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

Door Letter for Week #3

  DOOR LETTER   DOOR LETTER   DOOR  LETTER  DOOR LETTER Week #3—September 9 to 13 This week will be hot outside, so we may limit our recess time outside and have more recess-time inside. Today is supposed to hit 98 degrees and I don’t want the kids to get...



Natsukashii–a Japanese word with a complex meaning–that wistful sense of longing; an appreciation of beauty laced with a sadness at its transience

For example, at the end of the summer, I felt sort of nostalgic and a tiny bit sad remembering the summers of my childhood in New York, but also a sense that time is fleeting and flows swiftly–that feeling is summed up with natsukashii.

Another example: when eating the last of my Pearson Peaches from the Tucker Farmer’s Market, it brought on a feeling of natsukashii as I know the season is over for peaches.

DeKalb Kids Need Library Cards

These cards are free and a great source of reading for kids with few books at home. Sadly, they require a parent to sign up for the card, but the library is open in the evenings two or three nights a week and all day Saturday. Once your child gets a card, we can keep...

Labor Day–School Closed

Remember that we are closed on Labor Day!  A three-day weekend right here at the beginning!

Office Hours for New School Year–August 26th, 2019

Remember that we are closed on Labor Day!  A three-day weekend right here at the beginning!

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.