Academe of the Oaks aims to redefine high school by focusing on the experience of learning through the use of authentic methods of teaching.
Instead of relying on textbooks, students learn from direct experiences, whether of the original writings of great thinkers, scientists, and leaders, or through hands-on experiments and projects. An Academe education is the difference between memorization and thoughtful consideration.
The school’s college preparatory curriculum asks students to tackle the big questions of science, math, and the humanities. Members of the faculty hold advanced degrees, and classes are small enough for individual students to flourish. To deepen academics, all students participate in music, drama, and the fine arts, regardless of skill level.
Academe of the Oaks offers ninth through twelfth grades. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.
The Friends School of Atlanta, an independent private school in Decatur, Georgia, offers a values-driven education where children come together in small classes and receive the knowledge, skills, and encouragement to become their best selves as students and as members of the community.
Our mission is to provide challenging academics in a diverse environment, drawing on the Quaker testimonies, or values, of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship to empower our students to go out into the world with conscience, conviction and compassion.
The Waldorf School of Atlanta embodies the ideals of Waldorf Education:
The sanctity of childhood
An abiding sense of wonder
An evolving quest for truth.Our Mission
The Waldorf School of Atlanta develops in its students the will to become life-long learners by fostering in each student the ability to think with clarity, feel with compassion, and act with purpose in the world.
We teach a hands-on, integrated curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and grounded in artistic and practical work to create an optimal environment where children develop intellectual curiosity, social sensitivity, and physical stamina.
We explore with students the beauty, possibility and resilience of the human spirit bestowing upon them the tools to become thoughtful, clear-thinking adults, able to act with courage and social responsibility.
We provide a safe and inclusive learning environment rich in natural esthetics, where the interests and strengths of all students are honored and encouraged through artistically expressed practical life skills.
We rely on a commitment from all members of the community to work cooperatively to build strong long-term collaborative relationships using open, clear and direct communication.
Experts in child development are now confirming what Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf schools, understood a hundred years ago: children learn both eagerly and naturally. Every detail of Waldorf education places the development of the individual child as the focal point. Our curriculum – rich in every branch of academics and enlivened with the arts and practical skills – honors children at each stage, nurturing their current capacities and preparing them for new learning to come.
From early childhood through high school, Waldorf classes go beyond routine dispensing of academic information. They also develop the nimble, humane, and discerning minds these young people will need. Our teachers steadily build each student’s individual capacity for sensitive engagement, original thinking, clear reasoning, and the ability to translate thoughts into action.