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Roswell, Georgia 30075

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High Meadows School

770.993.2940

info@highmeadows.org

1055 Willeo Road

Roswell, Georgia 30075

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Sep
28
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Private Middle School 101: Factors to Consider When Touring Schools

This school year has just begun, but some families are looking ahead to next school year, signing up for open houses and evaluating the right learning environment and school community for their child. Here’s a primer on some differences between public and private middle school for families considering those grade levels. Class Size A private middle school typically has a…

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Aug
24
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Private Pre-K Versus Preschool: Things Parents Need to Know

You say ‘preschool,’ I say ‘pre-K’… is there really a difference between what an education program is called and what it offers children? Yes, there is. While both programs offer important unstructured playtime and help children learn how to follow directions, there are distinctions to note. Here are three things parents should know when considering a private pre-Kindergarten program versus…

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Aug
16

How to Grow a Learner

By Margaret Jones, Associate Head of School When thinking about traditional educational practices in the early years of childhood, the three R’s often come to mind – reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. These core academic areas are integral to the development of children’s communication through words and figuring with numbers, data and space. Yet, young children are really only beginning their…

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Aug
09
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A Private School Education Offers Many Benefits to Students

Lunchboxes are coming out of summer storage, school supplies are flooding stores, and new clothes are being bought. It’s back to school time in Georgia as more than 1.7 million students head to class in 181 public school districts and 867 private schools. Both public and private schools offer students many great academic opportunities and extracurricular activities. So, why do…

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Aug
02
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Teaching Innovation Via Hands-on Learning and Exploration

Merriam-Webster defines innovation as 1. ‘the introduction of something new’ and 2. ‘a new idea, method or device.’ At High Meadows, we define it in those ways and many more. In addition to teaching students WHAT innovation is, we teach them HOW to be innovative in their inquiry, thinking and actions.    Since we began in 1973, High Meadows teachers have emphasized an innovative, inquiry-based, integrated educational approach that fosters…

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Jul
26

Considering a Private School near Marietta? High Meadows School Should Be on Your List

Looking for a private school near Marietta? Be sure to explore High Meadows School! While technically we are over the East Cobb line in Roswell, we are a leading independent private school located just steps away from Marietta/East Cobb. Our 42 acres of grassy fields and woodlands and our farm animals offer a rich learning landscape to complement and expand…

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Jul
13

Incorporating Play-Based Learning into Private Kindergarten and Pre-K Classrooms

With all of the education options that exist for Atlanta families, what makes our Roswell private kindergarten and pre-k classes unique? At High Meadows, we include "play-based" learning in our Early Years classrooms to encourage kids to learn about the world by experimenting with it, tinkering with items found in nature and interacting with one another. Preschoolers naturally operate this way, dismantling the…

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Feb
17

Want to Learn Something New Every Day? Teach at High Meadows!

By Gail Albert, Prekindergarten Teacher Eight years ago, I began working at High Meadows. I remember coming back to campus after my first winter break, and on my walk to class that morning, thinking, "I'm excited to be back!" It went through my head that I couldn't possibly tell anyone that. It sounded crazy – even to me – but…

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Feb
17

High Meadows Provides Acceptance and Community for Middle Years Students

By Genna Fidati, 8th Grader I started at High Meadows five years ago, when I was in the Third Grade. Now I am in Eighth, my last year here, and I have had nothing but positive experiences. One of the best things about High Meadows is that it encourages individuality. My classmates and friends accept me for who I am,…

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Nov
16

Wired for Play: What Kids Learn by Doing What Comes Naturally

By Emily Bacon, Prekindergarten Teacher When people ask me why I became a prekindergarten teacher, I tell them because in my job, I still get to play! Humans are wired for play. Our brains have evolved to learn about the world by experimenting with it, tinkering with natural items and interacting with each other. Preschoolers naturally operate this way, dismantling…

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Nov
16

The Gift of a High Meadows Education

By Anna McConaghie, High Meadows Class of 2008 Anna attended High Meadows School from first through eighth grades. She graduated from Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia, and then earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hendrix College in Arkansas, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2016 with distinction in two majors: Anthropology and Spanish. When I think back to the…

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Nov
16

Creating Friction to Fuel Scientific Inquiry

By Cari Newman and Jennifer Hannah, Fourth-Fifth Grade Teachers High Meadows teachers love the idea of children exploring their world and finding out how it works. But many people wonder how our inquiry-based approach translates to content-rich subjects like science, history, and math, especially for older children. How do we know that they are getting the content they need? Visit…

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Nov
16

How to Grow a Learner

By Margaret Jones, Associate Head of School and Lower Years Principal When we think about the early years of a child's formal education, we are often reminded of the 3 R's--reading, writing and 'rithmetic. These core academic areas are essential to children as they begin to master communicating through text and figuring with numbers, data, and space. And yet, young…

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Oct
16

Drawing On Success in the Visual Arts

By Brenda Major, Art Teacher Success in the visual arts is often judged solely by the artist's finished product, using a variety of criteria such as composition, color, form, and balance. Teaching Art at High Meadows, however, allows me to see each student's progression as artists and as individuals. One way to help students recognize their work as steps along…

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Collaboration and Community Create Success for Second and Third Graders

By Katie Huffner and Ensley Nesbitt, 2-3 Teachers When I reflect on my childhood education, I remember how I struggled with learning to read and with memorizing multiplication facts and spelling words. If one believes there is a "straight and narrow path" toward success (to borrow Madeline Levine's words), it was clear I wasn't on it. Teaching at High Meadows,…

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Oct
16

Successful Self-Regulation in a Safe Space

By Emily Kleinberg and Elizabeth Swern, K-1 Teachers In the Kindergarten and First Grade Classroom, students acquire new academic skills at a surprising rate; they develop phonemic awareness, math literacy, and an understanding of basic science principles. Traditionally, when students display proficiency in these areas, we say they are "successful." In our classroom, however, success is not so narrowly defined;…

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Oct
16

What Success Looks Like at High Meadows

By Kate McElvaney, Director of Educational Advancement and the Center for Progressive Learning How do we know if our child is "successful?" Is it winning a trophy in a soccer tournament? Is it scoring in the 99th percentile on a standardized test? Tangible accolades are certainly markers of achievement, but are they indicators of future success as adults? And are…

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Jan
12

Integrating Wellness into the Education for Sustainability (EfS) Classroom

By Michelle Griffin, EfS Teacher Students arrive at my door, choose a seat on the rug and enjoy low-volume chatting. I take my seat among them and begin the ritual of calling each child's name. They respond with a non-verbal "thumbs up, middle or down." From consistent practice, we all know this communicates if they are feeling good, ok, or…

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Jan
12

Yoga Tuesdays: Supporting Staff Wellness

By Allison Stanley, Support Teacher & Yoga Instructor Students giggle with glee as they gather up their belongings and head out to carpool. Not long after the last child leaves, you can hear the sound of sticky mats unfolding. Today is "Yoga Tuesday," an after-school yoga practice for High Meadows teachers and staff. Some of the yogis unfolding their mats…

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Jan
12

"Eat Your Vegetables!" How Gardening and Cooking Encourage Healthy Eating

By Sarah Bobbitt, Pre-K Teacher As a mother of two young daughters and a Prekindergarten teacher, I spend the majority of my day with young children. Two of my favorite activities to experience with both my students and my children are cooking and gardening. Both create positive (and fun) learning experiences that teach independence and creativity, as well as fine…

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