The Montessori Method

Allowing Children to Develop and Learn at Their Own Pace

By H.M. Cauley

Navigating Atlanta’s educational landscape means discovering many types of schools with descriptions that may sound somewhat familiar; magnet, charter and special needs are just a few. One kind of school that’s gaining more popularity in the metro area is Montessori, named for Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator.

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Midwestern Heart. Global Spirit

LFA. Way Ahead

Lake Forest Academy (LFA) attracts individuals looking for rich and rewarding learning experiences and relationships, an approach LFA calls “the LFA Way.” All opportunities to participate in the school’s vibrant boarding environment offer both day and boarding students a lifelong passport to new challenges, met with openness, curiosity and the confidence to stretch beyond comfort zones — all building character that is uniquely transformed by combining a global outlook with Midwestern values.

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Developing a Global Perspective

Teaching Students to Thrive in an Interconnected World

By Laura Raines

Education has moved well beyond basic reading, writing and arithmetic. Global initiatives are a growing trend in many Atlanta schools. These programs introduce students to different cultures and different ways of thinking. They expand their horizons by offering opportunities to travel to other countries. And they immerse students in different languages, which is becoming more and more important in our multilingual world. By doing so, they provide today’s students with the skills they’ll need to thrive as adults in an increasingly global society and marketplace.

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Preparing Students For A Career

How Georgia’s Schools Are Producing Career-Ready Graduates

By Anna Bentley

For many high school students, deciding on a possible career can be a daunting decision. The options seem almost endless, and it can be hard to successfully translate interests into viable career options. Luckily, Georgia’s public and independent schools are dedicated to helping students wade the sometimes murky waters of career preparation. By implementing special programs, offering enriching co-curricular activities and developing personal connections with students, Georgia’s schools are committed to getting students on the right path to a bright and successful future.

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Dealing With Bullies

Metro Atlanta Schools Tackle Bullying Head-On

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 big 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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Fit Bodies, Sharper Minds

Regular Exercise Can Improve Academic Performance

By Bobby Scott, Headmaster of Perimeter School in Johns Creek

At the end of each school year, I have a chat with my eighth grade boys. This is the last grade of our school, so this is sort of an exit interview. “So guys,” I ask, “over the last 9 years here, what did you like and what did you not?”

It’s an enjoyable time, usually humorous. Comments range from “We want rock band classes” to “The toilet paper is too rough.” The comment I receive most often, however, is, “Don’t ever remove the eighth grade daily recess—we need it!”

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Movin’ On Up: Easing Into Middle And High School

By Whitney Brennan

The transitions to middle and high school can be daunting for both children and parents. And the stress of those transitions is only compounded when you’re relocating to a new city. New middle and high school students enter larger schools and have to learn to cope with more peers, new social hierarchies, new teachers and unfamiliar subjects. And they also have to deal with becoming the youngest students in the school—again.

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Asking the Right Questions

How to Interview Potential Schools for Your Child

By H.M. Cauley

After accepting a position as head of school at Atlanta Girls School last spring, Ayanna Hill-Gill found herself on the opposite side of the educational visit. This time, she was the one visiting local institutions to find the right fit for her own two children. And the questions she asked were the same ones she’d heard so many times as head of the Purnell School in New Jersey.

“Coming from out of town, we wanted to make sure the curriculum was what my kids were accustomed to, so there would be a smooth transition,” she says.

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The Rectory School

Addressing the Individual Learning Needs of Each Student

The Rectory School is an independent, coed junior boarding (5-9) and day school (K-9) located in beautiful Pomfret, Connecticut. At Rectory, students thrive through individualized attention and instruction. The school’s comprehensive program is a successful combination of traditional academics, athletics, and performance and studio arts, presented in innovative ways by a caring faculty.

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