Georgia Academy of Fine Arts

Our Mission

The mission of GAFA is to encourage exploration in sparking creativity and the cultivation of character, all in the domain of fine arts.

Focus, type, purpose

Fine Arts

This is an interesting field for young students who have developing talents and is essential to providing a dedicated environment for those interested in pursuing the arts.

Private School

College/Career Prep

Fine Arts Classes

Electives (optional)

Bell Schedule


8:00 - 8:55 1st period

9:00 - 9:55 2nd period

10:00 - 10:55 3rd period

11:00 - 11:55 4th period

12:00 - 1:25 5th period (with lunch)

1:30 - 2:25 6th period

2:30 - 3:25 7th period

3:30 - 4:25 8th period


8:00 - 9:55 1st block

10:00 - 11:55 2nd block

12:00 - 2:25 3rd block (with lunch)

2:30 - 4:25 4th block

  • 2 semesters per year
  • 4 classes per semester (10-12 grade)
  • Academic classes not required
  • Lunch is 30 minutes, and is between 12:00 PM and 2:25 PM. Lunchtimes vary depending on what class a student is in during this period or block.
  • Traditional schedule (not year-round)

School Colors

Sky blue symbolizes confidence, mental and physical relaxation, freedom, and honesty.

Gold symbolizes prestige, elegance, extravagance, optimism, and success. It adds warmth and enlightenment to its surroundings.

School Mascot

The peacock symbolizes:

  • Glory
  • Self-esteem
  • Vibrancy
  • Elegance
  • Peacefulness
  • Vision
  • Integrity

School Song

(To the tune of Yankee Doodle)

Georgia Academy of Fine Arts

Artistic, smart, and gifted

We strive to make our dreams come true

and have fun with our talents

GAFA students keep it up

We can do this, peacocks

Keep on going don’t give up and we will go to college!


How does the first year work?

The first year is basically to let freshmen experience many different classes to whatever fits their taste. A variety of classes is encouraged because it helps to expose students to the many fine arts classes available at this school. We hope to inspire students to pursue their dreams in the fine arts with our focused classes. The schedule has 8 classes a day because it gives the students big range of classes, similar to a test trial year. The years after are more focused on the students' individual interests after being exposed to our wide curriculum.

Why are there no academic classes?

If this school had academic classes, this school would not be any different from any other public school. This school focuses purely on fine arts, with some extra classes offered for a variety. Besides the extra classes, this school does not offer other classes. This is because we emphasize creativity and exploring each student's talents.

Dress Code and Traditions

Dress Code

  • No vulgarity on clothing
  • No gang signs
  • No bare midriffs
  • No hats
  • No sunglasses


Giving Bach: a special program started by Richard Meyer that serves to "enrich the lives of young people by providing opportunities for student musicians to perform for their peers in concerts that are educational and interactive".

Performing for the holidays: usually this is done at nursing homes for seniors to get them in the holiday spirit