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Chandler Academy

13580 Hopewell Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(770) 346-0509


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We believe chlidren learn best when they are drawn to knowlege in a safe, relaxed and nature filled environment. Students at Chandler are taught to be independant and self-directed in thier education. A highly respectful environment is maintained and encouraged as well as high academic standards in a fun and individualized environment. There is never more than 10 students to a teacher so that students get the time and attention they need. Students excell while having fun because they are never bored or frustrated. Our five acre campus features horses and a vegetable garden for students to interact with.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Students in the pre-k program participate in yoga and brain based exercises daily during an extensive circle time that includes math skills, geography, and Spanish counting, calendar skills and site words. Students in the pre-k program are exposed to phonics, site words and 3 different reading curriculums to promote a good foundation in reading.

From the Director:

Children ae individuals and they learn in different ways and at different times, our school understands and supports these differences. Each child has thier own individual curriculum that caters to thier strengths and weaknesses.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We have certified teachers with years of experience that love to learn and teach. They understand every child is an individual and that every child learns in different ways. They strive to enable every student to learn and grow to thier potential.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Chandler Academy we believe students should be drawn to knowlege. We provide a flexible and challenging curriculum that is custom designed for each child's strengths and needs. Our reading program and instruction starts at the three year old level and goes thru the eighth grade. We believe students should learn at thier own pace not according to thier age or grade level. We nurture and foster strengths without ignoring the needs of the gifted student.

A Typical Day

The day begins with circle time, to share stories that students write or for the younger student the picture they drew. After that we learn Spanish days of the week, months of the year, colors and counting, by singing songs. We complete circle time with parachute and brainbased excersizes. Older students work independantly in text books, younger students go to centers or work in small groups with the teacher on phonics, math, or art skills. There are two recess/outside periods a day, art, music, and p.e. classes every week.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We greet each parent and student in the morning and at pick up in the evening. For the younger students the parents get a daily written report of activities. For the elementary students, a weekly newsletter and bi-anual confrences are given.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We engage the children in activities they find interesting. We also assign a peer to buddy up with a new child.