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 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.

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 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.

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 #1

The first week of school!  It’s so good to be “back in the saddle again”.  This week everyone will be adjusting to new schedules and new faces so we won’t have any extracurricular classes this week. Spanish and Art will start later in the month and Tennis will...
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noun: gallimaufry; plural noun: gallimaufries


  1. a confused jumble or medley of things.
  2. a dish made from diced or minced meat, especially a hash or ragout.
  3. a group of objects that by their very nature are connected invisibly

KF Kid's


from Hannah Hughes, age 6

Knock, Knock!

Who’s there?


Boo Who?

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

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Decatur Book Festival

Sept. 2nd to 4th Everyone should plan on going to The Decatur Book Festival!  It’s one of the largest in the U.S.A. and is full of activities for familiies – including puppet shows, storytelling, and best of all – cheap, cheap books. It’s free to attend...
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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.