From the moment each student enters the Harrison Center for the Arts and Preschool, the excitement of learning is evident in all aspects of a child’s day. The preschool experience at Athens Academy is a total immersion into the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development, unparalleled in the area.  Because the formative preschool years are critical, our curriculum and learning spaces are carefully designed to foster creativity, integrate learning, and provide the foundation for life-long learning.  We invite you to visit our campus and learn about Athens Academy's rich and engaging programs.  

List of 3 items.

  • K3

    The half-day, week-long K3 program provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum which fosters an integrated approach to learning. Working to reach each learner’s stage of development, the curriculum is presented in weekly, thematic units with the focus on the fundamental skills necessary to develop a love of learning and sense of curiosity about the world.

    As part of a college preparatory school, the K3 program provides enriching experiences within and beyond the classroom. With a dedicated K3 Discovery Center, students regularly attend a science lab class full of hands-on experiences. Music talents are cultivated in the classroom daily and twice weekly with a professional music teacher. A culminating activity and most anticipated yearly event is the K3 play with singing, acting, and dancing on the Harrison Center Performance Hall stage. Several fun field trips a year provide learning outside the 152 acres.

    Students must be three years old by September 1 of the matriculation year in order to be considered for enrollment in the K3 class.
  • K4

    The half-day, week-long K4 program provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum which fosters an integrated approach to learning. Working to reach each learner’s stage of development, the curriculum is presented in weekly, thematic units centering around a letter of the week. The interdisciplinary units include fundamental skills in the areas of literacy, math, social studies, science, art, music, and personal social development. 

    As part of a college preparatory school, the K4 program provides enriching experiences within and beyond the classroom.  With a dedicated K4 Discovery Center, students regularly attend a science lab class full of hands-on experiences bringing science to life. Several field trips throughout the year provide learning outside the Athens Academy campus.  Music talents are cultivated in the classroom daily and twice weekly with a professional music teacher.  A culminating activity and most anticipated yearly event is the K4 play with singing, acting and dancing on the Harrison Center Performance Hall stage.

    Students must be four years old by September 1 of the matriculation year in order to be considered for enrollment in the K4 class.
     
  • Pre-first Grade

    As part of a college preparatory school, the pre-first program provides enriching experiences within and beyond the classroom. While emphasizing academic, social, emotional and physical fundamentals, a student’s day is a unique sensorial experience not found in the traditional preschool setting.

    Music talents are cultivated in the classroom daily and twice weekly with a professional music teacher.  A culminating activity and most anticipated yearly event is the pre-first play with singing, acting and dancing on the Harrison Center Performance Hall stage.  With a dedicated pre-first Discovery Center, students regularly attend a science lab class with the hands-on experiences bringing science to life. Field trips provide learning outside the 152 acres that comprise the Athens Academy campus.

    Students must be five years old by September 1 of the matriculation year in order to be considered for enrollment in the Pre-first grade class.
     

List of 3 members.

  • Melton Weekley 

    Preschool Director
    University of Georgia - B.A.
    Georgia Southern University - M.Ed.
  • Colleen Burwell 

    Pre/Lower School Assistant Director
    Georgia College and State University - Ed. S.
  • Fraser Kent 

    Pre/Lower School Counselor
    University of Georgia - B.S.
    Wake Forest University - M.A.C.
    University of Georgia - Ed.S.

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An independent school for grades K3-12