Frequently asked questions about Whitefield Academy.
The best way to find out more about Whitefield is to come in person to experience our community. Admissions events include campus tours, division-specific "Catch a Glimpse" informationals, Coffee and Conversations with the principals, and a campus-wide Family Preview Day. In addition, we invite you to join us for a home sporting event, concert or theater production. If you are unable to visit campus, you may explore our website to learn more about who we are. Ask friends or neighbors who have children attending the school to tell you about our community. Please contact the Admissions office with any questions.
Whitefield Academy is a Christ-Centered College-Preparatory School. We are a school of choice for Christian families wanting to educate their children in an academically rigorous school with a Biblical worldview. Whitefield’s core values include academic excellence, covenantal education, effective servant leadership, faithful stewardship, and enrollment reflecting the racial, ethnic, and economic diversity within the body of Christ. Whitefield purposes to model excellent Christian education.
The curriculum at Whitefield is designed to provide a comprehensive college-preparatory education not just in one certain area, but in every discipline. From kindergarten to the senior year, we emphasize writing and integrate compositional skills into all areas of study so that Whitefield graduates are well prepared for writing at the university level and beyond. We are proud that our students have diverse and exciting passions, from performing arts to innovation, engineering to graphic design. We encourage students with specific interests and challenge them to boldly pursue their passions in and out of the classroom. All Whitefield students have the opportunity to excel in a variety of offerings in the academics and through extracurriculars.
Whitefield students' standardized testing scores are competitive with students around the state.
The class of 2017 recorded the following results:
Whitefield also administers the PSAT and PreACT for all Upper School students to prepare them for the SAT and/or ACT.
86% of Whitefield students taking an Advanced Placement exam scored a three or higher (often earning college credit). Whitefield offers 18 AP courses in science, English, math, history, technology, foreign language, and art.
Whitefield students attend colleges all across the country.
Whitefield fields more than 58 teams from the Middle School level to the varsity level, and 90% of Middle and Upper School students participate in student athletics. The school has seven GHSA state championships: three in boys basketball, one in girls tennis, one in boys tennis, one in boys soccer, and one in boys cross country. Our athletic facilities include an artificial turf field, an Olympic-sized eight-lane track, 10 lighted hard courts for tennis, over four miles of cross country trails, three full-sized basketball courts, 700+ seat gymnasium, baseball and softball fields, indoor batting facility, state-of-the-art weight room staffed by a certified strength and conditioning professional and an athletic training room staffed by ATCs. More than 100 Whitefield graduates have gone on to become collegiate athletes. Our coaches bring a wealth of athletic experience and a desire to mentor their players for life both on and off the field. Most importantly, the Whitefield athletics program seeks to use sports as a platform for Christ.
At Whitefield, we believe that a well-rounded private Christian education includes a comprehensive understanding of the arts. Whitefield students develop this understanding through actively participating in creative work as well as studying the significance of the arts in culture. Beginning in PreK and continuing through grade 12, Whitefield students excel in both performing and visual arts. Each year Whitefield hosts more than 40 fine arts events, many of which enrich the local community through performances, galleries, and fundraisers. The robust performing arts program contains 11 Middle and Upper School ensembles, including a highly sought-after jazz band and award-winning marching band, concert band, orchestra, and choruses. Theater arts produces six shows a year, including musicals, dramatic and comedic works, and compete in local festivals. In the visual arts, four studios house student work as they creatively explore their God-given talents in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and graphic design.
Before-school and after-school care options vary by division. Club Cub is the Lower School before and after school care option. Club Cub begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 6:00 p.m. Students play games, complete homework, and have the opportunity for extra help. In addition, the Lower School offers a variety of after-school activities including arts, academics, athletics, and STEAM. Middle School students may stay on campus to participate in extracurricular activities or attend supervised study hall.
The Enrollment fee includes base tuition and food service and is required to secure enrollment. Families are responsible for additional required costs, including uniforms and Middle and Upper school textbooks. Families are responsible for discretionary fees such as extracurricular activities and sports equipment, Lower School after-school programs, and academic tutoring services.
Whitefield offers morning bus services from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Buckhead to the Whitefield campus. The bus service will be offered on all school days, departing at 7:20 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 8:20 a.m. Wednesday.
In addition, many families choose to carpool to Whitefield. There is a carpool link on the parent portal of the website dedicated to helping families arrange carpools from across Atlanta.
Whitefield families represent a variety of counties and neighborhoods in metro-Atlanta. Families live in 43 different zip codes including Mableton, Vinings, Smyrna, and Buckhead. Whitefield is tucked away less than two miles from I-285.
The safety of your child is Whitefield’s priority and we are proud of our safe and secure campus. In addition to 24/7 security, all staff and students are frequently trained on emergency procedures, and close relations with police and fire departments lead to quick response times.
The admissions office is located in Building 400, across from Founders Hall, the Middle School building.
Students applying to PreK must be 4 years old by September 1. Students applying to Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1.
The best way to prepare your child for testing, interviewing, or being observed is to remind them to do their best and be themselves. For applying PreK-3rd students, the observation is also designed to get to know your child. Your child should be prepared to listen carefully and follow instructions in a classroom environment with a few teachers. For applying 4th-12th graders, the interview is designed to get to know their interests, so encourage them to be honest about what excites them.
We believe that Jesus Christ impacts absolutely every aspect of education, and our mission is to “bolster Christian families” since parents are primary in the education of their children. Rather than working at cross purposes with parents who aren’t seeking a Christ-centered education for their children, we are designed and equipped in all of our teaching and practices to partner with Christian families. As we take on the schooling portion of a child’s education, we do so in a manner that aligns with the values and aim of the broader education that parents are pursuing for their children.
In certain rare cases, the school may admit a student based solely on that student’s testimony of Christian faith and desire to attend the school. Historically, this exception has almost never been exercised, but the founders included it in case a student, from a nonbelieving family, came to know the Lord and wanted to attend Whitefield starting in high school to be further educated in the context of the Christian faith. If the student’s parents were supportive of the student’s decision in such a case, supportive of the school educating their child in the context of the Christian faith, and satisfied all other admission requirements, then this rare exception would be permitted.
Whitefield Academy is named after George Whitefield, the great eighteenth-century Christian revivalist. A native of England, Whitefield helped launch the Great Awakening in Britain’s North American colonies. Preaching outdoors to thousands of people at a time, Whitefield reached a wide range of people with the good news of Jesus Christ, sharing the message of God’s grace in such a way that was clear and accessible to all people, regardless of their socioeconomic status or the color of their skin.
Like all people that God has used in powerful ways throughout history, and as seen repeatedly throughout Scripture, George Whitefield failed to live up fully to the glorious message that he proclaimed. For reasons that are difficult to understand in light of Whitefield’s work, particularly by modern standards, Whitefield committed the grievous sin of defending slavery. We unequivocally renounce and condemn his position on slavery. This aspect of his legacy is inconsistent with Christ’s teaching and how He calls us to live.
The life and ministry of George Whitefield, in both its triumphs and its failures, underscore the importance of Whitefield Academy continuing to pursue a diversity vision for unity in Christ. We believe that each person, uniquely created in the image of God, has inherent dignity and profound worth, and that God has created people with a diversity of cultural, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. True to the best of George Whitefield’s legacy, the diversity of our school, cultivated in Christ, provides an opportunity for us to experience together what God has always intended for unity in His Son.
Whitefield Academy teaches that the Bible is the complete, inspired, and infallible Word of God. In accordance with Scripture, we teach that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). We teach that Christian marriage is limited to a covenant relationship between a man and a woman, and each by such genders as God created them (Gen 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:31). God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other, and God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman (Rom. 1:21-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-20; Heb. 13:4).
Further, because all people are created in the image of God, we teach that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture.
"At Whitefield our Upper School kids are immersed in opportunities to cultivate a passion for the living and active Jesus. My daughter continues to develop a real relationship with the Lord through weekly chapels and engagement in small advisory groups where faith is discussed in ways that make sense to teens living in today’s culture. She and her friends are encouraged to use their God-given gifts to impact others in multiple ways including academics, arts, athletics, service and leadership. Our teachers personally know our kids’ interests and strengths and prayerfully help them navigate ways to grow their faith, establishing a strong foundation for life beyond high school."Candace Comstock, Parent