Newsweek ranks local schools among nation's best

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 1:18 PM
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Two local schools have been recognized as among the best high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine.

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School is No. 278 and Lakeside High School is No. 309, according to the magazine’s annual rankings released Monday.

Newsweek ranks public schools using a formula that takes into account the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests taken by students in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors. Schools listed in the Top 1500 are among the top 6 percent of schools when using this formula.

Last year, Davidson was ranked No. 202. Lakeside was ranked No. 1198.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/09/09 - 01:26 pm
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Westminster? Augusta Prep?

Westminster? Augusta Prep? Augusta Christian?

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triscuit 06/09/09 - 01:44 pm
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This is a PUBLIC school

This is a PUBLIC school ranking...

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Sigh.... 06/09/09 - 03:23 pm
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Wow nice jump for Lakeside,

Wow nice jump for Lakeside, Congratulations!

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augnewsgirl09 06/09/09 - 04:52 pm
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Yay DFA!! And congrats to

Yay DFA!! And congrats to Lakeside as well!!!

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bone 06/09/09 - 09:55 pm
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coming from a source like

coming from a source like newsweek, i'd take these rankings with a large grain of salt. congrats to the schools, but enough with the "rankings" phenomenon in education.

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Asitisinaug 06/10/09 - 12:01 am
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Definetly two of the best

Definetly two of the best schools in the area. Davidson is like a private school in they way they are able to select their students and therefore, they do have the best of the best in Richmond County and always do well. Lakeside, a true public school, has always had a passion for education, caring teachers and administrators and students who actually want to learn with parents who are supportive. Great job to both of these fine schools.

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AAQueen 06/10/09 - 09:16 am
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Hopefully the new Grovetown

Hopefully the new Grovetown High school will rank among the best also.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 06/10/09 - 12:04 pm
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Asitisinaug, Just for

Asitisinaug, Just for clarity's sake, Davidson auditions students with C averages and up - it's not like they only take A students. One difference from other schools is a curriculum that takes into account their varied interests in the Arts and promotes their development in those interests as well as Academics.

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FallingLeaves 06/10/09 - 12:07 pm
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Davidson has intramural

Davidson has intramural sports, a rowing team and swim team for those who aren't interested in fitness through dance and want to supplement the physical fitness class. Happier students are more motivated to learn. Another expectation conducive to a better learning environment is good behavior; they sign behavior agreements and most of their parents are pro-actively dedicated to their children's education. Basically if they are C students with artistic interests and healthy lifestyles, their self-discipline plus the excellent learning environment, translate to improved learning and grades once they have adjusted to Davidson.

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augnewsgirl09 06/10/09 - 03:03 pm
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Baroness, I noticed that you

Baroness, I noticed that you have a lot of good things to say about Davidson (which is really great since I am an alumnus). :)Did you ever teach there or have children that attended there?

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bone 06/10/09 - 06:52 pm
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behavior agreements; now

behavior agreements; now there's a novel idea for general population public schools to try. enough with the b.s. about "happier kids", "art interests," etc. just make sure they know what is expected and that standards must be met or they DO NOT GET TO ATTEND THE SCHOOL OF THEIR CHOICE.

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augnewsgirl09 06/10/09 - 08:47 pm
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Bone, why the hostility? It's

Bone, why the hostility? It's called a Code of Conduct that every Richmond County School student signs.. not just Davidson kids.

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FallingLeaves 06/11/09 - 05:04 pm
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aug, my children all went to

aug, my children all went to Davidson after initially attending other Richmond County Public Schools and participating in the gifted program called IEP. They attended two elementary schools here, the first was excellent, the second horrible even though they were only two miles apart, then they went to C.T.Walker (except for the oldest, he went straight to Davidson) then they auditioned and got in Davidson and graduated from there. I helped with the usual things parents do, but I never taught there. I've had children graduating there since 2004, so I might even have met you aug.

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