A K-12 public charter school serving residents of the City of Atlanta.

A Classical Education for Modern Times

Every parent wants to prepare his or her children to thrive in the 21st century, and some may think today’s world requires a new approach. Atlanta Classical Academy’s position is that technology has changed, but human nature has not. Still, the highest approach is to train the minds and strengthen the hearts of our children, and to imbue them with the knowledge and virtue necessary for building happy lives full of meaning and purpose. We do this through a rigorous, classical, great-books curriculum in a K-12, small-school environment where every student is known. In this inspiring work, we invite you to join us.

“Our promise is to surround your children with kind-hearted adults
who will teach and model virtuous living and the pursuit of intellectual and personal achievement.”

- Matthew Kirby, Executive Director


The mission of Atlanta Classical Academy is to develop students in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility.

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Our nation’s K-12 schools bear a formidable responsibility rarely acknowledged in today’s public discourse. As E.D. Hirsch points out, “school is the traditional place for acculturating children into our national life.”

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Athletics will provide a vehicle in which to teach student-athletes to become virtuous citizens. Atlanta Classical will maintain proper management of a community in which every individual recognizes his or her particular role and performs his or her own task as part of a properly functioning community.

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The Fine Arts program at Atlanta Classical Academy provides students with an opportunity to explore, develop and be challenged in their pursuit to “learn the true, do the good, and love the beautiful.”

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News & Events

What’s New?

Finishing Strong: High School Cross Country

Story by Coach KC Ham
Photos by Isabella Sheehan, senior

What a year for our high school cross country team! Earlier this month, our boys and girls took on high schools across Georgia in the State Finals in Carrolton, Ga.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Cav Corps

Story by Heidi Mooney & Amy Stewart

Last year, the PTCA noticed that there were many parents, grandparents, and friends of Atlanta Classical who wanted to volunteer, but we just didn’t know how to get everyone involved. This year we are taking steps to change that!
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Faculty Showcase: A Night of Hidden (and Not-So-Hidden) Talents

Story by Amanda Berry, sophomore
Photos by Isabella Sheehan, senior

For the third year in a row, our faculty demonstrated the school virtues of courage and perseverance by taking the stage at the Atlanta Classical Academy Faculty Showcase at Wieuca Road Baptist Church on Thursday, August 29.
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Enrollment FAQs

Learn more about our enrollment process before our lottery opens on January 29.


Courage, Courtesy, Honesty, Perseverance, Self-Government, Service