Independent K-12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School

Paideia at-a-Glance


  • Founded by parents in 1971
  • 501(c)(3)
  • Governed by Board of Trustees
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools



  • Main campus on 16 acres on Ponce de Leon Avenue with 14 buildings
  • Python Park: 12 acres in Avondale Estates with two soccer fields and a baseball/softball field
  • Our campus


  • Honors courses in every academic area
  • AP courses: biology, chemistry, physics, calculus AB and BC, and statistics
  • Grades and written evaluations in junior high and high school
  • National Merit honorees: 21% of the class of 2013, 28% of the class of 2014, 24% of the class of 2015, 18% of the class of 2016
  • Georgia Governor’s Honors Program: three in 2013, one in 2014 and 2015, two in 2016
  • Academic Bowl junior national champions 2014 and 2015, GATA state champions 2015
  • Junior High chess team state champions 2015
  • Mock Trial state finals 2014
  • Science Olympiad tied for 1st place in region 2014, state tournament 2010-2015
  • Robotics Team qualified for VEX Robotics World Championships in 2012 and 2013
  • Junior High Robotics Team First Lego League Regional Tournament Champions 2015
  • One high school student selected for American Region Mathematics League in 2012 and 2013
  • STEAM, service learning, urban agriculture, and mindfulness practice integrated at all levels
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  • 101 students in the class of 2016 attend 61 different colleges
  • Individualized college counseling program
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  • iPad program: classroom sets in elementary school, 1:1 in junior high and high school
  • Laptops and desktops available in classrooms, libraries, and computer labs
  • Campus-wide wi-fi network

Tuition by levels


  • Half Day, ages 3-5 - $13,143
  • Elementary, ages 5-12 - $21,468
  • Junior High, grades 7-8 - $24,024
  • High School, grades 9-11 - $24,084 
  • High School, grade 12 - $24,333

Financial Aid

  • Need-based financial aid program funds 158 students in 2016-2017 school year
  • $2.8 million spent on financial aid this year
  • Awards range from 20-99 percent

Parent Involvement

  • Parents fill over 3,000 volunteer jobs in a typical school year. Examples include running the Green Team’s recycling program, serving student lunches for Pi Bites, creating the playbill for the music department, and raising money for financial aid and other school programs. Parents view the opportunity to volunteer as an important way to participate in the Paideia community.
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Music and Theater

  • Younger elementary students: general music instruction twice a week
  • Older elementary students: band or orchestra and chorus
  • Junior high students: band, orchestra, and chorus
  • High school students: 36 percent involved in chorus, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble, and chamber orchestra
  • Annual musical theater and drama productions in junior high and high school
  • Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition Southeast honorable mention and semi-finalist 2015
  • Disney Festival Most Outstanding Orchestra and Most Outstanding Orchestra in Its Class 2015
  • Student and teacher Shuler Hensley Award recipients in 2009-2011
  • Paideia students are regularly selected for these groups: National Music Educator’s All-National Honor Ensembles, All-State Chorus, All-State Band, All-State Jazz Ensemble, All-State Orchestra, ASYO, AYJO, EJCO, EYSO, MAYWE, MYSO, RYJO, GISA All-Select Orchestra, GISA All-Select Chorus, GSU High School Honor Orchestra, Spivey Hall Honor Choir, Governor’s Honors Program, Interlochen and Brevard summer arts programs
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  • Elementary and junior high students have weekly art instruction
  • 43 percent of high school students take art classes
  • Paideia is often one of the state’s top winners of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (regional and national levels)
  • Each year art students win top awards at juried exhibitions including Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (national and regional levels), Atlanta High School Art Exhibition, Pace Photography Show, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Photographers Forum
  • Senior art students are often accepted to and receive merit scholarships from such schools as Boston Museum School, CalArts, Maryland College of Art, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Massachusetts College of Art
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Region 5-A

  • Ranked #15 in class A in 2015-16 Regions Bank Directors Cup
  • 11 junior high and high school sports offered: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, ultimate, and volleyball (girls only)
  • 70 percent of students (grades 7-12) participate in at least one sport
  • 50 percent of high school students participate in intramural sports
  • Baseball state tournament 2012
  • Boys' basketball state tournament sweet sixteen 2009-2011
  • Girls' basketball state championship elite eight 2010, sweet sixteen 2013-2015, state tournament 2008-2016
  • Girls' cross country eighth place at state meet 2015, region runner-up 2014, state meet 2008-2013
  • Boys' cross country state meet third place finish 2015, sixth place finish 2014
  • Boys' soccer state champion 2013, 2014 and 2016, state tournament final four 2011 and 2012, state tournament 2008-2010
  • Girls' soccer state champion 2013, state championship finalist 2011, elite eight 2012, 2014, and 2015, state tournament 1997-2016
  • Boys' and Girls' swimming state meet top class A score 2016, state meet 1990-2015
  • Girls' tennis state tournament 2010, 2012-2015
  • Boys' tennis state champion 2016, state tournament 2011 and 2015
  • Volleyball state tournament elite eight 2015, state tournament 2013
  • Boys' track state meet fifth place finish 2015, state meet 2011, 2014, and 2016
  • Girls' track state meet 2011, 2014, and 2016
  • Boys' ultimate state champion 2010 and 2013-2016
  • Girls' ultimate Southern regional champion 2015, runner-up 2016, state champion 2010 and 2013-2016, winner of Paideia Cup 2007-2010 and 2015
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Paideia School is committed to having a racial, socioeconomic, and cultural cross-section of students and faculty. The school considers applications for admission without regard to race, religion, ethnic group or sexual orientation.

Fast Facts


  • 951 full-time students (K-12)
  • 47 half-day students (ages 3-5)
  • 32 percent students of color
  • 102 students in 2016 graduating class
  • 2,813 alumni from classes of 1974-2016


  • 114 full-time and 17 part-time teachers
  • 75 percent faculty with advanced degrees
  • 23 percent faculty of color
  • High school student/teacher ratio 9:1, average class size 14
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