Originally created 09/30/05

Richmond Academy wins state honor



For the second year, Richmond County officials are touting SAT accolades and Governor's Cup honors for one of its schools.

The Academy of Richmond County was recognized Thursday by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox for having one of the largest average three-year gains in SAT scores.

The school was among five to receive the Governor's Cup, a program started in 2003 to encourage academic competition.

Principal David Robbins said he's proud of the improved test scores, particularly considering the increased number of test takers. The school tested 130 of its 184 graduating seniors.

The school tested the most students of any school in the county and had an average increase of 41 points during the three years of the Governor's Cup program.

A combination of SAT preparation courses, academic rigor and the teaching staff at Richmond Academy has led to the increase, Mr. Robbins said.

"Our goal is to move our county above the national average, while supporting State Superintendent Kathy Cox in her quest to have Georgia lead the nation in improving student achievement," Richmond County Superintendent Charles Larke said.

The SAT scores used for the Governor's Cup differ from the scores released previously by the Georgia Department of Education. The Governor's Cup takes the highest math and verbal scores regardless of the test administration, which are the scores considered by most colleges. According to the Department of Education, the school's average score was 995. The Governor's Office has the school's score at 1,017.2

Mr. Perdue had planned to visit the school Monday but had to postpone because schools were closed to conserve bus fuel.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

Richmond Academy SAT scores


2005 1,017.2


2004 980.8


2003 935.0


Source: Georgia Governor's Office

Governor's Cup winners


Class A: Schley Middle High School


Class AA: Dade County High School


Class AAA: Academy of Richmond County high School


Class AAAA: Madison County High School


Class AAAAA: Northview High school


Source: Governor's Office