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How Schools Manage Mental Health

How Schools Manage Mental Health

Creating a Plan to Improve Students’ Well-Being in Schools

By Jon Styf

The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the mental health of school-aged children, adding in isolation and fear to an already complicated point in life.

From virtual schooling to separation of students to masking, the many elements to a complex situation all contributed to an environment where more students felt alone or at risk.

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Faith-Based Education: Offering Much More Than Academics

Faith-Based Education

Offering Much More Than Academics

By Everett Catts

Parents searching for a school for their child have a variety of education options to choose from, including public schools, charter schools, magnet schools and independent schools. Among those, one of the more popular options is faith-based schools. Of the more than 32,000 independent schools in the United States, 84% are religious, according to the website of the Noah Webster Educational Foundation.

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Balancing Sports and Life

Balancing Sports and Life

Supporting Your Child On and Off the Field

By Michelle Bourg

Whether it’s Pee Wee Soccer, Little League or “Friday Night Lights,” youth sports today may actually be our true “national pastime” with lessons, teams and leagues available for children practically from infancy.

That’s a great thing: in addition to providing the physical benefits of exercise, studies consistently show that sports boosts kids’ self-esteem, improves academic performance and reduces the likelihood of risky behaviors. It also teaches important social skills like teamwork, goal setting and emotional resilience. Nurturing your child’s involvement in sports offers definite benefits, but it also demands active parental planning and involvement to maintain a balance with other aspects of their growing up.

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Character Education

Creating More than Just Good Students

By Daniel Beauregard

For many parents, a good education means much more than academics. While reading, math and science are all important, having their child learn about such values as kindness, respect and empathy for others is just as important, if not more so. Fortunately, most Atlanta-area public and independent schools incorporate some form of character education in their curricula, placing an emphasis on guiding children to become caring, involved members of society.

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The Charter School Advantage

Offering Parents Better Education Options

By Kevin Forest Moreau

Parents searching for a school for their child used to have just two options: independent schools and public schools. While each model has its strengths, many parents found themselves wishing for a third option: one with the flexibility of an independent school, but open to any student, free of charge.

These days, parents have more options than ever before. Charter schools are one such option, offering the best of both worlds. These schools are becoming more common throughout Georgia, and they offer a variety of educational approaches to fit a child’s individual learning needs.

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Finding a Special Needs School

Selecting the Right Fit for Children with Learning Difficulties

By Donna Neale

Choosing a school for your child can be a complex process for any family, but it’s especially true if your son or daughter has a learning disability or struggles to learn effectively in a conventional school setting. Identifying the nature of your child’s difficulties and sorting through available educational options can be daunting tasks.

Fortunately, the Atlanta area boasts a large number of public and independent schools equipped to address the challenges that these students can face, from specific disabilities such as autism, dyslexia and speech and hearing difficulties to emotional and behavior disorders.

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Finding the Right Balance

HELPING YOUR CHILD JUGGLE SCHOOL AND OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES

By H.M. Cauley

We live in a fast-paced world, with many parents struggling to balance the demands of home life and a busy career. And that world is increasingly affecting our children, who are enrolled in extracurricular activities and organized sports in an effort to help them become well-rounded individuals and increase their chances of getting into a good college. On top of that, changing to a new school can bring the added pressures of fitting in and making new friends.

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Acing the College Admissions Process

HELP YOUR CHILD STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

By Anna Bentley

It’s a topic on the minds of many high-school students and their parents: college admissions. With an ever-growing number of prospective college students—and an average of seven to 10 applications per student—colleges are seeing more competition than ever before. So, how do students stand out in the sea of applicants? According to some of metro Atlanta’s college and admissions counselors, the strongest applications are ones that show a pattern of success—and a little personality.

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Tackling the Bully Problem

HOW ATLANTA SCHOOLS DEAL WITH BULLYING

By Laura Raines

The educational experience is constantly changing, as technology and teaching methods evolve. But one aspect of school life remains as present as reading, writing and arithmetic—bullying. It’s a problem that torments many children, and can have long-lasting effects long beyond a child’s school years. Fortunately, public and independent Atlanta schools have procedures in place to deal with the issue and aim to tackle the problem through their curricula as well.

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Is Private School Best for Your Child?

THE MANY BENEFITS OF AN INDEPENDENT EDUCATION

By Karin Pendley Koser

Deciding how their children will be educated is a major concern for most Atlanta parents, sometimes starting as early as pregnancy, when some place their children on daycare waiting lists before they’re even born. Some parents purchase their homes in communities known for their excellent public schools, while others hope for the best in their existing neighborhoods.

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