Independent Pre-K to 12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School

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Welcome to Paideia!

We don't want you to spend the spring and 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, Mary Poppins.

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 brings fall family fun to the Paideia campus. Friday, October 4 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 5, 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 4 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 14: 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 11, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Afternoon class: Sunday, August 11, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Supplemental Care: Robin Fisher Folks, an artist and former Paideia parent, operates Camp Robin, an independently owned and operated childcare program that is not affiliated with Paideia School. Sessions dovetail with the scheduling of morning and afternoon half-day hours.  Program transportation is provided directly by Camp Robin. 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 14: 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 Houses 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.

Summer reading list: A booklet of our librarian’s suggestions to help guide your child's vacation reading will be mailed and is posted on-line here.

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.

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, knitting, Odyssey of the Mind, theater, 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, 7th or 8th grade, must take a math placement test. We also need your child's current math teacher to complete the evaluation form below. Taken together these assessments help us in placing your child in the correct math class next year.

The 45-minute math placement test covers concepts typically explored in fourth through seventh grade. We are offering the test after school on these dates:

  • Tuesday, April 23, 4 - 4:50 p.m. (meet in junior high commons)
  • Wednesday, May 1, 4 - 4:50 p.m. (meet in junior high commons)

Register by emailing your preference to De’Andria Griggs, junior high secretary (griggs.deandria@paideiaschool.org).

Please print this math placement form and deliver it to your child’s current math teacher. The form is due in our office on Friday, May 17.

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 7, 7 p.m. black box theater.

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 three 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 posted on-line here.

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. Wednesday, August 14, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

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).

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

New student meeting: Please join us on Wednesday, April 24, 5 – 7 p.m. in the black box theater, where we will help plan your child's high school schedule for next year, discuss elective course offerings, and conduct brief mathematics and foreign language assessments to determine placement. Students and parents are urged to attend. While students are meeting with teachers, parents will have the opportunity to learn more about school programming from high school administrators. Look for an email with more details from Laura Magnanini, director of studies.

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 on Monday, May 13, 5 – 7 p.m. (dinner provided). You will receive details about this gathering after April 15. A follow-up event takes place just before school resumes on Tuesday, August 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch provided), 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 posted on-line here.

Summer enrichment offerings: Students who feel they need a little extra practice and preparation before school starts are encouraged to attend High School Hacks. This study skills course, led by Eddy Hernandez, assistant dean of students, offers tips and tricks for navigating Paideia. Friday, August 9, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (lunch provided). $50 (discount available for recipients of financial aid). Look for an email from Rachel Peterson, dean of students, with details.

Class info: Students will receive a school email address and their class schedules in early summer. Please encourage your child to check email regularly.

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

  • New student program: Wednesday, April 24, 5 – 7 p.m. Art Lobby/Black Box Theater.
  • Buddy parties: Newcomers are paired with current students to help with the transition to high school.  Join us for a “get acquainted” activity on Monday, May 13, 5 – 7 p.m. (dinner provided) and a back-to-school get-together on Tuesday, August 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1p.m. (lunch provided). 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. Wednesday, August 14, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • First day of school: We will begin with a gathering of all high school students and faculty in the theater. Thursday, August 15, 8:30 a.m.

For parents

  • New parents welcome: Wednesday, 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 principal Brett Hardin, assistant principal Stacey Winston, director of studies Laura Magnanini, dean of students Rachel Peterson, and high school counselors Thrower Starr and Kristi Budd. Tuesday, August 20, 7 p.m. Black Box Theater.
  • High school parents night: Follow your child’s class schedule, meeting teachers and learning their plans for the year ahead. Thursday, September 5, 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 principal

Brooke Marty

Assistant elementary principal
marty.brooke@paideiaschool.org

Junior high

Jennifer Cox

Junior high principal

Sandy Jordan

Assistant junior high school principal

High school

Brett Hardin

High school principal

Stacey Winston

Assistant high school principal

Athletics

Mike Emery

Athletic director
emery.mike@paideiaschool.org

Monique Dawson

Junior high athletic director
dawson.monique@paideiaschool.org

Business Office

Nancy Isom

Financial aid coordinator and business director emeritus
isom.nancy@paideiaschool.org

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Upcoming

Junior High Visiting Day
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Junior High Building
Half Day and Elementary School Early Dismissal - NO Afternoon half-day
JH & HS Band Concert
Theater & Theater Lobby
HS Chorus Concert
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Conference Day, No School for Half Day, Elementary and Junior High Only - High School in Session
Acting Troupe Fall Play
Black Box
Acting Troupe Fall Play
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Acting Troupe Fall Play
Black Box
Half Day Open House
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Half Day Building
Prospective Parent Meeting
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Paideia Theater

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