10 Things You Might Not Know about Sudbury School of Atlanta

Sudbury School of Atlanta

1. We are one of the most affordable private schools in the area

Our tuition is priced well below that of the majority of private schools in the Atlanta area. We also offer generous need-based financial assistance and sibling discounts. If you feel Sudbury is right for your family, but cost is a barrier, please take a tour, attend an information session, and speak with us about your situation. We’re passionate about our school, and we want anyone who truly desires the magic of self-directed education for their children to have that opportunity.

 

2. We offer flexible scheduling options.

We offer a wide variety of scheduling options for our Sudbury families. You can choose for your child to attend anywhere from one to five days per week. You are free to pick the specific day or days your child attends. Even the timing of the school day is flexible. Please talk with us about the schedule that fits for your family!

* Due to state requirements, if you have a child six years old or older who will attend fewer than five days per week, you need to be registered as a homeschooling family.

 

3. Our students have unlimited time outdoors.

Any time a student wants to be outside, they simply notify a staff member who will accompany them and any other students who want to join. We have a playground, swings, a large green space, trees, dirt (sometimes mud puddles), sticks, rocks, bugs… all the amenities! We never force children outside – this is SELF-directed education, so we trust kids to choose what they need. But most days you will find Sudbury students happily exploring outdoors in all sorts of weather.

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4. We are right down the road.

One of the most frequently asked questions is, “Where IS this school?” Sudbury School of Atlanta is conveniently located at 3260 Covington Highway in Decatur, about halfway between the City of Avondale and Memorial Drive. We are housed inside Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church (no affiliation). That’s just 6 miles from Stone Mountain, 4 miles from Pine Lake, 2.5 miles from the City of Decatur, 1 mile off I 285, and less than a half mile from Kensington Station on MARTA.

 

5. The Sudbury method is a proven model of education that has been around for nearly 50 years.

The first Sudbury school was founded in 1968 in Massachusetts. There are now over 30 Sudbury schools in the United States and even more around the world. Each school operates independently and has the freedom to decide their own particular policies and procedures, but the heart of the Sudbury approach stays the same – democratic, self-directed education where students are trusted and empowered.

 

6. The Sudbury School of Atlanta is in its 5th year.

Sudbury School of Atlanta was founded in 2012 by a group of passionate parents and community members who wanted true self-directed education in Atlanta. Each year, we have learned more and grown in our understanding of what we need and want for this special school. We are really proud of what we’ve built, and we’re excited about growing and evolving in the future. New families bring new energy and new ideas, and we are excited about what YOU can bring to this community.

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7. Sudbury is a mixed age school.

We enroll students ages 4-18. Our current student population ranges from age 4 to age 11. Our students mix freely throughout the day, as they desire, without any designated classes, groupings, or divisions. It is a beautiful thing to see the way they learn from one another, develop empathy, increase their maturity, and broaden their perspectives by being allowed to spend time with a wide range of ages.

 

8. When we say “self-directed education,” we really mean it.

At Sudbury, we don’t just kind-of-sort-of mean that kids have choices. Students truly have freedom at SSA. Staff members are there to assist, support, and encourage students, but they do not judge or push. We believe young people are wise, trustworthy, and deeply connected to their essential selves – and they flourish when given wide open spaces. We have no prescribed curriculum, no tests, no homework, no grades. It’s fascinating to watch the many different things students choose to do, and the ways their choices ebb and flow throughout a day, a month, a year. Students naturally choose activities that are fun and interesting to them, and those activities will almost certainly look like play. Will your child “just play all day” at Sudbury? The answer is an enthusiastic YES! This is where all the magic happens. This deep, free play facilitates whole-person wellness, as well as powerful, lasting learning on a wide range subjects and skills.

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9. Sudbury students have a tremendous amount of responsibility.

Yes, students get to choose how they spend their days. They are deeply trusted. And they are also held to a high standard of responsibility. For example, there aren’t designated eating times. Students arrive with whatever food they need for the day, and they are in charge of listening to their bodies and eating as needed. Sudbury students are responsible for cleaning and caring for our school and our supplies. Sudbury students are responsible for making decisions, big and small, about how their school operates, utilizing the structure of weekly meetings where each student and staff member has an equal voice and an equal vote on whatever issues arise. Freedom and responsibility are deeply linked here at Sudbury.

 

10. Prospective students get to test-drive the Sudbury experience.

After completing the enrollment application and paying the application fee, the student and all parents/guardians participate in a conference with the Sudbury staff. After this conference, prospective students attend Sudbury for three full days. This is a wonderful opportunity for the student to be immersed in our school before making the decision to officially enroll.

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Are you ready to find out if Sudbury School of Atlanta is right for your family? Please give us a call or send an email to schedule a tour. You can also attend one of our upcoming information sessions  – a great opportunity to see the school, meet staff, parents, students, and ask your questions. We can’t wait to meet you!

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