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
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.
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.
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.
Just a bad learning experience from a student .Classes are never under control and teachers do a very poor job if they will.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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
ARC is overly crowded and cannot give their students the attention and criteria needed to get their education.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Academy of Richmond County High School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Academy of Richmond County High School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.