Garden Hills Elementary School was founded in 1938 and situated on nearly 10 acres in an urban forest neighborhood in the Buckhead community. Nestled among the older homes and stately trees of Atlanta’s historic Garden Hills neighborhood, the 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.
The staff of over 50 educators and support personnel is committed to creating an environment in which children thrive. Talking to other GHES parents will reveal why people call it “Buckhead’s Hidden Treasure.”
Garden Hills became the first public elementary school in the state of Georgia to obtain certification to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, with one of the lowest student-to-teacher ratios in the area. Students in the Challenge Program for gifted and talented students routinely compete and prevail in academic contests throughout the region.
Garden Hills Elementary School is located on Sheridan Drive NE. in the Garden Hills neighborhood.
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.
Through a partnership with Georgia Shakespeare a student director comes to GHES to direct a shortened production of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Our students, grades 3-5, are the actors and rehearse for 6 weeks after school in March before the big production.
Homeroom teachers provide after-school tutoring on Wednesdays to selected students for support with daily instruction and review of concepts previously taught and transportation is provided. Students in grades 4 and 5 can also participate in orchestra two days a week.