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 4 to 7            This is a short week, but we have much to do and we’ll work to get everything in. Afterschool parents, check your mailboxes for the August bills. Things...



This is our word of the week and our character-building word of the month.

  1. act jointly; work toward the same end.
    “the leaders promised to cooperate in ending the civil war”
    • assist someone or comply with their requests.
      “I was the villain for not cooperating with the FBI”
      synonyms: collaborate, work together, work side by side, pull together, band together, join forces, team up, unite, combine, pool resources, make common cause, liaise

Supply Lists

Folks are worrying about school supplies (the television makes it look like a crisis) but our lists are easy.  Everyone needs a permanent, reusable water bottle and an easy to manage lunch box system with reusable containers. Everyone needs a ream of white copy paper...

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...

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.