An institution is only as good as its people and its plan for the future. Athens Academy is fortunate to have very good people engaged and involved with our school. Over 300 individuals participated in the strategic planning process, including students, teachers, alumni, trustees, staff, grandparents, parents of alumni, and friends. Special thanks to them for their time and dedication to this process.
Please take a moment to look over the overview (below) and the complete, unabridged version of the plan. We may not accomplish all 49 of these items, but we do anticipate accomplishing as many of them as possible. To achieve this plan, we will need your engagement. Athens Academy is a family, and your emotional, financial, personal, and physical support are critical to our continued success as a community. Thank you again for all you do for our mighty Spartans and Athens Academy.
What We Teach: We will focus on developing skills that enable our students at all levels to think critically, communicate incisively, develop creative ideas and solutions, collaborate effectively, and demonstrate empathy toward others.
How We Teach: To support the development of the skills listed above, Athens Academy will continue to explore, incorporate, and refine new approaches to teaching and learning, including project-based assignments, technology integration, hands-on activities, experiential learning, service learning, and maker spaces. The Learning Resource Program will continue to serve as a vital resource for teachers and students as we seek to support all types of learners.
Visual and Performing Arts: Evaluate fine arts course offerings to maximize participation. Continue to develop the band and choral music programs across all divisions, including programming for after-school, on-campus music lessons. Increase institutional presence in the fine arts community by developing partnerships with local, regional, national, and global organizations.
Athletics: Evaluate needs and trends within each program and strive to provide exceptional facilities, equipment, and coaching at all levels. Enhance the training program for all coaches. Continue to support student-athletes and their development by sharing the school’s athletic philosophy with parents.
Service and Leadership: Expand service and leadership opportunities in all divisions, including a leadership course in the Upper School. Increase communication and team-building activities throughout the curriculum. Continue to coordinate with organizations throughout the community to advance Athens Academy’s ongoing leadership initiatives.
Athens Academy seeks to develop the whole student. Throughout the next five years, Athens Academy will pursue this vision by focusing on the following plans:
Develop an emotional intelligence program across school divisions to foster the development of the traits and skills outlined in Athens Academy’s Profile of the Graduate.
Develop and implement a digital citizenship and safety program for students and parents.
Enhance parent education programs at all grade levels with topics relevant to raising children in a rapidly changing world.
Connect Upper School students with local professionals through internship and/or mentor relationships as they consider majors and career paths.
Communicate with the school community about providing a safe and healthy environment where students can make sound decisions regarding their well-being, with particular emphasis on alcohol and drug education.
Enhance each student’s college admissions preparation by communicating with families before Upper School, providing test preparation, and sharing current college trends.
Evaluate the effectiveness of the dress code and standardized dress in all divisions.
Athens Academy’s faculty and staff are among its most precious resources. Therefore, it is important to retain, attract, develop, and support the faculty and staff. Throughout the next five years, the school will pursue this vision by focusing on the following plans:
Continue to promote excellence among faculty by providing opportunities for feedback, evaluation, mentoring, and professional growth.
Continue to increase funding and relevant partnerships for Athens Academy’s professional development program.
Analyze the school’s calendar and schedule to maximize opportunities for teaching and learning.
Review faculty compensation, benefits, and workload to remain competitive.
Enhance efforts to promote wellness among the faculty and staff.
Explore the feasibility of a fellowship program to develop aspiring independent school teachers, mentors, and coaches.
Athens Academy’s 152-acre campus and 22 buildings are essential components of school life and learning. Throughout the next five years, the school will pursue this vision by focusing on the following plans:
Compliance & Safety
Renovate pedestrian walkways, review existing roadways and access, and create a campus-wide signage plan to help visitors navigate the campus.
Complete the campus storm water management plan, including improvements to the cross country greenway and erosion control measures along waterways.
Preservation & Renovation
Improve the technology infrastructure.
Enhance food service with respect to healthier, fresher food options and address the capacity limit of the Tillman Center during lunch service.
Renovate the Middle School locker rooms and basketball goal systems in the Sinkwich Spartan Center and Middle School gymnasium.
Complete renovations to the Schacht building, Erwin Hall, and the Lower School plaza landscape.
Build a Middle School Science and Academic Center to accommodate two grade levels and an additional learning resource area.
Construct a multipurpose athletic space and gymnasium to benefit all sports programs on campus.
Add restroom and storage facilities at the tennis court complex.
Examine the feasibility of installing lighting and bleachers at the track complex.
Athens Academy is privileged to be a part of the Athens community and will continue to partner with alumni, parents, grandparents, the University System of Georgia, and other entities. Throughout the next five years, the faculty and administration will pursue this vision by focusing on the following plans:
Establish an Admission Ambassador program, which would include parents, students, alumni, and friends, to assist in outreach.
Develop a marketing and outreach plan to enhance Athens Academy’s brand and value proposition in the surrounding community.
Cultivate relationships with organizations in the greater Athens community.
Develop a guest speaker series aligned with the school’s mission and strategic goals to share insights, ideas, and experiences with the school and local communities throughout the year.
Continue to promote the international studies program and partner with other organizations to provide students and faculty with more global perspectives and experiences.
Explore the feasibility of creating an outdoor leadership development course to promote leadership and personal development among Athens Academy students and young people throughout Northeast Georgia.
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