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The Paideia School (pronounced "pie-day-uh") is a private independent school in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. It enrolls children ages 3 through 18.

The Paideia School
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The Paideia School is located in Atlanta
The Paideia School
The Paideia School
The Paideia School is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
The Paideia School
The Paideia School
The Paideia School is located in the United States
The Paideia School
The Paideia School

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Coordinates33°46′24″N 84°20′17″W / 33.77337°N 84.33796°W / 33.77337; -84.33796Coordinates: 33°46′24″N 84°20′17″W / 33.77337°N 84.33796°W / 33.77337; -84.33796
Information
TypePrivate
Founded1971; 48 years ago (1971)
School code110214
DeanElementary: Mary Lynn Cullen
Junior high: Jennifer Cox
High school: Brett Hardin
HeadmasterPaul Bianchi
GradesK-12
GenderCo-educational
Number of students975
Average class size14 (high school)
LanguageEnglish
Hours in school day6.8
Campus sizeMain: 16 acres
Python Park: 12 acres
Campus typeOpen
Color(s)Blue and white
Song"O Mascot of Might"
MascotPython
Team namePythons
TuitionHalf day, ages 3-5 - $13,143
Elementary, ages 5-12 - $23,109
Junior high, grades 7-8 - $25,860
High school, grades 9-11 - $25,923
High School, grade 12 - $26,172
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HistoryEdit

The Paideia School was founded in 1971 by parents who wanted an individualized, creative, and intellectually challenging education for their children.[1] The original building at 1509 Ponce de Leon housed the entire school of 140 students during the first two years.[2] In 1973 the school purchased the adjoining property and added a high school program. Two additional buildings were constructed in 1977 to allow for increased enrollment and to provide improved facilities for existing programs.[3] Additional buildings were purchased in the 1980s for classrooms, laboratories, and the upper school library.[4]

A new gym and theater complex was opened in 1989, and a 25,000-square-foot high school classroom building with library and computer facilities was opened in 1995. In 1999 renovations were completed on the Neel Reid house at 1341 Ponce de Leon Avenue, and a half-day program was moved there. Playing fields were opened in 1999 in Avondale Estates, and the Music and Art Center opened in the fall of 2001. With the start of the 2008-2009 school year, the school opened several new facilities for the junior high, physical education, drama and music programs built with money raised in the $25 million Campaign for All Ages.[5] These facilities include a new junior high building, an expanded chorus program room, an expanded main gym, a multipurpose gym, a black box theater, art display area, a fitness center, an open green space and increased parking.

Paideia School now has over 900 students from age three through 12th grade. The school is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.[6]

FacilitiesEdit

  • Main campus on 16 acres (65,000 m2) on Ponce de Leon Avenue with 14 buildings, 7 of which are repurposed 20th century homes
  • Python Park: 12 acres (49,000 m2) in Avondale Estates with two soccer fields and a baseball/softball field

ClubsEdit

A wide variety of extracurriculars take place on campus. Student interest drives most activities.

CompetitiveEdit

  • Policy Debate, the team travels nationally and locally. They are primarily student driven. The Paideia debate team has grown rapidly during the past few years. The school now features a high school and junior high team.
  • Mock Trial, the team finished top eight in the state for the 2013-14 school year, qualifying through both regional and district competitions[7]
  • Robotics, the team competed at the Vex World Competition in Anaheim, California in 2011-12 and the Vex National Competition in Omaha, Nebraska in 2012-13[8]
  • Chess Club
  • Math Team
  • Model UN
  • Science Olympiad
  • The Junior High Academic Bowl team, founded by Elizabeth Snyderman and Greg Chagnon in 2009, won the Junior National tournament in 2014 and won the Georgia Middle School Championship in 2016. Paideia has hosted a tournament for the past few years.

Non-competitiveEdit

  • Amnesty International, promotes human rights[9]
  • Art Club
  • Asian American Alliance
  • Dreamers and Allies, dedicated to supporting undocumented youth[10]
  • The Fems, explore feminism through reading, films, and discussions[11]
  • Film Club
  • Theater Tech Club
  • Green Team
  • Jew Crew
  • LASSO
  • Men's A Cappella
  • Minecraft Club
  • Outdoor Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Spectrum (GSA)
  • TRIBE Onyx
  • Urban Ag
  • Volunteer Paideia
  • Women's A Cappella
  • Young Social Activists
  • Chemistry Club
  • Girls Who Code
  • Forensics Club
  • Student Section
  • Spread Science
  • Student Run Dance Ensemble
  • Student Run Musical

Student GovernmentEdit

The Steering Committee is Paideia's student government organization. The committee plans social events for the entire High School including, The Bash (annual dance), Spirit Week, and more competitions. The committee also provides financial support for other student organizations.[12]

Student publicationsEdit

  • The Forum, the school's newspaper.
  • Blue Rider gives every student at Paideia a forum for publishing their prose, poetry, or other literary works, as well as art for the Paideia community.
  • Yearbook

AthleticsEdit

Over half of the students in the high school play on one of the junior varsity and varsity teams in 10 sports: soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, track, swimming and diving, volleyball, cross-country, ultimate Frisbee, golf, and tennis. The athletic program emphasizes participation, high quality instruction, and teamwork. Presently, the no-cut system is being examined in the particularly crowded sports of soccer and basketball to try to address problems caused by this crowding.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  2. ^ "History". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  3. ^ "History". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  4. ^ "History". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  5. ^ "History". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  6. ^ "History". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Clubs". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  8. ^ "At-a-Glance". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Clubs". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Clubs". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Clubs". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Clubs". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Athletics". The Paideia School. The Paideia School. Retrieved 11 April 2018.

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