Small is Beautiful

We believe in Human Scale Education, which means small classes and a small overall school size to allow the children to work closely with their teachers and the subject matter.


We believe that the school should foster a sense of community—that parents can work together toward the betterment of their child’s education and life. We believe that life is made up of joyful moments and we like to cultivate that optimistic notion in the students.

Life Learning

We believe that kids learn as much from the community as in the classroom and make trips into the surrounding neighborhood part of our curriculum—eating in the restaurants, using the public library and parks, and doing service projects around the neighborhoods that surround our school.


We believe in low student-teacher ratios, individualizing schoolwork, using each child’s strengths and weaknesses to adapt instruction for individual children’s needs.


We believe that children can learn to be compassionate, kind citizens that are interested in working toward resolution of issues regarding social justice. We are part of the Peace School Movement.


We believe in multi-age grouping, so we may have several ages together in one classroom.

Welcome to Kingfisher Academy!

Kingfisher Academy, a non-profit Human Scale Education School, serves the Central DeKalb/West Gwinnett area by providing a place-based, project-oriented curriculum, targeting gifted students from 4 to 12.

We believe in teaching Peace and Justice; in using an Environmental lens to view all subject matter; that a child must develop an Authentic, Autonomous self to be a gifted learner; that our Community both inside and outside the school provides a rich learning environment; and that Kingfisher must be Educationally vigorous to allow for the depth of learning that bright kids require to do their best.

Our diverse student body is made up of children from Eastern Europe, from Guatemala, from Sweden, and from all over the U.S. Our children are black and white and Hispanic and Mediterranean. We are Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims. Our diversity is part of our strength and makes every day at Kingfisher interesting.

Door Letter

Week #26

DOOR LETTER   DOOR LETTER  DOOR  LETTER  DOOR LETTER for Week #26 This week will be the real beginning of spring—rain and 60’s and 70’s much of the week. The kids and I spotted buds on almost every tree and bush around Cofer Park Lake and it looks like some of the...
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Word of the Week

Determiner–this is the new word used for articles (the, a, an, some) when reviewing the parts of speech

KF Kid's

Autumn Feels Cold in the Morning

Autumn feels cold in the morning.
Autumn smells like leaves and wood.
In Autumn I like to pile up leaves and jump in.
In autumn, I eat stuffing, chicken, and turkey.
Autumn reminds me of candy from Halloween and turkey
from Thanksgiving.
My favorite thing about autumn is Thanksgiving when
we have a feast.
by Alex

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Kid’s Corner


A useful map of a carnival from Hannah Sofia and Kesten in the Owl Class.

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Kid’s Corner

Oh, The beautiful things you must see/and the beautiful things you can’t free.

All the beautiful things you must see/you always wished you could be.

Even though you can’t free them or be them/ you can still see them and that’s

All that matters to me!  by Dustin


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We’re so Funny!

Q: What does one penny say to the other penny?

A: “Let’s get together and make some cents!”

submitted by Dustin

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from Hannah H., age 6

Knock, Knock!

Who’s there?


Boo Who?

There, there—you don’t have to cry about it!

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Thirsty Roots Reading Circle

at Trees Atlanta

When: Program starts at 10:30 a.m. but you can arrive at 10:15 a.m. for coffee! January 23rd
Where: Inman Park , Trees Atlanta Treehouse, 112 Krog St NE #7, Atlanta, Ga
Ages 2-7

The Scoop:
The Thirsty Roots Reading Group is a free reading club for ages 2-7 to learn about the natural environment through nature-themed book readings and projects. Each session begins with a reading by a Trees Atlanta volunteer and then is followed by a hands-on activity that each child can complete with their guardian at the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse.

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Free Drama Class at Kingfisher

Wednesday the 26th, Kingfisher is sponsoring a free drama class for kids from 7 to 14 from 3:00 to 4:00. The facilitator is from Forefront Arts Children’s Theatre and the class is open to the Kingfisher kids, any church kids that might be interested, kids from the neighborhood that might like to “dip their toe in” to see if they might love drama. This class is to whet their appetites and to give the kids a feel of what drama classes might be like. Register at just to be sure you have a spot.

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Member of the Environmental Educators Alliance of Georgia

Accredited with quality by the Georgia Accrediting Commission

Member of National Association for the Education of Young Children

Kingfisher Academy, Inc. admits students of any race, sex, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in administrations of it’s educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, as well as other school administered programs.