THE LOVETT SCHOOL is an independent, coeducational day school serving children in the greater Atlanta area. The school was established in 1926 by Mrs. Eva Edwards Lovett, an innovative educator who emphasized the development of the whole child. She began the school with just 20 boys and girls in Grades 1-3 at a former home, and today Lovett has more than 1,600 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 from 73 different zip codes and 10 counties in the metropolitan area.
The school continually affirms Eva Edwards Lovett’s founding vision of a progressive education rooted in learning, character, and community. Our mission is to graduate young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom and prepare them to succeed in college and as responsible, engaged citizens of the world. We support this mission by offering our students rich, integrated experiences in academics, arts, athletics, and service. Through these experiences, we seek to develop the whole child.
As a college-preparatory institution, our coursework is strong, and creative and critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and a love of learning are major objectives. Our curriculum includes a required year of American Studies; options for African, Asian, and gender studies; and organic and biochemistry. We were one of the first schools in Georgia to offer the AP Chinese exam, the culmination of a Chinese studies program that begins in the Lower School. In addition, we offer a one-to-one laptop program in Grades 4-9, and many single-gender classes in Grades 6-8. The Upper School offers 28 honors and 18 advanced placement courses, and all of Lovett’s graduates are admitted to four-year colleges from coast to coast and internationally. Our faculty is committed to ongoing professional development and using best practices in their teaching. They strive to be positive role models and are dedicated to encouraging and supporting students in the pursuit of excellence. The average faculty teaching experience is 17 years.
Outside the classroom, Lovett encourages our students to discover themselves through the arts and athletics. The statistics bear this out: More than 90 percent of our student body participates in a Fine Arts activity during the year, and close to 80 percent of students in Grades 7-12 are members of at least one sports team.
The Lovett community is guided by the school’s character pledge: “We, who are members of the Lovett community, seek to live lives of good character. We believe that good character grows from daily acts of honesty, respect, responsibility, and compassion. We pledge ourselves to develop these ideals with courage and integrity, striving to do what is right at all times.” Lovett welcomes students of many different faiths and backgrounds. Although not affiliated with any specific denomination, we honor God in an atmosphere that is rooted in Judeo-Christian beliefs and is further enriched by a variety of religious traditions, and we celebrate the uniqueness of each individual within an intentionally inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment.
We are committed to making positive contributions to society, for the betterment of our community, our environment, and our world, and thus service and sustainability are key. Our school’s reach extends beyond Atlanta and into Central America, where Lovett maintains 850 acres of Ecuadoran cloudforest as a preserve and research center. Closer to home, Lovett’s newest building, our Middle School, is LEED-Gold certified, and school vehicles run on biodiesel converted from our cafeteria’s used cooking oil.