Independent Pre-K to 12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School

Half Day

Ages 3-5

Half day class

Our half-day program promotes social, emotional, and intellectual growth through a rich environment emphasizing exploration, imagination, interaction, and communication. We have consciously chosen not to call it “preschool” in order to avoid the suggestion that what happens with these young students is anything less than real school. Students in the half-day program enroll in either a morning or an afternoon session, each of which consists of approximately 24 children, ages 3-5, with four dedicated teachers.

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

    *Open houses: Begin your evening in the half-day building (1341 S. Ponce de Leon Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. Meet the teachers and explore the classroom before joining our headmaster for the Prospective Parent Meeting in the Black Box Theater at 7:30 p.m. Parking is available on S. Ponce de Leon Avenue in front of the 1341 building and in the lot adjacent to the playground.
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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.

    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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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).

Early Half-Day Application Option

Deadline: Monday, Dec. 2, 2019
Student Interviews: Dec. 7, 2019  
Parent Interviews:
Dec. 7, 2019 and Dec. 11, 2019
Notification: Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

Regular Half-Day Applications

Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020
Student Interviews: Jan. 25, 2020
Parent Interviews: Jan. 25, 2020 and Jan. 27, 2020
Notification: Saturday, Apr. 4, 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.

For those submitting an early application, student interviews will take place the mornings of Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 14. Parent interviews will take place the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 7 and the evening of Monday, Dec. 11.

All other student interviews for the half-day program will take place the morning of Saturday, Jan. 25.  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 interview dates on our Admissions Calendar before making commitments that would conflict with these appointments.

  1. Students
    Each child attends the interview with one parent. Together they spend a largely unstructured hour exploring the half-day classrooms with a group of a dozen other applicants, their parents, and a handful of teachers. Parents can participate by helping their children find activities of interest and playing with them, much as they would at home.
  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 limitations, we do not interview prospective parents who applied last year or current Paideia parents.

    Note to parents of half-day and kindergarten applicants: We will not schedule your parent interview to coincide with your child's interview.
  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.