The Paideia School

At-a-Glance

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History

  • Founded by parents in 1971
  • 501(c)(3)
  • Governed by board of trustees
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, member of NAIS and SAIS

Students

  • 967 full-time students (K-12) and 48 half-day students (ages 3-5)
  • 42% students of color

Faculty

  • 135 full-time teachers and academic administrators and 18 part-time teachers
  • 73% have advanced degrees
  • 32% faculty of color
  • Schoolwide student/teacher ratio 7:1; average high school class size 16
  • 2 full-time teachers in each elementary and junior high school homebase classroom
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Location and Facilities

  • Main campus: 16 acres with 16 buildings and an urban forest along Ponce de Leon Avenue 
  • Python Park: 12-acre sports complex in Avondale Estates with 2 soccer fields and a baseball/softball field
  • Paideia Farm: 2 acres in East Atlanta with vegetable beds, greenhouses, and bee hives
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Academics

  • 4 levels of the school: half day; elementary; junior high; high school
  • Honors courses in every academic area in the high school
  • Grades and written evaluations in junior high and high school
  • Parent/teacher conferences twice a year for half day, elementary, and junior high
  • National Merit honorees: 19% of the class of 2023, 13% of the class of 2022, 22% of the class of 2021
  • AP courses in biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, calculus (AB and BC)
  • STEAM, service learning, urban agriculture, robotics, making, and mindfulness practice integrated at all levels of the school
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Colleges

  • 120 students from the class of 2023 enrolled in 68 different colleges
  • Individualized college counseling program
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Financial Aid

  • More than $3.7 million dedicated to need-based financial aid for 150 students
  • Awards range from 25-99%
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Tuition 2024-2025

  • Half Day, ages 3-5 - $13,500 
  • Elementary, grades K-6 - $28,050 
  • Junior High, grades 7-8 - $31,500
  • High School, grades 9-11 - $31,500
  • High School, grade 12 - $31,776

Athletics

  • Member of GHSA, Region 6-A
  • Junior high and high school sports offered: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, ultimate, and girls’ volleyball
  • Team state championships in last 5 years: girls’ ultimate (5), boys’ ultimate (3), boys’ soccer (2), boys’ tennis
  • Individual state championships in boys’ cross country (2), boys’ track (2), girls’ track
  • 65% of students grades 7-12 participate in at least one sport
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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: 34% involved in chorus, chorale, concert band, jazz ensemble, and chamber orchestra
  • Annual musical theater and drama productions in junior high and high school
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Visual Arts

  • Art instruction throughout all levels of the school; twice weekly in elementary
  • 27% of high school students take art classes, including ceramics, drawing and painting, jewelry and small metals, mixed media, photography, and portfolio development
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Parent Involvement

  • Parents helped build Paideia in 1971 and continue to be an active part of our vibrant community. Annually they lead more than 30 committees and events—distributing lunch through the PiBites program, serving as class parents and team parents, and helping in classrooms. Parents also chair and work on our most beloved school traditions such as the fall barbecue, Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day, and the annual benefit for financial aid. An online sign-up center makes it easy to find activities and volunteer to participate at all levels. This kind of involvement continues to be the best way to meet other parents, support our children, and engage in our community. 
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