Fulton Science Academy High School


WEEK OF April 22, 2019

high school newsletter


I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and that everyone had a great Monday.

I'd like to congratulate two FSA High School students who recently graduated the North Fulton Chamber Foundation’s Emerging Leaders program. Vishal and Justin had the opportunity to address local issues and also interact with local leaders. Make sure you read more about the program and their achievement below.

Last week we had our Professionalism Workshop for our high school students where they got a chance to really engage with professionals ad had their very own seminar on professional preparedness for future internships, job, and even college. Check out the article about the event below and thank you to Mrs. Maharaj for all of the networking and work that went into organizing this event. It was such a valuable experience for our students and I know that they appreciated it and learned a lot.

Don't forget that THIS SUNDAY is our annual International Night! We hope to see a big group for a fun and educational night celebrating the cultural diversity represented at our school! There will be performances, booths, delicious food, and so much more! So make sure you come out and have a great time!


Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Make sure to take a look at the final exam schedule below! There are some things to remember, If you took an AP Mock Exam, please see your AP Teacher to see if your mock exam can replace your final. High School Students are allowed to leave once they complete their exams. Middle School students will follow their regular schedule after the completion of their final.

There will be NO dress down for exams.


Students taking a high school course are able to exempt up to two final exams per semester when they meet below requirement:

  • Not more than 3 absences in the class that they wish to be exempted

    • School approved absences will not be counted against the student, such as

      • Academic & athletic competitions

      • Death/loss - up to 3 days requirements:

      • Religious holidays

    • Being sick will not count as a school approved absence excuse towards final exam exemption

  • Must have a 95% or more in the class for which student is trying to exempt exam

    • Grade will be assessed as unweighted; weighted points for Honors and AP will not count towards final exam exemption

  • Must have no ISS, no OSS, and not more than two lunch detentions.

Make sure you get your finals exemption form signed. Feel free to come and see me if you have any questions.

Contact: yparlak@fultonscienceacademy.org


Ms. Hibbah Agha

Professional School Counselor | 7th – 12th grade


(678) 366-2555 ext:158

April 12 - 14, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit UC Berkeley and Stanford University in California. One of the greatest things about visiting those sites was realizing how amazing the campuses are. I hear the names of those colleges over and over again, but now I have a new respect for those institutions. Honestly, it makes me wish I tried harder in high school! These nicer universities open up a world of opportunity with their resources. Think about it: the best of the best are here- students, teachers, programs, etc. It makes it all that more competitive, but also exciting. Here’s one way to think about it- imagine trying to build a house. If you don’t have all the tools, the process is harder and you might have to compromise of how grand the house is. If you have all the tools, it makes the building process easier and your final product will be even more refined. Going to a highly ranked school is important for reasons beyond just the name and reputation. WHY is it so prestigious? What do they offer? Visiting different colleges may give you something to strive for. When I was younger, I didn’t understand the point of visiting colleges. Aren’t they all pretty similar? NOPE. In the Professionalism Workshop, I talked about things to consider with the college exploration process. To summarize, here’s the items I covered: Type of institution (public, private, vocational), School Size, Location & Housing options, Majors, Learning Environment, Extracurriculars, Academic Credit (AP, IB), Tuition and Scholarship options, Support options, Diversity, Career Planning (internships, co-ops, career fairs), Ranking- one of the biggest factors, and School Climate. There’s so many things to consider when picking a college. This decision should be made with a lot of care and consideration. After all, college is just the next step, not the final step. Assuming you’re not planning to transfer, the college you pick is the next 4 years of your life. Start planning NOW.

FSA's Mission & Vision


To establish an educational framework designed to achieve the highest academic results and instill enduring strength of character by leveraging innovation and STEAM curriculums for college preparedness and lifelong student success.


Fulton Science Academy Private School envisions to be a nationally ranked and recognized school for pre-K through 12th grade, serving advanced and gifted student populations committed to academic success, civic responsibility, global citizenship, and high ethical values within a safe environment that celebrates diversity and is nurtured by the collaborative efforts of its stakeholders and the broader community.

Mustang News; Monday April 22, 2019


What's in this Issue?

  • International Night is THIS SUNDAY
  • Final Exam Schedule
  • X2VOL has a New Mobile App on the way!
  • FSA High Schoolers complete the emerging leaders program through the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce!
  • High School Professionalism WorkShop was a success!
  • The Mustang Players Present 'Typecast' (A one act play)
  • MindSumo; Prove Your Skills to Companies
  • Red Cross Presentation for High School Students
  • National Young Arts Foundation
  • Coast to Coast College Tour
  • FSA High School Students are collecting Donations for "Hunger has no Religion"
  • Autism Speaks Walk; Join the FSA Team


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April Calendar

Thursday, April 25: Red Cross Presentation for High School Students (2:40pm - 3:15pm)

Thursday, April 25: TYPECAST; A Play by the Mustang Players (6:30)

Friday, April 26: TYPECAST; A Play by the Mustang Players (6:30)

Saturday, April 27: AP Mock Exams

  • 8:00am AP Chem AP Mock Exam
  • 8:00am AP Lang AP Mock Exam
  • 12:00pm AP Bio AP Mock Exam
  • 12:00pm AP Physics AP Mock Exam

Sunday, April 28: AP Mock Exams

  • AP Calc Mock Exam 8:00am
  • AP Stats Mock Exam 12:00pm

Sunday, April 28: International Night (4:00pm - 7:00pm)

Sunday, April 28: Autism Speaks Walk - Atlanta (details to come)

Monday, April 29 - Tuesday, April 30: Science MAP Testing (3-8)

Monday, April 29 - Tuesday, April 30: Math MAP Testing (Kindergarten)

Tuesday, April 30: Professional Speaker Series Presents; Robert Hiller

Saturday, May 4:

  • 8:00am AP Chem AP Mock Exam
  • 8:00am AP Calc AP Mock Exam
  • 12:00pm AP Stat Mock Exam

Saturday, May 4: Spring Fling (More info to come)

Sunday, May 5:

  • 12:00pm AP Physics Mock AP Exam

Final Exam Schedule

Please note that Middle Schoolers taking these courses will have their finals on the days mentioned.

If you took an AP Mock Exam, please speak with your AP Teacher to see if your mock exam is able to replace your final.

High School Students are allowed to leave once they complete their exams.

Middle School students will follow their regular schedule after the completion of their final.

There will be NO dress down for exams.

May 20th

Monday 8:00 – 10:00

  • Acc Algebra/Geometry A Honors (DUZYOL)

  • Acc Pre Calculus Honors (DUZYOL)

  • AP Calculus BC (DUZYOL)

  • Geometry Honors (ERKAN)

  • Acc Algebra/Geometry A Honors (PROCTOR)

  • Acc Geometry B/Algebra II Honors (RUCKER)

  • Algebra I Honors (RUCKER)

  • Algebra II Honors (RUCKER)

Monday 10:30 - 12:30

  • AP Literature & Composition (CRAIG)

  • Literature Composition Honors (CRAIG)

  • AP Language & Composition (OUTLER)

  • American Literature Honors (ROGERS)

  • World lit

May 21st

Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00

  • AP Physics C: Mechanics (BRAY)
  • AP Physics I (BRAY)
  • AP Biology (KARP)
  • Biology Honors (KARP)
  • AP Chemistry (OLIVER)
  • Chemistry Honors (OLIVER)
  • Physical Science Honors (OLIVER)
Tuesday 10:30 - 12:30
  • Spanish II Honors (CARMONA)
  • Spanish III Honors (CARMONA)
  • Spanish IV Honors (CARMONA)
  • Spanish II Honors (COLON)
  • Turkish I Honors (DUMAN)
  • Turkish II Honors (DUMAN)
  • Turkish III Honors (DUMAN)
  • Spanish I Honors (SURETT)
  • Spanish I Honors (RIOS)
  • Spanish II Honors (SHIELDS)

May 22nd

Wednesday 8:00 – 10:00

  • AP US History (RODGERS)
  • AP World History (RODGERS)
  • US History Honors (RODGERS)
  • World History Honors (STIFFLER)
  • AP Human Geography (RODGERS)

Wednesday 10:30 - 12:30

  • AP Computer Science Principles (ERDEM)
  • AP Statistics (DUZYOL)
  • Human Anatomy/Physiology Honors (BRAY)
  • AP Psychology (PROCTOR)

FSA High Schoolers complete the emerging leaders program through the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce!

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Two FSA students recently graduated the North Fulton Chamber Foundation’s Emerging Leaders program. Vishal and Justin had the opportunity to address local issues and also interact with local leaders.

Graduating senior Vishal Balyan and rising 11th grader Justin Hall participated in the Greater North Fulton Chamber Foundation The Emerging Leaders Program. This is a unique program that invites application from all area high schools. It is a great way to to develop leadership skills, identify and address community issues and interact with local leaders. The student groups presented their project at the graduation ceremony. Justin’s group called "We’ll decide later" took a look at substance abuse addiction among high schoolers while Vishal’s group "the Little Influencers," took a closer look at social pressures facing teens. The program consists of six class days. Each class focuses on topics such as public safety, government, interviewing skills, personal finance, nonprofits, and leadership skills. The deadline to apply for next year’s program is May 30th. Attendance is mandatory for all participants.

Emerging Leaders Program

Click here to learn more about the North Fulton Chamber Foundation's Emerging Leaders Program.

High School Professionalism WorkShop was a success!

High School students got a chance to really engage with professionals ad had their very own seminar on professional preparedness for future internships, job, and even college. Professionals shared with them in a seminar type setting the basics of how to best get the most out of themselves.

It is an experience that our professional participants commented the wished they had when they were in high school. Students got the chance to not just hear presentations on college, career exploration, and self branding but some even sized the opportunity to do mock interviews. The students spent a minimum of 20 mins at each station and then they rotated. With the mock interviews, students were interviewing for a general internship at one of two made up companies. The students were evaluated in their interviews and this will be shared with them in a one on one session. Within their stations all participants got the chance to hear about how to look for the right college and career match that is right for them. They were also exposed to the importance of finding their own story and getting comfortable with selling themselves. FSA hosted 12 professionals from various industries and roles, ranging from technology, risk management, entrepreneurs, finance and even product development. Their parting words to students… “ the more you can practice your interviewing skills and finding what you are good at as well as embracing your weakness, your success will be limitless”. The event was hosted in FSA’s gym.


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We are still looking for more volunteers to help make this event the best it can be!

Check out the Sign up links below for Student Volunteers and Parent Volunteers!

For Student Volunteers we are still looking for:

  • Pre-Event Set Up
  • Stage Managers
  • Immigration table/Check-in
  • Emcee
  • Prize Table
  • Post-Event break down

For Adult Volunteers we are still looking for:

  • Pre-Event Cafeteria setup
  • Immigration table/Check-in

  • Prize Table

  • Photographers

  • Post Event Break Down

To see the detailed list of these positions including description and how many people are needed in each role, please check the links below.

Remember, WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this event successful!





The Mustang Players Present 'Typecast' (A one act play)

On Thursday and Friday evening of this week, The Mustang Players will present "Typecast," a one-act comedy revolving around a middle-school play production in which all the roles have been mixed up. The shy and quiet girl ends up playing Prince Charming. The Stage Manager ends up with the leading role. The soccer coach--after a bizarre string of events--ends up directing. Through the course of the production, these characters are forced from their comfort zones, and in the process, end up learning about themselves. Join us for an evening of humor and insight. This production is free to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Dates: Thursday, April 25th, at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 26th, at 6:30 p.m.

MindSumo; Prove Your Skills to Companies

"MindSumo is an online community with 300,000 members from Gen Z and the Millennial generation. Nearly 100 Fortune 500 companies rely on MindSumo to quickly connect with consumers, understand their needs, and identify areas for growth. Since 2012 we have successfully run over 1,300 co-creation projects around the world.

MindSumo was founded in 2011 and is located in San Francisco, CA. The company participated in StartX, the Stanford Student Startup Accelerator, and launched at Stanford in February 2012. We're backed by some of the top investors in Silicon Valley, including Voyager Capital, Google Ventures, Data Collective, and StartFund." (https://www.mindsumo.com/business/about)

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Custom Community Crowdsourcing

Student Benefits from MindSumo

Red Cross Presentation for High School Students

"My name is Navya Bingi, and I am a sophomore attending Northview High School. As a Red Cross Field Ambassador, my responsibility is to connect all of the school Red Cross clubs and local clubs to increase youth involvement. On that note, I am currently visiting different middle schools and high schools and presenting to the students about the Red Cross, what exactly the Red Cross volunteers do, benefits for youth in joining, etc."

Join us on Thursday April 25, 2019 to hear from Navya Bingi all about what the Red Cross has to offer!

National Young Arts Foundation

Are you a 15- to 18-year-old visual, literary, design or performing artist?



  • ​Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards

  • Take master classes with accomplished artists

  • ​Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support

  • Achieve national recognition


  • Be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application)

  • Be 15–18 years of age or in grades 10–12 on December 1 of the year in which you are applying

  • Have not already been named a YoungArts Finalist and previously attended YoungArts Week


  • Complete the YoungArts application on Acceptd, including required documentation and audition or portfolio materials, by the deadline. ​Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver. Learn more about fee waivers in our FAQ

​​The 2019 application is now closed. The 2020 application will open in Spring 2019.

Information pulled from https://www.youngarts.org/apply

To learn more, visit https://www.youngarts.org/

Coast to Coast College Tour



  • An evening information program with the admission representatives of Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California; Berkley, Vanderbilt University.


  • Monday, May 20 at 7:00pm


The Westminster Schools

1424 West Paces Ferry Road, NW

Atlanta, GA


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FSA High School Students are collecting Donations for "Hunger has no Religion"

With April being national month for volunteering two FSA students Ashi Jain and Serene Haque have embarked on a service project to assist where they can. There is a large amount of people who are affected by homelessness. As this number rises daily there is a scarcity of resources.

Following a presentation to high school in the professional speaker series, two 9th graders decided to lend a hand. They have started a hygiene product drive here at FSA for Hunger Has No Religion, an organization dedicated to fight homelessness in Atlanta. The main purpose of the organisation is to provide homeless people with hygiene care packages to them. Donny Edwards, the founder if Hunger Has No Religion, visited our school recently and enlightened us about the gravity of homelessness and why we should all come together to help. We need your help to collect items such as soap, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant. Each item collected goes a long way to provide essential and basic hygiene to one who does not have access to this vital necessity. Please donate to this worthy cause as there is no greater satisfaction or overwhelming feeling as the feeling of pleasure and earnest gratitude that is expressed by the people that need us.

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Autism Speaks Walk; Join the FSA Team

The Autism Speaks community is built on the love of parents, grandparents, children, siblings, friends, relatives, and support providers. On Sunday, April 28th, Fulton Science Academy will participate in the Autism Speaks Walk. Together, we add even more power to the love that is changing the lives of thousands of people affected by autism. Please click the link to donate or join the FSA team today: http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR?team_id=94186&pg=team&fr_id=4273&et=j7wJWml-3QNgjfbGvGfHlA&s_tafId=14722

Click below to view the team page for Fulton Science Academy!


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Important updates from Georgia Tech Distance Dual Enrollment programs

Distance Math Year One will be unchanged

  • Fall 2019: MATH 1554—Linear Algebra
  • Spring 2020: MATH 2551—Multivariable Calculus

The following program has a course change:

Distance Math Year Two

  • Fall 2019: MATH 3012--Applied Combinatorics
  • Spring 2020: MATH 2552—Differential Equations

The following programs will not be offered next year:

  • Distance Genetics
  • Distance Organic Chemistry

For More Information about Dual Enrollment at Georgia Tech, Click the Link Below:


Interested in Architecture? Want to see what the Georgia Tech architecture students have been up to?

Interested in Architecture? Want to see what the Georgia Tech architecture students have been up to?

Please join us as we celebrate the work of our architecture students in an all-school exhibition of the year's work. The exhibition is a unique opportunity for you to see and learn about the ambitious and accomplished work of our architecture students from our first year class to our graduate students. The work will be pinned up in the Hinman Building.

Georgia Tech School of Architecture

2019 End of Year Show

Saturday | April 27 | 5-7 pm

Hinman Research Building

Sign up here


Save the Date for FSA's Athletic Banquet

Save the dates have been shared with all student athletes. The FSA planning committee is hard at work on the 2019 second annual sport banquet. This event is open to all FSA athletes and family members. An invitation with details on the cost, dress code and other aspects of the event will be coming soon. But mark your calendars for May18th from 5 to 8 pm. LAst year in its debut close to 40 athletes were honored. This year there will be close to 100. Including some champions in our midst.

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Senior Letters

Within the school, we will offer students the chance to write their seniors a parting Senior Letter.

This opportunity is not exclusive to students and faculty as we want to extend this to outside individuals as well. Seniors letters will be distributed to the students in May before graduation.

Ms. Agha will have envelopes to place your letter if you need one.

To send a letter for your senior, you can give it to Ms. Agha or mail it to:

[Senior Name] - Senior Letter

3035 Fanfare Way

Alpharetta, GA 30009

x2vol; a new way for students to track their volunteer hours

Our school is now using x2VOL to track your service hours! x2VOL is an online platform that provides an easy way to log your service hours and find volunteer opportunities. Please follow the below instructions to register for the first time to begin logging your service hours.

Through this portal, we will be sharing volunteer opportunities and it allows for you to track your volunteer hours. No more paper logs needed!

I have imported all of our middle and high school students in the platform. To go ahead and get logged on, please visit the following video-

https://myintellivol.desk.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2805684-how-do-i-register-or-join-x2vol-as-a-student- **This video gives great information on how this will work!

For my high school students using Naviance-

When you log on and are on your dashboard, you can scroll down and will see a button that says x2VOL. You can click that to access the portal as it is linked to your Naviance account!

Once everything is set up, you can login by simply visiting the x2VOL homepage.

Teachers and other organizations will begin posting volunteer opportunities on here as well. Make sure you use this portal to log your hours for the spring semester! If you have any questions, please come talk to me.

In the upcoming weeks, some exciting changes are coming to x2VOL. The new x2VOLiOS mobile app will be released and available for students to download! The x2VOLwebsite will also be getting an updated look and feel!

Ms. Agha; 7th - 12th Grade Counselor


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Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,

We are pleased to announce FSA's 4th Annual S.T.E..A.M. Video Contest.

EXCITING TIMES! Once again, we will have a Red Carpets Award Show with fun activities and surprises to celebrate our student's skills in different areas of movie making.

The new Video Submission Deadline is April 30th

Follow this link to submit your video https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeraCX0JrLbGbj_nWaGvtZtxR_mjpEN-HnRAdRzPLOjGcZwTg/viewform


Want to Learn more about our NEW SAT Math & SAT Verbal Summer Camp?


SAT Verbal

Fulton Science Academy SAT Summer Camp is designed to help students prepare for the rigors of taking the SAT College Board test. We will identify and implement test taking strategies using prerequisite knowledge to increase student performance in the area of English Language Arts. This includes reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills.

SAT Math

SAT Math camp is designed to prepare students for the math section of the SAT. Students will be trained on SAT Math concepts from pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry on top of exploring a systematic fashion of mastering techniques used on the SAT Math Exam. SAT Math Camp is envisioned to equip students with a variety of questioning styles seen on the SAT in addition to cultivate & strengthen their problem solving skills besides their math skills.


· Pencil and eraser

· Small binder

· Calculator (Scientific or preferably TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator

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June 10 - June 14 (SAT Math)

June 17 - June 21 (SAT Verbal)


Fulton Science Academy

3035 Fanfare Way, Alpharetta, GA, 30009.

Click the Below Link for Registration:


Camp fee: $750

Checks: Payable to Fulton Science Academy.

You can mail your checks to FSA at 3035 Fanfare Way, Alpharetta, GA, 30009.

Cash/Credit: You can stop by the front office for your payment.

3035 Fanfare Way, Alpharetta, GA, 30009.

Tel: 678 366 2555 ext:100

If you have any questions, please contact to Mr. Turan at nturan@fultonscienceacademy.org

"Atlanta History Center has many areas available for volunteers to work with the public or behind-the-scenes, from special events to maintaining beautiful gardens to leading tours through our historic houses and exhibitions."

Summer Camp Junior Counselors

(Application Deadline: May 10th)


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We are excited to say that Fulton Science Academy Private School has the opportunity to implement the AP Capstone Program in the 2019-2020 school year!

"AP Capstone™ is a diploma program from the College Board. It’s based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research."

Participating in AP Capstone can help students:

  • Stand out to colleges in the application process.
  • Develop key academic skills they’ll use in college and beyond.
  • Become self-confident, independent thinkers and problem solvers.
  • Earn college credit: Many colleges offer credit for qualifying scores.

AP Capstone Diploma™: Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing.

AP Seminar and Research Certificate™: Granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research.



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The site allows the user to select the item, color, logo, and team whether it be academic or athletic; even different sayings! The possibilities are endless! There is everything from cotton shirts to Dri-Fit Nike or UA workout shirts and so much more!





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Go to www.treering.com/validate

Enter your school's passcode: 1013541294622699

Regular Price: $29.50

Deadline: April 15

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Home Visits; A Great Activity for Your Student, No Matter Their Grade Level!

Home visits are a casual way for your child to spend time with his/her teacher in the comfort of their home. Teachers enjoy having a chance to see children in this comfortable environment, doing whatever makes them most happy and spend time with children and their parents outside of a regular school day.

Here is some feedback from our parents:

  • “Early in the school year, a group of teachers took the time to come to our home to meet us and discuss the school program with us. That event brought us back to the time in which schooling was a true partnership between parent and teacher and reaffirmed in our minds that FSA truly cares about the development of our children”
  • “We even had two teachers visit us at our home. They were a pleasure to meet and we could clearly see how much they enjoy teaching students.”
  • “Thank you very much for your visit and the chocolates yesterday. We enjoyed having you over very much. I also want to thank you for turning math from the most complicated and somewhat scary subject into one of our most favorites.”
  • “We all enjoyed your visit last night to our home. It was such a pleasure to informally get to know both of you. My son thought it was really cool that two teachers came to his house. He talked about it the whole way to school this morning in carpool. Personally, I admire the dedication you both have for your jobs. It makes a big difference in a student’s attitude toward school. Your visit left no doubt in my mind that FSA was the right decision for my son.”
  • “I just wanted to write on behalf of my husband and I and thank you for visiting our child. He loved having you both come and visit. We appreciate the level of caring and attention that you have consistently shown our family. It is rare to see such a dedication from teachers for their jobs. We can tell that you love teaching and you care for our children. Thank you for visiting our child when he was not feeling well.”

How can I schedule a home visit?

Very simple.

To schedule an elementary school home visit: Simply email junal@fultonscienceacademy.org with some suggested dates/times, as well as your students' name(s) and homeroom assignments. Ms. Unal will be in touch to confirm final details.

To schedule a middle or high school school home visit: Simply email sduman@fultonscienceacademy.org with some suggested dates/times, as well as your students' name(s) and homeroom assignments. Mr. Duman will be in touch to confirm final details.

Depending on our teacher’s availability, at least two teachers will be together to visit our students and parents at their homes. The best times to schedule a home visit are weekdays after 5:00 pm, and anytime during the weekends, except Sunday mornings. For any questions you have about this program, send an e-mail to homevisit@fultonscienceacademy.org