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About Foundations School

On a Mission to Create One of the Top Private Schools in Marietta/Kennesaw Ga


Lynn McKinnon was featured on Atlanta Business RadioX as a guest speaker on August 31st 2018. Her part starts at 25:51. Lynn McKinnon, owner of Foundations School, discusses what makes Foundations unique, how it all started, employing highly competent teachers, what she finds most rewarding, the school’s mission of continuous improvement, and more.

Of all the private schools in Marietta and Cobb County, Foundations School takes the prize for being the most enjoyed by its students as they lovingly dub it their “Cool School”.

It’s an environment created specifically to immerse children in the best possible atmosphere for learning. They love it and don’t want to leave at the end of the day! Come visit our unique infant- middle school campus today and see our mind building learning environment in action!

Our school enrolls and accepts the following grades and ages:

Our History

After evaluating various childcares and schools in the area, Lynn McKinnon, a founder of the school, was left with the feeling that something was missing from the current traditional school/daycare options. As a parent she wanted to feel good every day about going to work. She pictured her children in a care and learning environment that was created to maximize their developmental potential while still having them enjoy being there every day.

She soon realized her ideas and dreams were not uncommon; many parents wished for something more. She decided to investigate the creation of a new standard for young children’s care and education that would be the ‘best’ any parent could imagine, better than any solution currently available. With her mother, Laurie Massaglia, as her business partner, they researched, designed and created Foundations School in May 2004.

As a team, Lynn and Laurie created a school that truly supports the needs of all three essential customer groups – the children, the parents, and the teachers. They labeled their strategy “the triple win” and created a logo to visually represent their goals: three circles to represent each group the school would serve and a central triangle connecting the circles into a single unit. iconwithtags

Their triple win strategy required Foundations School, as one of the newest private schools in Kennesaw, Marietta and Acworth, to develop a completely new model for educating children. A system which would provide a better foundational platform for the education of children, teachers and parents; children immersed in a natural learning environment and encouraged to think and explore; teachers participating in a collaborative teaching environment supporting continual learning and implementation of the best children’s developmental techniques; and parents gaining numerous mechanisms for support and learning to promote their growth as parents.

Foundations School Today

Today, Foundations has established itself as one of the most exclusive private schools in Cobb County. On May 24, 2014 the school celebrated its ten-year anniversary. In those ten years, Lynn McKinnon and Laurie Massaglia have successfully raised the standard in the industry from acceptable care and education to learning skills optimization for these young children and their families. By offering better trained teachers and broader exposure to more interesting activities, Foundations School promotes optimal growth in young minds.

The school individually supports each child that attends as they grow and learn at their own pace. Ultimately they enter the traditional school environment with the ability and drive to learn. The real benefit of attending the Foundations School becomes more obvious as each child matures through elementary school and communicates at higher levels, but the joy of attending one of the most unique private schools in Cobb county is self-evident from the moment they come through the door each day.

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Teaching Morals & Values

“Respect, kindness, honesty, courage, perseverance, self-discipline, compassion, generosity, dependability. Most parents want to instill these kinds of values in their children. Doing so will protect them from potentially negative societal influences and lay the foundation for them to become good citizens. Don’t let yourself get so busy that you stop having ‘real’ conversations with your kids.”

– Communications is the Key, by Becky Sweat – Good News Magazine

These are guidelines that Foundations School uses to model good choices.

  • Apologize to your children when you make mistakes
  • Use everyday experiences as examples
  • Hold children accountable with loving guidance
  • Don’t promote taking the ‘easy way out’
  • Involve children with helping others
  • Monitor electronic usage
  • Applaud good behavior
  • Communicate possibilities