Welcome from the President

Welcome from J.D. Childs

Thank you for considering Marist School, an independent Catholic school offering college-preparatory education and whole-person formation for boys and girls in grades 7-12.

Marist School has been mission-focused since 1901, dedicating ourselves to forming each student entrusted to our care in the image of Christ. Our goals for Marist students are straightforward: guide them through a process of discovery and growth to help them develop a unique strength of character, faith, and skill that prepares them for success in college and beyond.

The gifted faculty and staff at Marist work to form the mind, soul, and heart of our students through a communal pursuit of excellence. We collectively commit to drawing out the strengths and talents God gave our students to help them discover who they are meant to be. Upon graduation, we challenge them to go out into the world to lead and serve with compassion, integrity, and a sense of purpose.

With academics at the forefront, we also provide our students with outstanding opportunities to explore areas of interest through athletics, arts, community service, and student activities. Building on the spiritual legacy of the Society of Mary, we guide students to discover the blessings of an enduring faith. Importantly, we endeavor to fulfill our formative mission through a respectful and engaged partnership with families.

I invite you to learn more about how a Marist education can provide the foundation that prepares your child to be a compassionate leader who makes a difference in our world.
J.D. Childs

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    J. D. Childs became Marist School’s first lay president on July 1, 2023. He came to Marist from Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California where he provided charism-charged and mission-inspired leadership to complete a $40 million capital campaign for campus expansion as well as a $4 million capital initiative for enhancements to the athletic facilities.
    Previously Mr. Childs served as president and principal of Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School in San Luis Obispo, California and as a religion teacher and director of spiritual life in two Catholic high schools located in Indiana and North Carolina. A native of South Bend, Indiana, Mr. Childs earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Philosophy, and Theology and a Master of Theological Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He also holds a Master of Education in Catholic School Leadership from Marymount University.
    Mr. Childs and his wife, Kate, have four children. In his free time, he enjoys poetry and art, chess, hiking, concerts, and spending time with his family.
    Mr. Childs’ appointment at Marist School signifies a significant transition for the school that has been led by Marist priests since its founding in 1901. In partnership with the Marist School Board of Trustees, he will ensure that the school’s rich tradition of excellence in Catholic education and its distinctive Marist spirit and values will endure for years to come. 

Marist School

3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-1899
(770) 457-7201
An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers