The Galloway School
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|The Galloway School|
Atlanta, GA, USA
|Head of school||Suzanna Jemsby (2012-)|
|Campus||8.5 acres on West Wieuca Rd
11.5 acres on Defoors Ferry Rd
The Galloway School is a private, co-educational day school founded by Elliott Galloway in 1969 dedicated to offering a well rounded academic program for children ages 3 through grade 12.
Elliott Galloway’s long-held convictions about progressive education and the practices of John Dewey led him to found his own independent day school. In 1969, Elliott Galloway, his wife Kitty, and his friend Ross Arnold founded The Galloway School. There he emphasized individualized education, personal evaluation instead of traditional grading, and close working relationships between faculty and students. His hope was to teach students to learn how to learn, and how to love learning. “We must play the game of learning,” Elliott Galloway would often say, “not the game of school.”
In a statement published to its parent community, The Galloway School offered the following description of the school’s educational philosophy: “Central to the Galloway School’s philosophy are several assumptions: children learn best when they are drawn rather than pushed into learning, when they are comfortable, when they are respected and when they are challenged.”
In 1990, Elliott Galloway stepped down as the headmaster of The Galloway School. He was succeeded by Dr. Joe Richardson, Dr. Linda Martinson, and Thomas Brereton. On August 18, 2010, Dr. Beth Farokhi, assumed leadership for a two-year term. On November 28, 2011 the school's board of trustees announced Suzanna Jemsby as its next head of school, with a start date of July 1, 2012.
The Galloway School opened its doors in 1969 to 380 students; the first class graduated in 1971. As of June 2012, the school has approximately 750 students.
The central building on the Galloway campus, the Gresham building, was built by Fulton County in 1911 as an almshouse for the indigent elderly and stayed in operation until the early 60’s, when it experience a succession of short-term tenants and was then left abandoned. In the spring of 1969, Elliott Galloway enlisted the help of the prospective parents, incoming faculty, and trustees to clean out and restore the building before the first day of school. This building, which once housed the entire school, now holds the Upper Learning (traditionally high school) classrooms, the school library, and the administrative offices.
In 1988, the school constructed the Sims building to house their Early Learning program (traditionally elementary school), and in 1996 it built the Arnold building for its Middle Learning program (traditionally middle school) as well as a gymnasium. In 2004, the campus was completed with the Chaddick Center for the Arts, a complete Arts Center that includes a 300-seat theatre, theatre classroom and rehearsal hall, fully equipped performance support areas, choral and instrumental classrooms and practice rooms, visual arts spaces, and a multi-media technology center. In 2007, the school opened the Galloway Athletics Complex, an off-campus athletics facility featuring two soccer fields and a full-sized track.
Galloway does not have a school uniform or dress code.
Historically, The Galloway School had only two rules: "Behave yourself and try." These first rules stated Galloway’s philosophical attitude toward rules. Galloway, by its philosophy, is a trust-based community that gives its students the freedom to discover how to behave themselves and also holds them accountable for the consequences of their actions.
Instead of traditional rank-and-quantify grades, Galloway measures student progress by the level of mastery they achieve and with progress reports, including personal feedback from the teachers. The grading system used on assessments is as follows:
- 90-100 = E (Excellent)
- 80-89 = G (Good)
- 74-79 = S (Satisfactory)
- 70-73 = M (Marginal)
- 0-69 = U (Unsatisfactory)
In addition to a full complement of visual arts, instrumental music, and choral offerings at all levels, Galloway Upper Learning students have the opportunity to be involved in the Galloway Theatre Company, an after-school theatre class that performs one-act plays. Students participate in all the aspects of the theatre experience – acting, dancing, technical work and stage-managing. The theatre program is inclusive. Anyone who wishes to participate has a place to contribute.
Through the years, the Theatre Company has participated in the Georgia Theatre Conference and the Georgia High School Association One-Act Play Contest, winning multiple state and regional awards. In 2001, they gained international recognition as one of 24 U.S. schools invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. All of the Galloway actors and techies continue to work hard and produce magnificent shows under the direction of Jennifer Scott McNair. Isaac Ramsey is the newest technical director.
In addition, the 7th-and-8th-grade chorus visits New York City to sing at Carnegie Hall every other year.
Each spring, the Drama Department puts on a student-produced musical. Past musicals have included: Mame, Into the Woods, The Music Man, Kiss Me, Kate, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, and in the spring of 2010 was A Chorus Line, as well as the smaller Upper Learning musical Charlotte's Web.
The Galloway Athletics open participation policy allows every seventh through twelfth grade student, whether a beginner or an experienced player, the opportunity to take part in Galloway athletics. The school believes that each student should be given the opportunity to learn the lessons offered by team and individual sports, offering a program that promotes healthy competition and physical activity while stressing sportsmanship and teamwork.
The Scots have won three team state championships competing in single A. The Scots won the 2006 girls' golf championship.
The Scots currently have a five year win streak in the Middle Learning (traditionally Middle School) soccer department. The Scots have won the MAAC soccer league from 2008-2012. They hope to win this year, 2013, but without their leading scorer Joe Foley and Captain Alden Richards the Scots are lacking key positions.
In the 2011-2012 middle learning tennis season, the Middle Learning tennis team broke its 16 year drought in the MAAC tennis league. Seventh-grader and captain Eli Lewis put the team on his back and brought the team to the promise land, winning their first championship in 16 years.
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Before founding The Galloway School, Elliott Galloway attended Wake Forest University; he attended Union Theological Seminary from 1946–1948. He served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1958, serving in World War II and the Korean War and achieving the rank of Commander.
He left the Navy in 1958 and came to Atlanta to continue his career in education, teaching at the Westminster School where he was selected as STAR Teacher in the state of Georgia. He later served as principal of the Westminster Middle School before becoming headmaster of Holy Innocents' in 1965.
In 2007, his wife, Kat Galloway, died. A special bell was tolled, and all of the students mourned in the school courtyard.
He died in the afternoon of July 5, 2008, at the age of 88. He had taken part in the Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race, his 38th consecutive race, and got tired. He was on his way home, but at least wanted to finish the one mile he had given up on. On his way back out, he collapsed onto the sidewalk. A neighbor called for help. He was taken to the hospital, in his running shoes (he requested to be in his running shoes at the hospital), and was put on life support. He later requested that he be taken off of life support, and he died later that day of a stroke. It has been said that he always wanted to die doing what he loved – running – and he did.
In Galloway's 08-09 year, three students, one from 4th grade, one from 8th grade, and one from 10th grade, wrote speeches dedicated to Elliot Galloway. At the school's fun run, Elliot's Run '09, photos of him were sold.