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Academe of the Oaks

Private | 9-12 | 80 students

Academe offers a rich, experiential, college preparatory curriculum.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $267,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $810.

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Posted December 23, 2013

Academe of the Oaks has been a great school for 2 of our children. I have found the faculty members to be incredibly committed and highly capable educators. They go to extensive efforts to get to know and understand each student, their unique gifts and/or challenges, and how they learn best. Their enthusiasm for teaching and their respect for the individual are two of the most appealing aspects of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

Excellent school, great warm supportive atmosphere but with plenty of enriching challenges for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

Academe of the Oaks is the best kept secret in the City of Decatur. I love the curriculum, trips each grade takes every year, and the beginning of the school trip, which allows all new and old students to get acquainted and reacquainted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2012

AO is a wonderful school. The academics are stellar students acquire a very broad array of knowledge. The school produces wonderful writers, actors, academics and artists who are curious about the world in a way that others sometimes find startling. Waldorf/AO kids tend to be very good with adults. They look them in the eye, converse easily and don t shy away or run off when adults are around. At AO our son has been given a combination of intense and thoughtful work assignments along side caring, loving oversight by his teachers. The teachers don t back off the tough assignments, but give as much support as needed to make sure the material is understood and handled properly. The exchange program is terrific. It is an amazing opportunity to really learn a foreign language, experience that culture and make many new friends. It is something that can really make a lifelong impact on a young adult. No one falls through the cracks at Academe and students at all levels are challenged and encouraged to exceed expectations. We have been extremely happy with the school on many different levels over these past three years and are excited to have it in our lives for another four.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2012

Yes, they do address the mind, body and spirit of the students but to their way of thinking instead of letting them be independent thinkers. As recently decided, it's thier way or "the highway" if you as a student or parent try to be that independent thinker
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2012

This school has Helped turn my son into a bright, caring, free thinking young man. The school goes above and beyond to make sure each child has their individual talents shine yet makes sure that, as a group, they work on social inclusion. The teachers and leaders of the school truly seem to love and care about their jobs, the kids, the parents and each other. Academe of the Oaks is turning out incredibly forward thinking, thoughtful students whom all seem to go on to their top pick of colleges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2012

I wanted my child to go to a public high school. She fought me, and well, she won. I understand now why she wanted to go to Academe. She wants to be in a school where the teachers really care about the students, where she can really explore the material - basically, where she can really learn and be challenged. Her teachers all have advanced degrees and it shows in what they teach. She was able to do an exchange with a student in France, which expanded her life and made her a part of the international community.The arts are really important to her, and the school delivers on that front too. Last year she took an advanced art class from a teacher whose work has been purchased by major museums. And her orchestra is led by a renown violinist in residence at Emory University. She played basketball this year, coached by a retired NBA player. She was in a play directed by a teacher with years of theater experience. Most important to me, they each really care about her. I'm glad she convinced us to let her go to this school. She certainly knew best. It is an amazing place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

My child just graduated from Academe, and the experience there has been amazing. The school is filled with creative, inspiring students, teachers who care and who have advanced degrees in their areas, and it follows a curriculum that is college-prep, promotes self-responsibility, creativity, respect, and care for the world and others. My child was accepted at the university desired - a very highly rated school that receives far more applications than it has slots, and the administration there specifically sited Academe as one of the reasons for their interest. Can't get better than that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

I am a recently graduated student who loved this school. The teaching staff is fabulous and the curriculum is diverse and fascinating. In addition, I feel this school not only prepared me for college, but also to move into the world as an adult. If that was not enough, I got in to the college on the top of my list! wonderful school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2012

Academe of the Oaks has everything you could want in a private school. Its curriculum is rigorous, its teachers are caring experts in their fields, and the students are idealistic human beings who will make great changes in the world. The leadership of the school is unwavering in its determination to educate the whole child, as Rudolf Steiner intended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

I am so excited to send my children to this amazing school. It is not often in life when you find something so right. But we have with the Academe of the Oaks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

My daughter just graduated from Academe and she had an amazing experience and education. She is leaving a confident young woman with a love of learning. The curriculum was challenging and stimulating. Today she is ready for her next challenge and I know will be able to excel in everything she does. The teachers and administrators of this school always have the best interest of the students and are ready and able to make the tough decisions. A student entering Academe will be prepared in all aspects of their lives from a strong sports program to amazing art, science, math, language and english studies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

School inexplicably gutted its faculty recently, rendering this education quasi-Waldorf at best. Many teachers are not Waldorf trained or experienced and the most effective elements of the curriculum have been compromised as a result. Governance is highly centralized, making the transition from start-up to stable, long-term institution appear unlikely. School may be good fit for students either coming from Waldorf K-8 or needing fresh approach, but execution of the Waldorf ideal has eroded significantly in the past year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2012

The program quality has declined dramatically since our child has attended, which has been the last three years. We are also very discouraged by the school's leadership. We would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

They create loving citizens of the world by addressing the mind, body and spirit of the students from pre-k to 12th grade. The inclusion is wholistic of community: parents, student, teacher and community are one.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 44%
Black 17% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 4% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Waldorf School of Atlanta
Public schools
Other private schools & homeschool
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Excellence in Student Literary Magazine (2012)
  • Public Forum Debate team (2013)
  • Excellence in Student Literary Magazine (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Eva Handschin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian / Waldorf
Associations
  • AWSNA
Fax number
  • (404) 377-7178

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Waldorf
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Amnesty international
  • Community service
  • Cycling Club
  • Debate
  • Green Club
  • Literary magazine
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parent Council
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Academe of the Oaks is accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, (AWSNA) the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
Waldorf School of Atlanta
Public schools
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$16000 - $17000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 0%
4 year college - 100%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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146 New Street
Decatur, GA 30030
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Phone: (404) 405-2173

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