Redeemer Day School will open in September for the 2014-15 school year at The Church of the Apostles at 3585 Northside Pkwy. in Buckhead, said Lori Holsinger, board chairwoman for the new school and the mother of former Heiskell School students.
“We are delighted, and we’re just so excited,” she said.
The school will serve children ages 2 to kindergarten on a half-day schedule in the mornings only. Parents can choose to enroll their children five days a week or three days a week, with the exception of kindergarteners. All kindergarteners must enroll in school five days a week. Tuition varies from $4,200 to $6,500.
Holsinger estimates 40 to 50 students will be enrolled in the first year.
“The reality of it is that we expect the children that are probably of the pre-K but certainly the kindergarten age probably have already decided where they’re going next year,” she said. “So we anticipate that we will be servicing families that have younger children primarily.”
Five teachers, all Heiskell School veterans, have already committed to the school’s inaugural year: Connie Heiskell, Jenny Kwon, Cheryl LeBlanc, Pat Reynolds and Page Whitfield.
“I have been at the Heiskell School for 40 years and feel like this is such an exciting opportunity to … continue the work that we’ve been doing at Heiskell,” Reynolds said. “I just couldn’t imagine my life without walking into a classroom in September.”
She said she and her fellow Redeemer educators have a passion for both sharing their faith and training young children.
“We’re training them to learn,” Reynolds said. “To me, these preschool years are foundational to everything else that will come down the road for them.”
The mission of the school is to be a “Christ-centered, teacher-led, academically challenging preschool,” Holsinger said.
She said though the school will be located inside the church, it is its own separate entity and not an Apostles ministry.
“We are an evangelical preschool, similar to Heiskell, so we are not a covenant school requiring one or both parents to be confessing Christians,” Holsinger said. “We see that as a wonderful thing to be able to minister to families who may not know Christ yet.”
She said there has already been “such tremendous interest” in the school. First priority for admission will be given to legacies of the Heiskell School and families at the church. Applications for those families will be due June 18. The deadline for registration for the general public will be June 30.
Information: To get more information about Redeemer Day School or to request a registration packet, email firstname.lastname@example.org.