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New school year starts today
by Bobby Tedder
August 07, 2013 08:42 AM | 3333 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lead architect Jerry Cooper, FAIA, Cooper Carry, discusses aspects of the former IBM building, which was redesigned to become the new North Atlanta High School.
Lead architect Jerry Cooper, FAIA, Cooper Carry, discusses aspects of the former IBM building, which was redesigned to become the new North Atlanta High School.
The unveiling of the sprawling North Atlanta High campus is among a slew of storylines and new wrinkles awaiting students, teachers and administrators at the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Class is back in session today for Atlanta Public Schools in Buckhead and Monday for Fulton County Schools in Sandy Springs, with private schools starting as early as next week.

The following is a roundup of new features of campus life when school bells in the Neighbor coverage area start back ringing — spliced with some outstanding how-I-spent-my-summer-vacation stories.

Editor’s note: The full story and more can be found on the inside pages of this edition.

 Cumberland Academy

The school’s capital campaign continues — in conjunction with a makeover of the school building.

 Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin Academy’s computer and Internet have gone state-of-the-art.

Several instructors there got in some considerable international travel time during the summer.

 The Galloway School

The school welcomes two new principals this year: Polly Williams has assumed the reins of the early learning program; Sarah Armstrong is the new middle learning principal.

 Holy Innocents’

The search for a new headmaster is ongoing at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.

The 2013-14 school year will mark the last for current Headmaster Eugene Bratek. Former Associate Head of School Rick Betts left to take over the headmaster duties at St. Benedict’s Episcopal School in Smyrna July 1.

 Holy Spirit Preparatory

Preschool and lower school students there will start off the school year with brand new science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, labs.

 Westminster

Students at the Westminster Schools are bearing witness to a significant facelift that is still in progress. Meanwhile, some administrative position changes — Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and vice president for institutional advancement — have also taken place over the summer.

 Mount Vernon

Shelley Clifford, chief administrator of Mount Vernon Lower School, traveled to South Korea to exchange ideas with educators there.

North Springs

North Springs welcomes new Principal Eddie Ruiz into the fold. The Florida transplant recently shared his grand vision for the 2013-14 school year. Several globe-trotting Spartans also managed to keep busy over the summer.

 Riverwood

Riverwood welcomes new Principal Robert Shaw to the school.

 Atlanta International

Academic standout and rising junior Estella Dieci got the chance to brush up on her Mandarin by way of a return trip to China.

 Pace Academy

Students there traveled to four different countries as part of the school’s global education program.

 Lovett

Five Lovett upper school students also had a summer to remember. The quintet traveled to Ecuador for a 10-day service trip in June.

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