Founded in 1938 and situated on nearly 10 acres in an urban forest neighborhood in the Buckhead Community, Garden Hills Elementary is part of the Atlanta Public School system and home to approximately 500 students.
Nestled among the older homes and stately trees of Atlanta’s historic Garden Hills neighborhood, our school is arguably one of the most beautiful examples of neoclassical style architecture in the city. It was designed by the firm of Hentz, Adler & Shutze, home to famed Atlanta architect Philip Trammell Shutze, and is a frequently referenced example of his work.
In 2001, the school underwent a renovation that added a new cafeteria and classrooms. In addition to the original auditorium that is still in use, the school has a large gymnasium, art room, music room, and computer lab. The playground space includes a large, grassy field, play structures, swings, and a basketball court.
Garden Hills became the first public elementary school in the state of Georgia to obtain certification to offer the highly respected International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. We enjoy one of the lowest student-to-teacher ratios in our area, offer Spanish as a foreign language in grades 1 through 5, have P.E. twice a week, and daily outdoor recess for every grade. Students in our Gifted & Talented program routinely compete and prevail in academic contests throughout the region. Every student enjoys weekly classes in both Music and Art. Technology is abundant and well-integrated in every classroom including Promethean interactive white boards, desktop computers, and iPads.
The staff of over 50 educators and support personnel is committed to creating an environment in which children thrive. We invite you to visit us, talk to other GHES parents, and see why people call our school “Buckhead’s Hidden Treasure.”
A 75th birthday celebration was held in 2014, including a reunion party for alumni, parents, and faculty.