~ love and learning live here ~
Thanks to everyone who gave and volunteered last year, we are actually in construction mode with our new building! We are hoping to open the 2018-2019 school year with a new high school building .
Looking forward, we plan to offer our services to more students once construction is completed. We would love for more students who are struggling to experience our atmosphere and curriculum so they may experience the same nurturing environment as our current students.
I am also extremely humbled and honored to have received the 2018 Leadership in Literacy Award from the International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Branch in March. This award, along with the support from our local businesses, and the community in general, make me proud to represent Acworth and reaffirms the decision to start Brookwood Christian 14 years ago.
Kim Wigington, Principal
Jerry F. Jones, Treasurer
Mary Jane Gates
about our School
Our mission, at Brookwood Christian School, is to serve students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs. The school’s specialized and tailored curriculum is designed to compensate for or overcome dyslexia and the other learning disorders. Because of our students’ inability to function in a normal school setting, we offer specialized methods and materials recommended by doctors, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists.
Brookwood Christian School (BCS) was founded with 18 students and 3 teachers, renting rooms at a local Church. In 2008, we started the school year in our very own brand new building.
Five years later, we added a new office so that the original office could be used as a classroom. We have 2 major goals to accomplish in the next few years. One is to continue to expand the reading programs that have helped our students. The other is to add a new building for high school classes, regain our library, which was given up for classroom space, and also add an auditorium.
Due to building code and other constraints, we had to change our plans this past year, to what may turn out to be an even better than anticipated "fit". Hopefully we will be able to start 2018-2019 school year in our new building
MESSAGE FROM THE Principal
Eclipse Day activity, August 21, 2017
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Foundation and construction for our new building, April, 2018
Where our students live...
We earned the GuideStarPlatinum Seal of Transparency in November, showcasing the progress and results we’re making toward our mission! We are proud to share our key metrics giving donors and funders financial information to evaluate us.
In November we also launched our first Giving Tuesday Campaign and raised $1,870 from online donations. We also started our Giving Towel Tuesday drive to collect gently used towels for a local veterinarian's rescue mission.
Principal Kim Wigington was awarded the 2018 Leadership in Literacy Award by the International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Branch (IDA-GA) on Saturday, March 24 at IDA-GA’s Dimensions of Dyslexia Conference 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. This is a direct reflection of the dedication of our staff.
of prisoners in state and federal systems can be classified as illiterate4
the chance of being at the lowest reading level for a child of low literacy parents3
Valedictorian: Carter Hill Smith
"Not only was Brookwood Christian able to attain an environment to make the teaching more suitable, but also helped me advance in my learning. With the advances of Google Docs and Google Classroom Brookwood Christian has redefined the use of study amongst their students, making assignments and worksheets very organizable."
Hill plans to attend Coastal College of Georgia to major in Business, and possibly pursue a career in solar panels.
Blake started with us September 15, 2017. He could not even take a baseline test as he could not read or recognize his letters or numbers.
Two weeks after Blake started Brookwood, he read his first sentence to his class. On 11/11/2017 Blake read his first book, Hop on Pop, by Dr. Seuss. By Spring Testing, Blake's reading & math had improved over one full year and his confidence has grown even more.
of Georgia 4th graders are not reading at the proficient level1
about our students
Many BCS students have been diagnosed with a language based learning disability such as dyslexia, or have some other type of language processing disorder. We currently use two programs to address their reading needs, Wilson Reading System® and FastForWord®.
Class sizes are small, ideally five or less, so students get the individual attention and instruction they need. Sixty-five percent of our students go to college, some even joint enroll with a college while in high school.
During spring testing, we observed the largest increase in reading scores on the Passage Comprehension section, the most important test!
Average gain: 1.8 grade levels
-50% saw more than a 1 year gain
-35% saw more than a 2 year gain
-20% saw more than a 3 year gain
-17% saw more than a 4 year gain
ONE IN SIX young adults (>1.2million) drop out of high school each year3
The fourth grade is the "watershed year".
A child not reading proficiently in the 4th grade will have
a 78% chance of not catching up.2
of high school seniors can be classified as functionally illiterate at graduation4
Again this year,
all graduating students
EXCEEDED the level
for functional literacy.
of students who cannot read proficiently by end of 4th grade end up in jail or on welfare2
of those with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty4
Two-thirds of our students live in Cobb county Georgia, where we are located, and the others travel from Cherokee, Bartow, and Paulding counties, which all lie in the northwest metropolitan Atlanta area. According to the NCES, the low literacy rates for this area are estimated between 11% and 20%, thereby making it imperative that our students have their reading concerns addressed so that they may have the best possible opportunity to maximize their reading potential, graduate from high school, and lead successful lives.
of juvenile offenders rate as functionally or marginally illiterate4
Our goal is to expand our programs with minimal increases in tuition, as many of our families are not wealthy and some are even financially strained. Most of our students, 87.5%, receive some sort of financial assistance, with the largest source being the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (SB10).
Other sources include: Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship, Easter Seals, local Church Scholarships, and other Foundation Scholarships.
This year we hosted our very first charity motorcycle ride, Ride 2 Read, to benefit both International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Chapter (IDA-GA) and our Dyslexia reading programs. Local Celebrity Chef, Henry Chandler, led the escorted ride and we raised just under $2,000. We hope this becomes a regular event for our community!
Students Receiving Financial Assistance
Where the Money Goes
Professional Fees, Insurance, & Banking
Office Supplies, Printing & Postage
Meals, Advertising, Events
Building & Maintenance
Repairs & Maintenance
1 source 2 sources 3 or more sources
Building & Maintenance
Sources of Revenue
Scholarships & State Contracts
Georgia Special Needs Scholarship
Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship
Donations & Fundraising
Donations, Contributions, & Grants
On our 3rd Annual Acworth History & Southern Charm tour, we showed 6 homes and 2 local businesses that are in historic buildings. We raised $1,316, 37% more than last year! We were overwhelmed with the growth and so happy to see our community supporting us!
This year's pledges to the Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship for our school were the highest ever and exceeded the previous 3 years combined! Total pledges were $38,000 and we were able to receive 55% of that amount, $20,900, to fund scholarships for our students.
In March, the Georgia House passed HB 217, raising the cap from $58 million to $100 million. We hope this will allow us to see more scholarship money in the future!
This year’s Ladies Tea & Silent Auction was the most successful ever! We had a goal to raise $7,000, which we exceeded! Thanks to our local Acworth Businesses, with regards to both donating Auction Items, and participating in the event, we exceeded last year's total by almost 15%!
Scholarships & State Contracts
Donations & Fundraising
For Sponsoring our Fundraisers...
Acworth & Lake City Animal Hospitals
Sarah Hardy Williams,
Cakes on Main
Petals & Treats
Southern Devil Harley Davidson
Lake City Chiropractor
Synergy Medical Center
For Donations & Grants..
Acworth Massage Therapy
Thomas Arvid, Artist
Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Atlanta Movie Tours
Georgia Trade School
Boykin Creative Studios
Center Street Tavern
Chick-Fil-A, Acworth & Brookstone
The Atlanta Falcons
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Bryon & Robin Finkel
Fusco’s via Roma
General Mills, Inc.
Georgia Wine Tours
Valerie Gaudemer-Marker, Artist
Happy Trails Pet Center
Henry’s Louisiana Grill
Hotel & Conference Center
Leone & Margie Hinzman,
Hinzman Holdings, LLC
Malinda & Rick Howe
Holiday Harbor Marina
Jason’s Deli, Kennesaw
Jim Owens Pool
Kennesaw Driving School
King of Pops
The Kroger Company
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art
Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum
Buddy McLaughlin Aviation, LLC
Leo Mazzone, Atlanta Braves 1979–2005
NCG Movies, Acworth
One Hope Wine
Jan Murphy, Pampered Chef
Jan Lauer, Rodan + Fields
Silva & Thomas Hair Studio
Lori Tanner, Synergy Medical Centers
Stars & Strikes
Debbie Pike, Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Toccoa House Properties
Total Wine & More, Kennesaw
American Family Insurance Agent
For Opening their Homes for our Tour...
Carol & Tommy Allegood
– R.L McMillan House
Jill & Duncan Dunlop
– Honeymoon House
– Moore-Watson House
Nicole & Clay Fletcher
– McEver House
– Jesse L. Lemon House (Serendipity House)
Abbie & Boyd Parks
– J.W. McMillan House
– Florence Parris Burtz House
Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship Donors...
Julie & Shan Burnette
Karina & Chris Campos
Michelle & Paige Cook
Tiffany & Scott MacMurdo
Cyndi & John Parr
Julie & David Pereira
Debbie & James Pike
Karen & Stephen Pitts
Lori & Stephen Prather
Tammy & James Urban
Brenda & Berni Waldron
Kim & Kevin Wigington
The Dyslexia School in Downtown Acworth
A very special "Thank You" to the following contributors to our school...
Brookwood Christian School