2018 Ultimate Guide to the Best Private Schools in Atlanta
Looking for the best private school in Atlanta for your child? Atlanta Parent’s 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 directories online. 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]
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. Alumni get accepted to Ivy League schools, military academies, top 25 schools, and universities across the world.
Mount Paran Christian School is a PreK3-12th grade private Christian, non-denominational, college-preparatory school. MPCS is 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.
Established in 1972 and located in Sandy Springs, Mount Vernon inspires innovation in Preschool through 12th grade. Leading the national conversation around K-12 integration of design thinking, students collaborate through research, experiment with results, and ultimately produce prototypes to impact the world.
For nearly twenty years, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy has been the school of choice for families from East Cobb and beyond desiring a JK-12th grade, Christ-centered, education for their children. College-preparatory in its approach, Mt. Bethel’s curriculum challenges students with rigorous studies that include a dual track STEM program, honors and AP opportunities.
Located just two miles from historic Marietta Square, The Walker School is the only 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. Wonder guides the educational experience at Walker.
Westminster is a coeducational Christian, independent school which seeks to serve students who are bright, motivated, and curious by nurturing them through challenge. The environment develops leaders of conscience who will be a positive force in the world. The School was founded in 1951, guided by a mission to prepare students for college and for life.
The world is exciting, complicated, and changing fast. At Academe of the Oaks, this global reality inspires a radical and relevant educational approach, emphasizing active involvement, experiential learning, imagination and creative consideration. Learning at Academe is centered on lived experience.
Annunciation Day School provides an exceptional learning experience for students and parents through advanced teaching skills and a nurturing environment of Christian love.
Students are encouraged, through an interdisciplinary approach, to seek academic challenges, develop critical thinking skills, and apply new concepts as they strive to become responsible, impactful leaders of the future. High expectations for achievement, creativity, self-discipline, and social responsibility are the cornerstones of Atlanta Academy.
Atlanta International School (AIS) offers all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programs to 1,220 U.S. and international students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Rigorous academics are enriched by a world-class language acquisition program, which begins with a full-immersion preschool program in French, German and Spanish.
Atlanta Music High School brings the professional faculty of two independent and established schools, Rivers Academy Atlanta 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.
BCA curriculum incorporates a biblical worldview into the learning experience across all grades and subjects. Curriculum is structured to be challenging at each grade level in preparation for the next step in a student’s academic career.
At Cornerstone, students experience a hands-on, creative, and caring learning environment infused with biblical worldview teaching. Teachers understand the importance of partnering with parents to develop the whole child: mind, body and spirit.
Fellowship Christian School nurtures and educates the whole child — heart, mind, body and soul — and provides a balanced, yet challenging college-preparatory curriculum that includes honors and Advanced Placement classes; 53 athletic teams; and an award-winning fine arts program encompassing visual, musical and theatrical skill development.
At Foundations, the goal is to instill a love for learning and exploration in your child through experiential learning and creative curriculum. Foundations elementary school program provides a challenging and fun approach to curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as traditional courses.
Located in Chastain Park, Galloway School is an independent day school that serves a diverse student body of around 750 students age 3 through grade 12. Guided by a unique approach to teaching and learning, Galloway offers students dynamic learning experiences that inspire them to become fearless learners for life.
GAC offers a dynamic experience to 1,800 students (infants through grade 12). GAC never stands still, and consistently adopts new learning strategies to better prepare students for collegiate experiences at top universities.
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 is Atlanta’s only comprehensive Episcopal school, with 1,376 students ages 3 years through grade 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 is a dynamic Catholic school in the Atlanta metro area. It serves students from 6 months through grade 12, and is perfect for families. The high school has been named as one of the top Catholic high schools in the country by the Catholic Education Honor Roll.
Current families travel from many Atlanta area zip codes to gain an Intown Community School education to prepare their children for success in their further studies and in life.
Recently recognized as the sixth best private high school in Georgia, Killian Hill Christian School has been serving the community since 1972. KHCS is a fully accredited K-12 college preparatory school servicing hundreds of students on a 27-acre campus.
Founded in 1926 by Eva Edwards Lovett, the school continues as an Atlanta independent school serving children in Kindergarten through Grade 12. With an emphasis on the whole child, the School provides integrated experiences in academics, arts, athletics and service through an education grounded in learning, character and community.
Serving the home-school community since 1997, Master’s Academy Arts & Academics in Marietta offers programs in fine arts (music, art, history and drama) on Mondays and classical academics on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
McGinnis Woods Country Day School is a private, non-parochial school offering a challenging preschool-grade 12 education. The school is located in Alpharetta on the border of Forsyth and North Fulton counties. The Preschool accepts children as young as 6 weeks and the Elementary and Middle School teaches students in PreK4 through grade 8.
Midtown International School serves gifted-and academically-superior students who thrive in small class environments. The globally-minded curriculum and problem-based instruction create a community of engaged global leaders dedicated to the values of respect, responsibility, citizenship and justice.
Mount Paran Christian School provides students with a journey to maximize and then exceed their potential in a safe environment, encouraging students to take risks – sometimes falling short, always learning – developing their own ideas and exploring diverse perspectives while embracing their Christianity.
Located in the heart of Sandy Springs, MVPS is a school of inquiry, innovation and impact. Grounded in Christian values, Mount Vernon prepares all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders.
Provides a truly Christ-centered education for children through an environment that develops and encourages academic excellence, spiritual growth, and a lifelong love and desire for learning.
North Cobb Christian School provides a biblically-based, academically-excellent education in a nurturing environment, developing students’ potential to impact their world for Christ.
OMNI’s mission is to develop the whole student 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. We emphasize foreign language proficiency, cultural diversity, and above all, academic excellence.
With 1,105 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. Education is more complicated than the three As: it’s about providing global perspectives in the classroom and an integrated experience before and after the bell rings.
Peachtree Academy Private School provides accelerated students with a college-preparatory education in a Christ-centered environment. Three campuses serve the East Metro area, offering Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.
Pinecrest Academy is a PreK3-grade 12, college preparatory Catholic school, located in Cumming. The school provides an atmosphere of academic rigor and critical thinking, while offering personalized attention in a Christ-centered environment.
Praise Academy is committed to Christ-centered education and the teaching of God’s truth, whether it is scientific, historical, philosophical, or spiritual. The faculty is committed to providing a high-quality program of academics and co-curricular opportunities. Students are challenged individually to excel in every facet of learning.
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.
In 2011, Smoke Rise Prep (SRP) was established by a group of teachers and parents who re-imagined what preparatory education could be. Offering a vibrant learning environment, a rigorous curriculum, and smaller class sizes, SRP strives to instill a love of learning in every child.
St. Joseph Catholic School educates each student by embracing faith and upholding academic excellence within a Catholic community devoted to developing the whole child.
St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School is located in Sandy Springs, and serves 500 students from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Students come from a large area including Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Atlanta, Roswell, Marietta, Alpharetta and Cumming.
St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a place where each child can discover his or her unique gifts. Serving over 600 students from age 3 through eighth grade, St. Martin’s has offered a quality education in a loving, Christian environment for more than 50 years.
All classrooms at St. Peter Claver Regional Catholic School are outfitted with computers where a Blended Learning approach supports technology, project-based learning, Spanish and the Arts. In addition to a challenging curriculum, students have access to extra-curricular activities, field trips and also participate in service projects.
Saint Thomas Moore Catholic School is a nurturing community that works together to achieve excellence in academics, faith, and service for students from Kindergarten through eighth grade.
The Stonehaven School is a Christ-centered classical school employing a rigorous academic program in the liberal arts tradition.
Sugar Hill Christian Academy currently serves students 12 months through eighth grade and is enrolling grades nine and 10 beginning fall 2018. Their mission is to offer an excellent academic and Christian education, while developing a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ.
Tabula Rasa creates a family-like environment where 3 mo. through fifth graders 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.
The Children’s School is a progressive elementary school currently serving students from age 3 through sixth grade – but expanding to seventh and eighth grades by fall 2018 – in a diverse community in Midtown Atlanta. Grounded in principles of excellence, innovation and play, the school graduates passion-driven young adults who lead lives of purpose in an interconnected world.
At The Davis Academy, faculty doesn’t teach to the test, they teach the whole child. The Academy is focused on creating confident and compassionate leaders who, when they graduate, are academically prepared as they enter the next phase in their development.
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 Walker School is Metro Atlanta’s college-preparatory school for families seeking an engaging, perspective widening academic program within an intimately scaled, caring environment where meaningful relationships inspire transformative learning.
The Trinity educational program includes hands-on learning, classroom instruction, the use of technology, and an abundance of creative exploration. The mission of Trinity School is to create a community of learners in which each child can acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve his or her unique potential and become a responsible, productive, and compassionate member of the expanding global community.
Westminster is a coeducational Christian preparatory school which seeks to serve students who are bright, motivated, and curious by nurturing them through challenge. The environment develops leaders of conscience who will be a positive force in the world.
Located just off I-285 on a 100-acre campus, 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 is the largest independent school in the continental U.S., with 2,700 students spanning two campuses on 133 acres in metro Atlanta. With an average class size of only 8:1, teachers, coaches, and counselors provide wise, individual guidance at every step, mentoring students, instilling qualities of good character, and helping them reach their full potential.
Founded in 1970, Arbor is one of the largest and oldest Montessori schools in the Southeast, serving 300 students from ages 18 months to 14 years. Arbor is one of only two Montessori schools in Georgia accredited by AMI, SACS and SAIS.
Carlisle Montessori School was founded in 2008 by Gina Ward, an AMI trained teacher and director with 26 years of experience in Montessori Education. The goal is to closely follow Dr. Maria Montessori’s educational methods and philosophies in guiding and nurturing the “whole child.” This means teaching them academically, emotionally and spiritually.
Currently, Counterpane School is one of very few Montessori environments in the country that extends the Montessori philosophy from the 3-year-old child through acceptance to college. Approximately 100 students and 10 teachers share in this co-worker, co-learner environment.
Cresco Montessori School is a year-round GAC certified private school, and full-service childcare center. Serving families in Marietta, Buford, Johns Creek and Woodstock for over 10 years.
Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia offers excellence in Montessori education, helping children from infancy to 6-years-old develop independence in a peaceful, carefully prepared environment.
At Meadows Montessori, children’s minds are given the chance to grow and develop faster than in normal school environments. Programs for Infants as young as 6 weeks to primary years up to 6 years of age.
The Academy offers the highest quality individualized Montessori education experience, focused on fostering independence combined with a sense of community and global awareness. Ages 13 months to 9 years old.
Montessori School at Emory is a thriving, vibrant community. With over 175 students, from 15 months through 14 years, Montessori School at Emory continues to support the whole child and prepare them for life through accredited, authentic quality Montessori programs.
To see the joy of learning in action, visit Northwoods Montessori School. The school offers innovative early childhood education programs catering to the needs and abilities of children at each stage of their development – from toddler care and primary (preschool) through elementary levels.
Since 1963, Springmont has been a Montessori learning environment where diversity of thought and global perspective empower students to be inquisitive, knowledgeable, independent, compassionate and effective. Our students are collaborative and celebrate the success of their peers with as much enthusiasm as they do their own.
A year-round authentic Montessori school for children 6 weeks through elementary ages. The school has two campuses with low adult to child ratio and both follow AMI and AMS standards. The Sugar Hill Campus is AMI Accredited. At both campuses, parents will find amazing outdoor environments where children play, explore, plant gardens – discovering the beauty and wonders of nature.
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
Alexsander Academy is a small, fully accredited, non-profit school for students with learning differences and special needs. It is a place where all children are challenged academically regardless of the differences they may have.
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.
The Bedford School is based on the idea that every human being should have the opportunity to become the very best person possible. For the child with the learning disability, this is difficult without proper intervention. The goal is to help each child maximize his potential through a combination of teamwork, structured materials, organized activities and a dedicated staff.
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.
College prep environment for different learning styles. Serving grades 4-12. Happy. Secure. Inspired. Founded in 1968. Fully accredited.
The Cottage School marks its 32nd year of providing a comprehensive educational program for middle and high school students with learning differences and ADHD. In August 2016, TCS expanded its program to fourth and fifth grades.
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.
Students in grades one through eight receive a comprehensive, high-quality education program that combines remediation with enrichment and acceleration. Students typically complete remediation in three to four years allowing them to transition into a more traditional educational environment.
Mill Springs Academy is an SACS/SAIS accredited college preparatory, independent school community dedicated to the academic, physical and social growth of those students who have not realized their full potential in the traditional classroom setting.
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. The Academy takes a whole-child approach to help each child appreciate their strengths and develop in areas that are more difficult for them.
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.
Swift School is an independent school for students in first through eighth grades with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. At Swift, dyslexia is viewed through the lens of leading-edge brain science and seen as a brain type with great advantages. An individualized program is designed for each student to enhance their unique strengths and address specific challenges.
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