Back-To-School Basics & FAQs

Drop-off & Pick-up:  Morning carpool drop-off begins at 7:15 a.m.  Classes start at 7:45 a.m. for 7th-12th grade and at 8:00 a.m. for K-6th grade. Afternoon pick-up will be from 2:30-2:50 p.m. for K-6th grade and from 3:00-3:20 p.m. for 7th-12th grade (and their younger siblings if applicable).
Kindergarten Tears & Cheers:  Kindergarten parents will receive details via email.  

Drop-off Details:  
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders will walk straight into the main office, and to the gym.  We will guide the children to the right place; please do not worry. 3rd-6th graders will enter the main office and proceed to the cafeteria. 7th-8th graders will enter through the main office and take the staircase immediately to the left to the upper floor. 9th-12th graders will proceed to the high school building. Faculty and staff members will be positioned to make sure each student goes to the right place.  

Lunch:  To order lunch for your child, please visit Chef Advantage.  Our school code is ACALunch9.  Please note all lunch orders must be received 4 days prior to the order date.  We are unable to accept lunch orders or money at the school.  You may order lunch up to one month in advance.  Note:  If you do not know your child’s homeroom teacher yet, simply select “Grade – UNKNOWN.” 

Parking:  Five minute parking spots are available adjacent to the front door. For longer visits, on the Atlanta Classical Academy side of Argonne Road.  Please do not block driveways or park within 25 feet of stop signs; please be courteous to our neighbors. 

School and Classroom Visits:  We kindly ask that parents wait to plan classroom or lunchroom visits with their student(s) until after September 9.

Tardiness and Attendance:  Because our time with your children is in short supply, and because a student arriving late to class is distracting to the teacher and to every other student, we ask parents and students to be on time and to minimize mid-day appointments.  A student will not be permitted to arrive late to class for any reason without a pass from the school receptionist.  Students will only be able to obtain such a pass when a parent or guardian signs the student into the attendance log at the receptionists desk.

Attendance & Transportation Change Procedures:

  • If you know that your child is going to be or was late/absent, please call 404-369-3500 before 8:30 a.m. and leave a message in the Attendance voicemail box. You may also send an email to 
  • If you need to make a change to normal after-school transportation, please call 404-369-3500 and leave a message in the Transportation voicemail box.  You may also send an email to
  • If you need to obtain early dismissal for your child, please call 404-369-3500 before 8:30 a.m. and leave a message in the Early Dismissal voicemail box.  You may also send an email to  Parents will need to walk in and sign the student out at the front desk.

Enrollment Policy Related to the Beginning of the School Year:  If a student fails to report on the first day of school, parents will be contacted via phone and email to confirm the student plans to attend Atlanta Classical Academy. If the student does not report to school by the third day, and the parents do not respond to repeated phone and email communication, the student will be withdrawn from the school and the seat offered to the next family on the wait list.

Financial Assistance:  To discuss financial assistance, families may contact the school in three ways:

What should I know about books and materials?  Over the course of the school year, students will be receiving a variety of books and materials. All books will have an Atlanta Classical Academy barcode on the back in the upper right-hand corner. We will be using 2 different barcodes. The first barcode will start with a “TB” followed by 6 digits.  TB stands for textbook. These items should be returned to the school at the end of the year. Other books, mainly literature and workbooks, will be labeled with a barcode that begins with “SB” which signifies a student book. Once checked out to the individual student, SB books become the property of the child (meaning that our students will be building their own collection of the classics).

If a child loses either a textbook or a student book, he or she should report the loss to the Resource Room. Students will need to pay the replacement fee prior to the receipt of a replacement book. Parents are discouraged from replacing lost books on their own, because in many cases, we are using specific versions that are not readily accessible.

How can I ask questions or voice my concerns?  Your student’s teacher is going to be in the best position to address your questions and concerns, and we therefore ask you to direct these to your teacher first. If you are not able to resolve the question or concern, please escalate to the Academic Dean (upper school) or Principal (lower school). More details related to the handling of concerns or grievances are outlined in the Family Handbook. With the exception of cases that involve the safety of our employees and students, we will always ask you to use the “chain of command.”

SchoolMint is our online forms and payment system that every Atlanta Classical Academy family will use throughout the school year. SchoolMint will be your single source to view and complete forms, make payments and RSVP for events for all of your students. Highlights include:

  • Orientation forms submission
  • Field Trip permission slips and online payment
  • Athletic Teams registration and online payment
  • School Clubs registration and online payment
  • Ability to provide financial sponsorship of students for field trips and athletics
  • Intent to Return process each Spring
  • Event RSVP
Login information and account setup instructions will be sent to new families via email, so please keep an eye out for the SchoolMint email.