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Welcome to Julian Newman Elementary!

As a parent of two Athens City Schools students and an alumna myself, a member of our administrative team and a next-door neighbor, I interact daily with engaged, energized and committed students and families in the Julian Newman community. A family of classmates, faculty, staff, parents and citizens supports and is invested in the success of these students. And when you know you’re supported and cared for, you’re free to dream big. 

Julian Newman is proud to be a place where everyone is treasured, diversity is respected, character is encouraged, learning is loved, success is celebrated and leaders shine.

Yes, our student success and other statistics rank Athens City Schools among the best schools in the state. We value the development of the whole child and incorporate opportunities for engagement and learning inside and outside the classroom. We encourage community connection and involvement as an invaluable piece of the puzzle that makes up the whole and comprehensive Julian Newman experience. Our district is progressive and innovative, creating the young, creative minds of the future in our classrooms. But what truly matters at Julian Newman are the relationships created here – the everyday interactions that instill character and change lives.

I invite you to spend time with the Julian Newman family. Make plans to visit our campus, interact with our students, observe our teachers and experience the heart of our school. There is a place for you in this community we warmly refer to as "One Athens." 

Our students and families are greatly served by this community connected by education. Julian Newman is a special place, and I look forwarding to leading your student in this experience. It is my honor and privilege to serve.


Mrs. Sharla Birdsong, Principal




Mrs. Sharla Birdsong
(256) 233-6630

Assistant Principal


Teneka Malone
(256) 233-6630

Click below to meet all team members at HEART Academy at Julian Newman!

Our Team