Best Private Schools in Gwinnett

Private Schools in Gwinnett

Families choose private schools because of the structure, the option of a faith-based curriculum, to put their child in a small school, or a host of other reasons aiming for their child to reach their full potential. 

Looking for the best private school in Gwinnett for your child? Each year Gwinnett Magazine's readers vote in the annual the Best of Gwinnett award to find the best private schools in Gwinnett.  Whether you are looking for middle schools, high schools, pre-k or schools specializing in fine arts or college prep there are plenty of great options in Gwinnett. Check out the list of 2018 winners below! 

2018 Best Private Schools in Gwinnett

George Walton Academy

Established in 1969, George Walton Academy is a PreK3-12 college prep school that equips students for success in college and in life beyond their formal studies. Our mission is to prepare students to become contributing citizens and leaders in a global society by promoting intellectual, physical, artistic and ethical excellence.

1 Bulldog Drive Monroe, GA 30655

Gerard Preparatory School

Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade School offering; the 360 Approach to Education- We specialize in students who have an either gifted or distinct approach to learning. Small classes (12/1 Max) and Certified and specifically trained staff underscore the commitment to our mission.

263 Jackson St Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Greater Atlanta Christian School

From K-12, students live and learn in a dynamic environment as unique as they are. In every aspect of a student’s journey, they are supported by faculty that nurture their inquisitive nature and ground them in a Christian foundation. For 50 years, GAC has been the pinnacle of Christian education in Atlanta, always working toward a balance of tradition and innovation.

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Road Northwest Norcross, GA 30093

Killian Hill Christian School

Recently recognized as the sixth-best private high school in Georgia, Killian Hill Christian School, has been serving our community since 1972. Our goal is to promote individual and corporate spiritual vitality through sound biblical instruction, academic rigor, worthy scholarship, and wide achievement. This results in exceptional preparation for our students’ college career and life experiences.

151 Arcado Road Southwest Lilburn, GA 30047

Loganville Christian Academy

Loganville Christian Academy (LCA), founded in 1998, is a private, independent, discipleship-style Christian school PreK -12th grades. LCA continues to pioneer educational and technological innovations that provide a rigorous academic experience while holding firm to a strong peer culture and comprehensive biblical worldview.

2575 Highway 81 Loganville, GA 30052

Providence Christian Academy

Providence Christian Academy is a covenant Christian K-12 school located in Lilburn, Georgia (and an additional high school location in Johns Creek). The school is over 25 years old and has prepared over 1900 students to be Christian Leaders in their colleges and beyond. It is the mission of Providence Christian Academy to provide excellence in Christ-centered education as an extension of the Christian home.

4575 Lawrenceville Hwy Lilburn, GA 30047

Riverside Military Academy

Since 1907, Riverside Military Academy has produced young men of purpose, integrity, and character. We offer a traditional, American-style education where personal values, honor, and love of country still matter. Riverside is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families.

2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501

Sugar Hill Christian Academy

Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School. Our distinctions are smaller class sizes with a personal classroom experience for each student. Our current average class size is approximately 15-18 students, with K4, Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers assisted by a para-professional.

4600 Nelson Brogdon Blvd NE Sugar Hill, GA 30518

Sugarloaf Montessori School

At Sugarloaf Montessori School, we work with children from the ages of 12 months all the way through 5th grade. We offer a prepared environment for the children where they have the freedom to choose from an array of beautiful materials to work with. These Montessori materials give the children a solid foundation on the concepts they are working on.

2270 Meadow Church Road Duluth, GA 30097

Tomorrow's Hope Montessori School

We are a child care and early learning facility following the Georgia Department for Early Care and Learning, Bright from the Start guidelines, and Montessori Curriculum. We provide services for children 6 weeks through 6 years of age. We serve the cities of Suwanee, Johns Creek, Sugar Hill, and Buford within Fulton, Forsyth, and Gwinnett Counties; all of which are located near the Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area.

305 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Suwanee, GA 30024

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Private School

There are many questions to consider when evaluating your child's private education options, here's eight questions we recommend asking to choose a school you and your children love. We hope these Best of Gwinnett winners is a good starting point for your research into the private schools in Gwinnett County!

1. What curriculum is followed?

A curriculum is simply what your child will be expected to learn throughout the school year. It’s imperative that you know what is going to be taught to see if there are any potential questions or disagreements. Private schools are not required to adhere to the state of Georgia’s public school curriculum, but it is easily available online and will tell you what their peers will be learning. This can be helpful so as to have some sort of comparison between the school you’re considering and its public school counterpart. Is it more rigorous? Less? How does it compare to other private schools that you’ve interviewed? Knowing your child’s current academic ability and strengths should help you analyze each school’s curriculum and factor it into your final choice appropriately.

2. What is their philosophy on education?

This is an area where you can choose your child’s school according to the environment in which they naturally thrive. Some schools have structured, disciplined methods based on fact memorization. Others have a discussion-based approach that is meant to encourage independent thinking. Schools can have tailored lesson design based on the different learning styles (auditory, visual or kinesthetic). Technology could be heavily featured. Faith could play a part. These are all considerations you have to make in keeping with the child’s needs and your values.

3. What extracurricular activities are offered?

Education is well and good, but it’s not the only thing that matters to a student. Extracurriculars provide important social interaction with groups of people with similar interests. They have the power to motivate and inspire children to succeed in other areas as well. What sports do they offer? Are there any student clubs? Are the clubs offered of any interest to your child? Are new clubs allowed to be made? These are the kinds of questions to ask.

4. How are the parents involved?

Parents need to be involved in some way with the education of their children. How do your potential schools foster parental involvement in a healthy way? Are there regular parent-teacher conferences? Is there a parent-teacher organization? What lines of communication are open between the parents and teachers?

5. What is the average class size?

More individual attention from the teacher results in higher student performance. You want to make sure that the student teacher ratio in your potential school isn’t too large. Big class sizes can signal that the school is understaffed and will be unable to give your child the amount of personal education they require.

6. What facilities are provided?

You may want to ask about the school’s facilities to see if they have any truly special offerings. Do they have a computer lab? An audio-visual room? A nice gymnasium? A library? A theater? Depending on your child, a school having one of these paired with an interesting extracurricular can make all the difference.

7. What is the turnover rate for the staff?

This can be an overlooked question, but the answer will provide a key insight in regard to the quality of the school. Would you want to work somewhere with an abnormally high turnover rate? Probably not, so sending your child to a school that churns through teachers can be problematic. Having staff stability shows that both the teachers and the administration are happy with each other. Plus, if your child does eventually have a favorite teacher or teachers, you can be reasonably confident that they will be able to stay in touch with them through the school for years. This builds mutual trust and respect between the students and faculty throughout their education.

8.What are the challenges your school has overcome?

Every school faces challenges. Whether they have to do with funding, serious issues with the faculty, difficulties with students or anything in between. How they overcome these can reveal the true nature of the administration. If a school claims they have had no challenges or won’t discuss them, it can raise potential red flags. You deserve to see how the administration handles adversity.

There are other pertinent questions, but these will get the ball rolling in your interview and ensure that you have a clear perception of the school’s values. Once those have been established, compare them against your own and your child’s requirements to make an informed decision. It can seem daunting, but we know you’ve got what it takes!