Independent K-12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School

Jumping, excited kidsWelcome to Paideia!

We don't want you to spend the summer wondering what your next steps should be, so we put together this new parent page. We hope we have anticipated some of your questions.

We'll be emailing you a start-up packet in early August. In the meantime, we've included some basic information below. Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions between now and the start of school.

To learn more about the many different ways parents are involved at Paideia, visit the Parent Involvement section of our website.

Feel free to visit our school calendar for a list of upcoming spring events, including athletic contests, concerts, and the junior high musical, The Lion King.

Enjoy your summer!

Watch for the following emails:

  • Link to register for MAGNUS (with username and password). All medical, emergency contact forms, athletic and a few forms for the technology department will be handled through the MAGNUS system.
  • Parent Portal. You will receive an email in early August with log-in instructions to enter the Paideia website as a current parent through our Parent Portal. Once you enter the Parent Portal, you will see school directories, calendars, the Weekly Memo with news of current events, volunteer opportunities, and more. Browse through the Parent Sign-up Center, fill out the parent interest section, and start signing up for parent-involvement jobs that are already posted.
  • Invitation to be matched with a Paideia host family. In August we will contact you to ask if you would like to have a mentor family who has a child the same age as yours. The mentor family will be available to meet before school starts and answer questions throughout the year.
  • Start-up packet for beginning the school year. In early August you'll receive a start-up packet that includes details on carpool procedures, on-line ordering for Pi-Bites (our lunch program), athletics, concert attire, and much more.
  • Technology (Junior High and High School): You will receive an email from Technology in early July with instructions for your child to set up their email account. High School students will receive an additional email asking them to register for an iPad training session. Junior High iPads are issued in class after school starts. The iPad cost is included in the tuition.

Questions? Call Tekki Hollins, receptionist, at 404/377-3491. She will direct you to the appropriate person.

Half Day

Class info: We will send a preliminary class list in June.

Back-to-School Playdates: Come to the half-day playground to meet new friends and classmates. Morning class: Sunday, August 13, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Afternoon class: Sunday, August 13, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. [Note: both dates are tentative.]

Aftercare: Robin Fisher Folks, an artist and former Paideia parent, operates Camp Robin for Paideia students only. Sessions dovetail with morning and afternoon half-day hours with transportation provided. Contact Robin directly for details about schedule, fees, and space availability (404/358-4795; rrjewel@comcast.net).

Elementary

Class info: Classroom assignments and class lists will be sent by email approximately 10 days before school starts.

Class open houses: There will be open houses for students in K-1 classes. All families will receive information about the dates a few days before school starts.

Students new to Paideia in all other elementary classes will be invited by their teachers to see their classrooms the week before school starts. Teachers will contact you directly with information about dates.

Upper elementary music: All 5th and 6th graders participate in either band or orchestra. A few of our music teachers will be on hand at the Library Open House to consult with rising 6th graders about instrument choice. Any 6th graders who cannot attend this event should contact band instructor Amy Ensel before the end of school. Stay "tuned" for information about concert attire.

Summer reading list: A booklet of suggestions to help guide your child's vacation reading.

Athletics: Sixth graders may participate in most junior high sports. If your child is interested in participating in one of the fall junior high sports (co-ed ultimate, boys' soccer, cross country, girls' softball, or girls' volleyball), please contact Jonathan Petrash at petrash.jonathan@paideiaschool.org. Students must turn in a Pre-participation Physical Form completed by a doctor as well as a Concussion Awareness Form, which must be signed by both parent and student, before they will be allowed to practice. These forms are in Magnus. Additionally, all athletes will need a baseline concussion test; information about the required concussion testing will be included in the start-up packet.

Supplies: Paideia provides supplies for elementary students. Most students do bring backpacks to transport lunch and homework between school and home. Look for information in your start-up packet about the requirements for non-marking gym shoes for PE.

After school care: Students enrolled in the elementary school are eligible to participate in our after school care program, 2:40 - 6 p.m. The pre-registration cost is $10 per day; the cost for drop-in is $13 per day with payment due at pick up. Half-day students are not eligible for after school care.

After school enrichment and activities: A selection of afterschool activities open to all enrolled elementary students is also hosted at school. Offerings may include classes in chess, karate, sewing, and yoga (additional fees vary). Look for registration forms in the start-up packet. Half-day students are not eligible for afterschool activities.

Junior high

Class info: Classroom assignments and class lists will be sent by email approximately 10 days before school starts. All junior high students will receive a school email address. Please encourage your child to check it regularly.

Before-School Student Orientation: All junior high students are invited to attend this back-to-school event. Come participate in a few “icebreaker” activities, meet with your new teachers, and locate your homebase classroom. Tuesday, August 15, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Summer reading program: All parents are invited to join their junior high student(s) in reading the Community Read selection. In addition, each rising 7th- and 8th-grade student is also required to read a minimum of four additional free-choice books over the summer. Click here for the librarian’s summer reading booklet of suggestions.

Technology: You will receive an email from Technology in early July with instructions for your child to set up their email account. Please encourage your child to check their school email often for important information. Junior High iPads are issued in class after school starts. The iPad cost is included in the tuition.

Athletics: If your child is interested in participating in one of the fall junior high sports (co-ed ultimate, boys' soccer, cross country, girls' softball, or girls' volleyball), please contact JoJo Cadray, junior high athletic director, at cadray.jojo@paideiaschool.org. Students must turn in a Pre-participation Physical Form completed by a doctor as well as a Concussion Awareness Form that must be signed by both parent and student before they will be allowed to practice. These forms are in Magnus. Additionally, all athletes will need a baseline concussion test; information about the required concussion testing will be included in the start-up packet.

Music program: All 7th graders and most 8th graders participate in either chorus, band, or orchestra. Information about concert attire and optional private lessons will be included in the start-up packet.

Supplies: Don't buy anything yet. Teachers will let you know before school starts if you need to buy anything.

Aftercare: Students enrolled in the junior high are eligible to participate in our afterschool program (3:30 - 6 p.m., $13/day or $10/day with advance deposit of $200). Look for registration forms in the start-up packet.

High school

Class info: Students will receive a school email address and their class schedules in August, shortly before the start of the school year. Please encourage your child to check email regularly.

Buddy program: New students are paired with seasoned students to help with the transition to high school. You will soon receive details about the spring “get acquainted” activity. A follow-up event takes place just before school resumes, followed by periodic gatherings throughout the school year.

Summer reading program: High school faculty members in the English and history departments are collaborating on the design of this year’s summer reading program. Click here for the librarian’s booklet of free-read suggestions.

Summer enrichment offerings: Students who feel they need a little extra practice and preparation before school starts are encouraged to attend one of these courses. Look for an email from dean of students Rachel Peterson with details.

  • Math Workshop: Rising 9th graders will review and reinforce concepts learned in introductory algebra. July 31 – August 4, 9 – 10:45 a.m. or 1:30 – 3:15 p.m. $225 (discount available for recipients of financial aid).
  • Study Skills Course: Rising 9th graders will prepare for high school academics by developing strong study habits, including organizational, planning, and stress-management techniques. Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $75 (discount available for recipients of financial aid).

Supplies: You will receive information about purchasing books from our online supplier closer to the start of school. All students in Intro to Algebra 2, Algebra 2, and A2T will purchase the TI-Nspire iPad app for use in math class once school begins. Students in other courses will be using the TI-84 calculator.

Technology: You will receive an email from Technology in early July with instructions for your child to set up their email account. Please encourage your child to check their school email often for important information. High School students will receive an additional email asking them to register for an iPad training session.

Athletics: If your child is interested in participating in one of the fall high school sports (cross country, girls' softball, or girls' volleyball), please contact Mike Emery, athletic director, at emery.mike@paideiaschool.org. Students must turn in a Pre-participation Physical Form completed by a doctor as well as a Concussion Awareness Form that must be signed by both parent and student before they will be allowed to practice. These forms are in Magnus. Additionally, all athletes will need a baseline concussion test; information about the required concussion testing will be included in the start-up packet.

Music program: Information about concert attire and optional private lessons is included in the start-up packet for high school students planning to participate in chorus, jazz band, wind ensemble, or orchestra.

Parking: Juniors and seniors will receive information about carpools and parking in a separate email; parking assignments will be mailed just before school starts. Freshmen and sophomores are not allowed to drive and park at school.

Upcoming Dates:

For students

  • New Student Orientation: Don’t miss this opportunity to meet all the new students entering high school. Tuesday, August 15, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch included).
  • First Day of School: We will begin with a gathering of all high school students and faculty in the theater. Wednesday, August 16, 8:30 a.m.

For parents
  • New Parents Welcome: After dropping off your child at the orientation event, stay for a brief reception. Tuesday, August 15, 9 – 10 a.m. Art Lobby/Black Box Theater.
  • New Parent Program: Learn what to expect during the year at this presentation featuring high school coordinator Brett Hardin, assistant coordinator Stacey Winston, director of studies Laura Magnanini, dean of students Rachel Peterson, and high school counselors Nisha Simama and Thrower Starr. Thursday, August 17, 7 p.m. Black Box Theater.
  • High School Parents Night: Follow your child’s class schedule, meet all his/her teachers, and learn their plans for the year ahead. Thursday, August 31, 7 p.m.

School hours

Half Day

8:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Morning program

11:45 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Afternoon program

Lower Elementary

8:15 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Upper Elementary

8:15 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

(all elementary classrooms open at 8:00 a.m.)

Junior high

8:15 a.m.-3:05 p.m.

High school

8:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m.

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Administrators

Half Day

Barbara Dunbar

Half-Day Coordinator
dunbar.barbara@paideiaschool.org

Elementary

Mary Lynn Cullen

Elementary coordinator

Elisa Reddick

Assistant elementary coordinator

Junior high

Jennifer Cox

Junior high coordinator

Sandy Jordan

Assistant junior high school coordinator

High school

Brett Hardin

High school coordinator

Stacey Winston

Assistant high school coordinator

Athletics

Mike Emery

Athletic Director
emery.mike@paideiaschool.org

Ivan Asteghene

Assistant to Athletic Director
asteghene.ivan@paideiaschool.org

Business Office

Nancy Isom

Director of Business and Finance
isom.nancy@paideiaschool.org

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Calendar

High School Study Skills Class
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High School Library
High School Study Skills Class
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High School Library
High School Orientation
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Theater & High School Building
Welcome Coffee for 9th Grade Parents & Parents New to the High School
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Black Box
Jonathan & Sanidia's Class Open House (A-L)
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Jonathan & Sanidia's Class Open House (M-Z)
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José & India's Class Open House (A-L)
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José & India's Class Open House (M-Z)
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JH Orientation
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Campus Green, Black Box, Main Gym & Art Lobby
School Starts

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