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Publication ranks Davidson state's third best high school

Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:46 PM
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John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School was ranked third in the state and 81st in the country in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best High Schools Rankings.

U.S. News analyzed more than 21,000 high schools across the country to formulate the rankings. The organization evaluated schools based on reading and math proficiency results, the performance of low-income and minority students compared to statistical expectations, and college readiness through Advanced Placement or International Bachelorette data.

A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School also placed high among the best schools in Georgia. It ranked 12th in the state but did not make the top 100 national list.

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avidreader
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avidreader 04/26/13 - 05:18 am
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Bachelorette?

Very funny! I think this wise staff writer means "Baccalaureate"! Anyway, I'm not a perfect speller either.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/26/13 - 06:13 am
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My how things have changed

My how things have changed since I went to school. I don't remember Jim Lange wandering the halls.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/26/13 - 07:03 am
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Very proud of and for my 3

Very proud of and for my 3 nephews that attend the school.

LuvMyTown
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LuvMyTown 04/26/13 - 07:07 am
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Where are all the Columbia County schools?

I guess they are good enough for average students.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/26/13 - 07:32 am
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Davidson is a awesome school but....

What do you expect when you handpick your students? I played rec ball one year and the year before they only had enough kids for one team. They let the coach from the previous year pick his team first then all the other coaches picked what was left. Of course he slaughtered every team he played. Not to take away from Davidson's accomplishment but of course they should rank high. It's a shame that schools have gotten away from demanding that students behave and suspending those that interfere with other's learning chances. Congrats to Davidson though!!!

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countyman 04/26/13 - 07:53 am
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Davidson

The past few years Davidson was always ranked number 1 in Georgia, but third place is still excellent.

Davidson can only select the students who actually took the time and applied to the school. The school doesn't get all of the best students in the county either. The kids in the IB Program(only one in the metro) at Richmond Academy aka ARC could easily attend Davidson if they wanted too. The same goes for the majority of top students at Westside or Cross Creek.

Multiple magnet schools exist across Georgia, and Davidson still outranks the majority of them.

The demographics of Davidson are diverse(race, income) compared to the wealthy/upper middle class suburban schools in North Fulton or East Cobb.

I'm proud of AR Johnson who continues to excel while standing in the shadows of Davidson.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/26/13 - 07:58 am
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Come on...

The entrance to Davidson does not allow your average everyday student to attend. Anyone with a brain knows this. Nice spin though.

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AutumnLeaves 04/26/13 - 08:10 am
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Last I heard, you only had to

Last I heard, you only had to have a C average to audition for Davidson, but you did have to have some type of art skill or interest. All four of my children ended up going to college on academic scholarships they earned there, all were honor students, and one even went to an Ivy League school. The qualities of self-discipline and desire to learn are what help these students excel. Engaged parents also help.

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lifelongresident 04/26/13 - 09:15 am
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of course there are always
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of course there are always doubters and excuse makers in the case of davidson/johnson its always "well its easy to be graded dat high when you pic da students" what the naysayers don't realize is this isn't college football, the parents MUST APPLY and the STUDENTS MUST TEST TO GET IN, not like the univ of ga whereas if you can run fast or jump high you get to attend this school and take "coaching courses" of have someone take the exam for you...the families MUST SIGN A CONTRACT INDICATING CODES OF CONDUCT AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, but most important parents MUST BE INVOLVED WITH THEIR CHILDS EDUCATION INCLUDING MANDATORY ATTENDANCE AT parent/teacher conferences and other school functions....this is not an option it is a requirement and there are extremely high expectations placed on the students academically..so ginpgnop before you compare davidson/johnson to uga or any other university i would suggest you review the requirements for attending davidson/johnson then comment the families work damn hard attending these schools and the results are being the top schools in the state/country and they should be applauded and cheered...what you should be doing is pressuring the school board to adopt their education model for all schools in rich county then maybe the cnty school system will meet ayp.....

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GnipGnop 04/26/13 - 09:41 am
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I agree Autumn...

I wasn't downing Davidson at all. It's an excellent learning foundation. I just wish the school system didn't allow the shenanigans at regular schools and held their students to a higher standard like the magnet schools do. That has nothing to do with intelligence. That has everything to do with respect!!

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Riverman1 04/26/13 - 03:16 pm
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Davidson is an excellent

Davidson is an excellent school, but the problem is it has a tiny number of students compared to the county. The county statewide test scores are abysmal.

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Darby 04/26/13 - 03:56 pm
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Bachelorette - That can happen when your

word processor uses word complete software. Too smart for it's own good.

countyman
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countyman 04/27/13 - 02:15 am
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Comparable

What countywide test scores? The SAT, etc scores of Richmond County is comparable to any of the other large cities in the state..

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 04/28/13 - 03:33 pm
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countyman,

Yes, countyman, you're right about that; which is exactly why we should be striving for improvement. We want our scores to be BETTER than other large cities in the state; comparable is not something to strive for. Have you looked at the scores lately?

Darby
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Darby 04/28/13 - 09:49 pm
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"The SAT, etc scores of Richmond County

is comparable to any of the other large cities in the state.."

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And that should be cause for great concern in the state of Georgia.

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