Atlanta Youth Academy (AYA) offers a quality, Christ-centered education to inner-city students. The school enrolls students from PreK-8th grade. AYA is currently located in the
Thomasville/Norwood Manor neighborhood. Class size runs 12-15 students, attending an 11-month school year.
Founded by Larry Teem, Atlanta Youth Academy began with one teacher and nine students, with Leroy and Donna Barber as its first administrators. Since its inception 16 years ago,
it has grown to its current 13 teachers, a librarian, and After School Director, and 120 students. The school is modeled after similar successful programs in other cities.
- Student Services
All students are provided with textbooks and school supplies. Weekly chapel services complement the academic curriculum of reading, writing, mathematics, history, art and science.
Students are excited with the addition of a Spanish curriculum. Moral and character development is emphasized. After-school tutoring, after-school sports and recreation, a nutritional breakfast and snack
also are available. Students use computers as learning tools and have access to whiteboards in their classes.
The cost of an Atlanta Youth Academy education is $12,000 per year with top tuition at $10,100. Tuition assistance, based on need, is available.
Volunteers, both adults and high school students, commit their personal time to Atlanta Youth Academy. Most importantly, volunteers serve as tutors and reading coaches.
Atlanta Youth Academy, with a 1.9 million dollar operating budget for the 2012-2013 school year, is supported through individual, foundation, and corporate contributions. Tuition represents
about 20 percent of the total operating budget.
Peter Rooney, President
P.O. Box 18237 Atlanta, GA 30316