Encore Atlanta

November 2011 Encore Life

From pre-K to college prep: Your guide to Atlanta’s private schools

Giving birth is hectic enough for neophyte parents. But just a few years later you have to start thinking about your child’s education. Are you in a good public school district? Can you afford to sell your house and move into a better district right now? Maybe private school will alleviate some of your fears … or deliver the arts and physical education programs that public schools have eliminated.

Atlanta offers a monstrous amount of options, all of which offer low student-to-teacher ratios as well as diverse learning environments and “unique” practices for holistic student development. So we thought we’d help you narrow your focus down to some of Atlanta’s leading prep schools. Although we’ve listed them by geography, you don’t have to live near a private school to attend it.

From the cradle to college

For parents who want congruity for their child, these schools offer 12 or more grade levels. Largely college prep-based programs, some of which also emphasize faith-based social responsibility, these schools aim to prepare children academically and socially for the new challenges of our global economy.

Atlanta:

College Park:

Roswell/Alpharetta:

Norcross:

Nontraditional

Parents with kids who might benefit from nontraditional educational settings can choose from single-sex schools, boarding schools and prep schools that emphasize the arts and sciences in ways that extend far beyond the classroom.

Atlanta:

Decatur:

  • Academe of the Oaks (9-12), academeatlanta.org (individualized instruction/college prep/Waldorf method)
  • The Waldorf School of Atlanta (preK-8), waldorfatlanta.org (individualized instruction/Waldorf method)

Roswell/Alpharetta:

  • Chrysalis Experiential Academy (6-12), chrysalisexp.org (experiential education)
  • High Meadows School (pre-K-8), highmeadows.org (children grouped by ability, not numerical age)

Faith-based

These options include Catholic, Jewish, Quaker, Islamic and nondenominational Christian schools.

Atlanta:

Decatur:

Hapeville:

  • St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (preK-8), sjecs.org (Catholic)

Roswell/Alpharetta:

Special needs

Children with learning disabilities like dyslexia, hearing or speech impediments or emotional issues may need environments that are supportive and understanding of their particular challenges. These schools also incorporate a certain level of empathy and therapy.

Atlanta:

Roswell/Alpharetta:

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Danielle Deadwyler is an Atlanta-based writer, actor and mother to a dancing machine. Read more of her stories at tinyurl.com/atldanielle.


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