Athens Academy (school)

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This article is about the secondary school in the United States. For the ancient academy in Athens, Greece, see Academy. For the modern national academy of Greece, see Academy of Athens (modern).
Athens Academy
1281 Spartan Lane
Athens, Georgia, United States
Coordinates 33°54′01″N 83°24′09″W / 33.900328°N 83.402371°W / 33.900328; -83.402371Coordinates: 33°54′01″N 83°24′09″W / 33.900328°N 83.402371°W / 33.900328; -83.402371
Type Private Co-educational
Motto Excellentia Cum Honore (Excellence With Honor)
Established 1967
Founder John Wilkins, John E. Griffin
Principal Lower School: Melton Weekly

Middle School: Brenda Klein

Upper School: Bob Sears

Headmaster John Thorsen
Grades K-12 (and preschool)
Number of students >930+[1]
Campus 154-acre (62.3 ha)[1]
Color(s) Green, White and Silver
Mascot Spartans
Newspaper Spartan Review
Yearbook Academia
Affiliation Independent

Athens Academy is a private, co-educational, college preparatory school originally founded in Athens, now located in Oconee County, Georgia, United States. The school sponsors grades K through 12, and also operates a preschool.[2] It was founded in 1967.[3] The school's motto is Excellentia Cum Honore (or "Excellence with Honor"). The 152-acre (0.62 km2) campus has 14 academic buildings (including two state-of-the-art media centers), two gymnasia, six tennis courts, a football/soccer field, a cross country course, a track and a baseball field.[4][1]

History of the school[edit]

Athens Academy is an independent, non-profit college preparatory co-educational school founded in 1967. The school is located on a 152-acre (0.62 km2) wooded site south of Athens, Georgia. The school enrollment is approximately 935 students in K-3 through grade twelve.[5] The curriculum provides general college preparatory and honors programs. The College Board Advanced Placement Program is offered as an outgrowth of the Academy's honors program. Art, music, physical education and drama classes are offered in addition to traditional academic disciplines. Co-curricular activities include clubs, student service organizations and a full athletic program. Enrollment is open to people of all races, religions and national origins.[5]

In 2013, Athens Academy's thirty year headmaster, J. Robert Chambers, Jr., retired. Chambers was named Headmaster Emeritus by the Board of Trustees at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


Athens Academy competes in region 8-A of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA). They field teams in cross country, football, competitive swimming, golf, track and field, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, equestrianism, and baseball. The team name is the Spartans.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Education/Schools". Oconee County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "At a Glance". Athens Academy. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Carter, Kate. "Athens Academy Celebrates 35 Years". Athens Banner-Herald. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Our Campus". Athens Academy. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b [1] Athens Academy About Us, retrieved 8-05-2008
  6. ^ France, Erin. "Athens Academy headmaster announces retirement". Online Athens. Athens-Banner Herald. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Online Athens, "Gaines' leadership rallies Spartans together," retrieved 10-3-2008
  8. ^ Soccer History Athens Academy Girls Soccer webpage, retrieved 3-13-2008
  9. ^ "Athens Academy Press Releases". Athens Academy. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Welcome to Spartan Athletics!". Athens Academy. Retrieved 30 January 2013.