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Academic Overview

Academic Overview
Preschool
Lower School
Middle School
Upper School
Media Centers
Learning Resource Program
Writing Center
International Studies
Technology
PRESCHOOL (K3, K4 AND PRE-FIRST)
  • Discovery Centers at each grade level for curriculum integration, inquiry, and hands-on learning.
  • Separate Preschool Media Center for reading, exploration, and visits by guest authors.
  • State-of-the-art performance facility, instructional art galleries, and playground.
  • Art, music, and physical education classes taught by specialists.
  • Kind Language program practiced daily by teachers and students.
  • Field trips to support specific units of study.
  • Grade-level musical productions performed throughout the year.
  • After-school enrichment opportunities such as dance, karate, yoga, and more.
  • Age cut-off is September 1st
LOWER SCHOOL (GRADES 1 - 4)
  • 229 students and 32 teachers, assistant teachers, and instructional support.
  • College-preparatory emphasis on the fundamentals of reading, writing, and mathematics with a variety of opportunities for integration across disciplines.
  • 2,100-square foot Science Center with greenhouse and outdoor instructional classroom and garden.
  • String orchestra instruction for each child in Grade 2; optional orchestra instruction in Grades 3 and 4.
  • Student-led parent-teacher conferences in Grades 3 and 4.
  • Spanish, art, music, and physical education classes taught by specialists.
  • Kind Language program practiced daily by teachers and students.
  • Field trips to support specific units of study.
  • Grade-level musical productions performed throughout the year.
  • After-school enrichment opportunities such as broadcasting, African drumming, leather making, robotics, and more.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 5 - 8)
  • 289 students, 38 teachers and instructional support.
  • An average 75% of the students in seventh grade have qualified for the Duke TIP Program over the past several years.
  • Middle and Upper School Media Center and Writing Center for reading, research, writing assistance, and class projects.
  • 1:1 laptop program for all Middle School students.
  • Skills for Adolescence Program teaches students the importance of respect for themselves and for others.
  • Art and drama classes for all students in state-of-the-art facilities. Elective band, orchestra, and chorus courses during the school day.
  • Building on attitudes developed in the Kind Language program, students commit to an Honor Code.
  • Annual overnight class trips include Birmingham (AL), Savannah, Camp DeSoto (AL), and Washington, D.C. in addition to curriculum-based day trips.
  • Performances such as the Middle School play, storytelling competition, Writers Forums, and Talent Night throughout the year.
  • After-school enrichment opportunities include outdoor survival, Sparbots Academy, and more.
UPPER SCHOOL (GRADES 9 - 12)
  • 312 students, 40 teachers and instructional support.
  • Since 2000, 170 students (17% of all graduates) have earned 227 national awards from the National Merit Scholarship Program.  In the past decade, more than 42% of all National Merit Semi-Finalists named in Clarke and Oconee Counties have been Athens Academy students. This includes all public, private, and homeschool students.
  • Advanced Placement courses offered throughout Grades 10-12. Percentage of students earning a score of 3 or higher over the last five years is more than 95%, with 80% scoring 4 or higher.
  • College counseling begins in ninth grade and continues throughout Upper School in seminars, college nights, school-sponsored college trips, and one-on-one interaction with experienced college counselors.
  • 100% college acceptance rate. Click here for a listing of the Class of 2016's college choices.
  • Advisory and seminar programs provide ongoing opportunities for personal growth, leadership, and developing intra-and interpersonal skills.
  • Elective courses in advanced media production, robotics, journalism, science and technology, evolutionary genetics, and global challenges, as well as exploration and collaboration with the University of Georgia.
  • Extensive fine arts offerings in band, orchestra, drama, ceramics, and visual arts.
  • School-sponsored international travel opportunities (recent trips include Greece, China, India, Italy, Spain, Haiti, and Costa Rica).
School-wide Initiatives
  • Differentiated instruction to meet the specific learning needs of each student.
  • Students at all grade levels consistently score higher on standardized tests than students at other independent schools throughout the United States.
  • Emphasis on helping each student understand his or her individual learning style and preference beginning in Grade 3.
  • Learning Resource Program provides extensive support to facilitate academic success for all students.
  • Cross-divisional experiences and activities promote a sense of community and belonging among students.
  • Strong, student-initiated Honor Code in Grades 5-12.
  • Nationally-recognized physical education program that promotes overall wellness, habits, and attitudes throughout the school.
  • Careful attention to scheduling for each student to maximize learning opportunities, allow for flexibility, and provide for tutorial time and engagement among students and teachers both during and after the school day.
  • School-wide commitment to service and leadership, with age-appropriate involvement, activities, and projects in each division.
  • Visual and performing arts are a part of each student's daily experience at Athens Academy through classes, art galleries, and special performances.