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Contents KNOWAtlanta Fall 2020 VOLUME 34, NUMBER 4

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Features

Atlanta Basics

28 A Day in the Life

13 Welcome Home to Atlanta 14 How Atlanta Stacks Up 16 Your Gateway to the World 18 Where Business is Big 19 More Than a Century of Big Business 20 Atlanta is #1 22 Atlanta Experiences 24 The City Block

Take a look at the daily routine of Atlanta’s condo residents

38 A City of Opportunity

Atlanta’s Booming Skilled-Labor Job Market

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David Weekley Homeowners Lauren, Wynn, Sloane & Jason Adame with grandparents Neyda & Dick Sanger

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Homes 044 Real Estate 048 Guide to New Homes 062 Leasing 064 Finance & Mortgage 066 55+ Living Choices

Education 071 KNOWAtlanta’s 2021 Education Guide 078 Georgia School Glossary 084 Private School Listing 104 Colleges and Universities: The Freshman Experience

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Metro Atlanta Information 108

Metro Atlanta Counties and Cities  omplete county and city listings, contact C information and much more


FROM THE EDITOR Publisher

SHERRY GASAWAY

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Best in Class

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Here in metro Atlanta, the 2020-2021 academic year is already underway. Of course, things look different this year, as our teachers and administrators have had to be both flexible and innovative, finding creative ways to keep students safe while ensuring that they maintain a high level of learning. And while the education landscape may have changed temporarily, there’s one thing that remains constant: metro Atlanta is home to an exceptional education system. Whether private or public, our local schools are best in class. Every fall, KNOWAtlanta Magazine looks forward to showcasing the metro area’s great schools in the annual Education Guide, a special section dedicated to learning in the ATL. Whether you are new to the city or a long-time resident, you’ll truly get to know the local education community, starting on page 71. From the benefits of a private elementary education to the freshman experience at some of the most renowned colleges and universities, the guide offers a wide array of helpful information and valuable guidance regarding students of all ages. We also highlight our public school systems, metro area boarding schools and much more. Whatever your family’s education needs may be, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the pages that follow. Fall is also a great time to talk about living in Atlanta. On page 28, we offer a glimpse at a day in the life of an Atlanta condo resident; from where to eat to where to play, you’ll get all of the best insights into living the high life. Also in this issue, you’ll receive tips for finding and touring new homes virtually, get information about applying for and securing a Georgia Dream Program home loan and learn about all of the leasing terms you’ll need to know when renting an apartment in the metro area. And with employment top of mind for so many, we finish out our four-part jobs series on page 38 with a feature about Atlanta’s growing skilled labor market. Whether you’re getting back to school, getting down to business or getting into the home of your dreams, KNOWAtlanta Magazine is here to help you navigate the ins and outs of daily life in our beautiful city. And soon, you’ll understand why we consider metro Atlanta, as a whole, best in class. Amy Meadows, Editor

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Welcome Home to Atlanta

YOU’RE TURNING THE PAGE. STARTING A NEW CHAPTER. Getting to know your new city. To help you along the way, KNOWAtlanta has compiled some of the most important details you need about the metro area, from how far your dollar will go to the companies that have relocated here to the many places you’ll want to check out during well-deserved weekend outings. Before you know it, you’ll feel like Atlanta has always been home. So…welcome. We’re happy you’re here.

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How Atlanta Stacks Up With affordable housing and a low cost of living, Atlantans get more while spending less. To understand why more than 5 million people call metro Atlanta home, see below how it surpasses other major cities in almost every way that counts.

SEATTLE $73,655

More for Your Money

Save 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 SunTrust Park or a Broadway play at The Fox Theatre. REDUCE 80%

SAN FRANCISCO $91,523

ENLARGE TYPE 120%

$50,000 Salary in Atlanta Equals Atlanta

2019 Median Sold Home Price Atlanta $329,000

$50,000

Chicago

Chicago $342,000

$60,711

Seattle

Seattle

$73,655

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

$76,244

New York City

$520,000

San Francisco

$91,523 $0

$606,000

New York City

$116,142

San Francisco

$700,000

$1.5 million $0

$20000 $40000 $60000 $80000 $100000 $120000

CNN Money

$300000

$600000

$900000 $1200000 $1500000

Realtor.com

How Metro Atlanta Cities Stack Up 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. GAINESVILLE

2019 Median Sold Home Prices

WOODSTOCK CUMMING

Atlanta Cherokee

Bartow

Forsyth

Hall

SUWANEE LAWRENCEVILLE

MARIETTA

Paulding

Cobb

Gwinnett

DOUGLASVILLE

DUNWOODY SANDY SPRINGS DECATUR

Atlanta

DeKalb EAST POINT

Rockdale

Decatur Douglasville Dunwoody East Point

$427,000 $168,000

Gainesville Lawrenceville

$250,000 $235,000

Marietta

$300,000 $342,000

Sandy Springs

$495,000 $376,000

Woodstock

Henry PEACHTREE CITY

$0 Source: Realtor.com

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$242,000 $190,000

Suwanee

Clayton Fayette

$300,000

Peachtree City

Douglas Fulton

$415,000

Cumming ALPHARETTA

Fulton

$329,000

Alpharetta

$289,000

$100000

$200000

$300000

$400000

$500000


Apartment Rent (2 Bedrooms)

$50,000 Salary in Atlanta Equals

Atlanta

CHICAGO $60,711

$1,200

Dallas

$1,120 $1,670

Seattle

NEW YORK CITY $116,142 WASHINGTON DC $76,244

$1,570

Washington, D.C. New York City

$2,540

San Francisco

$3,100 $0

$500

$1000 $1500 $2000 $2500 $3000 $3500

apartmentlist.com, June 2019

ATLANTA $50,000

Average Cost of Monthly Parking $80

Atlanta Chicago

$309

Seattle

$288 $429

Washington, D.C.

$732

New York City San Francisco

$320 $0

$100

$200

$300

$400

$500

$600

City Observatory

Median Household Income Atlanta Alpharetta

$51,701 $98,489

Cumming

$92,263

Douglasville

$87,252

East Point

$43,339

Marietta 60,806

$50,963

Peachtree City

$94,106

Sandy Springs

$70,920

Suwanee Woodstock $45000

$60000

21.8% 9.4% 7.4%

Peachtree City 35,766 4.1% 16.0%

Suwanee 20,569

$69,247

$30000

10.4% 6.9%

Sandy Springs 108,797 $85,306

$15000

31.1%

Gainesville 41,464 Lawrenceville 29,795

$41,250

Marietta

16.8%

East Point 34,849 4.2%

$39,131

Lawrenceville

16.7% 15.5%

Decatur 25,732 Douglasville 34,190 Dunwoody 49,459

$51,039

Dunwoody Gainesville

Atlanta 506,811 Alpharetta 66,255 Cumming 6,376

$47,125

Decatur

$0

Population Growth (2010-2019)

34.0%

Woodstock 32,234 $75000

$90000

0%

35.6%

5%

10%

15%

20%

25%

30%

35%

40%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Your Gateway to the World

O

ne of the area’s greatest assets is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — the world’s busiest and most efficient airport and the largest employer in Georgia. More than 275,000 passengers fly through Atlanta each day, and it was the world’s first airport to hit 100 million passengers in a year in 2015, directly impacting metro Atlanta’s economy by $32.5 billion and the state by $68.3 billion. It was also recently named the No. 1 U.S. airport by TripAdvisor. “Hartsfield-Jackson is a key part of what makes Atlanta the leading city in the Southeast,” says former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Our airport is a global transport and economic center that will see continued growth in the next several years as we secure new business opportunities, as well as new developments near the airport like Porsche’s new North American headquarters and on-site test track. “As we work to start new international routes to destinations not already available

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from Atlanta, we’ll also stimulate new international air cargo and passenger growth. Atlanta is already a diverse city with tens of thousands of people from all over the world choosing to live here, and this growth in our international transportation will strengthen our connections with cities and countries around the world, which will strengthen our city’s culture in turn.” In addition to being the global headquarters for Delta Air Lines, Hartsfield-Jackson’s Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, which opened in 2012, is the Southeast’s gateway to the world. The $1.4-billion, 1.2 million-square-foot terminal includes eight security checkpoints and five recheck lanes for domestic connecting passengers, exclusive retailers and restaurants — and for a small fee, passengers can seek refuge in the airport lounge. The international terminal has also been awarded gold LEED status, and numerous art installations line the terminal’s hallways, making it a welcoming site for visitors. n


AIRPORT LOGISTICS To access the domestic terminal by car, follow Interstates 85 or 285 and exit onto a network of roads that lead to the North and South Domestic Terminals, baggage claim and airport parking. The airport is the final stop on MARTA’s Gold and Red lines. The airport MARTA station is connected to the domestic terminal and offers a Delta curbside check-in station. Hartsfield-Jackson includes a domestic and an international building — housing seven concourses (T, A, B, C, D, E and F). Travelers can then access the concourses and gates via The Plane Train, a speedy underground train that travels a 3.5-mile track.

Each month, millions of travelers fly in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson. Check out the most recent monthly passenger stats from April 2019: DELTA AIR LINES 6.7 million passengers SOUTHWEST AIRLINES 889,510 passengers AMERICAN AIRLINES 233,016 passengers

HARTSFIELD-JACKSON AT A GLANCE •  63,000+ employees •  2,700+ average daily flights • 75+ international destinations in 50+ countries with nonstop service • 80 percent of U.S. population within 2-hour flight of Atlanta •  263 total concessions •  33,350 parking spaces • 275,000 daily passengers •  5 runways •  2 terminals •  7 concourses •  40 international gates •  27 domestic security lanes •  167 domestic gates •  107 million passengers •  895,502 flights

2019 statistics

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Where Business is Big 26 Fortune 1000 Companies Call Atlanta Home

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tlanta’s reputation as one of the nation’s most business-friendly cities keeps the metro area on the short list for start-ups and Fortune 500 and 1000 companies. From its early beginnings as a railroad terminus in 1837, Atlanta quickly expanded. Just two decades later it became the hub for four railroads, as well as a major manufacturing center. Today, the state’s capitol is home to 16 Fortune 500 and 11 Fortune 1000 companies. Topping the list of Atlanta’s homegrown Fortune 500 firms are The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement specialty store, and UPS, a global company and world leader in specialized transportation, logistics and package delivery. The Coca-Cola Company, the world’s best-known soft drink company, is also listed among the nation’s top Fortune 500 companies. Atlanta continues to draw top business names such as State Farm, NCR, Pandora, IHG, Porsche Cars North America and Mercedes-Benz, all of which have established headquarters in the metro area. Through various incentives, including the state’s low corporate tax structure, favorable employment climate and right-to-work status, metro Atlanta is an enticing destination for businesses looking to expand or relocate.

Atlanta Fortune 500 Companies COMPANY RANK

The Home Depot 27 UPS 41 Delta Air Lines 69 The Coca-Cola Company 100 The Southern Company 131 Genuine Parts Company 169 WestRock 190 SunTrust Banks Inc. 304 PulteGroup Inc. 312 AGCO Corporation 335 Veritiv 347 Asbury Automotive Group Inc. 439 NCR Corporation 465 Intercontinental Exchange 469 HD Supply Holdings Inc. 479 Graphic Packaging Holding Co. 480

Georgia Fortune 500 Companies COMPANY RANK

AFLAC Incorporated Mohawk Industries Inc.

137 315

Atlanta Fortune 1000 Companies COMPANY RANK

Aaron’s Inc. 647 Acuity Brands Inc. 665 Carter’s Inc. 689 Equifax Inc. 696 Global Payments Inc. 703 Blue Linx Holdings 786 GMS 852 FleetCor Technologies 872 SiteOne Landscape Supply 955 Beazer Homes 956

Georgia Fortune 1000 Companies COMPANY RANK

Total Systems 626 Flowers 633 Source: Metro Atlanta Chamber 2019

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More Than a Century of Big Business

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or years, a buzz has been building around the business community in Atlanta. Its growth has been unprecedented, as new industries, market sectors and companies of all sizes have either launched in or relocated to the city and its surrounding areas. Yet, Atlanta has actually been a hub for big, thriving businesses for decades. In fact, for more than a century, the metro area has been home to some of the most successful companies in the world. And there are four in particular that stand out not only as big business juggernauts, but also as brand trailblazers.

The Coca-Cola Company

Founded in Atlanta by pharmacist Dr. John Stith Pemberton in May of 1886, The Coca-Cola Company put the city on the map in terms of business opportunities. Jacob’s Pharmacy in Downtown Atlanta sold nine Coca-Cola drinks per day in the company’s earliest days; today the company is worth more than $83 billion and sells more than 1.8 billion soft drink bottles per day. The Coca-Cola Company employs more than 86,000 people worldwide and continues to grow at an impressive rate. Its products are as beloved as they are widely known, and the company strives to innovate in an array of areas. It is one of Atlanta’s iconic brands, and it remains a symbol of Atlanta’s business community roots.

Delta Air Lines

Started as a crop dusting business in Macon, Georgia, in 1925, the now famous major airline began offering passenger service in 1929. It wasn’t until 1941, years after finding a way to offer affordable passenger service thanks to a new air mail contract, that Delta moved its headquarters to Atlanta from Monroe, Louisiana. It grew as a regional airline and, over time, expanded to become one of the world’s most prominent and well-known carriers. It is a $47 billion company that employs more than 91,224 employees, and its global headquarters can be found at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Today, Delta Air Lines serves as many as 200 million passengers per year.

The Home Depot

The first two Home Depot stores opened in Atlanta in 1978. Seeing great potential in the home repair DIY market, founders Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank created a shopping experience unlike any other, complete with highly skilled employees that could offer advice, guidance and instructions for completing a wide array of home-based projects. Today, The Home Depot, with an annual revenue of more than $110 billion, is the leading home improvement retailer in the country. The Atlanta-based organization employs 413,000 salaried and hourly employees and boasts nearly 3,000 stores worldwide.

UPS

In 1991, the United Parcel Service (UPS) made a pivotal decision to move its corporate headquarters to Atlanta. The company, which originally was founded in 1907 as the American Messenger Company, recognized the huge benefit of being located in one of the most dynamic cities in the South: access to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The move initially brought more than 1,000 employees to Atlanta, and in only its first year in the city, UPS generated $325 million for the local economy. Now, with more than $71 billion in annual revenue and approximately 480,000 employees worldwide, UPS has become one of the most successful and celebrated members of Atlanta’s ever-growing business community.

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Atlanta is #1 #1 Metro Area Tech Hub

#1 City for

Availability of Internships

From business to lifestyle, take a look at a few of the areas where Atlanta and Georgia rank at the top

#1 #1 #1 State for Doing State for Black State for Film

#1 Sports Team

Business

Entrepreneurs

Production

(Atlanta United FC)

#1 World’s Most

#1 Best City for

#1 State for

#1 Sports Facility

Efficient Airport

Singles

(Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport)

Leading Workforce Development Programs

(Mercedes-Benz Stadium)

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Atlanta Experiences

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elcome to Atlanta, a city known for its distinctive mix of urban and Southern charms. With its fast-paced lifestyle in the heart of Midtown and Downtown and the comforts of traditional neighborhoods within its lively suburbs, Atlanta is a study in cultural, scenic and historic contrasts, and it isn’t only your new address, it’s also home to enriching cultural attractions, historic buildings and neighborhoods, corporate giants such as The Coca-Cola Company and The Home Depot, professional sports teams, five-star dining options and the world’s largest aquarium. One of the many ways to experience all that metro Atlanta has to offer is to spend some time at the city’s many museums, parks, public squares and other venues. When you find yourself with some down time, be sure to check out all that this area has to offer. On the following pages, KNOWAtlanta presents a small sampling of the city’s hot spots, in addition to the area’s most popular museums, theaters and centers.

Major Attractions Georgia Aquarium georgiaaquarium.org The world’s largest fish tank, the Georgia Aquarium is home to tens of thousands of animals representing 500 species of freshwater and marine life.

The World of Coca-Cola worldofcoca-cola.com Explore the complete story — past, present and future — of the world’s best-known brand at the 92,000-squarefoot World of Coca-Cola. Discover fascinating exhibits,

The Fox Theatre foxtheatre.org This grand 1929 movie theater was built to simulate a Moorish palace and hosts touring artists, Broadway shows and a summer movie series. Atlanta Botanical Garden atlantabotanicalgarden.org A green urban oasis in the city with 15 acres of gardens, the Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts art exhibitions, concerts, classes and workshops throughout the year. Zoo Atlanta zooatlanta.org Spend a day visiting adorable panda twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan, a joey, lions, zebras, elephants and gorillas in their natural habitats. Then ride the Zoo Express Train and test your rock climbing skills. CNN Center cnn.com/studiotour Atlanta’s news and entertainment center is the headquarters of

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High Museum of Art high.org The museum encompasses

European and American paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and photography, plus a special exhibition area for children.

an eye-popping collection of memorabilia and a vault that contains the secret recipe.

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Stone Mountain Park

Turner and CNN’s international broadcast studios and networks. Fernbank Museum of Natural History fernbankmuseum.org Fernbank is one of the nation’s foremost museums of natural history. Be sure to visit the museum’s amazing four-story IMAX movie screen. Carter Presidential Center jimmycarterlibrary.org The Carter Library and Museum offers a close-up look at the Georgia peanut farmer who became our nation’s 39th president. Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change thekingcenter.org Tour Freedom Hall, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. King’s birth home and gravesite and view a film presentation and exhibit chronicling his life. Center for Puppetry Arts puppet.org This internationally acclaimed organization offers performances for children and


adults, as well as a hands-on museum. College Football Hall of Fame cfbhall.com This interactive experience opened up to visitors in August 2016, just in time for college football season. Located in Downtown Atlanta, the 94,256-square-foot venue includes exhibit space and a 45-yard indoor football field. National Center for Civil and Human Rights civilandhumanrights.org Atlanta is the new home of this 35,000-square-foot center, which connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Chick-fil-A Support Center tours.chick-fil-a.com Take a backstage tour of Chick-fil-A’s headquarters, including a guided walking experience and a visit to the onsite museum, S. Truett Cathy’s office, the Kitchen, The Nest training center, the gift shop and more.

Atlanta Sports Atlanta Braves braves.mlb.com Often considered the oldest continuously playing team in major North American sports, the Atlanta Braves call Truist Park in Cobb County their home. Atlanta Blaze atlantablaze.com Major League Lacrosse’s Atlanta Blaze is an expansion team that was announced in August 2015. The 23-man roster practices and plays at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University in Cobb County. Atlanta Falcons atlantafalcons.com “Rise Up” and support Atlanta’s NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons, which now calls the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium home. The $1.5 billion stadium hosted Super Bowl LIII in 2019.

Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta Gladiators atlantagladiators.com Metro Atlanta’s minor league ice hockey team heats up the ice at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth. Atlanta Hawks nba.com/hawks The Atlanta Hawks, an NBA team established in 1968, plays its home games at the 21,000-seat State Farm Arena in Downtown Atlanta. Atlanta United F.C. atlutd.com MLS Cup Champions Atlanta United FC play to packed houses at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Downtown Atlanta.

The Great Outdoors Stone Mountain Park stonemountainpark.com In addition to hiking the park’s granite monolith, visitors can ride bikes, golf and camp. The park also hosts various festivals throughout the year.

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Six Flags Over Georgia sixflags.com/overgeorgia A roller-coaster lover’s theme park with more than 100 rides, shows and a water park. Lake Lanier Islands lanierislands.com From stunning suites and lakehouses to rustic campsites and villas, spend time fishing, riding horses, playing golf or just relaxing by the water — all on the shores of beautiful Lake Lanier. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park nps.gov/kemo Climb Kennesaw Mountain and relive this pivotal engagement in the Civil War Battle of Atlanta. Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites gastateparks.org The state park system is comprised of 63 parks and historic sites, with many close enough to serve as easy day trips from the Atlanta area. All parks require a $5 parking fee and historic sites have a fee range of $2 to $12 per person. n

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THE CITY BLOCK

Atlanta is surrounded by so many wonderful cities. It seems like there’s always something new or interesting going on in the renowned locales that metro area residents choose to call home. Here, KNOWAtlanta Magazine takes a look at some of the happenings in and around town that enhance the quality of life that has become a bona fide hallmark for the local metropolitan area.

ALPHARETTA

INDIEHOUSE

awesomealpharetta.com Three new stores have opened their doors in the city of Alpharetta: INDIEHOUSE Modern Fragrance Bar and Fiore Boutique in the downtown area and High Country Outfitters in nearby Avalon. These new shops are now part of a flourishing retail scene that has become one of Alpharetta’s biggest draws. In fact, Alpharetta is known not only for its world-class shopping, but also for a wide array of chef-driven dining experiences, a slate of incredible attractions, a great public and performing arts scene, award-winning parks, and endless entertainment options. In fact, Alpharetta repeatedly has been named one of the best places to visit and live by various outlets. According to Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “Alpharetta is full of life! it is a vibrant city suburb that is where everyone wants to be no matter your age or generation. There truly is something fun and entertaining for everyone in Alpharetta.”

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BRASELTON

braselton.net The track at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta is about to turn 50 years old! This spectacular venue hosts the Southeast’s premier international sporting event, Motul Petit Le Mans, an exciting race that serves as an homage to the 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race held in France each year. As the 50th anniversary of Petit Le Mans approaches, the event promises to be the biggest and best yet. And those attending can enjoy everything else Braselton has to offer, including Château Élan Winery & Resort, which boasts championship golf, a full-production winery, a European health spa, world-class amenities and more. And throughout the town, there’s so much to see and do, from visiting the historic buildings and locally owned shops in the revitalized downtown area to partaking of an array of delicious libations and fare at locales like the Braselton Brewing Company. Of course, no matter where you look, you’ll see history, as Braselton has strived to maintain the charm of its earliest days while transforming into one of the fastest growing cities in America.

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Seafood & BBQ Festival

RIVERDALE

riverdalega.gov In recent years, businesses have been flocking to Riverdale, located only 10 miles south of Atlanta in the “Southern Crescent” of Clayton County. An array of business incentives, including tax credits related to entertainment, research and job creation and the Riverdale P3 Development Program, through which city-owned properties can be used for upscale mixed-used development Riverdale Center projects, have made the area attractive to companies big and small. Adding to the appeal are Riverdale’s outstanding schools, inviting neighborhoods and excellent hospital system. In fact, the city is based near the renowned Southern Regional Medical Center, offering residents access to a comprehensive mix of medical, specialty, laboratory, pharmacy and medical supply services. Those same residents also enjoy visits to Riverdale’s Town Center, which hosts an array of familyfriendly events throughout the year, from the annual Seafood & BBQ Festival to the beloved Holiday Parade. For locals and visitors alike, it’s all part of the acclaimed “Riverdale Experience.”

SMYRNA

Smyrna Market Village

smyrnaga.gov It’s no surprise that Money Magazine named Smyrna One of the Best Places to Live. Known as “The Jonquil City” thanks to the beautiful yellow flowers that pop up across the area each spring, Smyrna has become one of metro Atlanta’s go-to residential destinations. In addition to boasting an exceptional housing market and supporting an evergrowing business community, the city recognizes the importance of having a variety of cultural arts offerings available for residents and visitors. From historic sites, museums and galleries to nonprofit arts organizations, Smyrna is home to myriad culture-based locales. Additionally, the city is part of Cobb Travel & Tourism’s arts initiative, Cobb Arts VIBE (Visionaries Imagining Bold Experiences), an effort that is designed to unite individual artists, arts initiatives and organizations to form a collective vision for the community. What’s more, Smyrna features an unparalleled community spirit that sees residents of all ages come together regularly to promote and champion the city they love so much.

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A Day in the

Life

TAKE A LOOK AT THE DAILY ROUTINE OF ATLANTA’S CONDO RESIDENTS By Amy Meadows

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hen you’re driving through Atlanta, do you ever see a gorgeous condo building and imagine yourself as a resident? Do you wonder

how you would spend your days and nights if you lived in one of these coveted intown properties? Well, wonder no more. We checked it out for you and can give you a sneak peek at what a typical day in the life of an Atlanta condo resident is really like. No surprise: it’s pretty fabulous. Here, we look at just a sampling of the metro Atlanta condo market and put you in the shoes of those who have purchased homes in one of these fantastic condo communities. You’ll discover where they eat, work, exercise, entertain, have fun and everything in between. So get ready to experience life as an Atlanta condo resident. The Atlantic

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40 West 12th 40west12th.com A complex of 64 condo homes selling from the $800s to $2 million, 40 West 12th offers a perfect blend of refined elegance and upscale living. If you live in this spectacular building, here’s where you will…. Grab a cup of coffee in the morning: Cafe Intermezzo, located down the street from 40 West 12th, is the perfect spot to indulge in a warm cup of Joe. Don’t forget the sweet pastry! Have breakfast with a friend: Atlanta staple J. Christopher’s is a must-visit for Midtown dwellers looking for an upscale breakfast or brunch experience. The eggs benedict is never a bad choice. Exercise: With a professional yoga studio, state-ofthe-art Health and Wellness club and an all-season resort-style pool, 40 West 12th is well-equipped to help residents stay active.

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Work: 40 West 12th is in close proximity to thousands of employers working in bustling Midtown. As part of 1105 West Peachtree, a threetower mixed-use development rising on a 3.5-acre site, the property’s residents ultimately will share a city block with the likes of Google and law firm Smith, Gambrell & Russell, which together will occupy more than 10 floors of the office tower.

Have lunch with a colleague: There are plenty of quick bites in the area, but South City Kitchen is a leader among them. If you’re craving timeless Southern favorites with a flavorful twist, this is the place to go in Midtown. Enjoy Atlanta’s beautiful weather: Atlanta’s Piedmont Park is a true backyard oasis for 40 West 12th residents. Walk or bike to this popular outdoor destination to enjoy ample green space, expansive skyline views and access to the Eastside BeltLine Trail. Kick back for some R&R: The resident experience at 40 West 12th is similar to that of a five-star resort. Head to the ninth floor amenity level to sink into the spa-comparable pool, sit back and relax in the clubroom or sip a glass of wine at the outdoor bar. Entertain a group of friends: There’s no better place to entertain than the comfort of your own home. For 40 West 12th residents, spacious kitchens encased in marble finishes and high-design living areas that lead to outdoor terraces overlooking Atlanta’s glittering skyline set the scene for intimate gatherings.


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Have dinner with friends: Rising alongside 40 West 12th as one-third of 1105 West Peachtree, the 178-key Epicurean Atlanta boutique hotel will be a food and wine destination. The hotel’s Epicurean Theatre, a 60-seat culinary auditorium, will offer demos from highly regarded chefs in addition to cooking classes.

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Get involved in the local community: Volunteering at Piedmont Park is a great way to show enthusiasm for your community. Whether you’re assisting with administrative work or lending a hand at the Green Market, there are plenty of ways to make a difference in one of Atlanta’s largest outdoor havens

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Network or meet new people: The ninth floor amenity deck at 40 West 12th will be shared with both the office and hotel towers, making it certain you’ll come across an interesting person or two to exchange business information or develop a new friendship.

Find great entertainment or cultural offerings: Midtown Atlanta is known as the heartbeat of the city’s arts and culture. As home to the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fox Theatre and Museum of Design, the neighborhood has no shortage of offerings.

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The Atlantic ownatlantic.com A 46-story property and the tallest residential building in Atlanta, The Atlantic offers 400 luxurious two-bedroom condos starting at $500,000 and threebedroom units from $700,000 to more than $1.4 million. If you purchase one, here’s where you will….

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Grab a cup of coffee in the morning: For great coffee and an even better atmosphere, check out local favorite Brash in nearby Westside Provisions.

Exercise: At The Atlantic, residents have exclusive access to a state-of-the-art Fitness Club, Yoga Studio and Fitness on Demand to sweat it out.

Have breakfast with a friend: West Egg Cafe knows good breakfast. Satisfy your early morning cravings with their expansive menu, which includes popular dishes like Shrimp & Grits and the Fried Chicken Biscuit.

Work: Located across the way from The Atlantic, the all-timber office building T3 West Midtown is set to welcome employees from notable tech companies like Facebook; down the street, Microsoft will make its home at Atlantic Yards.


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Have lunch with a colleague: There are plenty of places to dine in Atlantic Station. If you enjoy Indian food, try NaanStop, a fast casual restaurant serving up quick bites. Trying to stay healthy? Pop into Salata for a fresh salad.

Have dinner with friends: Live music, stunning views of the city and a delicious array of Southern eats can all be had at JCT. Kitchen and Bar, an esteemed restaurant in West Midtown from famed Chef Ford Fry.

Enjoy Atlanta’s beautiful weather: West Midtown is known for being a highly connected, walkable area. On a nice day, explore the area on foot to discover a new part of the neighborhood, such as Millennium Gate Museum, a monument designed in the style of the Arch of Titus to commemorate peaceful accomplishment.

Network or meet new people: There’s never a dull moment at the newly revamped Atlantic Green in Atlantic Station, where people often come together for a moment of rest after exploring the shops and dining at restaurants. It’s also a great place to meet a new group of friendly folks.

Kick back for some R&R: Head to the Media Room or Private Lounge at The Atlantic for some one-on-one time with yourself in a well-appointed environment tailored for rest and relaxation. Entertain a group of friends: Enjoy a round of billiards or poker with friends in the building’s Game Room, or gather the crew to watch Atlanta United rock the field on a high-quality HD television.

Find great entertainment or cultural offerings: Catch a movie at Regal Cinemas in Atlantic Station or make the short trip to the High Museum of Art to immerse yourself in the world of visual culture. Get involved in the local community: Hands On Atlanta is a great resource to discover new ways to support the West Midtown community, whether it’s planting trees, mentoring underserved youth or volunteering to pack meals for the homeless.

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The Charles

The Charles thecharlesbuckhead.com Located in the heart of the mixed-use Buckhead Village, The Charles features 57 luxurious full-service condos ranging in price from $1.9 million to $3 million. If you’re a resident, here’s where you will…. Grab a cup of coffee in the morning: Buckhead’s Dancing Goats Coffee Bar is a great place to kickstart the morning with a handcrafted espresso drink and a delicious locally made pastry. Have breakfast with a friend: The best ham and maple sandwich in the area and be found at the Cornerstone Bakery, a popular breakfast spot. 34  KNOWAtlanta   FALL 2020

Exercise: Cantilevered over Peachtree Street, the Fitness Center at The Charles provides the ideal environment to meet your fitness goals, whether you choose to hop on a Peloton, utilize the state-of-theart rower and free weights or enjoy a peaceful yoga session on the amenity deck.


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Work: If you have started your own company, rent space at No18 on Bolling Way or work in the booming financial district in Buckhead. The possibilities are endless.

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Have dinner with friends: Walk over to Garden Room at the St. Regis and enjoy a stylish and relaxed ambiance that is unmatched in the city.

Have lunch with a colleague: Take advantage of the new expansive outdoor seating at Le Bilboquet in Buckhead Village District and enjoy some of the city’s best French cuisine.

Network or meet new people: Resident events at The Charles Clubroom give you the chance to socialize with your successful and interesting neighbors. You also can stop by Whitehouse on a weekday morning for networking opportunities.

Enjoy Atlanta’s beautiful weather: Enjoy your own expansive terrace complete with an outdoor grill, fireplace and NanaWall folding door system to seamlessly connect your indoor and outdoor living.

Find great entertainment or cultural offerings: The Buckhead Theatre and the Atlanta History Center are two of the area’s most beloved cultural spots.

Kick back for some R&R: The Charles’ stunning amenity deck features an infinity pool and multiple seating areas with fireplaces, all complemented by amazing views of Downtown and Buckhead.

Get involved with the local community: If you’re someone who enjoys giving of your time for the good of the community, then volunteer with Livable Buckhead and get involved with the development of the PATH400 Greenway Trail, a multi-use trail under construction along Georgia 400. n

Entertain a group of friends: Host your friends in The Charles Clubroom, where you can welcome a large group to watch the game on flat-screen TVs or bring together friends in the lounge area, which offers a more intimate setting with access to the outdoor amenity deck.


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Bring your bikes to hit the 8.2-mile paved Big Creek Greenway for outdoor family fitness. Pick up pottery-to-go from All Fired Up, and then spread out a blanket at Wills Park for an afternoon of creativity in the sun. Wrap up your evening at one of Alpharetta’s family entertainment venues with dinner and games before retiring to your Alpharetta hotel for the night.

DATE NIGHT ESCAPE Begin the day with your sweetie by indulging in a relaxing spa treatment at one of Alpharetta’s luxurious spas. Stroll the streets of Downtown or Avalon to find an alfresco lunch option. End your evening with live music and a picnic dinner under the stars at Matilda’s, just a short Uber or Lyft ride away from your Alpharetta hotel.

GAL PALS WEEKEND Start your Saturday morning off with a free outdoor fitness class at Brooke Street Park, followed by brunch in Downtown Alpharetta. Spend the day shopping til you drop at over 250 stores at North Point, Avalon and Downtown. Wine your way through the evening with stops at Fermented and Cru Food & Wine Bar before heading back to your Alpharetta hotel for a restful stay.

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Atlanta’s Booming Skilled-Labor Job Market By Stacy Moser

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he recent dip in the job market because of 2020’s public health situation was an unexpected bump in the road for Atlanta’s previously thriving economy. Fortunately, as the metro area’s economy begins to emerge from the crisis, it appears that the local employment market has the ability to be as welcoming as it was before. Looking at the pre-COVID metro Atlanta job market and where it is heading today, it’s clear that the city and its surrounding areas comprise a land of opportunity for job seekers looking to enter the service-based, skilled-worker employment market. That’s because many service-based businesses here are—and will be—seeking workers who can hit the ground running in what has been labeled “opportunity occupations,” such as nurses, mechanics, construction workers, lab technicians and leasing agents. And there’s more good news: these types of jobs typically pay higher-than-average wages and are available to workers without a traditional college degree. In a recent assessment of Georgia’s workforce, the National Skills Coalition proclaimed that one of the greatest threats to Georgia’s economy is a lack of workers who are ready to fill opportunity occupations. The nonprofit organization reports, “Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of Georgia’s labor market. Key industries in Georgia are unable to find enough sufficiently trained

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Middle-skill occupations in the healthcare field that are in high demand include emergency medical techs, paramedics, nursing assistants, radiology techs and registered nurses.

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workers to fill these jobs.” Fortunately, however, local businesses, schools and government agencies have started to join forces to offer training through a variety of skills-education programs, many of which are low-cost, or even free, for the trainee, opening up the possibilities for people of all skill levels. So what are some of the hottest skilled-labor markets in Atlanta? Here, KNOWAtlanta takes a look at five arenas that continue to offer employees outstanding opportunities to make their mark on the local scene.

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Healthcare Services

The number of healthcare jobs in Atlanta has grown more quickly than in any other industry, which isn’t surprising when you consider that the city is known for its high number of prestigious research hospitals. The Georgia Department of Education’s most recent In-Demand Jobs and Skills report states that healthcare jobs in Georgia are growing at a rate that’s more than oneand-a-half times that of other states. Middle-skill occupations in the healthcare field that are in high demand include emergency medical techs, paramedics, nursing assistants, radiology techs and registered nurses. According to WorkSource Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that connects employers with skilled workers, those fields have the highest projected number of job openings in the next five years and require less education than a bachelor’s degree. For example, dental hygienists in Atlanta earn an average annual income of $74,000, and there are at least 500 new job openings projected annually. Hygienist positions typically require an associate’s degree and, for those in a hurry, degrees can be obtained online through several university programs in Georgia. Additionally, many health services support occupations that involve working directly with patients, like EKG technicians and phlebotomists, and are sought by Atlanta hospitals and clinics. Training for these jobs, such as the Patient Care Technician program at the Atlanta Career Institute, allows students who complete eight-week programs to take national certification exams to be quickly matched with employers who are eager to find them.

Automotive Industry

Caring for human bodies is a booming job market, but caring for automotive bodies is yet another hot industry in Atlanta. Technological innovation has dramatically


their belts, workers can spring from high school graduation to a lucrative job in a matter of months. The average annual salary in 2020 for an Chattahoochee Technical College auto body technician in Atlanta, according to Salary.com, is affected the automotive industry over the $52,507, and requires only a high school last decade, so workers must not only masdiploma and on-the-job training. ter the nuts-and-bolts physical procedures Often, opportunities to learn autoinvolved in making and servicing a car, but motive-repair skills while working at the also the highly technical computer-oriented same time are available through emwork that’s required. ployers’ apprenticeship programs. Many While students can pursue a diploma businesses hire mechanics in salaried in an automotive program, such as a colpositions where on-the-job training is lision-repair degree from Chattahoochee combined with time in the classroom, Technical College (which takes about two usually provided by a local community or years to complete), certificates requiring technical college. Such programs can last just a few months of training are also avail- from four to six years on average. The able for mechanics desiring work requirmilitary can also offer an opportunity to ing highly specific skills, like automotive receive technical training in the autowelding. With that type of training under motive industry that can eventually lead

Many businesses hire mechanics in salaried positions where onthe-job training is combined with time in the classroom, usually provided by a local community or technical college.

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When business is booming, governments and developers must plan for growth in the multifamily housing industry. That growth signals a need not only for middle-service construction workers, but also housing service professionals.

Manufacturing and Maintenance

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to civilian middle-skill jobs, according to CareerVision.org, a career-planning service for young adults. Even more profitable careers can be found in the aircraft mechanics industry, with average annual salaries reaching $85,398 in Atlanta, but these careers often require post-secondary education and certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. There are about 800 projected new aircraft mechanic job openings annually in Atlanta, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

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Manufacturing companies in Atlanta are constantly on the hunt for highly competent middle-skill workers who can maintain and support technical equipment of all types. And to prepare those employees, local colleges have stepped up their offerings in this arena. For instance, Gwinnett Technical College offers real-world skills taught by experts in fields like welding and construction management. To accommodate job seekers who shoulder responsibilities like day jobs or families they must care for, Atlanta Technical College even offers weekend and evening programs. In just four semesters, workers are prepared for manufacturing jobs like installation, operation and repair of electrical or hydraulic systems. Georgia also offers the HOPE Career Grant that, when combined with other education grants, covers most of an eligible student’s tuition fees when he or she enrolls in high-demand training programs in the state’s technical college system. Eligible majors include industrial pipefitting, precision manufacturing and maintenance, metals technician, robotic technician, truck maintenance technician and commercial truck driver. Related careers in maintenance for everything from HVAC (air conditioning and heating systems) to high-tech computer systems are also plentiful in Atlanta. Most of those jobs require at least a high school diploma or some college training. Examples of such jobs are electrical power-line installers, who make $59,526 annually on average, and computer-user support specialists, who earn $39,700 on average. As in most jobs, a worker who has more experience and a number of special certifications will see an increase in that average salary.

Multifamily Housing Service Professional When business is booming, governments and developers must plan for growth in the multifamily housing industry. That growth signals a need not only for middle-service construction workers, but also housing service professionals, like


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leasing agents, property managers and maintenance technicians who can fill middle-skill needs. Enter the Atlanta Apartment Association (AAA), which recognizes the need for trained professionals to work as housing service providers. AAA’s Service Training Academy (STA) provides a six-week program to train workers and assist them in finding jobs at no cost to the individual with expenses paid by the Georgia Apartment Association Foundation. STA training enables students to acquire several housing maintenance-specific certifications, like that for a certified pool operator (CPO) or certified apartment maintenance technician (CAMT). Multifamily housing industry jobs are middle-skill occupations that can be quickly attained upon STA certification. “There were seven of us who graduated, and over 20 companies who came to interview us,” says Walter Fizer, an AAASTA graduate. “As long as there are houses, as long as there are apartments, I am in demand.” Because renting and leasing properties is considered a real estate activity, property managers and leasing agents must abide by several licensing requirements under the Georgia Real Estate Commission. Jumping through those extra hoops can pay off, though, as a typical property manager’s salary in Atlanta averages about $97,557, according to Salary.com.

Hospitality and Tourism

Before the pandemic, tourists flocked to Atlanta every year, eager to absorb the city’s famous southern hospitality. There is great optimism that the area will see a return of this exceptional market sector, allowing jobs like hotel concierges, chefs, restaurant servers, travel agents, reservation agents and tour guides to once again abound in this city. Looking ahead, those interested in this market can prepare themselves for the coming influx of job opportunities. Helms College, a nationally accredited school sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), offers an associate’s degree program in hospitality event and catering operations at its Macon and Augusta campuses.

The school’s culinary program teams up with a local hotel group to prepare students to meet the demand for experienced workers. In addition, schools like Gwinnett Technical College offer courses in hospitality management. If time is of the essence, job seekers who’ve opted to skip the college degree program can receive certificates in as little as one semester in fields like event coordination or hotel management, preparing for jobs in hotel front offices and catering departments. “Students can also earn certificates as they work toward their degree in order to make them more employable prior to graduation,” says Daniel Henderson, program director of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at Gwinnett Technical College. “Skills-based training and soft skills coaching, like interpersonal communication, is imperative in order to fill the employee knowledge gap. A hands-on learning approach prepares students to enter the workforce in the hospitality industry, for employees who do everything from delivering guest services to synthesizing financial reports.” Opportunities also exist for would-be entrepreneurs who see a niche in the hospitality and tourism market in Atlanta. Small businesses that cater to tourists, like event planners or travel agents, can take advantage of the city’s soon-to-return tourist draw. And budding entrepreneurs can check out free online courses offered by the Small Business Administration that focus on financing and marketing new ventures. n

For more information, visit: Atlanta Apartment Association Service Training Academy: atl-apt.org/service-training-academy Atlanta Career Institute: atlantacareerinstitute.net Atlanta Technical College: atlantatech.edu Chattahoochee Technical College: chattahoocheetech.edu

Helms College: helms.edu Georgia HOPE Career Grant: gafutures.org Georgia Real Estate Commission: grec.state.ga.us Gwinnett Technical College: gwinnetttech.edu

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REAL ESTATE

5 Reasons to Hire a Realtor – Especially if You’re Relocating

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elocating to a new city or state can be a daunting task. In an effort to save money or keep control during the move, many people may want to forgo hiring a Realtor. In the long run, this could end up costing you more money and placing more stress on you than you are already experiencing. We want your move to be as easy, so we’ve collected five reasons for you to hire a Realtor, especially if you are relocating to a new area.

1. Realtors know the area. So, you are moving to a new city or even a new state. Do you know where the best schools, restaurants, entertainment or the neighborhood parks are? Local Realtors have years of experience and familiarity with the area to which you are moving. Your Realtor will work with you to figure out exactly what your priorities are so they can determine what area of town may be right for you, and then get you there.

information on the state of the housing market where you are moving. They will know when a listing is a great deal — or not. They also may have knowledge of local homes that are for sale even if they’re not listed. Plus, they’ll have intimate knowledge of the new homebuilders and upcoming communities in the area if new construction is something you’re interested in. Their extensive knowledge of the market will be sure to get you the most house for your money and the house that is just right for you.

3. Realtors know how to negotiate. You may boast that you are pretty good at negotiating down a price at a yard sale, but negotiating prices on homes is an entirely different ballpark. Realtors are skilled negotiators that deal with sellers and other agents in your new city daily. Let them take the reins and they will get you the best price possible while doing the hardest part of the process for you.

2. Realtors know the market.

4. Realtors will handle the contracts.

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the move — why add hours of sitting and reading through contracts to the mix? Of course, you will still look them over, but your Realtor ensures you are protected and that all the nitty-gritty details and conditions are working in your favor. And if you have any questions or don’t understand something, no worries. Your Realtor is there to explain it all.

5. It’s the Realtor’s job to get the best home for you. This is arguably the most important reason to hire a Realtor. It is literally their job to help you find your perfect home. They will have your back and make your life easier. It is explicit that Realtors are supposed to have your best interest at heart and put you first. Our advice to you? Sit back, relax and let the Realtor do what they do best. You’ll be loving your new home in your new city in no time. If you’re relocating to Atlanta, you can find details on new home communities and connect with KNOWAtlanta’s in-house agents at knowatlantarealestate.com. n


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here’s a lot of work that goes into coordinating an organized move, and it’s smart to get a head start on planning long before the moving truck arrives at your door. Here’s our step-by-step guide to streamline your move to Atlanta.

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 Research your options for moving or truck rental companies. Get on-site, written estimates and references from multiple companies — for moving and storage, if necessary.

 Schedule a moving date or reserve a truck if you’re moving yourself.

 Send your new address to friends and family members.

 Complete a change of address with your local post office, or do it online at usps.gov.

 Take inventory of everything in your home, room by room. Decide what you’d like to get rid of and determine what’s worth keeping, and make a list of all of the items you plan to take with you.

 Start packing seasonal clothing and any other items not in immediate use.

 Notify important parties of your move and provide your new address, including your bank, your employer’s HR department, magazines and subscription services, credit card, insurance and utility companies.

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 Start a binder of all paperwork, estimates and receipts related to your move. These costs can later be taken as tax credits and deductions.  Collect necessary records from your child’s school and your pet’s veterinarian, as well as family medical, dental and legal documents and keep them organized together.

 Use up or give away food and supplies that can’t be moved, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.  Host a garage or moving sale for the items you decide not to keep, and give away leftovers to charitable organizations.

 Schedule disconnection of services at your current home and reconnection at your new house, including phone, cable and internet.  Contact insurance companies to obtain moving coverage and to transfer policies to your new home.  Research new medical professionals for you and your family, including family doctors, dentists and veterinarians.


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 Don’t leave it in the landfill. Research how you can recycle old electronics, plastics, metals and anything else you won’t be bringing with you that won’t naturally decompose.

 Confirm dates and time of packing and moving if you’re using a mover. If you’re moving yourself, confirm moving truck arrangements.

 Finalize all packing. Double-check that all closets, garage, attic and basement are cleared.

 Verify the moving truck that shows up is the one you hired. The USDOT number on the side of the truck should match the number on the estimate/ confirmation paperwork. Scams can happen!

 Transfer your automobile registration and driver’s license if you’re moving out of state.  Create a folder of important information about your house for the next homeowner. Be sure to include your new address so that future residents can forward any mail.

 Confirm travel arrangements and pack a travel kit for you and your family members with whatever you need, including cash, credit cards, travel documents, medications, etc. Don’t forget activities and toys for the kids!

 Complete a house check. Defrost the freezer, drain the water hose, disconnect and prepare any major appliances you’re planning to move.  Pack a “First Open/ Load Last” box. Include items you’ll need on the first day in your new home.  Confirm hotel or temporary accommodations, if needed.  Arrange for childcare and pet services.

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 Sign the bill of lading/ inventory list before the movers leave, making sure to check boxes and note any missing items or damage. Keep a copy in a safe place.  Be on hand for movers to answer questions and show where furniture and boxes should go.  Be prepared to pay the mover and have cash on hand to tip workers.


KNOWAtlanta’s GUIDE TO NEW HOMES

Atlanta’s Thriving New Home Market

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etro Atlanta has been a hub of home building activity for decades. In fact, in recent years, the local new home building and new homes sales markets have skyrocketed. Even during the most challenging months of 2020, home buyers looking to purchase new residences have decided that Atlanta is the place to be. According to a report from MarketNSight, in the first week of July, new home sales in the metro area were up 31 percent from the same time period

in 2019. That number grew to a 50 percent year-to-year increase for the second week of July. And there are no signs of the surge slowing down. The numbers are as impressive as they are understandable, as metro Atlanta remains a coveted locale for everyone from relocators to long-time residents. And if you happen to be one of the many people who are searching for a new home in the metro area, KNOWAtlanta wants to help.

A New Spin on House Hunting We started by asking Carol Morgan, President and Founder of Denim Marketing and Host of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio, for her suggestions on searching for a new home in today’s virtual climate. Here are her top tips:

Consume Videos. Tour homes and communities by watching videos. Drone footage affords a bird’s eye view of the entire community, streetscapes, amenities and more. Most builders have video tours of floor plans that start at the front door and walk all the way through the home while describing highlights.

Take a virtual tour. “Walk” through the homes that interest you the most via Matterport or other virtual reality technology. As you walk through them online, think of how that feels to you and how the home flows, as well as how you will live in it. Some builders offer interactive floor plans with space planning and the ability to add furniture.

Participate in a Virtual Open House. These days, homebuilders are hosting virtual open houses and community openings via Zoom and Facebook on a regular basis. So, even if you can’t attend the event in person, it is likely that you can have a front row seat from the comfort of your own home and experience it online!

Schedule a tour with the agent onsite. Once your search is narrowed to a few homes, reach out to the onsite community agent and schedule a real-time video walk-through. Make a list of questions to ask and be sure to take communication into account. Is the onsite person easy to text or call? You will be working with them a lot, so make sure that they will communicate via your preferred method.

Atlanta’s Leading Homebuilders KNOWAtlanta also wants to introduce you to some of the area’s leading homebuilders—companies that are doing amazing things across the metro area. That’s why we’ve added a special feature to our quarterly Guide to New Homes: KNOWAtlanta Magazine’s Builder Profiles. On the pages that follow, you’ll get a more in-depth look at some of the builders that are taking the local market to new heights not only with their incredible homes, but also with their overall approach to the homebuilding process. You’ll get to know their stories, learn about what they offer and find out what sets them apart. Finding the perfect new home has never been this easy…or this exciting. Let’s get started!

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Top Builders in Atlanta

Tell us your story. Patriot Builders is a team of building professionals exclusive to Harbor Club. Having debuted in 2015, Patriot Builders is led by the highly experienced team of Jeff Carreker and Brandon Matney. With stunning Southern Living-inspired home designs and Jeff and Brandon’s 20-plus years of homebuilding experience, the duo is known for producing award-winning homes designed to be both stunning and livable. Patriot Builders’ goal is your total satisfaction—creating a house that is unique and exactly right for your lifestyle. You will truly feel at home in a Patriot Built home.

Tell us about your homes. Patriot Builders offers several options for home buyers, including the Designer Home Series, the Southern Living-Inspired Home Series (incorporates modern farmhouse décor with Southern chic) and the Cottage Home Series (includes open floor plans, uber islands, soaring ceilings and exciting kitchens and baths). What sets your homes apart in the Atlanta market? Every Patriot Builder home includes high-quality structural, mechanical, interior, exterior and owner conveniences as standard. All of our homes are built with unparalleled quality and craftsmanship.

HarborClub.com  (866) 805-5253


Top Builders in Atlanta

Tell us your story. Thrive Residential is now a Toll Brothers company! Since 2006, Thrive Residential has fostered a reputation for fresh, inspirational architecture, compelling floor plans and extraordinary interiors with unexpected finishes. Since 1967, Toll Brothers, an awardwinning FORTUNE 500 company, has been trusted to offer the best in luxury homebuilding in premier locations across the country. Together, Thrive Residential and Toll Brothers will continue to embrace an unwavering commitment to quality craftsmanship, ardent attention to detail and personalized customer service.

Tell us about your homes. Thrive Residential specializes in modern townhomes, flats and cottages ranging in price from the mid-$200s to $1 million-plus. What sets your homes apart in the Atlanta market? Thrive Residential specializes in building unique communities in urban in-fill neighborhoods in Atlanta. Our community locations are second to none, offering our residents’ access to neighborhoods filled with amenities like the Atlanta BeltLine, parks, local restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and public transportation, all within steps of their front door.

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Top Builders in Atlanta

Tell us your story. Since 1954, Lennar has had the privilege of helping hundreds of thousands of families across America move into their next stages of life with a new home. We build in some of the nation’s most popular cities, and our communities cater to all lifestyles—with new homes for all stages of life, whether you are a first-time buyer, move-up buyer, multigenerational family or active adult. Tell us about your homes. Lennar Atlanta Homes builds single-family homes and townhomes from the high $200s to the low $700s. We continue to innovate with features like our exclusive Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ home automation; we have partnered with the Wi-Fi Alliance® to deliver the world’s first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design that includes the most desirable technology brands and enhances your everyday

life. Homeowners are looking for ways to stay connected to the things that matter the most, and Lennar has engineered a better home networking experience, which is included with a new Lennar home at an outstanding value. What sets your homes apart in the Atlanta market? Aside from building safe, amenity-rich communities in Atlanta’s most desirable areas, including Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Jackson and Paulding counties, we offer a home buying process that is safe, simple and rewarding from start to finish. Since 1989, our Everything’s Included® package of no-cost extras has continued to add major value and style for our homeowners, offering our buyers thousands of dollars in extras at no extra cost.

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David Weekley Homes Mid $300s-Mid $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 Buckhead, Kirkwood, Smyrna, Woodstock, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta and Decatur.

(404) 789-3033

davidweekleyhomes.com

Paran Homes

Mid $200s-$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 today!

(770) 648-3113

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Meritage Homes From $200s-$600s

It’s time to expect more from your homebuilder. We’re setting the new standard for energy-efficient homes to help you live with more savings, better health, real comfort and peace of mind. Whether this is your first home or your sixth, it’s important to know you have a partner in your corner — someone with the expertise to know what it takes to build to the standard you need and expect.

(877) 247-6374

meritagehomes.com/state/ga/atlanta

Rocklyn Homes High $100s-$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

rocklynhomes.com


The Charles

Lennar

$1.7M-$3M+

From High $200s-$700s

Marrying elegant design with unparalleled walkability, The Charles represents a new level of urban sophistication and offers a rare chance for a select few to make the center of Buckhead Village their home. Each home at The Charles has been thoughtfully designed to reflect the ideal experience of the Atlanta lifestyle. Sales and marketing is handled exclusively by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty Developer Services Division.

Lennar creates safe, amenity-rich communities in Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Hall counties. Our new homes provide what owners need today: the perfect sanctuary to live, work and play. Lennar communities also feature luxurious amenities like pools, recreation centers, trails, playgrounds and parks with shopping, entertainment and more nearby. Sleep sounder, live more comfortably and enjoy life safely in a Lennar Atlanta home.

(404) 975-3770

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Century Communities Low $200s-$500s

(404) 931-7462

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Brock Built Homes From High $200s-$800s

Century Communities offers a wide variety of exceptional floor plans and locations throughout Greater Atlanta. Build from the ground up—allowing you to personalize your dream home at one of our design centers—or skip the wait with a move-in ready home. Call us or visit our website today to explore communities and schedule a tour!

Brock Built Homes is a premier Atlanta homebuilder that is dedicated to enriching the lives of homeowners. Brock Built provides quality craftsmanship and builds not just homes, but neighborhoods and communities with a focus on heavily landscaped treelined streets, large front porches and classic craftsman architecture. Brock Built provides innovative communities, neighborhoods and homes from Intown to several suburban areas.

(678) 775-1640

(404) 351-7555

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Patrick Malloy Communities

Lake Arrowhead

From $400s-$1M

High $200s-Mid $800s

Patrick Malloy Communities was founded in 1994 by Patrick Malloy, in an era when your home was part of your neighborhood, and your neighborhood a part of your life. Today, Patrick Malloy Communities continues its tradition of building high-quality homes that offer exceptional features in neighborhoods that enhance peoples’ lives. Over the past 25 years, the firm has built more than 7,000 exceptional homes in the Atlanta area, a total of more than $1.5 billion in sales.

Resort-style living keeps getting better. Welcome to Lake Arrowhead, a gated mountain, lake and golf community just outside of Canton. The community’s 540-acre lake showcases over 21 miles of shoreline, a marina, lakeside park and hiking trails. Its portfolio includes ranch homes, master-onmain townhomes, luxury lakeside villas and custom lakeside homes. Premier home sites are available. A low Cherokee County tax base and one of the state’s safest cities await you.

(770) 635-4090

(770) 720 -2700

pmcommunities.com

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Skyland Brookhaven

The Providence Group

Skyland Brookhaven is a new townhome community designed with your lifestyle in mind. We are proud to offer thoughtful floor plans, beautiful aesthetics and space that works harder. Using quality craftsmanship from custom builders, these homes are also technologically enabled for state-of-the-art living spaces. Luxurious amenities include a sophisticated clubhouse, a gorgeous saltwater pool and landscaped pocket parks. Located in sought-after Brookhaven, this community is convenient to upscale shopping at Lenox Square, Perimeter Mall and Northlake Mall.

Proud to be the leading luxury homebuilder in Atlanta, The Providence Group offers 20+ communities in Atlanta’s most sought-after locations. The Providence Group features a home design and community to fit every lifestyle, with designs offering a range of options, including third-level retreats, finished terrace levels, main level owner’s suites, gourmet kitchens and more. Community amenity packages typically include gated entrances, pools, clubhouses and lawn care. The award-winning design center allows home buyers to personalize their new home.

(678) 515-3927

(678) 990-8561

High $400s

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From $300s-$1M

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Soleil Laurel Canyon From $300s-$600s

Traton Homes/Courtyards at Camden High $300s-$400s

One of Where To Retire Magazine’s Top 50 Master-Planned Communities, this unique active adult community located in Canton is where neighbors become lifelong friends while surrounded by the opportunity to create indelible memories. Imagine days filled with engaging activities, providing the lifestyle of a long-awaited vacation. Spend time on the golf course or tennis courts, in the culinary-teaching kitchen honing gourmet skills or on the clubhouse balcony watching the sunset over the North Georgia Mountains. Everything you came here for — and more.

Nestled in a premier West Cobb location on Mars Hill Road is Courtyards at Camden, Traton Homes’ new 55+ community. Gorgeous ranch homes with private courtyards are perfect for relaxing, gardening or entertaining. Community amenities include a clubhouse, pool, bocce ball court, firepit and walking trail with future park access. The community is located minutes from the area’s best shopping, dining, recreation and healthcare facilities.

(678) 880-3071

(678) 391-9496

soleillaurelcanyon.com

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WE live HERE. Harbor Club – where you live by the wide open waters of Lake Oconee, timeless golf greens and the kind of neighbors that create a truly close-knit community. Call today to schedule your visit.

SALES CENTER & MODEL HOME OPEN DAILY New Southern Living Series from the $500s Carriage Ridge & Heron Ridge homes from the $300s Homesites from $40,000 to $600,000 706.453.7855 · HarborClub.com 1111 Polo Circle Greensboro, Georgia 30642

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The River Club Mid $200s-$1M+

Entering the gates of The River Club, you’ll find a community of serene natural beauty, exquisitely crafted custom homes on rolling topography and an exceptional living opportunity. Built around one of Greg Norman’s celebrated golf courses and nestled into the woodlands along the Chattahoochee River, The River Club is a sanctuary from the outside world. This is, quite simply, the finest lifestyle experience available anywhere in Atlanta.

(678) 541-6434

riverclub.com

Davidson Homes From $200s-$1M+

Traditions of Braselton From High $200s-$700s

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 Olympic-sized 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 high $200s to $700s. Traditions has it all!

(706) 684-0450

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40 West 12th

From $800s-$2M+

Davidson Homes is your community builder, providing quality construction and materials, superior value and an unprecedented level of personalization. We keep the home buyer in mind in everything we do, every step of the way. Davidson Homes is now offering a diverse range of floor plans in Bartow, Cherokee, East Cobb, West Forsyth, Gwinnett, Henry and East Paulding counties. Give us a call or visit our website today!

With elaborate detail throughout and chic finish options, the residences at 40 West 12th offer effortless elegance in Atlanta’s premier Midtown neighborhood. From dual-sided fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling glass walls to unmatched marble details and well-appointed kitchens and baths, the uniquely crafted details speak for themselves.

(404) 999-1579

(404) 347-3838

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GET EVEN MORE OUT OF YOUR NEW HOME. Every Meritage home comes standard with innovative features that work together to make your whole home live better and help you rest easier. But we don’t stop there. The following additional features available in this community will help you get even more out of your brand new home:

LIVE WITH MORE SAVINGS.

Insulated Garage Doors

LIVE WITH BETTER HEALTH.

INCLUDED FEATURE

Lock in even more heat or cool air with an insulated garage door. Your home will stay cozy year around, and your car will appreciate it too.

Spray Foam Insulated Attics

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Reduce sources of deterioration from moisture, dust & extreme temperatures.

MERV 11 HVAC Filtration

INCLUDED FEATURE

Improves home’s air quality & reduces the quantity of allergens.

LIVE WITH REAL COMFORT.

LED Lighting

LIVE WITH PEACE OF MIND.

INCLUDED FEATURE

LED bulbs are highly energy-efficient and on average use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting

SEER 15 HVAC

INCLUDED FEATURE

Runs more efficiently to reduce humidity and maximize comfort at less cost.

Tankless Water Heater

INCLUDED FEATURE

Heat water without the use of a large storage tank. The result is a more efficient use of heat and a constant supply of hot water for your home.

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Builder and Developer Locator Map Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

1. The Charles 2. Enclave at Chastain 3. Brookhaven Wilshire 4. Belvedere on Peachtree 5. Lindmoor Row Decatur

Engel & Völkers Atlanta

36. Harbor Club on Lake Oconee

Brock Built Homes

6. West Highlands 7. Castleberry Station 8. Oakhurst 9. Westside Station 10. West Town

Century Communities

11. Carmichael Farms 12. Hamilton Pointe 13. Aurora Park 14. Saddlebrook 15. Carver Hills

David Weekley Homes

16. Ellison Park 17. Broadview Place 18. Hargrove 19. Grand Reserve 20. Marietta Township

Davidson Homes

21. Stapleton Park 22. Riverwood 23. Mountainbrook 24. The Village at Towne Lake 25. Rosemary Park at Sugarloaf

Empire Communities

26. Harlow 27. Halcyon 28. 4Forty4 29. Albright 30. The Swift

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31. The Atlantic 32. 1065 Midtown 33. District Lofts 34. 40 West 12th 35. Chastain East

The Providence Group 58. Bellmoore Park 59. C  entral Park at Deerfield Township 60. Harvest Park 61. Pratt Stacks 62. Idylwilde

63. The River Club

37. Lake Arrowhead Lennar Atlanta

38. Towns at The Junction 39. Towns at Elevate 40. Dunwoody Village 41. Northaven 42. Promenade at The Square

Rocklyn Homes

69. Skyland Brookhaven

Meritage Homes

43. Tramore Square 44. Westhaven 45. Summerfield 46. Winding Creek 47. Willowcrest

Paran Homes

48. Oakleigh Pointe 49. Magnolia Court 50. Seaboard Junction 51. Millwood Farms 52. Gladstone

Patrick Malloy Communities

53. Milton Run 54. Kyle Farm 55. Wescott 56. Horizon at Laurel Canyon 57. Hillandale

64. Camp Creek Village 65. Bentley Estates 66. Seaboard Township 67. Cascades 68. Renaissance at South Park

Southeast Capital Partners 70. Soleil Laurel Canyon

Thrive Residential, A Toll Brothers Company

71. Emerson on Krog 72. Oxley Edgewood 73. Portland Row 74. Park 108 75. New Talley Station

76. Traditions of Braselton Traton Homes

77. Logans Walk 78. Courtyards at Camden 79. Parkside East 80. Edgemoore at Milford 81. The Grove at Adams Pond


Lumpkin

Pickens Dawson

Bartow

Forsyth Cherokee

37 70 56

62 11

Hall

45 59

44

53

CARTERSVILLE

MILTON

76

24

23

8 19

13

26 27

55

JOHNS CREEK

78

Fulton

57

Cobb

Jackson

63

58

60

41

Barrow

16

51

48 22

20 42

Paulding

80

3

2

54 81

77

39

69

15 14

35 29

4

1

9

47

Gwinnett

40

43

66

25

38

49 79

6 31

17 33 10

32 72 71 34 18

Atlanta 7 28

67

52 5 75 74

MON

50

Walton

61 30 73 65

Douglas

DeKalb

64

SOCIA

Fulton

Rockdale

Clayton

Carroll

Newton

46

68

Coweta

36

21

Fayette

12

Henry

SHARPSBURG

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LEASING

The Top 10 Leasing Terms You Need to Know By Stacy Moser

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hen you’ve narrowed down your rental choice to that one perfect apartment, you’re not done yet. You’ve got a lease to sign. Caveat emptor—“Let the buyer beware”—isn’t a well-known phrase for nothing. You may not be buying the place, but you still need to proceed with caution. The lease-negotiation process is slanted in favor of the landlord since they dictate the lease’s terms. So it’s important to do your homework. No matter how big that stack of paper is, read it—every word! Ask questions and take your time. Also, it’s critical that you understand the terminology you’ll find in the lease so you’ll be better able to negotiate terms that work

for you and your lifestyle. With that in mind, here are 10 important terms that you need to know before you sign on the dotted line.

1. Lease A document that legally defines all of the rules that a renter and landlord agree to before you move in, like how long you will rent the property (typically a year), what services are included in the rent (water, electric, pest control, trash pickup, etc.) and whether or not you can have pets or run a business from the property. Check whether the lease automatically renews when it expires—most must be renegotiated at that time (and

heads-up: the rent may be increased at that point).

2. Rental Agreement A written agreement typically defining a short-term rental period (usually 30 days) and is automatically renewed upon expiration.

3. Security Deposit Landlords usually require money to be held for the duration of your lease to protect them from loss. This is their insurance against any damage you may make to the property or if you fail to pay. The deposit is typically equal to one month’s rent. Some leases allow the renter to apply the security deposit to their last month’s rent. Make sure to get in writing how (and when) the deposit will be returned to you.

4. Grace Period How many days your rent can be paid past the due date before you will be charged a fee.

5. Renter’s Insurance An insurance policy that provides the funds you’ll need to recover from a flood, fire, burglary or other emergency when the property itself (or your beloved speaker system) is damaged. The policy is often required by the landlord but is purchased by the tenant.

6. Amenity Fees That gorgeous swimming pool and workout room aren’t necessarily included in the rent and might require you to pay a separate fee every month for access. The same goes for parking.

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Why Corporate Housing is Safer Than a Hotel By TP Corporate Lodging When you travel somewhere for an extended stay, you generally have several options as to lodging. The two most common options? You can book a room in a hotel (even an extended stay hotel) or you can stay in a furnished apartment through a corporate housing agency. Among these options, not only is corporate housing usually less expensive than the others, but it’s also a safer choice. Let’s explore the options and see why corporate housing may be safer than a hotel. HOTEL SAFETY ISSUES Hotels usually do their best to keep their guests as secure as possible; however, as a business open to the public, with people coming in and out for meetings and lodging, there’s only so much they can do. Specifically, here are some of the potential risks: Entry to your room: Virtually all hotel staff have access to enter your room—and not all of them are honest. Sanitation: Cleaning staff sometimes cut corners in sanitation practices, and bedding in particular doesn’t always get as clean as it should. Predators: Even with secured entries, as a public facility, a

hotel often attracts predatory people who wait in the wings to steal or to cause harm. HOW CORPORATE HOUSING IS SAFER Extended stay corporate housing resolves almost all of the safety issues that accompany the other options. For example: The apartments are private. A corporate housing agency leases and furnishes actual apartments in real residential complexes, often with secure entrances—much like living in your own home or apartment. Limited access. The only people with access to your unit are you and the management company—the same as if you lived in the apartment. Carefully vetted for location and amenities. The agency only works with the best residential communities to provide optimal, safe housing. Whether your extended stay is personal or business-related, you deserve to stay in housing where you feel comfortable and safe. For more information, visit tpcorporatelodging.com or call (800) 428-9997.

must give you before the date they intend to show up for a look-see.

8. Broker’s Fee Some apartment-finder services or real estate brokers will charge a fee if they help you find a place to rent or negotiate terms of the lease with the landlord on your behalf. The shoe can be on the other foot, however, when the landlord pays a broker to find you!

9. Prorate This means “to divide proportionately.” Landlords will often prorate the amount of rent to be paid based on the day you move in or out of the property. Example: Rent is $900 for 30 days in April ($900 divided by 30 days = $30 per day). You move in on April 5, so you’re only renting for 25 days in April. Your rent for April is $30/day x 25 days = $750.

10. Notice to Quit This is a term used when a landlord instructs a tenant to leave the property permanently either because rent has not been paid or the tenant has broken the rules of the lease. n

Why a hotel room when you can have an apartment home?

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ith a minimum 14-day stay, TP Corporate Lodging residents enjoy all the amenities of a full size apartment home that costs less than a hotel room.

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hether you’re a small or large company, business professional, or family, TP Corporate Lodging will quickly accommodate all your requests to make your temporary housing a little more like home.

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FINANCE & MORTGAGE

Realizing the Dream Georgia’s statewide first-time homebuyer program makes the dream of ownership possible By Amy Meadows

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t’s been nearly 25 years since the Georgia Housing & Finance Authority and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) joined forces to create what has become one of the state’s most distinctive and beneficial programs for home buyers: the Georgia Dream Homeownership Program. This affordable home loan initiative helps first-time home buyers turn the dream of homeownership into a reality. Since it launched in 1996, the program has funded approximately $820 million in mortgages. And in the last five years alone, 6,800 families have benefited from the Georgia Dream Program. “Homeownership, the American Dream, is available to all Georgians,” says Housing Outreach Coordinator Tracy Turman. “The Georgia Dream Program is committed to providing safe and affordable housing options that are key building blocks to strong and vibrant communities.”

The Loans The Georgia Dream Program offers different levels of loan options for eligible applicants. The loans are designed to help buyers secure the funds for the down payment on a home, and it is important to understand that they are not grants. “DCA acts as the secondary market for lenders who want to provide an affordable mortgage product to low- and moderate-income Georgians,” Turman says. “Potential home buyers apply with participating lenders for Georgia Dream loans. The loans are secured or guaranteed by FHA, VA, USDA-RD or conventional uninsured loans.” She continues, “The assistance, either $5,000 or $7,500, has a zero-percent interest rate and functions as a second mortgage. Although there is never a 64  KNOWAtlanta   FALL 2020

had been renting for several years, she knew she would need assistance with the financial aspect of the opportunity. She applied for a Georgia Dream Standard Loan and received $5,000 to put towards the purchase. “It gave me the opportunity to own the house I was living in and not have to move,” Marino states. “It’s easy to complete the program and buy your own house. Georgia Dream was great.”

The Requirements

monthly payment on this loan, if you sell or refinance your home, the amount of the loan is absorbed with equity, and the proceeds help the next generation of home buyers.” Georgia Dream Program loan options include: •  The Standard Loan: A $5,000 loan that is available to all eligible home buyers who meet certain requirements •  The Protectors, Educators & Nurses (PEN) Loan: A $7,500 loan that is designated for individuals working in industries related to first responders, public protectors, educators, healthcare providers and active military •  The Choice Loan: A $7,500 loan for families that include someone living with a disability The various loans give applicants options based on their particular needs. For instance, when Athens resident Maria Marino wanted to purchase the home she

There are various requirements that applicants must meet to be considered for a Georgia Dream loan. To start, eligible applicants must have a minimum middle credit score of 640, and the household income cannot exceed $80,000 for one or two people and $92,000 for three or more people. The applicant also must not have liquid assets of more than $20,000 or 20 percent of the sales price of the home and will need to complete an online home buyer education course prior to completing the loan process. In terms of the home itself, the purchase price cannot exceed $250,000 if the home resides in specific Georgia counties; these counties include Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton. Applicants must contact a participating Georgia Dream lender, as the DCA, as a state agency, does not lend directly to buyers. Fortunately, lenders within the approved Georgia Dream network are very familiar with the loans and the application process, which, according to Turman, takes 45 to 60 days from application to closing. After a compliance review, she notes, “If everything is approved, you will be cleared to close and on your way to homeownership.”


The Future As more buyers look to purchase homes, the DCA is striving to enhance its efforts so the Georgia Dream Program is attainable by even more segments of the state’s population. “Our outreach efforts are being expanded to be inclusive of underserved markets, such as the Hispanic and rural markets,” Turman says. “New outreach initiatives include a virtual Realtor and lender training targeted to our Spanish-speaking partners.” These efforts are an excellent addition to an already successful program, which has helped boost not only personal homeownership throughout Georgia, but also the economy both statewide and across metro Atlanta. Owning a home is one of the greatest dreams a person or a family can achieve. And thanks to the Georgia Dream Program, that aspiration is within reach. n

For more information, visit dca.ga.gov/safe-affordable-housing/ homeownership/georgia-dream

The Georgia Dream Program in Action Holly Martin, community sales manager for Ellis Pointe by Rocklyn Homes, a new townhome community located in Conyers, recently assisted a local teacher who was trying to purchase a home. The buyer didn’t have the full down payment she needed to secure the residence she wanted in the community, which features beautiful three-bedroom townhomes starting in the low $200s. When she didn’t know where to turn, Martin quickly recommended the Georgia Dream Program. “This is a really good program for teachers, police officers, firemen or anyone in the medical field,” Martin explains. “I utilize this program as a tool for buyers if they feel they need down payment assistance. This helps them get into a home at a reasonable rate and in a timely manner if they don’t have the full amount of the down payment they need saved.” The home buyer applied for the Georgia Dream Program’s Protectors, Educators & Nurses (PEN) Loan, which offers up to $7,500 towards the purchase of a home. In the end, with her Georgia Dream loan in hand, her out-of-pocket expense was $5,000, and she received a 3.75 percent interest rate from the preferred lender with which she worked. “Interest rates are at an all-time low, and you can take advantage of the current market [right now],” note Martin, who recommends speaking to a preferred lender to see if you are eligible for one of the program’s loan options and start your journey to homeownership. To learn more about Rocklyn Homes and its single-family and townhome offerings throughout metro Atlanta, ranging from the $100s to the $500s, visit rocklynhomes.com.

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55+ LIVING CHOICES

Active Adults Enjoy Awesome Autumn in Metro Atlanta By Marty M. Hohmann

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utumn evokes images of brightly colored leaves, crisp, cool temperatures and fireside chats with family and friends. It’s a breath of fresh air following the long, hot summer. If ever there was a time that home needed to be a retreat, that time is now! Even better if the retreat is more like a resort. Atlanta’s active adult communities offer countless resort amenities, and fall is the ideal time to take a look. Walking trails, boating, golf, fall gardening, wine tastings and more beckon us to get 66  KNOWAtlanta   FALL 2020

outside and enjoy the wonders of autumn in Georgia at one of the many premier residential locations in the metro area.

Courtyards at Camden 2040 Mars Hill Road Acworth, GA 30101 (678) 391-9496 tratonhomes.com/communities/ courtyards-at-camden Courtyards at Camden is the newest offering from Traton Homes for the

55+ active lifestyle community. The convenient West Cobb location on Mars Hill Road is just minutes from the area’s best shopping, dining, recreation and healthcare facilities. Extraordinary amenities are just outside the doors of the community’s luxury homes and are designed specifically for the active adult population. Residents enjoy a pool, bocce ball court, firepit gathering area and a community clubhouse that will become the centerpiece for social gatherings and events. Community sidewalks and


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a walking trail with future park access complete the experience. An amenity center is currently under construction, and the clubhouse is projected to be complete by mid-September for residents to enjoy. What’s more, each home features its own private courtyard, perfect for relaxing, gardening or entertaining. Kennesaw Mountain National Park and Lake Acworth also are just minutes away, enhancing the community’s onsite offerings.

Soleil Laurel Canyon 102 High Mountain Trace Canton, GA 30114 (678) 710-9252 soleillaurelcanyon.com It comes as no surprise to the residents of Soleil Laurel Canyon that their community was named among the Best 50 Master-Planned Communities in the U.S. by Where to Retire Magazine in 2015. The community has been so popular, in fact, that it finds itself quite suddenly in the final closeout phase. But there’s still time to live the Soleil lifestyle, if you act quickly. Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Canton, Soleil Laurel Canyon is the perfect place to live because it’s “country quiet, city close.” Atlanta is nearby, but residents don’t have to leave Soleil Laurel Canyon for something to do because of the community’s lively social scene, which is especially robust during the fall season. To start, Soleil residents have membership in a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with an arts and crafts room, billiards room, fitness center, gourmet catering kitchen, indoor heated saline lap pool and library. Outside the clubhouse are a pool, community garden, greenhouse, fishing lake and tennis. And the Fairways of Canton golf course is located just outside Soleil’s gate within Laurel Canyon. Additionally, Soleil Laurel

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Canyon boasts more than 52 onsite social clubs and activity groups. These groups might share a common interest such as golf or a passion for current events. Whatever brings them together, one thing is certain—residents bond with their community and neighbors become lifelong friends.

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The centerpiece of living at Lake Arrowhead, located just four miles outside the charming historic town of Waleska, is a 540-acre lake surrounded by mountains, pristine wilderness and trails and more. With nearly 20 miles of magnificent shoreline, Lake Arrowhead’s crystal-clear waters boast depths of over 80 feet, and the new pavilion is the ideal spot to take in its beauty during the gorgeous fall season. The newly expanded boat rental program allows residents to enjoy the lake without having to worry about owning a boat. Lake Arrowhead has everything you


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could possibly wish for in a lakeside resort-style community. A full-time lifestyle director works onsite to maintain a bustling social calendar that boasts exercise classes, community events and seasonal workshops. Residents can enjoy hiking

along the 11 miles of neighborhood trails, outdoor concerts, drive-in movies under the stars, golf tournaments, wine tastings, horseback riding and health and wellness activities. Additionally, a Fall Concert Series is on tap this year;

concerts will be held lakefront at the marina where residents can enjoy the music by the water while dining in their boats. And for golf enthusiasts who love to hit the links each autumn, the championship Highlands Course is considered one of the best golf courses in Georgia. The Stay & Play Program will be launched this season in the golf villa community; guests can stay on the property for a three-day/ two-night visit, which will include a round of golf, a boat tour of the lake and a lunch or dinner at the country club. New to the Lake Arrowhead community is a collection of four-bedroom, four-bath detached golf villas overlooking the vibrant green golf course and surrounded by the mountains ablaze in fall color. Select lakefront, lake view and interior lots are also available for purchase now in Sanctuary Cove. Some offer the option of constructing individual deep-water docks, and all have incredible views. n

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KNOWAtlanta’s 2021 Education Guide It’s Elementary Metro Atlanta private schools put a distinctive spin on the K-5 experience Georgia School Glossary Accreditations and Memberships

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Public School Spotlight

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Q&A with Georgia Cyber Academy

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Live and Learn Metro Atlanta boarding schools provide an all-inclusive educational experience Private School Listing

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Map of Select Metro Atlanta Private Schools

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The Freshman Experience Metro Atlanta’s colleges and universities pave the way for first-year students

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EDUCATION

It’s Elementary Metro Atlanta private schools put a distinctive spin on the K-5 experience By Ken Abramczyk

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or parents who want a unique educational experience for their children, private schools offer interdisciplinary studies and variety while emphasizing values, character building, community and environment. These are essentials for any student, but they are particularly important for young children who are just beginning their educational journeys. That’s why metro Atlanta’s private schools work so diligently to provide this crucial foundation for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. From 72  KNOWAtlanta   FALL 2020

schools that offer elementary education exclusively to those that have elementary grades as part of their K-8 or K-12 systems, these schools offer flexibility in their programs and a chance for students to experience a unique education, captivating them as they grow and develop throughout their school years.

A Distinctive Approach For many parents, the educational environment itself is what draws them to metro Atlanta’s private schools. So many local

schools pride themselves on featuring small student class sizes and promoting an education based on individualized learning and teaching flexibility. Additionally they tout their strong relationships among teachers, students and family and how they work to connect students with the community and the world. For instance, Springmont Montessori School promotes engaged learning, environmental stewardship, creativity, authenticity, the gift of time, global awareness and mutual respect. “Diversity of thought and a


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global perspective are valued, and students are empowered to become inquisitive, independent, compassionate and effective,” says Nikki Torres, associate head for Elementary and Middle Learning. Joe Marshall, head of Trinity School, says families choose the institution for their children because they like Trinity’s unique and balanced approach. “That (approach) allows students the opportunity to savor their childhood while acquiring a deep academic foundation and developing responsibility, leadership

and a strong sense of self,” he says. Additionally, Trinity maintains high standards of mutual respect and positive discipline, touting itself as the first racially integrated private independent elementary school in Georgia. The school, Marshall states, “continues to make diversity, equity and inclusion an ever-present integrated part of the school day as we develop in each and every student a strong sense of self and identity and a sincere care and concern for others.” The Westminster Schools’ teachers “honor the uniqueness of each learner,” according to Whit McKnight, head of the Lower School. “In the Lower School, we introduce bright, curious thinkers to the joys of problem solving,” he says. “We explore leadership and service to others.” Lisa Mirsky, admissions director at The Davis Academy, notes that the school’s teachers “strive to enrich the mind, body and spirit,” creating a learning environment that both nurtures and challenges children. “From kindergarten prep (4- and young 5-year-olds) through middle school, we use a hands-on experiential approach and innovative teaching methods that promote collaborative, active learning.” Atlanta Academy can “move the teaching needle” quicker than public schools or other larger independent schools, and the academy “truly rivals” other preschool through Grade 8 schools, says Shannon Dishman, head of school. “I love the fact that independent schools have the ability to quickly shift when we

identify a curriculum, faculty or student need,” she says. The depth of Atlanta Academy’s curriculum and programming combined with the variety of enrichment options, she adds, is “remarkable.” Atlanta International School educates students through a program grounded in full language immersion. “Our approach to education builds cultural competency, giving our students a global outlook that prepares them to move through the world with confidence, wherever they choose to make a difference,” says Maria Voutos, head of primary school. In fact, the school is one of the few international baccalaureate schools in the United States that offer the IB curriculum at every grade level, 3K through Grade 12. The Primary Years Program focuses on conceptual understanding, transdisciplinary connections and higher order thinking skills. “Our French, Spanish and German programs are dual immersion (5K through Grade 5), which is 50 percent English and 50 percent French, German or Spanish,” Voutos says. “Our Chinese program is partial immersion with 70 percent English and 30 percent Chinese. In every case, the students are taught by teachers who have the target language as their mother tongue.”

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Woodward Academy

on a traditional classroom model, Woodward Academy prioritizes opportunities for creativity and movement. “Opportunities to discover, collaborate, explore and experiment are woven throughout our curriculum at every grade level from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade,” says Amy Morris, director of strategic marketing and communications. “We employ techniques such as design thinking so that students learn critical thinking while broadening their abilities and competencies. Students in kindergarten through 5th grade have access to makerspaces filled with resources on building and designing.” Westminster’s Lower School’s interdisciplinary curriculum develops the whole child. “Our tradition of academic excellence combines with a unique daily schedule that rotates over seven days, one that engages learners and inspires creativity even as it builds a sense of community,” McKnight says. The entire Westminster community “benefits from a school culture that prioritizes health growth in all areas of a student’s life — academic, social-emotional, spiritual and physical.” The Lovett School designs a “best practices” curriculum using a backwards-design model. With that, teachers model goals and skills for all subjects. “They help create goals for each child individually through a variety of assessments while providing continual feedback to the child as they work toward the goals,” says Amy Darsey, director 74  KNOWAtlanta   FALL 2020

Davis Academy

of teaching and learning for K-2. “Our teachers also create small groups to facilitate growth across areas.” What’s more, she adds, Lovett engages and exposes students to the arts and sciences while ensuring students are valued as individuals. “They have opportunities to play an instrument or perform,” Darsey explains. Additionally, Jen Tatasciore, director of teaching and learning for 3-5, says students visit natural settings to explore and connect with real experiences related to what they are learning in their classes. Springmont works hard to help students make a connection with their teachers, who give them age-appropriate freedom with accompanying responsibil-

The Lovett School

ities. “Students spend three consecutive years in the same class, allowing teachers to get to know each child, his or her family and how best to support, challenge and connect with each child,” Torres says. Students evolve into leadership roles, starting as followers in their first year, moving into helper roles in their second year and growing as leaders in their third year. She continues, “Students actively participate in class meetings and create class agreements and are guided to develop internal self-control rather than being motivated by rewards and punishments.” What’s more, students learn at their own individual pace. “All subjects and skills are taught in an integrated


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curriculum, rather than in isolation,” says Torres. Students recognize strengths and weaknesses, how subjects interrelate and the world around them. “Multiple entry points to subject matter entice learning, and students use skills and knowledge to solve problems and answer curiosities independently,” Torres says. Students take overnight class trips to Springmont’s 86-acre Landschool campus in North Georgia. An outdoor science education teacher guides students in the care of the school’s many gardens and farm animals, including chickens, pairs of turkeys, goats, rabbits and a sheep. Art, music, Spanish and physical education are also part of the curriculum and not electives. Dishman reveals that Atlanta Academy allows students to gradually adjust, build on positive teacher-student relationships and develop a deep feeling of belonging. “For our 4th and 5th grade, we offer a unique ‘mini-middle’ model that teaches students to manage themselves through executive functioning techniques, such as organization, study skills, self-direction and self-advocacy,” she notes. “These critical skills help build a launching pad to middle school, sending students with a foundation of preparation.”

Illuminating Instructors At the heart of each school’s success are the faculty members, who are dedicated not only to helping their students advance and thrive, but also to enhancing their own professional capabilities.

More than 70 percent of Trinity’s lead ing strategies to integrate digital citizenteachers hold an advanced degree. Further- ship into the curriculum and develop a more, the school’s Learning Team provides culture of reading. specialized one-on-one and small group instruction for students with learning difCreative Programming ferences, adding another layer of individuPrivate schools work to ensure students alized support. It also partners with parents receive an education well beyond core and teachers to ensure the best instruction programs to deliver a well-balanced founfor students. “These specialists often work dation, increasing opportunities for them in the classroom to support teachers, help to succeed as adults. Options both within with differentiated instruction, review acand beyond the classroom allow students commodations and identify additional ways to follow their passions and pursue their to teach concepts to students with varying personal interests. learning needs,” Marshall says. For example, Woodward Academy Mirsky calls The Davis Academy’s offers specialized programs and areas of faculty “our greatest investment.” Davis study, as well as a variety of co-curriculars. offers them fluid professional development and unique learning opportunities. “Our faculty leverages the power of social media platforms to learn, grown from other educators around the world and create learning opportunities for students,” Mirsky says. “With connections made through Twitter, our students re-enact the Second Continental Congress, interact with renowned authors and conduct mystery Skype sessions with same-age learners throughout the country.” According to Mirsky, Davis Academy faculty members are viewed as educational leaders, who present at local, state and Springmont Montessori School national conferences, discoverFALL 2020  KNOWAtlanta  75


EDUCATION “Students can build robots in STEAM workshops or they can visit the working farm at the Lower School and help tend to chickens,” Morris says. Woodward also offers co-curriculars in animation, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, chess, fencing, piano, TV production and yoga. And the academy offers graduation distinctions in sustainability, global studies and service learning. Trinity School offers an education technology program focusing on digital citizenship, including access, literacy and security. Students there develop creativity and technological skills in the Idea Lab and makerspace. An outdoor education program includes multi-day trips, and students learn appreciation and respect Atlanta International School for themselves, others and the Earth. Trinity’s afterschool programs, called Extended Programs, have more than 60 offerings. child” approach and balanced foundaWestminster students are encouraged to tion, STEAM classes, resource classes, push beyond absorbing information and to fine arts, foreign language and guidance ask questions, such as “what if,” “what’s next” through its programs. Morning meetings, and “what about,” McKnight says. “Morning a growth mindset, a self-serve lunch, the meetings in Lower School teach students Leadership Council and the Student how to name their emotions and teaches Services Council assist students in building the importance of fostering community. their confidence and teach life skills to Student support at Westminster is holistic students, according to Tatasciore. “Knowand wellness-oriented. Our Equity and ing the students as individuals, providing Inclusion curriculum and programs fosthem opportunities to engage in problem ter cultural competence.” Westminster’s solving and collaborating in small groups Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and are a few ways we encourage creative and Service Learning gives students opportucritical thinking,” she says. nities to address community and environAtlanta Academy’s STEAM program mental needs through immersive service allows students to explore a broader experiences. McKnight adds, “Through range of interests. “Some may naturally philanthropy education, community lean towards science and technology, and service and service learning, the Glenn others may have more of an artistic side, Institute is a vital part of our school’s mis- and that’s what makes our integrated sion of creating leaders of conscience.” program so successful,” says Dishman. The Lovett School offers a “wholeStudents can explore and expose their

creativity in the Visual Arts Program, reflecting their personalities, passions and interests. The academy’s Performing Arts program encourages “our students to take the lead,” says David Shore, performing arts teacher. “By giving them the chance to perform or create, write and record music, we help encourage them and build their confidence. If they do not feel musically inclined, they might find their passion behind the scenes.” The Davis Academy offers courses in foreign languages (Hebrew and Spanish), coding, physical education and athletics, visual arts, performing arts and music. “Students can further explore their passions through electives in advanced theater, film, music, video production, robotics, programming, design thinking and entrepreneurship and digital art studio,” Mirsky says. The Atlanta International School offers afterschool clubs, language classes, music lessons, robotics, sports and activities. “Our faculty includes STEAM coaches, a Digital coach, Learning Support teachers, personal counselors and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teachers,” Voutos says. The school’s Primary Years Program fosters the development of the whole child, encouraging creativity, independence and critical thinking. This is the goal for the private schools of metro Atlanta. For so many elementary students, the experience is unparalleled and provides the type of solid footing they need to succeed in their academic pursuits and as they grow into thoughtful and flourishing adults. n

For more information, visit: Atlanta Academy: atlantaacademy.com

The Davis Academy: davisacademy.org

Atlanta International School: aischool.org

The Lovett School: lovett.org

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Springmont Montessori School: springmont.com Trinity School: trinityatl.org

The Westminster Schools: westminster.net Woodward Academy: woodward.edu


No one prepares a child for school and for life like the Atlanta Speech School. At the Atlanta Speech School, we believe every child has the right to be a reader and to know and exercise the power of their own voice. The four schools of the Atlanta Speech School are all uniquely focused on literacy and construction of the reading brain. With that focus, each of our programs provides the strongest possible foundation for learning through language and literacy. From our youngest student in Hamm to our oldest student in the Wardlaw School, teachers with unmatched credentials customize the latest cutting-edge research to meet each child’s specific needs. We help children discover who they are, so they can go on to make the most difference in the lives of others.

3160 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 atlantaspeechschool.org | 404.233.5332

Katherine Hamm Center A listening, spoken language and literacy program for children ages birth to 6 who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families Anne & Jim Kenan Preschool An early education program that develops engaged learners who are exceptionally prepared for school Stepping Stones A preschool and transitional kindergarten for children with speech and/or language delays Wardlaw School An elementary school for children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities


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Georgia School Glossary 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 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.

Decoding Georgia’s Independent School Accreditations and Memberships 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. AAAIS The Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools aaais.org ACSI The Association of Christian Schools International acsi.org AdvancED/SACS Advanc-ed.org sacs.org GAC Georgia Accrediting Commission coe.uga.edu/gac GAPSAC The Georgia Private School Accreditation Council gapsac.org GISA The Georgia Independent School Association gisa-schools.org JATP The Joint Admissions Testing Program jatp.org NAIS The National Association of Independent Schools nais.org SAIS The Southern Association of Independent Schools sais.org

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We Rise Up, Aim High, and Soar.

Georgia Cyber Academy

GCA has been recognizied as one of the TOP online performing Public schools in the state of Georgia. GCA provides an interactive virtual learning environment designed to support individualized and differentiated student-centered educational experiences. GCA offers grades K-12 and focuses on student achievement and building a strong community among our students, parents, faculty and staff.

What is an Online Public School?

It is when parents and students are partnered with certified teachers who instruct and guide student progress and achievement. In the virtual classroom, students participate in real-time, direct instruction from their teachers and it is absolutely FREE!!!

When can I Enroll?

If you are considering enrolling for the 2021-22 school year visit georgiacyber.org/know-more or simply scan the QR Code below. To learn more about what GCA can offer you and your child, please visit www.georgiacyber.org/know-more or email info@georgiacyber.org.

GEORGIA CYBER ACADEMY Connect with us!

1745 Phoenix Boulevard, Suite 100 Atlanta, GA 30349 www.georgiacyber.org

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Public School Spotlight Metro Atlanta is fortunate to be home to exceptional public schools, which can be found throughout the area’s county-wide and city-specific systems. These award-winning 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. COUNTY SCHOOLS Bartow bartow.k12.ga.us Did you know? The school system received the Georgia School Boards Association Leading Edge Award for its innovative and highly successful Read to Grow program. Cherokee cherokeek12.net Did you know? In 2019, the county’s overall performance was better than 90 percent of school districts in Georgia, according to accountability measures used by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. Clayton Clayton.k12.ga.us Did you know? In 2020, Clayton County Public Schools received a $7 million grant in funding through the Georgia Department of Education Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading in Georgia Initiative to improve literacy outcomes for students from birth through Grade 12. Cobb cobbk12.org Did you know? The Georgia Department of Education named Labelle Elementary School and Powder Springs Elementary School as winners of the Creative School Arts Integration School of Excellence Award for 2020. DeKalb dekalbschoolsga.org Did you know? Kittredge Magnet School was one of nine schools selected nationwide to chat with the astronauts on the International Space Station through amateur radio in early 2020. Douglas douglas.k12.ga.us Did you know? The system recently accelerated its timeline for the goal of offering “One-to-One” technology and issuing every student an electronic device for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Fayette fcboe.org Did you know? A total of 22 Fayette County students received first, second, third and fourth place ribbons for projects they submitted at the 71st Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.

Rockdale rockdaleschools.org Did you know? Two high schools—Heritage and Rockdale County—were named 2020 Advanced Placement Honor Schools by State Superintendent Richard Woods.

Forsyth forsyth.k12.ga.us Did you know? Forsyth County Schools has the highest county graduation rate, highest SAT score and highest ACT score in metro Atlanta and among large districts.

Atlanta Public Schools atlantapublicschools.us Did you know? APS is home to 70 Title 1 schools, 18 charter schools, six partner schools, three alternative programs and two single-gender academies.

Fulton fultonschools.org Did you know? The county’s music therapy program, which can be accessed at 76 schools, is the largest in the nation.

Buford City Schools bufordcityschools.org Did you know? Over the past several years, Buford City Schools has partnered with the Gwinnett County Public Library to help students connect academically with access to the full range of resources available at the GCPL system.

Gwinnett gwinnett.k12.ga.us Did you know? Seventeen Class of 2020 seniors will have their entire college career paid in full after being named as QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship recipients. Hall hallco.org Did you know? More than 50 Hall County students were selected for the 16th class of Youth Leadership Hall by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. Henry henry.k12.ga.us Did you know? The system recently compiled and released the first draft of its 2020-25 Strategic Plan, which outlines a group of actions designed to help Henry become a high-performing school district. Paulding paulding.k12.ga.us Did you know? The district was awarded a $3.15 million grant by the Technical College System of Georgia to help construct a new College and Career Academy that will help students develop job skills.

CITY SCHOOLS

Cartersville City Schools cartersvilleschools.org Did you know? Cartersville City Schools is one of 21 independent public school systems in Georgia and is accredited by AdvancED. City Schools of Decatur csdecatur.net Did you know? More than 70 percent of the district’s teachers hold advanced degrees, most have multiple years of classroom experience and a number of them hold multiple certifications. Gainesville City Schools gcssk12.net Did you know? The one cent ESPLOST has provided the system with more than $100 million for new schools and renovations. Marietta City Schools marietta-city.org Did you know? Marietta City Schools is one of Georgia’s first charter school systems and its first International Baccalaureate (IB) World School District.


Q&A with Georgia Cyber Academy With so much talk about virtual learning these days, you may be interested in gathering as much information as you can about online school as an option for your children. One of the most prominent local resources in this arena is the Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA), a web-based, tuition-free public charter school that serves students in kindergarten through high school. The academy offers a Title 1 educational program that is accredited by AdvancED and focused on providing a virtual, rigorous and data-driven learning environment. Here’s what GCA had to say when KNOWAtlanta Magazine asked for some insight into how it serves students. Q: Why is virtual learning a good option for today’s students? A: There are various reasons that make virtual education a good option for many families depending on their situation or preferences. Students at Georgia Cyber Academy receive individualized educational support and pacing to better meet them where they are on their personal learning paths. Virtual learning offers a more flexible option for them to be able to complete their education. Some families may want more control over their students’ educational environment, peers or outside influences for safety, faith-based or cultural reasons. Other parents want to be more involved in their children’s education, spend more time with them or develop a closer bond during the most impressionable years. There are really so many reasons why virtual learning may be a better fit than a more traditional educational setting. Q: How does GCA design its curriculum for K-12 students? A: Our team vets and researches curriculum and technological tools constantly in order to provide the most engaging educational experience possible. We start with a curriculum that meets or exceeds the Georgia Standards of Excellence and then look for tools that are the most engaging and provide the best educational outcomes for students. One advantage of a virtual environment is that we can change tools fairly quickly if a new or better tool or curriculum becomes available; we are not locked into a curriculum choice for three to five years. We can also add or delete based on the data received for a given grade level or subject. Q: How do you help students adjust to the web-based learning model? A: We have a team of nearly a hundred Family Success Liaisons that provide a touchstone for parents. They are there to facilitate communication, answer questions, provide advice and offer positive encouragement for families. They are essentially our families’ cheerleaders, and once assigned, they stay with the family throughout their tenure with GCA. This allows for closer relationships, provides for better student advocates and creates a sense of consistency from year to year. We also have developed Strong Start orientation modules for new students and Stay Strong modules for returning families. Our educational model is not static, so even our returning families benefit by going through the modules that we provide prior to the start of the new school year. Q: How do you determine success for your students? A: As a virtual school, we are very data driven and have many data points to rely on when determining student success. We administer assessments that measure student academic growth over a period of time and other tools that indicate mastery

of standards at a given point in time. There are also the state Milestones assessments and end-of-the-year subject and course averages. We believe that at least three data points need to be available to accurately determine academic growth, mastery and proficiency. In the end, if a student improves and grows a full year or more in academic proficiency, then we have been successful in providing a strong academic foundation for that student. If, in addition to that, a student increases in confidence, develops a strong sense of self, finds their passion for learning, is kind and grows to be a positive contributor to society, then that is when we can say we have been truly successful. Q: How do you build a feeling of community among your students? A: That is something we work on constantly and probably is the most difficult area to address. We have virtual and in-person field trips, face-to-face events and outing days, virtual honors celebrations, lunch chats, virtual clubs, academic competitions and service learning projects. We are also exploring e-sports and may add this program in the years to come. Parents also connect with other parents through online forums organized by parent leaders. Through these communication channels, parents can plan meetups and events with other enrolled families. Q: What sets GCA apart? A: We are working to integrate the best of what a physical brick-and-mortar school provides with the flexibility and individualization that a virtual educational environment can offer. Despite economic circumstances, where a student resides, personal challenges and individual needs, students have the opportunity to close academic gaps, charge ahead of their peers, access advanced and technical courses and participate in dual enrollment and work-based learning programs from the comfort of their home. Quite simply, we provide completely equitable educational opportunities for all Georgia students. For more information, visit georgiacyber.org.

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Live and Learn Metro Atlanta boarding schools provide an allinclusive educational experience

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hen you’re looking for the right school for your child, there’s no doubt that you want to find one with the ideal combination of challenging academics and outstanding athletic and extracurricular options. Some schools, though, go far beyond that, also providing structure and a true sense of community in a live-in

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college campus environment. In fact, boarding schools can offer the type educational and personal foundation that can change the trajectory of a student’s life. And we are fortunate to have a number of exceptional boarding schools right here in metro Atlanta. Here, we look at one of the area’s most renowned boarding school facilities.

Brandon Hall School 1701 Brandon Hall Drive Atlanta, GA 30350 (770) 394-8177 brandonhall.org Recognized as Atlanta’s only global

boarding and day school, Brandon Hall is located on a beautiful 24-acre campus in Sandy Springs overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The school was founded in 1959 and initially began as a school for boys. However, Brandon Hall has evolved greatly over the years, and it is now a thriving co-educational institution that is dedicated to helping students from all walks of life learn to lead lives of leadership, scholarship and service. Brandon Hall, which is ranked as an A+ School by Niche, boasts 140 students in grades six through 12 who represent more than 20 countries and receive a strong college preparatory education. Small class sizes are a priority, with classrooms averaging only eight students each. The school’s curriculum includes all of the basic areas, from math and English to science and social studies, as well as modern languages, fine arts and physical education. What’s more, Brandon Hall is now recognized as an International Baccalaureate World School, starting with the Class of 2022. The school also offers students the chance to participate in 18 extracurricular activities, including 11 sports teams, robotics, art, theater and more. Additionally, Brandon Hall offers access to more than 20 community service partnerships, a Model United Nations chapter, a student-led Leadership and Diversity Council and a theater partnership with the Atlanta Workshop Players. All of this is available alongside a robust Residential Life Program on a campus that has something for every student. Brandon Hall’s boarding community is marked by global diversity, and the entire student body is encouraged and taught to become successful and community-oriented global citizens who have the social skills they need to flourish in today’s world. n


CREATE YOUR PATH EVERY CHILD’S EDUCATION IS A UNIQUE JOURNEY. At Woodward, we provide the compass.

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Mount Paran Christian School

Choosing a Private School 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 2020–21 school year and are subject to change. On page 103, you’ll find a helpful private schools map.

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Metro Atlanta’s Private Schools THE ALFRED & ADELE DAVIS ACADEMY 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 become 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 Website: davisacademy.org Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, SAIS, AAAIS Tuition: $18,875 - $26,900 *Contact school for Open House information

Location: Roswell Phone: (678) 461-6102 Website: atlantaacademy.com Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, SAIS, GISA, NAIS, Bright from the Start Tuition: Please visit website *Contact school for Open House information

ATLANTA ACADEMY Founded by teachers in 2000, Atlanta Academy, a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, serves more than 350 private preschool through eighth grade students and their families in North Atlanta. Our mission to give every student the individual attention they need to succeed is at the core of everything we do. Small class sizes allow our teachers to understand their students’ individual strengths and help them discover their own unique talents. Together, we are fully invested in helping children grow into welleducated, independent problem solvers who are prepared to excel in high school and beyond.

ATLANTA GIRLS’ SCHOOL At Atlanta Girls’ School, we inspire girls (Grades 6 through 12) to find their own unique voice and use it in leading a life of purpose. Our curriculum and culture emerge from a distinct vision of what girls must learn individually and collectively to become thoughtful and capable leaders and world-class problem solvers. Girls attending AGS learn to take appropriate risks, be courageous leaders, give back to their communities and project personal confidence and competence in all they do. Location: Buckhead Phone: (404) 845-0900 Website: atlantagirlsschool.org

A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION • Rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum from Preschool to Grade 12. • A welcoming community with local roots and global reach. • Full immersion Preschool and partial immersion Primary programs in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.

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A Mustang from Preschool to Grade 12

Confidence by building character Schedule a phone or video call, by appointment. www.mountvernonschool.org/admissions-experience

Unpack Your Child’s Education First!

Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, AdvancED/SACS, GAC, GISA, NCGS, NAIS, SAIS Tuition: $26,990 *Contact school for Open House information ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Atlanta International School offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum to 1,320 U.S. and international students, preschool through Grade 12. By delivering a rigorous academic program combined with world-class standards in language acquisition in an openminded, intercultural environment, AIS prepares students to succeed in a globally connected world. Location: Buckhead Phone: (404) 841-3840 Website: aischool.org Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, AdvancED/SACS, CIS, IB, SAIS Tuition: $25,009 - $28,550 *Contact school for Open House information ATLANTA SPEECH SCHOOL Uniquely focused on comprehensive literacy, the programs of the Atlanta Speech School are dedicated to the construction of the reading brain. The campus encompasses four schools, including three preschools: Katherine Hamm Center, a listening, 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

Make The Wood Acres School part of your family’s move! A Wood Acres private school education is open to students in Early School - 8th grade. • 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. 8, 2020 Jan. 24, 2021 Call for more information

www.woodacresschool.org 1772 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta, GA 30062 • (770) 971-1880 Accredited by the Georgia Accreditation Commission

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for children exceptionally prepared for academic settings. In addition, the Wardlaw School serves school-aged 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 agencies and school districts, furthers literacy through coaching, professional learning and, with the free Cox Campus, online learning. Location: Buckhead Phone: (404) 233-5332 Website: atlantaspeechschool.org Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, GISA, NAIS, SAIS Tuition: $14,620 - $37,786 *Contact school for Open House information BRANDON HALL SCHOOL Brandon Hall School is Atlanta’s international boarding and day school for grades 6 through 12, committed to offering a unique approach to learning and providing unforgettable experiences. Our mission challenges students to lead lives of leadership, scholarship and service. Our community celebrates learning, fosters global citizenship, embraces diversity, encourages athleticism and artistic expression and inspires students to find their path and lead the way. Location: Atlanta Phone: (770) 394-8177 Website: brandonhall.org Accreditations/Memberships: SACS, SAIS, NAIS, TABS, AAAIS, GISA, GHSA (for

Curiosity Sparked. No Limits.

Now enrolling Preschool- 8th grade. 2000 Holcomb Woods Pkwy. | Roswell, GA 30076 (located behind the PGA TOUR Superstore) 678.461.6102 | www.atlantaacademy.com

I’M EXCEPTIONAL ...

“At Cumberland, I’ll study college prep academics or prepare for a vocational career, try a sport or a club for the first time-ever. I’ll learn I’m not so different after all.”

AN EXCEPTIONAL SCHOOL FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS

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Leading with Love.

Every day, we connect bright, curious students with a community of support and opportunities that awaken their aspirations so that they can lead positive change in the world. Learn more at westminster.net

WESTMINSTER Love. Challenge. Lead. Change.

1424 West Paces Ferry Road, NW | Atlanta, Georgia 30327

“Our classroom changed during quarantine. Our commitment to Education standards did not.”

• The largest class is 18 students & no more than 16 up through 5th grade • Superior Air Quality Control with Reme Halo UV Lighting • Real-time online schooling that works concurrently with on-campus education • Face shields provided to all students & staff Pre-K through 12th Grade • LyndonAcademy.org, 770-926-0166 88  KNOWAtlanta   FALL 2020

Metro Atlanta’s Private Schools athletics), SAO, Boarding School Review Tuition: $27,000 - $54,700 *Contact school for Open House information THE CHASTAIN SCHOOL AT ST. JOHN The Chastain School at St. John is a nonprofit, full-day, year-round educational mission of St. John United Methodist Church. Our emphasis is on children’s developmental needs; we nurture them as they grow mentally, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Our focus is children learning through play. The Chastain School staff strives for excellence in everything we do, mindful that the time we have with children shapes their future success. Our bright classrooms, community spaces and outdoor play areas provide multiple venues for learning during play. Manipulatives, books, music, movement, science, art and outdoor time are integrated into the daily schedules. Our curriculum provides age-appropriate activities, and our low teacher/child ratio allows individualized attention for each child’s developmental needs. Operating under the auspices of the St. John United Methodist Church Council, The Chastain School Board of Governors is composed of members of the church congregation and parents of children at the school. The Chastain School is licensed by Bright from the Start, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, and is accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children. Location: Sandy Springs Phone: (404) 843-8375 Website: thechastainschool.com Accreditations/Memberships: Quality Rated and NAEYC Accredited Tuition: $1,500 for infants and toddlers and $1,350 for preschool (We are currently offering private kindergarten for $1,200 per month and a virtual classroom setting for school-age children for $800 per month.) *Contact school for Open House information THE COTTAGE SCHOOL Building a sense of self for students with special learning needs through academic and experiential programming, The Cottage School (TCS) prepares individuals for fulfillment of their true potential as confident, productive and independent adults. Through The Cottage School’s unique work-based model for grades 4 through 12, our


students pursue a high school degree through rigorous academic standards with a strong emphasis on emotional/ social learning. 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 Website: cottageschool.org Accreditations/Memberships: SAIS, SACS, NAIS, GISA, AAAIS, GAPSEC, IDA, AAC, APAC, GISL, AATE, GNFCC Education Committee, National Council for the Social Studies Tuition: $21,000 - $27,000 *Contact school for Open House information

Pace Academy CUMBERLAND ACADEMY OF GEORGIA For over 13 years, Cumberland has served students in grades 4 through 12 with highfunctioning autism, Asperger’s, LD, ADD and ADHD and other learning differences. The mission of the academy is to provide a safe, supportive, educational environment in partnership with faculty, staff, students and parents. Students are challenged academically with a rigorous college prep

curriculum following Common Core standards with social skills integrated into the curriculum. After graduation, students continue on to college or a career. Students also participate in science labs, music therapy, culinary class, physical education (special needs-based), art, drama and a variety of sports and afterschool clubs. Location: Sandy Springs Phone: (404) 835-9000

LOVING EARLY LEARNING A Private Christian Preschool in Sandy Springs that focuses on the whole child and the child’s family. We provide full day, high quality care for infants through school age and our teachers are our greatest assets. We strive to create a love for learning from birth and beyond…

TheChastainSchool.com  404.843.8375

Quality Rated and NAEYC Accreditation

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EDUCATION “If a student can’t learn the way we teach...we should teach the way a student can learn.” - Tweetie L. Moore Founder

Mill Springs Academy meets students where they are, providing academic rigor, support, and community online and in the classroom. LEARN MORE

millsprings.org/visit Serving students in grades K-12 with learning differences 13660 New Providence Road • Alpharetta, GA 30004 • 770-360-1336

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UNAPOLOGETICALLY Things have changed.

Yet, one thing remains the same. Atlanta Girls’ School offers the best educational experience for girls grades 6-12 in Atlanta — onsite or online.

Still accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Contact us today. admission@atlantagirlsschool.org atlantagirlsschool.org/admission

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Metro Atlanta’s Private Schools Website: cumberlandacademy.org Accreditations/Memberships: SACS/CASI, GAC, AAAIS, GISA, GAPSEC, AAC, APAC Tuition: $25,000 *Contact school for Open House information THE GALLOWAY SCHOOL Located in beautiful Chastain Park, Galloway is a philosophically grounded, learner-focused independent school where students age 3 through Grade 12 develop an abiding love for learning. Preparing students to live successfully as enlightened citizens in a changing world, the Galloway community embraces diversity, insists upon common decency and fosters human dignity. Through innovation, enthusiasm and high expectations, Galloway draws students joyfully into learning and cultivates the intrinsic curiosity and unrepeatable talents of each one. Location: Atlanta Phone: (404) 252-8389 Website: gallowayschool.org Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, AdvancED/SACS, GHSA, NAIS, SAIS Tuition: $16,999 - $29,075 *Contact school for Open House information GRACEPOINT SCHOOL 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 environment where approaches to learning are multi-sensory and prescriptive. This technique addresses reading deficits and allows for enrichment in the areas where students are gifted. Students in first through eighth grades are taught using the OrtonGillingham method, and this multi-sensory approach is woven into all subject areas. The student-teacher ratio is 5:1 in reading classes and 8:1 in all other core subjects. Location: Marietta Phone: (678) 709-6634 Website: gracepointschool.org Accreditations/Memberships: GAC, GAPSEC, AOGPE, IDA, SAIA, GISA, AAAIS Tuition: $23,500 *Contact school for Open House information HIGH MEADOWS SCHOOL Since 1973, High Meadows School has inspired children to think critically, learn creatively, act globally and live compassionately. Located on 42 acres


Where authentic Christian mission and academic excellence aren’t mutually exclusive

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EDUCATION Metro Atlanta’s Private Schools 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: highmeadows.org Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, AdvancED/SACS, GISA, International Baccalaureate (IB), NAIS, SAIS Tuition: $6,900 - $21,050 *Contact school for Open House information

Be Amazed.

By and Beyond the Education. Guided by core values that define Community who we are Respect and who we Spirit aspire to be. Wisdom Righteousness

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individualized learning experience for every child.

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different metro Atlanta zip codes.

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of students are exposed to Hebrew, Spanish and Coding.

97 % student retention rate, which surpasses national average (90%) for independent schools.

8105 Roberts Drive, Atlanta, GA 30350 | 770-671-0085 | davisacademy.org

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KING’S RIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Situated on 80 sprawling acres in Alpharetta, King’s Ridge Christian School provides a PreK through 12, college preparatory education, equipping students to know, to serve and to believe. This is a multi-denominational, Christcentered community where students are loved, nurtured and 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, competitive athletics, award-winning fine arts and a commitment

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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 admissions@kingsidgecs.org. Location: Alpharetta/Milton Phone: (770) 754-5738 Website: kingsridgecs.org Accreditations/Memberships: CESA, SAIS, GISA, GHSA, NACAC, Cognia, EdTA, NAES, North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce Tuition: $6,500-$22,050 *Contact school for Open House information THE LOVETT SCHOOL At The Lovett School, we educate the whole child to thrive in school and in life. Our students develop intellect and confidence in an academic setting that has a national reputation. We prioritize the formation of good character and encourage it through unique community experiences and service learning. Lovett has more than 1,600 students from 78 different zip codes and 11 counties in the metropolitan area. We welcome students of many different faiths and backgrounds. As a college preparatory institution, our coursework is strong, and

Notre Dame Academy creative and critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and a love of learning are major objectives. Outside the classroom, Lovett encourages students to discover themselves through the arts and athletics. Location: Atlanta Phone: (404) 262-3032 Website: lovett.org Accreditations/Memberships: NAIS,

AAAIS, Global Online Academy, CSEE, SACS, SAIS Tuition: $30,800 *Contact school for Open House information LYNDON ACADEMY Lyndon Academy is an accredited international college preparatory school with an extraordinary teaching system that combines proven methods of learning

SAINT FRANCIS SCHOOLS

An exceptional college preparatory education

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Schedule your tour today! ROSWELL CAMPUS Grades K - 8

Marc Weiss Director of Admissions mweiss@sfschools.net

770.641.8257 x51

MILTON CAMPUS Grades 9 - 12

BrandonBryan High School Admissions bbryan@sfschools.net

678.339.9989 x33

• Cognia Accredited (AdvancedEd) • • • •

(S.A.I.S. / S.A.C.S.)

No Religious Affiliation SB 10Eligible Challenging College Preparatory Curriculum • Intensive Writing Approach • S.T.E.A.M., Robotics, Broadcasting, AP/Honors, Traditional, Support and Video Production and Academic Enhancement Courses • Laptops Required Grades 4 - 12 • Small Class Size • After School Homework Hour • Low Student/Teacher Ratio • GHSA Sports Program Football and Equestrian • Study and Organizational Skills • Bus Service Available from Alpharetta, Buck • Google Apps for Education head, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and Milton • Wilson Reading System® Saint Francis Elementary and Middle Schools 9375 Willeo Road | Roswell, GA 30075 Saint Francis High School | 13440 Cogburn Road | Milton, Georgia 30004 www.saintfrancisschools.com

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EDUCATION

Your child will thrive at Trinity High-quality, multi-sensory, differentiated learning in a safe, inclusive, and nurturing environment. Small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios. Early childhood and elementary education experts. Flexible indoor and outdoor learning spaces on a beautiful 43-acre campus. Dedicated electronic devices for each student. Learn more about why your child will thrive at Trinity, Atlanta’s only private elementary-only school that serves children age three through Sixth Grade.

trinityatl.org/admissions

Metro Atlanta’s Private Schools from the most successful schools in the country. It offers a rigorous and rich curriculum designed for motivated and academically talented students that are accustomed to higher standards of learning. Mandarin 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: lyndonacademy.org Accreditations/Memberships: Cognia, GISA, GICAA, Duke TIP, International University Alliance, Georgia Futures and Georgia HOPE Tuition: $10,900 - $15,000 *Contact school for Open House information MILL SPRINGS ACADEMY Mill Springs Academy supports students by raising expectations and developing self-advocacy while providing a college preparatory curriculum to students in grades Kindergarten through 12 with ADHD and learning differences. The school’s 85-acre campus in North Fulton County is nestled in Alpharetta’s beautiful rolling hills, where it serves families from 50 zip codes. A broad range of fine arts and competitive athletic programs foster interests and hidden talents. Small classes and individualized instruction

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help to capitalize on students’ strengths while learning compensatory strategies. Mill Springs Academy meets students where they are in order to help them grow, providing academic rigor, support and community online and in the classroom. Location: Alpharetta Phone: (770) 360-1336 Website: millsprings.org Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, SAIS, NAIS, GISA, AAAIS Tuition: $20,280 - $26,000 *Contact school for Open House information MOUNT PARAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Mount Paran Christian School exists to provide a stellar academic experience in a Christian environment. 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 class sizes, MPCS offers 56 AP/honors courses, instructional support, robotics, STEAM/ Spanish starting in PK3 and a 1:1 device program. Our job is to prepare servantleaders in the classroom, on the ball field, on the stage and ultimately in our community. As

Atlanta Girls School a PK3 through 12th grade private Christian, non-denominational, 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-leaders

to honor God, love others and walk in Truth. Location: Marietta/Kennesaw Phone: (770) 578-0182 Website: mtparanschool.com Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, CESA ACSA, GISA, SAIS Tuition: Please visit website *Contact school for Open House information

A nurturing community that educates the whole child to thrive in school and in life

The Lovett School practices a nondiscriminatory admission policy. Financial aid is available.

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EDUCATION Metro Atlanta’s Private Schools

At Galloway, students are inspired to be fearless learners, to embrace challenges, and to discover more about themselves and the world around them.

AGE 3-GRADE 12 GALLOWAYSCHOOL.ORG

Health & Safety, a world-class education and a strong community go hand in hand at Walker!

Our Return-to-School Plan and our intimate size enable us to be flexible with families. ________________________________

WalkerConnect interactive livestream classes keep students engaged no matter where they’re learning. ________________________________

Circumstances might change, but Walker’s focus on each student remains. You belong here! Pre-K(3)-12

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thewalkerschool.org

770.427.2689

THE MOUNT VERNON SCHOOL The Mount Vernon School is known for encouraging one another to discover, explore, teach, create, design and play. We recognize how important it is for children to be challenged academically while developing character. This personalized approach has led students in every grade level to pursue passion projects, collaborate with nonprofit organizations and work hand-in-hand with Fortune 100 corporations. At Mount Vernon, we believe that your child should love school. We believe that relationships are foundational to establishing a love of learning and that when teachers truly know and understand their students’ curiosities and passions, incredible things can happen. In just 12 short years, MV alumni are expanding their footprint by being accepted to schools such as Duke University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, University of Notre Dame, United States Air Force Academy, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (as a recipient of the MoreheadCain scholarship). Beyond rigorous core academics, students have access to more than 54 sports teams, over 90 arts performance opportunities and global travel. In August of 2019, Mount Vernon opened the doors to its new Upper School building. The nearly 60,000-square-foot Upper Campus addition includes an industry-grade recording studio, a glasswalled cafe, a college counseling suite, STEM and maker spaces, community spaces and a wing dedicated to the arts. Location: Sandy Springs Phone: (404) 252-3448 Website: mountvernonschool.org Accreditations/Memberships: NAIS, NAEYC, AdvancED/SACS, Ashoka Changemaker Schools Network, GHSA, IDEO Teachers Guild, SAIS, Folio Collaborative, EdLeader21, MISBO, MODA, MTC (Mastery Transcript Consortium), GISA Tuition: Please visit website *Contact school for Open House information NORTH COBB CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 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, our students are challenged to discover their own God-given gifts. Through small class sizes, virtual and on-campus options for 2020-2021, over 50 athletic teams, 16 performing arts ensembles, five Academy magnet programs, the RISE gifted


A Christ-Centered College Preparatory School for PreK - 12th Grade

A passion for learning, for others ahead of self, and for the living and active Jesus.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR, VISIT WHITEFIELDACADEMY.COM. 1 WHITEFIELD DRIVE SE, SMYRNA, GEORGIA 30126 678.305.3000


EDUCATION Metro Atlanta’s Private Schools

CONNECTING LEARNING TO LIFE AT EVERY LEVEL. ABOUT THE PHOTO: Students in all divisions have the opportunity to participate in our competitive robotics programs.

paceacademy.org/admissions

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Some things have changed, but Springmont School still offers an authentic Montessori experience, where individualized learning inspires students to become creative, independent thinkers.

EXTRAORDINARY BY DESIGN. Limited seats available for the 2020-21 school year. Contact us for more info or a virtual tour. admission@springmont.com or call 404.252.3910.

ATLANTA’S F I R ST MONTE S SOR I SCHO OL

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program, the Moving Forward Program for academic support, dozens of AP/Honors/ Dual Enrollment opportunities and foreign language at every grade level, our students in Preschool K3 through 12th grade soar. Annual retreats, weekly chapels, 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 really matters. Location: Kennesaw Phone: (770) 975-0252 Website: ncchristian.org Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancEd, ACSI, GHSA, Metro10 League, Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), ASCA Tuition: $5,000 - $15,000 *Contact school for Open House information NOTRE DAME ACADEMY Rooted in our Marist, Catholic tradition, Notre Dame Academy is a Kindergarten through Grade 12 International Baccalaureate community that fosters individual academic growth, moral responsibility and global mindedness. At NDA, we nurture and challenge students at all levels of learning to strive for excellence through our Marist values and faith incorporation in all we do, and our students from Kindergarten through high school who are intellectually challenged to discover who God created them to be are critical and global thinkers formed through our IB program. Location: Duluth Phone: (678) 387-9385 Website: ndacademy.org Accreditations/Memberships: International Baccalaureate (IB) and SAIS Tuition: Visit ndacademy.org/admissions/ tuition-fees *Contact school for Open House information PACE ACADEMY In 1958, an interfaith group of community leaders envisioned an inclusive learning environment open to fresh ideas and founded Pace Academy. Today, Pace serves 1,115 students in pre-first 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. Location: Atlanta


allow students to enjoy academic success and develop the self-confidence to be successful in college. Curriculum offerings include AP, Honors, traditional, support classes and specialized reading programs, including 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) 339-9989 Website: saintfrancisschools.com Accreditations/Memberships: Cognia accredited (Advanced Ed, SAIS / SACS) Tuition: $12,000 - $23,000 *Contact school for Open House information Atlanta Academy Phone: (404) 262-1345 Website: paceacademy.org Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, ACCIS, College Board, Cum Laude Society, Educational Records Bureau, NACAC, NAIS, SAIS, Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) Tuition: $27,100 - $31,200 *Contact school for Open House information

SAINT FRANCIS SCHOOLS Saint Francis Schools is an independent, fully accredited school with no religious affiliation, providing an exceptional college preparatory program 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 organization

SPRINGMONT SCHOOL Despite the pandemic, Springmont School is fully prepared to deliver an authentic Montessori learning experience to students 18 months through 8th grade. Carefully developed plans for on-campus, hybrid and remote learning include individualized, hands-on lessons and activities designed to inspire students to become creative, independent thinkers and lifelong learners. Highly experienced teachers offer opportunities for independent study and collaboration, and social/emotional

www.mtparanschool.com/experience

EXPERIENCE MPCS ”

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Mount Paran equipped me to succeed in the classroom and to lean on the Lord as I begin my college experience.

— KAMRYN (SOPHOMORE AT BAYLOR)

RIGOROUS ACADEMICS/STEAM/PLTW® ✦ SMALL CLASSES (12:1) ✦ 100% COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES ✦ AWARD-WINNING ARTS ✦ CHAMPIONSHIP ATHLETICS ✦ CHRIST AT THE CENTER FALL 2020  KNOWAtlanta  99


EDUCATION Metro Atlanta’s Private Schools

KingsRidgeCS.org 770.754.5738 PreK – 12

development are interwoven with robust academics, as well as 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 Atlanta’s premier high schools, as well as life beyond academics. Springmont—Extraordinary by Design. Location: Atlanta Phone: (404) 252-3910 Website: springmont.com Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, Cognia/SACS, AMI, GISA, NAIS, SAIS Tuition: $10,500 - $21,200 *Contact school for Open House information

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TRINITY SCHOOL 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 community that cares like no other. Everything Trinity does is designed to help children age 3 through 6th grade flourish, whether they are on campus or participating in virtual learning. Location: Atlanta Phone: (404) 231-8100 Website: trinityatl.org Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, NAIS, SAIS, AAAIS, GISA,

OUR MISSION REMAINS THE SAME

As we embark on a new school year, TCS is committed to an amazing experiential learning environment while adapting to necessary changes.

the ability to adapt to change opens doors of opportunity.”

— Dr. Steven Palmer, Head of School, The Cottage School Visit WWW.COTTAGESCHOOL.ORG for more enrollment information and our standard of care plans.

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Whitefield Academy


The Enrollment Management Association Tuition: $18,950 - $27,550 *Contact school for Open House information THE WALKER SCHOOL Walker is metro Atlanta’s top Pre-K3 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 Walker, you are challenged, supported and engaged. Most of all, you are known. You belong here! Location: Marietta Phone: (770) 427-2689 Website: thewalkerschool.org Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, SAIS Tuition: $10,950 - $25,180 *Contact school for Open House information WESLEYAN SCHOOL Wesleyan School is a Christian, independent K-12 college preparatory school located in Peachtree Corners. At the start of the 20192020 school year, Wesleyan enrolled 1,179 students from throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area. Location: Peachtree Corners Phone: (770) 448-7640

Saint Francis Schools Website: wesleyanschool.org Accreditations/Memberships: NAIS, CESA, SAIS, GISA Tuition: $17,995 - $25,700 *Contact school for Open House information WESTMINSTER Westminster is a coeducational Christian, independent day school, which seeks to serve students who are bright, motivated, curious and nurtured by challenge in an environment that develops 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 1,870 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

NOTRE DAME ACADEMY A Marist Catholic and International Baccalaureate World School

One Community. One Family. One Home. We are in this together. Limited Space Available. Inquire Today! Open this fall to support our community with in-person and distance learning through a continued experience of e x c e l l e n c e i n f a i t h , a c a d e m i c s , c o m m u n i t y, a n d s a f e t y. 6 7 8 - 3 8 7 - 9 3 8 5 I 4 6 3 5 R i v e r G r e e n P a r k w a y, D u l u t h , G A 3 0 0 9 6 I w w w. n d a c a d e m y. o r g follow us on:

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EDUCATION Metro Atlanta’s Private Schools Phone: (404) 355-8673 Website: westminster.net Accreditations/Memberships: SAIS, NAIS, GISA, WLSA, NACAC, SACAC Tuition: $27,425 - $31,500 *Contact school for Open House information WHITEFIELD ACADEMY 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 families looking for academic excellence augmented by authentic relationships 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 Website: whitefieldacademy.com

Springmont School Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, ACSI, AdvancED/SACS, SAIS Tuition: $10,650 - $23,300 *Contact school for Open House information THE WOOD ACRES SCHOOL Established in 1969, The Wood Acres School is an independent, highly respected school for students ages 2 through eighth grade. The school is well known for its cutting-edge curriculum, small class sizes, internationally

A child’s worldview -- including how they see God, themselves and others -- solidifies between preschool and age 13. At NCCS, we leverage these critical years to build firm foundations of faith and identity, grounded in biblical truth.

These years maaer ... for a lifetime.

Personal tours ~ admissions@ncchristian.org 770.975.0252 4500 Eagle Drive, Kennesaw | ncchristian.org

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accredited 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 Website: woodacresschool.org Accreditations/Memberships: GAC, ISAEmbassy of Spain Tuition: $4,700 - $13,000 *Contact school for Open House information WOODWARD ACADEMY Woodward Academy represents the very best of Atlanta. Diverse in every way, it offers abundant academic, athletic, artistic and cocurricular offerings. Students create their own paths under the guidance of caring faculty, coaches, counselors, mentors and advisors— blending the resources and opportunities of a college, but with the intimacy and attention of home. Woodward’s Main Campus in College Park (Pre-K through Grade 12) and our Woodward North Campus in Johns Creek (Pre-K through Grade 6) prepare students not just for college, but also for their whole lives. A typical graduating class attends more than 100 different colleges and universities, earns upwards of $15 million in scholarship awards and goes on to successful, meaningful lives. Location: Main Campus: College Park; Woodward North: Johns Creek Phone: (404) 765-4001 Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, CEEB, GISA, NAIS, NACAC, SACAC, SAIS Tuition: $18,300 - $28,800 *Contact school for Open House information  n


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1. Newnan The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy

12. High Meadows School

23. Saint Francis High School

2. Atlanta Academy

13. King’s Ridge Christian School

24. Springmont School

3. Atlanta Girl’s School

14. The Lovett School

25. Trinity School

4. Atlanta International School

15. Lyndon Academy

26. The Walker School

5. Atlanta Speech School

16. Mill Springs Academy

27. Wesleyan School

6. Brandon Hall School

17. Mount Paran Christian School

28. Westminster

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18. The Mount Vernon School

29. Whitefield Academy

8. The Cottage School

19. North Cobb Christian School

30. The Wood Acres School

9. Cumberland Academy of Georgia

20. Notre Dame Academy

10. The Galloway School

21. Pace Academy

31. Woodward Academy Main Campus

11. GRACEPOINT School

22. Saint Francis School

Chastain School at St. Johns

32. Woodward Academy North Campus

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EDUCATION

The Freshman Experience

Metro Atlanta’s colleges and universities pave the way for first-year students By Susan Finch

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tlanta’s wealth of higher institutions attracts an eclectic mix of students from all walks of life, interests and backgrounds. With thousands of students enrolled in a single college or university, navigating the journey can feel overwhelming. That’s why Atlanta’s local universities and colleges offer programs, initiatives and opportunities designed with freshmen in mind.

Life University Life University’s orientation program welcomes rising freshmen with a comprehensive look at the campus and areas of study. A university advisor is assigned to individual Life students during 104  KNOWAtlanta   FALL 2020

the orientation program to maximize their potential during their college career. Incoming students are also encouraged to join Engage, an online portal connecting students to campus calendars, organizations and opportunities for social and academic enrichment. Life University is focused on student success and says that supporting data shows that students who live on campus benefit from all the resources available. In an effort to bolster their success, firstyear students are required to reside in University Housing for one academic year. In return, students develop a greater sense of belonging and more reliable connections to students, faculty and staff.


leadership experience for incoming students. Activities during these two periods include a trip to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, a community fair that helps students get to know community spots in both Decatur and Atlanta and optional activities such as Braves games, tubing down the Chattahoochee River and more. “This is a huge transition time in your life, so don’t be afraid to use the support available to you,” says Faith Rashidi-Yazd, an Admission Experience Fellow. “There may be many different emotions that come up during this process, but there are others who are going through or have gone through the same experience. Be sure to reach out to others and ask for help if you need it!”

University of Georgia The University of Georgia (UGA) kicks off summer with a Freshman College Summer Experience to help bridge a successful transition from high school to college. Students enroll in two credit-bearing courses that include an academic discipline-based course and a service-learning course. At their completion, students also fulfill the University’s experiential learning requirement for most majors. During the Freshman College Summer Experience, students live in Russell Hall with their peers. The immersive, intimate experience allows students to get to know the campus and the city of Athens, as well as receive guidance from the faculty, graduate students and staff for the year ahead.

Morehouse College

Agnes Scott College Agnes Scott knows that college can be a difficult transition for many and prioritizes introducing students to the community before their college career kicks off. The entire campus, which is located in Decatur, also works together on move-in day to help students get their items into their residence halls. New students take part in Orientation and Legacy, a two-part immersive

Morehouse’s First Year Experience focuses on helping students succeed academically and personally during their first year. The required course, which is offered as a collaboration between the Division of Student Development and the Office of Academic Affairs, emphasizes the idea that students assume personal responsibility for their own learning and development. Through a variety of carefully chosen course topics, students learn more about the resources and tools available to them at Morehouse and set clear expectations for their college journey. Morehouse’s First Year Experience also focuses on building integrity and making positive contributions inside and outside of the classroom. Keeping the legacy of Brotherhood alive, the program encourages the idea of Brotherhood by fostering unique friendships based upon mutual respect and love for the Morehouse Community. FALL 2020  KNOWAtlanta  105


EDUCATION development, social networking events and more. Additionally, all freshmen are required to participate in Mandatory Advisement, which connects each student with an academic advisor to discuss course scheduling and address any academic challenges faced throughout the first year.

Kennesaw State University Kennesaw State University’s (KSU) First-Year Convocation is an annual tradition for incoming students. The graduation-style ceremony features faculty dressed in caps and gowns with the University President and top administrators welcoming new students and discussing the importance of a college education. In addition to this event, freshmen enjoy access to first-year seminar courses, which are designed to help students transition seamlessly into higher education. Seminar classes are limited to 25 students to allow students to get to know each other and their professors well. What’s more, many students enroll in a first-year learning community (LC), through which students co-enroll in two or more courses that are linked with a common theme; each community focuses on either a subject area or a specific student population and help students develop a sense of belonging within KSU. The university also offers a unique First-Gen Initiatives program, which focuses on the school’s large population of students who are the first in their families to enter college. A First-Gen Owls group offers support and resources, as well as mentorship opportunities.

Georgia Institute of Technology Incoming freshmen to the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) may self-select the Freshman Experience Program to help build a personal and academic foundation. Students taking similar courses are assigned to live together in a residence hall, share meals and utilize free programs like tutoring, leadership skills development, networking opportunities and more. First-year students also have access to Peer Leaders who live on the same floor along with freshmen and share their experiences while helping guide newcomers in the right direction. Those involved in the program also have access to the First-Year Activities Board (FAB), which is a Department of Housing student organization that plans and promotes social events for students in their first year at Georgia Tech.

Georgia State University

Savannah College of Art and Design

Georgia State University offers several Freshman Learning Communities (FLC) to connect peers with similar academic and personal interests. Groups are designed as a built-in support team, with study buddies enrolled in similar courses to explore their interests while offering support. In addition to FLC, incoming students enjoy a wealth of resources, including orientation and academic coaching through the University Advisement Center’s Freshmen Office. For instance, the Success Academy is a three-semester extended learning community that connects all first-year students with programs, activities and services to ensure success; offerings include academic skills workshops, peer mentoring, leadership

Who better to look to than students who have been there before and succeeded? The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) connects Student Success Advisors to incoming freshmen in a First Year Experience (FYE) course. The extended orientation course is pass/fail and covers success strategies, college policies, choosing a major, career options and more. At its core, FYE offers more clarity to the various SCAD majors and resources available to enhance their success; it meets for one hour once per week and is free for SCAD students. The course must be completed before declaring a major and is designed to help students make genuine connections with both instructors and fellow students. n

For more information, visit: Agnes Scott College: agnesscott.edu

Kennesaw State University: kennesaw.edu

Savannah College of Art and Design: scad.edu

Georgia Institute of Technology: gatech.edu

Life University: life.edu

University of Georgia: uga.edu

Georgia State University: gsu.edu

Morehouse College: morehouse.edu

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The Counties of Metro Atlanta

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he Atlanta region is one of the most unique metropolitan areas in the country thanks in large part to the fact that it is comprised of so many flourishing counties. In fact, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission, by 2040, the 20-county Atlanta region will be home to more than eight million people. The Whitfield counties those individuals choose to call home are as distinctive Murray as the people themselves, as each one has its own personality and remarkable features. In the pages that follow, KNOWAtlanta will

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introduce you to more than a dozen of the most sought-after and highly populated counties in today’s metro Atlanta area. You’ll learn everything from proximity to the city and basic facts toFannin the major cities and neighborhoods located within each county. Consider it your primer for getting to know Atlanta and Union the various communities that you’ll want to consider when you choose to relocate to the area. All of the information you need is right here at your fingertips.

Gilmer

White

Habersham

Lumpkin

Chattooga

Step

Gordon

Pickens Dawson

Lake Sydney Lanier

Banks

Floyd

Forsyth Bartow

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Hall

Cherokee

CARTERSVILLE FLOWERY BRANCH

Allatoona Lake

WOODSTOCK

Fulton

BRASELTON JOHNS CREEK

SUWANEE

ROSWELL

KENNESAW

Polk

Cobb

DULUTH

SANDY SPRINGS DORAVILLE CHAMBLEE BROOKHAVEN

SMYRNA

Haralson

Barrow

Oconee

LILBURN

Atlanta

Walton

DeKalb Douglas Fulton

Carroll

EAST POINT

UNION CITY

G FOREST PARK

Clayton

Rockdale STOCKBRIDGE

Heard

Newton

PEACHTREE CITY

Jasper Spalding

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Morgan

Henry

Fayette Coweta

Clarke

Gwinnett

DUNWOODY NORCROSS

Paulding

Jackson

ALPHARETTA

Butts

Putnam


Getting Around Atlanta METRO ATLANTA HIGHWAYS

LOCAL TRANSIT

FLYING

Navigating the metro area via its numerous roadways can be a bit challenging. But it’s completely doable when you know which highways and interstates are which and where they go. Here are the fundamentals.

MARTA: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority MARTA is the dominant public transportation system in metro Atlanta with about 500,000 riders every weekday. Buses run from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. weekends and holidays. Times may vary on individual routes. The train operates from 4:45 a.m. to 1 a.m. weekdays and from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. weekends and holidays. MARTA provides ADA-Compliant Paratransit Service to eligible persons with disabilities. Bus/rail fee is $2.50 one way including transfers. MARTA schedule & route information: (404) 848-5000 or itsmarta.com

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the city’s major gateway to the skies, though private air fields and county airports do exist. atl.com Location: Off I-85, 10 miles south of the city.

Interstate 75 I-75 runs northwest to southeast straight through the City of Atlanta and traverses north into Tennessee and south into Florida. Interstate 85 I-85 runs northeast to southwest and converges with I-75 to form the Downtown Connector. It traverses east into South Carolina and west into Alabama. Interstate 20 I-20 is a major artery running east to west through the City of Atlanta. It also traverses the state into South Carolina on the east and Alabama on the west. Interstate 285 Often referred to as “The Perimeter,” this interstate highway loop encircles Atlanta and connects I-75, I-85 and I-20 to the city. Georgia State Route 400 This former toll road known as GA 400 runs north to south through the north-central suburbs of Atlanta; it is concurrent with U.S. Route 19 from Exit 4 up through its ending point near Dahlonega in the North Georgia Mountains. Interstate 675 This 11-mile-long auxiliary highway runs through the southeast part of the metro Atlanta area connecting Stockbridge on the south end to I-285 on the north end. Interstate 575 A 30-mile interstate highway spur route, I-575 branches off of I-75 in Kennesaw and traverses up through the northwestern suburbs and into the North Georgia Mountains.

Georgia Regional Transportation Authority The GRTA leads Georgia’s effort to set clear expectations for the performance of the state’s transportation network. (404) 463-3000, grta.org Corporate Transportation Casey Corporate Transportation is a specialist in corporate travel with 24-hour local, nationwide and airport service, corporate discounts and group rates. Wi-Fi equipped. (866) 688-5720

Parking DOMESTIC Park-Ride $3/hr; $10/day Economy: $3/hr; $14/day Daily: $3/hr; $19/day Hourly: $3/hr - 1st and 2nd hour $$4/hr - 3rd - 6th hour $36/day after 6 hours $36/day each additional day INTERNATIONAL Hourly: $3/hr - 1st and 2nd hour $4/hr -3rd - 6th hour $36/day after 6 hours $36/day each additional day PARK-RIDE: $3/hour $14/day maximum

Carpools Find a carpool, sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission, at ridefind.com or call 1-87-RIDEFIND. Public Routes Search online for public transportation, maps and directions at publicroutes.com Cobb Community Transit Bus service throughout Cobb County connects to MARTA via Midtown train stations and various MARTA bus stations. (770) 528-1600 cobbdot.org Gwinnett County Transit Monday through Saturday local bus service, plus Express Routes to Downtown Atlanta. (770) 822-8000, gctransit.com

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BARTOW COUNTY CITIES OF BARTOW:

EDUCATION: PUBLIC SCHOOLS Bartow County Schools bartow.k12.ga.us

Adairsville

Bartow

White

Cartersville City Schools cartersvilleschools.org

Kingston

Atlanta

Euharlee Taylorsville

Distance from Cartersville to Downtown Atlanta 43 Miles Distance from Cartersville to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 53 Miles POPULATION 106,408 MEDIAN HOME PRICE $144,000 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 7% ONLINE bartowga.org 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • Shaw Industries Group, Inc. • Voestalpine Automotive Components • Toyo Tires • Cartersville Medical Center • Anheuser-Busch • Trinity Rail

ATTRACTIONS:

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Turn to page 73 for the independent schools listing and a map.

Cartersville Emerson

Adairsville  adairsvillega.net 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. Cartersville  cityofcartersville.org Offering access to an array of North Georgia’s natural wonders and a beautiful historic downtown, Cartersville blends the best of yesterday and today. Emerson  cityofemerson.org 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.com Euharlee is a small town located just west of Cartersville and home to the Euharlee Covered Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Georgia. Kingston  cityofkingston.org Kingston is a city steeped in Antebellum history and keeps it alive through a variety of artifacts and photographs in two museums. Taylorsville 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. White  cityofwhitega.com A bedroom community of neighboring Cartersville, White covers one square mile of land—referred to as “The Friendliest Mile in Georgia.”

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

UTILITIES: NATURAL GAS SCANA Energy scanaenergy.com H PHONE/CABLE/INTERNET Xfinity xfinity.com AT&T att.com ELECTRICITY Georgia Power georgiapower.com H Cartersville Electric System cityofcartersville.org Cobb EMC cobbemc.com Greystone Power Corporation greystonepower.com WATER City of Cartersville cityofcartersville.org Bartow County  bartowga.org

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• Red Top Mountain State Park • Tellus Science Museum • Booth Western Art Museum • LakePoint Sports Complex • Barnsley Resort

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Red Top Mountain State Park

Downtown Cartersville


CHEROKEE COUNTY CITIES OF CHEROKEE : Waleska

Cherokee

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Lyndon Academy lyndonacademy.org Ball Ground

Canton

Atlanta

Holly Springs Woodstock

Distance from Canton to Downtown Atlanta 40 Miles Distance from Canton to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 50 Miles POPULATION: 254,149 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $220,200 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 6% ONLINE cherokeega.com 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • Georgia Northeastern Railroad • Inalfa Roof Systems • Pilgrim’s Pride • Adidas • Yanmar America

ATTRACTIONS: • Lake Allatoona • Dixie Speedway • Gibbs Gardens • The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta • Cherokee Arts Center • Chukkar Farm Polo Club

Gibbs Gardens

To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at gadoe.org. MAJOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Reinhardt University reinhardt.edu

Ball Ground  cityofballground.com 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. Canton  canton-georgia.com 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  hollyspringsga.us 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 Pennygeeks.com. Nelson  nelsongeorgia.com Located in both Cherokee and Pickens counties, Nelson was established in 1891 and is the “First Georgia Marble City.” Waleska  cityofwaleska.com Home to Reinhardt University, Waleska is a small community alive with industry, including the lumber and agriculture businesses. Woodstock  woodstockga.gov 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.

UTILITIES:

EDUCATION:

City of Woodstock woodstockga.gov

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cherokee County Schools cherokee.k12.ga.us

Canton

NATURAL GAS SCANA Energy scanaenergy.com H PHONE/CABLE/INTERNET Xfinity xfinity.com AT&T att.com Windstream windstream.com ETC Communications etcnow.com Nelson-Ball Ground Telephone (770) 735-2000 ELECTRICITY Georgia Power georgiapower.com H Amicalola EMC amicalolaemc.com Cobb EMC cobbemc.com Sawnee EMC sawnee.com WATER Cherokee County Water Authority ccwsa.com City of Ball Ground Cityofballground.com City of Canton canton-georgia.com City of Holly Springs hollyspringsga.us City of Waleska cityofwaleska.com

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CLAYTON COUNTY • The Beach at Clayton County International Park • Atlanta State Farmers Market • Georgia Archives

CITIES OF CLAYTON: Atlanta

Forest Park Lake City Morrow Riverdale Jonesboro

Clayton Lovejoy

POPULATION: 289,615 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $89,400 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 8% ONLINE claytoncountyga.gov 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • Southern Regional Medical Center • FedEx Ground • Clayton State University • Gate Gourmet • Chime Solutions • Fresh Express

ATTRACTIONS: • Porsche Cars North American Experience Center • Road to Tara Museum • Clayton County Performing Arts Center

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EDUCATION: PUBLIC SCHOOLS Clayton County Schools clayton.k12.ga.us PRIVATE SCHOOLS Turn to page 73 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 gadoe.org.

Distance from Jonesboro to Downtown Atlanta 18 Miles Distance from Jonesboro to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 15 Miles

Riverdale  riverdalega.gov 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.

Forest Park  forestparkga.org 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. Jonesboro  jonesboroga.com 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.

MAJOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Clayton State University clayton.edu

UTILITIES: NATURAL GAS SCANA Energy scanaenergy.com H PHONE/CABLE/INTERNET

Lake City  lakecityga.net 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.

Xfinity xfinity.com

Lovejoy  cityoflovejoy.com 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.

Central GA EMC cgemc.com

Morrow  cityofmorrow.com 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.

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Porshe Experience Center


COBB COUNTY ATTRACTIONS:

Cobb

Atlanta

• 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

CITIES OF COBB: Acworth Kennesaw

Marietta

Distance from Marietta to Downtown Atlanta 20 Miles Distance from Marietta to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 30 Miles POPULATION 756,865 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $219,700 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 6% ONLINE cobbcounty.org 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • WellStar Health System • Cobb County School District • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company • The Home Depot • RaceTrac Petroleum • Aaron’s Inc. • Genuine Parts Company

Truist Park

Power Springs

Smyrna

Austell

Powder Springs  cityofpowdersprings.org 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. Smyrna  smyrna.ga.us 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.

NEIGHBORHOODS OF COBB: Cumberland 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. Mableton 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.

Acworth  acworth.org 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.

Vinings 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.

Austell  austellga.gov 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.

EDUCATION:

Kennesaw  kennesaw-ga.gov 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. Marietta  mariettaga.gov 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.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools cobb.k12.org Marietta City Schools marietta-city.org PRIVATE SCHOOLS GRACEPOINT School gracepointschool.org MJCCA Preschools atlantajcc.org Mount Paran Christian School mtparanschool.org North Cobb Christian School ncchrisitan.org The Walker School thewalkerschool.org

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COBB COUNTY Whitefield Academy whitefieldacademy.com The Wood Acres School woodacresschool.org To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at gadoe.org. MAJOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Chattahoochee Technical College chattahoocheetech.edu Kennesaw State University kennesaw.edu Life University life.edu

Marietta

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ELECTRICITY Georgia Power georgiapower.com H Acworth Power acworth.org Cobb EMC cobbemc.com

PHONE/CABLE/INTERNET

GreyStone Power Corp.  greystonepower.com

Xfinity/Comcast xfinity.com

Marietta Power mariettaga.gov

AT&T att.com

WATER

Spectrum spectrum.com

Cobb County Water System cobbcounty.org Marietta Water marietta.gov

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DEKALB COUNTY • DeKalb Medical Center • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

ATTRACTIONS: Atlanta DeKalb

• Stone Mountain Park • Fernbank Museum • DeKalb Farmers Market • Callanwolde Fine Arts Center • Eddie’s Attic • Arabi Mountain

CITIES OF DEKALB: Dunwoody

Distance from Decatur to Downtown Atlanta 7 Miles Distance from Decatur to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 17 Miles POPULATION: 756,558 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $176,000 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 6% ONLINE dekalbcountyga.gov 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • Emory Healthcare • Delta Air Lines • UPS • AT&T Mobility

Fernbank Museum

Doraville Chamblee Brookhaven Tucker Clarkston Decatur

Stone Mountain

Pine Lake Avondale Estates

Chamblee  chambleega.com 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  clarkstonga.gov 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  decaturga.com 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. Doraville  doravillega.us 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  dunwoodyga.gov Dunwoody is a bona fine shopping, dining and cultural hotspot in metro Atlanta, making it a

Lithonia

Stonecrest

Avondale Estates  avondaleestates.org 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. Brookhaven  brookhavenga.com The urban town center of Brookhaven on Dresden Drive features many mixed-use developments and is bordered by residential neighborhoods.

Decatur

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DEKALB COUNTY popular travel destination for both business and leisure. Lithonia  cityoflithoniaga.org Made up of less than one square mile, Lithonia includes some of the most affluent neighborhoods in DeKalb County. Pine Lake  pinelakega.sophicity.com Pine Lake, the smallest city in DeKalb, is a community close to nature, where residents treasure and work diligently to protect the environment. Stonecrest  stonecrestga.gov Stonecrest is the first majority-black city to form from the cityhood movement in DeKalb County, achieving its official status in 2017. Stone Mountain  stonemountaincity.org 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. Tucker  tuckerga.gov 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.

NEIGHBORHOODS OF DEKALB: Candler Park  candlerpark.org 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 Edgewood’s unique housing, booming retail and entertainment sectors and diverse residents contribute to its vibrancy. Kirkwood  historic-kirkwood.org Kirkwood is home to an array of quirky, locally owned shops, galleries, unique restaurants and more, as well as the Kirkwood Historic District.

EDUCATION: PUBLIC SCHOOLS DeKalb County Schools dekalbschoolsga.org City Schools of Decatur csdecatur.net PRIVATE SCHOOLS MJCCA Preschools atlantajcc.org To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at gadoe.org. MAJOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Agnes Scott College agnesscott.edu DeVry University devry.edu Emory University emory.edu

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DOUGLAS COUNTY Atlanta Douglas

ATTRACTIONS:

EDUCATION:

• Sweetwater Creek State Park • Clinton Nature Preserve • Boundary Waters Recreational Complex • O’Neal Plaza • Ben’s Antique Mall • L&R Alpaca Haven Farm

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Douglas County Schools dcssga.org

CITIES OF DOUGLAS: Lithia Springs Villa Rica

UTILITIES:

Douglasville

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Distance from Douglasville to Downtown Atlanta 27 Miles

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Distance from Douglasville to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 23 Miles POPULATION: 145,331 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $140,100 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 7% ONLINE celebrateddouglascounty.com 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • WellStar Douglas Hospital • Silver Line Building Products • APL Logistics • Wal-Mart • Kroger

Sweetwater Creek State Park

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Turn to page 73 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 gadoe.org.

Douglasville  douglasvillega.gov 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  villarica.org 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.

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FAYETTE COUNTY • Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum • Line Creek Nature Area • The City Gardens of Southern Oaks • Georgia Renaissance Festival • Serenbe Farms

Atlanta

CITIES OF FAYETTE: Tyrone

Fayettville

Fayette

EDUCATION: PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fayette County Schools fcboe.org PRIVATE SCHOOLS Turn to page 73 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 gadoe.org.

Peachtree City Woolsey

Distance from Fayetteville to Downtown Atlanta 25 Miles Distance from Fayetteville to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 15 Miles POPULATION: 113,459 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $255,300 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 7% ONLINE fayettecountyga.gov 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • Panasonic Automotive Systems Co. • Eaton Lighting Solutions • Hoshizaki America Inc. • Osmose Utility Services Inc. • Ply Gem Industries Inc.–Window Division • Gerresheimer–Peachtree City LP

ATTRACTIONS:

Brooks

Brooks  brooksga.com Brooks is well-known for its friendly people, active churches, wholesome and casual outdoor lifestyle and pastoral wide open spaces. Fayetteville  fayetteville-ga.gov Fayetteville has been recognized as one of the best towns in Georgia for young families, according to NerdWallet.com, as well as one of the best suburbs for retirement, according to Forbes. Peachtree City  peachtree-city.org 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. Tyrone  tyrone.org A high priority on finding a balance between smart economic development and functional green spaces in this small town of 7,000 people. Woolsey  woolseyga.com The smallest town in Fayette County, Woolsey is primarily a residential community that offers a pastoral setting with quaint shops and small businesses.

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• Atlanta Regional Airport • Old Fayette County Courthouse

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FORSYTH COUNTY Forsyth

Atlanta

ATTRACTIONS:

UTILITIES:

• Sawnee Mountain Preserve • Big Creek Greenway • Cumming Fairgrounds • Kinsey Family Farm • Cumming Aquatic Center and Water Park • Buford Dam

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Cumming

Distance from Cumming to Downtown Atlanta 38 Miles Distance from Cumming to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 49 Miles POPULATION: 236,612 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $301,100 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 7% ONLINE forsythco.com 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • Scientific Games International Inc. • Northside Hospital-Forsyth • Tyson Foods, Inc. • Siemens Industry, Inc. • Koch Foods • Walmart

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Cumming  cityofcumming.net 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.

EDUCATION: PUBLIC SCHOOLS Forsyth County Schools forsyth.k12.ga.us PRIVATE SCHOOLS Turn to page 73 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 gadoe.org.

HALCYON

Big Creek Greenway

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FULTON COUNTY • High Museum of Art • The Fox Theatre • Ponce City Market

CITIES OF FULTON: Atlanta Fulton

South Fulton

Distance from Atlanta to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 10 Miles POPULATION: 1.05 million MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $268,900 COMBINES SALES TAX RATE 8.9% ONLINE fultoncountyga.gov 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • Delta Air Lines • UPS • Emory Healthcare • The Home Depot • Piedmont Healthcare • Publix Super Markets

ATTRACTIONS: • Mercedes-Benz Stadium • The Georgia Aquarium • Atlanta Botanical Garden • Centennial Olympic Park • Zoo Atlanta • Piedmont Park

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Atlanta  atlantaga.gov 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. Alpharetta  alpharetta.ga.us Named one of the best suburbs to live in Georgia by Niche.com, Alpharetta offers a full spectrum of attractions, excellent schools, sensible housing costs and growing industries. Johns Creek  johnscreekga.gov Nestled along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Johns Creek’s beautiful landscape offers additional aesthetic appeal to an already beautiful metropolis. Milton  cityofmiltonga.us 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  mountainparkgov.com Mountain Park is an officially designated wildlife refuge that protects all wildlife, including birds, animals and reptiles — some rare. Roswell  roswellgov.com 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  sandyspringsga.gov Located just outside of the 285 perimeter, Sandy Springs is the second largest city in the

Ponce City Market

metro Atlanta area and offers varied real estate options, competitive schools, outstanding outdoor recreation and more. South Fulton  cityofsouthfulton.gov 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  chatthillsga.us 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  collegeparkga.com Top employers in College Park include the Federal Aviation Administration and Woodward Academy, one of metro Atlanta’s top-performing independent schools. East Point  eastpointcity.org In recent years, East Point has flourished due to its proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, restaurants, hotels and shopping. Fairburn  fairburn.com 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  hapeville.org 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  cityofpalmetto.com 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  unioncityga.org Some of Union City’s leading national firms include Newell Rubbermaid, General Electric, Costco, Caterpillar, Dendreon and Kraft Foods.

INTOWN NEIGHBORHOODS:

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

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Buckhead  buckhead.com 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. Cabbagetown  cabbagetown.com Many murals and street art pieces, maintained by the Living Walls Street Art Association, keep Cabbagetown’s love of the arts alive. Castleberry Hill  castleberryhill.org 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  atlantadowntown.com Downtown Atlanta is home to many corporate and regional headquarters, government facilities, sporting venues and Georgia State University. Grant Park  grantpark.org Grant Park’s Victorian neighborhood is home to Zoo Atlanta, which welcomes almost one million visitors each year. Inman Park  inmanpark.org 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  littlefivepoints.net 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. Midtown  midtownatl.com 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  ponceyhighland.org Poncey-Highland is rich with urban living, quality restaurants, shops and galleries, great schools and a variety of housing options. Virginia-Highland  virginiahighland.com 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.

EDUCATION: PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools fultonschools.org Atlanta Public Schools atlantapublicschools.us PRIVATE SCHOOLS The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy davisacademy.org Atlanta Academy atlantaacademy.com Atlanta Girl’s School atlantagirlsschool.org

To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at gadoe.org. MAJOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Clark Atlanta University cau.edu Emory University emory.edu Georgia Institute of Technology gatech.edu Georgia State University gsu.edu Morehouse College morehouse.edu Spelman College spelman.edu

Atlanta International School aisschool.org

UTILITIES:

Atlanta Speech School atlantaspeechschool.org

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Brandon Hall School brandonhall.org

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The Cottage School cottageschool.org Cumberland Academy of Georgia cumberlandacademy.org The Galloway School gallowayschool.org High Meadows School highmeadows.org The Howard School howardschool.org King’s Ridge Christian School kingsridgecs.org The Lovett School lovett.org MJCCA Preschools atlantajcc.org Mill Springs Academy millsprings.org The Mount Vernon School mountvernonschool.org Pace Academy paceacademy.org Saint Francis Schools saintfrancisschools.com Springmont springmont.com Trinity School trinityatl.org Wesleyan School wesleyanschool.org

Midtown

Woodward Academy woodward.edu

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GWINNETT COUNTY ATTRACTIONS:

Atlanta

Gwinnett

• Coolray Field • Infinite Energy Center • Lake Lanier • Southeastern Railway Museum • Freeman’s Mill Park • Château Élan Winery & Resort

CITIES OF GWINNETT: Buford Sugar Hill Braselton Suwanee

Distance from Lawrenceville to Downtown Atlanta 31 Miles Distance from Lawrenceville to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 42 Miles POPULATION: 927, 781 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $185,200 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 6% ONLINE gwinnettcounty.com 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • Gwinnett County Public Schools • Gwinnett County Government • Publix Super Markets • Gwinnett Health Care System • Walmart • Primerica Inc.

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Duluth Dacula Berkeley Lake Peachtree Corners Lawrenceville Norcross Lilburn

Grayson

Snellville Loganville

Berkeley Lake  berkeley-lake.com In 2017, Berkley Lake was recognized among the Top 10 Best Suburbs to Live in Georgia by Niche.com. Braselton  braselton.net Home to Château Élan Winery & Resort, Braselton rests in four counties, including Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson and Barrow. Buford  cityofbuford.com 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  daculaga.gov Dacula is best known for its large Memorial Day Parade and Little Mulberry Park and has experienced immense growth over the years. Duluth  duluthga.net 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  cityofgrayspon.org Grayson is a popular city for families, with excellent schools, quality housing, parks, restaurants and plenty of shopping. Lawrenceville  lawerencevillega.org 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  cityoflilburn.com 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 Niche.com Loganville  loganville-ga.gov The unique blend of hometown feel combined with modern conveniences draws companies and organizations to open their doors and prosper in Loganville. Norcross  norcrossga.net 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  peachtreecornersga.gov Known for its picturesque parks, lush green spaces and plenty of outdoor activity, Peachtree Corners offers residents unparalleled quality of life. Snellville  snellville.org 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  cityofsugarhill.com Considered one of the premier communities in metro Atlanta, Sugar Hill is mere minutes away from Lake Sidney Lanier and the North Georgia Mountains. Suwanee  suwanee.com 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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EDUCATION:

UTILITIES:

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gwinnett County Schools gwinnett.k12.ga.us Buford City Schools bufordcityschools.org

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS Greater Atlanta Christian greateratlantachristian.org Killian Hill Christian School khcs.org To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at gadoe.org. MAJOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Georgia Gwinnett College ggc.edu Gwinnett Technical College gwinnetttech.edu

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HALL COUNTY CITIES OF HALL:

15 years, Oakwood city leaders are planning for growth with a vision for the future known as “Oakwood 2030.”

Clermont

Hall

Lula

Atlanta

Gainesville

Oakwood Flowery Branch Braselton

Distance from Gainesville to Downtown Atlanta 54 Miles Distance from Gainesville to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 64 Miles POPULATION: 202,148 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $171,900 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 7% ONLINE hallcounty.org 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • Northeast Georgia Medical Center • Hall County School System • Fieldale Farms Corporation • Kubota Manufacturing of America • Victory Processing LLC

ATTRACTIONS: • Château Élan Winery & Resort • Road Atlanta • Lake Lanier Islands and Golf Resort • Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Gainesville • Buford Corn Maze • Northeast Georgia History Center

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Braselton  braselton.net 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. Buford  cityofbuford.com 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. Clermont  clermontga.com 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  flowerybranchga.org Flowery Branch is home to the Atlanta Falcons Training Complex and a revitalized historic downtown area known as Old Town. Gainesville  gainesville.org 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  gillsvillega.com 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  cityoflula.com Lula spans two counties, Hall and Banks, and once a railroad hub, it is well known today for its annual Railroad Days Festival. Oakwood  cityofoakwood.net With more than 60 percent growth in the last

EDUCATION: PUBLIC SCHOOLS Hall County Schools hallco.org Gainesville City Schools gcssk12.net PRIVATE SCHOOLS Riverside Military Academy riversidemilitary.com To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at gadoe.org. MAJOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Brenau University breneau.edu Lanier Technical College laniertech.edu

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HENRY COUNTY • Army Aviation Heritage Foundation & Flying Museum • Southern Belle Farm

CITIES OF HENRY:

Strong Rock Christian School strongrockchristianschool.com To view annual SAT scores by district and school, as well as Georgia Milestones scores, visit the Georgia Department of Education at gadoe.org.

UTILITIES:

Atlanta

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Stockbridge

McDonough

Henry

Hampton Locust Grove

Distance from McDonough to Downtown Atlanta 30 Miles Distance from McDonough to HartsfieldJackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 27 Miles POPULATION: 230,220 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $154,900 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 7% ONLINE co.henry.ga.us 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • Piedmont Henry Hospital • Federal Aviation Administration • Henry County Schools • Luxottica Retail Group • Briggs & Stratton • PVH Corp

Hampton hamptonga.gov 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 locustgrove-ga.gov Located within 35 miles of Downtown Atlanta, Locust Grove offers a growing selection of retail, dining, lodging and business opportunities. McDonough mcdonoughga.org 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 cityofstockbridge.com Known as the “Gateway to Henry County,” Stockbridge offers excellent economic opportunities and public services coupled with small town hospitality.

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EDUCATION:

ATTRACTIONS:

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Henry County Schools henry.k12.ga.us

• Atlanta Motor Speedway • Panola Mountain State Park • Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary • Cubihatcha Outdoor Center

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Eagles Landing Christian Academy elaonline.org

Eagles Landing Country Club

Atlanta Motor Speedway

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PAULDING COUNTY • The Dallas Theater • High Shoals Falls • Moonlight Stables Equestrian Center

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CITIES OF PAULDING: Paulding

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Atlanta Braswell Dallas Hiram

Distance from Dallas to Downtown Atlanta 33 Miles Distance from Dallas to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 37 Miles POPULATION: 164,044 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $150,400 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 7% ONLINE paulding.gov 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • WellStar Paulding Hospital • Publix Super Markets • The Kroger Company • Interroll MDR Conveyers • Walmart

ATTRACTIONS: • Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport • Silver Comet Trail • Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site

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Braswell 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. Dallas  dallasga.gov 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  cityofhiramga.gov 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.

ELECTRICITY Georgia Power Company Georgiapower.com H Cobb EMC cobbemc.com GreyStone Power Corp. greystonepower.com Oglethorpe Power Corp.  opc.com WATER Paulding County Water Department paulding.gov City of Dallas Water Department dallasga.gov/utilities

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EDUCATION: PUBLIC SCHOOLS Paulding County Schools paulding.k12.ga.us PRIVATE SCHOOLS Turn to page 73 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 gadoe.org.

Hiram

WellStar Paulding Hospital


ROCKDALE COUNTY Atlanta

ATTRACTIONS:

UTILITIES:

• Panola Mountain State Park • Monastery of the Holy Spirit • Georgia International Horse Park • Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area • Lewis Vaughn Botanical Garden • The Dinky

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CITIES OF ROCKDALE:

ELECTRICITY Georgia Power georgiapower.com H Snapping Shoals EMC ssemc.com

Rockdale

Conyers

Distance from Conyers to Downtown Atlanta 25 Miles

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Distance from Conyers to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport 27 Miles POPULATION: 90,594 MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $148,600 COMBINED SALES TAX RATE 7% ONLINE rockdalecountyga.gov 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.

MAJOR EMPLOYERS: • Pratt Industries • Acuity Brands Lighting • Hill-Phoenix • Golden State Foods • Rockdale Medical Center

Conyers  conyersga.com 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.

EDUCATION: PUBLIC SCHOOLS Rockdale County Schools rockdaleschools.org PRIVATE SCHOOLS Turn to page 73 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 gadoe.org.

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EDUCATION The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy Atlanta Academy Atlanta Girls’ School Atlanta International School Atlanta Speech School Brandon Hall School The Chastain School at St. John The Cottage School Cumberland Academy of Georgia The Galloway School Georgia Cyber Academy GRACEPOINT School High Meadows School Kings Ridge Christian School Life University The Lovett School Lyndon Academy Mill Springs Academy The Mount Vernon School

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Mount Paran Christian School 99 North Cobb Christian School 102 Notre Dame Academy 101 Pace Academy 98 Saint Francis Schools 93 Springmont School 98 Trinity School 94 The Walker School 96 Wesleyan School 91 Westminster 88 Whitefield Academy 97 The Wood Acres School 86 Woodward Academy 83 UTILITIES SCANA Energy

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AREA INFORMATION Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau Braselton Visitors Bureau City of Riverdale City of Smyrna

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