The Paideia School

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The Paideia School
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1509 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia, Dekalb, 30307
United States
Coordinates 33°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
School type Private, Coed
Religious affiliation(s) Non-sectarian
Founded 1971
School code 110214
Dean Elementary: Mary Lynn Cullen
Junior High: Jennifer Cox
High: Paul Hayward
Headmaster Paul Bianchi
Grades K-12
Number of students 975
Average class size 14 (high school)
Language English
Hours in school day 6.8
Campus size Main: 16 acres
Python Park: 12 acres
Campus type open
Color(s) blue and white
Song O Mascot of Might
Mascot Python
Team name Pythons

The Paideia School (pronounced pie-day-uh)[citation needed] is an independent school located in intown Atlanta, Georgia. It teaches children ages 3 through 18.


The Paideia School was founded in 1971 by parents who wanted an individualized, creative, and intellectually challenging education for their children. The original building at 1509 Ponce de Leon housed the entire school of 140 students during the first two years. 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. Additional buildings were purchased in the 1980s for classrooms, laboratories, and the upper school library.

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 and our 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. 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. [1]


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


A wide variety of extra-curriculers take place on campus. Student interest drives most activities.

Policy Debate[edit]

The Paideia debate team has grown rapidly during the past three years. The school now features a high school and junior high team.

Mock Trial[edit]

The Paideia Mock trial team finished top eight in the state for the 2013-2014 school year, winning both the regional and district competitions.


The Paideia robotics team competed in the National Vex robotics tournament in Omaha Nebraska in 2013.

Notable alumni[edit]


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