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 #4–September 19 to 23

  Since talk like a pirate day comes this week and since we are a busy school, watch the website announcements for changes as they come. We’ve added some new books for parent resources and are going to use apprentice cooks for Friday’s lunch. Monday—The...
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firm, material, real, solidified As in, Let’s make our ideas more concrete.


a mixture of sand and line and fine rocks that is used to create a smooth surface, primarily used for driveways and sidewalks


KF Kid's

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 Hughes, age 6

Knock, Knock!

Who’s there?


Boo Who?

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

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4th Annual Ray Day

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation invites you and your family to be our guests at the 4th Annual RayDay on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on the field adjacent to The Inn at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills. Food, Beverages, Entertainment...
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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...
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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.