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Wesleyan School Celebrates 25 Years in Peachtree Corners- Brown Family



Four families share their stories

Walking through the grounds of Wesleyan School, it feels more like stepping onto a college campus. For those unfamiliar with the school, it may be surprising to learn that Wesleyan is actually a K-12 private college-preparatory nondenominational Christian school with an enrollment of 1,171 students.

Chris Cleveland, who has served as Head of School for nearly 20 years, describes Wesleyan as many do — a family. The Wesleyan family is made up of teachers, community members and, of course, students and their families.

The Brown family

For some parents, their children’s time at Wesleyan has been more long-lasting than others. Pam Brown, wife of Lewis Brown, has had children in the Wesleyan school from 1988 through 2010. Her oldest son, Davis Brown, was not only Evergreen, but also now works at Wesleyan as an educator, peer leader and coach.

Lewis and Pam Brown (Photo by Isadora Pennington)

In the mid 1980s, Pam was looking for a Mother’s Day Out program for her young children. A neighbor recommended that she look into the Wesleyan Day School, so she toured the facility.

“When I walked in, I felt that it was just warm, inviting, nurturing… you know I just felt that it was friendly,” said Brown. “I’m still good friends with some of the teachers from back then.”

The Browns applied and when their daughter was accepted, that allowed her younger children to also get into the school. The Brown family enjoyed Wesleyan so much they stuck with the school for the duration of their children’s schooling.

“We just both really loved it. That’s why we stayed when they moved out here, and why we moved out here. We could have stayed in Dunwoody and done other schools there, public or private,” she explained. “We came out here when it was just a dirt mound with trailers.”

Davis Brown.

After his graduation, her son Davis initially worked at other schools and churches in and around the Buckhead area, but he eventually realized that what he truly wanted was to continue working with the kids at Wesleyan. It was a perfect fit for him, both academically and ethically, and he has found success as an Evergreen-turned-teacher. He even met his now wife at Wesleyan when they were in elementary school together and got married in the chapel on campus!

“The people all of my children have met here, the teachers, they really were nurturing in elementary school and they were nurturing in a caring and encouraging way in high school, and there were three different teachers that made an enormous difference on the path my children took,” said Brown.

She explained that when kids become teenagers, they often pull away from their parents. For her children, the teachers and staff at Wesleyan played a central role in their development during that time. “The teachers here could see the potential; they see the potential and they encourage their students. They care, they are friends, and they invest in you. They see the student as a person.”

Always taking an active role in her children’s lives, Brown found ways to volunteer at the school and served on the athletic board as well as overseeing the arts alliance. She pointed out that the families of students who attend Wesleyan are all very engaged with the community around them, and how that integration plays out in athletics.

“Most teams out here have community coaches as well as the team coach, which is good because the community can come out,” she explained. “People in the town invest as well. My husband did pole vaulting in high school, and we didn’t have a pole-vaulting coach, so he came out after work and coached the pole vaulting. It’s very interactive and parents can be as involved as they want to be.”

Isadora is a writer, photographer, and designer living in Avondale Estates, GA. She has worked in print for the past decade and has been published in the Atlanta INtown, Oz Magazine, Atlanta Senior Life, and the Reporter Newspapers.

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International Charter Academy of Georgia’s Japan Day at the Capitol [+ PHOTOS]



International Charter Academy of Georgia students hosting "Japan Day" at the Georgia State Capitol

International Charter Academy of Georgia, located in Norcross, GA, offers a dual language education for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

On January 23, 2024, International Charter Academy hosted a “Japan Day at the Capitol,” during which 20 students from fourth and fifth grade were selected to sing a variety of songs in both English and Japanese.

Ms. Norika Harada conducted the performance with assistant Ms. Mayuko Nelson, while Governor Brian Kemp and Consul General of Japan Mio Maedawatched on.

Kemp and Maeda recognized the school and the students performing as well as the 50th anniversary of the Consulate General of Japan’s office in Atlanta just before the performance.

During the performance, the students performed “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “My Country Home,” “My Grandfather’s Clock,” and “It’s a Small World.”

Many families, supporters and businesses attended the event to support International Charter Academy of Georgia on this special occasion.

Photos by Peachtree Corners Magazine

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Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA) Accepting Scholarship Applications



Focused students studying in the park // Image by Freepik

The Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA) has announced its annual scholarship opportunity for local high school seniors who demonstrate community spirit and initiative. 

The scholarship program was established to raise awareness among high school students, of the need to give back to the local community and schools.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 to 2024 Student Scholarship Program.  The PCBA will award two $1,000 scholarships to deserving graduating high school seniors.

Students are invited to apply now by completing the Scholarship Application through midnight on Mar. 7, 2024.  Submit the complete application by Mar. 1, 2024 to enter a special raffle.

Applications should be emailed to scholarship@peachtreecornersba.com.

Sealed Transcripts may be sent to the PCBA office at:
4989 Peachtree Parkway Suite 200
Peachtree Corners, GA  30092.

Click Here for the Current Scholarship Application for Eligible Graduating Seniors


Must be a senior and at least one of the following to qualify:

  • Resident of Peachtree Corners
  • Senior at Norcross HS, Wesleyan HS, Paul Duke HS, or Duluth HS
  • Child of PCBA Member

Applications must include the application form, a copy of the student’s sealed or official transcript showing cumulative GPA, and essay of 500 words or less describing why they are the best candidate for the scholarship.

The essay must include three things the student has learned that they believe will help them in the future and a separate page listing any of the following the student has been associated with, and give a brief description of their involvement with:

  • School Organization Affiliation
  • Sports Affiliation and Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Areas of Community Involvement
  • Personal time donated to Charitable/Humanitarian causes
  • Activities completed or participated in to support the community, healthcare workers, first responders, and others.

“The PCBA is proud to continue this scholarship opportunity, which recognizes local students who have positively impacted the community,” said Donna Linden, PCBA Board member. 

“In previous years, we were impressed at the dedication to community service we saw from applicants. We look forward to honoring the deserving students who receive these scholarships, especially during these challenging times” shared Linden. 

Funds for the scholarships are raised throughout the year from PCBA membership, sponsorship, and our annual charity event.

For questions regarding the scholarship program, please email scholarship@peachtreecornersba.com.

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International Charter School of Georgia Opens 2024-2025 Enrollment Period



International Charter Academy of Georgia's Mochitsuki Rice Pounding

The State Charter School Commission (SCSC) of Georgia has expressed its intent to extend the contract with the International Charter Academy of Georgia (ICAGeorgia) for an additional five years.

This renewal decision stems from ICAGeorgia’s track record of academic excellence and community engagement. The forthcoming approval of the school’s plan to introduce a Grade 6 middle school further shows ICAGeorgia’s commitment to growth and development.

Established in 2018, ICAGeorgia has achieved a “Content Mastery” score of 91.4%, placing it in the top 18% among all elementary schools in Georgia.

Notably, the school has a student mathematics score of 98.28%, showcasing its dedication to academic achievement.

ICAGeorgia sets itself apart through its Japanese teaching approach, prioritizing problem-solving skills over rote memorization, coupled with a high-quality dual-language curriculum.

ICAGeorgia’s Japanese calligraphy activities

The school’s commitment to maintaining a diverse student body, selecting and retaining exceptional teachers and engaging students in global cultural activities has been crucial to its academic success.

Signature events such as the rice pounding festival (Mochitsuki), Japanese calligraphy (Kakizome), Hispanic Week and Black History Month enrich the educational experience.

ICAGeorgia’s Japanese calligraphy activities

The involvement of parents and teachers in local festivals, including the Peachtree Corners Children Festival, Atlanta JapanFest and Japan Day at the Georgia State Capitol, underscores ICAGeorgia’s dedication to community engagement and service.

The school enjoys robust support from the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta and collaborates with organizations like the Japan-America Society of Georgia and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia.

Enrollment is open now for school year 2024 to 2025. Learn more here or email Jessica Kennett Cork, Secretary of the Governing Board for ICAGeorgia at j.cork@internationalcharteracademy.org.

Photos courtesy of Jessica Kennett Cork and the International Charter Academy of Georgia.

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