Principal Kim Wigington receives prestigious award

Kim receiving the Leadership in Literacy award from Karen Huppertz, President of International Dyslexia Association Georgia Branch.

Principal Kim Wigington was awarded the 2018 Leadership in Literacy Awaard by the International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Branch (IDA-GA) on Saturday, March 24 at IDA-GA’s Dimensions of Dyslexia Conference to be held at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta.

This award recognizes a school administrator who has shown leadership in developing literacy in his/her school or school system within the state of Georgia. Kim has demonstrated:

♦outstanding leadership through the development of effective reading programs,

♦the support of excellent teacher training and professional development

♦significant gains in student reading achievement, and

♦the engagement of parents in school/home cooperative ventures to support literacy.

We, at Brookwood Christian, are extremely proud of  her dedicated service to education and outstanding efforts to promote and encourage student reading achievement.

Kim is a Georgia native, growing up in Calhoun, Georgia. She taught high school English, speech, drama, and psychology for 6 years at Cartersville High School, then worked as a school counselor for 4 years at Allatoona Elementary School, where she won a regional school counselor of the year award.  Having a daughter struggle with dyslexia and realizing the lack of adequate resources and services offered in public education, Kim started what would grow into Brookwood Christian School in 2004 by creating the perfect learning environment for her daughters and other children struggling with learning differences. Many have witnessed her tireless efforts to expand the schools reading programs as well as community awareness of dyslexia and other language processing disorders.

Brookwood Christian School serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs.  Many of these students have been diagnosed with a language based learning disability such as dyslexia and were either on an IEP in public school or eligible for one had they attended public school.  

We use Wilson Reading® and Fast ForWord® reading programs, depending on the students’ needs, and class sizes are kept small so students get the individual attention and appropriate instruction they need for success.  Teachers are certified and experienced in the content areas they teach. Those teaching the reading programs have had extensive training in those programs.

For the  2016-2017 school year, the average gain on the Woodcock Johnson IIIC broad reading battery was 1.2 grade levels with 45.7% of students gaining greater than 1 year and 91.4% of students gained 1 year or more on at least one of the subtests.  The biggest gains were seen on Passage Comprehension with an average gain of 1.8 grade levels and 60% of students gaining more than 1 year and over a third seeing a gain of 3 or more years. Our next goal is to expand our programs to be able to serve more students in need.

Because of her accomplishments, Kim was honored with the Acworth Business Person of the Year in December 2014 and then named Acworth’s Citizen of the Year by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce in December 2016.  Kim is the current Chair of the Acworth Downtown Development Authority, Co-Chair of Taste of Acworth Committee, as well as Chair of the Acworth Business Association Women’s Network for 2018.

Kim with her daughters, Ineja (left) and Kristen (center), both graduates of Brookwood Christian.

#MyGivingStory for #GivingTuesday

Please go vote for our story here.  You can vote for as many stories as you want, but only once per story per day through Nov 30.  15 finalists will be chosen to be judged with 1st place receiving $10,000, 2nd receiving $5,000, and 3rd receiving $2,500.

Feel free to write your own #MyGivingStory and name our nonprofit as the award recipient!


Our #MyGivingStory for #GivingTuesday is to give back to a business that supports our fundraising endeavors, Lake City & Acworth Animal Hospitals. We will have #GivingTowelTuesday on the last Tuesday of the month to collect gently used towels and blankets to use for boarding and transport for Road Trip Home Animal Rescue, another cause they support.

We are a private school that serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs. Many of our students are diagnosed with a language based learning disability such as dyslexia.

The current campus was established in 2008 by current Principal/Director, Kim Wigington, in order to better serve her two daughters’ reading comprehension concerns, one with dyslexia and the other an English language learner, adopted from Latvia.

While we are extremely proud of the achievements of our students, we would like to be able to help more students in need of the same services. We have outgrown the current building and are in the process of expanding our campus, costing approximately $675,000, which is why we are eternally grateful to Lake City & Acworth Animal Hospitals for their support in our continuing fundraising efforts.

Buy your tickets!

Less than a week until the History & Southern Charm Tour!  If you have not already purchased your tickets, you can do so here.

Click HERE for more details about the houses.

You can pick your tickets up in the office M-F between the hours of 9-3, or on the day of the tour at the first stop (see Map).  You can also purchase tickets in the office or at the tour.

Houston Donations Update

The gift card shipment that we planned to send Friday, September 8th was postponed until this Friday, September 15 as a result of not only our weather, but the fact that Houston is still working on their infrastructure and we wanted to be sure they wouldn’t get there and be delayed/misplaced/lost. Continue reading “Houston Donations Update”

Help us Help Houston!

Please help if you can!!

We are adopting a school in Houston, Friendswood Junior High.  So many many in the affected areas have lost everything! 🙁

Brookwood Christian will be sending these store specific (Walmart, Winn Dixie, Piggly Wiggly, Target, Home Depot, Lowes), or generic (AMEX, VISA, MasterCard), gift cards to assist these families.

If you would like to help us, Continue reading “Help us Help Houston!”

Ms. Kim races with Team Acworth for Breast Cancer

In Acworth’s very first Dragon Boat Festival, benefiting Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, Ms. Kim raced with Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood and other local business owners as Team Acworth, against Kennesaw’s Mayor and Team Kennesaw.

Watch the end of the race in the video below… Continue reading “Ms. Kim races with Team Acworth for Breast Cancer”

Supporting Leo Mazzone Fundraiser

(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

We were proud to support Leo Mazzone’s fundraising drive at Gabriel’s at the Old Mill during the Acworth Business Association‘s monthly Alive After 5 social event.

Mazzone, former Atlanta Braves Pitching Coach (1979-2005), was raising money for Companion Animal Connection, a non-profit, no kill dog and cat rescue.   Continue reading “Supporting Leo Mazzone Fundraiser”