What makes TFS unique?
Among independent schools, Tallulah Falls School stands out in many ways. Our families are among our best ambassadors – they know first-hand that we have a heart for our students. Those who serve at TFS have a sincere passion for seeing students learn and grow and it shows in their dedication to helping individual students succeed. At TFS, students and parents become part of a larger family and community where students are encouraged to reach their full potential both personally and academically. The commitment of TFS to this cause can also be seen in our tuition costs. The founders of the school envisioned a place dedicated to student success regardless of their socio-economic status.
What type of student does TFS seek?
We seek students who are motivated to learn and are committed to being an active part of the community at TFS. In a community, each individual contributes something unique and, in return, the community gives back to the individual. We look for students who have the desire to grow and are willing to strive for greater success in their lives.
Why do students choose to attend TFS?
In their effort to prepare for college, many students and families discover classes at their current school are either too large or do not adequately prepare them to be successful in college. Others are seeking a more positive community where learning and success are encouraged.
Do you accept students with IEPs (Individual Educational Program) or 504 Plans?
Tallulah Falls School does not recognize IEPs or 504’s as a part of our academic program. However, it is sometimes the case that our small class sizes eliminate the need for the IEP/504’s. Students with an IEP interested in applying to TFS will need to submit a copy of their IEP/504’s with their application for review to determine if TFS can help the student realize their educational goals.
Does TFS accept students with behavioral or discipline problems?
While every student is capable of making bad choices during their life, TFS is not equipped to provide the structure necessary to accommodate students with consistent patterns of behavioral problems.
What is the academic program like?
Our classes are college preparatory, with an average class size of 15 students. We believe maintaining smaller classes is critical to learning and success. Our classes also follow a traditional class schedule where students are enrolled in the same academic courses for the entire school year. This provides a more in-depth exploration of each subject.
Junior and senior level students may elect to take dual-enrollment classes from two local colleges on the TFS campus to earn both high school and college class credit. Currently, students can select from 18 college courses.
What types of technology are utilized in the classroom?
While preparing students for success on a college campus, our goal is to integrate technology into the learning process of our classrooms. As educational technology evolves, Tallulah Falls School strives to stay abreast of the latest initiatives in order to maintain a technologically robust program. Classrooms are equipped with smart-board technology and all students are issued a laptop computer. Google Chromebooks were introduced to middle students for the 2016-17 year, and given to the upper school students for the 2017-18 academic year. Virtual reality technology creates interactive, hands-on experiences which allow for understanding on many levels. TFS is proud to offer ZSpace labs and VR headsets. We also have a Mac computer lab in the Upper School and Middle School. Our science labs are equipped with the same technology students will encounter in college. Additionally, students also have access to the Galileo research database that is used by most colleges and universities in the state of Georgia.
What percentage of TFS graduates are accepted into college?
Each year 100 percent of the graduates at TFS are accepted into colleges and universities across the country. Our graduates are consistently recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and the ability to be successful at the collegiate level.
How do I arrange a visit?
To arrange a visit to the school, contact the Office of Admissions at (706)754-0400 to set up a date/time for your visit. Also, students may benefit from attending classes with a current student to experience what it is like to be part of the Tallulah Falls School family.
How do I apply?
You can apply by pressing any “Apply Now” button that you see on our website.
What information is required to be considered for admission?
1. An official school transcript including record of discipline and attendance.
2. This year's course of study with current grades and/or progress report.
3. Recommendations from Principal, English and Math teachers (included in the online application).
4. Standardized Test Scores.
5. Interview with the Admissions Office. You will be contacted by the Admissions Office to schedule an appointment.
When will I be notified of the Admissions decision?
After all of the required application materials have been received, the Admissions Committee will review your application and make a decision regarding admission. Please see the chart below for admissions deadlines and decision timelines. Applications submitted after these dates will be considered for grades which have vacancies.
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My child is on the wait list, what happens next?
At TFS, we may not always have space for all qualified applicants. Therefore, we may have to place some students on the wait list. If your student is on the wait list, it is important to keep the lines of communication open. You will be notified as spaces become available. If, at any point, you decide to enroll your child at another school, please contact us so that we can remove his or her name from the wait list.
My child has been accepted, what is the next step?
Once you receive the acceptance letter and information packet, sign and return the Letter of Intent to confirm your plan to enroll your child and if you will apply for financial aid. If you are applying for financial aid, you may begin your application by visiting FACTS. If you are not applying for financial aid, a link to complete the online enrollment packet will be sent to you with further instructions.
Can I afford TFS?
Tallulah Falls School offers generous need-based financial aid that significantly helps offset the cost of tuition. Merit-based scholarships will automatically be awarded based on the average GPA for the past two semesters. For more information about our financial aid or on how to apply, visit the Financial Aid section on our website.
What costs are included in tuition?
- Room and board (boarding students)
- Athletic uniforms
- Laptop computers (for use during the school year)
- Laundry service (boarding students)
- Some weekend activities
What costs are not included in tuition?
- School and P.E. uniforms
- Transportation not associated with school activities
- Elective weekend activities
- Personal supplies for school or dormitory
- Medical expenses
- 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th grade mandatory educational trips
What is it like to live on campus?
Living in the dormitories enhances the academic and personal development of students by providing daily structure and helping to establish good life habits. Students develop deeper relationships by living and growing together in the dorms. Below is an example of a typical school day for a boarding student at TFS.
6:30 a.m. Wake Up
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. School starts
3:15-3:45 p.m. Tutorial in the Upper School classrooms with teachers. Study hall is built into their class day.
4:00 p.m. Free time/ athletic practice / club meetings
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Recreational time / free time in dorms
8:00 p.m. Study Time
10:00 p.m. Lights out for Middle School Students
11:00 p.m. Lights out for Upper School Students
12:00 a.m. Lights out for Seniors
A work program in the dormitories is designed to help students learn how they can contribute to the campus community through service to others.
What activities are available for students?
The majority of students at TFS are involved in some type of extracurricular activity. We believe students gain important life skills such as leadership, teamwork, and personal achievement by being involved in athletics, clubs, and weekend activities.
Can day students participate in weekend activities?
All students are encouraged to participate in weekend activities. Upper School students and Middle School students must first contact the Boarding Office to register for the scheduled weekend activities.
What do I wear?
Students are required to wear uniforms during the academic day. These uniforms are purchased through Parker School Uniforms online or via locations in the Atlanta area. Parker Uniforms will also visit TFS campus during the summer. Athletic uniforms are provided by the school as a part of tuition. After school, students may wear casual clothes provided they meet school dress code requirements.
What transportation is available?
The school provides morning and afternoon shuttle transportation for day students for a nominal fee. For open weekends and breaks, the school operates a shuttle to the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and a pick-up/drop-off ride share location in Atlanta for an additional fee.