Thank you for visiting Athens Academy’s site! This is a good first step toward learning what Athens Academy is all about. We usually encourage people to visit us on Spartan Lane to really get a feel for our school community. However, in the middle of a global pandemic, starting with our website is the safest way to learn more about us. We are back in session as of August 13, 2020. Most of our students from Preschool through our seniors are learning on campus, while a little less than 10% of our students join us remotely each day. We put a lot of time and energy into our campus Preparation Plan to keep our community safe, so it may be worthwhile to spend some time reviewing it.
In some ways, Athens Academy is a throwback to the past, as we believe in family values and treating 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.
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. Our graduates often come back and validate this claim. They are successful thanks to their excellent teachers and strong foundation from their time with us.
A few of the great things happening during the 2020-2021 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).
Construction under way on the Drew Swan Middle School Building, which will be the future home to Grades 7 and 8, and will allow us to add another building to the Upper School when it opens in the spring.
Construction under way on the Farmer Field House, which will open in early November 2020. It will be home to seven sports teams and will provide a quality space for athletic training and much more.
Hosting our third FLL state robotics tournament on campus 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.
To really get a feel for our people and programs, I encourage you to come visit us when it is safe to do so! We are scheduling individual tours with Geoffrey Walton and Mary Catherine Jernigan in the Admission Office, so families may learn more about our people and programs. We ask that all guests to campus wear face coverings and follow health guidelines as recommended by healthcare professionals.
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.
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: