How to Join a Homeschool Group

WANTED:
Group of local or online homeschoolers to form a community where we all feel relaxed and comfortable. Must naturally hit it off, and if our kids get along, that’s even better. Must share ideas, field trips, encouragement, tears, laughs, rides, curriculum, coffee, playdates and frustrations. Future possibilities include: starting a small learning co-op, holiday parties, book clubs for different ages, sports and more.

Sound too good to be true? It can be your reality! If you are new to homeschooling and haven’t yet found your tribe, taking the leap could lead you (and your kids!) to homeschool zen. Everybody talks about homeschool socialization for your kids, but what about for you? Why can’t you have both at the same time?

Homeschooling mom Angie Pemberton shares, “My tribe is our little group of kids about the same age. I think it gets a bit harder to homeschool as kids get older and they start feeling like they are missing out on some of the school stuff. This group helps us get the good stuff without the drama. We have our own little summer co-op and field trip group and love the support we get from each other.”

So where can you find – or how can you start – your own homeschooling tribe? Here are my suggestions:

Join an Existing Group

There are many homeschooling support groups in Georgia and the metro Atlanta area; a good place to start is the Georgia Home Education Association, which has a list of names and regions. Start with a large support group meeting to see if it’s a good fit for both you and your children. You may jell with a few moms, and you can then branch off into your own weekly meetup and bring others in as you make connections.

During school hours, go to places where homeschoolers hang out – libraries, parks, indoor play areas, zoos and children’s museums. Some libraries have a homeschooler lunch bunch; you can also search online for local co-ops and classes. Maybe you meet someone at the library who you think would fit into your group very well, and you invite him or her to your next park date or book club meetup.

Unless you are a social butterfly, heading into a group of homeschooling parents might seem a little scary. Take a deep breath and do it anyway … it’s for you and for your kids, after all, and you deserve to find that special supportive set of people.

Start your own group

Host a book club, nature hike or field trip and invite a variety of people you’ve collected using the methods above. Some might never come, some will come religiously, but soon enough you’ll start to figure out who your tribe is. My experience has always been that the kids will follow your lead and, if you get a large enough group going, they will find at least one person they also connect with.

Online

For me, this is the easiest way to find and maintain your tribe. Start with social media sites like Yahoo Groups, Meetup and Facebook. You can start your own group online if you aren’t finding what you want, or if you just want to do your own thing. Invite tribe potentials and then they can invite friends they like. Your group might be full of homeschoolers from all over the country (or world!) or maybe you connect with a handful with whom you can meet locally.

Don’t forget you can have more than one tribe! I put together a great tribe of hippie-ish unschooling parents that met at a coffeehouse/gym combo for a long time, but then I also found a fantastic group of structured homeschooling women when my family started at a co-op. They are on entirely different ends of the homeschooling spectrum at times, but then so am I. You can, conversely, have one tribe that’s entirely online and one that only meets for field trips. The sky’s the limit.

What about disagreements and problems? It’s true that there are going to be disagreements in any group. Sometimes you just need a break after a sticky situation with another mom or between the kids; sometimes there needs to be a full-on break-up with the entire group. Sometimes you just change and maybe outgrow the tribe and slowly and politely make your exit with no hard feelings. People in your tribe will move away, stop homeschooling altogether, have drama over things non-homeschool-related and more.

Your tribe will grow, shrink and change. Be open to the tribe concept and I promise it will enrich the homeschooling experience for both you and your kids. Keep an open mind and collect your wonderful homeschool friends wherever you can find them. Then nurture those relationships, because you’re going to need the support on your homeschooling journey!

– Kerrie McLoughlin

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2020-21 Guide to Private School Admissions, Tours and Open Houses

One great way to get the feel of a school or preschool in metro Atlanta is to take a tour. This year, many schools are offering virtual tours, live video conferences, phone meetings, personal tours and even traditional open houses on a smaller scale.

Some schools require pre-registration; please do so early before spaces are full. Many of the private and independent schools utilize Ravenna, a website that helps simplify the application process. Set up an account to access information, forms and event registration for multiple schools.

Before you visit with a school, read our guide on How to Prepare for a School Tour and find helpful tips on the application process.


Academe of the Oaks 
404-405-2173
146 New St., Decatur 30030
Grades 9-12
Call or visit Academe of the Oaks Admissions to register for a virtual tour.


Annunciation Day School
404-565-2850
2500 Clairmont Rd., Atlanta 30329
Preschool-Grade 8
Open House: Jan. 13, 9-11 a.m.; Jan. 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Visit Annunciation Day School Admissions to learn more; register for an open house here.


Athens Academy
706-549-9225
1281 Spartan Ln., Athens 30606
K3-Grade 12
Visit Athens Academy Admissions to schedule an on-campus tour or virtual visit.


Atlanta Academy
678-461-6102
2000 Holcomb Woods Pkwy., Roswell 30076
PreK-Grade 8
Visit Atlanta Academy Admissions to learn more and schedule a tour.


Atlanta International School
404-841-3840
2890 North Fulton Dr., Atlanta 30305
K3-Grade 12
Visit Atlanta International School Admissions and register on Ravenna to schedule a tour.


Atlanta Speech School
404-233-5332
3160 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta 30327
Anne & Jim Kenan Preschool Virtual Tours: Jan. 29; 9:30-11 a.m.
Wardlaw School 
Call or register online to schedule a virtual tour.


Covenant Christian School
770-435-1596
3130 Atlanta Rd., Smyrna 30080
K4-Grade 8
Touring Tuesdays: Jan 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Open House: Jan. 23, Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m. (registration required)
Call or visit Covenant Christian Admissions to register.


Cumberland Academy
404-835-9000
650-A Mt. Vernon Highway NE, Atlanta 30328
Grades 4-12
Call or visit Cumberland Academy Admissions to schedule a tour.


The Davis Academy
770-671-0085
8105 Roberts Dr., Atlanta 30350
PreK-Grade 8
Parent Information Session: Feb. 5, 10-11:30 a.m.
Visit Davis Academy Admissions or call to schedule a tour.


Galloway School 
404-252-8389
215 Chastain Park Ave. NW, Atlanta 30342
PK3-Grade 12
Visit Galloway School Admissions to learn more and register on Ravenna to schedule individual family tours.


GRACEPOINT 
678-756-8897
570 Piedmont Rd., Marietta 30066
Grades 1-8
Visit GRACEPOINT Admissions to learn more and call to schedule a tour.


High Meadows School       
770-993-2940
1055 Willeo Road, Roswell 30075
PreK-Grade 8
Virtual Admission Coffees: select Mondays, 9 a.m.
Individual Family Campus Tours: select weekdays, 3:45 p.m.
Visit High Meadows Admissions to learn more and register on Ravenna to schedule a tour.


Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
404-255-4026
805 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NW, Atlanta 30327
PreK-Grade 12
Visit Holy Innocents’ Admissions to learn more and register on Ravenna for a virtual information session.


Holy Spirit Preparatory School 
678-761-7992
Tours:
Preschool (6 mos.-3yrs): Fridays, 9 a.m.
4465 Northside Dr., Atlanta 30327
PreK4-Grade 7: Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
4820 Long Island Dr., Atlanta 30342
Grades 8-12: Thursdays, 9 a.m.
4449 Northside Dr., Atlanta 30327
Curriculum Nights:
Pre-K4-Grade 7: January 15, 2020, 6:30 pm
Grades 8-12: January 14, 2020, 6:30 pm
Visit Holy Spirit Admissions to learn more and register on Ravenna to schedule a tour.


Intown Community School
404-633-8081
2059 Lavista Rd., Atlanta 30329
K-Grade 8
Visit Intown Community School Admissions for more information or call to schedule a tour.


Landmark Christian School
770-692-6742
Fairburn Campus (K4-Grade 12)
50 SE Broad St., Fairburn 30213
PTC Campus (K4-Grade 4)
400 Windgate Rd., Peachtree City 30269
Visit Landmark Christian Admissions for a virtual tour, or call to schedule an in-person tour.


McGinnis Woods Country Day School
770-664-7764
5380 Faircroft Dr., Alpharetta 30005
PK3-Grade 8
Visit McGinnis Woods Admissions to schedule a virtual tour.


Mill Springs Academy
770-360-1336
13660 New Providence Rd., Alpharetta 30004
K-Grade 12
Open House: Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May 12
Visit Mill Springs Admissions to register for an open house or schedule a tour.


Montessori School at Emory 
404-634-5777
3021 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur 30033
15 Months-Grade 8
Visit Montessori School at Emory Admissions or call to schedule a tour.


Mount Paran Christian School 
470-440-4329
1275 Stanley Road NW, Kennesaw 30152
Grades K-12
Weekly Wednesday Tours at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
Campus Preview (PK3-12): Dec. 17, 6 p.m.
Preschool Peek: Jan. 9, 10 a.m. and noon
Middle School Open House (grades 6-8): Jan. 28, 9 a.m.
Open House (PK3-12): Feb. 20, 10 a.m.
Call or register online to schedule a personal tour or virtual open house.


Mt. Bethel Christian Academy 
770-971-0245
Main Campus (Junior K-Grade 8)
4385 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta 30068
Upper School (Grades 9-12)
2509 Post Oak Tritt Rd., Marietta 30062
Visit Mt. Bethel Admissions or call to schedule a tour.


The Mount Vernon School
404-252-3448
471 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta 30328
510 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta 30328
PreK-Grade 12
Visit Mount Vernon School Admissions or call to schedule a virtual tour, phone call or video meeting.


North Cobb Christian School
770-975-0252
4500 Eagle Dr., Kennesaw 30144
K3-Grade 12
Visit North Cobb Admissions for more information or call to schedule a tour. 


Pace Academy
404-262-1345
966 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta 30327
PreK-Grade 12
Virtual campus tours: through Feb.
Visit Pace Academy Admissions and register on Ravenna for the most current tour information and admission dates.


Sage School
678-318-3588
800 Satellite Blvd. NE, Suwanee 30024
K-Grade 6
Visit Sage School Admissions or call to schedule a tour.


Saint Thomas More Catholic School
404-373-8456
630 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur 30030
K-Grade 8
Virtual Open House: 9:30 a.m.; Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Tours available beginning Nov. 19.
Visit Saint Thomas More Admissions to learn more and to register for an open house.


The Schenck School
404-252-2591
282 Mt. Paran Rd., Atlanta 30327
K-Grade 5
Visit Schenck School Admissions to schedule a virtual tour.


The Spanish Academy
770-751-3646
Four metro Atlanta locations
PreK-K
Visit the Spanish Academy Admissions to schedule a tour.


Springmont School
404-252-3910
5750 Long Island Dr. NW, Atlanta 30327
18 Months-14 Years
Call or visit Springmont Admissions to register for a virtual tour.


St. Martin’s Episcopal School 
404-228-0709
3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta 30319
Infant-Grade 8
Early Childhood On-Campus Preview: Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-noon
Elementary and Middle School On-Campus Preview: Jan. 24, 1-4 p.m.
Visit St. Martin’s School Admissions and register on Ravenna for the most current tour information and admission dates.


Swift School 
678-205-4988
300 Grimes Bridge Rd., Roswell 30076
Grades 1-8
Visit Swift School Admissions to learn more and schedule a tour.


Trinity School 
404-231-8118
4301 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta 30327
3 Years-Grade 6
Open House: Jan. 9, 9:30-11 a.m.
Visit Trinity School Admissions and register on Ravenna for the most current tour information and admission dates. For open house sessions that are currently full, a waitlist is available on Ravenna.


The Walker School 
770-427-2689
700 Cobb Pkwy. North, Marietta 30062
PreK3-Grade 12
Visit Walker School Admissions or call to schedule a virtual tour, phone call or video meeting.


Wesleyan School
770-448-7640
5405 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners 30092
K-Grade 12
Visit Wesleyan School Admissions and register on Ravenna for the most current tour information and admission dates.


Westminster
404-355-8673
1424 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta 30327
Pre-First-Grade 12
Visit Westminster Admissions and register on Ravenna for the most current tour information and admission dates.


Whitefield Academy
678-305-3000
1 Whitefield Dr., Smyrna 30126
PreK-Grade 12
Virtual and in-person tours available weekly through Dec.
Visit Whitefield Admissions and register on Ravenna for the most current tour information and admission dates.


Woodward Academy
404-765-4000
1662 Rugby Ave., College Park 30337
Main Campus (PreK-Grade 12)
6565 Boles Rd., Johns Creek 30097
Woodward North (PreK-Grade 6)
Visit Woodward Academy Admissions and register on Veracross for the most current tour information and admission dates.


Learn more about having your school listed in our Guide to School Tours and Open Houses.

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2021-22 Ultimate Guide to the Best Private Schools in Atlanta Area

Best Private Schools in Atlanta

Looking for the best private school in Atlanta for your child? Atlanta Parent’s private school guide provides information on schools from all over the metro area. Atlanta moms and dads look to us for school advice because we provide the most comprehensive lists in our January Education Issue, in our annual Education Guide, and in our online directories. Schedule a visit for a school open house. Also check out our guide to top preschools in Atlanta, Montessori-based schools, and boarding schools for your child.

Where to start? Look below for our list of Atlanta private schools:

[Featured Private Schools]

Atlanta International School

Atlanta International School offers all three International Baccalaureate programs to more than 1,320 U.S. and international students from K-12. Rigorous academics are enriched by a world-class language acquisition program, which begins with a full immersion Preschool program in French, German, Chinese and Spanish and continues with partial and dual immersion from 5K to Grade 5.

Atlanta Montessori International School

Atlanta Montessori International School is an AMI-accredited Montessori school for children ages 8 weeks to 15 years. The campuses in Cliff Valley and Druid Hills provide a high-quality, authentic Montessori education that aims to foster independence, global awareness, creativity, and a deep love of learning.

Endeavor International School

Endeavor International School is Dunwoody’s first high school offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people. Their rigorous and dynamic educational program is designed to create active, responsible global citizens and incorporates Montessori principles to meet their physical, intellectual and emotional needs.

Endeavor Montessori

Endeavor Montessori at Dunwoody serves children from 6 weeks to 12 years and approaches learning with a focus on developing the whole child through critical thinking, cultural awareness and entrepreneurship. The curriculum is distilled from the experiences and knowledge of more than 200 esteemed Montessori teachers from across the country.

Fellowship Christian School

Fellowship Christian School offers a complete, preparatory and personal Pre-K to 12th grade education. They have intentional diploma tracks, specialized academic enrichment and support programs in a place where students can truly belong.

Galloway School

Located in Chastain Park, The Galloway School is an independent day school community where learning is joyful, individuals are valued, and self-discovery is encouraged. Galloway students in Pre-K through 12th grade confidently embrace challenges while developing the knowledge, skills, and cultural competence to thrive as enlightened contributors in their chosen pathways.

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Holy Spirit Preparatory School is a young, accomplished institution, and one of the few independent Catholic schools in the Atlanta metro area. The School serves students from 6 months through 12th grade and its high school has been named one of the top Catholic high schools in the country.

Mount Paran Christian School

Mount Paran Christian School is a PreK3-12th grade private Christian, non-denominational, college-preparatory school committed to excellence in academics, award-winning arts and championship athletics. The school’s mission is to unite with home and church to prepare servant-leaders to honor God, love others, and walk in truth.

The Mount Vernon School

Established in 1972 and located in Sandy Springs, Mount Vernon inspires innovation in preschool through 12th grade. Students acquire a balance between academic rigor, social/emotional needs and character development with access to more than 54 sports teams, 90+ arts opportunities, global travel, and numerous student-led initiatives and clubs.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

At Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, students JK-grade 12 are equipped to succeed as they learn, lead and serve. Their college-preparatory curriculum challenges students with a STEM program, honors/AP classes, robotics, world languages, domestic and international mission trips, plus digital/fine arts opportunities.

North Cobb Christian School

From its founding in 1983 to today’s thriving student body of nearly 1,000 K3-grade 12 learners on an expansive 50-acre campus, North Cobb Christian School remains true to the calling of faith and family. An 11:1 student-to-teacher average and diversely qualified teachers scaffold students to unearth their God-given gifts.

Pace Academy

With 1,115 students in Pre-First through grade 12 and a 9:1 student-teacher ratio, Pace focuses on developing each child’s passions and strengths through academics, athletics and the arts, while providing global perspectives in the classroom and an integrated experience after the bell rings. Pace students come to view the world through a global lens with an innovative academic curriculum.

The Walker School

The Walker School is a Pre-K-12 independent school in North Atlanta that provides each student with a tailored educational experience based on his or her talents, interests, and academic goals. The commitment to diversity provides a safe atmosphere for students to discover who they are and how to successfully navigate an ever-changing world.

Wesleyan School

At Wesleyan, it’s not a matter of choosing faith or intellect, but rather using both to create the best possible education for your child. The leadership and faculty work to provide students K-grade 12 with an atmosphere that is challenging, reinforces the value of hard work, and emphasizes character and integrity above accomplishment.

Westminster

Westminster is a coeducational Christian, independent school which seeks to serve students who are bright, motivated, and curious by nurturing them through challenge. With an enrollment of 1,896 students in grades pre-first through 12, Westminster fulfills its mission through a curriculum that engages children across the key dimensions of their growth – academic, physical, and spiritual.

Atlanta Private Schools

Academe of the Oaks

College-preparatory by design, Academe of the Oaks’ innovative Waldorf high school curriculum includes coursework in mathematics, sciences and humanities; fine and practical arts; drama and music; and environmental education. Learning by experience helps students develop a set of skills applicable across the curriculum.

Annunciation Day School

Established in 2002, Annunciation Day School (ADS) has grown rapidly into a Preschool and K-8th grade school centered in Christ, children and community. Their diverse community is a blend of parishioners, neighbors and newcomers to DeKalb County, and the school is filled with joy and the love of learning.

Atlanta Academy

Atlanta Academy serves over 350 private preschool-8th grade students in North Atlanta. Their forward-thinking curriculum is enriched with a variety of opportunities for students, in order to build the confidence and skills they need to succeed at prestigious private high schools, top-ranking public schools and magnet programs.

Atlanta Girls’ School

Atlanta Girls’ School inspires girls in grades 6-12 to lead lives of purpose and to be world-class problem-solvers. AGS provides a challenging college-preparatory program in a learning environment designed to foster the full potential of each student, enabling her to become a vital contributor to our complex global society.

Atlanta International School

Atlanta International School offers all three International Baccalaureate programs to more than 1,320 U.S. and international students from K-12. Rigorous academics are enriched by a world-class language acquisition program, which begins with a full immersion Preschool program in French, German, Chinese and Spanish and continues with partial and dual immersion from 5K to Grade 5.

Atlanta Music High School

Atlanta Music High School brings the professional faculty of two independent and established schools, Capstone Academy and Community Music Centers of Atlanta, into collaboration at a shared campus, for the purpose of offering rigorous academics and deep immersion in pre-professional musical training. AMHS empowers classical, jazz, rock and folk music students with an academic education.

Brandon Hall School

Brandon Hall School challenges students in grades 6-12 to lead lives of leadership, scholarship, and service. The boarding and day school celebrates learning, fosters global citizenship, embraces diversity, and inspires students to find their path and lead the way.

Capstone Academy

Capstone Academy is a fully accredited, college prep school serving students in grades 5-12. An innovative structure delivers high-quality college-prep education while empowering students with the flexibility they need to pursue extracurricular passions without sacrificing family-life balance.

The Children’s School

The Children’s School is an age 3-grade 8 school located in the heart of Midtown, empowering students to dive in headfirst, hands-on and open-hearted into the grand lifelong adventure that is learning. They embrace play in everything because it is essential to intellectual, social, emotional, physical and cultural development.

Covenant Christian School

Since 1975, CCS has sought to define education in the reformed and classical traditions while developing Christian character in Biblical truths. CCS has students in K4 through grade 8, and a dedicated staff of teachers, aides and administrators.

The Davis Academy

Education of the whole child is at the heart of The Davis Academy’s mission, where outstanding faculty strive to foster the development of each child’s unique talents. Students PK-grade 8 emerge as confident learners with a strong sense of self and an enlightened appreciation of the world around them.

Eaton Academy

Eaton Academy designs education solutions in a K-12 academic environment devoted to meeting students’ individual needs. Programs in both group and individual settings provide an academically challenging college preparatory curriculum. A 5:1 overall student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to address students’ personal learning styles.

Fellowship Christian School

Fellowship Christian School offers a complete, preparatory and personal PreK to 12th grade education. They have intentional diploma tracks, specialized academic enrichment and support programs in a place where students can truly belong.

Galloway School

Located in Chastain Park, The Galloway School is an independent day school community where learning is joyful, individuals are valued, and self-discovery is encouraged. Galloway students in Pre-K through 12th grade confidently embrace challenges while developing the knowledge, skills, and cultural competence to thrive as enlightened contributors in their chosen pathways.

High Meadows School

Since 1973, High Meadows School has inspired children in preschool through eighth grade to think critically, learn creatively, act globally and live compassionately. Adventure, play and discovery go hand in hand with extraordinary academic preparation and exemplary student outcomes.

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is Atlanta’s only comprehensive Episcopal school, with approximately 1,300 students PreK3-12. On the 43-acre campus, HIES has a stand alone Primary School, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, as well as a Fine Arts Building, two modern gymnasiums and four expansive athletic fields.

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Holy Spirit Preparatory School is a young, accomplished institution, and one of the few independent Catholic schools in the Atlanta metro area. The School serves students from 6 months through 12th grade, and its high school has been named one of the top Catholic high schools in the country.

The Howard School

The Howard School serves children K-grade 12 with language-based learning differences filled with a robust academic curriculum, athletic, arts and community leadership opportunities. Students develop a strong understanding of their own learning profile, which empowers them to advocate for their own learning needs both in school and beyond.

Intown Community School

Current families travel from many Atlanta area zip codes to gain an Intown Community School education to prepare their children K-grade 8 for success in their further studies and in life. They believe parents are the primary educators of their children, and they help you raise life-long learners.

Landmark Christian School

Landmark Christian School, ranked as one of the best schools in the state, serves K4-12th with campuses conveniently located in Fairburn and Peachtree City. Landmark invests in the spiritual, academic and overall development of children with engaging academics, Christian values and immense opportunities creating an exceptional education and exceptional graduates.

The Lovett School

At The Lovett School, students K-grade 12 develop intellect and confidence in an academic setting that has a national reputation. As a college preparatory institution, the coursework is strong, and creative and critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and a love of learning are major objectives.

Lyndon Academy

Lyndon students inspire others with their loyalty, curiosity, and bravery to tackle the unknown. In turn, the Academy provides students PreK-grade 12 with the support and encouragement they need to achieve goals and build the future they desire.

McGinnis Woods School

McGinnis Woods School is a private, non-parochial school offering a challenging preschool-8th grade education. The students learn through a variety of groupings including class lessons, small group activities, hands-on STEM activities, and “buddy” classes which encourage multi-age groupings.

Mount Paran Christian School

Mount Paran Christian School is a PreK3-12th grade private Christian, non-denominational, college-preparatory school committed to excellence in academics, award-winning arts and championship athletics. The school’s mission is to unite with home and church to prepare servant-leaders to honor God, love others, and walk in truth.

Mount Pisgah Christian School

Mount Pisgah Christian School is a top-rated independent preschool-12th grade school located in the heart of North Fulton in Atlanta. Known for providing an outstanding college prep education grounded in Christian faith and values, 100% of students are accepted into a four-year college or university.

The Mount Vernon School

Established in 1972 and located in Sandy Springs, Mount Vernon inspires innovation in preschool through 12th grade. Students acquire a balance between academic rigor, social/emotional needs and character development with access to more than 54 sports teams, 90+ arts opportunities, global travel, and numerous student-led initiatives and clubs.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

At Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, students JK-grade 12 are equipped to succeed as they learn, lead and serve. Their college-preparatory curriculum challenges students with a STEM program, honors/AP classes, robotics, world languages, domestic and international mission trips, plus digital/fine arts opportunities.

North Cobb Christian School

From its founding in 1983 to today’s thriving student body of nearly 1,000 learners, K3-grade 12, on an expansive 50-acre campus, North Cobb Christian School remains true to the calling of faith and family. An 11:1 student-to-teacher average and diversely qualified teachers scaffold students to unearth their God-given gifts.

Notre Dame Academy

Notre Dame Academy is the only K through 12 Marist Catholic and IB World School in the state of Georgia. ND Academy teaches students to identify problems, work cooperatively as a team, listen to others, take risks and present their ideas.

OMNI International School

OMNI’s mission is to develop the whole student, PreK2-grade 6,  on all developmental domains and prepare them to be active and engaged in an interrelated world with an international advantage. The School operates under the premise that language is an integral key to global citizenship.

Pace Academy

With 1,115 students in Pre-First through grade 12 and a 9:1 student-teacher ratio, Pace focuses on developing each child’s passions and strengths through academics, athletics and the arts, while providing global perspectives in the classroom and an integrated experience after the bell rings. Pace students come to view the world through a global lens with an innovative academic curriculum.

The Premo School

At The Premo School, children have the space and time to play, make mistakes, experiment, take risks, find their voices, reflect, and grow. The school is a community of Young 5’s-8th grade learners, led by a faculty of master teachers.

Saint Francis School

Saint Francis Schools is an independent, not for profit school with no religious affiliation, providing an exceptional college preparatory program serving the students of metro Atlanta since 1976. Grades K-8 are located on the Roswell campus while the High School is located on the Milton campus.

Saint Thomas More Catholic School

Saint Thomas More Catholic School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence using challenging standards and curriculum to create exceptional academic achievement for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The faculty, staff and administration provide a challenging learning environment that is Christ-centered and based on Catholic values and traditions.

Smoke Rise Prep

Smoke Rise Prep is a vibrant learning environment for students in grades K-8, centered around an established curriculum and focused on smaller class sizes. Teachers have the freedom to teach creatively and bring education to life for every child. Smoke Rise students reconnect with education and discover a love of learning.

St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School

At St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School, education transforms lives. They encourage students PreK-grade 8 to tap into their innate curiosity for exploring their world through discovery and active learning.

St. Joseph Catholic School

“Educating the mind, expanding the heart.” St. Joseph Catholic School provides quality education to students in K-8th grade. The school strives to instill not only a sense of the importance of a first-rate education, but also the importance of life-long education and the attainable goals that are within their grasp.

St. Martin’s Episcopal School

St. Martin’s Episcopal School serves 630 students in preschool through 8th grade. They offer a challenging curriculum, outstanding facilities and many opportunities for students to learn about the world and themselves through intellectual adventures, extracurricular opportunities and spiritual formation.

Still Waters International Academy

Still Waters International Academy provides a Christ-centered education for children ages 6 months-8th grade in an environment that develops academic excellence, spiritual growth, and deep love for God. Students are prepared to succeed in competitive environments and develop their unique abilities.

Tabula Rasa – The Language Academy

Tabula Rasa creates a family-like environment where students 3 months-grade 5 become fluent in a second language (Spanish), become familiar with a third language (French or Chinese) and learn the culture of the countries speaking that language. A strong aspect of the daily programs and activities involves diversity, respecting the environment and each other.

Trinity School

Serving children age three through grade 6, Trinity School has found the right balance of cherishing the magic of childhood while preparing students for the future. Trinity’s mission is to create a community of learners, in which each child develops the knowledge, skills and character to achieve his or her unique potential.

The Waldorf School of Atlanta

Celebrating over 30 years, The Waldorf School of Atlanta offers a revolutionary notion – that in the midst of a high-speed world, children should be provided a timeless space to do their sacred work. The Waldorf curriculum is rich in every branch of academics and enlivened with the arts and practical skills. Serving PreK2-grade 8.

The Walker School

The Walker School is a Pre-K-12 independent school in North Atlanta that provides each student with a tailored educational experience based on his or her talents, interests, and academic goals. The commitment to diversity provides a safe atmosphere for students to discover who they are and how to successfully navigate an ever-changing world.

Wesleyan School

At Wesleyan, it’s not a matter of choosing faith or intellect, but rather using both to create the best possible education for your child. The leadership and faculty work to provide students K-grade 12 with an atmosphere that is challenging, reinforces the value of hard work, and emphasizes character and integrity above accomplishment.

Westminster Schools

Westminster is a coeducational Christian, independent school which seeks to serve students who are bright, motivated, and curious by nurturing them through challenge. With an enrollment of 1,896 students in grades pre-first through 12, Westminster fulfills its mission through a curriculum that engages children across the key dimensions of their growth – academic, physical, and spiritual.

Whitefield Academy

Whitefield Academy is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school serving more than 850 students in grades PreK-12. Whitefield maintains a solid academic reputation with its numerous AP and honors courses, and a rigorous curriculum that sets the framework for 100 percent of its graduates to matriculate to colleges and universities.

Woodward Academy

With 2,505 students PreK-grade 12 spanning two campuses, Woodward offers the resources of a college with the intimacy and attention of home. Each student can create their own path within a diverse community under the guidance of caring faculty, coaches, counselors and advisors.

Atlanta Montessori Schools

Arbor Montessori School

At Arbor Montessori School, students become lifelong learners, creative problem-solvers, collaborators, and global citizens who want to make a difference in the world. Every day, children receive individualized attention from understanding, knowledgeable, experienced faculty.

Atlanta Montessori International School

Atlanta Montessori International School is an AMI-accredited Montessori school for children ages 8 weeks to 15 years. The campuses in Cliff Valley and Druid Hills provide a high-quality, authentic Montessori education that aims to foster independence, global awareness, creativity, and a deep love of learning.

Carlisle Montessori School

At Carlisle Montessori School, each child is provided a strong Montessori foundation in the most important first six years of life, which provides opportunities for leadership, purposeful independence, sense of community and critical thinking skills. Carlisle aims to provide a beautiful, safe and challenging environment that inspires independence, creativity, social consciousness, personal responsibility and a love for learning.

Covered Bridge Montessori

Covered Bridge Montessori provides a nurturing environment for ages 14 months-12 years and  promotes the academic, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth of its students. Each child is encouraged to discover their talents and reach their full potential. Locations in Norcross and Smyrna.

Endeavor International School

Endeavor International School is Dunwoody’s first high school offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people. Their rigorous and dynamic educational program is designed to create active, responsible global citizens and incorporates Montessori principles to meet their physical, intellectual and emotional needs.

Endeavor Montessori

Endeavor Montessori at Dunwoody serves children from 6 weeks to 12 years and approaches learning with a focus on developing the whole child through critical thinking, cultural awareness and entrepreneurship. The curriculum is distilled from the experiences and knowledge of more than 200 esteemed Montessori teachers from across the country.

International Montessori Academy

International Montessori Academy has a unique community of children and families, as there are more than twenty nationalities represented among their families and staff. The Montessori environments at IMA are specifically designed to support each child’s independence and passions.

With campuses at Sharon Springs and Vickery, they provide students with a Montessori education that opens minds and sharpens intellectual skills, while inspiring confidence and self-sufficiency. These schools offer age-appropriate Montessori programs for children from 6 weeks to 18 years.

Montessori at Vickery Academy

With campuses at Sharon Springs and Vickery, they provide students with a Montessori education that opens minds and sharpens intellectual skills, while inspiring confidence and self-sufficiency. Working in a supportive environment with experienced educators, students are given the tools and resources to gain a world-class education.

Montessori School at Emory

With over 175 students, from 15 months through 14 years, the Montessori School at Emory supports the whole child and prepares them for life through accredited, authentic quality Montessori programs. Children are given one-on-one instruction from their teacher which creates an individualized program that engages their interests and skill levels.

Springmont School

Since 1963, Springmont has offered students 18 months through 8th grade an authentic, AMI-accredited Montessori experience where individualized learning inspires students to become creative, independent learners. Their child-centered approach is to educate the whole child academically, socially and emotionally.

The Suzuki School

The Suzuki School thrives with a mission to develop a lifelong love of learning, by nurturing each child’s natural talent and ability in partnership with the parents. A low student/teacher ratio assures each child receives focused attention from degreed teachers in a collaborative setting.

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Special Needs and Learning Differences

Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools Child Find services can open a window of hope for a brighter future for infants and toddlers who are at risk of developmental delay. A free, appropriate, public education with a full continuum of services is available to all eligible children.

Atlanta Speech School

As the nation’s most comprehensive center for language and literacy, the Atlanta Speech School’s four schools, five clinics and professional development center share one common mission: to work within each program and collaborate across all programs to help each person develop his or her full potential through language and literacy.

Brookwood Christian

Brookwood Christian is a private, non-profit school that serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs. Many of the students are diagnosed with a language-based learning disability such as dyslexia.

The Cottage School

The Cottage School combines small class sizes, a workplace model, and the implementation of study skills to provide students in grades 4-12 with mild to moderate learning differences an opportunity to achieve academic and social success. TCS focuses on the three pillars of success: Academics, Socialization and Emotional Wellness.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia

College prep academics for special needs students in grades 4-12 with Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD and other learning differences. Fully-accredited with small classes. Cumberland Academy is an exceptional school for exceptional students.

GRACEPOINT

GRACEPOINT is a private Christian school providing dyslexic students in grades 1-8 a fully immersive program combining remediation with enrichment and acceleration using the Orton-Gillingham method.  GRACEPOINT strives to bring out the brilliance of the dyslexic learner, equipping them to transition into a more traditional educational environment.

Porter Academy

At Porter Academy, each and every child has the potential to have a bright, successful future. Rather than creating a one-size-fits-all education model, the faculty focuses on creating a program that is tailored to each student’s specific academic, developmental, and social-emotional needs.

Sage School

Sage School is an independent school for students with dyslexia using the Orton-Gillingham Approach to teach students in all subjects. Students benefit from small student to teacher ratios in core classes, ensuring individualized learning for every student, effective remediation and the ability to transition back to mainstream school.

The Schenck School

The Schenck School is widely regarded as one of the top schools for dyslexic students in the United States. The strategy is focused, accelerated remediation of dyslexia using the highly effective Orton-Gillingham Approach.

Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett

Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett exists for its students; the students do not exist for the school. Students don’t have to fit into the classes; the class and program is made to meet the individual student’s needs, and each student has something to offer his classmates.

Swift School

Swift School is an independent school for students in grades 1-8 with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. At Swift, an individualized program is designed for each student to enhance their unique strengths and address specific challenges.

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