Bolton School In the 1800’s and early 1900’s the area known as the Bolton-Marietta Corridor was in the city of Bolton, in Fulton County, Georgia. Mr. Thomas Moore established a one-room private school in 1865. In 1872, a public school named Bolton, was established which was housed in a one-room building located on the site where the Whitley family lived for many years. In 1898 the school was moved to the lower floor of the Bolton Masonic Building. This was a two-room school and Walter Moore was the first principal. In the fall of 1932 a larger, more modern facility located on Adams Drive, opened its doors to students for the first time. In 1950, The Plan of Improvement brought Bolton into the Atlanta Public School System. In 1976 Bolton School was closed its doors. From 1976 until 2002 The Metropolitan Office of RESA was housed in the Bolton School building. In the summer of 2002, the old Bolton School Building was demolished and ground was broken for a new school building. In August of 2003, a new Pre-K thru Fifth Grade school was opened for the children in what was once the city of Bolton. In December of 2003, the Atlanta Board of Education approved the naming committee’s recommendation of Bolton Academy as the name for the new school to honor the history of Bolton and Bolton School.
  Dec. 5, 1929
            New School Planned
     Funds sought for Building at Bolton
The Fulton county board of education has agreed to build
 a new grammar school at Bolton next year. If efficient funds
are available, it was announced Wed. by  Jere A. Welts,
county school superintendent. Selection of th school site is
in the hands of a committee composed of W. E. Taliaferro,
chairman of the county school board, S. T. Adams, a
member of the board, and  superintendent Wells.

May 14, 1899
A New School Is Born

Bolton Academy began the 2003-2004 school year as the New School on Adams Drive. A name that was significant and held meaning had to be chosen for the new school. A naming committee was formed to handle the naming process. The committee consisted of the parents, surrounding community members, business partners, and Board representatives. Dr. Phillips, the Executive Director and Dr. Taylor, the Principal, both facilitated the naming committee. The committee solicited suggestions for a name from community members, students, and parents. The committee narrowed the names down to Adams Academy and Bolton Academy. Members of the committee researched the names and presented their findings to the entire committee. The committee voted and Bolton Academy was born.
This is the cornerstone
from the old school,
now on the new building.
On Marietta Road, in 2009, this is what is left of the old Bolton School. It is now a private residence.
In 2006/2007, The History Channel awarded $250,000 in grants of up to $10,000 to 27 history organizations across the country in partnership with schools and/or youth groups.
We congratulate winners for their extraordinary efforts in saving their local history. We encourage you to read the descriptions of their projects below.
Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA: Bolton Academy Hands On History Project, in partnership with 400 students from Bolton Academy, will facilitate two living history day festivals and use primary and secondary resources to educate students and community members about the unique history of the Bolton community in Atlanta. Students will create a timeline of local history illustrated with photographs and documents drawn from their research. A display case with key artifacts and photographs will be permanently installed in a museum display case in the school lobby and a hand-crafted student textile panel, incorporating the symbols of the nation and the state of Georgia, will be exhibited in the school lobby. Following the student program, museum educators will compile a curriculum for local teachers on how to replicate their model of school wide community events celebrating local history.