Independent Pre-K to 12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School


Ages 6-12 / Grades 1-6

Kids on firetruck

When visiting our elementary school you will hear terms like “multi-age class,” “central subject,” “fresh-air break,” “project-based learning” and “self-contained classroom.” Taken together, these elements help create a dynamic, inspiring, and welcoming learning community for students ages five to twelve and their teachers.

Most classrooms in the elementary school are multi-age, or the equivalent of two grades. Multi-age classes allow us to consider the academic, social, and maturational needs of a student when assigning him or her to a classroom as opposed to placement driven by birth date.

Sixth grade is a wonderful year for Paideia students. As the oldest children in the elementary school, sixth-graders are given space to push themselves both academically and socially within the intimate and nurturing community of a homebase classroom. We believe that keeping these children in elementary school helps foster confidence and self-awareness as they prepare for the rapid intellectual and emotional changes that accompany junior high school.

Come to Visit

The best way to learn about Paideia is to come see us in action. We offer a number of different visiting opportunities, beginning in early October and continuing through late January. Some are open to prospective students and parents, some are for parents only, and some are age-specific. Please make plans this fall to schedule your visits. We look forward to meeting you.

  1. Prospective Parent Meetings: These informal talks by Headmaster Paul Bianchi are designed to provide a broad overview of Paideia for parents of all applicants. Paul discusses the school's philosophy and specific programs and spends a portion of each evening answering your questions. We invite you to arrive a half hour early to chat with faculty members and admissions staff.

    Although reservations aren't required, please let us know you're coming by creating an account with Ravenna, our admissions software provider, and registering online. This does not commit you to applying to Paideia but does enable you to sign up for all admissions events. These meetings are for adults only.

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m. in Theater

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019
    Monday, November 4, 2019
    Thursday, November 21, 2019
    Thursday, January 9, 2020
    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    Parking is available on S. Ponce de Leon Avenue in front of the school and in any campus lot.
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  2. Campus Tours: Schedule a visit during a school day. We typically offer 75-minute tours and limit the size of each tour group to just a handful of parents. Visitors have an opportunity to see the school in action and to spend time observing activities in several classrooms. Rising 6th graders (only) are invited to visit with their parents.

    We tour Monday-Thursday, early October-late January
    To schedule a campus tour, please create an account with Ravenna, our software provider, and we'll call to arrange your appointment.

    Meet in the Admissions Office.

    Parking is available on S. Ponce de Leon Avenue in front of the school.
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  3. Sixth-Grade Parent Meeting: All parents of rising sixth graders are welcome. This informal forum with upper elementary and junior high teachers is intended to address the distinctions between our elementary and junior high, as well as the ways in which these two programs complement one another.

    Please register by creating an account with Ravenna, our admissions software provider. 

    7:30-9:00 p.m. in High School Library
    Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
    Parking is available on S. Ponce de Leon Avenue in front of the school.
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Apply Online

The Paideia School uses the web-based program hosted by Ravenna Solutions to manage our entire admissions and financial aid application process. You can register for admissions events, submit applications and supplemental forms, pay application fees, and access decisions online. To begin, please create an account with Ravenna (or access your existing account).

Applications for admission to the elementary, junior high, and high school programs are due on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. The financial aid application is due on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.


Plan for Interviews

In general, admissions interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis upon submitting an application. Our admissions process includes an interview with each prospective student and a separate parent interview conducted by a current Paideia parent. Most student interviews take place on select Saturdays in February and on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 17, which is a national holiday. Most parent interviews take place on select weekday evenings and Saturdays in February and on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 17. Because we don’t have much flexibility in our interview schedule, we suggest that applicant families preview the exact dates on our Admissions Calendar before making commitments that would conflict with these appointments.

  1. Students
    Applicants will have the opportunity to meet with teachers who work with students their age. While these interviews generally include an informal check of basic academic skills, we do not view them as comprehensive assessments. We encourage all students to wear casual, comfortable clothes to their appointments.

    Lower elementary applicants (grades 1-4): Interviews include both an individual and small group portion and last an hour and a half. Students should expect to complete some age-appropriate academic tasks. We ask that one parent plan to remain on campus during the entire interview.

    Upper elementary applicants (grades 5 and 6): Interviews include both an individual and small group portion and last two hours and 15 minutes. Students should expect to complete some academic work and have a conversation with a teacher. Parents are not required to remain on campus during the interview.
  2. Parents
    Our school emphasizes a high level of parent involvement, so we value this opportunity to hear more about applicant families and their current school and community activities. Prospective parents are matched with current Paideia parent volunteers for conversations that last about 30 minutes. These interviews work most effectively when parents are not distracted by their children, so please make childcare arrangements. Unfortunately, we don’t have much flexibility with these appointments, so we ask that you keep to your scheduled appointment even if only one parent can attend. Because of staffing constraints, we do not interview prospective parents who applied last year or current Paideia parents.
  3. Out-of-Town Applicants
    If you are unable to visit during one of our scheduled interview days, please contact us before you make travel plans. We will be as flexible as possible in arranging tours and interview appointments for your family.