Independent Pre-K to 12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School

High School

Grades 9-12

High school girl and boy

During their high school career Paideia students make many choices to create individual schedules tailored to their interests and needs. The high school calendar is divided into four terms: the two “long terms” feature six class periods organized in a modified block schedule, and most students take five academic classes; the two month-long “short terms” offer a rich range of electives. One of the strengths of the program is the enrichment which comes from so many varied learning experiences.

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. High School Visiting Days: We invite all prospective high school students and their parents to visit Paideia on one of our Visiting Days. Our version of a shadow day, these special morning programs are designed to give visiting students an opportunity to attend a class, meet teachers, and talk to current students while parents learn about Paideia’s high school program from an administrator. The Visiting Day program includes a comprehensive campus tour for parents and students, and is intended to supplement our Prospective Parent Meetings.

    9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Friday, December 6, 2019
    Friday, January 10, 2020
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020

    Meet in the Black Box Theater

    Parking is available on S. Ponce de Leon Avenue in front of the school.
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    To schedule a High School Visiting Day, please create an account with Ravenna, our software provider.


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
    Interviews include a small-group activity, brief one-on-one conversations with several high school teachers, and a writing assignment. While these interviews include an informal check of basic academic skills, we do not view them as comprehensive assessments. The entire appointment lasts about two hours, and parents are not required to remain on campus during the interview. We encourage all students to wear casual,comfortable clothes to their appointments.
  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.
  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.

Student Spotlight

Felicia Jacques '17 at graduation

Felicia Jacques '17

Felicia Jacques remembers just when it hit her. While reading for a summer seminar, she encountered the critical study of black feminism for the first time. She recalls having a realization: “I’m black. I’m a woman. I go through these different experiences all at the same time, and this is the first time I have had the words to really express those thoughts.” Back at school in the fall, Felicia approached high school assistant principal Stacey Winston with an idea for a course to offer to her peers. Using her seminar reading lists and lecture notes Felicia created a short-term class which she taught with Stacey for two years. Now attending Agnes Scott College, Felicia is majoring in business management with a minor in Africana studies.