The Galloway School

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The Galloway School
The Galloway School, 2009
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
Coordinates 33°52′36″N 84°22′46″W / 33.87665°N 84.37940°W / 33.87665; -84.37940Coordinates: 33°52′36″N 84°22′46″W / 33.87665°N 84.37940°W / 33.87665; -84.37940
Type Private, Coeducational
Established 1969 [1]
Head of school Suzanna Jemsby (2012-) [3]
Faculty 98 [4]
Enrollment 750 [5]
Campus 8.2 acres [2]
Color(s) Navy Blue, Gold
Mascot Scots
Accreditation National Association of Independent Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Georgia Independent School Association, Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools, National Association for College Admission Counseling
Newspaper Columns
Yearbook Libertas
Tuition $22,250 (K-4)
$24,250 (5-7)
$25,900 (7-12) [6]

The Galloway School is a private, co-educational day school founded by Elliott Galloway in 1969 designed to offer an academic program for children ages 3 through grade 12. The school has been accredited by is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA), the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).[7]

The student/teacher ratio is 8:1, and the average class size is 15.


In 1969, Elliott Galloway, his wife Kitty and his friend Ross Arnold founded The Galloway School. Galloway had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War, and later taught at the Westminster School and served as principal of Westminster Middle School. He was named headmaster at Holy Innocents in 1965.[8] The Galloway School opened its doors in 1969 to 380 students; the first class graduated in 1971.

In 1990, Galloway stepped down as the headmaster of The Galloway School and was succeeded by Dr. Joe Richardson, Dr. Linda Martinson and Thomas Brereton. On August 18, 2010, Dr. Beth Farokhi, assumed leadership for a two-year term. On November 28, 2011 the school's board of trustees announced Suzanna Jemsby as its next head of school,[9] with a start date of July 1, 2012.


In 1988, the school constructed the Sims building to house their Early Learning program (traditionally elementary school), and in 1996 it built the Arnold building for its Middle Learning program (traditionally middle school) as well as a gymnasium. In 2004, the campus was completed with the Chaddick Center for the Arts, a complete arts center that includes a 300-seat theatre, theatre classrooms and rehearsal hall, fully equipped performance support areas, choral and instrumental classrooms and practice rooms, visual arts spaces and a multi-media technology center. In 2007, the school opened the Galloway Athletics Complex, an off-campus athletics facility featuring two soccer fields and a full-sized track. And in 2016, the school opened a baseball and softball sports complex.[10]


Galloway does not have a school uniform or dress code. At a Galloway graduation, any graduate who desires to take part may contribute to the ceremony through speech, song, dance or performance. There is no valedictorian, salutatorian, or class rankings in their worlds.

Historically, The Galloway School had only two rules: "Behave yourself and try." These first rules stated Galloway’s philosophical attitude toward rules. Galloway, by its philosophy, is a trust-based community that gives its students the freedom to discover how to behave themselves and also holds them accountable for the consequences of their actions.

Instead of traditional rank-and-quantify grades, Galloway measures student progress by the level of mastery they achieve and with progress reports, including personal feedback from the teachers.


g360 is Galloway's extracurricular program that offers diverse educational experiences year round. g360 offers a rich variety of innovative after-school, summer and evening programs that augment and enhance the school's core curriculum. These programs include Early Learning Aftercare, Afterschool Enrichment, Middle Learning Supervised Study, Summer Experiences, Summer School and classes for adult education.[11]

Fine arts[edit]

In addition to offering visual arts, instrumental music and choral offerings at all levels, Galloway Upper Learning students have the opportunity to be involved in the Galloway Theatre Company, an after-school theatre class that performs one-act plays.

Through the years, the Theatre Company has participated in the Georgia Theatre Conference and the Georgia High School Association One-Act Play Contest, winning multiple state and regional awards. In 2001, they gained international recognition as one of 24 U.S. schools invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In addition, the 7th-and-8th-grade chorus visits New York City to sing at Carnegie Hall every other year.

Each spring, the Drama Department puts on a student-produced musical. Past musicals have included: Mame, Into the Woods, The Music Man, Kiss Me, Kate, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line and the smaller musical, Charlotte's Web.[12]

Spring also brings about the Early Learning Spring Fling Art Show, a showcase of students' art they've created in their art class displayed in a gallery in the Chaddick Center for the Arts followed by a chorus performance. In 2016, the performance's theme was, "Whistle While you Work," and explored work songs.[13]

Each winter, Middle Learning students put on the Middle Learning Musical. Past musicals have included: Mulan, Alice in Wonderland, and Dr. Dolittle.[14]


The Galloway Athletics open participation policy allows every seventh to twelfth grade student, whether a beginner or an experienced player, the opportunity to take part in Galloway athletics.[15]

Galloway's sports teams pride themselves on good sportsmanship and hard work. Sports offered at Galloway include: cross country, track and field, soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis and swimming and diving.[16]

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