Independent K-12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School


High school art drawings

Paideia promotes development in the arts, including fine and performance arts, as part of a well rounded education. The arts at Paideia cover a wide range of creative forms, including visual arts such as drawing and painting, ceramics, woodworking and photography, and performing arts, including music and chorus and drama.

Music class

There are 16 teachers in the arts program. Most teach a variety of ages. Students throughout the school take art classes. Teachers in the elementary often work with art teachers to coordinate lessons with class study themes. In junior high and high school are exposed to a wide range of offerings. In recent years, Paideia students have been successful in photography, art and music competitions at the local, state and national levels. A large number of students are selected to participate in the selective All-state Chorus, Band and Orchestra. Junior high and high students perform in musical and dramatic productions as well.

Curriculum examples


  • Drawing and painting
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Digital design
  • Printmaking

  • Chamber orchestra
  • Jazz ensemble
  • Wind ensemble
  • Chorale
  • Music theory

  • Film
  • Acting workshop
  • Acting master class
  • Playwriting/screenwriting
  • Theater tech

  • Small metals
  • Digital playground
  • Studio lighting
  • Clothing design
  • Clay canvas
  • Playing with fire: Raku

  • West African drumming
  • Improvisational music
  • Musical: cast, tech crew, orchestra
  • Chamber music
  • Songwriting workshop

  • Standup 101
  • Acting – troupe play
  • Acting – improvisation
  • Playwriting
  • Classic films

Arts News

Paideia Students Win National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Two Paideia students were awarded gold medals and three students received silver awards at the national level of the 2018 Scholastic Arts and Writing program.  Senior Evy DiSalvo '18 won a gold medal and the Civic Expression Award from the 2018 Scholastic Art and a silver medal for her photography portfolio. Only six students were awarded the Civic Expression Award. Lilah Krugman '19 was awarded a gold medal and was one of only two students to be awarded Best in Grade.  Ava Changon 18', Lilly Bencich '19, and Bibi Muse '19 were awarded silver medals for their photography.  The gold medals and special achievement award will be honored at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June.

Evy DiSalvo 18'

Evy DiSalvo '18

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