Turning Sun Preschool To Open New Location In East Lake/Oakhurst
Contact: Bill Asp, Director of Development (404) 966-7438 email@example.com
Atlanta- Turning Sun School will open its newest half-day preschool location in August 2013 in the East Lake / Oakhurst neighborhood.
The school will be investing up to $50,000 to renovate and furnish the educational building and grounds at East Lake United Methodist Church at 2500 Hosea L. Williams Drive on the corner of 5th Avenue.
“We are very excited to bring Turning Sun to East Lake.” says Alicia Karpick, School Director. “We are already meeting with the community and working to create an amazing learning environment inside and outside our school doors.”
Turning Sun uses the surrounding community, including nature, as the preferred classroom. The school partners with local agencies and institutions, artists and naturalists to create its curriculum. Turning Sun is a collaborative learning school that draws input from students, parents, staff and the community.
“Even though we are not affiliated with the church and do not offer a religious curriculum,” adds Karpick, “We are very excited to support this historic church and vibrant neighborhood”. Turning Sun is open and affirming and welcomes families from various religious and non-religious traditions alike.
Renovations will commence in April 2013 in preparation for the August 21st opening date. Until then, prospective families are invited to learn about Turning Sun’s philosophy at open houses scheduled in March at their current location on Clairmont Road in Atlanta.
“Our first school was at maximum capacity. So rather than turn away as many as fifty families this fall, we looked for a second location and quickly realized that more parents were driving from the Decatur area than anywhere else,” adds Karpick.
Turning Sun is an earth-centered preschool which is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. The school is for children ages 1 to 5 and the teacher-to-student ratios are 1:5 to 1:8 depending on age.
“My daughter Mary has enjoyed almost a full year at the Clairmont campus and with that I am very excited to have Turning Sun coming to my neighborhood,” says Jessie Comer, mother of a two-year old Turning Sun student. “Their progressive approach is such an excellent fit for my family and our open-minded community”.
Turning Sun opened its first school in 2012 at 2676 Clairmont Road which features twelve acres of forested surroundings, hiking trails, and a food garden. Applications for 2013 Summer camps and fall preschool at both campuses can be submitted by visiting www.turningsun.com or calling 404-907-3012.