Richmond County Board of Education

The Richmond County school system, the largest in the area, is expanding its nationally recognized magnet program.

Of all its schools, its magnet programs garner the most recognition.

A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School added seventh and eighth grades in the 2009-10 school year. A.R. Johnson, which won the blue ribbon award in 2003, currently has grades 9-12.

C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School houses kindergarten through eighth grade and was named a Georgia School of Excellence in 2003.

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School is for pupils in sixth through 12th grades. Davidson was named a 2004 Blue Ribbon School and continues to be ranked the state's top high school by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

Davidson again had the highest SAT scores of any school in Georgia this year, a distinction it earns frequently. It was also named a 2008 School of Excellence.

Richmond County's magnets also include the International Baccalaureate Programme at the Academy of Richmond County. The IB program allows students to study a rigorous curriculum recognized the world over at one of the oldest schools in the nation.

The county's schools no longer require pupils to wear uniforms, but the system maintains a strict dress code.

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Remembering Davidson

Almost 100 alumni, teachers and students gathered Saturday to offer farewells to the old John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School building.
By Sean Gruber | Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

Goodbye set for old Davidson school

More than 100 John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School alumni, teachers and students are expected to gather to say goodbye to the old Davidson building on Telfair Street on Saturday, celebrating ...
By Sean Gruber | Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Poor results prompt schools to begin preparations for next Milestones

School district officials said they are taking steps to prepare students and teachers for the next wave of Milestones testing during the upcoming spring semester.
By Sean Gruber | Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

RCBOE approves bid for Murphey-Josey merger

The Board of Education approved a bid of more than $12 million for renovations at T.W. Josey High School during a regular board meeting Tuesday, taking another step toward merging the school with ...
By Sean Gruber | Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Local students struggle with Milestones test

Students from Richmond and Columbia counties struggled with the first round of Georgia Milestones testing, according to results released Monday.
By Sean Gruber | Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Studies show lack of geography skills

According to a report released by the Government Ac­count­ability Office last month, roughly 73 percent of eighth-grade students taking the National Assessment of Educa­tio­nal ...
By Sean Gruber | Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

Milestones test results to be released Monday

The state Department of Education will release the school and district level scores for the first wave of Georgia Milestones test Monday.
By Sean Gruber | Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

As grad rates climb, school officials cite 'personalized learning'

High school graduation rates are climbing, and school officials said they hope to continue the trend with a mix of "personalized learning" and a focus on intervening with struggling students as ...
By Sean Gruber | Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

High school grad rates jump

Graduation rates in nearly every high school in Richmond and Columbia counties increased slightly
By Bianca Cain Johnson and Sean Gruber | Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Hephzibah High School to host resource fair

Educational and health organizations will provide information on the programs and services they can offer to families struggling with medical or financial issues.
By Sean Gruber | Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

Amerigroup gives supplies, money to schools

Representatives from Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia delivered boxes of school supplies and a $500 check for any additional needs.
By Sean Gruber | Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Superintendents have differing views on flexibility option

The Richmond and Columbia county school districts chose to adopt the same school flexibility option for similar reasons this month, but the superintendents offer contrasting views of how it will ...
By Sean Gruber | Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

Augusta students learn about aviation careers

Thirty Richmond County high school and middle school students got a "behind the curtain" look at how airport workers do their jobs during Augusta Regional Airport's Aviation Career Day.
By Sean Gruber | Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

School puts focus on parents

Increasing parental involvement was the goal of Jamestown Elementary's "Curriculum Night," where a group of more than 20 parents recieved an overview of the school's current teaching focus and ...
By Sean Gruber | Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

School board votes to seek strategic waivers

The Richmond County Board of Education voted to submit an application to the state detailing how the "flexibility option" will improve student performance.
By Sean Gruber | Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Jenkins-White music teacher named county's top teacher

Phyllis Porter-Johnson, Richmond County's Teacher of the Year, said it was "divine intervention" that allowed her to pursue her dream job: instilling a love of music and song into her pupils at ...
By Sean Gruber | Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Teacher of the year candidate seeks to inspire love of learning

After taking a job as a substitute teacher at Hornsby K-8 School, 2016 Teacher of the Year candidate Pamela Forston said, she "fell in love with her students."
By Sean Gruber | Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Teacher of year candidate 'never tires' of music

Even after 26 years in education and a decade of musical and leadership training, 2016 teacher of the year candidate Phyllis Porter-Johnson said she remains as dedicated to her job as ever.
By Sean Gruber | Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

Old school to be torn down

The board voted to spend $220,000 to demolish the old Davidson School Building on Telfair Street, to "finally" clear the property of the historic structure built in the 1930s.
By Sean Gruber | Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

Reading program pairs pupils, mentors

As soon as Sabrina Paige heard about the Power Lunch Reading Initiative that launched at Richmond County elementary schools this week, she said she “jumped at the chance to participate.”
By Sean Gruber | Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
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