In 2005, Linda Murdock, with the help of her family, founded Lyndon Academy in the metro Atlanta area. She wanted to build an elite private international school. To get started, a small day care building was purchased and renovated on Highway 92 in Woodstock with the idea that the facility would serve only as a temporary stepping stone.
A pilot program for Junior Kindergarten students that incorporated Spanish daily and the rotating class system in the first scholastic year validated the ideas and founding of the program here in Georgia. Each year thereafter, Lyndon added a grade.
In the 2006-07 scholastic year Lyndon’s first kindergarten took the Stanford 9 Achievement Test in order to obtain a national standardized comparison. The average score was at the 90th percentile. The performance was repeated in the following two scholastic years for kindergarten through second grade on the Stanford 10 Achievement Tests.
In the spring of 2007, Lyndon Academy earned its SACS-CASI accreditation status. Then in the 2008-09 scholastic year, Lyndon introduced a third language to 1st and 2nd grade students. Mandarin, the Chinese government’s mandated language, became the third daily language of study.
Private International School, Lyndon Academy – History
In 2007, the current growth and foreseeable growth necessitated the relocation and expansion of Lyndon Academy. In December of 2008, Lyndon contracted to buy its current location. Ground was broken in April of 2009 on Phase I of a multi-phase and multi-site project that will ultimately take Lyndon to the 12th grade within the next decade. In February 2010, in the middle of a snow storm, Lyndon relocated from Highway 92 to 485 Toonigh Rd. Students went on February break and returned a week later to a fully furnished new school. Also notable in the spring of 2010 was the inaugural classes’ completion of third grade and record setting achievement scores on the Stanford 10s. Math scores averaged close to the 95th percentile.
In the spring of 2011, Kindergarten through 4th grade students again achieved average scores just above the 90th percentile in the nation on the Stanford 10 Achievement Test. First through 4th grade students achieved above average proficiency scores on their annual Chinese Language test, and the first 4th grade student was nominated and awarded the honor of participating in Duke TIP. Lyndon Academy then soared into the 2011-12 scholastic year with a record setting growth rate of just over 53 percent and the addition of 5th grade.
In the spring of 2012, Lyndon renewed its accreditation through former SACS-CASI, now known as AdvancED, the largest worldwide accrediting organization, and again school wide (kindergarten through 5th grade) Stanford 10 Achievement Test scores averaged above the 90th percentile in the nation. First through 5th grade students were again above average proficiency on their annual Chinese Language test, and over 70 percent of 4th through 6th grade students found themselves eligible to participate in Duke TIP.
In the fall of 2013, Lyndon entered seventh grade and opened a new middle school wing including a high school science lab. 74% of 4th through 7th graders tested eligible for Duke TIP. In the winter of 2013/2014, we launched our first competitive sports programs with two middle school basketball teams and a cheerleading squad. In the spring, we followed with a track and field team, and again tested school wide on the Stanford 10 Achievement Test in the top 10% in the nation. We took three second place finishes in a regional high school science fair with two 6th graders and one 7th grader.
In the fall of 2014, Lyndon entered eighth grade and watched its first women’s fast-pitch softball team walk into playoffs with a winning season. Middle schoolers signed up for an unprecedented number of electives and extra-curricular activities, and the lower school kicked off its first intramural sports program. 7th and 8th graders began taking honors classes and securing high school credits in math, science and foreign language classes.
The 2014-2015 scholastic year was the year of overnight trips. We took field experiences to a whole new level. Seventh and eighth graders traveled to Washington DC, 5th grade students went to Space Camp, and 6th graders traveled to Tybee Island. We assembled our first concert band with 14 members, and sent our first student to the State Science Fair.
In 2015-2016, we won our first athletic championship in women’s fast-pitch softball, and we entered high school. We offered our first Advanced Placement Course. Students continued to travel, and we added Sea Camp to the list of awesome places to go. The concert Band began to explode with numbers, pep band started playing at basketball games, and Noteworthy, our elite singing group took the stage.
In late 2015, the Lyndon Community rallied together to make a dream become reality. They helped the Murdock’s secure a loan for construction of a new multi-use facility designed for all the disciplines. In the spring of 2016, the foundation was laid for a new music wing, gymnasium, science labs, and multiple high school classrooms.
In the fall of 2016, the concert bands performed at the beginning and intermediate levels with a combined 63 students. We started taking seats in All-state Band and District 9 Bands. Our chorus was invited to sing the National Anthem at the 4th from last game at Turner Field. We were then invited back to sing again in the new SunTrust Park. Our first varsity fast-pitch softball team took third in the state, and the basketball season began for the first time on Lyndon’s home court.