The Children’s School welcomes applications for all grade levels (age 3 through grade 7 programs). Our priority application deadline of February 24 has passed, and we are now reviewing and making admission decisions about this first group of applicants for the 2017-18 school year. We encourage you to consider applying for our next round of admission decisions, made on a space-available basis.
The Children’s School is firmly committed to educating children ages three through early adolescence. The school is a place where children discover themselves as learners, in a warm environment, where they are known and valued. Since its founding in 1970, The Children’s School has been recognized in the Atlanta independent school community, as well as amongst other national schools, as a thought leader in progressive, elementary education. Grounded in principles of excellence, innovation, and play, our graduates are passion-driven adults who lead lives of purpose in an interconnected world.
Our pre-primary classes (three year olds) have a student-teacher ratio of 20:3. Pre-K classes have a ratio of 22:3; and, all other grades have a ratio of 24:2.
Our 3/4 year old classrooms and 4/5 year old classrooms are the starting point for many families. However, there are varying entry points depending on the year and the particular grade for which you are applying. We accept applications for all grade levels. Spaces in other grade levels may become available through attrition. We are accepting applications through seventh grade this year, and next year, we’ll accept applications through eighth grade.
It is best to begin the application process the year before you would like your child to enter The Children’s School. Parent interviews and tours of the school are scheduled starting in late September. Recognizing that there are many reasons why a family may need to submit an application after the February 24 deadline, we do accept late applications. We cannot, however, guarantee that we will have openings beyond our initial round of acceptances and inform families that we will be happy to consider their application if an appropriate space becomes available.
The school enrolls children capable of realizing success in a comprehensive and stimulating school program. Learning begins in the moments of connection, whether connecting with a friend, a material, an idea, or subject. We want children who are ready to engage with the curricula, explore new ideas, are open-minded, and are ready to share their unique traits and qualities.
TCS graduates have the knowledge, skills, and character to thrive in many different high school contexts. Empathetic and bold, they are prepared to engage in and impact their immediate environment and make their mark on a complex and constantly changing world.
During the last five years, our graduates have been accepted to:
Arbor Montessori School
Atlanta Girls’ School
Atlanta International School
The Friends School of Atlanta
The Galloway School
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
Holy Spirit Preparatory School
The Howard School
Landmark Christian School
The Little Middle School
The Lovett School
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School
The Paideia School
The Westminster Schools
The Children’s School believes that a diverse community is an educational imperative. Our founder, Lila McDill, determined from the beginning that the school would be open to “all elementary children whose emotional and intellectual endowment will enable them to work within this group, regardless of race, ethnic, or religious background.” Being an inclusive community is part of our DNA. Our faculty, staff, and families are some of the most diverse among our fellow independent schools in Atlanta. When children learn among peers who bring experiences shaped by differences in race, ethnicity, family configuration, socioeconomic status, religion, and many other cultural identifiers, they come to value the possibilities inherent in multiple perspectives. Our community is a reflection of the world in which we live- not just in Atlanta- but the global community at large.
There is a wide range of ability levels in all areas of school life. We strive to guide all students to gain independence in their work habits, confidence in their ability to learn, and the ability to retain and master academic material. Guided by our Director of Learning Resources, our resource program helps students with mild learning disabilities to build on their strengths and develop the skills needed to be successful at The Children’s School and beyond. On the occasions when our program cannot adequately support the needs of the child, it will be in the family’s best interest to find another setting where the child will be successful. In such cases, this decision is made carefully and thoughtfully, in conversation with parents, with the school reserving the right to make the final decision.
The school’s founder, Lila McDill, was a staunch believer that respect wasn’t best taught through names or titles, but through behavior. For more than forty years it has been part of the school culture for children to call their teachers and staff members by their first names. That doesn’t mean children don’t use appropriate titles when parents or other adults require it, it just means that at school, kids know they’re on a first name basis with everyone.
No, students do not wear uniforms. We hold steadfast to the belief that elementary school is a time for self-discovery and self-expression. Clothing is another way for students to be creative and express themselves. Furthermore, play is an important part of the day at The Children’s School and we want our students to be dressed comfortably and appropriately for playing on one of our five playgrounds, going for a class run in Piedmont Park, painting, dancing, cooking, or any other experiential activity.
As an institution committed to educating ages three through early adolescence, our faculty have studied and developed curricula that encompasses all aspects of a child’s early development, not least of which is play. The freedom within boundaries of our academic program allows our students to become motivated self-learners who like reading, exploring and discovering. Teachers share common curricular goals and objectives, though their teaching styles differ somewhat. Within the curriculum, teachers are encouraged to develop hands-on, experiential opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners as well as find ways to share their personal interests and passions. Our teachers regularly report to parents with lengthy narratives outlining abundant information about their child’s social, emotional, and academic development. Our curriculum is an academically rigorous one, as proven by our students’ success after TCS.
From its inception, The Children’s School has focused on character development and education. We work to create an environment that inspires and promotes moral development. The Building Character and Community (BCC) Program, seeks to develop students’ personal and social integrity, teach peaceful conflict resolution, anger and temper management skills, and treating others fairly. Led by the school counselor, the program provides students with the tools they need to be global citizens of good character with strong leadership skills. We often hear from receiving schools that our alumni are remarkably adept at standing up for their beliefs, demonstrating compassion, and accepting people from all walks of life.
Outdoor Education is a long-standing tradition at The Children’s School; however, now more than ever, we find that it has increasing meaning and importance. Being outdoors while learning about plant and animal life gives new meaning to what students learn in the classroom through books and lessons on iPads or interactive whiteboards. It also reinforces the necessity of caring for our environment and being good stewards of our natural resources. Moreover, overnight outdoor trips are opportunities to build teamwork, flex problem-solving skills, and give our young students a sense of independence. Through our Outdoor Education Program, students camp in the North Georgia Mountains, kayak down the Nantahala River, visit barrier islands and so much more.
Absolutely! Parents are a vital element of our community and there are many ways that they can choose to contribute their time, energy, and talents to The Children’s School. All parents are members of our Parent Association that is involved with a wide range of programs and events.
We are delighted that you are considering The Children’s School for your child! Our priority application deadline of February 24 has passed, and we are now reviewing and making admission decisions about this first group of applicants for the 2017-18 school year.
We encourage you to consider applying for our next round of admission decisions, made on a space-available basis. Please contact Cheri Menosky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-835-4603 for additional information and to schedule your visit.
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