Pace Academy

966 W. Paces Ferry Road NW,
Atlanta, GA, 30327-0300
     Tel: (404)262-1345
Grades: K - 12 | 1083 students
Can small be a virtue? Well, if you're considering schools, absolutely.
Our more intimate setting enables kids to be more involved on more levels – in the classroom, in sports, in the arts.
With an average SAT score for the past five years of 1300+, our students regularly attend colleges such as University of Virginia, Duke, Stanford and Washington and Lee.
Great things come in small packages.
In our close environment, students know they have support from their teachers and friends.
They learn to take risks, ask questions, think critically and communicate well, so well, in fact, that they have held the state debate championship title for the past 21 years.
Because we are small, student/faculty/parent partnerships come easier.
Our family-centered environment develops academically, socially, athletically and emotionally strong students.
We have championship teams, acclaimed fine arts programs, an award-winning service program and, of course, a drama program second to none.
At Pace Academy we don't set out to be the biggest, just the best.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Atlanta Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1958
Awards Honored for National Blue Ribbon Award Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2004

Student Body

Total Students 1083 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 16%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Pace Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 124 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 69%
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 21 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1312
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost $20,200
Tuition Notes $20,200-$22,250
% on Financial Aid 10%
Admissions Director Claire Strowd Upper and Middle School
Admissions Associate Jenn McGurn Lower School


Total Sports Offered 18 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter TrackWrestling,

School Notes:

• Founded in 1958, Pace Academy, educates 1015 students in grades pre-1st through 12. The average Upper School class size is 12 and the average whole-school student teacher ratio is 9:1. • The faculty averages 19 years of teaching experience, 12 years at Pace Academy. • More than 20% of the class of 2013 earned National Merit recognition, and 87% of the class scored higher then 1300 on the SAT. • 86% of 2013 Pace seniors taking an Advanced Placement exam scored three (out of five) or higher. • Pace was cited as an exceptional ethical learning community by *N.A.I.S. and was one of 10 independent schools studied by the Institute for Global Ethics. The results appeared in the N.A.I.S. Schools of Integrity Report on Best Practices of Independent Schools. • Pace was one of Atlanta's first schools to integrate service into the curriculum and make it a graduation requirement. Last year, the Upper School students contributed more than 9,000 service hours (seniors averaged 78 hours during their time at Pace). • In 2004, Pace Service Learning was recognized for Excellence in Developing Student Leadership by the Council for Spiritual & Ethical Education. The school partners with 10 community service agencies. • 84% of Middle and Upper School students participate in at least one of Pace Academy's 63 athletic teams. • In the 2013 National WordMasters competition, the fifth grade placed first in the nation. The year-long competition consisted of more than 700 teams at each grade level. *N.A.I.S. - National Association of Independent Schools

Profile last updated: 10/23/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Atlanta Girls' School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Atlanta Girls' School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Atlanta Speech School (0.7 miles away)
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