Monthly Archives: August 2013

School Highlight of the Week – Wesleyan School

The Wesleyan School is a K-12 Christian college preparatory school located in Norcross, Georgia. It sits on 85 acres in the Peachtree Corners area, with six main buildings, three chapels, two libraries and two dining halls. The school was founded in 1963 as part of the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church. Although it comes from a Methodist background, students from all faiths are welcome. “Wesleyan’s mission is to be a Christian school of academic excellence by providing each student a diverse college preparatory education guided by Christian principals and beliefs; by challenging and nurturing the mind, body and spirit; and by developing responsible stewardship in our changing world.” (www.wesleyanschool.org).

Wesleyan is small, but full of activity. There are currently 1,136 students enrolled, with 449 of those in the high school. Students are admitted on the basis of academic testing, school records, interviews and teacher recommendations. Extracurricular activities are an important part of the application process for older applicants. Last year, the school offered nine mission trips to the students. There are eight honor societies; two student ran television stations, 15 Varsity sports, band, drama, arts and chorus. Students have numerous ways to get involved outside of the classroom and over 90% participate in the school’s athletic teams.

Class sizes are small, with a student to teacher ratio of 7 to 1 in the lower school, 9 to 1 in the middle school and 7 to 1 in the high school. There are 140 faculty members, of which 63% have advanced degrees. 22 Honors and 15 AP courses are offered in the high school and 95% of AP students scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam. Wesleyan also offers learning support to students in areas of math, reading, occupational therapy and speech.

There are several events for families that would like to learn more about The Wesleyan School. On Saturday, January 11th, there is a Family Open House at 1:00 p.m. Faculty members, student ambassadors, art groups, athletic teams and coaches will be available to answer questions and provide insight into aspects of Wesleyan life. Campus tours are also available October through February. An event that is coming up soon is the Prospective Parents Forum on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 10:00a.m. For more information on all visiting hours and events, click here.

To visit Wesleyan School’s website, click here.

School Highlight of the Week – Pace Academy

Pace Academy is an independent school founded in 1958 and located in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. “It was created by an interfaith group of community leaders who envisioned a community open to fresh ideas and debate.” (www.paceacademy.org).” Pace offers schooling for grades Pre-First through 12. There are currently 1,080 students enrolled, a student to teacher ratio of 9 to 1 and class sizes average 15 students. Although the school is not affiliated with a specific church or religion, they adhere to Judeo-Christian values and place a major emphasis on character development.

Pace says that “family is at the heart of everything they do.” (www.paceacademy.org). A close environment allows students to develop in many ways, including academically, culturally, socially, artistically, athletically and emotionally. Their mission is to “create prepared, confident citizens of the world who honor the values and legacy of Pace Academy.” (www.paceacademy.org).

The school is growing! In May of this year, construction started on a new Upper School from a
$32 million campaign they started in 2012. There are two libraries, one for the Upper and Middle
School and one for the Lower School. Students benefit from the use of Ipads, Activboards,
laptops and desktops in the classroom.

Graduates of Pace Academy average 1300 plus on the SAT and go on to prestigious
colleges and universities. The campus consists of 34 acres that includes eight buildings, three athletic fields, tennis courts and parking. There are two athletic complexes located a few miles from the school with baseball, football, soccer, softball and lacrosse fields. 85 percent of students
participate in athletic teams. There are also amazing theater and art programs for students.

Middle and Upper School Open House: Saturday, November 23rd , 2013
Lower School Open House: Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Tuition costs for Pace Academy include lunch fees, school pictures, school accident insurance, science and computer lab fees, school publications and academic extracurricular field trips.

Tuition for Pre-First through Grade 5: $20,200

Tuition for Grades 6-12: $23,250

College Highlight of the Week – Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is one of the oldest polytechnical universities in the Unites States and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is “one of the nation’s top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.” www.gatech.edu. The campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city, with more than 20,000 students who will receive a focused and technologically based education.

Georgia Tech offers degrees in 35 undergraduate majors, 47 master’s programs and 30 doctoral programs as well as pre-professional tracks in law, dentistry, medicine, technology, pharmacy and veterinary. The University is consistently ranked in the U.S. News and World Reports top ten public universities in the United States. In those same reports, it is ranked Number 1 Industrial Engineering Program and Number 5 Undergraduate Engineering College in the country.

Incoming freshman at Georgia Tech have an average high school GPA of 3.8. Although they are diligent in their studies, they also have time and many opportunities to get involved around campus. The Ferst Center at Tech often has rock and classical concerts, as well as comedy acts, dramas and musicals. Students have a blast at the NCAA Division 1 sporting events.

They can also choose from 583 intramural teams each semester and join one or more of the 400 student organizations. If this is not enough, there is a 184 foot spiral water slide on campus and a 300,659 square foot recreation center that was ranked Number 1 by The Princeton Review in 2011.

Many students feel privileged to attend school in Atlanta because it is home to headquarters of 24 Fortune 1000 and a dozen Fortune 500 companies. Employees in the area are eager to hire GT graduates because they know the value students bring to the workforce. Georgia Tech graduates yearly median income starting salary for students with a Bachelor’s Degree is $61,000. Smart Money Magazine named it as the Number 1 Best Tuition investment in the U.S. for the 2nd year in a row.

Each year, around 17,678 people apply to the university. With an acceptance rate of 41 percent, the freshman class is only 2,700 students. Many factors are considered during the application process. The University looks at rigor of curriculum (an average of 6-11 AP classes is recommended), GPA, standardized test scores, extracurricular involvement, personal essays and school reports. The mid GPA is 3.85-4.11.

The application deadline is October 15th for Early Action and January 10th for Regular Decision. For more information about scheduling a visit, click here.

To visit the Admissions page, click here.
Top 5 Majors:
Engineering
Business
Computer and Information Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Architecture

In-state tuition and fees are $10,098. (GT awards graduates with more than $105 million in need and merit based aid.)

College Highlight of the Week – Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University is a Public, Coeducational College that is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University and a member of the University System of Georgia. It is located on over 900 acres in Statesboro, one hour from Savannah and three and a half hours from Atlanta. The University is nationally recognized in publications including the U.S. News and World Report in the articles “America’s Best Colleges” and “Best Graduate Schools, as well as in Forbes “America’s Best Colleges.” There are over 120 majors offered to students and a student to faculty ratio of 1:22. 23 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students.

Along with over 250 student organizations and clubs for students to join, there are also many other programs to get involved in outside of the classroom such as aquatics, club sports, fitness and intramural sports. There is a group called Southern Adventures that offers students adventure trips, skills clinics, climbing, cycling, a challenge course and much more. The campus has its own Wildlife Center and also a Garden of the Coastal Plain which has 11 acres of gardens, trails, paths, courtyards and over 20 of the state’s protected species. For students interested in the arts, GSU has a Performing Arts Center that is new and offers an 825 seat theatre. It provides world class performing arts, music, and dance as well as educational programs.

If you would like to visit Georgia Southern, campus visits are offered Monday through Friday during the school year at 10:30a.m. or at 2:30p.m. You will first meet with an Admissions Representative for an informative presentation, followed by a walking campus tour. Residence Hall tours are offered on the same days from 12:30p.m. to 2:00p.m.

The application deadline is May 1st. For more information about scheduling a visit, click here.

To visit the Admissions page, click here.

Top 5 Majors:
Business
Education
Engineering
Health Professions
Parks and Recreation

In-state tuition and fees are $6,724.