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Atlanta Youth Academy

Private | PK-8 | 120 students


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Posted July 28, 2014

AYA is a school that provides excellent foundational learning skills for youth. The ptogram focus on building a great core learning , which eqautes to future success. The small environment encourages open learning and student unity with a Christ as a focus. Class sizes are small and engaging for the students. Parent support is greatly encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 11, 2013

Speaking of Great Schools, AYA is definitely one! It is a small school that offers quite a lot to the students. As a parent if you involve yourself with more than just dropping off and picking your children up you will understand the Greatness of the school. The Christmas programs, Black History programs, International Day affair, kindergarten and 8th grade graduations are absolutely wonderful. In order for you child to return back to school during mid term exams and final exams you must attend a teacher/parent conference (this establiishes a personal rapport with your child(s) teachers). I am so glad that we decided to let our children attend. The principal is somewhat hard on the children if they are out of place but it is because he cares and wants them to be taught correctly and be challenged in a positive way and it teaches them a level of respect for themselves and others regardless to who they might be. If you are negative and like to find fault but not be proactive in finding a resolution in a positive manner then this is not the place for you. It is truly a secret that is hidden off of Moreland Avenue and it's a school that feels like a family.
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Posted July 31, 2012

We have two children one that attended AYA for two years and matriculated to a prestigious private school; the other who currently attends and has grown and developed from pre-k to fifth grade. AYA provided our kids with academic, social, and spiritual balance. With the limited Christian private schools in Atlanta, I would recommend AYA to everyone. If you are looking for a perfect school AYA may not be the place for you (good luck finding it); if you are looking for a school to guide your child through this journey called life then AYA is the PERFECT school for you. The firm and SOLID foundation that the school provides will allow our children to succeed many years beyond AYA. The good has always outweighed the bad and the bad situations never remained in that state they ALWAYS worked in favor of the student's well being. We love AYA!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 26, 2012

I am a current parent and I met a parent that came to AYA in January 2012. As, I was introducing myself to the parent, giving her a little information about the school she did enroll her child and child loved it there; eventhough she wanted to attend public school. Speak to that child now and she will tell you that she is so glad that she came to the Christian faith and family orientented. It is a small community and I can appreciate when I have concerns and problems I can talk with the administrators and reconcile this situation. There is nothing better than to know that my child is known by the princiapl, staff, administrator's and students. Instead of talking down on the situation, try to help make it better. Change is sometimes good and we can over come things if we stand united. Of course we have clubs and organizations get involved and be a part of a growing situation or start a club or an organization that will put AYA on the map. Please give us a chance we are a work in progress and progression will succeed. If more parents were to invovled we would not be saying negative things about the school we would be giving praise; how about this give praise when it is do!!
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Posted July 22, 2012

My kids have been going to AYA for six years now. Every year I wish it goy better, it didn't. I feel as though the kids their are not even the same academically as with other private schools. They don't have pe,band, clubs, and etc. They have some people come in a teach the kids band at a cost to parents. The school as a whole failed the map test. Teacher/s are not teaching up to standers. The teachers turn over rate is redicious. The teachers that can teach they get rid of. They have a pre k teacher their who is on the acceptance commitity, that speaks volume about the school right. This school sucks. If your kids the chance at a good education, choose another school. Their spelling books can be bought at school box, really.
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Posted July 17, 2012

We currently have three children that are attending Atlanta Youth Academy. Over the past 5 years, our children have grown academically and socially. The teachers that they have encountered have all cared for the students in their care, took pride in their instruction, and taught to our children's individual learning styles . While the journey has not always been smooth, we have always been able to approach every teacher and administrator with any question or concern. In those instances, we have always been able to reach a resolution that was in the best interest of our children. We appreciate the individual care that our children receive, and the sense of family that is fostered at the school. Under the leadership of the principal of AYA, students have been afforded a multitude of opportunities. He has brought in historical icons such as, The Tuskegee Airman and Andrew Young and made the students part of history by taking them to the King Monument in Washington, D.C. He not only encourages his students, but holds them accountable for their actions. He is not perfect, but no principal is. Unlike most principals, he knows all his students and that speaks volumes. AYA is a hidden gem
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2012

After reading the other ratings, I don't think that I have been to the same school for the past 6 years! My children have enjoyed a great experience! Because it is a small school, it has afforded me the opportunity to be very involved in the classroom especially via electronic mail. Since I don't get into the "word on the street" gossip is secondary to the purpose of education. AYA has been a source of hope as it relates to my younger child whose confidence has not always been great. This place has helped to boost him and help him succeed. Each parent is looking for the best for their child. I have found something good for my children. Leadership has been accommodating and has helped both boys to feel better. AYA has been a beacon of hope.
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Posted June 6, 2012

If a child leaves or graduates from this school they will struggle!!! The curriculum needs to be changed. I put my child her because I love the "Christian" teachings that they give. However the teachers and principle are not professional they lack knowing how to teach and people skills. As a female I have had the principle talk down to me and any other female parent that he can. When ever you go to him with a problem he ALWAYS has an excuse to why the teachers are not doing what they should be doing. The good teacher turn over rate is too high. There are those teachers that need to find another profession that are back every year with the same issues. There is a parent that has been there for over 10 years that is leaving without her children graduating that says a lot and they don't seem to care at all. When you come to volunteer they make you feel like you are not welcome especially when they are in the classroom. However they have no problem when you volunteer outside for field day or other events. Pre-K -2nd grades can NOT TALK during their lunch period. The 3rd grade teacher cares more about her own singing career than teaching. 1st grade teacher is a joke she can NOT TEACH!!
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Posted January 19, 2012

I would not recommend this school until they have a new principal and better staff. The vision of the school is an excellent one however they really need to work on the "Christian" part of the school. Parents try to be involved however the teachers are not very welcoming. The after-school department needs a lot of work starting with the staff. They are not as involved as they could be its always to cold to go outside or there is someone that is out today so we can't do an activity. PE is just a way of saying that the teachers are sitting and the children are watching themselves. Academics really need more attention this is a private school and the students should be excelling and past most others. This is not the case, test scores are down and children that are leaving the school are not on age/grade levels. The really need some intervention, the pre-k teacher is the lead and the curriculum specialist. Lets just say she already has enough on her plate and they gave her the job as curriculum specialist so she's trying to juggle classes, lead teacher role and curriculum specialist we all know something is going to slack. The teachers gossip more than the children/students.
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Posted November 18, 2009

AYA is NOT the school if your child have a learning disability or struggles academically The best thing about AYA is Mr Johnson, Mrs Woodruff and Mr. Daniel they have been a blessing to my family however the principal needs to step down and let someone who is compassionate, patient, and loving take over
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Posted April 21, 2009

My children attended AYA and are now very productive students seniors at Lovett. I am glad that they received the love and attention they needed while attending this school. As a parent I was very involved with the school and my children's education. My children are now on their way to college with full scholarships! I still have relatives at the school and I encourage anyone I know with children to send their children to Atlanta Youth Academy. The teachers are great and willing to help and the administrative staff is awesome! What my children and I got there is invaluable. Visit, and you will see.
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Posted February 16, 2007

My children attend AYA. I am currently searching for a new school. Teachers in the upper grades do not seem to be well equipped. Lower grades seem ok but, I've noticed that there seem to be parents substituting a lot. Leadership is definitely the problem. Extracurricular activities are nonexistent. The plan for the school was a good idea, but the execution needs work. Tuition is based on your income.
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Posted March 2, 2005

My children have been attending this school for two years. My daughter is a 4th grader and she is really advancing. My son is a 7th grader his knowledge about the bible is out standing. You really feel the love from the staff. AYA is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. He is a great example of a leader. Thank you AYA for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world! '
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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 99% 37%
Hispanic 1% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
White 0% 44%
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