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


  • 986 full-time students (K-12) and 48 half-day students (ages 3-5)
  • 40% students of color


  • 138 full-time teachers and academic administrators and 20 part-time teachers
  • 66% have advanced degrees
  • 27% faculty of color
  • Schoolwide student/teacher ratio 8:1; average high school class size 15
  • 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, Agnes Scott College, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State University
  • 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 2021, 20% of the class of 2020, 18% of the class of 2019
  • 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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  • 100 students from the class of 2021 enrolled in 59 different colleges
  • Individualized college counseling program
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Financial Aid

  • More than $3.4 million dedicated to need-based financial aid for 151 students
  • Awards range from 13-99%
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Tuition 2021-2022

  • Half Day, ages 3-5 - $13,143
  • Elementary, ages 5-12 - $24,810
  • Junior High, grades 7-8 - $27,765
  • High School, grades 9-11 - $27,831 
  • High School, grade 12 - $28,107


  • Member of GHSA, Region 2-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: boys’ tennis, boys’ soccer (2), boys’ ultimate (3); girls’ ultimate (5) Individual state championships in boys’ cross country (2), and boys’ track (2)
  • Individual state championships in boys’ cross country (2), and boys’ track (2)
  • 70% 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, 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
  • 29% of high school students take art classes, including photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, small metals, and printmaking
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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 auction. 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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