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Furtah Preparatory School & Montessori School

Private | PK-12 | 110 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $121,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $820.

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Posted June 20, 2014

This school does not handle discipline problems well. Some students that say they were expelled from the public school now go here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2012

Come to Furtah and enter a world where every staff member that your child may pass in the hall knows his name. Have an issue at school? You can probably meet with the headmaster and any other member of the staff by the end of the day. Need to speak to your child immediatley (without question as to why)? Just call...your child will be call to the phone while you wait. Any special information you feel your teachers should know? This school will schedule a meeting for you with their entire High School staff (or middle depending on child grade) including PE, art and any other staff members you feel should attend...I have experienced all this. Indeed, this is a small school and has financial challenges. The teachers are humans, so they, like us, are not perfect. But, they do respect the children and the parents. They most certainly want the best education for their students and do their best with the resources available to a small school. Furtah is a positive, happy place with a head master that can't wait to get to work every morning. Is it perfect? Are the buildings all shiny and new? Well...no. Am I happy I found this school for my family? Very, very much so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

Furtah has changed over the past few years. They do not have the resources they need to be a great school. Their technology is behind and text books are shared among students. Teachers may be teaching one subject one day and a month or so later, when a teacher leaves, are teaching several subjects. As far as discipline goes, it changes depending on the child and whether or not he/she is in sports. They do have a student hand book but I have seen and heard many cases of this happening. Because of the low student size, they were not able to have a soccer team, drama and many other extra activities. I believe there is much more gossip among the teachers regarding the students than the students themselves. My child attended the school for 4 years and during the first 3 years, it was a great school and run like a school. Many promises have been made for a new school, new devices and many other things and I just did not see any of that happening. Time for a change for my child to have hope and feel supported no matter what.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

Furtah is a private, secular preK-12th grade school in Acworth, GA. The preK-3rd is Montessori.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

My daughter attended Furtah for her 4th & 5th grade years. Prior to this she was in public school. She had alot of anxiety and learning issues. We tried to address them in many ways including pull-out classes and parapro assistance. She would receive failing grades on tests but yet receive 'C's on her report card. I knew her needs weren't being met. She hated going to school and was depressed. Then we found Furtah! The teachers worked with her abilities and found ways to encourage her confidence. Unfortunately, we are moving out of state and we are very sad to have to leave. I found concrete evidence that I made the right decision making the financial sacrifice sending her to a private school. We had the teachers complete occupational therapy questionnaires so that an evaluation could be done to show the new school. The occupational therapist was very pleased inthe
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

My oldest son (11) has been a student at FPS since kindergarten, and my youngest son (4) just started pre-K at the Furtah Montessori School. I cannot say enough positive things about the school...they have been so supportive of my kids and have given them a wonderful education. The environment is very much like a family. Mr. Furtah is very visible and you can tell that this school is his 'child' - he wants the best for all of his students. The classes are small and the educators are caring and communicative. So far as tuition, it is more affordable than most of the other private schools in the Metro area, and they have several payment options available - this school is not for the 'super-rich', which is great for families who want a quality education but don't make the income of a CEO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

Furtah has changed during the 2007-2008 year. The current 2008-2009 year, the school has changed from a school that communicates to a non-communicating school. The Middle School lacks the technology, extracurricular activities, parent involvement, and creative education. Schedules for the Middle School children changed 2 1/2 day structure with study hall. Study hall is just students with out structure. The school has excellent teachers and an excellent principle, but the curriculum administration and the headmaster lost the focus on the academic needs of the students in middle grades. The FPTA does not advocate for the students for the best education, they just advocate for Fundraisers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

I have been truly amazed at the progress my daughter has made since attending Furtah. She is in the Montessori program and is a different child. She has more confidence in herself then I have ever seen. The entire staff there is wonderful and the knowledge of the staff is is far greater than anything you would ever get out of public school. We did public school for many years and my daughter still struggled. One year at Furtah and she has surpassed any expectations I have ever imagined. This school is a blessing and the fact that they do not only worry about the 'educational' aspect, they educate the whole student. They inlcude manners, morals and values in their everday lessons. I plan on my daughter staying there throughout high school simply because I am so impressed. I am truly grateful!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2007

Excellent education and variety of extracurricular activities. Many opportunities for parent involvement. Family centered environment with FPS faculty and parents working together to provide the best for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2007

My son likes the school, he is in the Montessori school there he has come far in his first year. He is learning to work with other kids and listen to instruction from his teachers. He is 4 years old and the interaction with other kids in a learning environment is helping him grow as a person. He comes home with a smile and says he had fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2007

We have had 4 children of all ages and different levels of learning attend Furtah. In all cases, each child's specific levels and needs were met and exceeded. While a small school atmosphere, they offered a full PE, sports, music, ROTC and academic program to meet each child's need. We have one who is LD in the Montessori program now in her 3rd year; one teen adopted from Russia at age 13, finished his last 3 semesters and was named Valedictorian of his class for 2006 and went on to receive academic scholarships to Berry College; one who is now an 8th grader who had little to low self esteem is now ready to attempt public school for high school; and another who is gifted academically(age 8) but socially a bit behind is excelling in everything. The support of Mr Furtah, admissions and teachers is amazing. We can't say enough!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 44%
Black 10% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 2% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 40% (2011)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 30% (2011)
Percentage of students going to the military 4% (2011)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 4% (2011)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 22% (2011)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Kennesaw State University
Southern Polytechnical SU
Chattahoochee Tech
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Visual arts
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Frederick J. Furtah
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • ACIS
  • AMS
  • CEC
  • GAC
  • NAPSEC,GISA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • AP through Virtual School
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Montessori
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$7000 - $12000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Kennesaw State University
Chattahoochee Tech
North Georgia College
Students' post-graduation plans in 2011
2 year college - 40%
4 year college - 30%
Military - 4%
Vocational - 4%
Workforce - 22%
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5496 Hwy 92
Acworth, GA 30102
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Phone: (678) 574-6488

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