"Our school is best known for its history. We are the oldest school in Georgia."
Students enrolled 1290
Hours 7:35 AM - 2:30 PM
School leader Malinda Cobb
Transportation options Yes
District Richmond County School District

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910 Russell St
Augusta, GA 30904

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4 stars
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November 24, 2014
I think ARC is a great school. I have 2 children that attend ARC, and I am also a graduate of ARC as well. I think the teachers are overall very dedicated to teaching and wanting to make sure the students are ultimately achieving towards graduation. They are eager to meet if a problem was to arise, and help facilitate towards a solution. I do however think ARC is a large school, and with that sometimes the classes seem big. Students may not necessarily be afforded more individual help; however there are many opportunities for after school, before school, and Saturday school for tutoring and to make up any missed assignments. My kids have also enjoyed the many extra curricular events such as football games, pep rallys, clubs, black out day, morning news show, and so much more. Overall ARC is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
Richmond Academy (ARC) is currently the fifth oldest public school in the nation. The historical nature of ARC gives students something to be proud of and to appreciate. I am currently a senior at Richmond Academy and I believe that the cultural makeup of my school is great because there are people from all types of backgrounds. Rarely, does a school as culturally diverse as ARC be as racially intertwined as it is and I credit this to the adaptation of our school's motto "Sawubona". Sawubona helped further the family aspect of Richmond which I value the most about my school. I think people should know that ARC has a great mixture of academics and athletics. I appreciate Richmond for this great mixture because it encourages students to be well-rounded. We know how to balance our studies with having fun. Our school also focuses heavily on community service which goes hand-in-hand with our mission statement to become a productive citizen. Overall, Richmond Academy has left a lasting impression on me and I am happy that I had my high school experience here. I will always be a proud Musketeer! #Classof2014

- submitted by a student
February 28, 2014
The co-taught classroom is willing to adopt things that help ALL the students.In 7 years of teaching this seems to be the best staff that I have ever worked with.

- submitted by a teacher
February 27, 2014
ARC has a rich history, is the alma mater of some prestigious individuals, has many intelligent, compassionate teachers and staff members, and is also home to the CSRA's only IB program.

- submitted by a teacher
February 26, 2014
I started teaching at ARC in 1998 and don't want to teach at any other school. The diversity of our students is one of our great strengths. We have students who have lived here for many generations and students in military families; students who have lived in many different places. We have a variety income levels represented here. The IB program is challenging and our fine arts department is second to none. There are so many areas of interest for students to explore. I love the way our students interact with other and make newcomers feel welcome. The faculty is caring and definitely well-qualified to help prepare students for their futures. If you are looking for a challenging academic environment, athletics, JROTC, fine arts and/or career preparation, ARC is the place to be. I am proud to be a teacher here, but I've also been the parent of ARC students; my son and daughter are both graduates of the Academy.

- submitted by a teacher
November 29, 2013
Just a bad learning experience from a student .Classes are never under control and teachers do a very poor job if they will.

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2013
My son just finished his freshmen year at ARC and he absolutely loved it. He came home everyday with a huge smile on his face. He is in the AJROTC program and he loves it. The school is older but it is just amazing. The staff knows what they are doing.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
For one the last comment made on here was racist. I have two teens that go to this school and we are not African American . For two my husband and I are both highly educated. We are both collage graduates with degrees. Neither one my children are IB students. Both my 10th grade and my 9th grade are getting exceptional grades. I have never had teachers call me after hours to discuses my child's IEP. I have had teachers as well as JROTC instructors help my children before and after school. The teachers and the staff care about the students. Yes the school is old, how ever if you took the time to look at the history in the area it was built in 1926 and before that the original Academy of Richmond County was established in 1783. It is fifth oldest existing public high school in the United States and the oldest existing public high school in the South. There for where someone may see dirt I see beauty and history.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2010
I went to ARC in the years of 2004-08. I must say that I had trouble when I first got there, but as time went by everything grew on me such as the environment and the curriculum. They have some of the most excellent teachers that you may ever run across in the education department. I miss it so much! It was a great deal for me to attend ARC. If I could go back I would.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 06, 2009
my son wasnt even intrested in school until they offered guitar classes now you cant keep him out of schhol unless there is a death or illness in the family..

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August 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 18, 2009
I went to ARC as did my father and I was pleased that my daughter would as well. However, I'm afraid my husband and I made a bad decision. She was an average student, not academically gifted enough to be in the IB program (which is excellent), and was thrown in with the general population. With the exception of a few teachers, she did not have very good instructors or receive an acceptable education in the basics. Her writing skills were poor and we had to pay for tutoring to get her ready for college. Thank goodness the college she attended was prepared to help the freshmen with needs and get them caught up with students with stronger backgrounds. As a junior in college, she is doing quite well now but it would have been nice not to have to play 'catch-up' for two years.

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April 28, 2009
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January 23, 2009
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October 30, 2008
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September 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2008
I am a student. And i have been very blessed to have some of the best teachers, outside of IB, at Richmond. I agree that Richmond is very over crowded, and that we have many problem students, but you must understand, when these 'problem students' were not present its not like Richmond was all sunshine and roses. Simply because there was, and still is a lot of so called students at Richmond that do not care. I have been to meetings with the county to try and voice my opinion, and all I here is that Richmond's teachers are to blame. I must stress that is not so. A lot of the parents and members of the RCBOE have not stepped foot in a classroom. If a teacher does not spoon feed your child it is considered as them not doing there job. Please.

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2008
how are all these parents saying its over crowed, because i swear i never see any parents come in. But yeah it is over crowed and the teachers well most of the teachers are pretty good but we get all the trouble students from schools like laney and josey

- submitted by a student
no rating December 15, 2007
ARC is overly crowded and cannot give their students the attention and criteria needed to get their education.

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November 05, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 02, 2007
Great School, I commend the Vocational Dept (Ms Lofton) and her staff they are a great team htey have contributed to the success of my son's academics. Although the school does have a large student population they have taken the time to ensure that my son's educational needs are priority!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 11, 2007
This school is completely overcrowded with the troubled students of schools not meeting AYP. Sure the schools are at some fault, but until the parents of this area decide to take control of their children at home we will continue to be baby sitters and not educators. ARC is one of the most historically recognized schools in the state and is being ruined by a core of students that are not in school to learn.

- submitted by a teacher
May 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
Richmond Academy needs serious improvement in the classroom and learning facilities. To the parents, I strongly suggest that you put your kids in either the IB Programme or Advanced Placement classes because they will not receive the best education that your tax dollars can buy. It is so over crowded that some kids can not even get into their required classes. None of the teachers are underqualified to handle such a working environment yet a lot of them are sloppy with their grades and have overly demanding attitudes towards their students. A lot of this negative energy is stress induced from having non-educational matters to deal with. Such as the dress code and having to check identification and the constant updates on websites most students can not find let alone use. None of these things have created a positive,or should I say significant, influence when it comes to graduating these kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2007
A.R.C. is over crowded, dilapidated, and should be a cause for concern. Yes, the housing market is great, however there is a huge disparage in Georgia's educational standards.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2006
Richmond achademy is a great school i am a student who attends this school and the education is great i dont think we should have accepted so many problem children from other school because that is going to bring our school testing scores down this year i think they should have checked out there file before accepting the out of zone children richmond has great family and student support which is needed we have great teachers who try thier best but parents need to focus on thier children more.

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December 10, 2006
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December 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2006
This school is old and not well preserved. It is over-crowded as well. Because of the attitudes of the faculty and staff, the kids don't care either. The students in the IB program are receiving an entirely different education from the rest of the school population.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 05, 2005
Richmond Academy is a great school. It has a real world mix, being that it is diverse. There is something there for everyone. My child is in the IB program and has excellent teachers. They are always in communication with me and are always eager to help, but they can only do so much. Some of the other parents need to take some responsibility for thier child's education. The school offers many opportunities for parents to get involved. I've been asked to chaperone trips and provide snacks for study sessions. I've seen many parents complain but they have never been involved in thier child education. Overall, ARC is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
First and formost, I must say The Academy of Richmond Count is a great school.. But for all the wrong reasons. This school is best at some sports.. Sports over education? That is something that no school should do. We need to focus more on what the students learn over what they do for extra activities. Most the teachers who are also coaches seem to be making favirutes (I'll give u two guess whom) I believe over all this is a great school, but needs to focus more on the teachers and the way they teach other then everything else.. Oh yeah.. And back off the dress code alittle bit.

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2004
This school does not focus on what should be focused on. they care about dress code more than there education. i understand it's for safty but heck they have metal detectors and use them once every three months. Some of the teachers are only there to sit at there desk and make money rather than teach and help the kids pass. The teachers just go over the stuff breifly once and expect the kids to learn it. Then some of them are unorganized and misplace the work and the students have to fail and get behind because of the teachers mistakes.

- submitted by a student
February 24, 2004
I love Richmond Academy. My child was in the IB program. We relocated to another city, and now she is at another school and she is well equipped for her classes. She will be taking college courses her senior year. She also participated in athletics at the school. The study hall provided made it easier to stay focused on her school work, and still be able to participate. I'm very glad she attended this school.

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2004
It is understandable why this school was one the list of schools that did not make the grade. It is over populated thereby causing the staff to deal with many more students than is desireable. If the school once again comes out on the list of schools in need of improvement I will remove my child from there.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
I do not credit my success in school to my teachers however. In many cases I believe they are too broad in their teachings. Many do not challenge the student and some are not even concerned with the students' needs. Regardless, the IB program will turn this school around and Larry Bagwell, the IB Dean, is their most coveted asset.

- submitted by a former student
August 28, 2003
This is my sons first year at ARC and it was a little overwhelming at first as it is a large school. My son loves it! I am so happy and the staff are all great! The ROTC program I feel is the best in Richmond county and has been a great help for my son. Thank you ARC!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
The Academy has given my daughter a great education. The teacher/student ratio is one of the best in Georgia. arc has won the all sports trophy for the last 4 years and this year was certified for its International Baccalaureate program.

- submitted by a parent
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Academy of Richmond County High School
910 Russell St, Augusta, GA  30904
(706) 737-7152
Last modified Academy of Richmond County High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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