of the U.S. population within a twohour flight 895,502 flights annually 2,700+ average daily flights 107 million passengers annually 275,000 daily passengers 107 million passengers annually Seven concourses 167 domestic gates 40 international gates Two terminals Five runways


Atlanta International Airport

a bona fide destination

a brand representing the world’s greatest shopping

to ATL



the facility and across its seven concourses,

are more than 300 restaurants, shops and services. Some of the well-known offerings




Busiest Airport

World’s Most Efficient Airport

Home to the tallest air traffic control tower in North America and the fourth tallest in the world

In addition to being the home of Delta Air Lines’ corporate headquarters, ATL welcomes flights from an array of domestic and international airlines:


Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Boutique Air

Delta Air Lines

Frontier Airlines

JetBlue Airways

Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

United Airlines

Air Canada

Air France

British Airways

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Korean Air

Lufthansa German Airlines

Qatar Airways

Turkish Airlines

Virgin Atlantic


Atlanta International Airport is an economic juggernaut. It is the largest employer in Georgia and is one of the world’s most well-known global transport centers. And the economic impact can be felt throughout metro Atlanta.

The airport boasts more than 63,000 onsite jobs.

More than 18,000 South Fulton County residents work onsite at the airport, accounting for 28.8 percent of the county’s workforce.

The average income for an airport-based job is $71,500.

The airport supports more than 448,000 jobs across

Southeast, accounting for 20 percent of the jobs in the region.

The facility provides a $51.5 billion economic boost for metro Atlanta.

Overall, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport generates over $82 billion in annual economic impact for the entire Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion (PAM).

More than 103,600 jobs support the airport’s cargo activity.

Atlanta International Airport Economic Impact Study, released in 2020

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How Atlanta Stacks

More for Your Money

money on everything from movie tickets to a box of cereal with a move to Atlanta, one of America’s most affordable cities. This bustling metropolis offers world-class entertainment, shopping, sports and dining at a fraction of the cost of other cities. As your living expenses decline, relish your newfound access to the finer things — whether it be an Atlanta Braves game at Tru ist Park or a Broadway play

Fox Theatre.

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Up REDUCE 80% ENLARGE TYPE 120% 2021 Median Sold Home Price $0 $300000 $600000 $900000 $1200000 $1500000 San Francisco New York City Washington, D.C. Seattle Chicago Atlanta $375,000 $305,000 $785,000 $705,000 $770,000 $1.5 million Apartment Rent (2 Bedrooms) $0 $1000 $2000 $3000 $4000 $5000 $6000 San Francisco New York City Washington, D.C. Seattle Chicago Atlanta $2,430 $2,568 $3,949 $3,512 $5,700 $4,638, August 2021 With affordable housing and a low cost of living, Atlantans get more while spending less. To under stand why more than five million people call metro Atlanta home, see below how it surpasses other major cities in almost every way that counts. Average Cost of Monthly Parking $0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 San Francisco New York City Washington, D.C. Seattle Chicago Atlanta $130 $307 $237 $318 $570 $350 SpotHERO and
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AIRPORT CODE: ATL Seattle $77,108 Chicago $60,539 New York City $120,441 Washington DC $78,998 San Francisco $95,686 Atlanta $50,000 Source: CNN Money $50,000 Salary in Atlanta Equals

How Metro Atlanta Cities Stack Up

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Metro Atlanta includes more than 50 cities. Compare some of these communities by median home prices, median household income, population and growth with the data below. Woodstock Alpharetta Lawrenceville Cumming Sandy Springs Gainesville Douglasville Decatur Dunwoody Peachtree City East Point Marietta Suwanee Bar tow Cherokee Forsyth Hall Gwinnett Cobb Paulding Douglas DeKalb Rockdale Fulton Fulton Henr y Clayton Fayette Atlanta $0 $100000 $200000 $300000 $400000 $500000 $600000 Woodstock Suwanee Sandy Springs Peachtree City Marietta Lawrenceville Gainesville East Point Dunwoody Douglasville Decatur Cumming Alpharetta Atlanta 2021 Median Sold Home Prices $399,900 $525,000 $475,000 $330,000 $300,000 $550,000 $249,000 $365,000 $344,000 $400,000 $457,000 $599,000 $495,000 $396,000 $0 $25000 $50000 $75000 $100000 $125000 Woodstock Suwanee Sandy Springs Peachtree City Marietta Lawrenceville Gainesville East Point Dunwoody Douglasville Decatur Cumming Alpharetta Atlanta Median Household Income $66,657 $113,802 $47,273 $106,000 $59,948 $96,057 $43,453 $51,520 $52,585 $57,452 $101,121 $78,613 $90,436 $76,191 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% Woodstock 33,039 Suwanee 20,907 Sandy Springs 109,452 Peachtree City 36,223 Marietta 60,867 Lawrenceville 30,834 Gainesville 43,232 East Point 34,875 Dunwoody 49,356 Douglasville 33,992 Decatur 25,696 Cumming 6,547 Alpharetta 67,213 Atlanta 506,811 Population Growth (2010-2019) 18.7% 17.1% 18.2% 30.9% 11.8% 6.3% 4.3% 27.0% 13.3% 7.8% 5.4% 16.7% 36.3% 38.8%

Best of Fall


There is no better place to be this autumn than Atlanta. The air is crisp and cool, the leaves look like jewels and there’s a genuine warmth that no other locale can provide. Even bet ter, the cities that comprise the metro area have their own special and unique ways to celebrate fall, giving you a cornucopia of op tions to get the most out of the final months of the year. Whether you’re looking for a great spot to catch the big SEC game, the most ideal setting to take in the fall foliage or a fantastic festival for some family fun, the following cities and towns know just where you go should go.


Located 43 miles northeast of Atlanta at the convergence of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson counties, this North Georgia town welcomes thousands of visitors each year and has become one of the metro area’s most coveted residential locations. Braselton’s best of fall options include:

Best outdoor restaurant patio: Cotton Calf Kitchen

A contemporary yet classic American steakhouse, the Cotton

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Château Élan Winery & Resort

Calf Kitchen resides in a converted historic space with an outstanding patio overlooking the Town Green.

Best game day spot: Jack’s Public House

Enjoy access to huge televisions to watch the big game while you sip on craft beer and munch on wings, burgers and more.

Best place to shop for a new fall wardrobe: Image Boutique

Friendly and inviting, you’ll find everything from cozy sweaters to the perfect outerwear to spruce up your autumn closet.

Best place to get your pumpkin spice fix: Joy Company Market

A country store focused on Georgia-grown and made foods and products, Joy Company Market puts pumpkin center stage each fall.

Best spot to enjoy the changing leaves: Château Élan Winery & Resort

One of the area’s most well-known and beloved wineries, Château Élan offers a spectacular set ting for watching the leaves change as you sip on a delicious glass of vino.


One of the metro area’s most dynamic and sought-after cities, Chamblee is a multicultural mecca that boasts a truly diverse community with notable international flair and a unique quality of life. Chamblee’s best of fall options include:

Best hiking, biking or multipurpose trail: Chamblee Rail Trail

Known as the Keswick Park Extension Trail, this paved pathway through the downtown area offers an ideal way to get outside and enjoy metro Atlanta’s beautiful fall weather.

Best outdoor restaurant patio: BLUETOP Restaurant

Offering creative American fare and local craft brews, there’s no better way to spend an autumn evening than on the patio of this beloved local spot.

Best place to pick up fall sweet treats: Lee’s Bakery

This popular Vietnamese eatery will allow you to try some delicious fall-inspired sweets with an international twist.

Best fall season festival: Taste of Chamblee

This highly anticipated DeKalb County festival will introduce you to the diverse cuisine of Chamblee, as well as live performances, college football games on big screens, a kids zone and more.

Best spot to enjoy the changing leaves: Dresden Park

A 25-acre park replete with beautiful trees, this is the place to spend an afternoon leaf gazing with the family while enjoying a picnic, a stroll along the paved walking trail or the play ground.

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Chamblee Rail Trail Cotton Calf Kitchen

Peachtree City

An acclaimed master-planned community, Peachtree City is located 30 miles south of Atlanta in Fayette County and is known for its laidback lifestyle and tranquil atmosphere. Peachtree City’s best of fall options include:

Best outdoor restaurant patio: The Georgia Shrimp Company

Soak up the fall weather on the patio of this delightful seafood restaurant, which features a fantastic bar selection and fresh fish specials with a Euro/South African flair.

Best of the Fall Conference Season

When the fall conference season is in full swing, there’s no better metro Atlanta locale than Peachtree City. Home to two spacious conference center properties, eight hotels, more than 100 restaurants and more, the city is an ideal spot for companies and organizations of all sizes to meet during the final months of the year. And with its location only 25 minutes from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Peachtree City is as convenient as it is welcoming.

Best fall season festival: Magnolia Arts Festival

Held at Drake Field in Peachtree City, the fes tival includes a juried fine arts market, student art exhibit, demonstrations, live performances, great food and more.

Sprawling Vineyards, Gourmet Delicacies & Romantic Chateaus


If you’ve been dreaming of visiting the French countryside, save yourself the flight and explore a picturesque Georgia mountain town that has all the charm but is much closer to home. Say “oui” to Braselton, located in North Georgia, less than an hour from Atlanta.

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Taste of Chamblee

Best holiday spot or event:

WWII Heritage Days

Hosted at the Commemora tive Air Force Airbase Georgia Warbird Museum at Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, this unique event celebrates the 1940s and salutes the Greatest Generation. wwii-heritage-days

Best place to enjoy the changing leaves: Peachtree City’s cart paths

Locals and visitors alike can traverse the com munity with ease and whimsy along more than 100 miles of paved golf cart paths, which are lined with trees that boast the most beautiful fall season colors.

Best place to get your pumpkin spice fix: Blume Organics Boutique & Café Shopping while sipping a pumpkin spice latte

has never been easier thanks to this delightful café, which features fresh and organic food and beverages.

Powder Springs

One of Cobb County’s most coveted locales, Powder Springs is a burgeoning city located 25 miles northwest of Atlanta that is known for its excellent residential opportunities and outdoor recreation. Powder Springs’ best of fall options include:

Best outdoor restaurant patio: Suga’s Cheese Shoppe & Café

What’s better than gourmet pimento cheese on a beautiful fall day? Eating that delicacy outside on the patio of Suga’s Cheese Shoppe & Café.

Best hiking, biking or multipurpose trail: Silver Comet Trail

Take in fall along this famed 61.5-mile-long


Chamblee is a vibrant, inclusive, multi-cultural city located just outside of Atlanta. With easy access to all that Atlanta has to offer, including unique dining experiences, seasonal event, outdoor attractions, and convenient accommodations.

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Peachtree City’s cart paths

trail for bikers, joggers and walkers, which traverses Cobb, Paulding and Polk counties to the Georgia-Alabama State line.

Best fall season festival: Fall Festival Trunk-or-Treat and Spooktacular Chase

The place to be this Halloween is at Thur man Springs Park, which is home to this fantastic family fun run and costumed trick-or-treat event.

Best place to shop for a new fall ward robe: Hand-Me-Up’s This can’t-miss consignment shop located in historic downtown Powder Springs is the perfect place to boost your fall attire without breaking the bank.

Best place to pick up fall sweet treats: Sweet Southern

A charming coffee and dessert shop, Sweet Southern offers up delightful fall-inspired cakes, baked goods, ice cream and more.


Known as the Jonquil City, Smyrna is one of metro Atlanta’s fastest-growing cities, located just 16 miles from downtown Atlanta and

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Powder Spring’s Fall Festival Trunk-or-Treat Silver Comet Trail


includes a huge outdoor screen and plenty of tailgate activities.

Best hiking, biking or multipurpose

Concord Road Linear Trail

Located at Concord Road Linear Park, this multi-use trail features paved side walks, open spaces, benches and a public art installation—a great combination for a beautiful fall day.

Best holiday spot or event: Coming Home for the Holidays

Featuring an annual tree lighting and plenty of seasonal activities, this beloved event takes place around City Hall and into Market Village; this year’s event takes place on November 29.

Best place to shop for a new fall ward Heart & Sole Boutique

Dress yourself in fall favorites from head to toe at this women’s clothing and shoe shop, located in a charming converted house in the heart of Smyrna.

Best place to get your pumpkin spice fix: Rev Coffee Roasters

This funky coffeehouse, which is housed in a converted garage, is a small-batch coffee roaster and one of the best places to grab your favorite pumpkin-inspired fall beverage. n

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Bag Concer t Series Fence Ar t Galler y in Thurman Springs Park Spooktacular Chase 5k/10k Fall Festival Trunk-or-Treat Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting, and more
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KNOW Where to Go




Do you want to live ITP? Or do you prefer to be OTP?

If you’re new to metro Atlanta, you may have no idea what either of those acronyms mean. Fortunately, KNOWAtlanta can help you be in the know when it comes to navigating the metro area’s most-loved locales and choosing the perfect place to call home.





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Name That Acronym!

If you’re ITP, that means you are Inside the Perimeter.

When you’re OTP, you’re Outside the Perimeter. So, what constitutes the Perimeter? That would be Interstate 285, or I-285, a major interstate highway loop that encircles Atlanta and connects I-75, I-85 and I-20 to the city. Any thing that falls within the loop is recognized as ITP.

Areas beyond the borders of the loop are considered to be OTP.




Location is Everything

Some of the most popular ITP cities, towns, districts and neighborhoods include Midtown Atlanta, Downtown Atlanta, Buckhead, Decatur, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, VirginiaHighland, Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward and East Point, among many others. The two main counties that fall ITP are Fulton and DeKalb counties, while small portions of Cobb and Clayton counties also fall within the Perimeter.

Savor Your Surroundings

The ITP lifestyle is synonymous with urban big city life, complete with industry, entertainment, culture, high-end residential offerings and more. The bustling atmosphere inside the Perimeter is replete with places to go and people to see. The area is popular with young couples and professionals who enjoy condo and townhome living, yet single-fam ily homes are becoming more prevalent in the area for those who want to enjoy the intown way of life.


The rest of metro Atlanta’s many counties fall outside the Perimeter, including Cobb, Cherokee, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Henry and several others. Sought-after OTP cities are such spots as Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Duluth, Suwanee, Cumming, Braselton, Gainesville, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Marietta, Smyrna, Fayetteville, Peachtree City and McDonough.

Those who choose the OTP lifestyle typically have an inclination for spacious homes with yards, local parks and green space and room to grow. And while these suburban spots often have been seen as providing a slower pace than metro Atlanta’s core, there has been an evolution in recent years, with many downtown areas undergoing redevelopment efforts that mix small-town charm with urban convenience.

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Move It


Metro Atlanta continues to strengthen its reputation as a business hub as companies relocate to the area to build new headquar ters and manufacturing facilities, as well as expand current ones. Local economies are fueled by those actions, resulting in job creation and new construction. And the area’s national rankings reflect that. In fact, metro Atlanta is ranked first in growth potential as a tech hub and fourth for corporate headquarters by Business Facilities Magazine. The Computing Technology Industry Association ranks Atlanta first in its tech diversity index, and Site Selection has named Georgia as the top state for doing business for eight consecutive years.

Year after year, the area’s economic growth buzzes along. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, metro Atlanta’s gross domestic product grew from $269 billion in 2010 to $397 billion in 2018. That’s a 47 percent total increase over eight years. That kind of impressive economic development is not only driven by the businesses and brands that already call Atlanta home, but it also attracts new companies and opportunities to the area. Here, we look at some of the big players and growing companies that have decided to make the move to metro Atlanta and nearby communities.

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries, a defense technology company, will invest $60 million in a new manufacturing and research facility in Atlanta. Anduril’s new Atlanta office

will be home to Area-I, a manufacturer of advanced unmanned aircraft systems purchased by Anduril in 2021 that acts as a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. More than 180,000 square feet inside industrial buildings will be trans formed into mixed-use office, research and development, manufacturing and production space, located at 1435 Hills Place Northwest in Atlanta.

The move is expected to create 180 new jobs in Fulton County over the next three years. Area-I will be hiring for a variety of engineering disciplines, including aerospace, electrical, mechan ical, software and systems backgrounds for research and development. The new space allows for the hiring of more skilled mechanical and avionics technicians.

Atlanta is an ideal spot for Anduril, as aerospace products are Georgia’s top ex port, totaling $9.19 billion in 2021 alone. According to the company, its mission is to transform U.S. and allied military

capabilities with advanced technology by creating a path for the efficient develop ment of cutting-edge artificial intelli gence, computer vision and networking technology.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim, a leading Germanybased pharmaceutical health devel opment and manufacturing company, recently started construction on a new 63,000-square-foot facility as part of a $57 million investment at its Animal Health Global Innovation Center in Athens.

Two existing administrative and laboratory spaces will be connected as

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part of this construction, and the existing innovation facilities will be renovated and expanded by 5,000 square feet. Expected to be completed by the spring of 2024, the company will add 55 new research and development positions. Boehringer Ingelheim manufactures vaccines, par asite-control products and therapeutics for pets, horses and livestock, and the expansion will bring additional research and development capabilities.

Since 2018, Boehringer Ingelheim has invested more than $100 million in facilities in Georgia. The company’s U.S. headquarters is located in Duluth, and its poultry vaccine manufacturing site is housed in Gainesville. The company focuses on human pharma, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract man ufacturing. Boehringer Ingelheim also works with the U.S. Department of Agri culture Wildlife Services for the distribu tion of oral rabies vaccine, and the USDA awarded the company a contract to help supply vaccines to the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank to prevent foot-and-mouth disease in American livestock.

Healthcare providers apply the company’s technologies in endoscopy, cardiology, peripheral interventions, oncology, urol ogy and neurology. In 2016, Boston Sci entific, headquartered in Massachusetts, purchased Georgia-based EndoChoice and currently employs approximately 300 workers across Georgia. More than 17,000 of the company’s products are used to treat approximately 30 million patients worldwide annually. Boston Scientific products treat benign and malignant tumors, gastrointestinal cancers and diseases, pulmonary diseases and lung cancers, digestion and nutrition, upper and lower GI bleeding and pancreatitis.

development along the GA Highway 16 corridor that is dedicated to promoting clean, environmentally friendly manu facturing. All projects within The Lakes must achieve a certain “eco” rating from the Griffin-Spalding Development Au thority, which provides a standard rating system for environmentally sustainable construction.

Boston Scientific

A manufacturer of medical devices used in interventional medical specialties, Boston Scientific will construct manu facturing and supply chain facilities in Johns Creek, investing $62.5 million in the project. The company will add an expected 340 new jobs over the next seven years.

Boston Scientific designs, develops and manufactures medical devices and ther apies used in less-invasive procedures.


Ecopol, an Italian manufacturer of bio degradable film used to wrap everyday products, will build the company’s first North American facility and invest more than $38 million in Spalding County. The facility, which will be built at The Lakes at Green Valley eco-industrial park, is expected to create 130 new jobs in the area. The location is a 570-acre mixed-use

A sustainability-focused company, Ecopol manufactures water-soluble and biodegradable film used to wrap products such as detergents, agrochemicals, cos metics and other consumer goods. The company strives to provide the consumer with a product that is easy to use, safe and environmentally friendly. For the new facility, Ecopol will be hiring for po sitions in production, maintenance and administration prior to the completion of construction.

80 Acres Farms

80 Acres Farms, a vertical farming compa ny, announced a $120 million investment in Covington with the development of a new facility that will generate more than four times as much food as the company’s

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largest facility in Hamilton, Ohio. The site will be capable of growing microgreens, leafy greens, vine crops and fruits yearround, boosting the company’s ability to meet consumer demand for local, fresh produce. The completion of the new facility, which is slated for early 2023, is expected to create 150 new jobs in Newton County, including hourly growing and harvesting jobs, as well as management positions in finance, sales and more. 80 Acre Farms’ name is derived not from the amount of land used to grow the farm’s products, but from the amount of food that is grown. In fact, the company is able to produce up to 300 times as much food per square foot as traditional farms, using 95 percent less water per pound of produce and minimizing food loss. The founders’ first farm was only a quarter acre, but as they used super-efficient ver tical farming techniques, it could grow as much as 80 acres of traditional farmland, according to the company’s website.

expected to make distribution and pro duction of meals and food products more efficient for the company. It also will be the company’s first single-tenant facility and will include state-of-the-art features like an upgraded food-safe material de sign, better facility flow and more.

Home Chef

Home Chef, a meal-producing compa ny owned by Kroger, will open its first facility to incorporate a full-service kitchen for cooking and batch produc tion at a 181,000-square-foot facility in Douglasville. As part of the company’s meal preparations, employees within the 6,000-square-foot kitchen will cook veg etables, starches and grains and produce sauces to be used in the company’s meals. Home Chef is expected to hire for nearly 700 jobs. The Douglasville location, which will be leased by Home Chef, is

Home Chef, acquired by Kroger in 2018, offers simple recipes in many formats, saving time for customers. The company’s products include Oven-Ready and Fast & Fresh meals, along with its Culinary Col lection for more adventurous home cooks. The company also creates add-ons like pro tein packs, salads and desserts. Customers can order meal kits or easy prep meal kits online or purchase in Kroger. Home Chef delivered over 10 million meals last year.

which is expected to open for operations at the end of 2023. The $450 million investment is expected to create 800 jobs. The new production facility will be located on a 120-acre site at 720 Perry Parkway in the I-75 GRAD Certified Site in Houston County. The GRAD Certified Site is a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development Certified park; properties must complete specific certification re quirements prior to a visit by a prospec tive business to earn the GRAD program certification.

Job opportunities at the facility will in clude positions in management, produc tion and production supervision, quality, maintenance, engineering and office sup port. Additionally, the company will take advantage of Georgia’s award-winning workforce project, Quick Start, which provides customized workforce training for companies.

Jack Link’s

Jack Link’s, a meat snacks manufacturer, will expand its global reach by building a new manufacturing facility in Perry,

Jack Link’s, a family-owned and operated company, makes a variety of high-quality meat snacks, including jerky, sausages, steak strips, bars and sticks. The company sells products in more than 40 countries and focuses on environmentally friendly manufacturing processes.

Home Chef

Okabashi Brands

Okabashi Brands, a third-generation family-owned shoe company, has an nounced that it will reinvest in its Buford facility, doubling production by adding new manufacturing lines. Okabashi will invest $20 million over the next five years in its Gwinnett County-based facility and is expected to add 340 new jobs to the area. The renovation will add new manu facturing lines and allow the company to increase production by 100 percent. New positions also will open in manufacturing and distribution.

The Georgia-based women-led compa ny has sold over 35 million pairs of shoes to major retailers via ecommerce and through major contract manufacturing customers. Okabashi Brands includes three lines: Okabashi, Oka-B and Third Oak, a turnkey contract manufacturing operation. Okabashi sandals are 100 percent recyclable, containing an average of 25 percent recycled content, part of the company’s sustainable manufacturing. The company is one of only one percent of footwear manufacturers operating in the U.S. today and has donated more than 100,000 pairs of shoes to frontline workers.

County. Located at 950 Logistics Parkway at the Georgia Ports Authority, the orga nization’s new state-of-the-art automated facility will span more than one million square feet of space. The company al ready operates a manufacturing facility in Albany and a distribution center outside of Atlanta.

Procter & Gamble’s numerous prod ucts are prominent in the American mar ketplace and found throughout American homes on bathroom and laundry room shelves, ranging from Charmin toilet paper and Puffs facial tissues to Cascade dishwasher detergent and Tide laundry products. The company recently reported net sales of $80.2 billion for fiscal year 2022, an increase of five percent over the previous year. The company also was recognized for innovation, diversity and corporate social responsibility.

facility, creating 400 new jobs over the next two years in Laurens County. SaintGobain ADFORS North America bought the Dublin facility at 168 Willie Paulk Parkway in June 2020 and manufactures products in heat protection and thermal insulation. As part of its $28 million in vestment, ADFORS will double its North American production of key materials by reactivating the facility’s furnace, idled in 2019 prior to the company’s purchase.

ADFORS manufactures and distributes materials and services for construction and industrial markets. The company em phasizes sustainability and performance in creating solutions in renovations of public and private buildings, light construction and decarbonization of con struction and industries. The company resolves to address some of the challenges facing the construction industry with efforts to help reduce the 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions linked to the construction sector, preserving natural resources and addressing challenges of rapid urbanization.

Procter & Gamble Distributing, LLC

Procter & Gamble, an American multina tional creator of personal healthcare and hygiene products, plans to invest $205 million in a new distribution facility in Jackson, creating 350 new jobs in Butts

Saint-Gobain ADFORS North America

The North American division of SaintGobain, an international light and sustain able construction company, will expand operations at its Dublin manufacturing

The expansion will see new positions open in site and operations manage ment and engineering and will include opportunities for supervisors, production workers and others. The company plans to take advantage of Georgia’s Quick Start program to provide workforce training for new employees.

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Big Business in Atlanta


Atlanta, which has a reputation for being one of the most business-friendly cities in the nation, is proud to be a popular destination for many renowned companies that appear on the annual Fortune 500 list. In 2020, the City of Atlanta ranked third in the country for the number of Fortune 500 firms and fourth for companies on the Fortune 1000 list. In fact, today, Atlanta is home to 16 Fortune 500 companies and 14 Fortune 1000 businesses. The attraction to the city makes sense, as Atlanta offers access to a booming economy, a low corporate tax structure, a highly edu cated and skilled workforce, one of the world’s largest travel hubs, a right-to-work status, a growing innovation ecosystem and much more. And every day, numerous companies are either launching in or relocating to the metro area.

The metro area also continues to draw many other top busi nesses in the nation, including State Farm, IHG, Porsche Cars North America and Mercedes-Benz, all of which have established headquarters here and often appear on the list of metro Atlanta’s top employers. Their dedication to being a part of the metro area’s business community, as well as ensuring solid job opportunities for the local workforce, is a testament to the city and its ongoing efforts to create a welcoming and robust economic climate.

Atlanta Fortune 500 Companies


The Home Depot

Parcel Service

Air Lines, Inc.

Coca-Cola Company

Southern Company

Genuine Parts Company


Brands Inc.

Automotive Group, Inc.



Packaging Holding Co.

Supply Holdings, Inc.

Atlanta’s Top 20 Employers


Full-Time Employees

Delta Air Lines, Inc. 34,500

Emory University & Emory Healthcare 32,091

The Home Depot 16,510

Northside Hospital 16,000+

Piedmont Healthcare 15,900

Publix Supermarkets 15,591

WellStar Health System 15,353

The Kroger Co. 15,000+



Marriott International 12,000+

Healthcare of Atlanta 9,000

Enterprises 8,894

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 8,403

The Coca-Cola Company 8,000

Southern Company (including Georgia Power) 7,753

Grady Health System 7,600

SunTrust Bank (now Truist) 7,478 Georgia Institute of Technology 7,139

State Farm 6,000

Turner Broadcasting System 6,000

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43 Delta
68 The
88 The
171 WestRock 177 PulteGroup,
309 Newell
316 AGCO 350 Veritiv 412 Asbury
428 NCR
439 Intercontinental
459 Graphic
477 HD
Source: Metro Atlanta Chamber 2020

Atlanta: The Tech Mecca of the Southeast

Over the last several years, Atlanta has garnered a reputation as one of the country’s fastest-growing and most prolific technology hubs. Forbes Magazine named the metro area as one of the world’s elite tech towns, placing it in the number three spot of cities poised to become tech meccas in the near future. Cushman & Wakefield included Atlanta on its list of America’s 25 leading high-tech metro areas. The city has even been called the “Silicon Valley of the South.” And that’s just the beginning of Atlanta’s story as it continues its rise to becoming one of the nation’s top tech destinations.

Atlanta’s Tech Hot Spots

The Rankings

Atlanta is racking up an impressive list of accolades and acknowledgements in the tech arena. Here are just a few:

#1 METRO AREA TECH HUB (Business Facilities, 2021)


#4 METRO AREA CYBER CITY (Business Facilities, 2021)


#1 GAMING ENVIRONMENT (WalletHub, 2019)

Atlanta also has the 11th largest tech talent labor pool nationally, as well as the highest growth rate of tech degree completion rates among the country’s leading tech hubs. (CBRE, 2021)

Metro Atlanta Incubators

While the entire metro Atlanta area has the distinction of being integral to the growth of the local tech industry, there are a few locales that truly stand out. Midtown Atlanta: Home to Technology Square, Midtown has become one of the key districts of the local technology commu nity. The area boasts 15 corporate innovation centers, several tech incubators and accelerators and more than 150 startups. Buckhead: Anchored by Atlanta Tech Village, a renowned tech nology incubator complex that is recognized as the fourth largest tech space in the nation, Buckhead is a major driver of Atlanta’s success in the tech arena.

Alpharetta: Located 30 miles north of Atlanta, Alpharetta has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the tech space. The metro city is home to 700 technology companies and has been called “The Technology City of the South.”

Peachtree Corners: One of the first suburban areas to be recognized for its technology opportunities, Gwinnett County’s Peachtree Corners is home to such innovative spots as Atlanta Tech Park, which features space for more than 100 companies.

Finding success in Atlanta’s tech sector begins with finding the best place to plant roots. The metro area is home to an array of incubators that are fos tering the development of the city’s standout startups. Check out these innovative spaces:

Atlanta Tech Village

Located in Buckhead

Atlanta Technology Development Center (ATDC)

Located at Georgia Tech in Midtown Atlanta

The Farm Located at The Battery Atlanta

The Circuit

Located in Woodstock

Information Technology Programs

In recent years, students have flocked to metro Atlanta to study a wide array of subjects under the technology umbrella. Here’s where they go to access some of the best information technology and computer science programs

in the country:

Georgia Institute of Technology:

Morehouse College:

Emory University:

Georgia State University:

Kennesaw State University:

University of Georgia:

Gwinnett Technical College: n

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Beyond the Building


In recent years, the Atlanta skyline has been enhanced greatly by the addition of several high-rise and midrise condo buildings. These exceptional properties are architecturally stunning, and they offer some of the most spectacular residential opportunities from Midtown Atlanta to Buckhead. But there is so much more to these condo

communities than the magnificence of their structures and how they have helped change and shape the cityscape. The exclusive lifestyle these properties afford their residents are what make them truly stand out. Here, we look at three of the ATL’s most coveted condominium properties so you can get a feel for what life is like beyond the building.

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The Dillon Buckhead

2395 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

The Property:

A new 18-story luxury condo tower, The Dillon Buckhead is one of the area’s most highly an ticipated projects. Real estate development and investment firm Kolter Urban recently broke ground on the building, which will feature 144 luxurious and elegant one- to three-bedroom res idences ranging in price from the $800s to more than $2 million for penthouse units. The property will feature a contemporary design and skillful space planning, and residents will enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding city from their floor-to-ceiling windows, which will let in ample natural light to accentuate the high-end finishes found throughout every unit.

The Lifestyle:

Living at The Dillon will be like being in the ultimate private club, with residents having access to a host of indoor and out door amenities for wellness, socializing and relaxation.

The Unique Amenities:

• A spacious motor court with ample space for multiple vehicles

• A private speakeasy, The Library, which will offer weekly events in a plush onsite space

• The Hub, a versatile work-from-home lounge featuring private, reservable rooms for work and study

• Hotel-inspired guest suites for use by family and friends who are in town or visiting

• A game room with a swing sport simulator

• A movie theater with plush seating and a popcorn bar for private viewings

• Resort-style amenities, including a pickleball court, a grand event lawn and more

The Community:

The Dillon Buckhead is located in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods of Atlanta. From critically acclaimed restaurants and award-winning chefs to global luxury brand shopping, The Dillon puts the very best of Buckhead and all of Atlanta at residents’ fingertips. It is located on Peachtree Road, giving residents direct access to Peachtree Battle Shopping Center and offering walkability to such spots as the Bobby Jones Golf Course, the Atlanta BeltLine, the Peachtree Farmers Market and more.

J5 Midtown

775 Juniper Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

The Property:

Located in Midtown’s historic Garden District, J5 is one of the most uniquely designed condo developments in Atlanta. The property features 150 homes with a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans thoughtfully designed by project architect Smith Dalia Architects. Each residence is equipped with towering ceiling heights, ranging from 11 to 23 feet, expansive outdoor spaces and well-appointed main living areas. Addition ally, the mid-rise, six-story ziggurat form design of J5 was a first for the city, setting it apart from its competitors. The rear façade of the building has step-down levels to allow for larger footprints for each of the 150 residences’ outdoor terraces. J5 units are priced from the $500s to the $900s.

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J5 Midtown
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The Lifestyle:

The J5 offers a distinct sense of urban energy coupled with the opportunity to enjoy a lock-and-leave lifestyle, which is perfect for the social home buyer.

The Unique Amenities:

• Concierge service

• A 24-hour security team

• A sunset viewing deck with comfortable lounging areas and an indoor-outdoor fireplace

• Wi-Fi-enabled shared spaces that allow for complete digital connectivity throughout the building

• An elevated sky garden and pool terrace

The Community:

J5 is in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the city but also offers a peaceful reprieve. The property is located near hundreds of dining and entertainment options, with Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden a short distance away. The building is easily accessible from I-75/85 and in walking distance to the Old Fourth Ward. Intown living affords buyers the opportunity to live a semi-car-free lifestyle, with all the amenities one would need in walking distance. It’s the most attractive market for buyers looking to be 10 to 15 minutes from the hottest neighborhoods around metro Atlanta.

Seven88 West Midtown

788 West Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

The Property:

A beautiful 22-story building located on Atlanta’s Westside, Seven88

West Midtown features a unique all-glass exterior that offers dramatic city views and open vistas from every direction. The bold, contemporary architecture includes floor-to-ceiling windows inside each of the property’s 279 luxury residences, affording those views to everyone. The homes, which include one-, two- and three-bedroom options, as well as penthouses, are priced from the mid-$300s to more than $1 million and offer an array of designer finishes presented in three distinct options. The property sets a new standard and redefines the comforts of home.

The Lifestyle:

Seven88 West Midtown is for adventurers, foodies and those looking for an active lifestyle in an ideal intown location that puts residents in the center of Atlanta’s cultural hot spot.

The Unique Amenities:

• A resort-style saltwater pool and whirlpool spa featuring lounging areas and shaded canopies

• A pool deck with an outdoor dining area, barbecue pits and a fireplace

• A clubroom with a demonstration kitchen, billiards and a lounge

• A state-of-the-art fitness center

• A yoga lawn

• An indoor dog park and spa

• Bike storage

• Smart package lockers for cold storage deliveries

• Concierge service

The Community:

Seven88 is in the heart of West Midtown within the vibrant mix of chef-driven restaurants, boutique shops, entertainment venues and art galleries. The property also provides access to the most innova tive mixed-use environments, such as The Interlock, The Works, Westside Provisions and beyond. Walkability is coming to Seven88 with the 280-acre Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, soon to be Atlanta’s largest park, joining the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail and Quarry Yards. Residents can live every day with a brand new experience without even venturing outside of the city limits.

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Moving to Atlanta Timeline

There’s a lot of work that goes into coordinating an organized move, and it’s smart to get a head start on planning before the moving truck arrives at your door. Here’s a handy guide to help you streamline some of the most important activities associated with your move to Atlanta.


n Research your options for moving or truck rental companies and schedule your move.

n Collect and organize necessary school, med ical and legal records.

n Complete a change of address with your local post office or online at

n Notify other important parties of your change of address, including your bank, credit card companies, insurance companies and subscription services.

n Schedule disconnection of services at your current home and reconnection at your new house, including phone, cable and Internet.

n Hold a garage sale or donate items that you decide not to keep.


n Confirm travel arrangements and pack a travel kit for you and your family members for the move.

n Confirm dates and time of packing and moving with the moving company. If you’re moving yourself, confirm moving truck arrangements.

n Finalize your packing and double-check that all areas (including closets, garage, attic and basement) are cleared.

n Pack a “First Open/Load Last” box; include items you’ll need on the first day in your new home.

ONE DAY Before

n Complete a house check; defrost the freezer, drain the water hose and disconnect and prepare any major appliances you’re plan ning to move.

n Make sure to have cash on hand to tip the team from the moving company.

n Confirm hotel or temporary accommoda tions, if needed.

n Check the moving company paperwork to identify the USDOT number of the truck that is scheduled; the number appears on the side of the truck and should match on moving day.



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Metro Atlanta Guide to Utilities

Before you put the key in the lock of your new home, you have to prepare the proper ty for your arrival. This means getting your utilities up and running soon after your home closing. Here in metro Atlanta, there are a num ber of services you’ll need to set up. Be sure to put these on your list as you begin the process.

Natural Gas

While metro Atlanta has a temperate climate, you’ll want to warm your home during the win ter. Also, natural gas is used for water heating, cooking, clothes drying and more. You’ll need to select a natural gas provider, and there are several that serve metro Atlanta. You typically can research rates, customer service offerings and discounts and sign up online, making the process quick and convenient.

Did You Know? Georgia deregulated its natural gas market in 1998. Atlanta Gas Light owns and controls the natural gas pipelines, and natural gas marketers work with it to access them. Companies like SCANA Energy offer both fixed rate and variable rate plans depending on your needs.


Accounting for 48 percent of household energy use in Georgia, electricity should be at the top of your utility service list. Depending on where your home is located, you have options. You can select a company like Georgia Power, which is the largest subsidiary of the Southern Company, or one of the Electric Membership Cooperatives (EMCs) that provide electricity to the area; these non-profit utilities serve more than four million customers as part of the Georgia Electric Mem bership Corporation.


With metro Atlanta being comprised of so many cities and towns, it’s no surprise that there are various water and sewer service providers. Typically, your home will be serviced

by either the county water authority or the city government. If you are moving into a previous ly owned home, the former owners can provide you with information. For new homes, the builder can point you in the right direction.

Phone, Cable and Internet

These days, phone, cable and Internet service is just as important as every other utility. In metro Atlanta, major service providers like Xfinity and AT&T are going to be the most common options, as they cover the entire area. Some counties do offer alternatives, allowing you to personalize your service. As with all other utilities, a bit of online research can make the process fast and seamless.


To see which providers serve the county in which your home is located, be sure to check out KNOWAtlanta Magazine’s County Pages, starting on page 93.

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Get Schooled


According to Lori Lane, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties’ New Homes Division, there typically are three key deciding factors that home buyers consider when looking for a new home: price, location and schools. And it’s the last one that often carries a great deal of weight—whether or not you personally plan to take advantage of the educational opportunities nearby.

“It really is no surprise that of all the amenities that can influence a home buyer’s decision, the proximity to qual ity schools is one of the most influen tial,” Lane asserts. “Whether you are a parent or not, schools can play a major role in the home buying decision. We find this to be true for buyers with school-age children, as well as buyers looking for a sound investment, as research shows that homes in a good school district are more likely to hold and increase in value than homes in a less desirable district.”

Fortunately, home buyers looking at areas across metro Atlanta have a wide variety of options if they hope to secure a new home in a great school district. Here, Lane share her insights about navigating the local new home market in relation to Atlanta’s outstanding school opportunities.

How do you describe the metro Atlanta new home market in terms of access to great schools?

The Atlanta area is home to some of the top public school districts in the country.


Out of the thousands of districts in the United States, Forsyth County ranks #2, Fayette County #11 and Cobb County #77. There are 14 counties in Georgia that rank in the top 100 nationwide, with sev eral in metro Atlanta. This gives buyers a variety of locations to start their search if schools are the deciding factor on where to purchase a new home.

What can people expect in terms of pur chasing a new home near a great school in metro Atlanta?

It’s rather simple. Homes in higher-rated public school districts are on average more expensive than homes in other school districts. If you are looking to buy in a top school district, you can expect to pay more for a smaller home to be in close proximity to the schools. For those willing to look at outlying areas and

schools, they will find that their budget will go much further.

How are local homebuilders taking schools into account in their new home community plans?

Builders know that school districts are an important factor in the home buying decision and strive to obtain land in the best districts.

Which new home communities should buyers consider if schools are a factor?

We have several new communities in some of the most desirable school districts in metro Atlanta. Long Hollow Landing on Lake Lanier is in the Forsyth County school district, which is ranked 2nd in the nation; students in the neighborhood attend the highly rated East Forsyth High School. We are also selling at South on Main and Rivergreen The Retreat, and both are part of the Cherokee County school district, which is ranked 11th in the State of Georgia. In other areas like Fulton County, we are selling at Hillandale in Historic Roswell, the Manor Golf and Country Club in Milton and Kyle Farm in West Cobb. Each of these new home communities is located in a highly acclaimed school district.

For more information, visit Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties’ New Home Division at


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Are you ready to find your dream home in metro Atlanta—one that gives you outstanding access to the area’s best school districts? Check out these fantastic new home communities as you begin your search:

South on Main

Woodstock’s new urban village, South on Main is shaped by the unique vision and experience of Atlanta icon John Wieland and is more than just a neighborhood. Connect and unwind at neighborhood parks. Grab your bike and hit the trail for a short ride to Downtown Woodstock. Stroll the shops of Main Street and find your favorite dinner spot. Inspire your creativity at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. Train your green thumb in the community garden or just enjoy a sunny spot by the pool. All of this and more are at your doorstep at South on Main, where home are available from the $600s to the $900s.

Kyle Farm

This resort-style living neighborhood offers two-story homes, as well as multi-generational living with single-level ranch homes with full daylight un finished basements. There is a large, open clubhouse with a swimming pool and spa, tennis courts, bocce ball and an event lawn. There is even a walking trail to Lost Mountain Park, and The Avenue at West Cobb is just a short drive away. Homes at Kyle Farm range from the $600s to $1 million with several ready for fall move-in.

Long Hollow Landing on Lanier

Situated on the shores of popular Lake Lanier, this stunning new community features curated European transitional farmhouse-style homes. Located in the new East Forsyth High School district, Long Hollow Landing offers eight lakeside home sites, a community courtesy boat dock with a swim platform, a pavilion, a community gathering area and Lake Lanier access. Homes range from 2,606 to 3,659 square feet and are priced from the $600s to $1 million+.


Hillandale, a charming Charleston-inspired neighborhood priced from the $900s to more than $1 million in Historic Roswell, offers elegant interior finishes and unique designs in a highly sought-after location. The sophis ticated four- and five-bedroom thoughtfully curated homes feature an abundance of entertaining spaces both indoors and out. Homeowners at Hillandale enjoy a convenient and central location with easy access to local dining and shopping in Roswell and East Cobb. Districted in Roswell’s highly acclaimed school system, Hillandale is a neighborhood suited for any lifestyle.

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Rocklyn Homes

From the Low $200s-$500s

Rocklyn Homes is an award-winning, family-owned company with a unique vision and passion to build beautiful, awardwinning, single-family homes and townhomes at great prices in some of the most sought-after locations in Atlanta. Backed by years of experience, they will deliver quality, value and reliability in every home they build. Visit a Rocklyn community and discover the Rocklyn difference: “The Most Important Home We’ll Build Is Yours.”

(770) 817-2185


From the $300s-$800s

Lennar is blooming throughout Atlanta, and we have a dream home for YOU. Enjoy our single-family or townhome designs with open-concept layouts and plenty of indoor/outdoor living space. Our Everything’s Included® package offers upgrades and appliances at no additional cost to you. We also offer a simplified homebuying experience through Lennar Mortgage, enabling you to make your lifestyle leap with ease.

The Dillon Buckhead

From the $800s

Located on Peachtree Road in the heart of Atlanta’s most presti gious residential neighborhood, The Dillon Buckhead is inspired by history and designed for modern living. From sweeping panoramic skyline views and luxurious, modern interiors with designer curated finishes to unparalleled amenities and social offerings, The Dillon is modern living reimagined. Now under construction. Schedule your private presentation today.

(404) 777-6295

Traditions of Braselton

From the Mid $400s-$900s

Welcome to Traditions of Braselton! Brimming with scenic beauty, this 1,140-acre master-planned community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains features an 18-hole championship golf course, opulent clubhouse, junior Olympicsized pool, six lighted tennis courts, an active HOA, highly revered schools, convenience to I-85 and more! Stunning new homes crafted by the South’s finest builders are priced from the low $400s to $800s. Traditions has it all!

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JW Collection

From the $400s-$900s

For more than half a century, the name John Wieland has been synonymous with excellence in neighborhood design and homebuilding. The JW Collection is the legacy business of John Wieland and represents his 50-year commitment to building better homes—a promise he has kept for more than 30,000 homeowners and continues to uphold. New homes and town homes by the JW Collection are ideally located in many of Atlan ta’s best neighborhoods and most sought-after destinations.

Paran Homes

From the Mid $300s-$600s

Boasting nearly a century of combined experience in new home construction and an award-winning team of industry veterans at the helm, Paran Homes builds homes of uncompromised quality in many of Atlanta’s most sought-after locations while delivering a stellar home buying experience. Buyers can select from an array of move-in ready homes or personalize their home with the latest options from our Design Studio. Schedule an appointment and tour one of our models

Fischer Homes

Fischer Homes now offers low-maintenance homes in Dallas at the new 55+ community, Poplar Place. Ranch homes range from 1,501 to 2,500 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to 4.5 baths and two-car garages. Options include cov ered patios, loft spaces and side-entry garages. Future ame nities include a clubhouse with a fitness center, outdoor living space and flex room for activities, as well as a gated entrance, walking paths, a pickleball court and bocce ball.

From the High $500s

Welcome home to our new condominiums, located in Midtown’s Garden District. From quality construction to full-service amenities and unmatched lifestyle, residents have access to all Midtown has to offer. Enjoy open-concept living spaces, complete with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and wide-plank hardwood flooring. Your evening wind-down

on our sunset viewing terrace where you can enjoy fireside chats. J5 welcomes you to a place as unique as you.

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McKinley Homes

From the $300s

McKinley Homes has over 45 years of experience develop ing and building commercial and residential communities, including townhomes and single-family subdivisions, apart ment complexes and multi-family high-rises in Atlanta. The company produces quality homes with standard features and amenities that go above and beyond expectations. Visit the website or one of our many metro Atlanta communities and see why McKinley Homes is “Where Dreams Come Home!” (770) 334-9951

Davidson Homes


Builder Magazine’s Biggest Mover in 2021, Davidson Homes is proud to offer homebuilding expertise to the fast-growing Atlanta market with a variety of incredible home plans in Bartow, Cherokee, East Cobb, East Paulding, Gwinnett, Henry and West Forsyth counties. Davidson Homes builds where you want to be. Enjoy professionally designed selections or customize your home with quality design options and upgrades, making it your dream home. Call or visit the website today!

(404) 999-1579

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Windsong Properties

From the $400s-$600s

Windsong Properties was founded by two local builders with a shared vision and purpose: to improve the lives of active adults. We build homes with innovative floor plans that com bine luxury and accessibility in communities that encourage social engagement and outdoor activity. Our award-winning homes incorporate quality low-maintenance materials, open floor plans, abundant natural light, storage and outdoor living areas—all designed to improve your quality of life.

(770) 516-3409

Lake Arrowhead

From the $300s-$500s

It is possible to live the life you have dreamed. Welcome to Lake Arrowhead, a gated mountain, lake and golf community outside of Canton. The private lake features 21 miles of shoreline, a marina, boat rental program, lakeside park, hiking trails, fishing, pickleball, disc golf and more. Lake, golf and mountain views are captured in all new townhomes, villas and single-family ranch neighborhoods. Come see why Lake Arrowhead was voted the Best Place to Live in America.

(770) 720-2700

Traton Homes/Haven at Stanley

From the High $400s-$500s

Situated in a great Kennesaw (Cobb County) location, Haven at Stanley offers two-story townhomes featuring both owner’ssuite-on-the-main and owner’s-suite-upstairs floor plans. The community is located just minutes from major thoroughfares, great shopping and dining, major work districts like the Well star Kennestone Hospital District and outstanding recreation including Kennesaw Mountain Park. Homes are priced from the high $400’s to$500’s. Voted Best Builder in Cobb County.

(678) 391-9482

David Weekley Homes

From the Mid $400s-$800s

David Weekley Homes has been delighting customers in Atlanta for more than 15 years with four decades of building experience across the country. Weekley is one of the most sought-after builders for home buyers seeking a quality home and unmatched customer service. David Weekley Homes is currently building in communities throughout the Atlanta area, including beautiful homes in Flowery Branch, Marietta, Woodstock, Alpharetta and Decatur.

(844) 819-6045

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Taylor Morrison From the $400s-$1M+

At Taylor Morrison, we understand the importance of living in a community where it’s good to be home. Our homebuilding experience is inspired by you, with online home reservations, virtual tours, healthy home technology, innovative home designs and designer features. We are proud to build homes that fit our customers’ lifestyles. With communities in Forsyth, Cherokee, Fulton, Cobb, Dekalb and Gwinnett counties, there is a place for everyone to love and come home to.

(770) 741-0218

Soleil Belmont Park

From the $500s-$800s

Soleil Belmont Park is a 55+ community from Patrick Malloy Communities. Located between Milton and Canton, it will feature 471 low-maintenance homes situated on large home sites. Soleil offers resort-style amenities, including a 9,800-square-foot clubhouse with a coffee and cocktail bar, health and fitness center, arts and crafts studio and commu nity post office, as well as a pool, tennis and pickleball courts, bocce ball, a community garden and walking trails.

(770) 635-4080

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17. River Rock 18. The Reserve at Liberty Park 19. Twin Lakes 20. Poplar Place JW Collection 21. South on Main 22. The Retreat at River Green 23. Lakeside at River Green 24. The Enclave on LaVista 25. The Heritage at Acworth 26. Lake Arrowhead Lennar Atlanta 27. Alden at Perimeter 28. Envoy 29. Fayette Meadows 30. Aspen Grove 31. Hickory Bluffs McKinley Homes 32. SEVEN88 West Midtown 33. Hellen Valley 34. Summit at Peachtree Corners 35. Rivière 36. Towns at Enclave Paran Homes 37. Oakleigh Pointe 38. Creekwood 39. Seaboard Junction 40. Traditions of Braselton 41. High Shoals Patrick Malloy Communities 42. Kyle Farm 43. Hillandale 44. Soleil Belmont Park 45. Governor’s Towne Club 46. Horizon at Laurel Canyon Rocklyn
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Making a Move is a Win-Win with the Right Game Plan

Real estate is about relationships and navigating your home purchase, especially as you consider a move to a new town. It can be an overwhelming experience if you don’t have someone in your corner. Excitement, anticipation, readiness…anxiety, uncertainty, worry. All of these are normal emotions when moving to a new area and into a new home. Below are the top things to consider as you get ready to make your move.

Your Home Search

• Choose a licensed REALTOR® who has expertise in the areas you have under consideration for your next home. Their knowledge of local taxes, schools, neighborhoods, dining, entertainment and leisure are important factors which will guide you along your deci sion-making process.

• Having an in-person or online con sultation is a must—it is the best way to ensure that your personalities gel and that you feel comfortable with the agent’s knowledge base of areas you are considering.

• Have a wants/needs list in mind once you meet with your REALTOR® so that everything you are looking for is considered when your agent begins your home search.

• Have key questions ready in advance to get the conversation started when you meet or email the agent.

Financing Your Dream

For the financing of your new home, you will want to speak with a reputable local lender prior to your buyer consultation. This will confirm your purchasing power as

well as allow you to obtain a pre-approval letter so that you are able to make an offer once you find the perfect home.

Working with a local lender backed by a stellar reputation will make your offer stron ger to a seller. National lenders without local relationships are not as attractive to agents or their sellers in this competitive market, and market conditions dictate that you need a solid letter from a proven lender to make an offer that stands above all the rest. To further strengthen an offer, it is preferable to go through lender underwriting prior to making an offer on a home, as this will allow you to

close more quickly and make a “cleaner” offer with fewer contingencies—thus strengthen ing your potential to secure the home.

Being prepared at the beginning of your home search will ensure a less stressful, more rewarding home buying experience. Choosing the right home buying team to be in your corner will make all the difference as you make your move. Soon you will discover why so many people are looking to Atlanta as the place to call home. n

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Corporate Housing, Elevated


According to Tim Miller, owner and president of TP Corporate Lodging, when companies across the country move their executives to new locations, they want those individuals (and often their families) to have access to the best possible service in terms of their tempo rary corporate housing. That’s because today’s executives are sophisticated tenants who need much more than four walls and a comfortable bed for a few months. They need to experience a lifestyle that welcomes them and makes them feel at home—even before they find the official residence they’ll eventually call home. Fortunately, metro Atlanta offers an array

of corporate housing options that go above and beyond the basics. And there is one that has become a standout locale in Sandy Springs: The Alastair at Aria Village.

“The Alastair is the only high-caliber community in the Perimeter area,” notes Miller, whose company offers furnished units at the outstanding luxury mid-rise apartment complex, which is owned and managed by Westdale Asset Management and opened in late 2019. “It’s close to GA 400 and Highway 285 but far enough not to be bothered by the busy highways. It is situated in the middle of the Aria commu nity of townhomes, and it is a top-notch community in both quality and design.”

Even beyond its well-appointed one-, two- and three-bedroom units, which include exclusive features like smart ther mostats, built-in bookshelves, wine racks, quartz and granite countertops and more, The Alastair at Aria Village has taken apart ment living to an unprecedented level with a suite of distinctive amenities, bringing an urban, intown feel to this conveniently located live-work-play community.

May I Help You?

One of the key factors in the outstanding experience enjoyed by the residents and tenants of The Alastair is the presence of William Dempsey, who serves as

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the property’s concierge from Monday through Friday. Formerly a concierge for such companies as The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and HEI Hotels & Resorts, Dempsey has become the face of The Alastair, creating and managing all resident-facing processes and services, handling resident requests, welcoming new residents, providing guided tours to visitors and the local community, plan ning resident events and much more.

As Miller notes, “Will knows how to give five-star service. The community is lucky to have him. And the apartment community is the only one in the Perime ter area to have concierge service.”

It’s certainly a unique amenity to have access to such personalized service throughout the week, and this is partic ularly helpful for corporate renters who may need that extra bit of support as they navigate life in a new city and workplace.

Above and Beyond

Additional onsite amenities at The Alastair are as innovative as they are impressive. Those staying at the property can partake of such features as a high-definition golf simulator (at no charge), a two-story fitness center, a secure locker system for packages, a private game room, a full catering kitchen with private dining, the Paw Spa with washing and drying stations for pets of all sizes, more than 100 racks to store bicycles and eight charging stations for electric cars. What’s more, the property continues to add amenities regularly; for instance, The Alastair currently is install ing food storage lockers and a full bar in the back lounge that will serve residents daily from 5 pm to 10 pm.

And, of course, the property’s location in Aria Village could not be better, as the de velopment itself is home more than 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The Alastair also is in walking distance of the Mercedes-Benz U.S. headquarters and just moments away from Perimeter Mall and the Chattahoochee River Recreation

Area. It’s the best of all possible worlds wrapped up into one locale.

As Miller asserts, this is exactly the type of property that clients of TP Corporate Lodging want and need. He concludes, “With us, you get top service and consis tent-quality furnished apartment homes.”

And The Alastair at Aria Village is just one of the many communities the com pany is happy to work with for the benefit of clients across metro Atlanta. n

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Why a hotel room when you can have an apartment home? W ith a minimum 14-day stay,
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Imagine That


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take up residence in one of metro Atlanta’s magnificent active adult communities? Well, wonder no more. Many of the area’s 55+ neighborhoods give interested home buyers the perfect peek into their residential offerings with the help of fully furnished model homes that show potential residents the whole package. From well-appointed bedrooms to decked out kitchens and bath rooms, these homes showcase all of the possibilities, highlighting everything from the amount of space available in each room to the beautiful finishes just waiting to be selected and installed.

If you’re ready to take the next step and find the home that you’ll relish through your golden years, then be sure to check out the follow ing communities and the incredible options they have on display.

Poplar Place by Fischer Homes

Fischer Homes’ newest 55+ community, Poplar Place, is conveniently located in Dallas near an array of dining, shop ping and recreation options. What’s more, in addition to a low-maintenance lifestyle, the neighborhood offers coveted ranch-style homes in its Patio Homes Collection. The Wilm ington model home allows you to envision what your own home will be like when you se lect this beautiful community.

The Wilmington offers open concept living with a large living room area featuring generous amounts of natural light and a door leading out to the covered patio.

This two-bedroom home with an optional study and flex space is one of the most popular floor plans available from Fischer Homes. The American Classic exterior is as charming as it is welcoming.

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The kitchen features a large island with optional seating, stainless steel appliances and granite coun tertops. All of these selections can be handpicked during your own individualized experience at the Lifestyle Design Center.



The owner’s suite serves as the ultimate retreat for decompressing, featuring tray ceilings, large windows and an en suite bathroom.

for Over 50 Years Strong!



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Soleil Belmont Park by Patrick Malloy Communities

Soleil Belmont Park, located between Milton and Canton, features 471 low-maintenance homes situated on large home sites. The com munity also offers resort-style amenities, including a 9,800-squarefoot clubhouse, a health and fitness center, an arts and crafts studio and more. The Weston model home is a must-see locale that gives you a glimpse at what life should be like as an active adult.

Soleil Belmont Park offers gourmet eat-in kitch ens with plenty of counter and cabinet space overlooking the main living areas. Large, walk-in, Costco-style pantries are an added bonus.

Luxurious owner spa baths are a must for the 55+ market.

The Weston is a two-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with more than 2,800 square feet of living space. The floor plan comes in four different versions with additional features that range from a study to covered porches.

Courtyards at Hickory Flat by Traton Homes

Now selling in Cherokee County, The Courtyards at Hickory Flat is a 55+ age-restricted community that offers thoughtfully crafted ranch homes with personal courtyards. Each home features ample storage space, kitchens with large islands and luxurious owner’s suites, as well as second-level options.

This elegant owner’s suite offers direct access to the home’s covered courtyard patio, bringing in plenty of natural light and an airy feel.

Zero-entry spa showers in rooms filled with natural light are one of the perks of living at Soleil Belmont Park.

Open concept living areas make entertaining friends and family a breeze. Kitchens include large islands, quartz countertops, plentiful cabinets and true walk-in pantries.

Luxurious owner’s bath rooms feature a variety of desirable fea tures, including stepless entry showers and a host of beauti ful finishes.

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THIS IS IT This is it. The community you’ve been waiting to call home. Here, breathtaking homes on large home sites with resort-level amenities are all right outside your door. Easy access to Milton, Alpharetta and Canton. RESORT LIVING FOR 55+ AND BETTER 770-635-4080 • LUXURY RESORT LIVING FROM THE $500 s-$800s • SOLEILBP.COM 305 Belmont Park Court, Canton, GA MODEL PARK NOW OPEN ©2022 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently operated subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and a franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of Columbia Insurance Company, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. Information presented is deemed reliable, but is not warranted. If your property is currently listed, please disregard. It is not our intention to solicit properties that are already represented by another broker. Equal Housing Opportunity.


Owenby by Windsong Properties

The newest active adult community from Windsong Properties, Owenby is located in Cherokee County only three miles from bustling downtown Woodstock. Providing a comfortable and easy lifestyle is at the heart of Windsong’s work, and the Ashford model home in Owenby is a perfect example.

The Ashford features a welcoming rocking chair front porch that provides a perfect spot to relax and catch up with neighbors. Choose from three elevations with between two and four bedrooms and a mixture of architectural details. The home also boasts a low-sloped driveway and a step-free access point from the garage.

The Ashford features a gourmet island kitchen that opens to the great room and dining area, as well as the covered side porch. This makes entertaining a breeze.

A spacious bedroom at the rear of the home provides a luxurious retreat. This gracious bedroom allows for plenty of room for your treasured keepsakes and a sitting area, as well as a perfect spot to begin and end each day.

Outdoor living in the Ashford means a side covered patio, screened porch (shown here) or sunroom option. All spaces lead to a courtyard retreat for you to personalize to fit your lifestyle.

Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead, a gated mountain, lake and golf mas ter-planned community located just outside of Canton, has become one of the area’s most popular destinations for home buyers 55 and older. A variety of home styles are available, from modern mountain cottages and lakeview ranch homes to estate home sites with acreage and golf villas. This model home offers just a sample of the many options available.

The family room showcases a wall of windows for natural light, a vaulted cedar beam ceiling and a stone fireplace with a cedar mantel.

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It’s no surprise that a model home shows you the best that a community has to offer. This showcase residence has all of the bells and whistles, from high-end designer finishes to unique layout options available to home buyers. It’s easy to get swept away by the fan tastic features laid out before you after you walk across that well-appointed model home’s threshold. That’s why, presented by Builders Digital Experience, has offered a few tips to help you navigate the process of exploring model homes. Be sure to keep these in mind as you start touring these remarkable residences.

Keep Things in Perspective

Models homes are not just beauti ful—they are professionally styled. Each model residence is chock full of furniture and accessories that have been staged to perfection so you can envision what your own home might look like. However, it’s a wow factor that could encourage you to jump before you are ready to make a down pay ment. Ask to see an undecorated home with the same floor plan so you can get a real look at what the residence offers.

Consider the Costs

Often, those amazing finishes and spectacular details that you see in a model home are considered upgrades and can really impact the final price of your new home. Make sure you know how much certain features cost so you can select the ones that make the most sense for you.

Think Beyond the Model

While a model home usually offers a comprehensive look at your interior and exterior options, there can still be some flexibility. In fact, if a model home has almost everything you want, don’t be afraid to ask if there is a way to tweak the finished product to fit your needs. You may be able to add office space or an extra bedroom to the floor plan.

Your Dreams Realized…

A lifetime of experiences, evolving tastes and enthusiasm for each new chapter brought you here. As you embark on the next exciting chapter and create a backdrop for all the beautiful memories yet to be made, you want to partner with a seasoned homebuilder that shares your enthusiasm for the future and specializes in homes and communities artfully crafted for Active Adults. You’ll find that… and so much more… with Windsong.

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The expansive front porch offers stunning mountain views.

A breakfast room is tucked away and located where you can enjoy the warmth of the morning sun and mountain views.

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Lake Arrowhead offers a full design studio inside of its model home, where buyers receive three hours of complementary design time with a professional designer.

• Poplar Place:

• Soleil Belmont Park:

• Owenby by Windsong Properties:

• Courtyards at Hickory Flat by Traton Homes:

• Lake Arrowhead:

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Atlanta’s education communi ty has become one of the region’s biggest draws. From nationally ranked public school systems and highly respected private and independent schools to prestigious institutes of higher educa tion, students of all ages, as well as their families, have a wide array of choices, al lowing them to identify and select the best possible learning environment for their needs. In the pages that follow, KNOWAt lanta’s Education Guide will provide you with all of the information you need to navigate the ATL’s first-class educational offerings. Get ready to make the grade.

54 KNOWAtlanta FALL 2022 KNOWAtlanta’s 2022 Education Guide GET TO KNOW EDUCATION 56 Public School Spotlight 57 Georgia School Glossary 57 Independent School Accreditations and Memberships 58 In with the New Metro Atlanta’s private schools introduce a plethora of new offerings 64 Something Special Metro Atlanta is home to a diverse range of schools designed for students with special needs 69 Choosing a Private School 88 Select Metro Atlanta Private Schools Map 90 Life University Adds Two New Health Science Programs for Aspiring Students 92 Metro Atlanta’s Colleges and Universities Map M etro Pre-K through 12th grade WOODWARD WAYTHE PROVIDING A DEEPLY PERSONALIZED COMMUNITY where each student can tailor their own educational experience is


Metro Atlanta is fortu nate to be home to exceptional pub lic schools, which can be found throughout the area’s county-wide and city-specific systems. These award-win ning school systems focus not only on fostering academic success, but also on allowing students to flourish both inside and outside of the classroom. A great way to learn more about them is to peruse their websites, which are listed below.



Did you know? The Bartow County School System, along with the Bartow County business and faith communi ties, have united for a first-of-its-kind 10-month mental health campaign called Everybody has a Story and Some body Cares…in Bartow County.


Did you know? The Cherokee County School District is raising the bar with the inaugural School Nutrition Team of the Year initiative, which gives cafeteria teams the opportunity to win prizes by achieving specific goals related to improving their service.


Did you know? The Clayton County Board of Education and Clayton County Public Schools recently opened the newly constructed Morrow High School in Ellenwood. It is the largest and most expensive high school in Clayton’s history, with a 350,000-square-foot facility sitting on 125 acres and costing $80 million.


Did you know? In an effort to ensure that all students had what they needed for the 2022-23 academic year, local Publix stores participated in the Tools for Back to School program, which allowed shop pers to donate at checkout. Last year, the program raised more than $125,000.


Did you know? The DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA) is ranked as the eighth best in Georgia and 284th nationwide. DSA was specifically lauded for its graduation rate (100 percent), AP testing participation rate (85 percent) and reading proficiency (93 percent).


Did you know? The Douglas County School System has built a state-of-theart performing arts center at Alexander High School. It features seating for 600 guests, an orchestra pit, a large lobby for intimate gatherings, a gallery to showcase student artwork and space for grade-level meetings and presentations.


Did you know? Fayette County Public Schools offers the REACH Georgia Scholarship program, which is a statewide, needs-based mentorship and scholarship program that provides academically promising students who have demonstrated financial need with academic, social and financial support for their college plans.


Did you know? Forsyth County Schools serves 54,000 students and is the largest employer in Forsyth County with more than 8,000 full- and part-time employees. The district is home to 42 schools, including 23 elementary, 11 middle, seven high and one college and career academy.


Did you know? The Fulton County Schools Community-Based Vocational Instructional program allows students to receive train ing in the South Transportation facility; students work in the department a few hours each week ordering vehicle parts, assisting with custodial duties and more.


Did you know? Four Gwinnett County Public Schools graduates were named to the inaugural class of the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame: Jeff Francoeur and Matt Stinchcomb from Parkview High School, David Pollack from Shiloh High School and George Rogers from Duluth High School.


Did you know? The Hall County School District offers a Virtual Program of Choice for students in third through 12th grades. The program connects a community of teachers, staff, families and students who desire a virtual choice, demonstrate success in a virtual environment and can work independently.


Did you know? The Henry County Schools Board of Education has established a new safety partnership with the Henry County Government and the Henry County Police Department to operate the School Resource Officer program.


Did you know? The Paulding County School District topped the State of Geor gia in 19 of 20 subject areas for scores of 2, 3 and 4 on the 2021-22 Georgia Mile stones Assessment. Across elementary, middle and high school, Paulding students also beat the state average for reading.


Did you know? The Rockdale Career Academy offers more than 25 career pathways, many of which are industry certified in culinary arts, broadcast video production, early childhood education and marketing and manu facturing.


Atlanta Public Schools

Did you know? The Atlanta Public Schools Office of Intervention and Support pro vides each school with at least one full- or part-time counselor, nurse, psychologist, SST/RTI intervention specialist and social worker who provides services to students who may be struggling with grief, trauma and/or stress.

Buford City Schools

Did you know? The Buford Arena, housed within Buford City Schools, is a multipurpose facility that offers 130,000 square feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate groups of 50 to 5,000 for concerts, sporting events, meetings, conferences, trade shows and banquets.

Cartersville City Schools

Did you know? The Georgia School Boards Association recently recognized the Cartersville City School Board (CCSB) as a recipient of the Leading Edge Award; the award highlights districts and school boards that are leading the way in ensuring students are competitive in an ever-changing global market.

City Schools of Decatur

Did you know? City Schools of Decatur teachers are among some of the most educationally trained professionals in the field. More than 70 percent of teachers hold advanced degrees, and many have multiple years of classroom experience and numerous certifications.

Gainesville City Schools

Did you know? Gainesville City Schools is a charter school system featuring eight charter schools, including five elementary schools: Centennial Arts Academy, Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, Fair Street International Baccalaureate School, Gainesville Exploration and New Holland Core Knowledge Academy.

Marietta City Schools

Did you know? The Marietta High School student council recently received the school’s first National Gold Council of Excellence recognition. It affirms that the council reached the highest levels of commitment to ensuring a positive stu dent climate and culture and fostering the academic and social growth of all students. n


The following school-related terms are often used throughout the state’s public schools.


Accelerated and Gifted Education: Programs that challenge students academically and that stress various areas including research and reference skills, accelerated learning and communication skills.

Alternative Education Program: A state program designed to give local school districts flexibility in various areas including in-school suspension, a school/ community guidance center and a community-based alternative education program.

Attendance Zones: Areas in which students attend certain public schools based on their home address.

Blue Ribbon School: School enrollments must include at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Additionally, these public schools must meet their state’s annual objectives in each of the two years prior to receive a nomination for this designation, then again the year in which a school is nominated.

Charter School: A public school that operates with freedom from several regulations that apply to traditional, sectarian public schools in Georgia.

College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI): The Georgia Department of Education’s accountability system. Public schools are graded on a 100-point scale in three major areas: achievement, progress and the achievement gap.

Georgia School of Excellence: Every year, one public school from each district ranked in the top 10 percent of Georgia schools with the greatest gain in student achievement is selected by the Department of Education to be a Georgia School of Excellence. In addition to these criteria, the schools must meet Adequate Yearly Progress for a minimum of three consecutive years, offer at least two Advanced Placement courses and be in existence for five years.

IB Program: International Baccalaureate strives to help students develop multiple skills, including intellectual, personal and social, to live and work in our globalizing world.

Magnet School: A public school that offers students a distinctive curriculum. Magnet schools may emphasize a variety of subjects including visual and performing arts, math, science and technology.

Move On When Ready: A program that allows students to complete high school on a college campus while earning college credit.

Special Education and Psychological Services: Programs that focus on providing services and meeting needs of special education students.

Virtual Campus: Gives students the opportunity to take online courses that can be accessed anywhere at any time.

It is important to know that the independent school you choose has been evaluated and endorsed by one or more accreditation agencies and/or member organizations committed to holding private educational institutions to high standards. In Atlanta, you’re likely to come across several of the following terms in your search. Use this guide as a reference and look up these organizations via their websites for more information.


The Atlanta Area Association of Inde pendent Schools


The Association of Christian Schools International


GAC Georgia Accrediting Commission


The Georgia Private School Accredita tion Council


The Georgia Independent School Association


The Joint Admissions Testing Program


The National Association of Indepen dent Schools


The Southern Association of Indepen dent Schools

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As the school year gets underway, stu dents at many metro Atlanta private schools are reaping the benefits of academic updates, campus enhancements and new staff. Long-term planning, an openness to new ideas and the support of generous donors are helping these institutions continue to best serve their students. Read on for a closer look at what’s new.

Academic Additions

At the heart of any school are its curriculum and approaches. Lakeview Academy, in part, attributes the success of its students to an emphasis on ensuring that key skills are reinforced across all subjects and that

students develop a deep understanding of material that will be applied in the following grade. This school year, a new K-12 academic alignment, The Building Blocks of a Complete Education, is being implemented. For the sixth through 12th grades, new pacing guides are also going into effect to ensure the alignment has accountability and day-to-day steps, explains Wade Hanse, Ed.D., dean of academics and instruction.

“It’s amazing, the energy and col laboration that emerges from these pacing meetings with all math teachers or English teachers in a room together planning for the good of the students,” says Hanse. “These connections be

tween teachers allow Lakeview to trace academic issues to their roots rather than mitigate trends on the surface. This helps raise the academic bar post-Covid.”

While Lakeview Academy was review ing its academic alignment, the faculty at Springmont School was doing some revising of its own. The team took a closer look at the fine arts curriculum and its various components. “Beginning last year and continuing into the 2022-23 school year, these programs are being collabora tively reevaluated and reimagined, ensuring they are age-appropriate and allow for greater diversity and self-expression,” says Julie Strickland, director of marketing and communication at the school, which serves

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children ages 18 months to 14 years old. In keeping with the school’s Montessori meth od, new performance and showcase oppor tunities give students more freedom while complementing classroom instruction and avenues to explore the arts outside of set teaching time, such as Open Art Studio and Open Music Studio. Following last year’s successful replacement of the annual lower elementary musical performance with the chance for each class to put on its own fall semester fine arts afternoon program and a spring semester performance, similar op portunities are being presented to older and younger learners. This fall, primary classes will incorporate art appreciation into an open house they will host, and upper elementary students will present a fine arts showcase. A new event—a middle school art and music show—is on the docket for spring as well.

At North Cobb Christian School, design now plays a major role in helping students learn, and an emphasis on it has even led to the construction of a new upper school facility. Today, upper school students have access to a state-of-the-art STEM cen ter inside the facility that provides maker and collaboration spaces, physics and ro botics labs, tools such as sewing and textile

construction machines and more. The facil ity, which partially opened in 2020 and will have its second phase complete in 2024, has already helped support the new schoolwide Understanding by Design (UbD) initiative, which incorporates components such as project-based learning and student choice. Upper school business and STEM Academy students recently used the center’s CO2 laser engravers to create items to sell for charity. Other UbD-based projects carried out by students include commemorative virtual boards honoring Holocaust resistors and an interactive health expo.

“We are honing students’ criti cal thinking and problem-solving abilities. Understanding by De sign is about using what we know, in context, to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings,” says Dr. Chip Houston, assistant head of school at North Cobb Christian School. “The goal is for students to be able to make con nections, collaborate and transfer their learning to impact the world around them.”

Campus Enhancements

North Cobb Christian School is not the only metro Atlanta private school with a new campus addition. Campus growth

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and improvements have been on the uptick lately across multiple schools.

Though it doesn’t have an entire com plex dedicated to design, Pace Academy is now home to a 1,100-plus-square-foot Design Thinking Lab. The lab is part of Pace’s new Kam Memar Lower School, a massive three-story addition to the school’s existing lower school classroom building, which pre-first through fifth grade students used last school year but officially opened in the spring of 2022. In addition to the creation of the Design Thinking Lab and adjacent science classroom, the lower school Academic Resource Center has been expanded and provides spaces for an increased staff to interact with students and parents; the center also includes areas for programs that encourage student collaboration and mentorship, explains Dorothy Hutcheson, head of lower school. In addition, students are likely most excited about what the school has dubbed “The World’s Greatest Play ground,” accessible via over

sized slides and climbing structures from the classroom building’s second story, plus the ground-level gymnasium. The new play space, which also incorporates ADA-accessible features, reinforces ex ploration, use of imagination and critical thinking through various elements like a whopping 11 slides, themed activity panels and ropes for climbing.

At Woodward Academy, students will soon be able to foster their creativity in the expanded and upgraded Richardson

Hall on the school’s main campus in College Park. In addition to continuing to hold much of the campus’s upper school visual and performing arts space, Richardson Hall will feature a larger sculpture studio, jewelry studio and added orchestra program room, notes Steven Averett, editorial and creative manager. Slated to be complete in spring of 2023, the expansion will also include new office and collaboration spaces for the performing arts department, a dance studio and a storage area. And another place where students can create visual art is the new Pechter Family Digital Lab. In addition to a wide-format drawing tablet and 3D printer, the lab inside the Carlos Library provides students with other advanced technology and computer resources for various digital-based endeavors.

In Johns Creek, Mount Pisgah Christian School is making progress on its new preschool facility, which it be gan construction on in March of this year. Situated on the first floor of the lower school

Woodward Academy Mount Pisgah Christian School Mount Paran Christian School

on the south campus, the 24,268-squarefoot Stuart and Eulene Murray Academy preschool will open next summer and include 10 new classrooms, a theatre, an innovation center and indoor interactive and outdoor play spaces. According to Dr. Chris Harmon, head of school, “With the tools that this facility provides for our teachers in STEAM, fine arts, music, worship, dance and multi-sensory experi ences, our students will be well prepared for learning in years to come.”

Youngsters have plenty to be eager about at Trinity School as well since they now have access to a new Early Child hood Outdoor Learning Center, which incorporates art and science and was built thanks to the school’s Inspire Excellence campaign. The initiative has also enabled the school to relocate and renovate upper elementary classrooms and complete its Early Elementary Dining Hall. Future plans for the school for children age 3 through sixth grade include enhancing its

early elementary playground, constructing a multi-use recreation center and increas ing its endowment support.

At the start of the year, the stu dent-founded and student-run coffee shop at Mount Paran Christian School, Roost Coffee Co., expanded into a permanent retail storefront at the new Murray Inno vation Center. The expansion was partially made possible by the shop’s found er successfully pitching a partnership to a MPCS alumnus and his father, who work together in a family coffee business. Always open to adapting to the needs of its customers, the coffee shop also pivoted at the beginning of the pandemic, when it launched an ordering website. Roost Coffee Co. was established after Zachary Fors, Class of 2021, secured an investment from Head of High School and Assistant Head of School Tawanna Rusk during his freshman year to offer beverages, light food and on-campus catering.

At The Westminster Schools, this is the second academic year that its new build ing, Barge Commons, has officially been open. “Barge Commons is classrooms and meeting spaces, offices and a chapel. But more than any single function, Barge Commons is the place our Westminster

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Trinity School

community both gathers and reaches out to our city and the wider world,” says Keith Evans, president. “The transparency and ability to see through the building were important because we want what happens in this building to be on display. We want to stimulate curiosity in this building. We want kids to come in, see a gathering and stop and look and see what’s going on.” The building also houses areas for departments such as the Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning, a café and spots for studying.

For King’s Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta, the focus right now is on what’s happening outdoors and with ath letics. Students will soon be able to spend even more time outside and enjoy a new softball field and two new baseball fields created on property the school acquired in the summer of 2021. In addition to making it possible for the school’s sports teams to host home games on their own campus, the property acquisition also comes with plans to convert the school’s current soccer field into a multi-pur pose field, as well as build five tennis courts and a cross country trail using funds from the KRCS Be Bold cam paign, explains Heni Jordan, director of

development. The initiative also allowed the school to complete the buildout of the third floor of its high school.

Fresh Faces

New staff are also bringing vigor to private schools in the metro area. Sandy Springs’

The Mount Vernon School has a new Director of Innovation, Eduardo Milrud, PhD, to oversee iD, the school’s Innova tion Diploma program for upper school students. “iD is not an elective but rather a school-within-a-school that awards credit for humanities; chemistry; biology; social

entrepreneurship; maker, design, and engineering and arts that focus on graphic design and live event production,” Milrud says. “Over the years, the Innovation Di ploma has become a national leading high school program focusing on innovation as a form of developing knowledge and tools applicable to every discipline. In the next few years, our team’s goal is to generate a more profound impact within our community and worldwide by enabling our students to realize the change they envision.” For eighth graders, the school has launched a middle school Impact Design Lab program, which will serve as a precursor to iD and emphasize communityfocused problem-solving.

This academic year will also be an exciting one for high school students at Landmark Christian School. The school welcomed Dylan Curtis as the new high school principal this past summer, and this year is the first one students will spend in the school’s new high school building. Previously an abandoned public school, the facility was renovated and modernized inside and out, with highlights including indoor labs for aviation, science and engineering and an outdoor vegetable garden and courtyard. The school doesn’t plan to stop there. “This is the first phase in our growing high school offerings. We will continue

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to improve and add to this space,” says Walter Johnson, director of marketing and communications.

For Annunciation Day School, the year 2022 is a big one in general, as it marks the school’s 20th anniversary. Today, ADS has two accreditations, including its most recent recognition from Cognia,

and serves students age 2 through eighth grade, though it originally started out as a preschool. “The school community, along with the church parish family at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, have supported var ious initiatives that have grown and devel oped the school,” says Sophia Tsiotsias, com munications and development director,

citing ADS’s Orton-Gillingham training for teachers and participating in the Metro Atlanta Athletic Conference (MAAC) as examples. An anniversary celebration will take place this fall at the school’s annual gala in October at the Hellenic Center of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. Adam Greenwood, the new head of school, who hails from England, where he previously held similar positions, has also arrived—adding to the excitement of the 2022-2023 academic year.

As the world of education continues to evolve, metro Atlanta private schools prove they’re determined to move for ward with it. n

For more information, visit:

• Annunciation Day School,

• King’s Ridge Christian School,

• Lakeview Academy,

• Landmark Christian School,

• Mount Paran Christian School,

• Mount Pisgah Christian School,

• The Mount Vernon School,

• North Cobb Christian School,

• Pace Academy,

• Springmont School,

• Trinity School,

• The Westminster Schools,

• Woodward Academy,

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Something Special



arents of special needs children require very specific environments and knowledgeable teachers to address their particular challenges. They also want their kids to obtain a top-notch education, giving them the best opportunities that will position them to lead productive lives. Fortunately, metro Atlanta is home to a variety of schools that are designed for spe


The GRACEPOINT School specializes in educating students with dyslexia.

cial needs students. And those institutions are as diverse as the children themselves, focusing on distinct issues and conditions, from autism and dyslexia to a range of other learning differenc es. Here, we look at several schools that truly stand out within Atlanta’s impressive education system: GRACEPOINT School, The Howard School and The Cottage School.

Students receive a comprehensive, high-quality educational program that combines remediation with enrichment and acceleration. GRACEPOINT’s

mission is to equip dyslexic students with the skills needed to develop into inde pendent and confident learners through sequential and multisensory instruction, helping each child develop “a lifelong desire for growing in wisdom and gaining knowledge of the Lord.” The school has enrolled 132 students in first through eighth grades.

GRACEPOINT’s Orton-Gillingham (OG) instructional program is one of only 19 accredited programs in the nation by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Orton-Gill ingham is a diagnostic, prescriptive and multisensory approach to reading and spelling. “Our teachers are trained to use this approach when teaching reading and to reinforce the approach throughout the day in all subject areas,” says Susan Spruill, director of marketing and communication. Students receive 75 minutes of reading instruction daily. Spruill adds, “While remediating their academic weaknesses, GRACEPOINT identifies and exploits students’ strengths, viewing dyslexia as a gift to embrace and celebrate. The school helps foster their


self-confidence and self-advocacy skills while creating positive work habits and study skills.”

GRACEPOINT also created a unique program that increases the students’ understanding of morphology—the study of words, their meanings and how they are built. “Morphemes are the smallest unit of meaning (bases, prefixes and suffixes). One common strength of the dyslexic learner is their ability to see these patterns, or morphemes, in words,” Spruill says. Morphology and OG are intertwined from the beginning in remediation and continue in advanced morphology classes. Angie Strack, director of morphology, created special characters, including Dr. Morphology, to introduce morphology to the students. “GRACEPOINT School’s schoolwide morphological initiative empowers, enriches and equips its students to attack

vocabulary, which strengthens reading comprehension and develops a deeper understanding of word meaning.”

GRACEPOINT administrators expect the school will be able to serve up to 50 percent more dyslexic students with the purchase of a building at 1407 Cobb Parkway. The building will be renovated

throughout the current academic year, with completion slated for a fall 2023 opening. The school is currently on the campus of Piedmont Church, and the renovated building will provide students and staff with larger classrooms, an indoor gym, a GRACEPOINT news-technolo gy lab, a designated lunch area and two

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Howard School K-12 Personalized Instruction Interdisciplinary Team of Experts State-of-the-Art Assistive Technology Spacious 17-acre campus in the heart of Atlanta’s vibrant Westside district For 70+ years, The Howard School has been providing EXCEPTIONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES for students with language-based learning differences A DIFFERENT APPROACH makes all the difference

science labs. And the school has plans for continued growth.

As Spruill concludes, “With limited options in our area for a fully immersive program to serve dyslexic learners, GRACEPOINT has steadily grown due to word-of-mouth testimonials.”

The Howard School

The Howard School focuses on language-based learning differences. Nestled into more than 17 acres on the west side of Atlanta, the school serves approximately 350 students in grades K through 12 and is the only school of its kind in the city, says Marci Mitchell, di rector of marketing and communications.

Marian Howard founded the school in

1950. Mitchell notes that Howard was “an amazing woman who changed the land scape of education in Atlanta by creating an educational world with no boundaries, labels or diminished expectations.”

Howard offers a full school experience with many opportu nities to succeed in academics, the arts and athletics. “Teams of highly qualified and dedicated teachers and specialists—in cluding speech-language pathologists, psychologists, literacy and math specialists— work with students to provide individualized instruction and learning plans,” Mitchell says. The nationally certified speech-language pathologists work with teachers on the language of instruction in every classroom, acting as a catalyst for listening, understanding, speaking and writing; they also engage with teach ers in planning, observing and reviewing to optimize the impact of the language in the classroom.

Additionally, The school’s STEAM initiative is intended for all students, fo cusing on student growth and experienc es directly related to students’ needs. The program prepares students with lifelong learning skills, a necessity in the rapidly

In terms of extracurricular activities, students have the opportunity to par ticipate in self-selected clubs, including Animal Community, Amine and Manga, BattleBots, Hawk Talk (a student-run news broadcast) and many others. What’s more, Howard’s All-In policy serves as the core of the athletic program, as stu dents are encouraged to join the athletic community. The program balances par ticipation and competition and educates students on the importance of good sportsmanship, respect and common

In early 2020, the school expanded with two new state-of-the-art spaces, the Young High School and the Marifred Cilella Student Center. Today, students travel to attend The Howard School from nearly 70 different metro Atlanta zip

The Cottage School
Mill Springs Academy tailors our college preparatory curriculum to meet each student’s individual needs, teaching self-advocacy, social skills, and how to forge their own path. Serving Students in K-12 with Learning Differences 13660 New Providence Road Alpharetta, GA 30004 • 770-360-1336 •

Atlanta Speech School: Serving the Community

Atlanta Speech School’s mission is to help each person devel op their full potential through language and literacy. Its three preschools and Wardlaw School for elementary-aged children with dyslexia pursue this goal with joy, a deeply held commitment to connection with each child and a research-based focus on brain and social science. This level of individualized academic attention and dedication to constructing the deep reading brain for each child is not only accessible to students of the Speech School, but also by the community-at-large. To start, children attending other schools can attend the Clinic for assis tance. And beyond the campus, through the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy and the online Cox Campus, Atlanta Speech School holds long-stand ing partnerships with researchers and organizations to pursue “literacy and justice for all” through school systems across the world. In every endeavor, the Speech School weaves the science of constructing deep reading brains with the art and soul of masterful teaching so that each child has the tools to decide their own future confidently, empathetically and thoughtfully. For more information, visit

The Cottage School has served students with learning differences in the metro and surrounding areas since 1985. TCS changes lives by focusing on the social and emotional needs of our students as well as their academic achievement. Our business-based model fosters self-advocacy and prepares students for the future.

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codes, and graduates are accepted every year at a wide variety of colleges, univer sities and specialty trade schools.

The Cottage School

The Cottage School (TCS) offers a com prehensive academic college prepara tory curriculum for students in grades 3 through 12 with mild to moderate learning differences. The 23-acre campus gives students an experiential learning environment, and the school recently added a new high school building that includes not only additional classrooms, but also a beautiful visual arts studio and project management lab.

“All students are smart and learn dif ferently,” says Dr. Steven Palmer, head of school. “The secret is to teach them dif ferently. That is what The Cottage School does best. TCS meets the students where

they are, helps them see and believe they can, and they achieve great things.”

The school currently has 260 students, and students are admitted throughout the school year. TCS’s one-of-a-kind, business-based model prepares students for real-world experiences, according to Kim Weber, director of special events and alumni coordination. To better serve students, the student-teacher ratio is 10to-1. “With small class sizes, our students are able to forge a strong relationship with teachers and counseling staff and are encouraged to advocate for the tools they need to succeed,” Weber says,

Experiential classes and clubs can include drama, computer literacy, yoga, chess, photography, journalism and yearbook, art, horseback riding, moun tain biking, bowling, weight training and culinary skills. Through the sports programs, student can learn discipline

and foster teamwork and sportsman ship. And each student is encouraged to participate in clubs or sports. “We are especially proud to have an awesome esports program,” Weber says. “Relation ships made while attending The Cottage School can last a lifetime, and many of our alumni return during each year to visit favorite teachers and staff. TCS is a family and, to so many, it is home.”

TCS meets Georgia high school graduation standards and HOPE schol arship requirements. Every graduating senior leaves The Cottage School with a post-secondary plan, whether they expect to attend college or technical school or seek a gap year as they enter the workforce. Weber concludes, “We help the students fill a toolbox with everything they need to move confidently into the future: self-advocacy, leadership skills, financial literacy and so much more.” n

So that Each Child Can Find their Voice

Katherine Hamm Center is for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and develops language and pre-literacy through written and spoken language in family-centered programs for children from birth through pre-K.

Wardlaw School serves K-6 elementary aged children with dyslexia through individualized language and literacy instruction (Wilson, Orton, S.P.I.R.E., LiPs). Students of Wardlaw advance to excel in other accelerated schools.

Anne and Jim Kenan Preschool is for preschoolers who are ready to form a pre-literacy foundation. Kenan teachers prepare children for all subjects in a setting that is at once engaging and rigorous.

Stepping Stones is for preschool-aged children identified as having early speech and language delays. Through Stepping Stones’ pre-literacy focus, each child has the chance to experience their full potential.

Schedule your visit:


The search for a new school for your child begins here. On the following pages, you’ll find a sampling of private schools in metro Atlanta. Each mini-profile features a description of the school, its location, contact information, accreditations and tuition prices. Please note that tuition prices are for the 2022–23 school year and are subject to change. On page 88, you’ll find a helpful private schools map.

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At Atlanta Girls’ School,

girlstake the lead.

Every girl at Atlanta Girls’ School learns to use her voice and lead a life of purpose, surrounded by a caring community. Visit us to see how your daughter could thrive.


From Kindergarten prep through eighth grade, The Davis Academy teaches to the whole child, creating compassionate leaders and equipping them with skills they will use for the entirety of their academic careers and beyond. We teach life skills, instill Jewish values and provide diverse experiences so that our students be come well-rounded and self-confident individuals. Students learn amongst a warm and supportive community that shares common values and visions. We celebrate both the ways our diversity makes our school vibrant and the individual differences that make our school community so unique.

With a retention rate of 97 percent, The Davis Academy community is comprised of families from across the globe, nation and 31 metro Atlanta zip codes. Davis graduates attend the most prestigious public and private high schools in Atlanta; they know who they are and continuously make a difference in their communities and the world.

Location: Dunwoody/Sandy Springs

Phone: (770) 671-0085


Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, SAIS, AAAIS

Tuition: Contact school for pricing.


From the moment your children enter our doors, they will be nurtured, loved and provided one of the best educations in Atlanta. Our mission is to provide an education grounded in respect, compassion and academ ic excellence within an Orthodox Christian environment. ADS serves a diverse community of students with small classroom sizes not exceeding 16 per class. Along with our lead and assistant certified teachers, the small classroom size ratio offers more indi

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vidualized learning between teacher and student. Come be a part of this thriving school community centered in Christ, Children and Community. Location: Atlanta

Phone: (404) 565-2850 Website: or



Tuition: Preschool tuition ranges from $300 - $450/month; K-8th tuition ranges from $915 - $1,145/month


Founded by teachers in 2000, Atlanta Academy serves 375 preschool through eighth grade students in the North Fulton communities of Roswell, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and more. Atlanta Academy encour ages active learning and engagement inside the classroom. Fostering lead

ership opportunities and executive functioning skills helps students build confidence and grow into well-edu cated, independent problem solvers prepared to excel in high school and beyond.

Location: Roswell


Phone: (678) 461-6102


Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, SAIS, GISA, NAIS, Bright from the Start

Tuition: Visit website for pricing information.

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A leading Preschool through 12th grade independent Christian
founded in 1986 in the heart of North Fulton in Atlanta. WE ARE EDUCATING WITH INTENTION SCHEDULE A TOUR | | (678)336-3400
The Lovett School





Atlanta Girls’ School was custom built for one purpose: to prepare girls to lead lives of purpose. For more than 20 years, AGS has offered girls in grades 6 through 12 an exceptional education infused with real-world experiences, challenging and engaging academics and a tight-knit community. Graduates attend prestigious liberal arts colleges, leading Southeastern universities, Ivy League schools and respected research institutes. Girls attending AGS learn to lead with cour age and confidence, take risks and give back to their communities.

Location: Buckhead

Phone: (404) 845-0900


Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, GAC, GISA, NCGS, NAIS, SAIS

Tuition: $29,850


Atlanta International School offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum to all of its students, from preschool to grade 12. By delivering this rigorous academic opportunity, combined with our world-class lan guage acquisition program for all in an inclusive, intercultural environment, AIS prepares students to succeed in a globally connected world.

Location: Buckhead/Garden Hills

Phone: (404) 841-3840




Tuition: Visit tuition-and-fees


Uniquely focused on comprehensive literacy, the programs of the Atlanta Speech School are dedicated to the construction of the reading brain.

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1424 West Paces Ferry Road, NW | Atlanta, Georgia 30327
Tomorrow calls for a new kind of leader.

The campus encompasses four schools, including three preschools: The Katherine Hamm Center, a lis tening, spoken language and literacy program for preschool children who are deaf and hard of hearing; Stepping Stones, a preschool for children who are experiencing speech and language delays; and the Anne & Jim Kenan Preschool for children exceptionally prepared for academic settings. In addition, the Wardlaw School serves school-age children with dyslexia in grades K through 6 with a short-term, individualized and intensive approach designed to return them to traditional school settings. The Speech School’s reach extends beyond the campus through the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy, which, with more than 100 partners including healthcare agen cies and school districts, furthers literacy through coaching, profes sional learning and, with the free Cox Campus, online learning.

Location: Buckhead

Phone: (404) 233-5332




Tuition: Contact school for pricing.


Building a sense of self for students with special learning needs through

academic and experiential program ming, The Cottage School (TCS) prepares individuals for fulfillment of their true potential as confident, productive and independent adults. Through The Cottage School’s unique work-based model for grades 3 through 12, our students pursue a high school degree through rigorous academic standards with a strong emphasis on emotional/social learn ing. Students experience educational success while learning vocational skills that will help them thrive in the world beyond graduation, be that in continuing education or a career. Our beautiful 23-acre campus offers small class sizes, open spaces and fresh air and state-of-the-art technology to provide individualized instruction to our diverse student population. Every student learns differently, so we teach differently. Please contact us for more information about our rigorous standard of care to keep our families healthy.

Location: Roswell

Phone: (770) 641-8688



SAIS, SACS, NAIS, GISA, AAAIS, GAPSEC, IDA, AAC, APAC, GISL, AATE, GNFCC Education Committee, National Coun cil for the Social Studies

Tuition: $21,000 - $27,000

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Whitefield Academy



Located in beautiful Chastain Park, The Galloway School is a community where learning is joyful, individu als are valued and self-discovery is encouraged. Galloway students in grades PreK3 through 12 confidently embrace challenges while developing the knowledge, skills and cultural competence to thrive as enlightened contributors in their chosen pathways.

Location: Atlanta

Phone: (404) 252-8389




Tuition: $18,200 - $31,150


GRACEPOINT School is a private school located in Marietta dedicated to bringing out the brilliance of the dyslexic learner in a Christ-centered environment. Since August 2012, the philosophy of GRACEPOINT has been to provide an instructional environ ment where approaches to learning are multi-sensory and prescriptive. This technique addresses reading defi cits and allows for enrichment in the areas where students are gifted. Stu dents in first through eighth grades are taught using the Orton-Gilling ham method, and this multi-sensory approach is woven into all subject areas. The student-teacher ratio is 5:1 in reading and math classes and 8:1 in all other core subjects.

Location: Marietta

Phone: (678) 709-6634


Accreditations/Memberships: GAC, GAPSEC, OGA, IDA, SAIS, GISA, AAAIS

Tuition: $25,000

74 KNOWAtlanta FALL 2022 COME THRIVE WITH US! Gainesville, GA | 4 minutes off I-985 We invite you to learn more or schedule a private tour. 770-531-2602 meaningful relationships lifetime of possibilities. WHERE AND engaging opportunities PREPARE STUDENTS FOR A Pre K3-12th grade Small class sizes College-prep academics including AP courses and dual enrollment • • • Award-winning extracurricular programs Fine arts for all ages Family atmosphere • • •
ATLANTA’S PRIVATE SCHOOLS & Age 3 through Eighth Grade | Roswell, GA 770.993.2940 | An International Baccalaureate® School Beyond high school readiness, our rich and rigorous Middle Years program inspires students to be positive change makers and lifelong learners. Visit our website to register. Learning should be an
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Since 1973, High Meadows School has inspired children to think critically, learn creatively, act globally and live compassionately. Located on 42 acres of historic farm property, our students experience a school environment where adventure and play go hand-in-hand with extraordinary academic preparation and exemplary student outcomes. From an outstanding faculty and breathtaking campus to small classes and an acclaimed International Baccalaureate curriculum, High Meadows is an exceptional place to learn and grow.

Location: Roswell Phone: (770) 993-2940 Website:

Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, AdvancED/SACS, GISA,

International Baccalaureate (IB), NAIS, SAIS

Tuition: $7,320 - $22,332


Holy Spirit Preparatory School is a truly unique family-oriented school

providing both spiritual formation and intellectual formation for children 6 months through the 12th grade. Our faith is at the core of everything we do. We offer a classical curriculum to help students develop critical thinking skills, reason and sound judgement, along with a classical approach which

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provides academic excellence with a moral framework. Our extensive ex tracurricular offerings in the arts and athletics make for a complete educa tion for students of all ages. Schedule a private tour today so you can see for yourself all that we have to offer!

Location: Atlanta

Phone: (678) 761-7992




Tuition: Call for information.


Since 1950, The Howard School has offered an exceptional educational pro gram for students with language-based learning disabilities and learning differences. Teams comprised of highly qualified and dedicated teachers and specialists, including speech-language pathologists, psychologists and math and literacy specialists, work with students to uncover and foster each child’s strengths and provide individu alized learning plans for every student. The school has a rolling admissions process, which allows it to accept stu dents whenever openings are available.

Location: Atlanta

Phone: (404) 377-7436


Accreditations/Memberships: SAIS, AdvancED/SACS, NAIS, GISA, AAAIS, IDA (International Dyslexia Associ ation), LDA (Learning Disabilities Association)

Tuition: Contact school for pricing.


Situated on 80 sprawling acres in Alpharetta, King’s Ridge Christian School provides a PreK through grade 12 college preparatory education, equipping students to know, to serve and to believe. This is a multi-denom inational, Christ-centered community where students are loved, nurtured and

76 KNOWAtlanta FALL 2022 NOW ENROLLING PRESCHOOL- 8TH GRADE 2000 Holcomb Woods Pkwy. Roswell, GA 30076 678.461.6102 Curiosity Sparked. No Limits. Schedule your family’s tour at! PRE-K3 – GRADE 12 Galloway students confidently embrace challenges while developing the knowledge, skills, and cultural competence to thrive as enlightened contributors in their chosen pathways.

truly known. Students are encouraged to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to reveal all that they were created to be. Safety, spirituality and integrity are emphasized to reinforce the healthy development of the whole child through rigorous academics, com petitive athletics, award-winning fine arts and a commitment to community service. KRCS invites you to discover how excellence is achieved while Christ is glorified. Contact our Admissions Office for a tour at (770) 754-5738 or

Location: Alpharetta/Milton

Phone: (770) 754-5738


Accreditations/Memberships: CESA, SAIS, GISA, GHSA, NACAC, Cognia, EdTA, NAES, North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce

Tuition: Contact school for pricing.


Lakeview Academy is a dynamic and nurturing day school for PreK3 through grade 12 off I-985 in Gainesville. Known as a leading independent college-pre paratory day school, our students and families describe Lakeview as a family and a learning community that chal

lenges children to reach further than they thought possible. This strong sense of community and spirit sets us apart from other schools in Northeast Georgia. Our students’ curiosity is sparked through a rigorous curricu lum, and interpersonal relationships are developed through extensive

Guided by our distinctive approach to whole child education, Lovett faculty immerse students in intellectually rigorous, hands-on learning environments that spark character development, individual passions, and social awareness. By design, we offer students the experiences that deepen their cognitive, emotional, and social skills while inspiring an enduring enthusiasm for learning.

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An independent, K-12 coeducational day school in Atlanta

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extracurricular activities, including award-winning fine arts, athletics and robotics. Bus routes are available from Buford, Chateau Élan, Cumming, Dahlonega and Suwanee.

Location: Gainesville

Phone: (770) 532-4383


Accreditations/Memberships: SAIS, AAAIS, GHSA, NAIS. Lakeview’s PreK program is fully licensed by the State of Georgia, Bright From the Start Tuition: Varies by grade; Upper School is $19,640.


Landmark Christian School, which serves students in grades K3 through 12, provides a rich, relevant and rewarding education by teach ing academic excellence with Biblical truth. With low student-teacher ratios, students thrive through personalized learning, discovering their passions and developing their talents. Beginning in K3, students are loved and nurtured, enjoying Imagination Stations, TED, world languages, Spotlight Theater, art, core and athletic offerings encom passing 67 teams. The Atlanta Ballet provides on-campus instruction, and students study Bible daily and enjoy weekly chapel with grade-ap propriate service/missions. Vertical educational alignment prepares lower school students for academies in business, aviation, music, fashion, engineering and leadership. The new high school offers AP/Honors courses, on-campus dual enrollment and superior college guidance. Grad uates are excellent candidates for college with a 100 percent college acceptance rate, $13,679,989 in scholarships, seven athletic schol ars and two National Merit Finalists from the 83 seniors of the Class of 2021.

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Location: Fairburn and Peachtree City

Phone: (770) 306-0647


Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED, SAIS, ACSI

Tuition: $9,000 - $20,700


Founded nearly 100 years ago, The Lovett School is a community of belonging that develops students of honor, faith and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in learning and life. Lovett is a leader of whole child education, embracing a multifaceted approach where intellec tual rigor, social-emotional learning and character development are purposefully cultivated. Every day, we welcome more than 1,600 students from 78 different zip codes and 11 counties in the metropolitan area to our campus beautifully located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. As a nationally renowned college prepa ratory institution, Lovett encourages students to also discover themselves outside of the classroom through the arts, athletics, global studies and community engagement.

Location: Atlanta

Phone: (404) 262-3032


Accreditations/Memberships: NAIS, SAIS, AAAIS, Global Online Academy, CSEE, SACS

Tuition: $28,870 - $33,500


Lyndon Academy is an accredited in ternational college preparatory school with an extraordinary teaching system that combines proven methods of learning from the most successful schools in the country. It offers a rigorous and rich curriculum designed for motivated and academically talent ed students who are accustomed to higher standards of learning. Manda

80 KNOWAtlanta FALL 2022 Serving Preschool thru 8th Grade or (404) 565-2850 • Accredited by Cognia • No more than 16 students per class • Affordable tuition ranging from $915 - $1,145/month for K-8th and $300 - $450/month for Preschool • 70% of teachers hold master’s degrees or higher • Competitive League Sports in basketball, soccer, volleyball and cross country • Morning & After Care starting as early as 7:15am until 6:00pm Conveniently located to Emory & CDC Schedule a private tour today to learn more. CONNECTING LEARNING TO LIFE AT EVERY LEVEL.

rin and Spanish are also a part of the core academics starting as early as Pre-Kindergarten, and the instruction is daily. Arts, athletics, technology and an abundance of electives are available in addition to the multilingual core curricula. AP courses and college course opportunities are available as well.

Location: Holly Springs

Phone: (770) 926-0166 Website:


Cognia, GISA, GAPPS, Duke TIP, International University Alliance, Georgia Futures and Georgia HOPE

Tuition: $12,500 - $17,000; Tuition includes activity and athletic fees.


Success in School…Success in Life. Mill Springs Academy is a Cognia-accred ited independent school dedicated

to the academic, physical and social growth of students who have not real ized their full potential in a traditional classroom setting. Founded in 1981, Mill Springs provides a college prepa ratory curriculum teaching self-advo cacy and social skills to students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities.

In addition to Mill Springs’ broad range of college preparatory options, the school also offers award-winning fine arts and a competitive athletic program to foster interests and hidden talents. Small classes and an individualized curriculum help students capitalize on strengths while

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Serving children age three through Sixth Grade, Trinity School offers high-quality, multi-sensory differentiated learning in a safe and nurturing environment. Small class sizes. Early childhood and elementary education experts. Flexible learning spaces on a beautiful 43-acre campus. Innovative programming.

more about why your child will thrive at Trinity, Atlanta’s only private


learning compensatory strategies. Our 85-acre campus is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Alpharetta.

“If a student can’t learn the way we teach, we should teach the way a stu dent can learn.” ~Tweetie L. Moore, Founder

Location: Alpharetta

Phone: (770) 360-1336




Tuition: $23,623 - $28,120


Mount Paran Christian School exists to provide a stellar academic experience in a Christian environ ment. It’s crucial to guarantee a moral and faith-based foundation through everything your child learns at school. Through curricular Bible classes, weekly chapel, discipleship groups and service, faith becomes integrated into who the students are. Within small 12:1 class sizes, MPCS offers 59 AP/honors cours es, instructional support, robotics, STEAM/Spanish starting in PK3 and a 1:1 device program. Our job is to prepare servant-leaders in the classroom, on the ball field, on the stage and ultimately in our commu nity. As a PK3 through 12th grade private Christian, non-denomina tional, college preparatory school, MPCS is committed to excellence in academics, award-winning arts and championship athletics. Founded in 1976, MPCS is fully accredited and located in the shadow of Kennesaw Mountain on a 68-acre collegiate-like campus. MPCS unites with home and church to prepare servant-lead ers to honor God, love others and walk in Truth.

Location: Marietta/Kennesaw

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elementary-only 404-231-8118 Bright, young minds thrive here

Phone: (770) 578-0182


Accreditations/Memberships: Cognia/ SACS, CESA ACSA, GISA, SAIS, NAIS

Tuition: Contact school for pricing.


Mount Pisgah Christian School provides an outstanding college preparatory education grounded in Christian faith and values. This independent school is nondenomi national, co-educational and serves children from early learning through 12th grade. The school is known for an exceptional faculty; proven perfor mance in personalized instruction; a comprehensive AP, Honors and STEM curriculum; 46 athletic teams; fine arts and a college placement program and is growing as one Atlanta’s best educa tional choices in North Fulton.

Location: Johns Creek/North Fulton

Phone: (678) 336-3400


Accreditations/Memberships: ACSA, GHSA, GISA, NAIS, SAIS

Tuition: $17,000 - $23,900


Mount Vernon is a school of inquiry, innovation and impact. We know students have big ideas. When their teachers cultivate curiosities and passions, the possibilities are limit less. As a co-educational day school for more than 1,200 students in preschool through grade 12, Mount Vernon is a destination for students who want to design a better world. The school sets the conditions for learners at all ages to excel by creating and providing access to real-world applications through design thinking and routine access to subject matter

experts, many from Fortune 100 companies. Mount Vernon seeks to establish the skill sets needed for the workforce of the future, a competi tive college admissions environment, technological transformations and global interconnectivity. Students have achieved some of the highest academic honors, receiving recogni tion through scholarships and awards, including National Merit, More head-Cain, QuestBridge, Stamps, Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, Jefferson Scholarship and the Robertson Schol arship. Mount Vernon students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States, including Har vard, Stanford, Yale, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, UPenn, Duke, US Naval Academy, USC, NYU, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, and many more.

Location: Sandy Springs

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An exceptional college preparatory education ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR Saint Francis Elementary and Middle Schools 9375 Willeo Road | Roswell, GA 30075 Saint Francis High School | 13440 Cogburn Road | Milton, Georgia 30004 Schedule your tour today! • Accredited Cognia (AdvancEd, SACS), SAIS •No Religious Affiliation • SB 10 Scholarship Funds Accepted • Small Class Size • Low Student/Teacher Ratio •Challenging College Preparatory Curriculum •AP/Honors, Traditional, Support and Academic Enhancement Courses •Study and Organizational Skills •Google Apps for Education • Intensive Writing Approach • Wilson Reading System® • Computer Science, Engineering, STEM, Robotics, Broadcasting, and Video Production •Laptops Required Grades 4 - 12 •After School Homework Hour •GHSA Sports Program Football and Equestrian • Bus Service Available ROSWELL CAMPUS Grades K - 8 Marc Weiss Director of Admissions 770.641.8257 x51 MILTON CAMPUS Grades 9 - 12 Brandon Bryan High School Admissions 678.339.9989 x33 SAINT FRANCIS SCHOOLS FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN!

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Phone:: (404) 252-3448




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Discover your child’s unique genius at NCCS! Whether it’s through robotics or mountain biking, on a stage or on a pitcher’s mound, students are challenged to discover their God-given gifts. Through small class sizes (10:1), over 50 athletic teams, 16 performing arts ensembles, five Academy magnet programs, RISE gifted programs, the Moving Forward Program for academ ic support, dozens of AP/Honors/dual enrollment opportunities and foreign language at every grade level, NCCS students in preschool K3 through 12th grade soar. Daily Bible class, annu al retreats, weekly chapel, mentor programs and global spring term trips further expand student horizons while firmly planting their identity in Christ. It’s no surprise that NCCS feels like family—because it is. And in today’s world, that truly matters.

Location: Kennesaw

Phone: (770) 975-0252



Cognia, ACSI, GHSA, Metro10, SETC, ASCA

Tuition: $7,600 - $17,720


In 1958, an interfaith group of com munity leaders envisioned an inclusive learning environment open to fresh ideas and founded Pace Academy. To day, Pace serves 1,115 students in prefirst through 12th grade. Pace develops children’s passions and strengths through academics, athletics and the arts while providing global perspectives inside and outside the classroom.

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Education First! • Achievement Student achievement beyond expectations • Affordability Tuition within most families’ grasp • Atmosphere Educating students since 1969 • Admissions Schedule a campus tour today Prospective Families Open House Nov. 6, 2022 Jan. 22, 2023 Call for more information Accredited by the Georgia Accreditation Commission 1772 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30062 • (770) 971-1880 Make The Wood Acres School part of your family’s move! A Wood Acres private school education is open to students 2 years old - 8th grade. Pre-K through 12th Grade •, 770-926-0166 • The largest class is 18 students & no more than 16 up through 5th grade • Spanish and Mandarin Chinese taught daily • Rigorous, college-prep curriculum • Well-rounded Fine Arts and Athletic programs “Building future leaders through a commitment to excellence.” “The Future is Our Priority”

Location: Atlanta

Phone: (404) 262-1345



AdvancED/SACS, ACCIS, College Board, Cum Laude Society, Educational Records Bureau, NACAC, NAIS, SAIS, Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG)

Tuition: $30,160 - $34,720


Paideia, a school of just over 1,000 children ages 3 through grade 12, is located near Emory University in Atlanta. In addition to advocating intellectual, civic, artistic and physical development, the school seeks to cultivate the development of a child’s ethical self. Paideia strives for racial, cultural and economic diversity and works hard to be a place that embraces families from all backgrounds.

Location: Atlanta

Phone: (404) 270-2312


Accreditations/Memberships: SACS, NAIS, SAIS

Tuition: $13,143 - $26,172


Saint Francis Schools is an indepen dent, fully accredited school with no religious affiliation, providing an exceptional college preparatory pro gram since 1976. Two campuses are available: Grades K-8 in Roswell and Grades 9-12 in Milton. The school’s commitment to small class sizes, low pupil-to-teacher ratio and a strong emphasis on structure and organiza tion allow students to enjoy academic success and develop the self-con fidence to be successful in college. Curriculum offerings include AP, Honors, traditional, support classes

and specialized reading programs, in cluding the Wilson Reading System®. A full sports program is offered in grades 5 through 12, including football and equestrian.

Location: Roswell / Milton

Phone: (770) 641-8257; (678) 3399989


Accreditations/Memberships: Cognia accredited (AdvancED, SAIS / SACS)

Tuition: $15,000 - $25,000


Springmont School delivers an au thentic Montessori learning experi ence to students 18 months through eighth grade. Individualized hands-on lessons and activities are designed to inspire students to become creative, independent thinkers and lifelong learners. Highly experienced and car

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Springmont’s authentic Montessori experience balances academic learning with social/ emotional well-being.

experienced and caring teachers guide individualized learning that inspires students to become creative, independent and


Tours by Appointment.

ing teachers offer opportunities for independent study and collaboration, and social/emotional development is interwoven with robust academics, art, music, PE, Spanish and outdoor science instruction. Diversity, equity and inclusivity are at the heart of our core values and are evident in our strong, supportive school community. Recognized by AMI and accredited by Cognia/SACS, Springmont meets the highest standards for independent schools. Springmont graduates are confident, collaborative, engaged learners prepared for success in At lanta’s premier high schools, as well as life beyond academics. Springmont— Extraordinary by Design.

Location: Atlanta

Phone: (404) 252-3910




Tuition: $11,550 - $25,000


Atlanta’s only private elementary-only school, Trinity School is known for its inspiring academics, amazing arts program, state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor learning spaces and commu nity that cares like no other. Everything Trinity does is designed to help children age 3 through sixth grade flourish.

Location: Atlanta

Phone: (404) 231-8100



Cognia/SACS, NAIS, SAIS, AAAIS, GISA, The Enrollment Management Association

Tuition: $19,500 - $30,000


The Walker School is metro Atlanta’s top PreK3 through grade 12 school open to all faiths. We provide a safe atmosphere for students to discover who they are and how to successfully navigate an ever-changing world. At

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Walker, you are challenged, support ed and engaged. Most of all, you are known. You belong here!

Location: Marietta

Phone: (770) 427-2689 Website:

Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, SAIS

Tuition: $11,820 - $27,170


Wesleyan School is a Christian, independent K-12 college preparatory school located in Peachtree Corners. At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, Wesleyan enrolled 1,207 stu dents from throughout the metropoli tan Atlanta area.

Location: Peachtree Corners

Phone: (770) 448-7640 Website:

Accreditations/Memberships: SAIS/ Cognia, CESA, GISA

Tuition: Contact school for pricing.


Westminster is a coeducational Christian, independent day school that seeks to serve students who are bright, motivated, curious and nurtured by challenge in an environment that devel ops leaders of conscience who will be a positive force in the world. The school was founded in 1951 and guided by a mission to prepare students for college and life. With a current enrollment of approximately 1,890 students in grades pre-first through 12th, Westminster fulfills its mission through a dynamic collaborative, interdisciplinary and experiential curriculum that engages children across the key dimensions of their growth—academic, physical and spiritual.

Location: Atlanta

Phone: (404) 355-8673


Accreditations/Memberships: SAIS, NAIS, GISA, WLSA, NACAC, SACAC

Tuition: $29,746 - $34,106

sizes, Spanish program, affordable tuition and uniquely pristine 10-acre campus. Wood Acres graduates go on to attend the best private, public and magnet high schools.

Location: Marietta

Phone: (770) 971-1880


Accreditations/Memberships: GAC

Tuition: $5,000 - $13,900



Located in Smyrna, Whitefield Academy is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school serving more than 850 students in Pre-K4 through grade 12. Whitefield seeks to serve fami lies looking for academic excellence augmented by authentic relation ships with Christ and each other. The rigorous college prep curriculum with numerous AP and honors courses sets the framework for 100 percent of graduates to attend colleges and universities of their choice. A full range of athletic programs, visual and performing arts, STEM lab and college/career planning complement the strong academic offerings of this well-rounded school.

Location: Smyrna/Vinings

Phone: (678) 305-3000




Tuition: Contact school for pricing.


Established in 1969, The Wood Acres School is an independent, highly respected school for students age 2 through eighth grade. The school is well-known for its academically advanced curriculum, small class

With 2,525 students across two campuses spanning 133-acres, complemented by the intimacy of a 6:1 student-teacher ratio, Woodward offers the vast resources and op portunities of a college or university coupled with the intimacy and atten tion of home. Students learn how to think about and engage in the world outside of themselves, making a com mitment to do their best and gaining the confidence to make a difference. This shared purpose is something we call 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 pro gram, which pairs juniors and seniors with university professors to work on real-world problems.

Location: Main Campus: College Park; Woodward North: Johns Creek Phone: (404) 765-4001

Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, CEEB, GISA, NAIS, NACAC, SACAC, SAIS

Tuition: $19,800 - $31,150

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Life University Adds Two New Health Science Programs for Aspiring Students

Recently, Life University (Life U) has expanded its already impressive academic offerings with two new Health Science programs. Here’s a look at what you can expect from the newest ad ditions at the world’s leading chiropractic and holistic health college.

A New Opportunity for Tennis in Postsecondary Education

The tennis industry isn’t just growing; it’s skyrocketing. From 2019 to 2021, tennis has seen a 27.9 percent increase in participation in the U.S., growing by approximately 4.9 million players. Ac cording to the Physical Activity Council’s (PAC) participation report, more than 22.6 million people took to the courts in

2021 — up approximately one million players from 2020.

Life University’s newest track within its master’s degree in Sport Health Science program—Tennis Fitness & Sport Sci ence—is designed to transform your love of tennis into a rewarding career. Life U’s robust program leverages a large network of tennis and fitness industry experts to pre pare graduates with a unique blend of skills as they enter this growing job market.

Throughout the program, students will have various opportunities to observe live training sessions with tennis athletes, work alongside unique experts in the field and review and research the latest tennis-specific training methods. After completing the program, students will

have the knowledge, skills and abilities to work with tennis athletes on improving performance and reducing the likelihood of injury.

All new applicants will start together in the 2022 fall quarter beginning the first week of October. They will go through the program as a cohort, which allows for unparalleled learning opportunities through group projects, training and research.

Program director Dr. Mark Kovacs, PhD, FACSM, SCSC, CTPS, MTPS, has more than two decades of experience at the highest levels of tennis training and research. He has directed Coaching Education & Sport Science for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and

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worked personally with more than two dozen Top 100 ATP and WTA players. He is also the executive director of the In ternational Tennis Performance Associa tion (iTPA), the largest tennis fitness and sport science organization in the world that has helped thousands get educated and certified to work with tennis athletes in academies, tennis clubs and collegiate and professional environments.

Life U’s Tennis Fitness & Sport Science track will partner with a wide variety of organizations to help educate students in various areas of strength and condition ing, tennis medicine, tennis innovation and technology, athlete care, recovery, sleep and nutrition. With worldwide re lationships, the university gives students the chance to partner with the best in the tennis industry. At Life U, you’ll not only learn from the best, but you’ll also work with the best.

Individuals who graduate from this program will be coming into a hot job market. The tennis industry has seen a huge boom over the past few years, and there is currently a shortage of quality and knowledgeable professionals to test, train and treat tennis athletes. Individuals who graduate from this program are in high demand across tennis academies, private clubs, national tennis federations, collegiate tennis programs and private training facilities. They can also work with professionals on the ATP and WTA tours.

For more information about this ex citing opportunity, contact Dr. Kovacs at

Life U’s Newest Online Degree Adds Depth to Health Science Roster

Life U’s College of Online Education strives to give its students a chance for an individualized education no matter where they reside. The department has continually expanded its offerings to help spread Life U’s philosophy and educa tional values across the globe.

In Life U’s online Bachelor of Science

in Anatomy and Physiology, students will learn to navigate and understand the human body’s complexities and pre pare for a future healthcare career. The program’s curriculum explores how the human body works and how one’s daily life affects physiology. Students will also discover how anatomy and physiology af fect various ethical, social and philosoph ical issues. Furthermore, they will learn how Vitalism applies to the human body, its physiology and healing process and the governance of regulating a homeo static balance. Vitalism, as Life University defines it, is the recognition that the uni verse itself is self-conscious and, as such, creates itself as a dynamic system wherein living organisms are self-developing, self-maintaining and self-healing. For example, the human body works hard to express health, to maintain health and to recover from illnesses or other conditions that threaten health.

“Adding an online bachelor’s degree in Anatomy and Physiology will allow students from all over the world to partake in the high-quality education offered at Life U in a track that suits them

well to explore graduate school options,” explains Dr. Richard Belcastro, dean of the College of Online Education. “The program is aimed at providing students withthe fundamental knowledge that they will need for future careers in the healthcare industry.”

This is the sixth stand-alone degree added to Life U’s College of Online Ed ucation, with more planned to be added in the next few years as outlined in the University’s 2040 Strategic Plan.

“This program is very special to me, and I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of it,” notes Dr. Matthew D’Alessandro, assistant professor and program coordinator for the B.S. in Anatomy and Physiology program. “At Life U, the entire team who will be implementing this program is absolutely wonderful. From our behindthe-scenes instructional specialists and designers to our core and adjunct faculty and leadership, this team is nothing short of amazing.”

For more information about the online Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Physiol ogy, visit To apply to Life University, visit

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With worldwide relationships, the university gives students the chance to partner with the best in the tennis industry. At Life U, you’ll not only learn from the best, but you’ll also work with the best.
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The Counties of Metro Atlanta

According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the 20-county Atlanta region will be home to more than eight million people by the year 2040. The counties that comprise the area are as distinctive as the people who live within them, as each one has its own personality, features and resources. In the pages that follow, KNOWAtlanta will introduce you to more than


Interstate 75

I-75 runs northwest to southeast straight through the City of Atlanta.

Interstate 85

I-85 runs northeast to southwest and converges with I-75 to form the Downtown Connector.

Interstate 20

I-20 is a major artery running east to west through the City of Atlanta.

Interstate 285

Known as “The Perimeter,” this interstate loop encircles Atlanta and connects I-75, I-85 and I-20 to the city.

a dozen of the most sought-after counties in metro Atlanta. You’ll learn about each county’s proximity to the city of Atlanta, basic facts, the major cities and neighborhoods, school information and more. Consider it your primer for getting to know Atlanta and its beautiful communities. When you relocate, all of the information you need is right here at your fingertips.

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Georgia State Route 400

GA 400 runs north to south through the north-central suburbs of Atlanta and is concurrent with U.S. Route 19.

Interstate 675

This auxiliary highway runs through the southeast part of metro Atlanta connecting Stockbridge to I-285.

Interstate 575

I-575 is a 30-mile spur route that branches off of I-75 and traverses the northwestern suburbs.

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Bartow County


Distance from Cartersville to Downtown Atlanta 43 Miles

Distance from Cartersville to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 53 Miles




Bartow County features the best parts of big city life and small-town living with Civil War and Native American sites, excellent dining experiences, a business-friendly economy, unmatched arts, shopping and excellent educational opportunities.


Industries, Inc.

Tire North America

Medical Center

Automotive Components


Top Mountain State Park

Science Museum

Western Art Museum

Sports Complex



Recognized as one of the safest cities in Georgia, Adairsville was the first town in Georgia to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places in its entirety.


Offering access to an array of North Georgia’s natural wonders and a beautiful historic downtown, Cartersville blends the best of yesterday and today.


This growing city is quickly becoming one of the nation’s hot spots for youth travel sports thanks to the LakePoint Sports Complex, which spans 1,300 acres.

Euharlee Euharlee is a small town located just west of Cartersville and home to the Euharlee Covered Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Georgia. Kingston

Kingston is a city steeped in Antebellum history and keeps it alive through a variety of artifacts and photographs in two museums.


Taylorsville is home to Plant Bowen, a coalfired power station that has the second largest generating capacity of any coal-fired power plant in North America.


A bedroom community of neighboring Cartersville, White covers one square mile of land—referred to as “The Friendliest Mile in Georgia.”



Bartow County Schools

Cartersville City Schools


Turn to page 88 for the independent schools listing and a map.

To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at



Georgia Natural Gas

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Georgia Power

Cartersville Electric System

Cobb EMC

Greystone Power Corporation


City of Cartersville

Bartow County

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• LakePoint
• Barnsley
Cartersville Adairsville Emerson Euharlee Kingston White Taylorsville Booth Western Art Museum Red Top Mountain State Park Downtown Cartersville

Cherokee County



Turn to page 88 for the independent schools listing and a map.

Lyndon Academy

To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at


Reinhardt University

Ball Ground

Ball Ground is a beautiful city in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains that’s home to quaint shops, eateries and a mix of residential options.

Distance from Canton to Downtown Atlanta 40 Miles

Distance from Canton to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 50 Miles




Dubbed the place “Where Metro Meets the Mountains,” Cherokee County benefits from its status as a region that’s business savvy, environmentally alluring and undergoing tremendous growth.


• Northside Hospital Cherokee

Roof Systems

• Pilgrim’s Pride

Industries, Inc.



• Lake Allatoona


• Gibbs Gardens

• The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta

Arts Center

• Chukkar Farm Polo Club


The county seat of Cherokee, Canton offers the perfect blend of historic charm and progressive opportunity, with a revitalized downtown that features a museum, arts center, heritage center and theater.

Holly Springs

Recognized as one of the best places to raise a family in Georgia, Holly Springs is a beloved community that also was named the number three city for new families in the U.S. by


Located in both Cherokee and Pickens counties, Nelson was established in 1891 and is the “First Georgia Marble City.” Waleska Home to Reinhardt University, Waleska is a small community alive with industry, including the lumber and agriculture businesses.


Once a farming village, Woodstock has transformed into a bustling and diverse community with a revitalized downtown, a worldclass trail system and excellent shopping and dining options.



Cherokee County Schools



Georgia Natural Gas

SCANA Energy





ETC Communications

Nelson-Ball Ground Telephone (770) 735-2000


Georgia Power


Amicalola EMC

Cobb EMC

Sawnee EMC


Cherokee County Water Authority

City of Ball Ground

City of Canton

City of Holly Springs

City of Waleska

City of Woodstock

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Ball Ground Holly Springs Woodstock Waleska Gibbs Gardens Canton Woodstock

Clayton County

Atlanta Clayton

• Atlanta State Farmers Market


CITIES OF CLAYTON: Forest Park Jonesboro


Riverdale is located only about five miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and serves more than 14,000 residents, deeming it the second largest city in the county.



Clayton County Schools


Turn to page 88 for the independent schools listing and a map.

Distance from Jonesboro to Downtown Atlanta


Distance from Jonesboro to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 15 Miles





Located 30 minutes south of Atlanta, Clayton County offers easy access to Interstates 75, 85, 285 and 675, along with rail service from Norfolk Southern and CSX and HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport. It is the only county in the Atlanta area to be classified as a Foreign Trade Zone.


• Clayton Co. Public Schools

• Clayton Co. Board of Commissioners

• Southern Regional Medical Center


• Fresh Express


• Porsche Cars North American Experience Center

to Tara Museum

• Clayton County Performing Arts Center

• The Beach at Clayton County International Park

Forest Park

Forest Park was originally founded by farming families with an influx of railroad employees, but today is home to more than 20,000 people and has become a viable center for commerce.


The county seat of Clayton, Jonesboro is known as the official “home” of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind” and maintains its historic atmosphere with stately homes and beautiful landscapes.

Lake City

Lake City’s pride and joy is the Lake City Community Center, a nearly 5,000-squarefoot multi-use facility designed for weddings, birthday parties, reunions and city meetings.


Lovejoy, known as “The City of Peace,” is growing rapidly but strives to maintain the small-town community atmosphere that continues to attract residents and businesses.


Morrow is home to Clayton State University, the Southeast Region Branch of the U.S. Archives, the Georgia Archives, Reynolds Nature Preserve and Spivey Hall, a stunning performance center.

To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at


Clayton State University



Georgia Natural Gas

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Georgia Power Company

Central GA EMC


Clayton County Water Authority

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Cobb County


• Truist Park/The Battery Atlanta

• Six Flags Over Georgia/White Water

• Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

• Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

• Silver Comet Trail

• Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area


Distance from Marietta to Downtown Atlanta

20 Miles

Distance from Marietta to Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta Int’l Airport 30 Miles





Long regarded as one of the best places to live in metro Atlanta, Cobb County captures the best of all worlds with growing businesses, neighborhoods and more just beyond the I-285 Perimeter. It provides easy access to recreation and entertainment opportunities, as well as a thriving commercial center.


• Wellstar Health System

• The Home Depot

• Kennesaw State University

• Lockheed Martin Corp.

• Publix Super Markets


Known as “The Lake City,” Acworth makes good use of its prime location on the banks of Lake Acworth with a full calendar of events centered around the water.


Although it’s located just 18 miles from Downtown Atlanta, Austell’s revitalized downtown and population of just over 7,000 still give it a small-town feel.


Kennesaw is a bustling business center in Cobb County known as a great place to raise a family, while also being home to more than 5,000 companies and Kennesaw State University.


Historic Marietta Square serves as the city center for this vibrant and ever-growing community, boasting quaint shops, delectable eateries, numerous museums, green space and more.

Powder Springs

The town motto, “Small enough to know you, large enough to serve you,” speaks volumes about Powder Springs. Once a gold mining town, the city now boasts several parks, as well as a museum that chronicles its rich history.


One of the fastest-growing cities in metro Atlanta, the “Jonquil City” is home to a wealth of family-friendly neighborhoods, upscale dining establishments, pristine public parks and a vibrant Village Green.



Situated 10 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, this unincorporated community serves as the region’s fifth largest business district and is home to the Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park.


At more than 20 square miles, Mableton is the largest unincorporated community in the metro area, as well as the hometown of former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes.


Unincorporated Vinings has become a go-to spot for a city-meets-the-suburbs experience, with upscale boutiques, exceptional restaurants and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.



Cobb County Schools

Marietta City Schools


Turn to page 88 for the independent schools listing and a map.


Mount Paran Christian School

North Cobb Christian School

The Walker School

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Whitefield Academy

The Wood Acres School

To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at


Chattahoochee Technical College

Kennesaw State University

Life University


Georgia Natural Gas

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Georgia Power

Acworth Power

Cobb EMC

GreyStone Power Corp.

Marietta Power


Cobb County Water System

Marietta Water

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DeKalb County

Atlanta DeKalb

• State Farm

• AT&T Services, Inc.


• Stone Mountain Park

• Fernbank Museum

• DeKalb Farmers Market

• Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

• Eddie’s Attic

• Arabi Mountain

Distance from Decatur to Downtown Atlanta 7 Miles

Distance from Decatur to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 17 Miles




Access to suburban settings, a fast-paced city lifestyle, hip locales and one of the region’s most diverse populations makes DeKalb County a popular option for young professionals, students and established business executives. More than half of the Fortune 500 companies with a presence in Atlanta also have operations in DeKalb.


• Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

• Emory Healthcare, Inc.

• United Parcel Service


Avondale Estates

Known for its close-knit community, beautiful setting and diverse architectural styles, Avondale Estates has a large number of local businesses operated from homes and shops in the commercial district.


The urban town center of Brookhaven on Dresden Drive features many mixed-use developments and is bordered by residential neighborhoods.


Chamblee is a vibrant city with a diverse community and plenty of international flair, with the Southeast’s only Chinatown and the Chamblee Motor Mile, a large antique district.


Clarkston, known as a welcoming walking and biking community, is noted for its diversity, having been named “The Most Diverse Square Mile in America” by Time Magazine.


Decatur Square is a hub for “indie” boutiques and galleries, as well as trendy restaurants and pubs that attract foodies for some of the best culinary experiences in metro Atlanta.


With one of the largest concentrations of midcentury modern homes in metro Atlanta and located where interstates 285 and 85 meet, the city of Doraville is convenient for Atlanta commuters.


Dunwoody is a bona fine shopping, dining and cultural hotspot in metro Atlanta, making it a

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DeKalb County

popular travel destination for both business and leisure.


Made up of less than one square mile, Lithonia includes some of the most affluent neighborhoods in DeKalb County.

Pine Lake

Pine Lake, the smallest city in DeKalb, is a community close to nature, where residents treasure and work diligently to protect the environment.


Stonecrest is the first majority-black city to form from the cityhood movement in DeKalb County, achieving its official status in 2017.

Stone Mountain

Nestled on the west side of Stone Mountain Park, the City of Stone Mountain is known as a family-friendly place to visit and live.


One of the largest and oldest unincorporated communities in Georgia, Tucker welcomes visitors year-round to its revitalized Main Street for outdoor events, activities and more.


Candler Park

Candler Park is an area that hosts fancifully painted houses with yards, quirky shops and restaurants.

Druid Hills

Druid Hills is a beautiful urban neighborhood that is often referred to as Atlanta’s “second suburb” and boasts four National Register of Historic Places districts.

East Atlanta

The charm of East Atlanta is its ability to be eclectic and edgy, while also comfortably suburban.


Edgewood’s unique housing, booming retail and entertainment sectors and diverse residents contribute to its vibrancy.


Kirkwood is home to an array of quirky, locally owned shops, galleries, unique restaurants and more, as well as the Kirkwood Historic District.



DeKalb County Schools

City Schools of Decatur


Turn to page 88 for the independent schools listing and a map.

Annunciation Day School

To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at


Agnes Scott College

DeVry University

Emory University



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Georgia Power

Snapping Shoals EMC

Walton EMC


DeKalb County Water System




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Douglas County


• Sweetwater Creek State Park

• Clinton Nature Preserve

• Boundary Waters Recreational Complex

• O’Neal Plaza

• Ben’s Antique Mall

• L&R Alpaca Haven Farm



Douglas County Schools


Atlanta Douglas


Distance from Douglasville to Downtown Atlanta 27 Miles

Distance from Douglasville to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 23 Miles




With the lowest property taxes in the metro area and an energetic business environment to boot, Douglas County is an ideal place to work and live, and it’s located just 20 minutes from Downtown Atlanta.


• Services, Inc.

• Silver Line Building Products, LLC

Food Service, Inc.


Downtown Douglasville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its rich Victorian, Romanesque and Queen Anne-style buildings and has become a destination for specialty shops and restaurants.

Lithia Springs

The crown jewel of this charming unincorporated community is Sweetwater Creek State Park, which is home to the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, a textile mill that was burned during the Civil War.

Villa Rica

Villa Rica is home to the first gold strike in the United States and an historic downtown that has maintained authentic architecture, including Wick’s Tavern, the oldest commercial structure in West Georgia.

Turn to page 88 for the independent schools listing and a map.

To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at



Georgia Natural Gas

SCANA Energy





Georgia Power Company

GreyStone Power Corp.


Douglasville-Douglas County Water & Sewer Authority

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• Walmart
• Gordon
• Kroger
Douglasville Lithia Springs Villa Rica
Sweetwater Creek State Park Foxhall Resort

Fayette County

Atlanta Fayette

Distance from Fayetteville to Downtown Atlanta 25 Miles

Distance from Fayetteville to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 15 Miles





Fayette County combines rural beauty and urban convenience with a rich history and offers residents a variety of amenities and recreational activities, as well as the highest net worth index in the State of Georgia.


• Panasonic Automotive Systems Co.

• Eaton Lighting Solutions

America, Inc.

Utilities Services, Inc.

Gem Industries, Inc. (Window Division)


• Atlanta Regional Airport

Fayette County Courthouse


• Line Creek Nature Area

• The City Gardens of Southern Oaks

Renaissance Festival





Brooks is well-known for its friendly people, active churches, wholesome and casual outdoor lifestyle and pastoral wide open spaces.


Fayetteville has been recognized as one of the best towns in Georgia for young families, according to, as well as one of the best suburbs for retirement, according to Forbes.

Peachtree City

Georgia’s oldest and largest master-planned community, Peachtree City features a sprawling network of golf cart paths and family-friendly neighborhoods that are home to residents who enjoy a small-town feel near a global hub.


A high priority on finding a balance between smart economic development and functional green spaces in this small town of 7,000 people.


The smallest town in Fayette County, Woolsey is primarily a residential community that offers a pastoral setting with quaint shops and small businesses.



Fayette County Schools


Turn to page 88 for the independent schools listing and a map.

Landmark Christian School

To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at



Georgia Natural Gas

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Georgia Power Company Coweta-Fayette EMC


Fayette County Water

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Forsyth County


Mountain Preserve

Creek Greenway


Family Farm

Aquatic Center and Water Park




Distance from Cumming to Downtown Atlanta


Distance from Cumming to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 49 Miles




Forsyth County has been recognized as the 13th wealthiest county in the nation, as well as the seventh-fastest growing county nationwide by Forbes magazine, largely due to the 8,000-plus businesses in the community.



Co. School System


Poultry, Inc.

Cumming Cumming, the county seat of Forsyth, became one of metro Atlanta’s most popular commuter towns upon the completion of Georgia State Route 400 and continues to experience impressive growth year after year, welcoming both new residents and businesses regularly.



Forsyth County Schools


Turn to page 88 for the independent schools listing and a map.

To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at



Georgia Natural Gas

SCANA Energy






Georgia Power Company

Sawnee EMC


City of Cumming Water Department

Forsyth County Water

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• Northside
• Forsyth
• Koch
• Tyson
• Target
• Sawnee
• Big
• Cumming
• Kinsey
• Cumming
• Buford
Creek Greenway
HALCYON Cumming Fairgrounds

Fulton County


South Fulton

Distance from Atlanta to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 10 Miles

POPULATION: 1,065,334




Stretching across the heart of metro Atlanta, Fulton County is broken up into several main areas and offers an array of options for its more than one million residents. The county is home to an ever-growing economy, thriving industries, renowned universities, significant cultural opportunities and much more.


Air Lines

Parcel Service

Home Depot

North America



Georgia Aquarium

Botanical Garden


Olympic Park


Museum of Art

Fox Theatre

City Market


As the Peach State’s capitol and county seat of Fulton, Atlanta serves as the regional, national and global headquarters for many Fortune 500 and 1000 corporations.


Named one of the best suburbs to live in Georgia by, Alpharetta offers a full spectrum of attractions, excellent schools, sensible housing costs and growing industries.

Johns Creek

Nestled along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Johns Creek’s beautiful landscape offers additional aesthetic appeal to an already beautiful metropolis.


A highly affluent city, Milton strives to maintain its rural heritage while looking to the future and offering residents an exceptional quality of life. Mountain Park Mountain Park is an officially designated wildlife refuge that protects all wildlife, including birds, animals and reptiles — some rare. Roswell

With 13 parks, many well-preserved historical sites and a ranking as the 14th safest city in Georgia, Roswell is a family-oriented community.

Sandy Springs

Located just outside of the 285 perimeter, Sandy Springs is the second largest city in the metro Atlanta area and offers varied real estate options, competitive schools, outstanding outdoor recreation and more.

South Fulton

South Fulton elected its first mayor in March 2017 after the Georgia General Assembly voted in 2016 to approve the creation of this new city.

Chattahoochee Hills

Chattahoochee Hills is home to Serenbe, an agrarian community that is close to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport and makes it the ideal place to live, work and play.

College Park

Top employers in College Park include the Federal Aviation Administration and Woodward Academy, one of metro Atlanta’s top-performing independent schools.

East Point

In recent years, East Point has flourished due to its proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, restaurants, hotels and shopping.


Fairburn has a rich cultural heritage enjoyed by residents and visitors alike and has the feel of a city coupled with small-town sensibilities.


Hapeville is home to the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, as well as being the location for Delta Air Lines’ corporate headquarters.


Palmetto is located 25 miles south of Atlanta right on the former Atlanta and West Point Railroad, which is now owned by CSX Transportation.

Union City

Some of Union City’s leading national firms include Newell Rubbermaid, General Electric, Costco, Caterpillar, Dendreon and Kraft Foods.


Ansley Park

An affluent residential neighborhood, Ansley Park sits astride Peachtree Street and is adjacent to the famous Piedmont Park. Atlantic Station

With countless choices for apartments, condos, homes and Class A office space, as well as entertainment opportunities, Atlantic Station is one of the area’s most popular live-work-play developments.


Buckhead is rich with elegant high-rise hotels and complexes, beautiful homes and mansions and is one of the city’s most attractive areas for business.

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• Zoo
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• High
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City Market
College Football Hall of Fame


Many murals and street art pieces, maintained by the Living Walls Street Art Association, keep Cabbagetown’s love of the arts alive.

Castleberry Hill

Known as Atlanta’s historic creative district, Castleberry Hill is made up of early 20th century warehouse buildings that have been converted into lofts.


Downtown Atlanta is home to many corporate and regional headquarters, government facilities, sporting venues and Georgia State University.

Grant Park

Grant Park’s Victorian neighborhood is home to Zoo Atlanta, which welcomes almost one million visitors each year.

Inman Park

Known for its shops, public parks and dedicated Tree Watch, Inman Park comes alive with festivals, parades and a focus on all things local.

Little Five Points

Little Five Points (L5P) is known at Atlanta’s hippest neighborhood and a popular alternative shopping and dining destination with consignment and costume shops, a local co-op and a diverse range of eateries.


Home to more than 200 acres of parks and gardens, as well as restaurants and shops, Midtown Atlanta is considered the city’s center for the arts.

Old Fourth Ward

Known as one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods and the home and resting place of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Old Fourth Ward has become a bustling and diverse district since the opening of Ponce City Market.

Poncey-Highland Poncey-Highland is rich with urban living, quality restaurants, shops and galleries, great schools and a variety of housing options.

Virginia-Highland This vibrant neighborhood is a popular spot for Atlanta’s young professionals and families thanks to its seven distinct commercial villages full of upscale shops, restaurants and pubs, nightlife and local entertainment.



Fulton County Schools

Atlanta Public Schools


Turn to page 88 for the independent schools listing and a map.

The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy

Atlanta Academy

Atlanta Girl’s School

Atlanta International School

Atlanta Speech School

The Cottage School

The Galloway School

High Meadows School

The Howard School

King’s Ridge Christian School

The Lovett School

Mill Springs Academy

The Mount Vernon School

Pace Academy

Saint Francis Schools


Trinity School

Wesleyan School


Woodward Academy

To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at


Clark Atlanta University

Emory University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia State University

Morehouse College

Spelman College



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AT&T Spectrum


Georgia Power Company

Cobb EMC

GreyStone Power Corp.

Sawnee EMC

City of College Park

City of Fairburn

City of Palmetto


Fulton County Water

City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management

Mountain Park

Roswell Water Department

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Mercedes Benz Stadium- Home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United

Gwinnett County

Atlanta Gwinnett


• Coolray Field

• Infinite Energy Center


• Southeastern Railway Museum

Mill Park

Winery & Resort



Distance from Lawrenceville to Downtown Atlanta 31 Miles

Distance from Lawrenceville to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 42 Miles





Continually listed as one of Atlanta’s fastest-growing counties, Gwinnett County is prized for its access to bustling city life, booming communities, a nationally recognized school system and gorgeously maintained natural spaces. Only 30 minutes away from Downtown Atlanta, Gwinnett’s economic opportunities span far and wide for area workers.


• Gwinnett Co. Public Schools


Co. Government

Berkeley Lake

In 2017, Berkley Lake was recognized among the Top 10 Best Suburbs to Live in Georgia by


Home to Château Élan Winery & Resort, Braselton rests in four counties, including Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Barrow.


A city where recreation and art abound, the streets of downtown Buford are filled with art shops that show off local talents in every medium.


Dacula is best known for its large Memorial Day Parade and Little Mulberry Park and has experienced immense growth over the years.


Duluth is home to retail and cultural centers,

top-notch healthcare facilities and a high quality of life and was named the number six safest city in Georgia by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.


Grayson is a popular city for families, with excellent schools, quality housing, parks, restaurants and plenty of shopping.


Gwinnett’s oldest city, Lawrenceville’s mixture of recently established buildings co-exist with Antebellum homes, the town’s original square and the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.


Lilburn has a small-town, neighborly feel that sets it apart from other urban cities and was named the number one diverse place to live in Georgia by


The unique blend of hometown feel combined with modern conveniences draws companies and organizations to open their doors and prosper in Loganville.


Norcross has restored many of the town’s historic sites to their full glory and boasts an array of businesses, restaurants and recreational venues that help the city remain dutifully progressive.

Peachtree Corners

Known for its picturesque parks, lush green spaces and plenty of outdoor activity, Peachtree Corners offers residents unparalleled quality of life.


Snellville is a hub for arts and recreation, including the highly anticipated annual Snellville Days Festival, which draws crowds from all over the Southeast and has been ranked as one of the top 20 tourism events by the Southeastern Tourism Society.

Sugar Hill

Considered one of the premier communities in metro Atlanta, Sugar Hill is mere minutes away from Lake Sidney Lanier and the North Georgia Mountains.


With an array of housing options, the largest school system in Georgia, stellar green spaces, and more, Suwanee is a great place to work, play and live.

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• Publix • Gwinnett
• Walmart
• Lake
• Freeman’s
• Château Élan
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Élan Winery & Resort



Gwinnett County Schools Buford City Schools


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Hall County


Distance from Gainesville to Downtown Atlanta 54 Miles

Distance from Gainesville to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 64 Miles





Bordered by the beautiful Lake Sidney Lanier and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Hall County is a vibrant, growing and diverse community that offers an unparalleled quality of life and a sound economic base for business and industry.


Georgia Medical Center

Co. School System

Creek Foods

Manufacturing of America

Farms Corp.


Élan Winery & Resort


Lanier Islands and Golf Resort

Botanical Gardens, Gainesville

Corn Maze

Georgia History Center



for growth with a vision for the future known as “Oakwood 2030.”





Flowery Branch


Braselton Braselton spans four counties, including Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson, and is home to Château Élan Winery & Resort, which attracts more than half a million visitors each year.


Home to more than 12,000 residents, Buford sits on the Hall-Gwinnett line with residents, employees and students from both counties. Buford is situated at the southern tip of Lake Lanier at Buford Dam.


The rural farming community of Clermont comprises a total area of three square miles and is known for its many festivals that are held throughout the year.

Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch is home to the Atlanta Falcons Training Complex and a revitalized historic downtown area known as Old Town.


As the county seat, Gainesville serves as the business, government and cultural center of the region with a daytime population of more than 150,000 commuters.


Gillsville is known for its iconic Hewell’s Pottery shop that began operating in 1850 as a family venture and is celebrated during an annual festival.


Lula spans two counties, Hall and Banks, and once a railroad hub, it is well known today for its annual Railroad Days Festival.


With more than 60 percent growth in the last 15 years, Oakwood city leaders are planning

Hall County Schools

Gainesville City Schools


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Lakeview Academy

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Brenau University

Lanier Technical College



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Henry County

Atlanta Henry

Distance from McDonough to Downtown Atlanta 30 Miles

Distance from McDonough to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 27 Miles




With Southern neighborhoods, a solid education system and plenty of recreational and economic opportunities, Henry offers something for everyone and is recognized as one of the fastest-growing counties in Georgia.


Co. School System

Retail Group

Henry Hospital

Co. Government

Aviation Administration


Motor Speedway

Mountain State Park

Ark Animal Sanctuary

Outdoor Center

Aviation Heritage Foundation

Flying Museum

Belle Farm

CITIES OF HENRY: Stockbridge



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Best known as home to the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton has more visitors than any other city in the county, and races draw more visitors than any other sporting event in Georgia. Locust Grove

Located within 35 miles of Downtown Atlanta, Locust Grove offers a growing selection of retail, dining, lodging and business opportunities. McDonough

Attractions in this Civil War-era town include Southern Belle Farm, a 200-acre working farm with seasonal family activities like a corn maze, pumpkin patch and strawberry picking. Stockbridge

Known as the “Gateway to Henry County,” Stockbridge offers excellent economic opportunities and public services coupled with small town hospitality.



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Paulding County

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Once devoted to agriculture, including livestock, corn, oats, pecans and poultry, Paulding County has diversified and taken an industrial path in recent years, leading to substantial growth in the county.


Paulding Hospital

Atlanta, LLC


Northwest Atlanta Airport

Comet Trail

Mill Battlefield State Historic Site


With city limits in both Polk and Paulding counties, Braswell is a rural community of less than 500 residents that welcomes bicyclists, joggers and walkers along the Silver Comet Trail.


Paulding’s county seat, Dallas is known for its quaint and friendly historic downtown community, as well as its reputation for being a great place to raise a family and start a business.

Hiram Hiram was established in 1891 as a rural railroad town but has progressed into a commercial corridor for Paulding County with a downtown business district that offers dining, shopping and entertainment.



Paulding County Schools


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Rockdale County

Atlanta Rockdale


• Panola Mountain State Park

• Monastery of the Holy Spirit

• Georgia International Horse Park

• Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

Vaughn Botanical Garden





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Distance from Conyers to Downtown Atlanta 25 Miles

Distance from Conyers to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 27 Miles





Despite being Georgia’s second smallest county, Rockdale County has experienced substantial growth in recent years. Twenty-five miles away from Downtown Atlanta, Rockdale offers commercial diversity for business and a variety of opportunities for families.


• Golden State Foods

• Hill Phoenix, Inc.

• Pratt Industries

• DiversiTech Corp.

• Piedmont Rockdale Hospital


Conyers is a combination of small town and big city, with rural scenes and urban shopping, and the community reflects an amazing legacy of progress, involvement and society.



Rockdale County Schools


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Irene Hall- Keller Williams


Reid Clark- Silverton Mortgage


The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy

Annunciation Day School

Atlanta Academy

Atlanta Girls’ School

Atlanta International School

Atlanta Speech School

The Cottage School

Galloway School


High Meadows School

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

The Howard School

King’s Ridge Christian School

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Life University

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Mill Springs Academy

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