Atlanta Classical, located in the old Heiskell School campus at 3260 Northside Drive, is a small public school with a liberal arts-focused curriculum. It is a kindergarten through eighth-grade school, but will increase to K-12 as the students progress from grade to grade.
Matthew Kirby founded the school. According to Principal Terrence O. Moore, Ph.D., Kirby saw a need for a more traditional education. The curriculum will institute many traditional teaching techniques and subject matters, including spelling, phonics and Latin.
“We’re here to have a great conversation about the great things in the human experience and the physical world. We’re going to do that with rigor, and it’s going to lead to what we say our motto produces, which [are] virtue, knowledge and happiness,” said Moore.
Cristo Rey is a Jesuit, Catholic school primarily focused toward those who want access to a private Catholic education but could not otherwise afford it. It is one of 28 Cristo Rey schools across the nation, the first of which is located in Chicago. The Atlanta school, located at 680 W. Peachtree St., will start with 125 freshmen and plans to expand in upcoming years.
Cristo Rey has a work-study program that allows students to pay for most of their tuition through jobs in coordination with the school. These jobs range from working at a local hospital to the Coca-Cola Co.
Cristo Rey Atlanta President Bill Garrett said the school was founded because, “We believe that low-income students deserve the right to a high-quality education.”
Redeemer, which was formed by teachers and parents who were disappointed by the closing of Heiskell in May, is located inside The Church of the Apostles on Northside Parkway. The school will be open to children from age 2 through kindergarten and its mission includes a Christ-centered education, similar to Heiskell, with at least five former teachers from that school.
“We are an evangelical preschool, similar to Heiskell, so we are not a covenant school requiring one or both parents to be confessing Christians. We see that as a wonderful thing to be able to minister to families who may not know Christ yet,” Lori Holsinger, Redeemer’s board chairwoman, told the Neighbor in June.