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:

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Atlanta International School

Atlanta International School offers all three IB programs to more than 1,300 US 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 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.

Galloway School

Located in Chastain Park, The Galloway School is an independent day 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.

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

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

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.

Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs

Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs is an AMS-accredited and IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). They provide educational programs for children from 8 weeks to 18 years. Their holistic approach to education challenges our students to develop cognitive, social, physical, and emotional skills.

Montessori at Vickery Academy

Montessori at Vickery is an AMS-accredited Montessori school for children ages 13 months to 9 years. Their unique educational approach produces independent, confident children who are self-sufficient and respectful of others.

Mount Paran Christian School

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.

The Mount Vernon School

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.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

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.

Pace Academy

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.

The Walker School

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.

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 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. 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.

Atlanta Private Schools

Academe of the Oaks

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

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.

Archdiocese of Atlanta Catholic Schools

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Atlanta are committed to the education of the whole child – mind, body and spirit – so students may be given the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential in a safe and nurturing environment. Excellence in faith formation and outstanding academic preparation are hallmarks of these schools.

Atlanta Academy

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

Atlanta International School offers all three IB programs to more than 1,300 US 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 immersion from 5K to Grade 5.

Atlanta Music High School

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.

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 K-4 through grade 8, and a dedicated staff of teachers, aides and administrators.

Dominion Christian School

The mission of Dominion Christian School is to glorify God as students are prepared in mind, body, and spirit to meet life’s challenges with a Christ-centered Biblical worldview. Established in 1997, DCS is a private, coeducational, independent Christian school.

Dunwoody Christian School

The School’s mission is to partner with parents to develop children who are grounded in Christ-like character, possess exceptional knowledge, and are prepared to embrace life’s opportunities and challenges. At Dunwoody Christian School, your child will experience a loving and encouraging school community.

Fellowship Christian School

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.

Galloway School

Located in Chastain Park, The Galloway School is an independent day 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.

Harbins Preparatory School

Currently offering K-4 Pre-K and K-5 Kindergarten with one-on-one instruction that ensures every child is successful at their own pace. Their mission and objectives are summed up by the words ‘where success begins’….success for your child and their beginning years of successful educational pursuits.

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 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

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.

Intown Community School

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. They believe parents are the primary educators of their children, and they help you raise life-long learners.

Killian Hill Christian School

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.

Lyndon Academy

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

McGinnis Woods Country Day School

McGinnis Woods Country Day School is a private, non-parochial school offering a challenging preschool-grade 8 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

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.

Midway Covenant Christian School 

Midway Covenant Christian School strives to provide an environment to help children excel in all areas of life. The staff understands true success – both academic and social must be achieved through moral excellence and intellectual challenge.

Mount Paran Christian School

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.

Mount Pisgah Christian School 

Mount Pisgah is known for proven performance in student-centered learning and above and beyond commitment to instructional coaching and personalized instruction from top teachers.

The Mount Vernon School

Located in the heart of Sandy Springs, TMVS 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.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

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.

Omni International School

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.

Pace Academy

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.

Saint Francis Schools

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.

Shallowford Presbyterian School

Shallowford Presbyterian School (SPS) provides a loving, safe environment in which each child feels special and important. For 50 years, SPS has nurtured thousands of children, many of whom have returned to enroll their own children.

St. Joseph Catholic School

St. Joseph Catholic School educates each student by embracing faith and upholding academic excellence within a Catholic community devoted to developing the whole child. Rigorous curriculum builds an educational foundation leading to a mastery of skills and critical thinking.

St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School

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

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.

The SAE School 

The SAE School is a Science, Arts, and Entrepreneurship School consisting of a community of educators and stakeholders who believe students should have a safe, innovative, and rigorous educational experience.

The Stonehaven School

The Stonehaven School is a Christ-centered classical school employing a rigorous academic program in the liberal arts tradition. The challenging academic work maximizes students’ gifts and talents and prepares them for the adult world.

Sugar Hill Christian Academy

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 – The Language Academy

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

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.

The Davis Academy

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.

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 Walker School

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.

Trinity School

Serving children age three through sixth grade, 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 a diverse and distinctly elementary-only environment, in which each child develops the knowledge, skills, and character to achieve his or her unique potential.

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 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 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.

Whitefield Academy

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

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.

Atlanta Montessori Schools

Arbor Montessori School

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.

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

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.

Meadows Montessori School

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.

Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs

Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs is an AMS-accredited and IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). They provide educational programs for children from 8 weeks to 18 years. Their holistic approach to education challenges our students to develop cognitive, social, physical, and emotional skills.

Montessori at Vickery Academy

Montessori at Vickery is an AMS-accredited Montessori school for children ages 13 months to 9 years. Their unique educational approach produces independent, confident children who are self-sufficient and respectful of others.

Montessori School at Emory

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.

Springmont School

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.

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 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.

Center Academy

College prep environment for different learning styles. Serving grades 4-12. Happy. Secure. Inspired. Founded in 1968. Fully accredited.

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

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.

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. The Academy takes a whole-child approach to help each child appreciate their strengths and develop in areas that are more difficult for them.

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.

Swift School

Swift School is an independent school for students in first through eighth grades 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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