Thanks to a $9,300 grant from the Sandy Springs Society, North Springs High School will send seven 9th grade teachers, Principal Scott Hanson and Assistant Principal Dr. Mulanta Wilkins to a summer training in Tampa, at the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Institute to prepare for the start of the school year and North Springs’ new Freshmen Academy.

“Our Freshmen Academy is designed to be a smaller learning community with specially selected teachers, trained to provide a strong foundation of support for our 9th grade students to be successful their freshman year and throughout high school - and that’s what AVID’s proven practices are all about,” said Hanson.

 “This summer at AVID we were able to observe best teaching practices, bond as a team and put all our expertise in one room to develop andidentify which AVID strategies were a best fit for our academy,” added Dr. Wilkins who leads the Freshmen Academy.

Ninth grade AP Human Geography teacher Kelly Olson said, “Being able to plan as a team at the conference was really important. Now across the Freshmen Academy all of us are using strategies that AVID has found helps students succeed – starting with being organized, effective note taking and engaged listening.  “Plus,” she said, “Everyone needs a refresh on how to be a better teacher.” 

This is the fourth grant the school has received from the Sandy Springs Society in the past four years.

Previous grants were given for science testing equipment for all science classes, student response (clicker) systems for all math classes, and to help fund a music technology classroom and recording studio for the music magnet and after school programs.


St. Martin’s Episcopal School celebrated the formal installation of Dr. Luis A. Ottley as its third Head of School on Sunday, Aug. 27 at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in Brookhaven.  The installation was presided over by the Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, and Ottley’s father the Right Rev. James Ottley of Miami.  Dr. Luis Ottley began his tenure with St. Martin’s in early July. 


Head of School of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, Dr. Brett Jacobsen has been selected as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs 2017.

“Brett’s bold vision has transformed Mount Vernon. Under his leadership, MVPS has become a destination school in Atlanta,” said Board Chair Chuck Waters. “And nationally, he and his team have put Mount Vernon on the map. Our Board is very proud of Brett, and we are grateful for all of his efforts. Our School is fortunate to have a person with his talents and character as its leader.”

Receiving the Most Admired CEO Award among a field of prominent city leaders, Jacobsen is known for casting a powerful mission and for creating a culture where children are inspired to think, wonder, create, and problem solve. Since arriving at Mount Vernon in 2009, the School’s enrollment has grown 20 percent, philanthropic support has more than doubled, and more than 2500 educators from around the world have come to Mount Vernon to learn the School’s innovative teaching practices.

The Most Admired CEOs award recognizes established Atlanta leaders in 18 categories who have a strong vision for their companies, have shown commitment to culture in the workplace and made significant contributions to the metro Atlanta community. The selection committee was comprised of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s editorial team and former Most Admired CEO winners.


Marist School has been selected to participate in the Disney Theatrical Licensing Pilot Program and will be one of the first schools nationwide to mount a production of Disney’s modern fairy tale, “Freaky Friday,” before the musical is released to general licensing.

Based on the beloved Mary Rodgers novel and two hit Disney films, “Freaky Friday” tells the story of a mother and daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 chaotic hours. The stage version gives a fresh, modern point of view to the themes of the novel and films. With a new book by Bridget Carpenter (“Parenthood”, “Friday Night Lights”) and an original pop/rock score by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (“Next to Normal”, “If/Then”), “Freaky Friday” delivers a contemporary musical comedy with sharp wit, rousing tunes and a deeply emotional core.

“We are absolutely overjoyed to be able to produce ‘Freaky Friday’ as part of the Disney Theatrical Licensing Pilot Program. It is a dream come true for us to work on such a fun and unique musical, and we are so grateful to Disney Theatrical Licensing for this extraordinary opportunity,” said Eric McNaughton, Marist School’s theater director.  

Marist School’s performances of “Freaky Friday” will take place Thursday through Saturday, March 22-24, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in Woodruff Auditorium on Marist School’s campus.

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