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Davidson, Johnson make magazine's best schools list

Friday, May 11, 2012 1:44 PM
Last updated Saturday, May 12, 2012 1:44 AM
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Two Augusta schools made U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools list for 2012.

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School ranked second in Georgia and 147th nationally, and A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School was 23rd in the state and 1,366th in the country.

“I was disappointed that we weren’t first,” Davidson Principal Vicky Addison said of the state ranking. “I do believe in the premise the school was founded upon, that students involved in the arts do better academically.”

Savannah Arts Academy ranked No. 1 in Georgia.

U.S. News based its rankings on 22,000 public high schools in the U.S. and awarded schools gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, college readiness and other factors. Analysts compiled state lists based on how schools ranked nationally.

Davidson and Johnson scored above state averages on factors that determined the rankings. Both schools scored 100 percent proficiency in English and math. Davidson has a 67.5 percent college-readiness score, based on percentage of seniors who were tested and passed Advanced Placement exams. Johnson scored 25.3 percent.

Addison said the rankings give weight to what the schools strive to accomplish every day in preparing students for the future.

“I think it tells the public that we are nationally competitive with lots of other high schools and that we get really good results.”

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Dr. Craig Spinks.Georgians for Educational Excellence
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KUDOS to Davidson and

KUDOS to Davidson and Johnson for again earning high rankings when measures of average student achievement are employed as criteria.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 05/11/12 - 04:46 pm
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The "Other" List
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Is there a "Worst High Schools" list?

If so, how many Augusta schools are on it?

laurieeas
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laurieeas 05/11/12 - 05:17 pm
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Well Deserved!

Two of our daughters are DFA graduates and one is currently attending that school. We chose to live in this county solely for the chance for them to attend and were thrilled when they got in. It is a school where homework is plentiful and rules are tight but the opportunities to experience rigor, not only in the classroom but on the stage and in the studios is amazing. The underlying premise, that no performer hits the stage by cramming but by practicing every day, translates so cleanly into academics. This school would not work without the arts focus...without a place for students to push the envelope and assert their individuality. And therein lies the magic. Rigor with a hefty outlet for fun and creativity. And the best part? My child said she's never even heard of someone being bullied in her school. Everyone is just...accepted. Music to my parental ears.

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Just My Opinion 05/11/12 - 05:27 pm
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Wonderful post, laurieeas

So glad your children are excelling in school! They will be our future leaders, and for that I'm sure you are extremely proud!

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 05/11/12 - 05:45 pm
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don't these schools take only
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don't these schools take only the best students and boot any who aren't performing well? that's gonna make for some good scores. with that group of kids you may not even need a staff.

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countyman 05/11/12 - 07:52 pm
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I wonder what school finally

I wonder what school finally beat Davidson out for the best school in the state of Georgia..

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AutumnLeaves 05/11/12 - 10:24 pm
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Number ONE in the state of Georgia:

Savannah ART Academy is the number one school in Georgia on this list of Best Schools in the U.S. See this link for confirmation: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/georgia/rankings

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 05/11/12 - 10:25 pm
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DFA!!

Very proud of DFA for its high standing (second in Georgia), but sad that A.R. Johnson is a bit further down the list. Don't give up!

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 05/11/12 - 10:44 pm
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Newsflash!
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This just in...........the "Worst High Schools" list has just been released, also.

Great news, folks. Augusta is #1!! Yes, that's right, we finally made it. We're top of the list!! Woo-hoooo!

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Tots 05/12/12 - 05:18 am
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Thank you AutumLeaves,at

Thank you AutumLeaves,at 10:24 for that link. I enjoyed reading it and some of the other related articles; Like " Hidden cost of public schools" By Kathy Hopkins.

Congratulations to- Savannah Arts Academy- #1
Davidson Fine Arts-#2 and
Johnson Magnet -#23.....

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belle 05/12/12 - 07:44 am
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Accuracy
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Again, Davidson receives huge honors. No doubt in my mind they are an excellent school. But was this list they placed so high on limited to Magnet and Private Schools? It is not fair to compare them to any public schools since public schools do not get to hand pick their students.

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RoadkiII 05/12/12 - 12:23 pm
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That should take care of the

That should take care of the arguments against magnet schools. When you group students that want to learn, these are the results.

movingforward
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movingforward 05/12/12 - 12:36 pm
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Davidson & Johnson

Davidson tested 81% of its AP senior and 60% passed they have a college readiness score of 67.5%. These students also have a 100% proficient rate in math and english. Johnson tested 57% of its AP seniors and 15% passed they have a college readiness score of 25.3%. These students have a 98% proficient rate in math and english. I think that something is wrong with this picture (1) the number of AP students tested and the pass rate of those tested and, (2) the low college readiness rate is very concerning because these are students who are preparing to begin college yet they are not ready and these are magnet schools.

Dr. Craig Spinks.Georgians for Educational Excellence
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(M)ovingforward, What's the

(M)ovingforward,

What's the source of your AP passing rates?

movingforward
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movingforward 05/12/12 - 06:40 pm
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carolinafrog 05/12/12 - 10:16 pm
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Congrats

Congrats to both Davidson Fine Arts and A.R. Johnson Health & Engineering Schools on your rankings of 2nd and 23rd in the state of GA's public schools. Congrats on your rankings of 147th & 1366th nationally.

Countyman: Why the negativity??? Let's practice some positivity!

Road KiII: exactly!

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