After taking first place in the regional Future City competition last month, a team from St. Jude the Apostle School in Sandy Springs traveled to Washington D.C. to represent Georgia in the World Finals over President’s Day weekend.

This year’s theme, “The Power of Public Spaces,” challenged middle school students to design innovative, multi-use public spaces to serve a city’s diverse population. (A study by the UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatories Unit found that cities with about 50 percent of their space devoted to public use tend to be more prosperous and have a higher quality of life). At the competition, the teams presented their vision of the future through a virtual city design, a 15,00 word essay, a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials), and a short oral presentation to a panel of STEM professionals.

St. Jude’s winning team, “Care City,” is comprised of sixth graders Katie Brandt Braswell, Madelyn Cowan, and Annamarie ValeCruz, and is under the guidance of mentor Matt Cowan and faculty STEM advisor Eleonora Straub. In addition to placing first in the regional competition, “Care City” received the “Accessible City” and “Most Innovative Construction Techniques” awards.

After the competition, student participants are not only better prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, they are also poised and ready to become the leaders of tomorrow.


The Austin Elementary community welcomed the Atlanta Falcons mascot Freddie to their campus on Wednesday, Feb.1, as part of their Walk-to-School activities.  Students, parents, and teachers clustered around Freddie to join him in the chant, “Rise Up, Falcons!”  After generously staying for a few quick autographs and photos, Freddie left the campus to join his teammates in Houston.


Wesleyan School is pleased to announce new 2017-2018 bus shuttles – including an afternoon shuttle to Dunwoody. 

Last year, the K-12 college preparatory school started offering morning shuttles to Suwanee, Duluth, Johns Creek, Roswell, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Decatur, and Stone Mountain as a chance to better serve the community.  

Wesleyan is now expanding the shuttle service for the 2017-2018 school year by adding afternoon shuttles to Suwanee, Duluth, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Brookhaven. 

To learn more about the Wesleyan bus shuttles, please visit


Susan C. Hansen was named the new Executive Director at Atlanta Montessori International School. 

Hansen found her passion in working with and educating children more than 20 years ago when she created and founded a camp for children with autism. She has nearly 15 years of experience in school administration and has served as Assistant Head of School at Mount Pisgah Christian School and Vice President for Finance and Operations at both Marist School in Atlanta and Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School of Indianapolis. In seeking a more direct connection to the students, she also taught accounting for more than 10 years and coached cross country.

She led three very successful Infant – Preschool programs over the past eight years, introducing strong programs and partnering with dedicated teachers and staff. Sue is a certified School Director for the State of Georgia through Bright from the Start. Developing and leading educational programs has been the most rewarding aspect of her career. 


Ten Epstein students took first place honors at the 2017 Georgia Independent and Home School Regional Technology Fair. 

These students demonstrated their mastery of technology and will now go on to compete at the state level competition, the 2017 Georgia Educational Technology Fair.

Congratulations to the winners:

• Moira Poh and Emma Cohen - First Place Audio Production (Grades 7/8) • Miriam Nadler and Amelia Heller -First Place Audio Production (Grades 5,6)
• Alanna Diamond and Tyler Silberman - First Place Animation (Grades 3,4)
• Kira Nadler and Samantha Dubovy - First Place Digital Photo Production (Grades 3/4)
• Shai Bachar and Elliott Lapp - First Place Device Modification (Grades 3/4)

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