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An Overview of AYA

Imagine your child meeting the highest academic standards in preparation for high school, college and a life of productive accomplishment. Imagine his confidence and social skills steadily growing. Imagine her character and leadership abilities maturing day by day. Imagine your child at Atlanta Youth Academy.

For students from pre-K through 8th grade, Atlanta Youth Academy (AYA) provides quality education on par with top independent schools. There is one big difference, however. AYA is designed for urban children and youth whose families believe in the importance of education but who do not have access, either financially or geographically, to excellent private schools.

All AYA children receive a quality education that imparts the joy of learning and opens doors to exciting opportunities. They also gain a strong sense of purpose and conviction about serving others. Our students see life as a gift to be fully realized, never trivialized.

The earlier a child enrolls at AYA, the stronger the results. This impact can be seen clearly in the junior high years, a time when many youth become distracted, cynical and troubled. At AYA, students in these grades are gaining social, intellectual and spiritual maturity. They do not fear being different and taking a stand for what is right. The practical application of Christ’s teaching takes hold as a deep part of who they are. Going out into the world, they are ready to be problem-solvers in a society that is hungry for leaders just like them.

The AYA approach is to show faith in action through Christian values woven into and modeled in all activities. We believe that teaching students about Christ can best be done through real-life behavior. By graduation, AYA students are stable and focused beyond their years. They are ready for the demands of high school, from advanced academic work to personal tests of character that challenge all young people on the road to adulthood.

AYA has graduated 10 8th grade classes, and their success is the real proof of our philosophy and methods. Thanks to solid academic preparation and development of strong social skills, AYA grads have done well at Darlington, Holy Innocents’, Lovett, Westminster, and Lovett nearby; and Blair, McCallie, Rabun Gap, as well as top public schools such as Carver Early College and Arts, Douglass, South Atlanta, and West Lake. AYA graduates have attended college at DeVry, Emory, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Morehouse, Payne, Santa Clara, Wake Forest, and Winthrop to name a few.