Hello and Welcome!
Head of School
A Letter from Nishant
We ground ourselves in our name: We are the children’s school. As the head of school, I am the caretaker and protector of this community, to whom it belongs and for what it stands:
- We celebrate our children’s right to be children. They run around and get messy.
- We believe in everyone’s right to show up as their authentic self. “I am always all me.”
- Our children experience joy and wonder every day. We nurture that in our adults, too.
- We know that our children will become our teachers. There’s more than one sage or stage here.
- We believe our children learn best by doing. Our campus is not the only classroom our children will experience at TCS.
- “For the strength of the pack is the wolf / And the strength of the wolf is the pack.” I am because we are.
- The antidote to our social ills lies in the imaginative minds and the compassionate hearts of children. Our graduates are passion-driven young adults who lead lives of empathy and purpose in an interconnected world.
I obsess over this kind of a childhood. What so many who visit our campus and describe as “magic” is derived from this obsession. So if you share in our obsession, even know and love the child within you, then you are in the right place.
Welcome to The Children’s School.
Our Mission and Values
The mission of The Children’s School is to enrich minds and inspire dreams.
We are a highly engaged, compassionate, courageous and diverse community of student and adult learners. In keeping with the progressive vision of our founder, Lila McDill, we honor every member of this community as their authentic self. We embrace play in everything we do because it is essential to the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and cultural development of our young children and young adults. Our joyful and nurturing campus in the heart of Midtown Atlanta supports students to take risks and challenges them to make a positive impact on our ever-changing world.
The Children’s School’s vibrant community is passionate about unlocking the potential of children from early childhood through eighth grade. Our caring, experienced and collaborative faculty foster a warm, nurturing environment in which students are challenged to develop their skills and attributes to become the best versions of themselves. We stress strong relationships among students, faculty, parents and community as a critical prerequisite for deep learning, and encourage an environment where everyone has the right and responsibility to share their ideas, knowledge and feelings with each other.
We believe in everyone’s right to show up as their authentic self.
Diversity in all aspects is essential to the growth of an individual and community.
Approach every day as a learner first. Students learn by doing.
Students have as much to teach us as we have to teach them.
Only when we connect our hands, minds and hearts will we empower ourselves and others to initiate transformational change.
Diversity is our strength.
Our campus community intentionally reflects the world in which we live. In fact, our community is one of the most diverse among all of Atlanta’s independent schools. Our commitment to inclusion creates an environment where children and adults alike are free to be their authentic selves. Our Midtown location allows us greater access to engage with the broader community, which in turn helps us cultivate the empathy and drive to work toward equity.
We believe that in order for children to fully, sensitively and effectively engage in their communities, they must possess strong local, cultural and global competence. To that end, we learn from and enrich ourselves with multiple perspectives and welcome people of any country of origin, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender expression, gender identity, physical appearance, race, religious choice, family structure, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
Play is serious learning.
Through laughter, play and hard work, we create an environment where children are free to be themselves and where adults remain in touch with their original sense of wonder and joy. Here, learning is hands on, minds on, and all heart.
The greater purpose of knowledge is to better understand and be able to impact the world.
We use immersive project-based learning experiences to inspire children’s’ curiosity and motivate them to action. Students engage with communities beyond the school walls, develop empathy for others, and strive to help create a more equitable world. As a result, our students grow into powerful problem finders and innovative solution builders in the classroom and in their broader communities.
Every child is a unique learner.
Learning should be relevant to the child, and the child’s voice and needs must be at the center of decisions about learning. Academics at TCS include ways for children to engage with and access new learning and for them to express that learning. Our culture is responsive to students’ learning profiles, passions and strengths. We believe adults have as much to learn from children as we have to teach them. Out of this abiding respect, everyone here is on a first-name basis.
Since Nishant joined The Children’s School in May 2013, the school has added seventh and eighth grades; received national attention from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) for curricular innovations; completed a successful $3.5 million capital campaign to build a new classroom building, new playground, and renovate an existing building; launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with Kennesaw State University Shore Entrepreneurship Center to offer a social entrepreneurship capstone experience to eighth-grade students; and established an athletics program with a new mascot, the Wolf Pack.
Nishant is nationally recognized for his vision of improving school access and breaking down silos. He contributes to the discourse on leadership, equity, and justice and sits on the boards of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Business Officers Association (NBOA), the Elementary School Heads Association (ESHA) and the Asheville School. Because of his deep commitment to inclusivity and the preservation of childhood and play in our schools, he was also invited to become an advisor to “Sesame Street.”
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of The Children’s School. The board establishes broad goals and overall school policies and appoints and evaluates the head of school. The board delegates school program management to the head of school, and once policy has been established, does not interfere with the daily operation of the school. Therefore, it directs all inquiries to the head of school and their administration and staff.
Board of Trustees for 2018–2019
- Fran Gary, Chair
- Sonya Halpern, Vice Chair
- Stacy Freeman, Secretary
- Cynthia Livingston, Treasurer
- Kristen Barnett
- Jeffrey Beckham
- Jeff Chiusano
- Paul J. Docka
- Matt Ford
- Jane Gore
- Dean Haldopoulos
- Tricia A. Kinney
- Eric Robbins
- Mike Ryan
- Arjun Srinivasan
Tucked into a charming residential neighborhood in the heart of Midtown, The Children’s School is a 10-building, 2.7-acre village sitting directly across 10th Street from Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s “Central Park.” Here, children learn, laugh and play in bright and eclectic classrooms, a dedicated art studio, music space, technology center, and library, as well as across many outdoor spaces, including five playgrounds. Proximity to Piedmont Park provides easy access to one of the city’s largest greenspaces for outdoor lessons, fly fishing in Lake Clara Meer, the annual Olympic Day celebration, picnics and more.
Architecturally distinct buildings reflect the School’s authentically diverse community.
Our Midtown location attracts families from all over the city, from neighbors who walk their children to school to suburban commuter parents who work in town, and provides easy access to the city’s cultural institutions.
The Children’s School contracts deputy sheriffs and retired Atlanta City Police Officers to provide daily security to the school and ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors. Security officers are on duty from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on dates that the School is closed. Their duties include regular patrolling of the school’s grounds, buildings and work areas; directing traffic during scheduled carpool times; and patrolling and monitoring the front entrances.
Enter the campus at the front gate where you see The Children’s School sign in the front lawn. The main lobby is located in building B, a yellow stucco building on the left. When you enter the building, the lobby is to the left.
Directions from all points north
Take Interstate 75/85 into Atlanta. Take the 10th and 14th Streets Exit. Crossover 14th Street and bear to your left at the 10th Street Exit. Turn left onto 10th Street. Cross Peachtree Street and Piedmont Avenue and continue straight until you reach Piedmont Park on your left. We are located on the right, across from the park.
Directions from all points south
Take Interstate 75/85 into Atlanta. Take the 10th Street Exit. (Be careful not to take the Route 10 exit.) Turn right onto 10th Street. Cross Peachtree Street and Piedmont Avenue and continue straight until you reach Piedmont Park on the left. We are located on the right, across from the park.
The Children’s School is located at 345 10th Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309, directly across from Piedmont Park. If you visit after 8:25 a.m. and before 3:15 p.m., you may park in our carpool lane which is directly in front of the school. If the carpool lane is full, other parking options include parking further along Tenth Street (outside of our carpool lane), on the side streets (Argonne and Taft), or on 9th Street (behind the campus). Officers are outside at our front curb to help if you have questions. Our phone number is 404-873-6985.
Kathleen Cole, Director of Human Resources
Thank you for your interest in The Children’s School!
We are looking for a director of finance & operation. Click here for the job description and application information.
To see our other current job openings and to submit an application, click here.
If you have specific job-related questions, you can call 404-873-6985.
The Children’s School is an equal-opportunity employer.
The Children’s School is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, sex, national origin, citizenship status, religion, disability/handicap, sexual orientation or any other protected status in accordance with the requirements of all federal, state, and local laws.
What our Employees Say
“I appreciate the confidence our community has in our educational institution, with a commitment to embracing our mission and fulfilling our goals. I am honored to have the opportunity to be part of a strong and sensitive organization where all of our attempts to become innovative, be it with curriculum, or physical plant, are directed to the needs of what is best for the students. The collaboration among the student, faculty, staff and parent body, at TCS is woven with respect, confidence and compassion. The diversity at our school, on so many levels, is appreciated with curiosity and enthusiasm.”
“This is a true community where each individual is celebrated, supported and encouraged to grow. I love being here every day.”
“I like the community aspect of our school. I love the way we work and respect our students. We all have mutual respect for one another and many of us feel supported and are willing to share ideas and work well together.”
“The community is one that is warm, caring and supportive that results in happy and confident children, teachers who return each year and parents who know this is the best school for their child.”
“We have the freedom to individualize our teaching. We have the flexibility to change plans according to what the children need to learn, i.e., if we’re in the middle of a language arts lesson and a social studies issue comes up, we incorporate it and address the issue right then.”
“I like being part of a faculty comprised of wonderful, strong, creative, supportive individuals who appreciate and enjoy opportunities to share information, insights and an occasional recipe.”
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