Schools Near
Kinderlou Forest

Kinderlou schools range from public to private, primary to secondary, and small to large, but each of the schools in Valdosta, GA, offers an excellent education and environment for your children, no matter the age.

Hospitals Near
Kinderlou Forest

Kinderlou hospital and healthcare options are nearby.  The health and safety of you and your loved ones is of primary importance, and these Valdosta medical facilities are here for regular and emergency care.

Communities Near
Kinderlou Forest

Kinderlou Forest is not an island on its own, and the surrounding community and culture in Valdosta, GA offers opportunity at every turn. Moody Air Force Base serves as one of the foremost features of the Valdosta area.

Lowndes County Schools

Kinderlou schools begin with Lowndes because Kinderlou Forest is designated within the Lowndes County Schools district. The eleven schools of the Lowndes County Schools district share a common commitment to creating the best learning experiences for over 10,500 students:

We are One Lowndes!

Lowndes County Schools offer students numerous opportunities to discover their talents and to enhance their knowledge and skills. Over 800 certified teachers, administrators, and support staff strive daily to assist all students along their individual journeys to meet their unique potentials.

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Westside Elementary School (K-5)

As one of the newest facilities and additions to the Lowndes County School System located in Valdosta, GA, Westside Elementary School serves more than 900 students in grades PreK-5. Westside, an award-winning academic institution that is hosted in an unparalleled facility with cutting-edge educational tools and technologies, is less than 5 miles (only ~8 minutes) away from Kinderlou Forest, serving as the solid foundation of Kinderlou schools!

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Hahira Middle School (6-8)

At Hahira Middle School – the top rated middle school in the Lowndes County School system – excellence is the daily standard. The HMS team strives to not only empower each student to excel but to inspire them to Dream Big! Located in Hahira, GA – the small town just north of Valdosta – and only 19 miles away, HMS provides middle school students in Kinderlou with an exciting and diverse educational and extracurricular opportunity.

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Lowndes High School (9-12)

Welcome to Lowndes High School! The teachers, counselors, administrators, and staff welcome the opportunity to teach, challenge, and inspire students daily. We want every student’s high school experience to be one that is memorable and productive, and we strive to live by our Crimson Creed each day. As one of the largest student bodies in South Georgia, students are provided with an abundance of education and extracurricular advantages, including one of the most well-known and dominant athletic programs in the state. Only 7 miles (~15 minutes) away, the large and beautiful LHS campus is easily accessible for Kinderlou residents.

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Valwood School

If private school is a consideration for your family as you review Kinderlou schools, then look no further than the elite college-preparatory institution that is Valwood School. A short drive of only 13 miles (~20 minutes) from Kinderlou Forest brings you to the combined campus at Valwood.

Valwood School holds accreditation from both the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the National Association of Schools and the Georgia Association of Independent Schools.

Valwood School is an independent college preparatory school, in Hahira, Georgia, serving preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle and high School students and their families from all over the Southeast. The academic program is based on the teaching and mastery of the foundational skills necessary for academic and personal success in college and beyond.

Valwood believes that a truly excellent education integrates opportunities to explore a variety of interests while developing a strong academic base. It is this combination of passion and purpose that creates children who are excited about learning.

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Lower School (K-5)

Valwood’s Lower School is where a love of learning begins. It is a community where children develop a life-long love of learning as they build their self-esteem and cultivate their talents; a place where students are provided an atmosphere conducive to learning in a stimulating and nurturing environment. The lower school includes Pre-K through fifth grades.

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Middle School (6-8)

Valwood’s Middle School offers a three-year program, including grades six, seven, and eight, dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, as well as the intellectual and moral development of students. The middle school years represent a bridge between the security of a teacher-centered Lower School and the rigors of a subject-centered Upper School. Teachers work together to address social, emotional, and academic challenges faced by students during early adolescence.

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Upper School (9-12)

Upper School begins an exciting period in a student’s life. To be sure, grades begin to count for college admission, but perhaps more importantly, students are being prepared to succeed in college. In addition, the Upper School offers many opportunities for challenge, service, and competition in which students discover who they are, and who they want to be. Valwood offers 15 AP courses, 7 college classes taught directly on campus, and 16 varsity, no-cut athletic teams.

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Scintilla Charter Academy

Do you prefer the experience of charter schools for your young children? Since opening its doors in 2015, Scintilla Charter Academy continues to provide educational excellence to K-6th grade students in the Lowndes community. An 11 mile (~21 minute) drive from Kinderlou Forest lands you on the brand new campus of Scintilla Charter Academy.

The mission of Scintilla Charter Academy is to increase student achievement and develop social responsibility through educational innovations in a safe community of involved families and educators. The goal of Scintilla Charter Academy is to ignite a spark in our scholars and inspire in them a love for learning.

Charter schools are free public schools open to any child who resides in the school’s attendance zone. Since SCA opened in August 2015 as a K-4 school, the school has expanded vertically to add additional grade levels. At this time, any child in kindergarten through sixth grade who resides in SCA’s attendance zone of Lowndes County and any of its cities may apply to attend Scintilla. SCA is open to students of all ability levels, including but not limited to special education, gifted students, and English Language Learners.

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Georgia Christian School

Searching for a Christian school near Kinderlou Forest? Georgia Christian School’s mission is to provide a Christian foundation that promotes a passion for learning, responsible citizens, and the skills necessary to lead through character development, spiritual guidance and excellent academic instruction. A short drive of only 15 miles (~22 minutes) from Kinderlou brings you to the combined campus at GCS.

Georgia Christian School is unique in many ways.  Located on thirty-six acres of land with large oak trees and historic buildings, one can feel the sense of tradition.  Academically, Georgia Christian has the ability to meet the needs of a diverse student population.  Former students have gone on to become small business owners, engineers, veterinarians, nurses, teachers, etc.  It is also understood that not everyone desires to go to a four year institution; that is why a vocational diploma is still offered.  The goal is to help our students be prepared for whatever in life they may choose to do.

Being a smaller Christian school helps to foster a sense of community.  Teachers and students can build a rapport that is often lost in the larger public school system.  Many student athletes participate in more than one sport such as football,  basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, golf and others.  Through academics, daily chapel, sports, chorus, various clubs, service projects, etc., students learn to work together.

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Hospitals Near
Kinderlou Forest

Valdosta Hospitals

South Georgia Medical Center

South Georgia Medical Center is a not-for-profit medical system dedicated to being the leader in improving the health, wellness and quality of life in the community. With 373 licensed beds and more than 300 affiliated physicians and 2,600 employees, SGMC, its campuses, and affiliates provide a broad range of high quality healthcare services. SGMC is located in Valdosta, Georgia and serves 380,000 residents across a 15-county service area.

Valdosta Urgent Care

SGMC Outpatient Plaza

The sister center for the hospital in Valdosta, the SGMC Urgent Care provides care for non-emergent, minor injuries and illnesses. The SGMC Outpatient Plaza provides care for a variety of ailments and conditions, including: childhood illnesses (12 months and up), cold or flu symptoms, sore throats, UTIs, viral illnesses, cuts, bruises and burns, ear and eye infections, strains and sprains, dehydration, respiratory infections, rashes, and minor fractures.

Thomasville Hospitals

Archbold Medical Center

Since Kinderlou Forest is conveniently located on Highway 84 which leads directly to Thomasville, GA, Archbold Medical Center is also available as a viable option for healthcare for Kinderlou residents. The John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital is a 264-bed hospital located in Thomasville, Georgia. Their system hospitals, also in Georgia, are Brooks County Hospital in Quitman, Grady General Hospital in Cairo, and Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla.

Communities Near
Kinderlou Forest

Valdosta Colleges & Universities


Valdosta State University

Welcome to Valdosta State University, a comprehensive university – meaning that associate, bachelor, graduate, and doctoral degrees are offered – that serves the heart of South Georgia in one of its largest cities. VSU paints the heart of Valdosta with gorgeous architecture, palm trees, live oaks, fountains, and is best enjoyed on sunny days on the Front Lawn. VSU students love hands on experience, individual faculty interaction, and unique experiences like undergraduate research in the Florida Keys. Settled just fifteen minutes above the Florida state line, VSU offers in-state tuition to residents of Florida, as well as South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee.


Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, located in South Georgia, is committed to preparing students for successful careers in an ever changing workforce. Established in 1963, Wiregrass is one of the leading technical colleges in the state. Recognized for achievements in workforce development, it provides individuals with the education, training, and skills to positively influence a stagnant economy.


Georgia Military College

Georgia Military College’s Valdosta Campus is the most southern campus. Ranked highly at both the state and national level,  the mission of Georgia Military College (GMC) is to produce educated citizens and contributing members of society in an environment conducive to the development of the intellect and character of its students. Many of the classes completed at Georgia Military College can be transferred to a four year university, so “Start Here…..Go Anywhere!”


Valdosta Communities

Moody Air Force Base

Moody Field began as an Army Air Corps pilot training base during World War II. The concept of an Army Air Field in Valdosta originated with Valdosta and Lowndes County citizens in 1940. Local leaders faced the probability of a coming war and looked for a way they could join the national defense efforts. Valdosta Mayor J. D. Ashley appointed six members to a city planning board in June 1940 to develop a plan of action.

Ever since then, Moody Air Force Base has served as a pillar of the Valdosta community. Although the base itself is located on the opposite end of Lowndes County in relation to Kinderlou Forest, Kinderlou residents still have the unique pleasure of living in a military town. Despite the sometimes transient nature of military service, the attitude of service, sacrifice, and honorable civility is modeled by these upstanding citizens.

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