Published on April 7th, 2016 |


Buckhead’s commercial center gets first urban early education school

When Irina and Chris Fofiu were expecting their first daughter, they searched for the perfect early education and care provider in Buckhead or Brookhaven near their Pine Hill neighborhood. They found their options were not just limited, but that there were none at all.

Inia and Chris Fofiu are shown at the reception desk ate the new Primrose School of Buckhead.

Irina and Chris Fofiu are shown at the reception desk ate the new Primrose School of Buckhead.

Now, the Romanian couple in their 30s, who met while getting their degrees at Georgia Tech—she in building and construction and he in computer sciences—are aspiring to make a difference in the lives of Buckhead and Brookhaven children and their families as the franchise owners of Primrose School of Buckhead.

Irina and Chris are excited to also be fulfilling a dream of being directly involved in education. “My parents, both university-level professors, instilled in me the desire to learn and teach, and I’ve always felt driven to help children through education and entrepreneurship,” said Irina. The school serves children from 6 months old to 6 years old.

After three years of pulling their plans together, the franchise owners opened their Primrose School March 14 in the heart of Buckhead’s commercial district—on the first floor of a high-rise office building at 3355 Lenox Road NE, across Lenox Road from Lenox Square mall.

Irina and Chris Fofiu will host a grand opening event this Saturday (April 9) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the new school’s opening and introduce local families to the newly built-out 10,940 square-foot facility and the Primrose School’s curriculum and educational standards.

Primrose School of Buckhead features 10 private classrooms with wireless technology and four secure, age-appropriate playgrounds. The school also features a Primrose Patch garden for regular gardening and nature study activities. Yes, Irina put her building and construction education to good use in the design and build-out facility.

The grand opening celebration will feature school tours and other family-friendly activities, including planting in the school’s garden, arts and crafts projects, outdoor activities and a raffle among

This is the room for infants 6-12 months at the new school.

This is the room for infants 6-12 months at the new school.

attendees for a special Primrose prize. Families will also be able to sample healthy snacks from the Primrose Balanced Menu, and Percy the Rooster® will make an appearance.

Attendees can document their fun in the “Picture Perfect with Primrose” photo booth and take home memories from the event. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10:15 a.m. to officially celebrate the opening of the new school.

Primrose School of Buckhead is the second Primrose school to open within an urban mixed- used development, offering high-quality education and care for many families where they live, work and play.  The school is licensed to have 180 children, but at the moment opened with 29. The school they say is adding approximately 35 jobs and $2.8 million in project costs to the local economy.

Founded in 1982, Primrose Schools is the nation’s leader in providing a premier, early education and care experience in more than 300 schools in 25 states. Each Primrose school is independently owned and operated by Franchise Owners, who partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life.

Primrose is the first early childhood education organization in the country to receive AdvancED Corporation Systems Accreditation under the new

This is the toddlers playground area--one of four separately fenced play areas.

This is the toddlers playground area–one of four separately fenced play areas.

Standards for Quality Early Learning Schools. For more information, visit

The couple worked to find the best option that provided a high-quality education, yet also a nurturing environment. The family finally found a right fit in Primrose Schools.

“After touring a Primrose school and learning about the impact the exclusive Balanced Learning® curriculum and character development program have on a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development, we immediately knew Primrose was the right fit for our family and community,” said Irina.

“We are looking forward to making a tangible difference in the lives of children and families that reside and work in Buckhead,” she added.

Education has always been a very important value in the Fofiu family and the couple made a promise to themselves to one day give families with young children access to quality and trusted early childhood education.

Irina and Chris, who both came to Atlanta about 10 years ago after graduating from high school,  hope that Primrose School of Buckhead will also provide a solution for parents who work in the area and wish to remain near their children throughout the day—something that led to their initial search for a school in the Buckhead/Brookhaven

This is the pre-K classroom for 4-5-year-olds and the playground area outdoors can be seen through the windows.

This is the pre-K classroom for 4-5-year-olds; the playground area outdoors can be seen through the windows.

area. At the time, Irina worked in the Perimeter area and Chris worked in Suwanee.

At the school, Irina will handle the day-to-day operations, working closely with parents, children and staff. Chris will also play an active role in supporting the new school, while continuing his career as an IT consultant.

Now that Primrose School of Buckhead is open, the Fofiu’s youngest daughter, Sofia, age 3, will attend Primrose School of Buckhead while their oldest daughter, Karina, 6, is currently attending The Westminster Schools. Irina said they might add kindergarten classes to the school if enough parents ask for it, but for now it is just pre-K.

To contact Primrose School of Buckhead, please call 404-585-4854 or visit


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