May 9, 2024


The days are flying by, and summer is just around the corner. Our upperclassmen are in AP test mode and are off to a productive start. Meanwhile our K3 students are excited to take the stage this week to perform The Three Piggy Opera, the final class play for our Pre- and Lower Schoolers this year.

Athens Academy is consistently the highest ranked private school outside of metro Atlanta, and there are many people who help make that happen. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers and donors for the amazing work you do to support our students and faculty. Russell Bennett, Carl Nichols and Bill Trigleth have been passionate trustees for Athens Academy and given countless hours to our school over the last many years. Please join me in thanking them for the many contributions as they step down this year. I also would like to thank Ramsey Bridges for leading our PSO and its many offerings this past year. We are fortunate to have so many giving and engaged people in our Academy family. At this time, I would also like to thank Chase Lawrence and Jessica Whitley for accepting a five-year term with the Board of Trustees beginning August 1. They are joining an already strong cohort of people who care deeply about our mission and the work being done to support our people and program. Also, Anne Fair Woodward and Caroline Kinney will be leading our PSO efforts next school year. Read more.


As the year comes to a close, I invite you to share a sentence or two about a special moment your student experienced this school year.

With the end of the school year and the finish line in sight, it's time to think about summer. So what are some good summer learning activities?

Thank you, as always, for your trust in us to deliver the best educational and personal experience for your child.

I know that the end of the year can be overwhelming for students, teachers, and parents, too! Having reminders for how to get through it smartly and quickly can help. 




The Summer Learning website is now live! Please note that some content will continue to be updated over the next few weeks. Check back frequently for summer reading and other assignments. Questions? Contact your child's division office directly.


FOR RISING GRADES 9-12 (2024-25)

Athens Academy is looking for host families for seventeen Upper School students from our sister school, Liceo Corso, in Correggio, Italy, who will be here September 14-24, 2024. Host students will then have the opportunity to travel to Italy over spring break (February 26 - March 8, 2025). Additionally, if your family is interested in hosting an international student for an extended period for the school year 2024-2025, please let us know. Click here to complete an interest survey. Questions? Email Russ Hovater.


Senior families interested in scheduling a session for cap and gown photos should contact Bentley Photography directly at 770-867-2853 or by email. Appointments will be available at their Winder studio and the sitting fee will be $35. Please remember to bring your cap and gown to the appointment.


ACT: JUNE 3-7 / SAT: JULY 22-26

Prepare for the SAT and ACT alongside friends in a relaxed environment without the distractions of homework, tutorials, practices, and rehearsals! Whether your student is getting ready to take these tests for the first time or the fifth, they will learn specific strategies and techniques designed to increase scores. These week-long summer courses are open to rising ninth through twelfth graders from any school. Click here to register (ACT is Week 1, SAT is Week 7). Questions? Email Thad Mathis. 


The PSO Faculty Post-Planning Luncheon Committee is still accepting donations for the end-of-the-year luncheon for all Athens Academy faculty and staff on Thursday, May 30. This gathering is a much-deserved time for everyone to enjoy each other before heading out for the summer. We are still accepting donations for the raffle. No gift is too small! All gifts and donors will be recognized in the luncheon program and must be donated by Friday, May 10. 

How do I donate? Monetary donations by Venmo (@Catherine-Warner-3). 

Want to help at the luncheon on May 30? Click here to sign up. Thank you!


Volunteers are needed for several upcoming events. Click the links below if you are interested in helping out. Questions? Email Sarah Gilbert. Thank you!


Athens Academy uses Bentley Photography exclusively for all senior drape/tuxedo yearbook photos. As a courtesy to our families, we are offering rising seniors the option to schedule a brief on-campus photo session this summer in the Chambers Center boardroom. Times are available on Wednesday, July 31, and Wednesday, August 7. Click here to register for an on-campus photo appointment. The on-campus sitting fee is $35 and can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. Families may also opt to schedule a photo session at the Bentley Photography Studio in Winder (770-867-2853, If you have any questions, please contact Bentley Photography directly.


School Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Capstone Project Celebration - Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Myers Gallery

String Fling Orchestra Concert (Grades 3-8) - Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bertelsmann Presentation Hall

K3 Class Play - Friday, May 10 at 8:45 a.m. in the Harrison Performance Hall

Senior College Colors Reception - Tuesday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Warner Amphitheater

Middle School Spring Band Concert - Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bertelsmann Presentation Hall

Second Grade Strings Performance - Thursday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Harrison Performance Hall

Class of 2024 Commencement - Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Classic Center

Fourth Grade Moving Up Assembly - Wednesday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the Harrison Performance Hall

Lower School Field Day - Friday, May 24

Pre-First Moving Up Assembly - Friday, May 24 at 8:30 a.m. in the Harrison Performance Hall

Eighth Grade Honors Day - Friday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the Bertelsmann Presentation Hall

Classes Dismiss for the Last Day of School - Friday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m. (No Extended Day)

Summer Uniform Resale - Wednesday, July 24 & Wednesday, August 7 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Chambers Center Lower Level

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