Thank you for visiting our site!  This is a good first step toward learning what Athens Academy is all about; however, you really need to come to Spartan Lane and spend time with our community to get a feel for our school community.  In some ways, we are a throwback to the past, as we believe in family values and treat each of our students with dignity and respect—yet at the same time, we strive to stay ahead of the curve with robust math and science programs and a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities for all ages.
     When you visit us, you’ll soon see that the Harrison Center for the Arts and Preschool is one of the happiest places on our campus.  It’s exciting to observe the learning that takes place with our youngest students each day.  Whether they are working on patterns or science, going to the media center or heading to the playground, our teachers do an exemplary job of working with our three- to six-year-olds day in and day out.    
     Athens Academy is a wonderful community of teachers, students, parents, mentors, alumni, coaches, and friends all dedicated to educating young people.  We are guided by our mission, "Athens Academy seeks excellence with honor in the educational and personal experience of each student." These fifteen words make it clear where we focus our energy. Our primary objective is to engage our students in meaningful work so that they are better prepared for college and life.   

A few of the great things happening during the 2019-2020 academic year:
  • Recognition by Newsweek as one of the top schools for STEM education in the country (#2 private school in the state, #415 in the country)
  • Two new AP Computer Science classes 
  • A brand new playground for the Lower School students and extended day program
  • Our second FLL state robotics tournament as hosts in February
  • Another positive year for all our sports teams, while over a dozen of our student athletes are being actively recruited by college coaches across the country
  • Our second annual Global Initiatives Day this spring, which will focus on single-use plastics
     To really get a feel for our people and programs, I encourage you to come visit us! Schedule an individual tour with Geoffrey Walton or Mary Catherine Jernigan in the Admission Office to learn more about our people and programs.  We also invite prospective students in grades 5-11 to spend a morning shadowing a student—it's a great way to see what a typical day is like at Athens Academy.   

     If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Our division directors are happy to answer grade-specific concerns, and you can contact me directly as well at any time.  I hope to see you soon.  Thank you again for taking the time to learn a little bit more about Athens Academy.
Go Spartans!
John Thorsen
Head of School
Athens Academy seeks excellence with honor in the educational and personal experience of each student. 
To realize this mission, Athens Academy is guided by the following operating principles:

List of 3 items.

  • The School and Academic Programs

    • Nurtures creativity, critical thinking, and curiosity to prepare students for college and life-long learning.
    • Recognizes individual differences in learning styles and academic needs within the stated purpose of the school.
    • Is sensitive to the students’ emotional and physical wellness in and out of the classroom.
  • The School and the Individual

    Athens Academy:
    • Is guided by the Judeo-Christian ethic and fosters respect for the heritage and beliefs of others.
    • Believes that personal integrity is essential to any achievement.
    • Expects students to assume increasing responsibility for their own educational development.
    • Encourages individuals to recognize the effects of choices and their consequences in the larger community.
    • Expects individuals to respect the dignity, property, and person of others.
  • The School and the Community

    Athens Academy:
    • Uses the founding principles of the United States of America to prepare students to become responsible citizens in our democratic society and to become responsible global citizens.
    • Engages with the community by sharing school resources and facilities and by participating in community, cultural, and service opportunities.

Excellence with Honor

An independent school for grades K3-12