Parents

Back-to-School Information

Welcome Back, WolfPack!

We’re excited to kick off the 2017-2018 school year with you. We’ve designed this back-to-school hub to be your one-stop shop for all of the information you need to know to navigate the beginning of this year. If there is any information not listed in the following tabs that you would find helpful to have added, please email Katie Tuck.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and see you soon!

Back-to-School Calendar


July 26: Book Exchange Pickup, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Middle School Chapel Mod (cash or check only)
July 28: Book Exchange Pickup, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Middle School Chapel Mod (cash or check only)
July 31: Senior Portraits, various times during the day, Whitefield’s campus
August 1: Deadline to register for Buckhead bus service
August 2: Meet the College Counselor Coffee, 9 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., College Counseling Office (Morris Hall)
August 3: Senior Seminar (Option 1), 1 to 4 p.m., Upper School Lecture Hall
August 4:
  • New Faculty In-Service, 7:30 a.m., Barnett Gathering Room
  • Book Exchange Pickup, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Middle School Chapel Mod (cash or check only)
August 7: New Staff and Faculty In-Service, 7:30 a.m., Barnett Gathering Room
August 8 – August 11: Faculty In-Service, all day, various locations
August 8: Senior Seminar (Option 2), 1 to 4 p.m., Upper School Lecture Hall
August 9:
  • Senior Seminar (Option 3), 1 to 4 p.m., Upper School Lecture Hall
  • Used Uniform Sale, 5 to 7 p.m., Barnett Gathering Room
  • Book Exchange Pickup, 5 to 7 p.m., Middle School Chapel Mod (cash or check only)
August 10:
August 11: Middle School Locker Setup, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Founders Hall
August 13 – August 17: Senior Retreat
August 14:
  • Faculty In-Service, all day, various locations
  • Freshman Orientation, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Morris Hall
    • Ninth-graders NEW to Whitefield – report at 11 a.m.
    • ALL ninth-graders – report at 11:30 a.m.
  • Upper School Open House, anytime between 3:30 and 5 p.m., Morris Hall
  • Middle School Open House, anytime between 3:30 and 6 p.m., Founders Hall
  • Book Exchange Pickup and Mini Book Exchange, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Middle School Chapel Mod (cash or check only)
  • Upper School Student Picnic, 4:30 p.m., David G. Jones Quadrangle
  • Lower School Open House, anytime between 5 and 6 p.m., Lower School Student Activity Center (LSSAC) and classrooms
    • New families – Visit the LSSAC first to meet the specialists followed by a visit to the classroom
    • Returning families – Visit the classroom first followed by a visit to the LSSAC
  • Back-to-School Family Picnic, 6 p.m., Athletic Fields/Athletic Center
August 15: No School/Faculty Off (12-month Employees Report)
August 16: First Day of School (Late Start – 9:05 a.m. Lower School, 9:10 a.m. Middle and Upper Schools)
  • PreK4 and Kindergarten Parent Tissues and Tears, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Barnett Gathering Room
August 17:
August 18:
  • Lower School Yearbook Photos, during the school day, Lower School Student Activity Center
  • Fall Sports Photos, 3 to 6 p.m.
August 21: Total Solar Eclipse
  • Lower School early dismissal – 12 p.m. (PreK4, kindergarten, and their siblings); 12:30 p.m. (1st-4th grades) (click here for full details)
  • Middle/Upper School optional outdoor assembly (click here for permission form. Requires login to Parent Portal.)
August 22: Senior Parent College Counseling Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Louise Owens Theater
August 23: Middle School Foundational Group Activities, during the school day, locations vary
August 24: Middle School Meet the Teacher Night, 6:30 p.m., Louise Owens Theater
August 25:
  • Men’s Fraternity Kickoff, 6 a.m., Barnett Gathering Room
  • Back-to- School Parent Prayer Meeting, 8 to 9 a.m., Barnett Gathering Room
  • All-School Chapel, 9 a.m., Athletic Center
August 28: Upper School Meet the Teacher Night, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Louise Owens Theater
August 29: Lower School Meet the Teacher Night, 7 to 9 p.m., Lower School Student Activity Center
September 5: Junior Parent College Counseling Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Louise Owens Theater

Who's New for 2017-2018


Ann Barnett, Assistant to the Admissions Director and Middle School Spanish

Before arriving at Whitefield, Ann served as a teacher and coach at Wesleyan School and a leader for Young Life. She has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Why Whitefield:
I'm excited to teach at a school that is authentically pursuing Christ in all areas and a school that invests in students first and foremost as children of God. 

Why I love my job:
I love any opportunity to connect with and learn more about other people, which is part of why I enjoy teaching a foreign language and is also why I'm excited to connect with prospective families through admissions. I love getting to know the whole story of a person - their likes, dislikes, passions, and dreams. These beautiful and sometimes messy stories show us more of God's creativity, and by working in a school, I truly feel like each day is an invitation to learn more about our Creator. 

About my family:
I am the youngest of three children. My parents, Bill and Betsy, live in Raleigh, North Carolina, as does my older brother, Will, and his wife, Beth. My sister, Rachel, is currently in physician's assistant school at Emory School of Medicine.

Hometown:
Raleigh, North Carolina

Tracy Blunier, Upper School Librarian

Before arriving at Whitefield, Tracy served as a teacher for three years and a media specialist for nine years in public schools. She has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in general studies, a Specialist in educational leadership, and a Master of Arts in media from Columbus State University as well as a Master of Arts in elementary and middle grades education from Troy University.

Why Whitefield:
I was attracted to Whitefield because of its reputation for excellence and by its collegial responsibility to civic and community organizations. In addition, the Christ-centered and holistic approach to education intrigued me!

Why I love my job:
I love what I do because I get to blend my love for Jesus with all the wonderful things that a top-notch school offers - technology, books, academics, sports, and so much more.

About my family:
My family consists of my husband, Josh, and my son, Benjamin, along with two rescue cats.

Hometown:
Enfield, Connecticut

Bethany Brant, Director of Instructional Technology

Prior to joining the WolfPack, Bethany gained 16 years of experience working in education, both as a teacher and a library media specialist. She has been certified by Google and Apple Vanguard and has led a variety of presentations at conferences and to school districts on digital stewardship. Bethany holds a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Science in library science from the University of North Texas.

Why Whitefield:
Initially, the thing that attracted me to Whitefield was the focus on fostering a Christ-centered environment for our students to learn and grow. Having spent my entire education career in the public sector, the opportunity to openly share my faith and unabashedly point those around me to the Word for clarity and guidance is most appealing. Additionally, after having spent even just a short amount of time on campus, there was a strong sense of family and community that I was drawn to. Having a solid foundation upon which to stretch and grow is paramount for me, and it seems Whitefield embraces that for both students and staff, which means we're all able to "Gideon-into" the person God calls us to be. I loved that feeling and feel blessed to be able to learn and grow here!

Why I love my job:
I consider the things I do each and every day a calling placed on my life by God. The gifts and strengths that I've been blessed with have enabled me to form authentic relationships while empowering staff, students, and parents to make intentional decisions about technology use. Each day is different. I typically run from one activity to the next, helping out where I'm needed, which affords me the time to get to know many members of our educational community. There hasn't been one day in my 16-year career that I haven't learned something from someone else, which is fostered by the relationships formed. I love what I do because of the relationships that come with the role.

About my family:
I have a very supportive family - my parents, two older brothers, a sister-in- law, two nieces, and a nephew - back home in Texas who are cheering me on.

Hometown:
Abilene, Texas

Courtney Brooks, Middle School Bible Teacher and Head Varsity Basketball Coach

Courtney brings eight years of teaching experience to the WolfPack, having previously served at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy teaching Bible, sociology, and physical education. Brooks also has over 18 years of coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate level and was a four-year basketball letterman at Georgia State University. As head boys basketball coach at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, he led the Warriors to two state championships and one state runner-up finish and was named state coach of the year by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. Eighteen of his former players have gone on to play NCAA college basketball, and three have been drafted to the NBA. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Georgia State University.

Why Whitefield:
I am excited about the opportunity to work, teach, and coach in Christ-centered school. Whitefield has established itself as one of the premier Christ-centered preparatory schools in the state of Georgia, and I want to be where God is and to do His work. I also wanted the opportunity to coach in a Christ-centered school where through my coaching, teaching, and training, I can Glorify God.

Why I love my job:
It is a great way to invest in young people!

About my family:
I am married to Felicia Brooks, and we have four children: two girls, Courte’nay and Indya, and two boys, Joshua and Isaiah.

Hometown:
Atlanta, Georgia

Jessica Christ, Upper School Physics

Jessica has been involved at Whitefield since 2002, serving as a physics teacher from 2002 to 2007 and tutoring in the Academic Enrichment Center from 2015 to 2017. She has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and physics from the University of North Alabama and a certificate of biblical studies from Reformed Theological Seminary.

Why Whitefield:
I moved to Atlanta 15 years ago to teach at Whitefield. The reasons were deep and wide then, but through the years, God has continued to grace my life with relationships that were first established at Whitefield. It's these relationships that keep Whitefield close.

Why I love my job:
I still love to see the spark, the Archimedean Eureka, when someone is awed and “gets it.” I've seen it happen as some seemingly laborious physics concept is applied at Field Day during an egg toss, and I've watched it as a semester of hard work is rewarded in knowledge gained and goals accomplished. It is the moments in which misunderstandings are replaced with the truth of who Christ is and whose we are. All of these shouts or even sighs of “eureka” are grace to the observer, and physics combined with the formidable high school years leaves much room for “eureka!”

About my family:
My parents, two brothers, and much of my extended family live in Alabama, where we grew up.

Hometown:
Elkmont, Alabama

Christy Ellis, Middle School Math

Before joining the WolfPack, Christy gained experience as a fifth-grade teacher at Brumby Elementary School, a fourth-grade teacher at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, and a fourth-grade math, science, and computer science teacher for nine years at Pace Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Clemson University and has earned additional certification for teaching grades six through eight.

Why Whitefield:
My husband and I have many friends that attended Whitefield, and they all speak of how Whitefield allowed them to develop a firm foundation in Christ, which in my mind is invaluable. The Christian roots planted by Whitefield in the lives of our friends are continuing to grow and flourish today. I desire for my kids to have a firm foundation in Christ, and I feel confident that Whitefield is able to do this based on the impact it’s had on our friends. I’m so excited that my child will be starting kindergarten in the fall at Whitefield and am hoping that his experience will be similar to that of our friends! In addition, I feel the Lord has been calling me back to Christian education, and I am so excited to be a part of Whitefield’s Christ-centered team. My passion is to not only teach a child, but also to mentor and help one develop a strong relationship with the Lord. Whitefield is a school that stays true to the Word of God, despite what is going on in our world.

Why I love teaching:
As a child, I struggled with math in elementary and middle school. In about eighth grade, math just suddenly clicked. However, I still remember how hard it was during the years that I simply did not get it. My teachers were somewhat boring and did not explain math in a way that made sense. In ninth grade, I had a math teacher who was animated and had a passion for math. He went above and beyond to explain math in as many ways as he could in an effort to reach all of his students. Math came to life in his classroom, and he made it applicable to the real world! I desire to be just like he was for me to my students. I am passionate about math and think it is fun! I love seeing the light bulb go off when a child gets a concept, and I love it even more when he/she develops a passion for math. It is also extremely fulfilling to reach a child who once struggled with math and build up his/her mathematical confidence.

About my family:
My husband Charles and I have two children, our son, JP, and our daughter, Parker.

Hometown:
Atlanta, Georgia

Jacob Feigl, Fifth-Grade Teacher

Jacob joined the Whitefield community in 2015 as faculty intern and is transitioning into the role of fifth-grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Feigl holds a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from Covenant College and is currently working toward obtaining a Master of Arts in biblical studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. He gained experience as a K-12 tutor in math, English, and science and has served for six years as a youth pastor and ministry intern at Church of the Redeemer and First Presbyterian of Gulfport. 

Why Whitefield:
Education should reflect Christ’s pre-eminence in all things. Whitefield works hard to accomplish this and to foster a biblical worldview throughout its community. I was personally drawn here through the work and character of some specific faculty members. Exhibiting integrity, discipline, and holiness before God, I had a good look at the kind of leaders that Whitefield employs.

Why I love my job:
I just love telling people about God, His Son, His Word, and all the rest. Moreover, young people have a heightened inquisitiveness that can lead to honest and fruitful discussions about the nature of God and His creation. Christian education grants the potential for such discussions no matter the subject of class. The languages, arts, and sciences all testify to the wisdom of God. 

About my family:
My wife, Amy, and I have been married since 2012 and have two children. 

Hometown:
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and attended high school and college in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Heather Franklin, Kindergarten

Prior to working at Whitefield, Heather gained 12 years of experience teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade in addition to serving as a literacy coach at local public and private schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Florida as well as a Master of Education from Georgia State University.

Why Whitefield:
When I first learned of the Christ-centered mission of Whitefield alongside the strong academics, I knew it would be a dream to be a part of such an amazing team. Being able to partner with families, not only in academics, but also to develop their children’s faith, is such an honor. From my first visit to Whitefield, I could see that everyone has the same desire - to share their love for the Lord while teaching young children - and I realized instantly there is no place I’d rather be.

Why I love teaching:
I love the excitement and passion young children bring to learning. When a child learns something new and I know I have helped in some way, it is confirmation I am living out my God-given talents. 

About my family:
I am a mom to two beautiful, precious girls, Grace and Emma. 

Hometown:
I grew up in Tampa, Florida, but have been in Atlanta for almost 20 years. This is home, and I love it!

Davida Grant, Third-Grade Teacher Assistant

Before joining the WolfPack, Davida gained more than 20 years of experience working in education and more than 30 years of experience working in counseling. She holds a master's degree in Christian counseling and doctorate in Christian counseling from Anderson Baptist Seminary as well as a life coach certification.

Why Whitefield:
I appreciate the balance of academics and activities that Whitefield provides, and I love that, within this balance, it’s a priority that all things reflect Christ.

Why I love teaching:
I love being able to encourage, equip, and empower those around me. (Isaiah 61:1-3)

About my family:
My husband, Mark, and I have three daughters: Kayla, Hollyn, and Sylvan.

Hometown:
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Misty Gresham, Second-Grade Teacher Assistant

Misty brings nine years of teaching experience to the WolfPack and has obtained a Master of Arts in early care and education as well as a Bachelor of Arts in human services from Mercer University.

Why Whitefield:
I chose Whitefield Academy because I knew when I stepped foot on campus it was the place for my son, Owen. I could feel the presence of God all through the campus! When I came to the meet and greet and heard the testimonies of the students going there and how they described their experience as Whitefield being like their second home, I knew this is where I wanted Owen to be. Then, when I went to the first chapel with Owen, it was confirmation that this is where God wanted us to be. The joy of watching children praise God was overwhelming. I am grateful for the opportunity God has provided for me and my family here.

Why I love my job:
I have always loved teaching and assisting students. I believe teaching is a calling from God! I remember playing school with my sisters when I was younger; teaching has always been a passion of mine. Watching young minds grow, seeing students’ smiling faces, and being a part of the joy they get when they figure out something new are some of my favorite moments in teaching.

About my family:
My husband, Steven, and I have a son who attends Whitefield, Owen (’29).

Hometown:
Mableton, Georgia

Ann Marie Hallett, Second-Grade Teacher

Ann Marie joined the Whitefield team in 2016 as a teacher assistant, but will be transitioning into the role of second-grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. She has obtained a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in elementary reading and literacy from Walden University. She has eight years of teaching experience at both public and private educational institutions and has served as a children's ministry director for three years.

Why Whitefield:
I truly believe that there is no place like Whitefield! The leadership and the teachers of the Lower School are committed to academic excellence and genuine spiritual discipleship in a way that is set apart from any other school I have known. I feel honored and excited to join an environment such as that of Whitefield Academy! 

Why I love my job:
Teaching and assisting students in learning new concepts has always given me a thrill. I have been "teaching" since I was a little girl and role-played "school" for my younger siblings for hours on end! I love looking for creative, interactive ways to teach and challenge students as they learn. Also, I genuinely enjoy getting to know the kids that are in my class and having the opportunity to be a person that can speak life and encouragement into their God-given destiny!

About my family:
I am married to Cory, who is a pastor at Covered Bridge Church. We have two daughters who attend Whitefield, Anna Claire ('26) and Ava ('30). 

Hometown:
Thomasville, Georgia

Lindsay Kate Hines, Middle School Physical Education and Head Varsity Volleyball Coach

Lindsay Kate served as a fourth-grade teacher assistant at Whitefield during the 2014-2015 school year. After gaining additional experience as a middle school special education teacher and second-grade teacher, she has returned to the WolfPack to serve as Middle School P.E. teacher and head varsity volleyball coach. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts in special education from Georgia College and State University and has gained years of experience as both a coach and player of basketball and volleyball.

Why Whitefield:
After working at Whitefield during the 2014-2015 school year, I had always desired to return. Christ's love is in all aspects of the school, and I've longed to be a part of a school that is united in His mission.

Why I love my job:
I like teaching because it's life-on- life impact. Teachers impact students and students impact teachers. It provides an opportunity to be on mission for the Lord and shepherd hearts for Him.

About my family:
I have an amazing family that has always been supportive!

Hometown:
Smyrna, Georgia

Coleman Joiner, Permanent Substitute Teacher

Before joining the WolfPack, Coleman gained experience teaching English at Sprayberry High School for three years while also serving on the football and lacrosse coaching staff. He has obtained a Bachelor of Science in English education with a certificate in urban education from Kennesaw State University.

Why Whitefield:
The opportunity to serve at a school where Jesus is placed at the center of all things is second to none. I believe that worship and education are two sides of the same coin when it comes to how God wants us to approach this profession, and I love that Whitefield Academy does everything possible to leverage the fact that we are a "Christ-centered" institution by blending biblical principles in the classroom, as well as in the arts and athletics. God has birthed passions in each of us and is calling us to use whatever they are for His fame and glory here on earth. What better place to walk in that calling than here at Whitefield Academy. 

Why I love my job:
I love the opportunity to walk with and help influence students as God begins to reveal so much about His plans and purposes for their lives during these crucial years of adolescence. Getting to work with students of all ages in both the classroom and on the athletic field has been one of the greatest joys of my life.

About my family:
I have two amazing parents, Carl and Debbie (retired school teacher of 37 years), as well as an older brother, Trey, and twin sister, Chloe (teacher at Smyrna Elementary).

Hometown:
Smyrna, GA

Elyse Lawson, Director of College Counseling

Prior to joining the Whitefield college counseling team, Elyse worked in the Georgia Tech Office of Undergraduate Admission coordinating campus visit events, advising the Georgia Tech tour guide program, and reviewing freshman admission applications. Before moving to Atlanta, she worked for the Auburn University Division of Student Affairs, where she consulted on community service and fundraising programs and advised various student groups. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in public administration and a Master of Education in higher education administration from Auburn University.

Why Whitefield:
I was most attracted to Whitefield's Christian mission and commitment to college prep. I firmly believe in the value of higher education and am excited to work for a school that encourages students to seek an understanding of God's plan for them during such a pivotal time in their lives. 

Why I love my job:
I find great joy guiding students through the college application process and helping them find the perfect fit. It is a very exciting time for high school students, and I love having the opportunity to support them through this period of growth and discovery. 

About my family:
My husband, Matt, and I have a mini goldendoodle, Sully. 

Hometown:
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Jeff Peeples, Upper School English

Prior to joining the WolfPack, Jeff gained 30 years of experience working in education. He taught English and psychology for 25 years, served as director of counseling for 18 years, and led as principal for four years. Jeff is also a published poet and short story writer, and he runs his own private counseling practice as a licensed professional counselor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in English education from Armstrong State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching in English education and Master of Science in professional counseling from Georgia State University.

Why Whitefield:
I love that Whitefield’s goal is to bring out the best in every student, regardless of their interests and talent. This mission to help students grow in their Biblical worldview of all subject areas will produce students who can affect the world for Christ.

Why I love teaching:
I love seeing students grow. Our current world teaches us that we can have what we want very quickly. The only way to affect our culture for Christ is to engage it, and that takes believers who can communicate. When students see that good writing and careful reading is hard work, I love inspiring them to push harder. My success is their success.

About my family:
My wife, Stella, and I have been married for over 20 years, and we have a daughter named Savannah.

Hometown:
Savannah, Georgia

Sarah Skepple, Fourth-Grade Teacher Assistant

Before arriving at Whitefield, Sarah gained two years of experience as a student teacher and spent an additional semester as a third-grade teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education from Georgia State University.

Why Whitefield:
I was attracted to Whitefield Academy because of the people there and how highly they spoke of the school, and the fact that Whitefield is a Christian academy where Christ is the center of the curriculum and all learning. 

Why I love teaching:
What I love the most about teaching is watching children understand the concepts and the lessons, that moment when the light bulb finally "clicks" in their heads! I also enjoy watching children learn in whatever way they do learn! 

About my family:
I come from a family of six: my parents, Roger and Teresa, and my three siblings, Roger Jr., Jennifer, and my twin brother Nathaniel.

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

Brenda Speight, Gifts Management Officer

Before joining the WolfPack, Brenda gained experience as an office manager and administrative assistant in the medical field over 40 years. Most recently, she served for 20 years as office manager with an orthopedic surgeon in Smyrna. Brenda studied business management at Chattachoochee Tech and administration at American College of Medical Group Administrators.

Why Whitefield:
I have been praying for over a year for a part-time position with a Christ-centered organization, and God has given me this wonderful opportunity to work in a strong Christian environment. I am thankful for a sweet friend that told me about the position. God is good and always provides ....Philippians 4:19.

About my family:
My husband, Roger, and I have been married 42 years! We have three wonderful daughters, two granddaughters, and two son-in-laws.

Hometown:
Mableton, Georgia

Kevin Spingler, Upper School Biology

Before joining the WolfPack, Kevin gained more than 33 years of experience as a science, math, and philosophy/theology teacher. He also acquired 16 years of experience in a variety of school administrative positions as well as 14 years in various summer school and camp positions. Kevin served as a coach for 47 seasons, leading teams including softball, wrestling, soccer, crew, chess, and Science Olympiad. He has obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Rutgers University, a Master of Science in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University, and a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Criswell College.

Why Whitefield:
I saw at Whitefield Academy a school that is working to develop in students a passion for learning and a love for Jesus. I also saw a community where people felt comfortable with one another, and they were welcoming to visitors. I am excited to work at an academy that allows me to pursue my vocation as a teacher/coach and as a faithful disciple of Christ.

Why I love my job:
There is no greater privilege than to introduce bright and curious minds to the wonders of creation and to show how this created world points to a designer who cares for his works.

About my family:
My wife, Elena, is a CPA who works for the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame, and my daughter, Maggie, is an elementary school counselor in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Hometown:
Stoughton, Massachusetts

Felicia Tucker, Head Athletic Trainer

Before arriving at Whitefield, Felicia served as the head athletic trainer for the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team for eight years and has also overseen the care for the Yellow Jacket cheerleading squad. Prior to Georgia Tech, she was an assistant athletic trainer at Winston-Salem State University and head athletic trainer at Agnes Scott College, where she provided primary care and coverage for seven varsity teams along with establishing treatment and rehabilitation protocols. She has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in exercise and sports science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in sports medicine from Georgia State University.

Why Whitefield:
I appreciate that Whitefield is an environment that emphasizes excellence in academics and athletics where Christ is at the center of all that we do. I also love that Whitefield has given me the opportunity to better integrate my family into what I love to do.

Why I love my job:
I love being able to have a front row seat on game days and seeing the athletes I’ve invested in compete, especially if I had a hand in returning them to the field of competition. I love building relationships and seeing student-athletes grow and develop and the opportunity to provide guidance and possibly some words of wisdom. 

About my family:
My husband, Jonathan, and I have three children: Matthew and twins Madelyn and Ethan.

Hometown:
Henderson, North Carolina

Elizabeth Weathington, Lower School Music and Computer

Previously, Elizabeth gained six years of experience teaching music at New Georgia Elementary, served as the youth choir director at Due West United Methodist Church in Marietta for two years, and has taught private vocal lessons for seven years. Weathington attended Reinhardt University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in music education.

Why Whitefield:
I am truly humbled for the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful school. After several years of teaching in a public school, I am looking forward to all of the new opportunities to be had teaching in a Christian environment. In addition, I love the excitement and huge emphasis on the arts at Whitefield Academy. 

Why I love teaching:
I absolutely love teaching music. To be able to teach every child across several grade levels is such an amazing experience. I love that in my position, I am able to get to truly know the students and have an opportunity to see them grow over the years. Music can bring so much joy to students and their families. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my love for music and, most importantly, the love of Christ with others on a daily basis.

About my family:
I have been married to my wonderful husband, Luke, since 2012. He is a professional musician in the Atlanta area and an adjunct professor of music at Kennesaw State University. We have one dog, a boxer, named Harvey.

Hometown:
Dallas, Georgia

Campus Store

Hours
Summer Hours of Operation:
  • July 10-August 2 (Open Mondays and Wednesdays) – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Week before school starts:
    • Monday, August 7 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Tuesday, August 8 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 9 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Thursday, August 10 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Friday, August 11 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 12 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Back-to- School Week:
    • Monday, August 14 – 1 to 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday, August 15 – 12 to 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 16 (first day of school) – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Regular Hours during the School Year:
  • Mondays - 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Fridays - 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For more Campus Store information, click here.

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Uniform Guidelines
Please view your school’s specific Parent/Student Handbook (coming soon in the Parent Portal) for details regarding dress code and uniform guidelines. You may also visit the Campus Store for more information.

Magnus Health Forms
Please be sure to submit all medical and immunization forms to Magnus by the first day of school or in time to start any extracurricular activities that begin before the first day of school.

If you have any problems concerning Magnus, please contact their help line at 877-461-6831 or select the “need help” box in the upper right-hand corner of the Magnus website. Please feel free to email Nurse Donna Gehler or call her at 678-697-8154 with any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health.

2017-2018 Calendar Highlights
Click here for highlights of the 2017-2018 school year. The full calendar can be accessed by clicking here.

Carpool Maps
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Afternoon:


Communications throughout the School Year
Morning Announcements: At 6:30 a.m. on each day that school is in session, all parents, faculty, and staff members will receive the Morning Announcements, an email featuring the current day’s and next day’s calendar of events, important announcements, news stories, athletic scores, and more. This is your daily window into the world at Whitefield, so be sure to check it often! If you would like to submit an announcement or have any delivery problems to your inbox, please email the Whitefield Communications Department.

Principal E-Newsletters: On most Thursdays throughout the school year, you will receive an email from your child’s principal. This communication will include a note from your principal, special announcements pertaining to your child’s division, a monthly prayer focus, and a calendar of upcoming events.

Social Media: Be sure to follow Whitefield on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (we also have an athletic account) to see fun highlights and stories from campus and share them with your friends!

Whitefield Magazine: Beginning in January 2018, we will be converting the Whitefield magazine from an annual publication to a semiannual publication sent in January and August. Keep an eye on your mailbox during these months for our magazine highlighting in-depth stories from around campus and our alumni.

Other communications: Periodically throughout the year, you will also receive email newsletters from Dr. Bracher, our athletic department, and fine arts department sharing exciting updates.

Willingness to Serve: Whitefield Parent Association
As we look forward to the 2017-2018 school year with much anticipation and excitement, we want to be purposeful about how each and every Whitefield family is represented by their God-given gifts. There is a place for everyone in the Whitefield Parent Association (WPA), and we want to help you find the perfect opportunity to become involved.

Please take a moment to view the SignUp Genius volunteer form and prayerfully consider where you would like to serve.

NEW this Year: Buckhead Bus Service
Beginning this school year, Whitefield will offer morning bus service from Trinity Presbyterian Church (3003 Howell Mill Road) to the Whitefield campus. The bus service will be offered on all school days. Registration for this service ends on August 1. For more information and to register, click here.

The existing Buckhead shuttle service will continue to serve our Buckhead community in the afternoon. Please contact for more information on this option.

Lower School


After Care (for PreK4 and kindergarten students) and Club Cub (for PreK4 – Fourth-Graders)
If you desire to enroll your child in After Care and/or Club Cub, even if he or she was enrolled last year, you must complete the registration process and return the form and payment to the Lower School office.

Our After Care and Club Cub sessions begin on the first day of school. If interested, your child must be enrolled prior to August 16.

After Care (modified after-care program until students in grades one through 12 are dismissed at 3:05 p.m.)
  • PreK4 (option 1): 1:05 to 2:05 p.m.
  • PreK4 (option 2): 1:05 to 3:05 p.m.
  • Kindergarten: 2:05 to 3:05 p.m.

Club Cub Hours of Operation:
  • 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesdays (late start)
  • 3:05 to 6 p.m. on Mondays–Fridays
  • Early Dismissal to 6 p.m. on half days (lunch is served)

Enrollment Forms:
After-School Programs
When the school day is over, activity at the Lower School is most certainly not!

Musicians and ballerinas practice and learn pieces to perform at winter and spring recitals. Chess players play rounds of chess and represent the school as they compete in local tournaments. Developing athletes gain skills and a healthy lifestyle that will contribute to their success and to the success of the Whitefield athletic program should they decide to participate at the Middle School or Upper School level. Young artists mold their next masterpiece from a lump of clay, and young scientists create their first robots or test the principles of science.

Whitefield’s after-school programs offer young students a chance to explore an area of interest and discover new talents. Parents sign their children up for academic, arts, or athletic classes (on a first-come, first-serve basis) for a fee and then enjoy the benefit of knowing their children are learning with friends in a safe and loving environment. Parents love the convenient location and educational experiences of our after-school programs, and kids love the fun and friendships. Classes are led by school faculty or well-qualified instructors from the community.

Classes offered each semester may vary. Below is a list of classes that have been offered previously:
  • Art
  • Ballet
  • Chess
  • Chorale
  • Cub Scouts
  • Science for Young Makers
  • Sewing
  • Spanish
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math)
  • Tennis
  • Violin (group and individual lessons)
  • Volleyball

Since programs vary, the information regarding registration signup and costs is included in a packet sent to parents in a Thursday take-home folder at the beginning of each semester.

Deck Release
If your child is being picked up on the deck by an older student or is being dismissed to Buckhead Shuttle, you must inform the office via the deck release form. Your child will not be permitted to leave the deck unless this form is on file. For the safety and security of all, this guideline will not be compromised. Submit the Deck Release form to the Lower School office or send it via fax to 678-305-3016.

Planned Absences
Please submit the planned absence form to your child’s teacher at least one week prior to your child’s absence. Teachers need ample time to prepare work for your child. If this form is submitted late, the teacher may not have sufficient time to give individual attention to this matter. For the sake of your child, your cooperation with this deadline is appreciated.

Upon return, your child will need to have all class work completed and will need to be prepared to take any and all quizzes and tests. Also, please know that certain classroom work and in-class discussions cannot be duplicated; please do not be surprised if your child’s grades drop since education will be compromised during this time.

If the work is not completed, your child may be required to make up the work during recess or finish the assignment for homework. It is not necessary to submit this form for an early release.

Authorization to Give Medication at School
This form is to be filled out completely for any medication(s) from home or provided by healthcare professionals that are to be dispensed during the school day. Whitefield Academy encourages parents/guardians to give required medication(s) to their child(ren) outside of school, if possible.

Uniform Guidelines
PreK4, kindergarten, and first- through fourth-graders have specific uniform guidelines to which they must adhere. Please click here to find the guidelines for your child’s grade.

Carpool and Dismissal Procedures
For the safety of all, our active carpool zone is a no cell phone area!

Morning Drop Off

Please enter the school from Pebblebrook Road, follow the traffic flow to the Lower School drop off, and exit onto Buckner Road.

In order for our carpool to move along efficiently and safely, please remain in your car while we assist your child. Do not get out of your car to “help.” Please say your good-byes and give those hugs before entering the unloading zone. Wait until the car in front of you begins to move before you do. Please avoid the temptation to “go around” the vehicle in front of you. It is much safer to simply wait in line and proceed in an orderly fashion.
  • Each day besides Wednesday
    • Drop off can be as early as 7:30 a.m. From 7:30 to 7:45 a.m., please park in front of the school and walk your child to supervision in the library or designated area.
    • Curbside drop off begins at 7:45 a.m. with assistants opening car doors.
    • School begins at 8:05 a.m. for ALL Lower School students (think 8 a.m. start time). In order for your child to be in his or her classroom on time, you must be in carpool by 8 a.m. Carpool will stop at 8:05 a.m.; we use the clock in the library window as our official time. After that, park your car curbside and escort your students up the steps to sign in on the tardy roster. When asked to sign in as tardy, please do not be dissatisfied with our staff; they are following their stated procedures.
  • Wednesday Late Start Day (School begins at 9:05 a.m.)
    • If your child is enrolled in Club Cub, you may park curbside and walk your child to the Club Cub room beginning at 7:30 a.m. If your student is not enrolled in Club Cub, you may acquire this service for a fee, payable at that time. No reservation needed.
    • Drop off for all students can be as early as 8:30 a.m. Park curbside and walk your child to the library.
    • Curbside drop-off carpool begins at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesdays with assistants opening car doors.

Afternoon Dismissal

Please enter the school from Buckner Road and exit back onto Buckner Road.
  • PreK4 - dismissed at 1:05 p.m. Use the Buckner Road entrance and drive until you reach the parking lot adjacent to the Lower School, drive through the small lot, exit the other side and make a left to line up in front of the Lower School. Begin forming the line behind the orange cone. We will load students from the curb only!
  • Kindergarten – dismissed at 2:05 p.m. Use the Buckner Road entrance and follow the same directions as the PreK4 pickup.
  • First through Fourth Grades (and those PreK4 and kindergarten students who attended After Care) – dismissed at 3:05 p.m. You may not begin forming this carpool line until our kindergarten carpool is finished (about 2:30 p.m.). Use the Buckner Road entrance and follow the same directions as PreK4 and kindergarten pickup. Once everything is running smoothly, carpool takes 15-20 minutes.
  • Please arrive on time. A student who is not picked up by 3:25 p.m. will be sent to the office to wait for parents. Please park and come into the office for your child. After 3:45 p.m., your student will be walked to Club Cub, in which case emergency fees will apply. Please go directly to Club Cub to pick up your child. The late fee is due and payable when you pick up your child.

For afternoon carpool, please display a sign written with a black marker or typed in large, bold font – the larger the better. The name/names of your child/children (first and last) and all others in your carpool should be written/typed on a piece of white paper or tag board and affixed to the underside of the passenger visor or hung from the rear view mirror. Clip the sign onto a small coat hanger; that works well. Please do not lay the sign on the dash; it is difficult to read. Keep your sign displayed until your child is in the car. This is very important and helps us!

For the various dismissals, our carpool line will wind through the parking lot adjacent to the Lower School; therefore, there will be no foot traffic from the parking lot to the modular classrooms during active carpool times. If you have made arrangements for an early dismissal, you may park curbside by the office and come inside to sign out your child. We ask that you not visit the classroom to talk with the teacher or ask for your child to be released to you during carpool dismissal.

Dismissal Options for Families with Students in Two School Levels:
  • If you have a student in Middle School or Upper School, that student may walk down to the Lower School, remain on the deck, and exit to the car when the Lower School sibling’s carpool is called. Since Middle and Upper School students are dismissed a little later than Lower School, make sure you are not in the carpool toward the beginning of the line, or your Middle or Upper School student will not arrive at the Lower School in time to join in the carpool.
  • If you would like your older student or carpool buddy to come down and walk your Lower School student up to the Middle or Upper School carpool, your Middle or Upper School student should report to the deck of the Lower School when dismissed. When the Middle or Upper School student makes the carpool request to our deck coordinator, we will call your Lower School student’s name. The older sibling or carpool friend may escort the Lower School student to the Middle or Upper School carpool location. You must complete a deck release form authorizing permission for your Lower School student to be released in this manner. This form will be valid for the entire 2017-2018 school year. While we realize it will be an inconvenience to you, please know that we will not release your Lower School student without written authorization even if it is with his/her sibling. In essence, we are releasing the responsibility of your child to another person. If a name needs to be added to this list, you must update the form via the office.

Lower School Student Activity Center Evacuation Plan
Click here to see a diagram of the LSSAC emergency evacuation plan.

Lower School Map
Click here to view a map of the Lower School buildings and classrooms.

Other Lower School Activities
  • Fun Friday Fellowship (Led by Whitefield Parent Association)
    Fun Friday Fellowship is an after-school fellowship for third- and fourth-grade students that meets (by gender) for an activity and Bible study on selected Fridays. The purpose of Fun Friday Fellowship is to build deeper community among our Lower School student body.
  • Garden Club (Led by Candace Daly, Lower School Spanish teacher, and parent volunteers)
    First- through fourth-grade students water, plant, weed, and tend the Lower School garden in the early fall and late spring seasons once a week before the school day begins. It’s a wonderful student experience for hands-on learning.
  • Mileage Club (Led by Dan Moorer, Lower School physical education teacher)
    Students walk the Whitefield track on Monday and Wednesday mornings to earn reward points for every lap. The exercise is a wonderful way to start the day and gets students energized and ready for the classroom.
  • Relay Exchange (Coordinated by Leigh-Ann Crabb, Whitefield mom)
    Relay Exchange is a mother-daughter program for first- through eighth-grade girls. Mothers share their personal faith and how they have applied it in everyday life situations at grade-specific meetings throughout the year. They also teach life skills such as cooking, sewing, public speaking, etiquette, gardening, and healthy choices in life. The purpose of Relay Exchange is to strengthen bonds between mothers and daughters as well as develop healthy and godly friendships between girls as the teen years approach. The name, Relay Exchange, symbolizes the passing of faith, like batons in a race. Meetings are coordinated by leaders for each age group.

Summer Reading Lists
Supply Lists
Your student’s supplies should be brought to school on the first day, Wednesday, August 16. Planners are provided for students in grades three and four at no cost. Please follow the instructions at the bottom of the supply list regarding labeling these items.

Weekly Folder
Every Thursday, your child will bring a folder home with graded papers, teacher newsletters, and other information. Look for it and plan to read and review the graded papers.

Book Bags (First through Fourth Grades)
You may choose the color and an appropriate design/theme. Book bags with wheels are allowed. PreK4 and kindergarten students use Wolfie bags.

Jumpstart Homework Sessions (Third- and Fourth-Graders Only)
You will receive an information letter in your child’s classroom during Open House.

Parent Handbook
This document is being updated and will be available on your child’s desk during Open House and available online in August via the Parent Portal. If you have any questions, please call our office at 678-305-3044. Please read the handbook carefully. In the Lower School, it is the parents’ responsibility to help their child with our guidelines, especially uniform requirements. Parents, we depend on you for this. Thank you for becoming acquainted with our school policies and procedures. Our community benefits when everyone is well-informed and adheres to our guidelines/procedures.

Middle School


Book Exchange
Location: Middle School Chapel Mod (located on the David G. Jones Quadrangle across from Founders Hall)
(Cash or check only)
  • Book Pickup:
    • Wednesday, July 26: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Friday, July 28: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Friday, August 4: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 9: 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Book Pickup and Mini-Book Exchange:
    • Monday, August 14: 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Parent Handbook
This document is being updated and will be available online in August via the Parent Portal. Please read the handbook carefully to become acquainted with our school policies and procedures. Our community benefits when everyone is well-informed and adheres to our guidelines/procedures. If you have any questions, please call our office at 678-305-3034.

Supply Lists
Your student’s supplies should be brought to school on the first day, Wednesday, August 16. Planners are provided for all Middle School students at no cost.
Summer Reading Lists
Please visit the Parent Portal on the Whitefield website for information about grade-specific summer reading requirements and additional resources. This information can be found in the Parent Portal under “Academic Information,” “Summer Reading.”

Class Schedules
Student schedules can be accessed through the Parent Portal and will be available for viewing a few days before school begins. Please note that in addition to these online schedules, fifth-grade students will receive a phone call from their child’s homeroom teacher before the first day of school and will receive a printed copy of their academic schedule from their homeroom teacher on the first day of school.

The Middle School Day
  • Before School:
    • Morning Extra Help Session: Teachers make themselves available from 7:45 to 8:10 a.m. every morning except Wednesday. Teachers will explain extra-help offerings to students during the first week of school.
  • During School:
    • Basic Structure of Daily Class Schedule
      • Fifth Grade: Each fifth-grader is assigned a homeroom teacher. A few days before school starts, your child’s homeroom teacher will contact him or her by phone, welcoming him or her to a new school year. Students will spend the majority of their time in a self-contained classroom. Each homeroom class will rotate to the other two teachers during the school day. Two of their academic special periods (physical education and Spanish) will rotate within our typical Middle School seven-day rotating schedule. Your child’s teacher will explain the entire fifth-grade schedule, including the specials rotation, during the first week of school. This exposure will prepare students for the full Middle School schedule in subsequent years. In addition, the fifth-grade teaching team will provide parents with more information during Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, August 24.
      • Sixth – Eighth Grades: Each student is enrolled in seven courses and attends six of those courses every school day. The students follow a different schedule each day of the week but attend each course six times over the span of seven school days. This seven-day rotation is outlined in the Parent Portal under “My Student Info,” “Class Rotation Schedule.” On the same page, you will find a link to a document that lists which rotation day falls on which date throughout the school year. You will want to print and keep copies of both documents as they will help when you schedule doctor appointments, etc. for your child.
    • Advisors/Homeroom Teachers: Students will begin their academic day (except Thursday when they will meet after Chapel) with their assigned advisor (sixth-eighth grades) or homeroom teacher (fifth grade). Advisors are faculty members who meet each day with a group of students (same gender as the advisor) to help them navigate the Middle School experience.
    • Wednesday Schedule: All Middle School students begin their school day at 9:10 a.m. on Wednesdays instead of the usual 8:10 a.m. start time. Whitefield faculty and staff members hold a variety of meetings before school on Wednesdays, which allows time for collaborative planning, staff development, and prayer. In place of extra help on Wednesday morning, clubs are offered in the Middle School beginning at 8:45 a.m. and will be communicated in early September.
    • Thursday Chapel Schedule: A Chapel service, followed by a follow-up/application time with advisors/homeroom teachers, is held after the first period of the day each Thursday morning.
    • Lunch Guests: Due to limited space in the cafeteria combined with our overall sensitivity to the unique developmental needs of Middle School students, parents/guests are asked to not eat lunch in the cafeteria with our students. Please note, we do honor requests from parents who desire to take their child off campus during lunch period. Please communicate with your child’s teacher or contact the office regarding your family’s needs and options for spending time with your child during the school day.
  • After School:
    • Supervised After-School Study Hall (included with tuition): Available Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students not involved in practicing or competing in extracurricular activities are to be picked up at 3 p.m. Students who remain on campus after 3:30 p.m. and are not involved in an extracurricular activity must report to after-school study hall. This study hall is provided for parents who are not able to pick their students up right away and is not to be used as a convenient location for other students to study. Middle School students are not allowed to be in any other location on campus (including the gym, Upper School, Quad, Lower School, Innovation Lab, etc.) after school without parent or staff supervision. Students involved in extracurricular activities are to report to the after-school study hall if they are not picked up immediately following the activity.
    • After-School Extra Help
      • JUMPSTART (Fifth-Grade Students Only): In addition to extra help before school, an after-school homework help session (JUMPSTART) is offered Monday through Thursday from 3 to 3:25 p.m. Fifth-grade teachers will provide your family with additional information about this offering after the school year begins.
      • Sixth- through Eighth-Grade Students: In addition to extra help before school, after-school extra help varies depending on teachers’ schedules, coaching responsibilities, and availability. Each teacher will detail extra-help offerings for their academic subject(s) during the first week of school.

Locker Setup
You are invited to stop in and try out your locker combination on Friday, August 11, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Locker assignments and combinations will be unveiled in the Parent Portal on Thursday, August 10, after 5 p.m. This offering provides a little extra time for you and your family to set up lockers before our Open House on Monday, August 14, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Helpful tip: It is a good idea to have your child place his or her books in their locker during one of these days to make their (and your) first-day transition to school easier. Placing books and binders in their locker prior to school starting makes for a lighter backpack on the first day of school. Please note that the Middle School building will be closed during the weekend and at night.
  • Decoration Guidelines: If your student would like to decorate their locker, they may only decorate the inside of their locker, and they can only use blue painter’s tape or magnets. We also request that no boas be used as they get caught in the locks.
  • Dimensions:
    • Fifth-Grade: The fifth-grade lockers have an inside, side-to-side clearance of 11 11/16”. Due to hooks at the top, the clearance is 32 ¼”. However, for decorating purposes, the height is 33”. The inside front-to-rear clearance or depth is 10 11/16”.
    • Sixth-Eighth Grades: The lockers for sixth-eighth grades are 16 ½” deep, 15” wide, and 35 ½” tall. NOTE: The door opening is only 12” due to a lip around the locker. Therefore, do not use any shelving unit that is wider than 12”. Also, the lockers have hooks on the sides that prohibit shelving units taller than 30”.

Bring Your Own Laptop
Whitefield’s one-to-one Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) student computer program spans grades seven through 12 and consists of each student providing his/her own computer meeting the technical specifications identified here:
Digital Stewardship Specifications

If you have any questions about the BYOL program at Whitefield, please email our Technology Department.

Middle School Map
  • Click here to view a map of the Founders Hall classrooms.
  • Click here to view a map of the mods around the David G. Jones Quadrangle, including several Middle School classrooms and the Middle School chapel space.

Middle School Foundational Group Activities: August 23
Middle School group activities lay a foundation for the school year as students deepen their walk with the Lord, explore the true meaning of servant leadership, strengthen relationships with their peers and advisors, and have fun together.

School begins an hour late (9:10 a.m. for Middle School). Seventh- and eighth-grade activities will be held on campus. Fifth- and sixth-grade activities will be held at King Springs Baptist Church in Smyrna. The activities will last all school day.

Middle School students must wear their P.E. uniforms. The following release forms are due back to the Middle School office by Wednesday, August 16.
Textbook Ordering
Beginning in sixth grade, Whitefield does not provide textbooks for students. Parents are responsible for obtaining textbooks for their children. A comprehensive listing of textbooks for the upcoming school year for sixth- through eighth-graders can be found here:
6th-8th Textbooks for 2017-2018

Whenever purchasing textbooks from anywhere outside of our virtual store (explained below), be absolutely sure that the ISBN number of the book ordered matches exactly the ISBN number on the book list contained on Whitefield’s website. Also, note that this virtual bookstore is the only place online to order “Choosing the Best,” the workbook used for sex education instruction in Middle School.

Virtual Whitefield Academy Bookstore
An easy way to order all textbooks is through the virtual Whitefield Academy bookstore at MBS Direct. The virtual bookstore will not be made available for the upcoming school year until July 21. There will be a week of FREE SHIPPING from July 26 to August 2 on orders of $99 and up.

To order from MBS Direct:
  1. Click here to access the online bookstore.
  2. Click on “Let’s Get Started” in the middle of the page.
  3. Select the books needed by course and continue with the ordering process.
Select the books needed by course and continue with the ordering process

Middle School Athletic Shoes Requirement
Please note that for the upcoming school year, Middle School students may wear any colored tennis shoes and shoe strings that come standard with selected shoes. Our 2017-2018 Student-Parent Handbook (forthcoming in the Parent Portal) will detail additional information about all of our dress code standards. Should you have any questions, please email Dean Angela Crosby or the Middle School office.

Upper School


Upper School Student Picnic (for Upper School students only)
All Upper School students are invited to a welcome back picnic on Monday, August 14, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to enjoy food and games on the Quad immediately after the Freshman Orientation and locker set up. Students must check in at the registration tables to receive a meal ticket. Students are welcome to bring a lawn blanket, ball, or other outdoor games to use at the picnic. Upper School students may also attend the All School Family Picnic at 6 p.m. if they wish.

Book Exchange:
Middle School Chapel Mod (located on the David G. Jones Quadrangle across from Founders Hall)
  • Book Pickup:
    • Wednesday, July 26: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Friday, July 28: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Friday, August 4: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Wednesday, August 9: 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Book Pickup and Mini-Book Exchange:
    • Monday, August 14: 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Freshman, Sophomore, and Senior Retreats
  • Senior Retreat
    • Location: Camp Covecrest - 25 Falls Drive, Tiger, GA 30576 (706-782-2710, covecrest@lifeteen.com)
    • Dates: Sunday, August 13 – Thursday, August, 17
      • Report time: 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, at Whitefield Academy
      • Return time: 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 17
    • Permission forms
  • Freshman and Sophomore Retreat

Juniors will have an all-day college counseling seminar on campus on Thursday, August 17. Click here for more information.

Parent Handbook
This document is being updated and will be available online in August via the Parent Portal. Please read the handbook carefully to become acquainted with our school policies and procedures. Our community benefits when everyone is well-informed and adheres to our guidelines/procedures. If you have any questions, please call our office at 678-305-3037.

Bring Your Own Laptop
Whitefield’s one-to-one Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) student computer program spans grades seven through 12 and consists of each student providing his/her own computer meeting the technical specifications identified here:
Digital Stewardship Specifications

If you have any questions about the BYOL program at Whitefield, please email our Technology Department.

Upper School Map
Click here to view a map of the Morris Hall classrooms.

The Upper School Day
  • Before School:
    • Morning Extra Help Session: Teachers make themselves available from 7:45 to 8:10 a.m. every morning except Wednesday. Teachers will explain extra-help offerings to students during the first week of school.
  • During School:
    • Basic Structure of Daily Class Schedule: Each student is enrolled in seven courses and attends six of those courses every school day. The students follow a different schedule each day of the week but attend each course six times over the span of seven school days. This seven-day rotation is outlined in the Parent Portal under “My Student Info,” “Class Rotation Schedule.” On the same page, you will find a link to a document that lists which rotation day falls on which date throughout the school year. You will want to print and keep copies of both documents as they will help when you schedule doctor appointments, etc. for your child.
    • Advisee: Students will begin their academic day (except Wednesdays and Thursdays) with their assigned advisor. Advisors are faculty members who meet with a group of students (same gender as the advisor) to help them navigate the Upper School experience.
    • Wednesday Schedule: All Upper School students begin their school day at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays instead of the usual 8:10 a.m. start time. Whitefield faculty and staff members hold a variety of meetings before school on Wednesdays, which allows time for collaborative planning, staff development, and prayer. In place of extra help on Wednesday morning, an optional activity period is offered in the Upper School from 8:45 to 9:25 a.m. for students who have club meetings.
    • Thursday Chapel Schedule: A Chapel service, followed by a follow-up/application time with advisors, is held after the first period of the day each Thursday morning.
  • After School:
    • Supervised Study Hall (included with tuition): Available Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the library. If your child takes advantage of this offering, please arrange to have your child picked up by 5:30 p.m.
    • After-School Extra Help: In addition to extra help before school, after-school extra help varies depending on teachers’ schedules, coaching responsibilities, and availability. Each teacher will detail extra-help offerings for their academic subject(s) during the first week of school.

Summer Reading Lists
Click here for Upper School summer reading requirements. An additional AP European History summer assignment can be found here.

Upper School Supplies
General school supplies should be sufficient for most Upper School classes (notebooks, paper, binders, pens, pencils, etc.). Teachers will communicate any additional requirements on the first day of school.

Textbook Ordering
Whitefield does not provide textbooks for students. Parents are responsible for obtaining textbooks for their children. A comprehensive listing of textbooks for the upcoming school year for all Upper School students can be found here:
9th-12th Textbooks 2017-2018

Whenever purchasing textbooks from anywhere outside of our virtual store (explained below), be absolutely sure that the ISBN number of the book ordered matches exactly the ISBN number on the book list contained on Whitefield’s website.

Virtual Whitefield Academy Bookstore
An easy way to order all textbooks is through the virtual Whitefield Academy bookstore at MBS Direct. The virtual bookstore will not be made available for the upcoming school year until July 21. There will be a week of FREE SHIPPING from July 26 to August 2 on orders of $99 and up.

To order from MBS Direct:
  1. Click here to access the online bookstore.
  2. Click on “Let’s Get Started” in the middle of the page.
  3. Select the books needed by course and continue with the ordering process.


Senior and Parent Meetings
  • Senior Seminar – August 3, 8, 9, or 10, 1 to 4 p.m., Upper School Lecture Hall
    Seniors must attend one of the four Senior Seminars being offered. To register for your preferred date, click here. This seminar is an introduction to the college application process, including what the College Counseling office expects of every senior, the different ways to apply to college, and beginning the Common Application.
  • Senior Parent Meeting – August 22, 6:30 p.m., Louise Owens Theater
    This meeting will cover similar topics to what was addressed to the students during the Senior Seminar. The differences in college application timelines will be discussed along with their different advantages and disadvantages.

Junior and Parent Meetings
  • Junior Seminar – August 17, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Upper School
    This seminar is an introduction to Vocare, the college and career coaching program at Whitefield Academy. This program includes Myers-Briggs testing, YouScience assessment, small group meetings, and career programs highlighting professionals from various career fields, fun activities, and good food!
  • Junior Parent Meeting – September 5, 6:30 p.m., Louise Owens Theater
    This meeting will cover similar topics to what was addressed to the students during the Junior Seminar. SAT and ACT testing will be discussed in detail.

Freshman Orientation
All ninth-graders should plan to attend Freshman Orientation on August 14. Ninth-graders new to Whitefield should report to Morris Hall at 11 a.m., and all other ninth-graders should report at 11:30 a.m.

Locker Dimensions
The lockers for ninth through 12th grades are 13 ½” deep, 15” wide, and 35 ½” tall. NOTE: The door opening is only 12 1/4” due to a lip around the locker. Therefore, do not use any shelving unit that is wider than 12 1/4”. Also, the lockers have hooks on the center of the locker ceiling that are 2" long. NO crates are allowed in the lockers.

Athletics


Summer Strength and Conditioning Workouts (through July 27)
These workouts are led by Coach Jonathan McClellan on Mondays through Thursdays and are open to all rising seventh- through 12th-graders.
  • 8 to 10:30 a.m. - JV and varsity football (rising ninth through 12th grades)
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - all other athletes. Includes one hour of speed and agility training and one hour of weight training.

Athletic Camps offered by Whitefield Summer Programs Additional information and registration can be found here.
  • Golf Camp (rising fifth through eighth grades) – July 17-21
  • Wrestling Camp (rising fifth through eighth grades) – July 17-21
  • Baseball Camp (rising fifth through eighth grades) – July 24-28
  • Advanced Boys Basketball Camp (rising seventh through ninth grades) - July 24-28
  • Football Camp (rising fifth through eighth grades) – July 24-28

Contact our Coaches
A list of all of our Middle School, JV, and varsity coaches and their email addresses can be found here.

2017-2018 Athletic Fees
Fees include most practice/warm-up gear, necessary meals/snacks, end-of-season celebration, etc. Fees do not include shoes/cleats, lacrosse sticks, gloves, rackets, camps, and end-of-season coaches gifts.

Class 1 - $375
  • Football (JV and Varsity)
  • Lacrosse (JV and Varsity) – first-year players will be required to purchase a helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, and a travel bag at an additional cost above the class level fee.

Class 2 - $250
  • Baseball (JV and Varsity)
  • Basketball Boys (JV and Varsity)
  • Basketball Girls (JV and Varsity)
  • Golf Boys (JV and Varsity) – first year players in Upper School will be required to purchase a golf bag (ordered by the school) at an additional cost above the class level fee.
  • Golf Girls (JV and Varsity) – first year players in Upper School will be required to purchase a golf bag (ordered by the school) at an additional cost above the class level fee.
  • Football (5th and 6th)
  • Football (7th and 8th)
  • Soccer Boys (JV and Varsity)
  • Soccer Girls (JV and Varsity)
  • Softball (JV and Varsity)
  • Swimming (JV and Varsity)
  • Volleyball (JV and Varsity)
  • Wrestling (JV and Varsity)

Class 3 - $175
  • Baseball (Middle School)
  • Cross Country (JV and Varsity)
  • Golf Boys (Middle School)
  • Golf Girls (Middle School)
  • Lacrosse (Middle School)
  • Swimming (Middle School)
  • Track Boys (JV and Varsity)
  • Track Girls (JV and Varsity)
  • Wrestling (Middle School)

Class 4 - $100
  • Basketball Boys (Middle School)
  • Basketball Girls (Middle School)
  • Cross Country (Middle School)
  • Soccer (Middle School)
  • Softball (Middle School)
  • Track Boys (Middle School)
  • Track Girls (Middle School)
  • Volleyball (Middle School)
Other
  • Cheerleading – will be charged what is appropriate for covering the cost of the sport. $625 (7th and 8th grades and varsity); $150 (5th and 6th grades)
  • Tennis - $600 (varsity) and $375 (Middle School). Our tennis program is trained by ATI tennis.