A community of public schools with small classes led by great teachers.

A community of public schools with small classes led by great teachers.

Kindezi is a community of public schools with small classes led by great teachers. We provide a life-changing education, filled with love and rigor, that enables all children to thrive. We believe that every child has an innate worth and value and the right to reach their full potential.


“Kindezi” is a Bantu word which describes the act by which a community educates, loves, and values every child.


We currently operate three schools within Atlanta Public Schools (APS):
– Kindezi West
– Kindezi Old Fourth Ward
– Kindezi at Gideons


Our mission is to provide every child—regardless of background, need, or identity—a holistic genius-awakening education, built on family-sized classrooms, conscious diversity, and scholarly excellence.

Our Core Values

What qualities must we have to achieve our mission?

  • Audacity: We boldly do what’s right for our geniuses, confronting oppressive mindsets head on, and standing for justice in all that we do. We are not constrained by convention or perceived limits and do whatever it takes to provide a genius-awakening education.
  • Collective Responsibility: We are a community sharing the responsibility and privilege of educating and empowering our children. We are accountable to one another and achieve results as an interdependent team. I am because we are and we succeed together.
  • Excellence: We put forth our best effort and achieve big things. We set and pursue ambitious goals, so our community thrives and our geniuses are on a path to choice-filled lives. We never stop learning and growing, as scholars and as people.
  • Joy: We find, bring, and share joy in our work every day. We practice gratitude, celebrate wins, and offer praise.
  • Love: We do everything with love and compassion. Our geniuses, colleagues, and community feel cared for, respected, and valued by our words and actions.
  • Wholeness: We understand the importance of balancing and integrating different aspects of our lives–intellectual, physical, and emotional–to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We provide a holistic education for our geniuses, and we support each other to be and care for our whole selves.

Our Equity Beliefs

At Kindezi, we model the world we wish to see. Specifically, we hold and act upon the following beliefs about our geniuses, staff, families, communities, and partners:

  • We believe every child is innately gifted with genius.
  • We believe equity and inclusion begins with staff mindsets and must translate into all our systems.
  • We believe our families, communities, and partners make our schools stronger.

Our Graduate Profile Aims:

Our Graduate Profile is the collective knowledge, skills and mindsets we want our graduating 8th grade geniuses to possess in order to meet the challenges of high school, college, and the world.

  • Critical Thinker: Geniuses analyze, evaluate, and reason effectively. They consider multiple perspectives, ask questions, construct arguments, and solve problems. They develop, refine, and revise ideas based on the best information available.
  • Empowered Learner: Geniuses are proficient in all academic core subjects, demonstrating high individualized growth. They apply that knowledge to real-world scenarios and challenges. Geniuses continuously seek learning opportunities and knowledge to better themselves, others, and their community.
  • Leader: Geniuses have vision and the courage to take initiative. They lead by example and by working with others to achieve a goal and/or serve their community. They are risk-takers and know how to try something new or go against the grain. Geniuses work alongside others as global citizens to pursue justice with shared respect for human dignity. Geniuses stick up for themselves and for other people–both individuals and groups.
  • Persistent Problem Solver: Geniuses know how to take on challenges and navigate difficult situations. They are tenacious, creative, and often collaborative when applying their holistic set of skills to find solutions to complex problems.
  • Savvy: Geniuses can read the world around them and make appropriate adaptations with love and authenticity. They have proficient technical skills, awareness of the digital world and a working knowledge of basic finance. They can make informed, strategic decisions as they mature.
  • Self-Confident & Self-Loving: Geniuses know their voices and ideas matter. They have a strong sense of who they are, their strengths and challenges, what they can contribute to their community, and who they want to become. Geniuses ask for what they need. They practice self-compassion and self-regulation. Geniuses know they are inherently valuable and worthy of love.