About Bolton Academy

Bolton Academy was constructed as a replacement for two Atlanta Public Schools (Pitts Elementary and Mitchell Elementary), which were closed due to low enrollment. The students and staff from these schools were merged and Bolton Academy began the 2003-2004 school year as the new school on Adams Drive when it opened its doors to students on August 11, 2003.

Today, the community served is a dynamic mix of long‑time residents combined with a steady influx new residents from various racial and socio-economic backgrounds. The geography of the infill development splits the neighborhood into two distinct areas of new structures and old ones. All residents are striving to understand and support the role of this unique neighborhood in Atlanta’s future.

Bolton Academy provides a focused learning environment for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students with an IB curriculum that incorporates language, math, reading, library resources, outdoor classrooms and the use of technology as an instructional aide as well as learning resource for students. Under the leadership of Principal Laura Strickling, the school will implement additional programs in the upcoming school year that will broaden students’ exposure and interest—while adhering to the principles of an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School. 


School Mission and Vision

The administrators and teachers of Bolton Academy are guided by its mission to provide quality instruction to all students in order to promote academic excellence.

The school’s goal is to become an exemplar elementary school for focused learning and literacy in a community of global thinkers where students demonstrate strong character through their actions. This is being achieved through our IB curriculum. At Bolton Academy, teachers and administrators are charged with cultivating an environment that strives for intellectual success, social responsibility and strong character in each student. We want our children to:

  • celebrate diversity
  • take risks and reap rewards
  • inquire and seek answers
  • reach higher and farther than they can imagine
  • experience positive and supportive interactions
  • demonstrate compassion towards each other and our environment