Independent K-12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School

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Welcome 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, Xanadu Jr.

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 posted.
  • Invitation to be matched with a Paideia host family. This summer we will contact you to ask if you would like to have a mentor family that 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 start-up information 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 our technology department in early summer with instructions for your child to set up an email account. Please encourage your child to check his/her email account often for important information. High school students will receive an additional email asking them to register for an iPad training and pickup session in early August. Junior high iPads are issued in class after school starts. The iPad cost is included in the tuition.
  • Grandparents' and Special Friends Day - The first weekend in October brings fall fun and family to the Paideia campus. Friday, October 5 is Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day – an opportunity for grandparents or special friends of current Paideia students to visit campus and experience the community first-hand! In addition to learning about the curriculum and visiting your child’s classroom, grandparents and special friends get to explore all that makes Paideia special through a curated program, and enjoy lunch with their student. It’s an event that brings a smile to all. The Fall BBQ follows on Saturday evening, October 6, capping off a fun-filled weekend that the entire family will enjoy.

    Make sure to forward this information along so your parents can save the date for Friday, October 5 and experience this wonderful event! A formal invitation and details on how to RSVP will be sent in late summer. Please follow this link to provide contact information so we can make sure invitations are sent to the right place!

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

Half Day

Library open houses:  Our elementary library is hosting an after-school open house for new half-day and elementary children and their parents. Come explore the elementary library and leave with books to enjoy over the summer. Choose from two sessions on Tuesday, May 15, 3:30 – 5 p.m. or 5:30 – 7 p.m. No registration required.

Back-to-School Playdates: Come to the half-day playground to meet new friends and classmates. Morning class: Sunday, August 12, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Afternoon class: Sunday, August 12, 1 – 2:30 p.m. [Note: both dates are tentative.]

Supplemental Care: 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. While she is not a Paideia employee, Robin has worked with Paideia families for many years. Contact Robin directly for details about schedule, fees, and space availability (404/358-4795; rrjewel@comcast.net).

Elementary

Library open houses:  Our elementary library is hosting an after-school open house for new half-day and elementary children and their parents. Come explore the elementary library and leave with books to enjoy over the summer and a summer reading list. Choose from two sessions on Tuesday, May 15, 3:30 – 5 p.m. or 5:30 – 7 p.m. No registration required.

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 (ensel.amy@paideiaschool.org) before the end of school. Stay "tuned" for information about concert attire.

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.

Summer reading list: A booklet of our librarian’s suggestions to help guide your child's vacation reading. 2018 list.

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 $12 per day; the cost for drop-in is $15 per day with payment due at pick up. Look for monthly registration forms in the start-up packet. Half-day students are not eligible for after school care.

After school enrichment and activities: A selection of after school 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 after school activities.

Junior high

Math Placement: Each new student, seventh or eighth grade, must take a math assessment, and we also need for you to have your child's current math teacher fill out the below form which will help us in placing your child in the correct math class.

Our math assessment test will be given on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday April 28 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 2, 4:30 p.m. 

Please email Jennifer Cox or De'Andria Griggs at the following email addresses to sign up for a test date.  The test will take approximately 45 minutes and covers fourth through seventh grade math.

Jennifer Cox:  cox.jennifer@paideiaschool.org
De'Andria Griggs:  griggs.deandria@paideiaschool.org

The below math placement form is to be filled out by your child's current math teacher. The form should be emailed to De'Andria Griggs or sent through the regular mail.  If mailing the form through snail mail, please make sure it is sent to Jennifer Cox's attention.  Please make sure the form is returned to us by May 18

Click to download the math placement form.

New Parent Meeting: Please join us for an introduction to the junior high faculty and a glimpse into how we can all work together to make your child's time in the junior high meaningful, positive, and productive. This is a great opportunity to discover how your role as a parent changes as your child enters this exciting and challenging phase of adolescence. Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m. black box theater.

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

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 14, 1:30 – 3 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. A booklet of our librarian’s suggestions to help guide your child's vacation reading will be mailed and can also be accessed accessed with this link.

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

Technology: You will receive an email from our technology department in early July with instructions for your child to set up an email account. Please encourage your child to check his/her email account 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 Monique Dawson, junior high athletic director (dawson.monique@paideiaschool.org) after July 1. 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.

After school care: Students enrolled in the junior high are eligible to participate in our after school program, 3:05 – 6 p.m. The pre-registration cost is $12 per day with advance deposit of $200 required; the cost for drop-in is $15 per day with payment due at pick up. 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 department are collaborating on the design of this year’s summer reading program. A booklet of our librarian’s suggestions to help guide your child's vacation reading will be mailed and can be accessed with this link.

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 ninth graders and students new to Paideia will review and reinforce concepts learned in introductory algebra with math teacher Jen Leon. July 30 – August 3, 9 – 10:45 a.m. or 1:30 – 3:15 p.m. $225 (discount available for recipients of financial aid).
  • High School Hacks: This study skills course, led by Eddy Hernandez, assistant dean of students, offers tips and tricks for navigating Paideia. Monday, August 6 and Tuesday August 7, 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.

Technology: You will receive an email from our technology department in early summer with instructions for your child to set up an email account. Please encourage your child to check his/her email account often for important information. High school students will receive an additional email asking them to register for an iPad training and pickup session in early August. The iPad cost is included in the tuition.

Athletics: If your child is interested in participating in one of the fall high school sports (cross country or girls' volleyball), please contact Mike Emery, athletic director (emery.mike@paideiaschool.org), as soon as possible. Many sports teams hold try-outs and practices in late spring and early summer. 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.

Student-Run Musical: Within the span of three to four weeks in August, two student directors, technical directors and a music director lead the entire production from first rehearsals and set-building to school-wide performances.  Auditions take place in late spring. Interested actors and musicians should contact faculty adviser Beverly Blouin (blouin.beverly@paideiaschool.org); those wanting to participate as members of the tech crew should contact theater technical director Danyale Taylor (taylor.danyale@paideiaschool.org).

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

  • Buddy parties: Newcomers are paired with current students to help with the transition to high school.  Join us for a “get acquainted” activity on Sunday, May 20, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.  and a back-to-school get-together on Monday, August 13, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Both events convene in the high school building.
  • New Student Orientation: Don’t miss this opportunity to meet all the new students entering high school. Tuesday, August 14, 9 a.m. – 3 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 15, 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 14, 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 16, 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 30, 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

Kristi Budd

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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Upcoming

High School Study Skills Class
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HS Library Meeting Room
High School Study Skills Class
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HS Library Meeting Room
PM Half Day Icebreaker
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Half Day Playground
AM Half Day Pre-School Playdate & Popsicles
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Half Day Playground
High School New Student Buddy Party
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Hayward Commons
High School Orientation
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Theater & High School Building
Welcome Coffee and Meeting for 9th Grade Parents & Parents New to the High School
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Black Box & Art Lobby
AM Half Day Open House
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Jonathan & Sanidia's Class Open House (A-L)
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Jonathan & Sanidia's Class Open House (M-Z)
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