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From Kindergarten prep through eighth grade, The Davis Academy teaches to the whole child, creating compassionate leaders and equipping them with skills they will use for the entirety of their academic careers and beyond. We teach life skills, instill Jewish values and provide diverse experiences so that our students become well-rounded and self-confident individuals. Students learn amongst a warm and supportive community that shares common values and visions. We celebrate both the ways our diversity makes our school vibrant and the individual differences that make our school community so unique. With a retention rate of 97 percent, The Davis Academy community is comprised of families from across the globe, nation and 31 metro Atlanta zip codes. Davis graduates attend the most prestigious public and private high schools in Atlanta; they know who they are and continuously make a difference in their communities and the world.
Location: Dunwoody/Sandy Springs
Phone: (770) 671-0085
Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, SAIS, AAAIS
Tuition: $18,875 - $26,900.
Founded by teachers in 2000, Atlanta Academy, a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, serves more than 350 private preschool through eighth grade students and their families in North Atlanta. Our mission to give every student the individual attention they need to succeed is at the core of everything we do. Small class sizes allow our teachers to understand their students’ individual strengths and help them discover their own unique talents. Together, we are fully invested in helping children grow into well-educated, independent problem solvers who are prepared to excel in high school and beyond.
Phone: (678) 461-6102
Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, SAIS, GISA, NAIS, Bright from the Start
Tuition: Please visit website
At Atlanta Girls’ School, we inspire girls (Grades 6 through 12) to find their own unique voice and use it in leading a life of purpose. Our curriculum and culture emerge from a distinct vision of what girls must learn individually and collectively to become thoughtful and capable leaders and world-class problem solvers. Girls attending AGS learn to take appropriate risks, be courageous leaders, give back to their communities and project personal confidence and competence in all they do.
Phone: (404) 845-0900
Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, AdvancED/SACS, GAC, GISA, NCGS, NAIS, SAIS
Atlanta International School offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum to 1,320 U.S. and international students, preschool through Grade 12. By delivering a rigorous academic program combined with world-class standards in language acquisition in an open-minded, intercultural environment, AIS prepares students to succeed in a globally connected world.
Phone: (404) 841-3840
Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, AdvancED/SACS, CIS, IB, SAIS
Tuition: $25,009 - $28,550
Uniquely focused on comprehensive literacy, the programs of the Atlanta Speech School are dedicated to the construction of the reading brain. The campus encompasses four schools, including three preschools: Katherine Hamm Center, a listening, spoken language and literacy program for preschool children who are deaf and hard of hearing; Stepping Stones, a preschool for children who are experiencing speech and language delays; and the Anne & Jim Kenan Preschool for children exceptionally prepared for academic settings. In addition, the Wardlaw School serves school-aged children with dyslexia in grades K through 6 with a short-term, individualized and intensive approach designed to return them to traditional school settings. The Speech School’s reach extends beyond the campus through the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy, which, with more than 100 partners including healthcare agencies and school districts, furthers literacy through coaching, professional learning and, with the free Cox Campus, online learning.
Phone: (404) 233-5332
Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, GISA, NAIS, SAIS
Tuition: $14,620 - $37,786
Brandon Hall School is Atlanta’s international boarding and day school for grades 6 through 12, committed to offering a unique approach to learning and providing unforgettable experiences. Our mission challenges students to lead lives of leadership, scholarship and service. Our community celebrates learning, fosters global citizenship, embraces diversity, encourages athleticism and artistic expression and inspires students to find their path and lead the way.
Phone: (770) 394-8177
Accreditations/Memberships: SACS, SAIS, NAIS, TABS, AAAIS, GISA, GHSA (for athletics), SAO, Boarding School Review
Tuition: $27,000 - $54,700
The Chastain School at St. John is a non-profit, full-day, year-round educational mission of St. John United Methodist Church. Our emphasis is on children’s developmental needs; we nurture them as they grow mentally, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Our focus is children learning through play. The Chastain School staff strives for excellence in everything we do, mindful that the time we have with children shapes their future success. Our bright classrooms, community spaces and outdoor play areas provide multiple venues for learning during play. Manipulatives, books, music, movement, science, art and outdoor time are integrated into the daily schedules. Our curriculum provides age-appropriate activities, and our low teacher/child ratio allows individualized attention for each child’s developmental needs. Operating under the auspices of the St. John United Methodist Church Council, The Chastain School Board of Governors is composed of members of the church congregation and parents of children at the school. The Chastain School is licensed by Bright from the Start, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, and is accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children.
Location: Sandy Springs
Phone: (404) 843-8375
Accreditations/Memberships: Quality Rated and NAEYC Accredited
Tuition: $1,500 for infants and toddlers and $1,350 for preschool
(We are currently offering private kindergarten for $1,200 per month and a virtual classroom setting for school-age children for $800 per month.)
Building a sense of self for students with special learning needs through academic and experiential programming, The Cottage School (TCS) prepares individuals for fulfillment of their true potential as confident, productive and independent adults. Through The Cottage School’s unique work-based model for grades 4 through 12, our students pursue a high school degree through rigorous academic standards with a strong emphasis on emotional/social learning. Students experience educational success while learning vocational skills that will help them thrive in the world beyond graduation, be that in continuing education or a career. Our beautiful 23-acre campus offers small class sizes, open spaces and fresh air and state-of-the-art technology to provide individualized instruction to our diverse student population. Every student learns differently, so we teach differently. Please contact us for more information about our rigorous standard of care to keep our families healthy.
Phone: (770) 641-8688
Accreditations/Memberships: SAIS, SACS, NAIS, GISA, AAAIS, GAPSEC, IDA, AAC, APAC, GISL, AATE, GNFCC Education Committee, National Council for the Social Studies
Tuition: $21,000 - $27,000
For over 13 years, Cumberland has served students in grades 4 through 12 with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s, LD, ADD and ADHD and other learning differences. The mission of the academy is to provide a safe, supportive, educational environment in partnership with faculty, staff, students and parents. Students are challenged academically with a rigorous college prep curriculum following Common Core standards with social skills integrated into the curriculum. After graduation, students continue on to college or a career. Students also participate in science labs, music therapy, culinary class, physical education (special needs-based), art, drama and a variety of sports and afterschool clubs.
Location: Sandy Springs
Phone: (404) 835-9000
Accreditations/Memberships: SACS/CASI, GAC, AAAIS, GISA, GAPSEC, AAC, APAC
Located in beautiful Chastain Park, Galloway is a philosophically grounded, learner-focused independent school where students age 3 through Grade 12 develop an abiding love for learning. Preparing students to live successfully as enlightened citizens in a changing world, the Galloway community embraces diversity, insists upon common decency and fosters human dignity. Through innovation, enthusiasm and high expectations, Galloway draws students joyfully into learning and cultivates the intrinsic curiosity and unrepeatable talents of each one.
Phone: (404) 252-8389
Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, AdvancED/SACS, GHSA, NAIS, SAIS
Tuition: $16,999 - $29,075
GRACEPOINT School is a private school located in Marietta dedicated to bringing out the brilliance of the dyslexic learner in a Christ-centered environment. Since August 2012, the philosophy of GRACEPOINT has been to provide an instructional environment where approaches to learning are multi-sensory and prescriptive. This technique addresses reading deficits and allows for enrichment in the areas where students are gifted. Students in first through eighth grades are taught using the Orton-Gillingham method, and this multi-sensory approach is woven into all subject areas. The student-teacher ratio is 5:1 in reading classes and 8:1 in all other core subjects.
Phone: (678) 709-6634
Accreditations/Memberships: GAC, GAPSEC, AOGPE, IDA, SAIA, GISA, AAAIS
Since 1973, High Meadows School has inspired children to think critically, learn creatively, act globally and live compassionately. Located on 42 acres of historic farm property, our students experience a school environment where adventure and play go hand-in-hand with extraordinary academic preparation and exemplary student outcomes. From an outstanding faculty and breathtaking campus to small classes and an acclaimed International Baccalaureate curriculum, High Meadows is an exceptional place to learn and grow.
Phone: (770) 993-2940
Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, AdvancED/SACS, GISA, International Baccalaureate (IB), NAIS, SAIS
Tuition: $6,900 - $21,050
Situated on 80 sprawling acres in Alpharetta, King’s Ridge Christian School provides a PreK through 12, college preparatory education, equipping students to know, to serve and to believe. This is a multi-denominational, Christ-centered community where students are loved, nurtured and truly known. Students are encouraged to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to reveal all that they were created to be. Safety, spirituality and integrity are emphasized to reinforce the healthy development of the whole child through rigorous academics, competitive athletics, award-winning fine arts and a commitment to community service. KRCS invites you to discover how excellence is achieved while Christ is glorified. Contact our Admissions Office for a tour at (770) 754-5738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone: (770) 754-5738
Accreditations/Memberships: CESA, SAIS, GISA, GHSA, NACAC, Cognia, EdTA, NAES, North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce
Tuition: $6,500 - $22,050
At The Lovett School, we educate the whole child to thrive in school and in life. Our students develop intellect and confidence in an academic setting that has a national reputation. We prioritize the formation of good character and encourage it through unique community experiences and service learning. Lovett has more than 1,600 students from 78 different zip codes and 11 counties in the metropolitan area. We welcome students of many different faiths and backgrounds. As a college preparatory institution, our coursework is strong, and creative and critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and a love of learning are major objectives. Outside the classroom, Lovett encourages students to discover themselves through the arts and athletics.
Phone: (404) 262-3032
Accreditations/Memberships: NAIS, AAAIS, Global Online Academy, CSEE, SACS, SAIS
Lyndon Academy is an accredited international college preparatory school with an extraordinary teaching system that combines proven methods of learning from the most successful schools in the country. It offers a rigorous and rich curriculum designed for motivated and academically talented students that are accustomed to higher standards of learning. Mandarin and Spanish are also a part of the core academics starting as early as Pre-Kindergarten, and the instruction is daily. Arts, athletics, technology and an abundance of electives are available in addition to the multilingual core curricula. AP courses and college course opportunities are available as well.
Location: Holly Springs
Phone: (770) 926-0166
Accreditations/Memberships: Cognia, GISA, GICAA, Duke TIP, International University Alliance, Georgia Futures and Georgia HOPE
Tuition: $10,900 - $15,000
Mill Springs Academy supports students by raising expectations and developing self-advocacy while providing a college preparatory curriculum to students in grades Kindergarten through 12 with ADHD and learning differences. The school’s 85-acre campus in North Fulton County is nestled in Alpharetta’s beautiful rolling hills, where it serves families from 50 zip codes. A broad range of fine arts and competitive athletic programs foster interests and hidden talents. Small classes and individualized instruction help to capitalize on students’ strengths while learning compensatory strategies. Mill Springs Academy meets students where they are in order to help them grow, providing academic rigor, support and community online and in the classroom.
Phone: (770) 360-1336
Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, SAIS, NAIS, GISA, AAAIS
Tuition: $20,280 - $26,000
Mount Paran Christian School exists to provide a stellar academic experience in a Christian environment. It’s crucial to guarantee a moral and faith-based foundation through everything your child learns at school. Through curricular Bible classes, weekly chapel, discipleship groups and service, faith becomes integrated into who the students are. Within small class sizes, MPCS offers 56 AP/honors courses, instructional support, robotics, STEAM/Spanish starting in PK3 and a 1:1 device program. Our job is to prepare servant-leaders in the classroom, on the ball field, on the stage and ultimately in our community. As a PK3 through 12th grade private Christian, non-denominational, college preparatory school, MPCS is committed to excellence in academics, award-winning arts and championship athletics. Founded in 1976, MPCS is fully accredited and located in the shadow of Kennesaw Mountain on a 68-acre collegiate-like campus. MPCS unites with home and church to prepare servant-leaders to honor God, love others and walk in Truth.
Location: Marietta / Kennesaw
Phone: (770) 578-0182
Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, CESA ACSA, GISA, SAIS
Tuition: Please visit website
The Mount Vernon School is known for encouraging one another to discover, explore, teach, create, design and play. We recognize how important it is for children to be challenged academically while developing character. This personalized approach has led students in every grade level to pursue passion projects, collaborate with nonprofit organizations and work hand-in-hand with Fortune 100 corporations. At Mount Vernon, we believe that your child should love school. We believe that relationships are foundational to establishing a love of learning and that when teachers truly know and understand their students’ curiosities and passions, incredible things can happen. In just 12 short years, MV alumni are expanding their footprint by being accepted to schools such as Duke University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, University of Notre Dame, United States Air Force Academy, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (as a recipient of the Morehead-Cain scholarship). Beyond rigorous core academics, students have access to more than 54 sports teams, over 90 arts performance opportunities and global travel. In August of 2019, Mount Vernon opened the doors to its new Upper School building. The nearly 60,000-square-foot Upper Campus addition includes an industry-grade recording studio, a glass-walled cafe, a college counseling suite, STEM and maker spaces, community spaces and a wing dedicated to the arts.
Location: Sandy Springs
Phone: (404) 252-3448
Accreditations/Memberships: NAIS, NAEYC, AdvancED/SACS, Ashoka Changemaker Schools Network, GHSA, IDEO Teachers Guild, SAIS, Folio Collaborative, EdLeader21, MISBO, MODA, MTC (Mastery Transcript Consortium), GISA
Tuition: Please visit website
Discover your child’s unique genius at NCCS! Whether it’s through robotics or mountain biking, on a stage or on a pitcher’s mound, our students are challenged to discover their own God-given gifts. Through small class sizes, virtual and on-campus options for 2020-2021, over 50 athletic teams, 16 performing arts ensembles, five Academy magnet programs, the RISE gifted program, the Moving Forward Program for academic support, dozens of AP/Honors/Dual Enrollment opportunities and foreign language at every grade level, our students in Preschool K3 through 12th grade soar. Annual retreats, weekly chapels, mentor programs and global Spring Term trips further expand student horizons while firmly planting their identity in Christ. It’s no surprise that NCCS feels like family—because it is. And in today’s world, that really matters.
Phone: (770) 975-0252
Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancEd, ACSI, GHSA, Metro10 League, Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), ASCA
Tuition: $5,000 - $15,000
Rooted in our Marist, Catholic tradition, Notre Dame Academy is a Kindergarten through Grade 12 International Baccalaureate community that fosters individual academic growth, moral responsibility and global mindedness. At NDA, we nurture and challenge students at all levels of learning to strive for excellence through our Marist values and faith incorporation in all we do, and our students from Kindergarten through high school who are intellectually challenged to discover who God created them to be are critical and global thinkers formed through our IB program.
Phone: (678) 387-9385
Accreditations/Memberships: International Baccalaureate (IB) and SAIS
Tuition: Visit ndacademy.org/admissions/tuition-fees
In 1958, an interfaith group of community leaders envisioned an inclusive learning environment open to fresh ideas and founded Pace Academy. Today, Pace serves 1,115 students in pre-first through 12th grade. Pace develops children’s passions and strengths through academics, athletics and the arts while providing global perspectives inside and outside the classroom.
Phone: (404) 262-1345
Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, ACCIS, College Board, Cum Laude Society, Educational Records Bureau, NACAC, NAIS, SAIS, Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG)
Tuition: $27,100 - $31,200
Saint Francis Schools is an independent, fully accredited school with no religious affiliation, providing an exceptional college preparatory program since 1976. Two campuses are available: Grades K-8 in Roswell and Grades 9-12 in Milton. The school’s commitment to small class sizes, low pupil-to-teacher ratio and a strong emphasis on structure and organization allow students to enjoy academic success and develop the self-confidence to be successful in college. Curriculum offerings include AP, Honors, traditional, support classes and specialized reading programs, including the Wilson Reading System®. A full sports program is offered in Grades 5 through 12, including football and equestrian.
Locations: Roswell / Milton
Phone: (770) 641-8257 / (678) 339-9989
Accreditations/Memberships: Cognia accredited (Advanced Ed, SAIS/SACS)
Tuition: $12,000 - $23,000
Despite the pandemic, Springmont School is fully prepared to deliver an authentic Montessori learning experience to students 18 months through 8th grade. Carefully developed plans for on-campus, hybrid and remote learning include individualized, hands-on lessons and activities designed to inspire students to become creative, independent thinkers and lifelong learners. Highly experienced teachers offer opportunities for independent study and collaboration, and social/emotional development are interwoven with robust academics, as well as Art, Music, PE, Spanish and Outdoor Science instruction. Diversity, equity and inclusivity are at the heart of our core values and are evident in our strong, supportive school community. Recognized by AMI and accredited by Cognia/SACS, Springmont meets the highest standards for independent schools. Springmont graduates are confident, collaborative, engaged learners prepared for success in Atlanta’s premier high schools, as well as life beyond academics. Springmont—Extraordinary by Design.
Phone: (404) 252-3910
Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, AdvancED/SACS, AMI, GISA, NAIS, NAMTA, SAIS
Tuition: $10,500 - $21,200
Atlanta’s only private elementary-only school, Trinity School is known for its inspiring academics, amazing arts program, state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor learning spaces and community that cares like no other. Everything Trinity does is designed to help children age 3 through 6th grade flourish, whether they are on campus or participating in virtual learning.
Phone: (404) 231-8100
Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, NAIS, SAIS, AAAIS, GISA, The Enrollment Management Association
Tuition: $18,950 - $27,550
Walker is metro Atlanta’s top Pre-K3 through Grade 12 school open to all faiths. We provide a safe atmosphere for students to discover who they are and how to successfully navigate an ever-changing world. At Walker, you are challenged, supported and engaged. Most of all, you are known. You belong here!
Phone: (770) 427-2689
Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, SAIS
Tuition: $10,950 - $25,180
Wesleyan School is a Christian, independent K-12 college preparatory school located in Peachtree Corners. At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Wesleyan enrolled 1,179 students from throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Location: Peachtree Corners
Phone: (770) 448-7640
Accreditations/Memberships: NAIS, CESA, SAIS, GISA
Tuition: $17,995 - $25,700
Westminster is a coeducational Christian, independent day school, which seeks to serve students who are bright, motivated, curious and nurtured by challenge in an environment that develops leaders of conscience who will be a positive force in the world. The school was founded in 1951 and guided by a mission to prepare students for college and life. With a current enrollment of approximately 1,870 students in grades pre-first through 12th, Westminster fulfills its mission through a dynamic collaborative, interdisciplinary and experiential curriculum that engages children across the key dimensions of their growth—academic, physical and spiritual.
Phone: (404) 355-8673
Accreditations/Memberships: SAIS, NAIS, GISA, WLSA, NACAC, SACAC
Tuition: $27,425 - $31,500
Located in Smyrna, Whitefield Academy is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school serving more than 850 students in Pre-K4 through Grade 12. Whitefield seeks to serve families looking for academic excellence augmented by authentic relationships with Christ and each other. The rigorous, college prep curriculum with numerous AP and honors courses sets the framework for 100 percent of graduates to attend colleges and universities of their choice. A full range of athletic programs, visual and performing arts, STEM lab and college/career planning complement the strong academic offerings of this well-rounded school.
Locations: Smyrna / Vinings
Phone: (678) 305-3000
Accreditations/Memberships: AAAIS, ACSI, AdvancED/SACS, SAIS
Tuition: $10,650 - $23,300
Established in 1969, The Wood Acres School is an independent, highly respected school for students ages 2 through eighth grade. The school is well known for its cutting-edge curriculum, small class sizes, internationally accredited Spanish program, affordable tuition and uniquely pristine 10-acre campus. Wood Acres graduates go on to attend the best private, public and magnet high schools.
Phone: (770) 971-1880
Accreditations/Memberships: GAC, ISA-Embassy of Spain
Tuition: $4,700 - $13,000
Woodward Academy represents the very best of Atlanta. Diverse in every way, it offers abundant academic, athletic, artistic and co-curricular offerings. Students create their own paths under the guidance of caring faculty, coaches, counselors, mentors and advisors—blending the resources and opportunities of a college, but with the intimacy and attention of home. Woodward’s Main Campus in College Park (Pre-K through Grade 12) and our Woodward North Campus in Johns Creek (Pre-K through Grade 6) prepare students not just for college, but also for their whole lives. A typical graduating class attends more than 100 different colleges and universities, earns upwards of $15 million in scholarship awards and goes on to successful, meaningful lives.
Locations: Main Campus: College Park; Woodward North: Johns Creek
Phone: (404) 765-4001
Accreditations/Memberships: AdvancED/SACS, CEEB, GISA, NAIS, NACAC, SACAC, SAIS
Tuition: $18,300 - $28,800