North Springs Charter High School in late January announced that Chase McGrath is its 2017 STAR Student as the senior with the highest SAT score (1550) from one sitting.

McGrath, 18, is the son of Kevin and Robin McGrath of Sandy Springs. He chose North Springs for the dual magnet programs in math and science and visual and performing arts after attending the Epstein School and then taking eighth grade at Sandy Springs Middle School.

In middle school, he participated in national tours for “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I.”

McGrath will graduate after completing 13 Advanced Placement courses as a dual magnet student with a focus on vocal music, piano and drama. He has been selected to the All-State Choir three consecutive years and is the first North Springs student selected for the All-State Sight Reading Choir.

He has not picked a college but is leaning toward majoring in physics with a minor in music.

McGrath chose AP U.S. history teacher Stephen Bengston, the adviser to the school’s philosophy club and the former North Springs baseball coach, as his STAR teacher.

“I chose Mr. Bengston because he has been a great influence on how I think about things. He has been very influential, approachable and supportive. He’s a really good teacher in general,” McGrath said.

Bengston called his selection “humbling.”

“Chase is just amazingly open-minded,” the history teacher said. “He seeks out people who think differently because he wants to understand them. It is incredibly impressive to witness.”

AJA Offers $3,600

A donation from an alum is enabling Atlanta Jewish Academy to provide $3,600 to each new child enrolled in first through sixth grades for the 2017-18 school year.

The offer includes incoming pupils whose older siblings attend AJA.

Families can apply for AJA’s flexible tuition program, which sets an individualized tuition based on the ability to pay, then reduce the resulting tuition by $3,600.

The $3,600 gifts will be offered until the alum’s grant runs out. AJA expects the money to last at least two years.

More information is available from Erica Gal, AJA’s admissions director for early childhood through eighth grade, at egal@atljewishacademy.org or 404-520-9296.