Independent K-12 School in Atlanta

The Paideia School


Age 5

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We have two options for 5-year-olds: one is a half-day program in a mixed-age class with 3- and 4-year-olds; the other is a full-day program in a mixed-age class with 6-year-olds. Typically, children with spring and summer birthdays are more successful in our half-day kindergarten. (In fact, children born from May 1 to September 1, 2013 will ONLY be considered for our half-day kindergarten program.) Regardless, all 5-year-olds proceed to first grade the following year. Applicants to either of our kindergarten programs must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2018.

Our half-day kindergarten program promotes social, emotional, and intellectual growth through a rich environment emphasizing exploration, imagination, interaction, and communication. Students in the half-day kindergarten 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.

Our full-day kindergarten program typically serves children ages 5 ½ and older. Each self-contained multi-age classroom consists of two full-time teachers and a blend of kindergarteners and first-graders. Throughout the week, students visit specialists for science, library, music, art, and P.E.

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 completing our inquiry form and registering online. These meetings are for adults only.

    7:30 - 9:00 p.m. in Black Box Theater
    *Tuesday, October 3, 2017
    Monday, November 6, 2017
    *Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    Thursday, January 4, 2018
    Monday, January 22, 2018

    *New this year: 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.

    To schedule a campus tour, please complete our inquiry form and we'll call to arrange your appointment.

    Monday-Thursday, early October-late January
    Meet in the Admissions Office

    Parking is available on S. Ponce de Leon Avenue in front of the school.
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  3. Half-Day Parent Meeting: All parents of rising 3, 4, and 5 year-olds are welcome. Join the half-day teachers and coordinator for an in-depth discussion of our half-day program. 

    Please register so we know to expect you. Complete our inquiry form and follow the prompts to create a Ravenna hub account of access to our online admissions portal. This does not commit you to applying to Paideia but does enable you to sign up for all admissions events.

    7:30-9:00 p.m. in Half-Day Classrooms
    1341 S. Ponce de Leon Ave.
    Monday, November 13, 2017

    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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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 our half-day and kindergarten programs are due on Monday, January 29, 2018, 12 pm. (EXTENDED - because of the recent weather disruption).

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 and on Presidents’ Day in February, which is a national holiday. Most parent interviews take place on select weekday evenings, Saturdays, and on Presidents’ Day in February. 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 may 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.

    Half-day kindergarten applicants: 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 do at home.

    Full-day kindergarten applicants: Interviews include both an individual and small group portion and last 75 minutes. We ask that one parent plan to remain on campus for the duration of the interview. Please do not bring siblings.
  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.