Can you help our Scholarship Fund?

As the result of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the understandable mandates regarding social gatherings, we have had to postpone 2 fundraisers, and may possibly have to postpone a 3rd. These fundraisers are crucial in helping fund scholarships and our reading programs.

Dyslexia and other reading issues affect 1 in 5 people in the United States. Sixty-five percent of Georgia 4th graders are not reading at the proficient level and 4th grade is considered the “watershed year”, meaning a child not reading proficiently has a 78% chance of NOT catching up. Two-thirds of those not reading proficiently by the end of 4th grade end up in poverty. We aim to prevent that for our students.

Most of our students attend private school out of need only, they are not being served in public school, it is not a luxury, and many struggle with our tuition, though it is among the lowest in the Northwest Metro Atlanta area.  Many of our students do not start with us until about 3rd grade, when parents start realizing their child is not progressing with reading. Our curriculum, combined with very small class sizes, gives these students an environment in which they can learn. You can read many of their stories HERE.

Our Ride 2 Read as well as our Spring Tea and Auction were postponed, and possibly our Dyslexia Rocks Concert, depending on upcoming developments. Combined, these fundraisers would have generated over $30,000 toward scholarship funds for our students. While we still plan to have these fundraisers, the timing & participation level are so uncertain at this time.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed Friday has measures to help non-profit organizations such as ours. This will apply only to charitable contributions made in 2020. You can read the full bill HERE.

The CARES Act temporarily creates something nonprofits have long sought: a “universal charitable deduction,” also known as an above-the-line” deduction for donations. That means taxpayers can easily claim the deduction on their tax forms without having to go through the extra step of itemizing.

If you, or someone you know can help, please support our school and our students, who need these services.

Here is how you can give:

  • You can text SCHOLARSHIP to 404-491-7724 or click HERE.
  • You can also donate on FACEBOOK. Just click the DONATE button.
  • You can also donate to the Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship, which not only gives us the much needed funds, but you get a dollar for dollar TAX CREDIT on your Georgia Income Taxes. You can read more about that HERE, and pledge and donate HERE
  • Businesses (Both S and C-corps) can participate too, depending on their Georgia Tax Liability, so share with any friends or family who are business owners. More details HERE.
  • You can read more about other Giving methods HERE.

We depend on and appreciate the generosity of donors, parents, grandparents, foundations, and community friends to support annual operating expenses, financial aid, and future growth. It really takes a village! <3

Brookwood Christian School respects your privacy and will never release your contact, check, or credit card information.

Brookwood Christian School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
TAX ID [EIN]: 20-8499098.


“I’m Not Sure Where We Would Be Without This School.”

“Brookwood Christian school is absolutely amazing. This is my daughters 3rd year. She came from Public 2 years ago as a 6th grader when she was 12. Even with her IEP, she was still really struggling in public school. Not that there was anything wrong with the school she attended before but they just simply didn’t know how to teach her.

“She was diagnosed with a language barrier when she was in 3rd grade. School made her anxious and she was spending hours at night on homework. She had trouble concentrating, she was drowning in the work overload and getting discouraged with poor grades. We were recommended Brookwood by someone when I was looking into homeschooling and I’m so thankful to have found them. She still gets to go to school and have her friends.

“I’m not sure where we would be without this school. The teachers are great and they really make learning fun. She has learned and retained more since being at Brookwood than all the years she was in public school. They offer a safe and nurturing learning environment for children. It feels more like a big family.

“My daughter loves the small classroom sizes and hands on learning. She always looks forward to the farmers market in downtown Acworth or walking to the lake. For the first time she really enjoys going to school and to me that is priceless. My whole family is so very grateful that a school like Brookwood exists for those that learn and process information in different ways. This school is such a blessing!!” 

~Ashley Malone, Kaylee’s Mom

Thank you so much for your kind words! And we are delighted to help students like Kaylee achieve their full reading potential. 🙂

#StopStruggling #StartPerforming #WeCanHelp

Hurricanes at Home!

Here is an interesting meteorology activity by the National Hurricane Center, for 4th, 5th, & 6th graders.

“These webinars will focus on the job of a meteorologist, the weather hazards that come with hurricanes, and how meteorologists get you the weather information you need before a storm.

“Registration links available about a week before the webinar is conducted (on the second page of this notice). We can only accommodate 500 participants for each webinar, so please only register for one of the two identical webinars provided for your region. Future info on the #HurricanesAtHome webinars will be available on NHC’s social media accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSNHC/

Twitter: @NWSNHC (https://twitter.com/NWSNHC) @NHC_Atlantic (https://twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic)



Distance Learning & Virtual Field Trips

During this challenging time of COVID-19 school closing, we have moved to a distance learning model that, thanks to both our families’ patience and support and our teachers hard work, seems to be working very well.

We are sharing various things to support and enhance these efforts on our school’s Facebook Page (like & follow it if you haven’t already). To make finding the activities easier, we have tagged them with the hashtags:

  • #DistanceLearning for those activities that are instructional as well as having other educational merit, and
  • #VirtualFieldTrips which are activities and websites that can be used as lessons as well as just fun! These can be great activities even after the non COVID-19 closings.

To make finding these easier, if you click on the hashtag, it will automatically filter those posts so you don’t have to scroll through the entire page.

School Closing Update

BREAKING NEWS: Governor Kemp has just announced that schools will remained closed through at least April 24, 2020. This is 2 weeks longer than we last anticipated. You can read more HERE.

We will continue to work diligently to deliver instruction to your students during this time and will keep you updated with any new developments.

Please check the Parent Portal for information regarding enrollment and financial aid extensions.

COVID-19 Update

Late yesterday afternoon the City of Acworth made a Declaration of Emergency regarding the current COVID-19 crisis. This order is effective from 12:00PM, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 through 12:00PM, Monday, April 6, 2020. To briefly summarize sections that affect the school the most:

  • No business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation or organization shall allow more than ten (10) persons to be gathered at a single location if such gathering requires persons to stand or be seated within six (6) feet of any other person.
  • Restrooms, playgrounds, pavilions, baseball and football fields, batting cages and other amenities in parks will remain closed. All individuals in public places must allow for proper social distancing and maintain and restrict in person contact as much as possible and maintain a distance of 6 (six) feet between individuals.
  • All persons shall shelter in place (stay at home) as much as possible. People should only leave their homes to go to work, to obtain food, medical treatment, medication, or for an emergency.

You can read the full declaration HERE.

Later in the same evening the Cobb County Chairman issued a similar Declaration of Emergency beginning March 25, 2020 at 12:00PM and continuing until April 15, 2020 at 12:00PM which includes the above and also adds:

  • public gatherings — whether inside or outdoors — of more than 10 people are prohibited anywhere in the county.
  • The county has closed all parks and recreation buildings until further notice.
  • All businesses except “Essential Businesses” (as referenced in the Declaration), can operate no earlier than 6 a.m. and no later than 9 p.m.

You can read the full declaration HERE.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), at the time of this post, there are 1,097 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia, 90 cases in Cobb County and we have had no notification from DPH of any cases affiliated with the school.




COVID-19 Update

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s suggestion yesterday and guidance from the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Brookwood Christian School will move to Distance Learning effective Monday, March 16. We will remain closed for the week and update you on a week by week basis.

While our campus will be closed, the education of your child will continue. All staff will work remotely to best support students, including delivering digital and physical instructional resources to students while they are at home. Teachers will be available from 9 – 3 (just like a regular school day) with a break from 11:30 – 12:20 for lunch and students to take a break. 

The decision to close schools was not easy. After the private schools in Cherokee & Bartow closed, and the closing of Kinkaid, we knew this would be inevitable, we just did not want to create a situation where families had a student at home and siblings at school. After reviewing the closures of the public schools yesterday, we knew the time had come to transition students to our distance learning model  and close campus. 

We know that you may have questions regarding how the school closure will impact you, and we will work to provide you the answers.

We will continue to keep you updated on the next steps during the school closure process as we turn to our distance learning resources. We are in the process of getting materials together and you will start receiving information from teachers if you haven’t already. We will also keep important information on our website.

We know this is a very difficult time for our school families and the community. We will work together to get through this.

Look for more information throughout the day including phone numbers and contact information.

Parent Alert

Research shows that SMS open rates are as high as 98%, compared to just 20% of all emails. And, on average, it takes 90 seconds for someone to respond to a text and 90 minutes to respond to an email.

Because of this, we send out time sensitive information via our Parent Alert System, which is part of our Emergency Alert System.

From our alert system:

Selecting the Emergency option will override Family Individual Preferences.

Parents who have replied “STOP” to a text sent by the school have blocked messages with their cell provider and will not receive texts.

Please note that regular Parent Alerts are sent with reminders, school closings, inclement weather, and traffic advisories that may be time sensitive and get buried in email. Please be sure your settings allow for these alerts. We all check our texts faster than email 

We will NEVER send an Emergency Alert for weather, traffic, or closings, only for actual EMERGENCY situations.

To check/change your settings, login to the Family Portal and follow the following steps:

  1. Pull down the FAMILY menu on the left
  2. Select FAMILY HOME
  3. On the right look for Family Alert Cell Phone and it should say YES. If it does, there’s no need to do anything else.
  4. If it says NO, select the EDIT pen.
  5. Select the appropriate parent name(s)
  6. Change from NO to YES.
  7. Be sure to SAVE the changes.
1. Pull down FAMILY menu
2. Select FAMILY HOME.
3. If circled region says YES, you are good
4. If not, select the EDIT pen
5. Select appropriate parent(s)
6. Change from NO to YES
7. SAVE

“Georgia’s Special Needs Scholarship saved my oldest daughter’s life.”

Yet another compelling story about how the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship impacted a family, and why it’s awesome SB 386 passed the house, and now we need it to pass the Senate.

We have so many similar stories with our families that we completely understand their plights and advocate for these types of scholarships.

“Vivian was diagnosed with ADHD and a deficit in working memory in fourth grade. We obtained a 504 plan in fifth grade. This is a blueprint for supporting students with disabilities that allows them to continue learning alongside their peers, but our local public schools lacked the resources to provide that support when she entered middle school… 

“…Our once extroverted, tenderhearted child who was endlessly optimistic became angry, sullen and withdrawn. What she admitted to us later was alarming and heartbreaking: She had begun to have suicidal thoughts…

“…We decided we could not wait any longer and paid out of pocket for a private evaluation with a psychologist to help speed up the process. 

“Once her results were evaluated, the psychologist found several learning differences that would require an IEP. Unfortunately, it would be five months before an IEP would be written and by that time, Vivian had already failed sixth grade…

“…With the aid of the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship, Vivian began private school at the beginning of seventh grade.

“The difference was seen within the first three days of attendance. She began to thrive in an environment that taught subjects in multiple formats and gave individualized attention to her needs. They not only met the requirements of her evaluation but, in many ways, exceeded them.

“…But not all families have those resources. Senate Bill 386, which passed the Senate today, would strengthen the scholarship and break down barriers that families of special needs students face.”

Julia Mitchell Rohan

Read more about Vivian’s Story HERE. We have so many similar stories at Brookwood. You can read Mellie’s Story (our 2019 Valedictorian) in our 2018-2019 Annual Report, as well as HERE, and Blake’s Story in our 2017-2018 Annual Report, both are compelling, and the statistics for students who do not get appropriate reading instruction are grim, and outlined in the Progress Reports in both stories. You can also see the statistics regarding the success of our programs HERE.

Please CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and ask them to support SB 386 so that all Georgia students with special needs have access to a school where they can thrive, and tell them your story if it applies! 

Get to Know Families Impacted by Georgia’s Special Needs Scholarship.

#SayDyslexia #UntilEveryoneCanRead #1in5