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Peachtree Academy to open Newton campus in the fall
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Peachtree Academy is scheduled to open a campus in Newton County this fall on U.S. Highway 278.

According to owner JaNice Van Ness, the Newton campus will have elementary through high school education available as well as care for young children, and be located in the building which formally housed 84 Lumber. The property is located on six and a half acres and the building itself is 40,000 square feet and will be renovated for the school.

Van Ness said that they decided to expand because they have an ever increasing need for more space in their Conyers location. She also said that recent budget cuts to local school systems from the state and local levels, causing cuts in programs for some public schools, played a part in their decision to expand as well. She said that she feels that Peachtree Academy has the ability to offer smaller classroom sizes and more one-on-one attention with students and teachers.

Peachtree Academy is a non-denominational Christian school, which Van Ness said, "is a really huge bonus for the families that attend our school."

The principal for the Newton campus' principal will be Sandra Russell. There will be a sign with more information about the school located at the property or those interested can visit the school's website at