Pace Academy

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  • 966 W Paces Ferry Rd NW

    Atlanta, GA 30327

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Take a moment and read these reviews critically. Note that most of the negative reviews are poorly written with basic grammatical errors and misspellings. Sort of a giveaway that the reviewer is either a child or an adult who could have used a Pace education!

So ... here are my credentials: I am a retired journalist with a master's degree in English lit, and I have had two kids graduate from Pace. One excelled at an extremely competitive East Coast university and is now in law school; the other is a senior in the drama program at a top university in the Northeast who also completed a semester at -- yes -- the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. They are bright, talented kids who would have excelled at any school in Atlanta. But as I often told them: There comes a time when it's not about how smart you are or what school you attended; it's about HOW HARD YOU ARE WILLING TO WORK. And that is where Pace comes out on top. My kids both said they were completely prepared for college work both in the level of difficulty and the workload.
As parents, my husband and I appreciated the dedicated faculty; the strong feeling of community; and the diversity in race, religion and sexual identity. (I am puzzled by the LGBT complaints; as an institution, Pace is open and welcoming. At least two teachers who are gay adopted children recently and were thrown baby showers at school. As for the lack of LGBT clubs for students, all student clubs are student-founded and -run. So if there are enough kids who want to start and sustain a club, they will receive full support.) The small size of the school meant our kids got to participate in multiple activities from drama to sports to student government, and it also meant that we as parents were welcomed to be involved as much as we wished. It truly is a community of families.
Criticisms include: the library is woefully inadequate and the high school academic building needs to be replaced (already in the works); the band and orchestra program needs beefing up; ALL faculty members need to buy into the great technology program and use it to its fullest.
Is the school perfect? I'll answer that with this question: Have you ever met a perfect human being? Schools are like people: You will love some of them and let some others go. Do your homework by visiting the school, attending events such as basketball games and plays, and talking to current parents and students. If you fall in love, you'll know it.

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Take a moment and read these reviews critically. Note that most of the negative reviews are poorly written with basic grammatical errors and misspellings. Sort of a giveaway that the reviewer is either a child or an adult who could have used a Pace education!

So ... here are my credentials: I am a retired journalist with a master's degree in English lit, and I have had two kids graduate from Pace. One excelled at an extremely competitive East Coast university and is now in law school; the other is a senior in the drama program at a top university in the Northeast who also completed a semester at -- yes -- the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. They are bright, talented kids who would have excelled at any school in Atlanta. But as I often told them: There comes a time when it's not about how smart you are or what school you attended; it's about HOW HARD YOU ARE WILLING TO WORK. And that is where Pace comes out on top. My kids both said they were completely prepared for college work both in the level of difficulty and the workload.
As parents, my husband and I appreciated the dedicated faculty; the strong feeling of community; and the diversity in race, religion and sexual identity. (I am puzzled by the LGBT complaints; as an institution, Pace is open and welcoming. At least two teachers who are gay adopted children recently and were thrown baby showers at school. As for the lack of LGBT clubs for students, all student clubs are student-founded and -run. So if there are enough kids who want to start and sustain a club, they will receive full support.) The small size of the school meant our kids got to participate in multiple activities from drama to sports to student government, and it also meant that we as parents were welcomed to be involved as much as we wished. It truly is a community of families.
Criticisms include: the library is woefully inadequate and the high school academic building needs to be replaced (already in the works); the band and orchestra program needs beefing up; ALL faculty members need to buy into the great technology program and use it to its fullest.
Is the school perfect? I'll answer that with this question: Have you ever met a perfect human being? Schools are like people: You will love some of them and let some others go. Do your homework by visiting the school, attending events such as basketball games and plays, and talking to current parents and students. If you fall in love, you'll know it.

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We have had three children graduate from Pace. Very different students, their teachers worked tirelessly to help them excel. One teacher spent five hours in coffee shop over vacation with my son to help him prepare for the final exam. We found the faculty tremendously committed to their students academic success.

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★★★★★

We have had three children graduate from Pace. Very different students, their teachers worked tirelessly to help them excel. One teacher spent five hours in coffee shop over vacation with my son to help him prepare for the final exam. We found the faculty tremendously committed to their students academic success.

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It's a fantastic school, the best in the city at what it does. My three children love it. Opportunities abound. Pace runs all the same programs as much larger schools, but with half the student body of its neighborhood rivals. This means students actually get to participate rather than being told there is no room for them. The academics are challenging, but the environment is supportive. We have had teachers provide extra help to our children on weekends and over holidays. The faculty will bend over backwards to help Pace students achieve. Read the college matriculation list on line for yourselves, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, MIT, as well as Duke, Vandy, UVA, UGA and Tech. Pace does a terrific job matching students with the right college for them.

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★★★★★

It's a fantastic school, the best in the city at what it does. My three children love it. Opportunities abound. Pace runs all the same programs as much larger schools, but with half the student body of its neighborhood rivals. This means students actually get to participate rather than being told there is no room for them. The academics are challenging, but the environment is supportive. We have had teachers provide extra help to our children on weekends and over holidays. The faculty will bend over backwards to help Pace students achieve. Read the college matriculation list on line for yourselves, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, MIT, as well as Duke, Vandy, UVA, UGA and Tech. Pace does a terrific job matching students with the right college for them.

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Pace is a smaller school, with lots to offer. Great academics, teachers & programs. I have two children that attend and are thriving. I am a Pace grad and have enjoyed seeing the school grow and become more diverse. The teachers make the school and they are consistently good Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.

I'm very happy with the education and care my kids receive.

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★★★★☆

Pace is a smaller school, with lots to offer. Great academics, teachers & programs. I have two children that attend and are thriving. I am a Pace grad and have enjoyed seeing the school grow and become more diverse. The teachers make the school and they are consistently good Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.

I'm very happy with the education and care my kids receive.

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I went to Pace Academy for their open house.. The school is perfect and very inviting. I truly believe if you afford the cost this is a great place.

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I went to Pace Academy for their open house.. The school is perfect and very inviting. I truly believe if you afford the cost this is a great place.

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Our family has been at Pace for six years -- with two students in the high school. Four years ago Pace hired a new headmaster, Fred Assaf. He's an exceptional leader who has brought swift change to Pace -- greater diversity (we still need more), a less rigid discipline code, improved athletics department and an overall change in the tenor of the school. The teachers at Pace are excellent and genuinely care about each student's progress. No school is perfect but Pace makes every effort to accomodate its families and to contribute in a positive sense to its community. The community service program allows the students at all grade levels to give back to their community and to see beyond their immediate surroundings. Living an honorable life is a message delivered daily at Pace Academy. The school walks the walk.

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★★★★★

Our family has been at Pace for six years -- with two students in the high school. Four years ago Pace hired a new headmaster, Fred Assaf. He's an exceptional leader who has brought swift change to Pace -- greater diversity (we still need more), a less rigid discipline code, improved athletics department and an overall change in the tenor of the school. The teachers at Pace are excellent and genuinely care about each student's progress. No school is perfect but Pace makes every effort to accomodate its families and to contribute in a positive sense to its community. The community service program allows the students at all grade levels to give back to their community and to see beyond their immediate surroundings. Living an honorable life is a message delivered daily at Pace Academy. The school walks the walk.

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This has been a terrific experience for our entire family, Classes are small so every student gets a lot of attention. The faculty knows every student and works together to help the students realize their full potential. The Heads of the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools are terrific as is the college counseling department. The academics are very rigorous, but I would hope that they would be! The students are well prepared for college. Tuition is high but you get what you pay for and it has been a true investment in the future of my children.

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★★★★★

This has been a terrific experience for our entire family, Classes are small so every student gets a lot of attention. The faculty knows every student and works together to help the students realize their full potential. The Heads of the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools are terrific as is the college counseling department. The academics are very rigorous, but I would hope that they would be! The students are well prepared for college. Tuition is high but you get what you pay for and it has been a true investment in the future of my children.

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Pace is a phenomenal school! I wouldn't want my children to attend anywhere else. We are thrilled and proud to be part of the Pace Academy family. Wonderful, caring, dedicated staff. Lots of student opportunities. Community service is required of students in grades 6-12. Administration welcomes input from students and parents. Pace has an environment that feels like a family, where everyone works to help each other. Check it out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

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★★★★★

Pace is a phenomenal school! I wouldn't want my children to attend anywhere else. We are thrilled and proud to be part of the Pace Academy family. Wonderful, caring, dedicated staff. Lots of student opportunities. Community service is required of students in grades 6-12. Administration welcomes input from students and parents. Pace has an environment that feels like a family, where everyone works to help each other. Check it out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

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Our two children are thriving in the Pace Academy environment. From Pre 1st on, each has indiviually been challenged to learn and exceed THEIR own expectations. They love to go to school and love to try all the things offered to them at Pace, whether it be art, theatre, athletics or even new academic areas. Pace's size makes it able to be flexible and open to all - even 5th graders can start to participate in extracurricular sports! It has been a wonderful school and can only get better under current leadership because the administrative staff listens and acts. Their Character Education curriculum, available to students and parents, is top notch and so far, it seems that bullying and cliques, if started, are nipped in the bud as soon as faculty becomes aware of it.

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Our two children are thriving in the Pace Academy environment. From Pre 1st on, each has indiviually been challenged to learn and exceed THEIR own expectations. They love to go to school and love to try all the things offered to them at Pace, whether it be art, theatre, athletics or even new academic areas. Pace's size makes it able to be flexible and open to all - even 5th graders can start to participate in extracurricular sports! It has been a wonderful school and can only get better under current leadership because the administrative staff listens and acts. Their Character Education curriculum, available to students and parents, is top notch and so far, it seems that bullying and cliques, if started, are nipped in the bud as soon as faculty becomes aware of it.

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I have been in the Pace Community for many years and have had three children graduate. I have seen the results of their Pace education take them to excellent colleges, which in turn helped them launch very successful careers. What is most important though is that they are good adults with wonderful families. The small atmosphere at Pace helped them build strong relationships with faculty and friends. It gave them the confidence to go out into the college world and beyond and succeed. Pace also welcomes and encourages parents to partner with the school to provide their child with the best experience possible. We are fortunate in Atlanta to have many excellent independent schools, but for our family Pace was definitely the best.

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I have been in the Pace Community for many years and have had three children graduate. I have seen the results of their Pace education take them to excellent colleges, which in turn helped them launch very successful careers. What is most important though is that they are good adults with wonderful families. The small atmosphere at Pace helped them build strong relationships with faculty and friends. It gave them the confidence to go out into the college world and beyond and succeed. Pace also welcomes and encourages parents to partner with the school to provide their child with the best experience possible. We are fortunate in Atlanta to have many excellent independent schools, but for our family Pace was definitely the best.

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I've found Pace Academy to be a very nurturing and wonderful environment. My kids have all become very confident and passionate learners. They are happy and excited to go to school every day!!!! The teachers are great and really listen and are concerned and helpful in fostering this love of learning! Couldn't ask for anything more!

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I've found Pace Academy to be a very nurturing and wonderful environment. My kids have all become very confident and passionate learners. They are happy and excited to go to school every day!!!! The teachers are great and really listen and are concerned and helpful in fostering this love of learning! Couldn't ask for anything more!

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I graduated from Pace a few years ago and remain active in the community.
I remember my first semester in college and my peers coming undone about such simple assignments as short papers due in 2 days. In this and many other ways I immediately saw how my Pace education prepared me for a tough college - from my ability to complete assignments in a short period of time to the organization and discipline to tackle long-term projects.
The people are what make this school. The teachers who would seek you out to make sure you had your notes prepared for your presentations. The coaches who let you work out with their teams to prepare for your upcoming seasons. The kids who worked tireless hours backstage with you on the elaborate theater productions.
I hope to send my children to Pace. I want them to receive the support, thrive in the environment, and experience the plethora of activities and extracurriculars offered there.

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I graduated from Pace a few years ago and remain active in the community.
I remember my first semester in college and my peers coming undone about such simple assignments as short papers due in 2 days. In this and many other ways I immediately saw how my Pace education prepared me for a tough college - from my ability to complete assignments in a short period of time to the organization and discipline to tackle long-term projects.
The people are what make this school. The teachers who would seek you out to make sure you had your notes prepared for your presentations. The coaches who let you work out with their teams to prepare for your upcoming seasons. The kids who worked tireless hours backstage with you on the elaborate theater productions.
I hope to send my children to Pace. I want them to receive the support, thrive in the environment, and experience the plethora of activities and extracurriculars offered there.

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Our family's experience in the Lower School has been outstanding and we will be sending our second child there next year. I could not imagine a more nurturing and supportive environment for our first child, who has thrived there. Pace has exceeded our expectations in all areas, including academics. Perhaps the biggest difference I have seen in Pace (versus other schools) has been the way the students treat other students, something I have not observed at a number of other private schools. The character education at Pace is outstanding. The current headmaster's enthusiasm and dedication to the school are making a significant positive impact, and we look forward to seeing Pace grow and flourish under his leadership. As a graduate of a highly ranked private school in Virginia and someone who went to college and law school with numerous private school students, I can say that we are very happy with our decision to send our children to Pace.

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★★★★★

Our family's experience in the Lower School has been outstanding and we will be sending our second child there next year. I could not imagine a more nurturing and supportive environment for our first child, who has thrived there. Pace has exceeded our expectations in all areas, including academics. Perhaps the biggest difference I have seen in Pace (versus other schools) has been the way the students treat other students, something I have not observed at a number of other private schools. The character education at Pace is outstanding. The current headmaster's enthusiasm and dedication to the school are making a significant positive impact, and we look forward to seeing Pace grow and flourish under his leadership. As a graduate of a highly ranked private school in Virginia and someone who went to college and law school with numerous private school students, I can say that we are very happy with our decision to send our children to Pace.

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Anywhere you go, there will be unhappy people. Further, it is human nature to be motivated to comment on something if your experience is negative.

Fact is, the overwhelming experience of alumns, students, and parents alike is positive.

In my experience (I will have three children at Pace next year, and have had children at three other comparable private schools - including in Atlanta), Pace is one of the more supportive and nurturing environments I have seen - while remaining academically rigorous. Socially, there is a range of activities and academic pursuits encouraged - an outstanding arts program, sports (even football, added in the last few years), and a broad variety of academic and social clubs.

Parents are heavily involved in the lower school, but there are enough people that want that involvement that you are not expected to do more than you can, nor are you judged - in my experience - for working or doing less.

There is wealth, and there is wealth at any private school. The facilities and experiences afforded the children are reflective of the investment made by every parent.

Graduating seniors get close, personal, top-notch college advising from nationally-recognized advisors with direct relationships with admissions officers all over the country. Kids do get into the Ivies, every year - but there is also awareness that there are many other colleges and many different experiences to pursue - depending on the individual needs, talents, and desires of the students applying.

Check it out, ask around. Get the opinions of current parents, alums, students, and faculty and administration. From Mr's V's handshake at the door on the first day of pre-first to Mr. Assaf's on the stage at graduation day, Pace is a family that well prepares its children for life.

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★★★★★

Anywhere you go, there will be unhappy people. Further, it is human nature to be motivated to comment on something if your experience is negative.

Fact is, the overwhelming experience of alumns, students, and parents alike is positive.

In my experience (I will have three children at Pace next year, and have had children at three other comparable private schools - including in Atlanta), Pace is one of the more supportive and nurturing environments I have seen - while remaining academically rigorous. Socially, there is a range of activities and academic pursuits encouraged - an outstanding arts program, sports (even football, added in the last few years), and a broad variety of academic and social clubs.

Parents are heavily involved in the lower school, but there are enough people that want that involvement that you are not expected to do more than you can, nor are you judged - in my experience - for working or doing less.

There is wealth, and there is wealth at any private school. The facilities and experiences afforded the children are reflective of the investment made by every parent.

Graduating seniors get close, personal, top-notch college advising from nationally-recognized advisors with direct relationships with admissions officers all over the country. Kids do get into the Ivies, every year - but there is also awareness that there are many other colleges and many different experiences to pursue - depending on the individual needs, talents, and desires of the students applying.

Check it out, ask around. Get the opinions of current parents, alums, students, and faculty and administration. From Mr's V's handshake at the door on the first day of pre-first to Mr. Assaf's on the stage at graduation day, Pace is a family that well prepares its children for life.

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From personal experience, horrific experience. Illicit recruitment via staff and faculty, repeated incurred abuse within the administration, faculty, and athletic division. Bad advisors, overall F as a learning institution.

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From personal experience, horrific experience. Illicit recruitment via staff and faculty, repeated incurred abuse within the administration, faculty, and athletic division. Bad advisors, overall F as a learning institution.

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Pace is ok but has not made the esteemed matriculation lists or national prep school ranknigs compiled by Forbes, Worth Magazine, or the Wall Street Journal.

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Pace is ok but has not made the esteemed matriculation lists or national prep school ranknigs compiled by Forbes, Worth Magazine, or the Wall Street Journal.

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In every school there are going to be teenagers who hate high school. I don't know how Pace was years ago, but I know how it is now. First of all, the headmaster at this school is awesome. He is caring and encouraging, but he also has high expectations for the students, teachers and parents. He does have four students at the school, which only makes him more invested in the quality of the teaching. Pace has an incredible network of parent volunteers who work really hard to provide students with a great experience. Pace does have a Diversity program led by a great director. Pace puts heavy focus on the arts and academics (the average SAT score is in the 1300s). They may not produce world-class actors or performers, but if that is what you are looking for in a school, then your priorities are skewed. Your child will have every opportunity at Pace to become very well-rounded and the theatre and arts programs are very challenging. While Pace is not an athletics school, they do encourage students to participate in sports. They have a ton of alumni who have gone on to become NCAA athletes.

The biggest selling point to Pace is that it is small, with 1,000 or so students in the whole school. The Lower School is amazing with wonderful leadership and very high expectations for its teachers. They are more conservative than the Middle and Upper schools because they are developing a very young child. They loosen the reins as they move up through the school. The Upper School is demanding. There are a ton of AP classes and a very dedicated college counseling office. There seems to be a lot of people on here who are disappointed with the acceptance of gay and lesbian students. I know of a few on campus who are very open and they seem to have plenty of friends. There are a few gay faculty members who are beloved by students, parents and administration. So, I don't see anything to this except that I think being in high school can be rough for anyone, especially if you are discovering that your sexual orientation is different than your peers.

It is true that Pace does have a lot of wealthy students. The tuition is pretty difficult for lower- to middle-class families to afford. But with this large amount of money comes great programs, great field trips, more money to pay better teachers and great opportunities to grow and learn. I would say that Pace is a little more liberal than most schools in that they don't make your wear uniforms, and there is no real religious affiliation. Take a visit and see the school. It's really pretty, and I think you will realize that most of these posts are simply not true. I am going to give it 4 stars for very good, because I know that there are probably no world-class schools in Atlanta, G.A., but it is a great school if you want to be challenged and if you can work hard.

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★★★★☆

In every school there are going to be teenagers who hate high school. I don't know how Pace was years ago, but I know how it is now. First of all, the headmaster at this school is awesome. He is caring and encouraging, but he also has high expectations for the students, teachers and parents. He does have four students at the school, which only makes him more invested in the quality of the teaching. Pace has an incredible network of parent volunteers who work really hard to provide students with a great experience. Pace does have a Diversity program led by a great director. Pace puts heavy focus on the arts and academics (the average SAT score is in the 1300s). They may not produce world-class actors or performers, but if that is what you are looking for in a school, then your priorities are skewed. Your child will have every opportunity at Pace to become very well-rounded and the theatre and arts programs are very challenging. While Pace is not an athletics school, they do encourage students to participate in sports. They have a ton of alumni who have gone on to become NCAA athletes.

The biggest selling point to Pace is that it is small, with 1,000 or so students in the whole school. The Lower School is amazing with wonderful leadership and very high expectations for its teachers. They are more conservative than the Middle and Upper schools because they are developing a very young child. They loosen the reins as they move up through the school. The Upper School is demanding. There are a ton of AP classes and a very dedicated college counseling office. There seems to be a lot of people on here who are disappointed with the acceptance of gay and lesbian students. I know of a few on campus who are very open and they seem to have plenty of friends. There are a few gay faculty members who are beloved by students, parents and administration. So, I don't see anything to this except that I think being in high school can be rough for anyone, especially if you are discovering that your sexual orientation is different than your peers.

It is true that Pace does have a lot of wealthy students. The tuition is pretty difficult for lower- to middle-class families to afford. But with this large amount of money comes great programs, great field trips, more money to pay better teachers and great opportunities to grow and learn. I would say that Pace is a little more liberal than most schools in that they don't make your wear uniforms, and there is no real religious affiliation. Take a visit and see the school. It's really pretty, and I think you will realize that most of these posts are simply not true. I am going to give it 4 stars for very good, because I know that there are probably no world-class schools in Atlanta, G.A., but it is a great school if you want to be challenged and if you can work hard.

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around 3 years ago, I was accepted to Westminster and Pace. I chose to go to Pace because I wanted to be challenged with a heavier workload, connect more with the teachers in the classroom, and start against varsity level competition in my sport as a freshman or sophmore. I can attest to the fact that these three happened. I have had a good experience at the school because as a strong student, the honors classes are very challenging and helpful, and because i'm a standout in one of the few strong sport programs that pace has. Unfortunately, I found that this hasn't been everyone's experience, and Pace has some major flaws.

1.School can produce a grueling social experience for some students

2. School is suprisingly, yet suffocatingly atheist.

3. 2/3 of the kids are there because of parent's money (typically came as 5-10 year old), not because of brains. They end up thrown in to a sup-par non-honors track in which teaching and academics are barely better that public school.

4. Unorganized athletic programs and coaching other that basketball, running, volleyball, and football (even if they're dismal)

5. School produces eight to ten ivy league quality students and amazing people/thinkers every class, yet the rest of the kids are overworked people who only know how to do busywork, not think independantly.

6. School provides phenomenal experience to the "standouts" like myself, yet many of the rest are looked over, stressed out, and not recipients of high quality private school education.

7. Pace has many failed systems and quirks that make you go "only at Pace could this happen"

Despite this, Pace provides a great springboard for talented kids who are willing to work hard. Also, the workload prepares students for college.

Overall, Pace isn't for you if you are socially fragile, not very intelligent, or have no very strong area of expertise.

I wouldn't trade my years at Pace for anything, but it is somewhat flawed,
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around 3 years ago, I was accepted to Westminster and Pace. I chose to go to Pace because I wanted to be challenged with a heavier workload, connect more with the teachers in the classroom, and start against varsity level competition in my sport as a freshman or sophmore. I can attest to the fact that these three happened. I have had a good experience at the school because as a strong student, the honors classes are very challenging and helpful, and because i'm a standout in one of the few strong sport programs that pace has. Unfortunately, I found that this hasn't been everyone's experience, and Pace has some major flaws.

1.School can produce a grueling social experience for some students

2. School is suprisingly, yet suffocatingly atheist.

3. 2/3 of the kids are there because of parent's money (typically came as 5-10 year old), not because of brains. They end up thrown in to a sup-par non-honors track in which teaching and academics are barely better that public school.

4. Unorganized athletic programs and coaching other that basketball, running, volleyball, and football (even if they're dismal)

5. School produces eight to ten ivy league quality students and amazing people/thinkers every class, yet the rest of the kids are overworked people who only know how to do busywork, not think independantly.

6. School provides phenomenal experience to the "standouts" like myself, yet many of the rest are looked over, stressed out, and not recipients of high quality private school education.

7. Pace has many failed systems and quirks that make you go "only at Pace could this happen"

Despite this, Pace provides a great springboard for talented kids who are willing to work hard. Also, the workload prepares students for college.

Overall, Pace isn't for you if you are socially fragile, not very intelligent, or have no very strong area of expertise.

I wouldn't trade my years at Pace for anything, but it is somewhat flawed,
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One report further down states the students here are "more liberal then their parents" (while failing to notice that several of my classmates have written reviews on this). Well here's ANOTHER CURRENT-STUDENT PROSPECTIVE:

Pace children are born-to-be conservatives with the exception of a very select few including me. Some kids make me downright sick to my stomach with their staunch homophobia and SEXISM. The only kids who have a good time here are the white male heterosexual students with their preppy little girlfriends. The clique and bullying problems here are phenomenal. You got to be perfect, thin, athletic, so called attractive and attend all sport games with P-A-C-E stamped across your forehead in blue paint to even be considered "normal".

The school doesn't have wealthy-wealthy billionaire families, or multi-multi-millionaires families. Maybe a FEW families with some millions but not, like, $50+ million, really. Mostly upper middle class families, not super-classy 150-room mansion families. It cost only $15-18 thousand/per year to attend, not $32-45 thousand/a year + other fees like much much much more prestigious U.S. schools.

I believe crummy academics, overrated art programs, bad college matriculation and bad sports programs have already been covered by other (thankfully) honest reviewers. Still considering sending your children to Pace? Then prepare to see them more depressed then you've ever thought one person could be, and watch them walk off to the "oh-so-prestigious" colleges of Ferman and Clemson and Southern Methodist!

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One report further down states the students here are "more liberal then their parents" (while failing to notice that several of my classmates have written reviews on this). Well here's ANOTHER CURRENT-STUDENT PROSPECTIVE:

Pace children are born-to-be conservatives with the exception of a very select few including me. Some kids make me downright sick to my stomach with their staunch homophobia and SEXISM. The only kids who have a good time here are the white male heterosexual students with their preppy little girlfriends. The clique and bullying problems here are phenomenal. You got to be perfect, thin, athletic, so called attractive and attend all sport games with P-A-C-E stamped across your forehead in blue paint to even be considered "normal".

The school doesn't have wealthy-wealthy billionaire families, or multi-multi-millionaires families. Maybe a FEW families with some millions but not, like, $50+ million, really. Mostly upper middle class families, not super-classy 150-room mansion families. It cost only $15-18 thousand/per year to attend, not $32-45 thousand/a year + other fees like much much much more prestigious U.S. schools.

I believe crummy academics, overrated art programs, bad college matriculation and bad sports programs have already been covered by other (thankfully) honest reviewers. Still considering sending your children to Pace? Then prepare to see them more depressed then you've ever thought one person could be, and watch them walk off to the "oh-so-prestigious" colleges of Ferman and Clemson and Southern Methodist!

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I'm so tired of people calling Pace "one of the nation's most prestigious". The school has NEVER ranks anywhere in Ivy and elite college matriculation lists, like the highly noted one the WSJ conducts. Kids here usually go to schools in the South like U. Georgia or Kentucky or Southern Baptist. The art programs are way overrated and may I point out their is no well-known actor that has come out of Pace, only very few actors that are (barley) known for regional theatre or a (very) minor television role. Add to actors, NO nationally-acclaimed visual artists or dancers or musicians or writers. Now Pace's "competition", Westminster, has a sizable Ivy League matriculation (with the nation's largest non-boarding endowment) and a handful of notable artistic alumni (including Margaret Mitchell, the author of "Gone With the Wind"; Shuler Hensley, a noted Broadway actor; Brian Baumgartner, Emmy Award-winning actor and regular on the critically-acclaimed television series "The Office"). Rigid, hollow and born-to-serve the Young Republicans, prepare yours kids to be homophobic, conservative rats who will not be prepared for the real world beyond the overdone Pace Academy campus.

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I'm so tired of people calling Pace "one of the nation's most prestigious". The school has NEVER ranks anywhere in Ivy and elite college matriculation lists, like the highly noted one the WSJ conducts. Kids here usually go to schools in the South like U. Georgia or Kentucky or Southern Baptist. The art programs are way overrated and may I point out their is no well-known actor that has come out of Pace, only very few actors that are (barley) known for regional theatre or a (very) minor television role. Add to actors, NO nationally-acclaimed visual artists or dancers or musicians or writers. Now Pace's "competition", Westminster, has a sizable Ivy League matriculation (with the nation's largest non-boarding endowment) and a handful of notable artistic alumni (including Margaret Mitchell, the author of "Gone With the Wind"; Shuler Hensley, a noted Broadway actor; Brian Baumgartner, Emmy Award-winning actor and regular on the critically-acclaimed television series "The Office"). Rigid, hollow and born-to-serve the Young Republicans, prepare yours kids to be homophobic, conservative rats who will not be prepared for the real world beyond the overdone Pace Academy campus.

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While criticized as being elite and stuffy, this Atlanta treasure is one of the best private schools in the country. But do not listen to the "jilted" families, visit for yourself and see the facility, faculty and students. Great academics and superb enrichment programs, Pace is dedicated to the whole child and cranks out well educated, and more importantly, well rounded graduates. Each of the schools has its own vibe and Pace's is one of joy!

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While criticized as being elite and stuffy, this Atlanta treasure is one of the best private schools in the country. But do not listen to the "jilted" families, visit for yourself and see the facility, faculty and students. Great academics and superb enrichment programs, Pace is dedicated to the whole child and cranks out well educated, and more importantly, well rounded graduates. Each of the schools has its own vibe and Pace's is one of joy!

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A graduate of this school (and now a education major at a NYC college), I have problems with the school's curriculum. Pace falls short in challenging academics. Their AP programs are just okay, and regular classes can be below average. Parents are required to put in a lot to the school. Very peppy-school where kids are only lightly prepared for the real world after high school. You certainly don't here about major people coming out of Pace, just a minor stage actor or a silly baseball player. Not giant moguls or big-time actors (which is weird because the school claims to have one of the best art programs in the nations, which, compared to most private schools across the East Coast I've gotten the pleasure of visiting for my private study on independent schools, Pace's arts, as well as academics and athletics, are no where close to being a great, at all). These East Coast kids go to Harvard and MIT and NYU (and are much more tolerable toward LGBT student and speaking-out then Pace kids), while Pace kids traditionally go to U. Georgia, Georgina Tech, U. Virginia, and Kentucky.

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A graduate of this school (and now a education major at a NYC college), I have problems with the school's curriculum. Pace falls short in challenging academics. Their AP programs are just okay, and regular classes can be below average. Parents are required to put in a lot to the school. Very peppy-school where kids are only lightly prepared for the real world after high school. You certainly don't here about major people coming out of Pace, just a minor stage actor or a silly baseball player. Not giant moguls or big-time actors (which is weird because the school claims to have one of the best art programs in the nations, which, compared to most private schools across the East Coast I've gotten the pleasure of visiting for my private study on independent schools, Pace's arts, as well as academics and athletics, are no where close to being a great, at all). These East Coast kids go to Harvard and MIT and NYU (and are much more tolerable toward LGBT student and speaking-out then Pace kids), while Pace kids traditionally go to U. Georgia, Georgina Tech, U. Virginia, and Kentucky.

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Well, this school isn't as good as it boasts. it's art programs are okay but not one of the best in the southeast like they claim, just average with an overdone fine arts center.

Yes, this school is more on the conservative side (i.e. no LGBT alliances or feminist clubs).

Academics are better then public schools, I guess. But Pace isn't the nationally ranked school they think they are. I mean, the school website says that Stanford is one of their top attended schools, but the college profile says otherwise, and it's pretty sad.

I graduated in the class of 2006 and that was only two years ago.

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Well, this school isn't as good as it boasts. it's art programs are okay but not one of the best in the southeast like they claim, just average with an overdone fine arts center.

Yes, this school is more on the conservative side (i.e. no LGBT alliances or feminist clubs).

Academics are better then public schools, I guess. But Pace isn't the nationally ranked school they think they are. I mean, the school website says that Stanford is one of their top attended schools, but the college profile says otherwise, and it's pretty sad.

I graduated in the class of 2006 and that was only two years ago.

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As a current student, the school website does NOT state true facts. If the school's facts were true, then why would so many people be on here trying to tell people the truth? Pace's college advising program isn't very good. It will be tough to get accepted to Cornell for me at this school with their low AP class selections. The school academics are fairly easy and not as challenging as the school website boasts. The school is actually cheap compared to East Coast schools that cost 30-40 grand a year. As a current student with a different sexuality then others, it is very tough to fit in. There is no Gay/Straight Alliance or diversity club, so I can't meet students who support LGBT rights, so i'm forced to mingle with homophobs (headmaster puts a strong emphasis on "family values" with his four hundred children, and probably to him homosexuals are sinners and non-family-like, and yes, this school puts a very strong emphasis on the conservative judeo-christian beliefs (stated on their old website, and this is actually the only true fact on there). One of my classes has just over twenty students and almost all of classes are large with almost 20 students. I really can't stand this school, it academics, or homophobs, let alone the faculty who can be very stiff and tough to approach.

And no. This school's AVERAGE art programs have NO connection with RADA like the school website says on the theatre director's page.

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As a current student, the school website does NOT state true facts. If the school's facts were true, then why would so many people be on here trying to tell people the truth? Pace's college advising program isn't very good. It will be tough to get accepted to Cornell for me at this school with their low AP class selections. The school academics are fairly easy and not as challenging as the school website boasts. The school is actually cheap compared to East Coast schools that cost 30-40 grand a year. As a current student with a different sexuality then others, it is very tough to fit in. There is no Gay/Straight Alliance or diversity club, so I can't meet students who support LGBT rights, so i'm forced to mingle with homophobs (headmaster puts a strong emphasis on "family values" with his four hundred children, and probably to him homosexuals are sinners and non-family-like, and yes, this school puts a very strong emphasis on the conservative judeo-christian beliefs (stated on their old website, and this is actually the only true fact on there). One of my classes has just over twenty students and almost all of classes are large with almost 20 students. I really can't stand this school, it academics, or homophobs, let alone the faculty who can be very stiff and tough to approach.

And no. This school's AVERAGE art programs have NO connection with RADA like the school website says on the theatre director's page.

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I just wanted to point out that a number of the most negative reviews about Pace Academy on this website are using statistics and citing "facts" that are either distorted or simply not true. I would suggest reading through Pace's website, or visiting the school yourself.

(The fact that one "Anonymous" post above rails against the academics at Pace while simultaneously misspelling numerous simple words should be a clue as the veracity of that posting.)

Pace does a wonderful job of getting students ready for university, and also has some first-rate art programs, service opportunities, and clubs. I will admit that it probably would be frustrating for students who do not do well in a rigorous and structured academic environment, or who need a lot of hand-holding. Some of the most brilliant graduates of Pace that I know had trouble coming in to the school in 7th grade because the academics were simply on such a higher level than they were used to.

As a past graduate, I couldn't have been happier with my time spent at Pace, and I feel that it prepared me quite well for college and law school. Also, unless things have changed in the past few years, the school is not simply a rich kid's club. The high cost inevitably provides for a student body that has more money on average than many other schools, but I came from a middle class background, and so did many of my classmates. As to the overwhelming conservative bias many posters complain of, I don't believe it is true. Many of my classmates were very liberal. I believe that parents (the ones writing most of these reviews) interact only with other parents (who are often much more conservative than their children). Thus, when they write these posts, they fail to understand that the students have many political leanings, and the mix leads to wonderful intellectual discussions for the students.

In any case, you should certainly visit any schools you are interested in and see how they feel to you. Finding a good fit for your child is difficult to do just by reading others' reviews!

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I just wanted to point out that a number of the most negative reviews about Pace Academy on this website are using statistics and citing "facts" that are either distorted or simply not true. I would suggest reading through Pace's website, or visiting the school yourself.

(The fact that one "Anonymous" post above rails against the academics at Pace while simultaneously misspelling numerous simple words should be a clue as the veracity of that posting.)

Pace does a wonderful job of getting students ready for university, and also has some first-rate art programs, service opportunities, and clubs. I will admit that it probably would be frustrating for students who do not do well in a rigorous and structured academic environment, or who need a lot of hand-holding. Some of the most brilliant graduates of Pace that I know had trouble coming in to the school in 7th grade because the academics were simply on such a higher level than they were used to.

As a past graduate, I couldn't have been happier with my time spent at Pace, and I feel that it prepared me quite well for college and law school. Also, unless things have changed in the past few years, the school is not simply a rich kid's club. The high cost inevitably provides for a student body that has more money on average than many other schools, but I came from a middle class background, and so did many of my classmates. As to the overwhelming conservative bias many posters complain of, I don't believe it is true. Many of my classmates were very liberal. I believe that parents (the ones writing most of these reviews) interact only with other parents (who are often much more conservative than their children). Thus, when they write these posts, they fail to understand that the students have many political leanings, and the mix leads to wonderful intellectual discussions for the students.

In any case, you should certainly visit any schools you are interested in and see how they feel to you. Finding a good fit for your child is difficult to do just by reading others' reviews!

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This schools is horrible and has not changed. Art programs suck even though they claim to have the one of the best in the Southeast. bull. They say they have strong connection's with London's RADA. complete bull. They say their one of the top private schools in the nation. absolute BULL BULL BULL. Very low SATs compared to fellow Atlanta private schools like Westminster. The art director can't direct a play for anything. The headmaster's rude and apparently no women parents here work so the school expects them to help out 24/7, and get angry with me that I have a career. Very homophobic student body who all like to hate and bully, and a bad athletics program. Not enough AP exams and bad college matriculation. Included in their top ten schools for 04-06? Virginia, Auburn, Southern Methodist, Florida State, Kentucky, and Washington and Lee. No lie. The only remotely good schools in the top ten were Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt. Very low Ivy matriculation. The Upper School is overcrowded. In the kindergarten, their are 40-50 kids. in the 12th grade their is nearly 100 kids. Classes get more crowded as the grades go on, jumping in the Lower School at approx. 12 to approx. 20 in the Upper School. Just a horrible school.

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This schools is horrible and has not changed. Art programs suck even though they claim to have the one of the best in the Southeast. bull. They say they have strong connection's with London's RADA. complete bull. They say their one of the top private schools in the nation. absolute BULL BULL BULL. Very low SATs compared to fellow Atlanta private schools like Westminster. The art director can't direct a play for anything. The headmaster's rude and apparently no women parents here work so the school expects them to help out 24/7, and get angry with me that I have a career. Very homophobic student body who all like to hate and bully, and a bad athletics program. Not enough AP exams and bad college matriculation. Included in their top ten schools for 04-06? Virginia, Auburn, Southern Methodist, Florida State, Kentucky, and Washington and Lee. No lie. The only remotely good schools in the top ten were Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt. Very low Ivy matriculation. The Upper School is overcrowded. In the kindergarten, their are 40-50 kids. in the 12th grade their is nearly 100 kids. Classes get more crowded as the grades go on, jumping in the Lower School at approx. 12 to approx. 20 in the Upper School. Just a horrible school.

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Over the past few years, this school has gone from an overpriced school where rich white parents sent their children. Now with the addition of a new middle school, new leadership and a completely different focus, it has changed. Right now in my child's eigth grade class, half of the children who have been there since Kindergarten are 100% rich white kids with some being intelligent or talented. Now the outstanding middle school with great new facilities, teachers, and curriculum have brought in a group of talented, intelligent, diverse group of kids who are exemplary of the new look of Pace Academy. The new curriculum and leadership are innovative and focused on the right things. The new people in charge of Pace (New headmaster, head of middle school, new head of admissions, and soon coming is a new head of the high school) are really set on making this school one of the premier schools in the nation.

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Over the past few years, this school has gone from an overpriced school where rich white parents sent their children. Now with the addition of a new middle school, new leadership and a completely different focus, it has changed. Right now in my child's eigth grade class, half of the children who have been there since Kindergarten are 100% rich white kids with some being intelligent or talented. Now the outstanding middle school with great new facilities, teachers, and curriculum have brought in a group of talented, intelligent, diverse group of kids who are exemplary of the new look of Pace Academy. The new curriculum and leadership are innovative and focused on the right things. The new people in charge of Pace (New headmaster, head of middle school, new head of admissions, and soon coming is a new head of the high school) are really set on making this school one of the premier schools in the nation.

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My son just graduated here, he's been attending Pace since 7th grade and we hated every minute. We just pulled our six year old out of pace and put her in Westminster . This is a horrible school, bad academia, crummy college matriculation (less then 1%^graduates to ivy leagues), and horrible teachers. My son now attends Columbia in NYC, no help from Pace since there graduation requirments are very weird, we had to beg the college counselor to let him take more then three AP's since the school"rarely lets a student take more then three AP's" (like the ivy leagues REALLY accept only three AP classes). Don't send your kids here, the best college they'lle get into is U. Georgia and U. kentucky!

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My son just graduated here, he's been attending Pace since 7th grade and we hated every minute. We just pulled our six year old out of pace and put her in Westminster . This is a horrible school, bad academia, crummy college matriculation (less then 1%^graduates to ivy leagues), and horrible teachers. My son now attends Columbia in NYC, no help from Pace since there graduation requirments are very weird, we had to beg the college counselor to let him take more then three AP's since the school"rarely lets a student take more then three AP's" (like the ivy leagues REALLY accept only three AP classes). Don't send your kids here, the best college they'lle get into is U. Georgia and U. kentucky!

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Pace is like a country club for a homogeneous bunch of rich kids (i.e., no diversity). If you don't fit this narrow mold (rote prepping for Ivy League admissions) & if your bright, analytical, creative & self-motivated student has a learning issue of any kind, you will not find support. It's Pace's way or the highway. What bothered us the year my student was enrolled (& couldn't leave fast enough) is the condescending attitude most of the teachers displayed towards the students. They used "put down" ways of teaching & teachers showed surprise & disbelief when kids did well. We discovered the hollowness of Pace's reputation once we "got inside." It seems they care more about their image (& money) than quality education. It's time to say, "The Emperor has no clothes!" We certainly did not get what we expected & paid for!

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Pace is like a country club for a homogeneous bunch of rich kids (i.e., no diversity). If you don't fit this narrow mold (rote prepping for Ivy League admissions) & if your bright, analytical, creative & self-motivated student has a learning issue of any kind, you will not find support. It's Pace's way or the highway. What bothered us the year my student was enrolled (& couldn't leave fast enough) is the condescending attitude most of the teachers displayed towards the students. They used "put down" ways of teaching & teachers showed surprise & disbelief when kids did well. We discovered the hollowness of Pace's reputation once we "got inside." It seems they care more about their image (& money) than quality education. It's time to say, "The Emperor has no clothes!" We certainly did not get what we expected & paid for!

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Pace is a way overpriced school that focuses more on your flaws than you?re achievements. People that go there are over worked and make people feel more depressed than happy. If you want your kid to grow up spoiled and sad send them their.

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Pace is a way overpriced school that focuses more on your flaws than you?re achievements. People that go there are over worked and make people feel more depressed than happy. If you want your kid to grow up spoiled and sad send them their.

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This is a nice private school in Atlanta that has more of a focus on the performing arts. There has been a recent expansion at the school with new facilities added.

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This is a nice private school in Atlanta that has more of a focus on the performing arts. There has been a recent expansion at the school with new facilities added.

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this place is a private school and i think that the price they charge is very high. the service that they provide for that price is pretty good. they are always friendly and nice to talk to and take good care of the students. individual attention.

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this place is a private school and i think that the price they charge is very high. the service that they provide for that price is pretty good. they are always friendly and nice to talk to and take good care of the students. individual attention.

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This is a way over-priced private school, located in the heart of buckhead on paces ferry rd, with a lot of rich kids go, so prepare to spoil your kids, and access in and out of the school is very bad, sucks during rush hour.

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This is a way over-priced private school, located in the heart of buckhead on paces ferry rd, with a lot of rich kids go, so prepare to spoil your kids, and access in and out of the school is very bad, sucks during rush hour.

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