Below is a list of acronyms and words commonly used here at GHES


After School Program

provided by GHES whereby a structured and safe environment is offered to all students. Program runs Monday – Friday, 2:30pm-6:00pm. $18 a day.

Accelerated Reader (AR)

AR is a computer-based program that assesses student comprehension through an online quiz students take after reading a book. Students receive points for quizzes and those students who reach their goals are recognized at an AR Celebration.

After school Enrichment

The PTA works with Kiddos who offer various outside enrichment opportunities for a fee. Various organizations from around Atlanta come to the school to teach the children as well as parents & teachers who direct and lead various activities.

Annual Fund

The PTA works with Kiddos who offer various outside enrichment opportunities for a fee.  Various organizations from around Atlanta come to the school to teach the children as well as parents & teachers who direct and lead various activities.


Box Tops for Education

For every Box Top brought in to your class we receive 10 cents.  Class with most Boxtops wins a party!


Served in the mornings before 7:30 am to any student for $. 75.



Students who come to school by car are considered “car-riders”.   Parents will fill out a form and receive a carpool tag with a number on it.  When picking up students in the afternoon, parents are asked to wait in their cars with their carpool tag showing.  A staff member will call your number and your child will come outside.

Celebration of Learning

We recognize students each quarter for academic achievement, demonstrating the IB attitudes and learner profiles, and attendance.  Students being recognized receive an invitation and we welcome all family members to join us for a brief reception in the morning followed by the distribution of awards in the classroom.


Chess is offered by our counselor either before or after school.  Students of all ability levels are invited by the counselor to play and learn about the game.

Cub Scouts

We have a combined pack with AIS to ensure that any boys who want to participate are able to enjoy.


The challenge program is an enrichment program in grades 1 – 5 that students qualify for based on the criteria established by the Georgia Department of Education.  Students are referred for testing by their teacher or parent and then assessed in school for gifted placement.

Common Core Georgia Standards

K–12 academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy, developed by the states to  align the expectations of two- and four-year colleges and have been internationally benchmarked.  The Common Core help ensure comparability across states, districts and schools, mitigating challenges with student and teacher mobility.

Curriculum Night

This is a time for parents to meet their child’s teacher and get information about the curriculum and “how things work” in their child’s classroom.


Differentiated Instruction

The teachers use a variety of strategies to differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of the various learners in the classroom, usually through the use of “centers”.


Listing of teachers and students in their classrooms. Also, parents have the option of sharing their contact information for each family to keep in touch with their friends and community.

Dress Code

We have a dress code for all students.  Boys – solid color collared shirts with navy, khaki, or black pants.  Girls – solid color shirt with navy, khaki, or black pants or skirt.



Evening in the Garden (EITG)

EITG is the PTA’s largest annual fundraiser. It is an adult only social event held in a selected venue featuring a Silent and Live Auction with music, food, & refreshments.  Money raised supports our students and teachers.  EITG takes place in the Spring of each school year.


English to Speakers of Other Languages – ESOL is instruction that is provided by a certified ESOL teacher to students who have limited English.  Students receive a minimum of 45 minutes a day and most teachers can go into the regular classroom  to provide support.


Friday Flyer

Weekly newsletter or email that keeps you up to date on all school and PTA events. Read it each week!

Friday Folder

Each child receives a red Friday Folder that comes home every Friday.  Most important information and flyers are sent home on Friday in the Friday Folder.

Fall Festival

Our wonderful Fall event for the whole family-Bounce houses, cosmic bowling, tons of Festival games & prizes. Date to be announced.




Acronym for Garden Hills Elementary School.

Our fabulous school website supported by the PTA.  This is not the APS website.

Garden Hills Gab

A voluntary email blast sent out to all parents and staff with important school information, updates on events, and monthly newsletter on GHES school news!

Girl Scouts

We have a Girl Scout Troop , Juniors, available to join for girls in 4th & 5th Grades.

Grounds Committee

PTA organizes grounds cleanup a couple of times a year to help beautify our school campus.


Hands-on-Atlanta Work Days

Hands-on-Atlanta schedules volunteers around the city and provide support with grounds and projects at our school the first weekend in October.  All families are welcome to participate.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

From September 15th to October 15th we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with daily trivia and school-wide performances, and a PTA evening celebration.  All family members are invited.


– International Baccalaureate (IB)

Garden Hills is an authorized IB school.  As an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we offer a broad-based international curriculum that focuses on inquiry and the IB attitudes and learner profiles.

International Festival

This is a wonderful, family event where we celebrate cultures from around the world with food, song, and dance.  This community event embodies the culture of Garden Hills and is open to all.

I See IB

Students are recognized by teachers and students for demonstrating the IB Attitudes and Learner Profiles.  These are announced on the morning announcements, published in the Friday Flyer and posted at the school.


Junior Great Books

A great literacy program that dives into the deeper thought process of literature.


Kindergarten Camp

For rising Kindergartners!  A four day camp from 9-11:30 held in July for young students to practice coming to school and learning what a day in Kindergarten will be like.  Small fee to attend.


Lands End

Great store to get school dress code apparel with or without our Logo embroidered on any item.  GHES receives money back from all orders placed with our Preferred School Code.  GHES‘ Code is 900134719.


Our cafeteria serves breakfast and lunch each day.  Students can bring their lunch if they do not like the choices being served.  APS school lunches are Peanut-Free. Menus located on the APS website.  Breakfast is $0.75 and lunch is $2.00.


Membership Dues

All families are encouraged to join the PTA.  Your membership dues pay for our local and state PTA dues as well as a variety of programs that the PTA provides for our students.

Movie Night

A fun filled evening for all families to come and enjoy a movie, snacks and drinks in the gym.



North Atlanta Parents of Public Schools.  Non profit organization dedicated to promote public support for public education.  Monthly lunch meetings include all Cluster school principals and PTA Presidents.  Open to any parent and a great place to get current information.



Open House/Orientation

There is an Open House/Celebration of Learning prior to the first day of school each year.  This is an opportunity for parents to sign-up for PTA, meet their child’s teacher, get transportation information, lunch forms, and a variety of other information that is needed to begin the school year on the right foot.




Parking is limited at GHES.  Parents MUST park in a designated parking space and NOT in the fire lane in front of the school.


Parent Teacher Associations have a goal to foster the partnership between the school and its families to enhance the educational experience and enrichment programs provided for our students. Membership is only $10 per parent and is encouraged for all parents.  We have lots of fun events throughout the year, as well as learning programs for our families.

PTA Board

Elected parent volunteers who meet monthly to liaison on behalf of the PTA with the school and committee Chairs to organize events & fundraisers for the entire PTA and school community.

Publix Partners Cards

Swipe your Publix Partners for Education key fob at the grocery when you checkout to earn money for GHES.  Key tag is FREE.




Teachers are expected to have recess every day for a minimum of 15 minutes (except for PE days.)  When the weather permits, classes go outside to enjoy our field and playgrounds.


We recycle plastic, cans, paper, capri sun containers, and chip/snack bags with silver linings.


Spirit Nights

A monthly fundraiser night for families to attend and eat dinner in a designated restaurant, enjoy great food and good company all the while helping GHES raise funds as the restaurant will give a percentage of their sales back to GHES-PTA.

Spaghetti Dinner

a fun filled night of spaghetti and laughs with families and teachers (who do the cookin’ and servin’!)


Through our partnership with Georgia Shakespeare a student director comes to GHES to direct a shortened production of one of Shakespeare’s plays.  Our students, grades 3-5, are the actors and rehearse for 6 weeks after school in March before the big production.

Spring Fundraiser

Fundraiser chosen each spring to help raise money for GHES.



Look for our T-Shirts with the school logo. Not just for kids, adults can order them too! All incoming Kindergarteners are required to order a t-shirt for Field Trips.


Tutoring Program

Homeroom teachers provide after-school tutoring on Wednesdays to selected students for support with daily instruction and review of concepts previously taught.  Transportation is provided

Talent Show

A wonderful event in May which showcases our students’ talents.  This is a fun event for the entire family!




YES, we need YOU…In the classrooms, throughout the school, at home, and during events. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.  Check your Friday Flyer for upcoming volunteer opportunities.


WAC (Woodruff Arts Center)

YES, we need YOU…In the classrooms, throughout the school, at home, and during events. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.  Check your Friday Flyer for upcoming volunteer opportunities.


Students that walk to and from school.  Students get picked up after school at the side door on the right side of the main building.  A staff monitors the door and will get your child for you.