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Savannah Arts Academy

Public | 9-12 | 769 students

Our school is best known its Visual and Performing Arts and Academic Readiness

 
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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted May 3, 2005

I in the first ever class of students at this school, (I attended for 3 years) There are alot of things to be considered. Yes! this school is a great place for academics, but the focus is arts! (hence the name!) The teachers are some of the best in the state! The programs offered and the diversity is un-imaginable. Students learn tolerance first hand.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 23, 2004

My oldest graduated from Jenkins High (also a great academic school) and my youngest will graduate this year from Savannah Arts. The academics are fairly equal at both schools but the overall environment at Savannah Arts is far superior. With the arrival of the present principal, academics as well as environmet has improved. As a parent, I like the fact that if you don't maintain an 80% you are sent back to your neighborhood school. What an incentive to do your work! SAA has a lot of kids transferring into it from our many private schools. We have an abundance of caring and talented teachers as well. I have been very satisfied with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2004

Our daughter graduates from SAA this year [2004]. Although there is a focus on the arts, we have seen the school's academic program perceptibly improve each year. Twelve students were selected as finalists in the Governor's Honors Program during the summer of 2003 --- far more than any other area high school, public or private. A student population cap of 600 ensures a manageable size in which the faculty & administration know the students. Prospective students must audition in their intended field of focus [drama, music, dance or visual arts] to gain a admission. Still a fairly new school, its growing reputation has allowed it to become more selective each year. It has attracted some really talented students --- most attend the school because they really want to be there. Discipline does not appear to be a problem. A wonderful new college counselor added this year. Great principal & teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I'm not a parent; however, I am a student at Savannah Arts Academy and I love it! I attended Jenkins High School my freshman year and I hated it. At SAA I get to study and improve my passion- singing. The teachers are all caring, personal, and they put forth the extra effort that makes the big difference, as do the students. I'm a senior and I don't want to graduate, because I'm going to miss it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2003

Our Daughter just graduated from here. It is a wonderful school with fantastic teachers that care. Not the norm for the area ,fighting and what not, these kids want to learn....Below a C you are OUT!
—Submitted by a parent


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.

About these ratings

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.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

205 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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100%

2010

 
 
100%

2009

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

187 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

205 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
100%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

205 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
100%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
99%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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97%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 44%
Black 18% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Garrison Performing Arts K-8
Coastal and Ellis Schools, Ogelthorpe Charter,
Several Savannah area private schools
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 99% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Georgia
Georgia Tech
Georgia Southern University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
Portugese
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • US News and World Report (2014)
  • Newsweek (2014)
  • National Blue Ribbon School

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Portugese
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: French and Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Dual Enrollment Classes
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 2:55 am
School Leader's name
  • Gifford K. Lockley
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (912) 201-4160

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • 24 Advanced Placement Classes
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Internships
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • French
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Portugese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Dual Enrollment Classes
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Parking for student drivers
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Savannah Collee of Art and Design (SCAD)
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • LifeBridge Church
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: French and Spanish
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • National Beta Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Several Honor Societies
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Fine Arts specialty area monthly meeting
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
220
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
550
Students typically come from these schools
Garrison Performing Arts K-8
Coastal and Ellis Schools, Ogelthorpe Charter,
Several Savannah area private schools

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Georgia
Georgia Southern University
Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD)
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Dual Enrollment Classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 99%
Military - 1%
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500 Washington Ave
Savannah, GA 31405
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Phone: (912) 395-5000

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