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The Altamont School

The Altamont School is a coeducational private school for students in grades 5 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Urban


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The Altamont School says

Altamont is a school where it is cool to be smart; where a top runner might star in a play or a science whiz might tutor a younger peer in English or a once-shy student might become the class president; where passionate teachers go the extra mile for every student every day; where the arts are as important as athletics; where students of different backgrounds and cultures share in the process of discovery; where reading is revered; where multiple language offerings include Latin, Greek, and Mandarin Chinese; where upholding the Honor Code is a source of pride.

Families are attracted to Altamont for several reasons: Altamont is a small family with socio-economic, ethnic (13% African-American and 31% Asian-American), and religious diversity. Altamont has an intensive, college preparatory academic program with a personalized college search program, including the annual college tour; Altamont offers many opportunities for children to develop multiple talents by participating in arts, foreign language, community service, clubs, class projects, science competitions and sports - all at the same time.


The prescribed curriculum for Grades 5-8 includes English, Foreign Languages (French, Spanish and Latin), Social Studies, Mathematics (including algebra for Grade 8), Science, and physical education. Electives include music, orchestra, art, drama, photography, Mandarin, and creative writing.

To graduate, students in Grades 9-12 must complete four units of English; three units History, including one unit in American History; three units of Mathematics, through Pre-Calculus; three units of Science plus Lab Tech with Physics OR four units plus Lab Tech without Physics; three sequential units of the same Foreign Language through a minimum of the 3rd year; one unit of physical education; one-half unit of Speech; one-half unit of Health; one unit of Fine Arts.

At the heart of the curriculum is the required summer and monthly reading program and the emphasis on writing in all subject areas.

Mission Statement

The Mission of The Altamont School is to improve the fabric of society by graduating compassionate, well-educated individuals capable of independent thinking and innovative ideas. To this end, the school attracts, nurtures, and challenges students whose commitment to truth, knowledge, and honor will prepare them not only for the most rigorous college programs, but also for productive lives.


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Admission Considerations

Also Considered: Interview, Application Essay, Admissions Tests, Academic GPA



Academic Calendar: Semester

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP European History
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP Latin
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture
  • AP Statistics
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Greek (ancient)
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Student Services

Student Services
    Counseling Services
  • Student Assistance Counselor
  • Peer Tutoring Programs

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 314
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
5 18
6 28
7 34
8 45
9 51
10 36
11 47
12 55

The Altamont School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Altamont School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 7 : 1
Gender 48% Male / 52% Female
Dress Code Casual
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 41%
Multi-racial 15%
Hispanic/Latino 34%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 7%
Head of School Sarah W. Whiteside


Intellectual and cultural opportunities abound in the school and community. The many school clubs operate with a community service imperative. Regular assembly programs at the daily Activities Period, field trips around the city and state, and holiday tours within the United States and abroad offer students a broad cultural exposure. The annual tour of New England or Atlantic Seaboard and Southeastern colleges, as well, contributes significantly to Altamont's college preparatory mission.
  • Art Club
  • Band
  • Book Club
  • Chemistry Olympiad
  • Chinese Club
  • Choir
  • Choral Groups
  • Community Service
  • Debate
  • Drama/Theater
  • Film
  • French Club
  • Honor Society
  • Jazz Band
  • Latin Club
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Team
  • Model UN
  • Music Ensembles
  • Musical Theater
  • Peer Mentoring and Support
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Robotics
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Government
  • Student Newspaper
  • Weight Lifting
  • Yearbook
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Winter Track and Field
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Winter Track and Field

Associations & Memberships

Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools

State or regional independent school association

National Association of College Admissions Counselors

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Institute for Independent Education

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