Independent Pre-K to 12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School


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  • 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


  • 961 full-time students (K-12)
  • 45 half-day students (ages 3-5)
  • 36% students of color


  • 133 full-time teachers and 34 part-time teachers
  • 74% have advanced degrees
  • 25% faculty of color
  • Schoolwide student/teacher ratio 7:1; average high school class 14
  • 2 full-time teachers in each elementary and junior high school homebase classroom
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Location and Facilities

  • Intown community between downtown Atlanta and downtown Decatur, near Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Main campus:16 acres on South Ponce de Leon Avenue with 14 buildings
  • Python Park: 12-acre sports complex in Avondale Estates with 2 soccer fields and a baseball/softball field
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  • 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: 22% of the class of 2018, 25% of the class of 2017, 18% of the class of 2016
  • AP courses in biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, calculus AB and calculus BC
  • STEAM, service learning, urban agriculture, robotics, making, and mindfulness practice integrated at all levels of the school
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  • 110 students from the class of 2018 enrolled in 68 different colleges
  • Individualized college counseling program
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Financial Aid

  • More than $3 million dedicated to need-based financial aid for 153 students
  • Awards range from 20-99%
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Tuition 2019-2020

  • Half Day, ages 3-5 - $13,143
  • Elementary, ages 5-12 - $23,109
  • Junior High, grades 7-8 - $25,860
  • High School, grades 9-11 - $25,923 
  • High School, grade 12 - $26,172


  • Top ranked Director’s Cup Class A athletic program; GHSA Region 5-A
  • Junior high and high school sports offered: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, ultimate, and girls’ volleyball
  • State Championships in last 5 years: boys’ soccer (3), boys’ tennis, boys’ ultimate (3); girls’ ultimate (5)
  • Individual Championships in last 5 years: boys’ cross country (2), boys’ track (2)
  • 70% of students grades 7-12 participate in at least one sport; 40% of high school students participate in intramural sports
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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% involved in chorus, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble, and chamber orchestra
  • Annual musical theater and drama productions in junior high and high school

Visual Arts

  • Art instruction throughout all levels of the school; twice weekly in elementary
  • 43% of high school students take art classes, including photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, small metals, and printmaking
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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 funds for financial aid and other school programs. Parents and the school view the opportunity to volunteer as an important way to participate in the Paideia community.
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