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Athens Academy

Private | PK-12 | 935 students

 
 
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Posted February 15, 2014

This school is outstanding. When I see a rare, negative review, I assume the writer either could not get in or could not maintain the level of academic rigor that is required to succeed here. A high number of teachers here have advanced degrees, and some of the science teachers are involved in research at UGA. Students are offered opportunities to me come in original research and may even participate in scientific studies in cooperation with UGA. Annually, about 38% of the National Merit Scholars from the 10-county area come from THIS ONE SCHOOL. This is not opinion, but fact. The student support system and the faculty here are excellent and are unmatched at any price. People do not realize the diversity that exists here: students of varied religious belief and no religious belief work together here in mutual respect and friendship. Race is not an issue here. Yes, the school is about 80% Caucasian, but all races and religions are welcome and accepted here equally. Athens Academy does not accept racism in any form, or any other kind of discrimination. If you wait until HS to enroll, you will already be behind the curve academically. Opportunities here are unmatched.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2014

Athens Academy is a very unique, accepting place with a wonderful learning environment. Unlike the stereotype I hear all the time, this school is not all "rich kids." My family, never wealthy, has been struggling financially, but we believe so strongly in this school that we continued to invest in our child's future by remaining there even when we had to make enormous sacrifices. It has all been worth it, because my child is being recruited by some of the best colleges and universities in the country, based on SAT and ACT scores. My child is by no means the highest GPA at the school, but we are getting offers of a full ride to college by schools we never even applied to. The proof is there. Yes, sometimes it was hard to explain to my child why we could not afford all the things that many of her classmates had, but it built character. She has friends in all income levels, and high achievement is "cool" at Athens Academy. I know that she is prepared for the most rigorous college work, and she has been taught to value education and accomplishment. This school has given my child a wonderful academic background. It reinforces equality and charity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

Athens Academy is top notch in being academically challenging and producing high achievers who are well rounded athletically, artistically, and dramatically. My child is in high school and we have not encountered any issues with sex or drugs. In fact there are several opportunities for students to plug in spiritually as well as academically. Socially, it has been slightly difficult since we are not as wealthy as many who attend AA, but the school has been worth every penny as far as I am concerned. My child tries very hard and studies diligently, and still has to earn every A and B. If we cannot afford AA for the entire duration of high school, we may end up in the Oconee County School District, but truly, Athens Academy offers an incredible campus, an incredible Arts program, and a wonderful Honor Code.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2013

This school is terrible. Do not attend this school because it is not worth a single penny.


Posted July 21, 2013

I really did not like attending this school. There is a huge drug/alcohol/sex problem among the students. I also feel that many of the students and teachers are very ignorant and pretentious. All in all, save your money and go to a different school.


Posted April 6, 2013

This is the best college prep school in the area. My two children graduated from Athens Academy, and did very very well in college. One is a cardiologist and one is an IT Manager. Teachers are excellent and genuinely care about each student. Campus looks like a college, safe and beautiful. Well worth the investment!


Posted November 2, 2012

Overrated institution. Teaching quality in some of the grades is very poor. Arrogant and not receptive to constructive criticism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2011

I have attended Athens Academy since 8th grade and absolutely love it. Coming from public school, I loved the tough academic atmosphere. The teachers are great because they actively want to help you, and have a relationship with you. I would recommend this school over and over. The friends I have made will last a lifetime! The only people that really don't like it are the students who aren't willing to try in their schoolwork. So,if you're a dedicated student, this is the perfect school for you. I love the fact that we have an Honor Code, and the fact that all my teachers trust me enough to take tests alone and have free periods. I feel like I go to a small college with great academic programs, great theater programs, and fabulos athletics.


Posted October 4, 2009

Athens academy is a great school and you don't have to be above average to go there. The teachers, athletics, and fine arts are fantastic. The one downer especially if you have gone there since pre-k is you won't meet as many interesting people as you will in public schools. This is mainly a problem when you get to high school. I have been friends with the same people since fifth grade and I know hen you go to a public school that can change easily. Another thing that bothers me is that i feel like I can't move now because my parents have paid so much for me to get a great education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2008

Its fabulous! My child was in the Oconee County School system and hated it. She has made wonderful friends, and the academics and sports are great. The teachers are above average and out of all of the private schools she's been enrolled in, this one exceeded the others. It also is great for parents who want to be involved, I know everything that goes on and am very happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2008

I am surprised by the other comments that there was nothing negative said. I had a child at Athens Academy for three years who came from one of the top four private schools in Atlanta. Athens Academy was a big disappointment. The academics were average. The social climate was horrible. Sports were average. The quality of teachers for the price is below standard. If you are considering sending your child to AA, consider the Oconee County school systems ranking. Look at North Oconee area since they have been ranked in the state in the top ten in 2007. Education is too important today to waste your money or time in an unhealthy environment. Compare and remember AA has little to no competition in the private school arena in Athens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

Athens Academy is the best school in Athens for above average children-- unlike most surrounding schools, they are not geared for the lowest students, but for students who are willing to try they're hardest as well as students are exceptionally bright. They not only reward excellence, but also effort. Athens Academy is truly a community, and they have something for everyone; whether that be sports, fine arts, technology, etc. They are also very up to date on technology, and thus the students are more cultured and able to extend themselves beyond their community as well as even their country. Summer trips abroad, as well as spring break trips, allow the students to see the rest of the world. It is an exceptional school.


Posted January 16, 2007

I think that this is a good school for the most part. Transportation is provided for most surrounding areas. Definately not for families on a budget, it is close to $14,000 or more. The quality is good, but the school is a very liberal atmosphere with my family being conservative this was quite a challenge. The school is also very hard to adjust or move into because alot of the kids have been there since pre-k. The whole school is very supportive of fine arts and sports and has a lot to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2006

Athens Academy is a great school and my son loves it: quality teachers, Spanish in first grade, great PE program, lunches are special ordered. Staff is very supportive/accomodating to a fast variety of extracurriculum activities offered after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2005

This is a really nice, well rounded school that's student body excells in academics, fine arts , and sports. They also have an awesome P.E. program that has won the state presidential fitness championship for three years! Everyone from 7th grade and up are issued laptops which are especially useful in today's world of teaching. The teachers and directors are human, and all families are really involved in activities. But, what makes this school different is the honor system that is based upon the honor code (I will not lie, cheat, steal, or plagarize), the honor pledge is signed after every test. This helps everyone feel really safe and secure. You know that no one will EVER take anything from you. The school cracks down on drugs, alcohol, and violence. We also take great field trips!Since they are small, the student body is close and supportive! Go Spartans!
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Black 5% 37%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Georgia
Auburn University
Georgia Southern University
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Teacher resources

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Math specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • J. Robert Chambers, Jr.
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Financial aid offered
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Georgia
Auburn University
Georgia Southern University
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Po Box 6548
Athens, GA 30604
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Phone: (706) 255-9633

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