Founded in Atlanta in 1976 by Marlene Lerer in collaboration with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, The Suzuki School incorporates the concepts developed for Suzuki music education into an early childhood curriculum.
Our first campus initially offered Kindergarten and First Grade to an inaugural class of 8 students. Within the next few years, we expanded our programs, establishing the school at the vanguard of early childhood education in Atlanta for children Birth through Five.
From the beginning, we emphasized the Suzuki focus on a strong parent partnership, the creation of a Noble Heart and a commitment to honor each child’s natural talent and ability.
In 2007, a new campus for the school provided students and their teachers with an environment specifically designed to facilitate our collaborative teaching approach.
With the opening of our Northside campus in 2008, we began to adapt key aspects of the Montessori approach, Because Dr. Suzuki and Dr. Montessori shared many common values concerning the first five years of a child’s education, we recognized the strength of pairing Suzuki’s philosophies with the Montessori model and began training a core group of teachers and administrators with Dr. Feland Meadows, Goizueta Endowed Chair of Early Childhood education at Kennesaw State University.
In 2009, The Suzuki School obtained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and in 2010 the school received accreditation from the Pan American Montessori Society.
Our third campus in Midtown’s Ponce City Market opened in September of 2014, and has quickly become part of the community as a leader in early childhood education.
In 2015, the Montessori Teacher Education Institute of Atlanta was accredited by both MACTE and AMS. This training institute provides Montessori Training for Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood Education.
The Suzuki School was founded on the belief that learning begins in the womb -- over the years, this premise has been continually validated by our observations of our students and through highly respected research on brain development in the first five years.
We know that learning begins before birth and that every moment of a child’s day is an opportunity to engage and explore. We recognize that the first years of life are the most critical in the development of an inquisitive mind and a noble heart. We are The Suzuki School.