About Hess

Hess Academy was founded in 2012 by Dr. Kristen Hess. Hess Academy is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and has a 6:1 student/teacher ratio. Our Board is committed to continuing growth; we foster strong cooperation among administration, faculty and parents.

Holistic approach

Our approach includes time for collaboration and group work along with individualized and small group instruction. This framework requires highly trained professionals who use informal and formal assessments to tailor their teaching to each student’s needs. Our student expectations are high, but the level of support and encouragement we offer is even higher. We expect our students to be successful in every aspect of life, which requires a definition of “education” that includes not only academics, but also emotional health, physical wellness and good citizenship skills.

Supportive relationships

At Hess Academy, “Child Centered” is NOT just a slogan. All decisions and educational methods reflect best practices and knowledge about child development. We create an environment of mutual respect, cooperation, and emotional support in the classroom and in the school. Supportive relationships ensure that our school not only feels good to our students but also is good for our students!

Hands on learning

Whether is is referred to as hands-on learning, experiential education, or experiential learning the premise is the same – learning grounded in students’ interests and prior knowledge. Only by interacting with and observing the world, and then reflecting upon these experiences, can individuals create knowledge. This type of learning requires the teacher to become a partner and facilitator, gently guiding students through problem solving, negotiating, and responding to the world in which we live. When engaged in hands on learning, students move, explore, hypothesize, create, relate, interpret, and interact with teachers, each other, and the world around them.

Commitment to diversity

We embrace differences at Hess Academy by fostering an educational environment that includes children, families, and faculty from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Our overarching curriculum enables our students and their families to practice sensitivity, tolerance, and respect. Class meetings and group discussions provide students with the opportunity and resources to better understand the larger community in which we live, particularly around concepts such as class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, physical ability, and learning styles.