Apogee Scholarship Fund. In support of socioeconomic diversity, The Friends School of Atlanta participates in Georgia’s independent school tax credit scholarship program. FSA is working with the Apogee Scholarship Fund, a Georgia registered Student Scholarship Organization that administers the HB 1133 tax credit program. This program offers a unique opportunity for you or your company to redirect your state income tax dollars to provide tuition assistance for new FSA students coming from public schools or just entering Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten or first grade. More information on how to participate can be found in the Support section of the FSA website.
Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools. FSA is a member of the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS). AAAIS brings together nonprofit, independent schools in the metro-Atlanta area that are interested in following principles such as nondiscrimination in recruitment and admissions practices and financial aid policies.
Atlanta Friends Meeting. FSA was founded by members and attendees of the Atlanta Friends Meeting and owes a great debt of gratitude to the Meeting and members for their early and ongoing support, which includes serving on the Board of Trustees. The Friends School of Atlanta is separately incorporated from the Atlanta Friends Meeting as an independent nonprofit educational institution.
Bright from the Start. Bright from the Start, the Georgia Department of Early Care, licenses our PreK3 program. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning’s mission is to enhance children’s early education experience to promote their academic, social-emotional and physical development in partnership with families, communities, stakeholders and the early care and education industry.
City Schools of Decatur. FSA has an ongoing relationship with our neighboring school system, whereby we reciprocate opportunities for staff development and share expertise among faculty and administrators.
Friends Council on Education. FSA has been a member of the Friends Council on Education (FCE) since 1993. In order to be a member of the Council, over 50% of the school’s Board of Trustees members must be members of The Religious Society of Friends, or be known as regular attenders of the Atlanta Friends Meeting. FCE is a national organization that acts as an integrating force in Quaker education, serving in both an advisory and consultative capacity. FCE serves some 90 Friends educational institutions nationwide. As a member, FSA qualifies for advice and support in such areas as faculty development, consultation on various aspects of Quaker education and administration and networking with other Friends schools.
Georgia Independent School Association. FSA is a member of the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA). GISA is an association of private, independent and parochial schools throughout the state. GISA provides coordination of and services for member schools, dissemination of information between and among the schools and joins other regional and national bodies in providing leadership on important educational issues. In addition, GISA attempts to foster close relations between member schools and the colleges and public schools in the State of Georgia.
National Association for Multicultural Education. NAME’s goal is to bring together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines and diverse educational institutions and occupations. NAME has members throughout the United States and several other countries. Educators from preschool through higher education and representatives from business and communities comprise NAME’s membership. Members in 22 states have formed NAME chapters and more chapters are currently being organized.
National Association of Independent Schools. FSA is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2004, The Friends School of Atlanta became a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a voluntary organization that seeks to improve education throughout the South through accreditation. In 2005, The Friends School of Atlanta achieved dual accreditation with SACS and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). FSA received a recommendation for reaccreditation in April, 2022.
Southern Association of Independent Schools. In 2002, FSA joined the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), a voluntary organization of more than 200 independent elementary and secondary schools throughout the South. SAIS addresses issues of importance to non-public schools such as organizational excellence, accreditation, curriculum, professional development, governance, equity and leadership. SAIS provides an accreditation program with a focus on high quality independent education. The Friends School of Atlanta has achieved dual accreditation with SACS and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). FSA received a recommendation for reaccreditation in 2021.
Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program. FSA participates in the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program (GSNSP). After qualifying according to the GSNSP requirements, parents can apply for student admission through the regular application process. Because FSA has limited services to meet special needs, parents need to be clear during the admissions process about their student’s needs. Once accepted, parents will provide a copy of the most recent IEP for FSA to keep on file and follow other requirements as established by the state of Georgia. Students will be required to participate in fall and spring standardized testing as a condition of the program.