Enrollment Decisions for April 2017

Enrollment decisions for Fall 2017 are on the table, so what is the difference between private Pre-K versus GA Pre-K.   Being a part of the value of Brenwood Academy, one of the top GA Pre-K centers in Canton, it becomes critical to help parents understand why tuition payments for our private program is an invaluable investment over a free state program.

As the old saying goes “you get what you pay for”, and what you’re paying for is an investment in a learning foundation, limitless learning boundaries, leadership skills, and a child’s ability to articulate their own objectives and ideas.  With intimate private classrooms, our environment and pedagogy of project based learning is instilled every day in the learning foundation of our students.

I have the stimulating experience of witnessing Project Based Learning in action every week.  An impressionable experience was watching our 5-8-year-old students develop their own in house Olympic games.  Each child was either grouped together or developed their own Olympic challenge.  The assignment challenged them to learn about the history of the Olympics and the job of the Olympic Committee.  They were then challenged to plan, organize, market, create and manage the first Brenwood Olympics!  The execution, and feeling of accomplishment was an investment in these students that was immeasurable, and a foundation development that will last a lifetime.

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You’re still questioning the price tag that may seem impossible?   Let’s dig a little deeper at the prioritization of how we are budgeting for life.  According to Edmunds.com, the average monthly payment on a new vehicle is $479. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, the average American household spent $2,787 on restaurant meals and takeout.  Us News posted a 13 point article that would save close to $1000 monthly on unnecessary expenses.

In addition to the unnecessary budget indulgences, parents are spending hundreds in extracurricular activities around canton for football, cheerleading, and gymnastics.  Are these the valued investments that will set my child up with a solid platform to succeed in life?

Project based learning and constructivism in learning creates excitement and a craving for learning.  It projects a child out of their seat of being a “passive listener” and entices them to learning more when they are actively involved.  PBL creates a learning style that is universal across all platforms of life that set’s them up for success in any environment with creative learning, communication, and collaboration skills.



Holiday Magic Restored

“Giving Back” Over the Holidays


Our School will be partnering with Becky Beckner from Provisions Today to support an organization called Path to Shine and Children from their Canton Office.  Path To Shine provides mentoring and tutoring support for at-risk elementary school students. With 1 mentor for every 2 children Path To Shine seeks to help students graduate elementary school, while learning to make productive life choices that can lead to high school graduation.

What are we collecting

School supplies and perishable Christmas stocking items for ages 5 (kindergarten) – 5th grade age 10 -11.
Sample items include: Small educational toys (i.e. legos, blocks etc.), Paper-lined and blank, pencils (large and small grip), pencil grippers, glue sticks, scissors, crayons, markers, plastic supply boxes,  Personal items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotions, gloves, socks, mittens



  1. Help decorate donation points throughout the school for drop offs.
  2. Communicate and promote with your friends and neighbors share the collection information throughout your community.
  3. Teach the importance of giving back during the holiday season to your children.
  4. PROMOTE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA! This will be our final collection drop off and supply pick-up from Provisions Today.


Combating Fall Illness

The season for colds, flu, and viruses has arrived once again at Brenwood Academy.  It’s normal you say? We understand and relate to the frustrations that parents have this time of year as the directors are parents as well.  It is, unfortunately, a normal part of having a child in school or childcare and as a parent; this is the difficult part of taking the first steps to exposing them early.

A long-term study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal from 1998 to 2006, found that toddlers in group child care get sick more often than toddlers who stay at home, but found those same kids get sick less often than their peers during the elementary school years.

Many pediatricians will agree that even healthy children will get sick while in school or childcare.  Natural ways to help build up immune systems in children are to serve foods that are rich in protein, zinc and vitamin C, and free of refined sugar. Parents should consider supplementing their toddlers’ diets with immune-boosting vitamin D and probiotics, both of which are available in kid-friendly drops or chewable tablets. Exposing children to viruses is an important part of building their immune system.”  Today’s Parent http://www.todaysparent.com/toddler/daycare-germs-what-you-need-to-know/

Having your child enrolled in a licensed early education center ensures that guidelines for cleanliness are required and audited regularly.  State license regulations for child care centers, in addition to the cleanliness guidelines to obtain SACS accreditation ensures your child is in the best environment to combat these illnesses.   For our private school students, these guidelines are stricter in comparison to other school and elementary settings because of Bright From The Start license regulations.

ROI On Early Childhood Education

Perry webFig1_rev2011_02How can we as parents possibly place a value on what a preschool environment actually has on our children.  We often question, why are we putting so much effort into classes for our children at such an early phase when we should be investing in and saving for their college education.  Perhaps we as parents have that philosophy somewhat reversed.

Brain development continues for an extended period postnatally. The brain increases in size by four-fold during the preschool period, reaching approximately 90% of adult volume by age 6.  With 90% of brain development and growth occurring in the preschool age, it is extremely critical to make the right choice for development.

A few excerpts from other resources suggest the following return:

The HighScope Perry Preschool Study, found that individuals who were enrolled in a quality preschool program ultimately earned up to $2,000 more per month than those who were not. Young people who were in preschool programs are more likely to graduate from high school, to own homes, and have longer marriages.

Early childhood education makes good economic sense, as well. In Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return, a high-ranking Federal Reserve Bank official pegs its return on investment at 12 percent, after inflation.

Brenwood Academy has by far pulled out the stops that are required to create a stimulating and educational environment for children ages infants through 3rd Grade Private School in Canton, GA.   Our private school setting has developed a project based learning environment with a multi-age classroom.  Our teaching philosophy alone has allowed children to transition from several different tutoring and help centers, to a place where individualization and assessments can nurture the academic needs of our students.  With an abundance of resources for each of our classrooms, spacious outdoor playgrounds, a developing garden center area, and a spacious  indoor gym facility, Brenwood Academy ranks as one of the best preschools and early elementary private schools in Cherokee County.


Camp Activate Summer Camp

Summer Camp is in full swing at Brenwood Academy.   We have overhauled our Summer Camp Program to include a new line-up of events for summer fun in Canton, GA.  If you haven’t registered yet there is still space for you child to attend.  From building a garden center, trip’s to the pool, INK and Tellus Museums, and learning adventures at Challenge Island our summer line up is jam packed.  Contact Mindy Anderson mindy@brenwoodacademy.com to register for our upcoming weeks and events by visiting our Summer Camp Page  for more details.


Hannah Craton For the next two weeks at Camp Activate, Acting and Directing Coach Hannah Craton will be joining us as we host Drama Theater Camp.  Hannah will graduate this summer from Reinhardt University with a Masters Degree in music education.  She was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society, Reindhardt University Concert Choir and brings a colorful world of Drama and performance to our campers at Brenwood Academy.  We are thrilled to have her join our team.


Former Director, Mrs. Rachel Rubright has decided to move to a school that is closer to her home in Dallas, GA, to allow for more time with her expanding family.  While we are sad to see her leave, we welcome Ms. Victoria Broyles as our new director at Brenwood Academy.

AN INTRODUCTION FROM DIRECTOR VICTORIA BROYLES: I am originally from Waco, TX and moved around quite a bit during my childhood. I moved to Georgia in 2005 and my family and I live in the Woodstock area. My husband Aaron and I have been married for fourteen years and we have two beautiful children-Braeden and Elayna. I hold a BA in Early Childhood Education and have been working in the field for 15 years.

In our spare time my family and I enjoy the outdoors, watching movies, and trying new Mexican restaurants. Our favorite vacation spot is Ocean Isle, NC and visiting my parents in Ellijay.

Interim During Maternity Leave

Brenwood_LEGOMs. Rachel will be out on maternity leave for several weeks anxiously awaiting the arrival their new family member.  In the interim period, her tasks and responsibilities have been disbursed throughout the office.  If you are in need of assistance or have any questions, or concerns regarding our program during this time frame please stop by the office or contact us directly at 770-704-4925.  Quality Rated progression will continue with training and audits behind the scenes until that time frame.  We encourage you to focus on making the right choice for fall enrollment 2016 by looking at the many program options we provide at Brenwood Academy.

Quality Rated Certified

In an effort to continually improve our quality of care at Brenwood Academy we have begun the process of engaging in Georgia’s Quality Rated System for child care facilities. What is Quality Rated? Quality Rated is a system to assess, improve, and communicate quality in Georgia’s early and school-age and education programs. Why does Georgia need Quality Rated? Today, Georgia has more than 6300 early care and education programs. It can be a daunting task for parents and families to research which program is the best fit for their child. Similar to rating systems for other service-related industries like hotels and restaurants, Quality Rated assigns a quality rating to early and school‐age care and education programs that meet a set of defined program standards. How will Quality Rated make a difference to Georgia’s young children and their parents? Research supports that the quality of early care and education and a student’s readiness and ability to succeed in school are clearly connected (Vandell, 2004). Quality Rated will help to raise the standards of early education programs for our youngest learners in Georgia therefore advancing our next generation’s potential. One study that examined children’s outcomes over time in elementary school in light of their participation in quality preschool programs (Peisner-Feinberg and Burchinal, 1997, 1999, 2001) found that children who attended higher quality preschool programs had better language development, problem solving, and social skills. More importantly, the positive effects of a quality preschool experience carried over past kindergarten into elementary…


This year we are pleased to announce a series of family fun nights and community events hosted at the  school for everyone to participate in.  We are excited about our upcoming movie night on September 11 as well as our free lunch and learn event on September 17. We hope that you will make plans to join us at these special events, and bring friends and family to join us for these family fun occasions.  Download and print our Save the Dates Card, or subscribe to our online calendar by clicking on the Calendar Page of our website and pressing the subscribe link at the bottom. Help is also needed to manage these events, if you are interested in volunteering please contact Marketing Director, Mindy Anderson for more information. SAVE THE DATES…