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

Soon to be Summer Door Letter

DOOR LETTER   DOOR LETTER  DOOR  LETTER  DOOR LETTER for Week #33 I cannot believe that we are already in May. I am trying to savor these last few weeks—we have lots of activities and projects and watching the children reason through problems and work on assignments...


Hydrology–Word of the Week

Hydrology is the study of the properties of water; especially of its movement in relation to land. My neighbor is learning about hydrology as he mops up all the water that flowed into his basement after a 3 inch rainfall in mid-July. We studied hydrology while damming up a creek last spring.

Awards Day May 24, 2018

The last day of school is our annual AWARDS DAY!  This is eagerly anticipated by the kids--they get a chance to show off and by the teachers--they get a chance to praise the children with an audience. We sing, we recite some important words, we wear pretty clothes and...

Field Day May 4th

Field Day will be May 4th this year. We meet at Henderson Park (behind Livsey Elementary on Chamblee Tucker Road) around 10:00 a.m. Every child is a team member and the teams move through stations that we've set up for them--egg carrying, horseshoe tossing, monkey bar...

Tennis Anyone?

Tennis will start early this year--running in September, October, and November and then again in March, April, and May. Still $7 each week, but to make it easy, I'm hoping everyone will just write a check for $28 a month instead of paying weekly. Kyle will still be...

Planning for the Eclipse

Americans are excited by the first chance for a total eclipse in over 35 years and us, young Americans at Kingfisher, are very happy to have this chance to see celestial bodies in action. If you are interested in going somewhere to see the eclipse, Fernbank Science...

Check out Scifest!!

This event happens every year in March and is better every year!  There are many free opportunities for interesting free science demonstrations and Saturday (March 25th) has a very large science festival at Centennial Park. Check it out! I've already seen flesh-eating...

Toothless Termite

The elderly toothless termite entered a bar. He asked, "is the bar-tender here?"

Looking Ahead

In March, we are talking about bowling with the Falcons, visiting Tellus Museum with the Owls, a trip to cook with the Owls one morning at a real restaurant!, a Hummingbird story hour at Northlake Library each week, and the usual St. Pat's crazy lunch at the Local. ...

Tennis Begins Now! Finally!

Tennis classes begin this week (Wednesday) at the Perimeter College tennis courts with Coach Chris from UTA. The cost is only $7/class and this is for 2nd graders on up. We have worked with several different organizations at this point, but these are the new...

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 Free Ages 2-7 The Scoop: The Thirsty Roots Reading Group is a free reading club...

Science Fair Projects–Get Ready

Everyone is beginning work on their science fair projects this week. The children will have a page to tell them what is expected and this will be posted here, as well. You may all remember science fair projects from when you were a kid--it will be similar, with a flat...

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.