Independent K-12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School

Summer Camp

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The fun does not stop when the school year ends! Paideia School hosts five weeks of summer excitement.

We intentionally create a camp open to the Atlanta community at large where anyone can experience the Paideia School. We value a space where kids are safe, free to play, laugh, build, and have fun! We encourage students to make choices that develop their personal affinities and interest. We hope each camper makes fun lasting memories and friendships.

Weekly registration is available. We hope you come and experience summer fun at Paideia.

Paideia's 16-acre wooded campus is located in the in-town Druid Hills neighborhood near Emory University.

Play is fun. Great fun, even. It’s a balm against aging, for students and teachers. It’s the best thing for them...
- Brian Eames

Example Summer Camp Programs

Mini Camp - Ages 3, 4, and 5

Mini-campers will have fun participating in arts and crafts, storytelling, creative movement, sports, music, sand and water play.

Ages: 3, 4, and 5

Hours: 8:30am-12pm

Price: $150 per week

Betwixt and Between Camp - Ages 5 and 6

Betwixt and Between camp is a self-contained classroom. Activities may include art, music, cooking, indoor and outdoor games, circle time and storytelling. “Water City” on the sandy playground is one of the highlights of this camp.

Ages: 5 and 6

Elementary 1 - Age 7 or Rising 2nd Grade

Each morning, campers will choose from activities offered to the entire elementary camp. Selections may include arts and crafts, dramatic play, indoor/outdoor games, farming, cooking, library visits and more.

Every afternoon, campers participate in activities designed by their homeroom counselor. Swimming and bowling off campus are offered weekly.

Ages: 7 or rising 2nd grade.

Elementary 2 - Grades 3-6

Campers choose morning and afternoon activities based on their own unique interests. Selections may include arts and crafts, dramatic play, indoor and outdoor games, farming, water play, cooking, library, and more. Campers may leave campus in school vans to go swimming and bowling.

Campers will be assigned a homeroom based on their age.

Ages: 8 years old by September 1 or entering grade 3 and the eldest entering grade 6.

Junior High

Each day campers will have the opportunity to create their day by choosing morning and afternoon activities based on their interests.

The daily selections for junior high campers might include art activities, indoor and outdoor games, coding, farming, cooking and other options based on student interests. They will begin and end their day in their homeroom. The junior high camp is sure to offer plenty of summer friends and fun.

Chess Camp for Boys and Girls - Rising Grade 1-6

Experienced chess players or beginners will spend the week learning and training with two of Georgia's best, Carlos Perdomo and Jim Mundy.

Students will participate in strategic lectures, practice drills, and play in several types of tournaments, including regular, blitz, and bughouse. Chances to play/work with instructors will be numerous. Handouts for home study will be provided for the students.

For additional information contact Carlos Perdomo at or 770-845-0890. Or visit

Robotics Camp

If you enjoy arts and crafts and also want to learn the basics of coding and robotics, this is the workshop for you! Using birdbrain technology (hummingbird kits) and every day crafts, we will design simple robots. Whether you have some experience or none, there is a place for you in this super fun workshop.

Teen Summer Photography Workshop

Learn the basics of black and white film photography by exploring the tools, and techniques- as well as the aesthetics. Special emphasis will be placed on the creative use of camera controls, film exposure, development and making prints. Students will learn to see the world creatively and take pictures beyond the typical snap shot, or automatic mode. Sessions include lectures, demonstrations, class critiques, and darkroom time. The lab fee includes use of a 35 mm camera, film, and chemicals.

Sports Camps

Ultimate Camp for Boys and Girls Ages 10-14

Michael Baccarini, Paideia teacher and coach of the two-time national champion varsity boys' ultimate team, will be conducting a fun and challenging one week-long camp focused on this popular fast-action team sport for boys and girls ages 10-14 years.

The first half of each daily session will involve fun activities that develop disc and ultimate-specific game skills. The second half will concentrate on putting those skills into action thru a variety of scrimmage formats.

Teamwork skills are a focus throughout the camp, with particular emphasis on what makes ultimate unique - "Spirit of the Game." Ultimate builds character through its high regard for mutual respect between competitors, teammates and opponents alike.

Michael Baccarini, Coach
Michael is a former club player with national and international experience and has coached the 19 and under U.S. national team at the 1998 (Minneapolis, Minn. - gold medal), 2000 (Heilbronn, Germany - bronze), 2004 (Turku, Finland - gold) and 2006 (Boston, Mass. - gold) world championships.

Michael served as the national youth director for the USA Ultimate Association from 2000-2003. He helped write coaching curriculum and has led national coaching certification clinics around the country and is the co-author of Essential Ultimate: Teaching, Coaching, Playing.

Basketball for Boys and Girls, Ages 7-15

At JoJo Cadray's Python basketball camps you will learn how to improve your fundamental skills - including footwork, agility, team work, passing, ball handling, perimeter shooting, offensive moves, the mid-range game, rebounding, and man-to-man defense. We will also work on listening and attention span.

Each day will feature motivational lessons as well as instruction on the many intricacies of the game. From beginning to end campers will be exposed to a high level of instruction and motivation that will assist beginners and experienced players alike. Campers will compete in one-on-one, free throws, “hot shot” and many more contests and games.

Campers will be broken into four age groups to compete in contests and games 7-8, 9–10, 11-12, and 13-15.

Coach JoJo Cadray is completing his 11th year as Paideia varsity boys' basketball coach. His teams have reached three state tournaments, competing in three consecutive state sweet sixteen events. He has coached 14 players who have gone on to play basketball at the college level.

Coach Cadray will be joined by a talented and experienced staff of college and professional players, AAU and school coaches. Stand out players from previous Paideia teams will work as counselors too.

Coach Cadray is an alumnus of the Paideia School graduating in 1999. He was a starting guard for Paideia's 1998 state finalist team and All County select the same season. As a senior he was chosen as an All Area player.

In college Cadray played NCAA basketball for two years at University of South Carolina under Eddie Fogler, the National Coach of the Year award winner. Cadray went on to play at the University of North Florida and Emory University.

JoJo is a faculty member in the Paideia junior high school and assists in the admission department.

Paideia School Summer Volleyball Camp for Boys and Girls entering 6th, Junior High and High School

The volleyball camp is open to advanced, intermediate, and beginning players. The camp will focus on improving basic skills including hitting, passing, serving, setting and blocking and fitness training.

The camp will provide players time for skill development that often can't take place during the volleyball season.

Players must wear non-marking sneakers and bring a water bottle. Water will be provided. Knee pads are not required but recommended. All players will receive a T-shirt.

Artan Agolli, Coach
Artan is in his 17th year of coaching the varsity, junior varsity and junior high teams at Paideia School.

He has taken the varsity team to two state tournaments and regional runner-up tournaments twice in four years.

Artan has played professionally in Italy, Greece and for the Albania National Team.

Ogerta Agolli
Ogerta Agolli has coached at Paideia for nine years. She has played professionally in Italy, Greece and on the Albanian national team.

Happy kids
“Play is a central component in children's mental growth. Play helps children make meaning in their world, it helps them learn about themselves, and…it helps them learn how to get along with others.”
- Roberta Mchnick-Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Diane Eyer

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