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OUR STORY

Augusta Preparatory Day School is a diverse, non-sectarian independent school focused on preparing students for excellence in all ways from as young as 3 years old in Pre-school to the 12th grade.  Our college preparatory school, located on a 55-acre campus in Martinez, Georgia, is in its 56th year and offers a tradition of providing strong academics through small class sizes with expert teachers, exemplary arts and athletics programs and a character-driven atmosphere featuring an honor code and community outreach efforts. Our campus has a Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School, with an enrollment of approximately 560 students and a 100 percent college acceptance rate. We have achieved the high designation of a Cum Laude Society chapter honoring the scholastic achievement of students as well as being one of only 50 schools in the country and the only school in Georgia to be named a Malone Scholars school, a program that awarded us a $2 million grant that perpetually supports top-level students to receive scholarships. 

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Independent Schools Defined

NAIS offers a useful overview of the independent school advantages that students and families can enjoy at Prep: 

 

  • High academic standards. Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, and encourage critical thinking. A larger percentage of students at independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses than in public and parochial schools.
  • Small classes and individual 
  • attention. Independent schools have low student-teacher ratios that encourage close connections with students. The median ratio in NAIS schools in 2011-12 was 8.8 students to 1 teacher. 
  • Prep’s class of 2016 received a 100% admit rate when applying at; Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Georgia Tech, Duke, and Villanova.
  • Prep’s class of 2017 received a 100% admit rate when applying at John Hopkins, Furman, and William & Mary while all but one application was accepted in early action at Georgia Tech.
  • Greater likelihood of a student completing a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.
  •  Education for the whole child. Independent schools nurture not just students’ intellectual ability and curiosity but also their personal and social growth and civic conscience. Opportunities extend well beyond the classroom to athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and school leadership experiences.
  • Inclusiveness. Schools maintain diverse and vibrant student communities and welcome and respect each family. In 2010-11 students of color were 25.9 percent of total independent school enrollment.
  • A community of parents who actively participate in their children’s education. Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals for the student.
  • The opportunity to choose a school with a mission. You can select a school whose philosophy, values, and teaching approach is right for your child.
  • And most important: An education that is an investment in the future of all graduates.

School Mission

School Mission:

 

Augusta Preparatory Day School will develop the intellect, talents, and character of each student in a diverse, college-preparatory, non-sectarian, and welcoming community of lifelong learners. We are committed to educating well-rounded, engaged students who embrace personal responsibility, global perspective, and service to others.

Our History

 First Class photoAugusta Preparatory Day School was conceived with the future in mind. The demonstration of stewardship by the 100 parents who supported its initial financial backing validated the need for an independent day school with a college preparatory academic curriculum. Augusta Prep’s excellence was officially recognized in 1966 when the school was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. That tradition of educational excellence continues today.


A future fulfilled…GROWTH AND EXPANSION

Augusta Preparatory School was founded in 1960. Thirty-eight students enrolled in grades seven through nine arrived for their first day of school on September 5, 1961. By the autumn of 1963, Augusta Preparatory School had purchased a 55-acre site in Martinez and erected a school building. Prep’s current campus began to take shape. This initial building, complete with classrooms, administrative offices and a science lab, was dedicated by Governor Carl E. Sanders (who was a Prep grandparent) as McCampbell Hall and was followed by the construction of Cullum Auditorium in 1966 and a field house in 1969. In the fall of 1972, another classroom building, Founders Hall, opened and a gymnasium complex, Boardman Gym, was completed in 1973. In the early 1980’s, funds were raised to erect Baird Library and Science building, in Morris Hall. Augusta Preparatory School became more established in its traditions, athletics, and most important, in its role as a respected college preparatory independent school and the only nonsectarian school in Augusta.history 2

While Augusta Preparatory School was solidifying its secondary school offerings, Augusta Country Day School, an elementary school for students in grades one through six, was forming to provide an educational environment that promoted intellectual, social and personal growth, encouraged a sense of self-esteem, and enabled students to realize, at their own pace, the fullest potential of their abilities. The relationship between these two schools began in 1973 when Augusta Country Day leased a portion of Augusta Preparatory School’s campus to house an elementary school. As the schools matured throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, conversations about merging became a reality. In 1988, Augusta Preparatory School and Augusta Country Day School united to form Augusta Preparatory Day School. The 1988-1989 school year marked the first year for the new school with grades kindergarten through twelve in three divisions (Lower, Middle, Upper).

Augusta Preparatory Day School entered a new round of construction and a new Lower School wing opened in 1989. During the 1990’s, enrollment grew 140% and, following the example of stewardship set by the founding families, the school community again gave back to the school monetarily to support the Visions Capital Campaign. Each division building (Lower, Middle and Upper) was expanded and the academic learning space was doubled. In addition, a track, a baseball diamond, and a commons area were added to campus.

history 3Now, with financial security, a stable enrollment, talented faculty and confident leadership, Augusta Preparatory Day School implemented an aggressive strategic plan in the first decade of the 21st century. From 2003 – 2006, the school raised an unprecedented $7.3 million and added Boardman Athletic Center and Hull Fine Arts Center. Combined, these two spaces opened up 40,000 square feet of space for our students. The 2006-2007 school year was perhaps the most transformational in school history as these new facilities raised the school’s public profile and matched the standard of excellence that had always existed in the faculty, students, curriculum and programs.

Campus enrichment continued through the 2007-2008 school year. The Knox Music Suite opened in November of 2007 and gave our students an acoustically-sound facility with four practice rooms and two instrumental music classrooms to accommodate private and group instruction. In February of 2008, Augusta Preparatory Day School dedicated the Nalley Tennis Center, a five-court facility, to further enhance one of the most outstanding athletic programs in the school’s history. Most recently, in 2013, Augusta Prep also opened Cavalier Stadium - a new stadium seating structure by its athletic field that has a capacity seating of 490. In April 2016, a press box also was dedicated opposite of Cavalier Stadium, further enhancing the gaming experience of field sports for coaches and the media.


Our Advantages

  • Niche independent rankings feature Prep as 7th best K-12 school in Georgia with the next highest ranked school in the CSRA checking in at 31st
    • The average tuition for those ranked ahead of Prep is approx. 27% higher than Prep
  • 94% of the graduating classes of 2016 & 2017 who applied to college via early action or early decision were accepted
    • this includes 89% of the class of 2017 admitted early at UGA (overall only 52% of more than 15,000 applicants admitted early at UGA)
  • Prep’s graduating classes of 2016 & 2017 received a 100% admit rate when applying at; Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, John Hopkins, Georgia Tech, Duke, Villanova, and William and Mary
  • Georgia Tech recently ranked the average freshman GPA from collections of Georgia high schools and the 3.48 GPA for Prep grads was second in the state behind Savannah Country Day’s 3.49
  • Prep is one of 11 Cum Laude Society schools and the only Malone Family Foundation school in Georgia
  • The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 in our community of 550 students means that Prep is large enough to offer endless opportunities and activities but small enough to cater to the needs of the individual student
  • 100% of Prep graduates attend four year colleges
  • Prep’s student body consists of families living in 26 different zip codes while our diversity is at 25%
  • Prep features a 55-acre park-like campus
  • Faculty retention was at 99% last year with only one faculty member choosing to leave to pursue a master’s degree
  • 66 different course offerings in upper school
  • 15 different art classes offered in upper school
  • 18 AP courses are offered in Prep’s upper school
  • Foreign Language is taught in every grade level through PK
  • Computer coding, 3D printing, robotics, and AP Computer Science are now part of Prep’s curriculum
  • The wildly popular STEAM weeks in the lower school will be expanded to Prep’s middle school
  • Prep offers more GISA sanctioned varsity sports (19) than any other school in the CSRA
    • plus we support JV and middle school teams in many sports
  • 86% of Prep middle and upper school students participate in at least one co-curricular activity
  • Prep won the prestigious GISA Region 4-AAA All-Sports Trophy for the 2015-16 school year
  • Prep will perform five full theatrical productions each school year in the beautiful Hull Fine Arts Center
  • In 2015, Prep won the One Act Play state championship
  • Prep has more after school programming and private instruction with musical instruments and dance than ever
  • The middle school features a maker-space that will be used as a model for other divisions going forward
  • Prep has expanded the capacity of our wireless network to facilitate the technology integration happening on campus
  • Faculty & staff are receiving higher-than-ever levels of support for professional development


  • Niche independent rankings feature Prep as 10th best K-12 school in Georgia with the next highest ranked school in the CSRA checking in at 36th
    • The average tuition for those ranked ahead of Prep is approx. 27% higher than Prep
  • 94% of the graduating classes of 2016 & 2017 who applied to college via early action or early decision were accepted
    • this includes 89% of the class of 2017 admitted early at UGA (overall only 52% of more than 15,000 applicants admitted early at UGA)
  • Prep’s graduating classes of 2016 & 2017 received a 100% admit rate when applying at; Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, John Hopkins, Georgia Tech, Duke, Villanova, and William and Mary
  • Georgia Tech recently ranked the average freshman GPA from collections of Georgia high schools and the 3.48 GPA for Prep grads was second in the state behind Savannah Country Day’s 3.49
  • Prep is one of 11 Cum Laude Society schools and the only Malone Family Foundation school in Georgia
  • The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 in our community of 550 students means that Prep is large enough to offer endless opportunities and activities but small enough to cater to the needs of the individual student
  • 100% of Prep graduates attend four year colleges
  • Prep’s student body consists of families living in 26 different zip codes while our diversity is at 25%
  • Prep features a 55-acre park-like campus
  • Faculty retention was at 99% last year with only one faculty member choosing to leave to pursue a master’s degree
  • 66 different course offerings in upper school
  • 15 different art classes offered in upper school
  • 18 AP courses are offered in Prep’s upper school
  • Foreign Language is taught in every grade level through PK
  • Computer coding, 3D printing, robotics, and AP Computer Science are now part of Prep’s curriculum
  • The wildly popular STEAM weeks in the lower school will be expanded to Prep’s middle school
  • Prep offers more GISA sanctioned varsity sports (19) than any other school in the CSRA
    • plus we support JV and middle school teams in many sports
  • 86% of Prep middle and upper school students participate in at least one co-curricular activity
  • Prep won the prestigious GISA Region 4-AAA All-Sports Trophy for the 2015-16 school year
  • Prep will perform five full theatrical productions each school year in the beautiful Hull Fine Arts Center
  • In 2015, Prep won the One Act Play state championship
  • Prep has more after school programming and private instruction with musical instruments and dance than ever
  • The middle school features a maker-space that will be used as a model for other divisions going forward
  • Prep has expanded the capacity of our wireless network to facilitate the technology integration happening on campus
  • Faculty & staff are receiving higher-than-ever levels of support for professional development 
  • Niche independent rankings feature Prep as 10th best K-12 school in Georgia with the next highest ranked school in the CSRA checking in at 36th
    • The average tuition for those ranked ahead of Prep is approx. 27% higher than Prep
  • 94% of the graduating classes of 2016 & 2017 who applied to college via early action or early decision were accepted
    • this includes 89% of the class of 2017 admitted early at UGA (overall only 52% of more than 15,000 applicants admitted early at UGA)
  • Prep’s graduating classes of 2016 & 2017 received a 100% admit rate when applying at; Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, John Hopkins, Georgia Tech, Duke, Villanova, and William and Mary
  • Georgia Tech recently ranked the average freshman GPA from collections of Georgia high schools and the 3.48 GPA for Prep grads was second in the state behind Savannah Country Day’s 3.49
  • Prep is one of 11 Cum Laude Society schools and the only Malone Family Foundation school in Georgia
  • The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 in our community of 550 students means that Prep is large enough to offer endless opportunities and activities but small enough to cater to the needs of the individual student
  • 100% of Prep graduates attend four year colleges
  • Prep’s student body consists of families living in 26 different zip codes while our diversity is at 25%
  • Prep features a 55-acre park-like campus
  • Faculty retention was at 99% last year with only one faculty member choosing to leave to pursue a master’s degree
  • 66 different course offerings in upper school
  • 15 different art classes offered in upper school
  • 18 AP courses are offered in Prep’s upper school
  • Foreign Language is taught in every grade level through PK
  • Computer coding, 3D printing, robotics, and AP Computer Science are now part of Prep’s curriculum
  • The wildly popular STEAM weeks in the lower school will be expanded to Prep’s middle school
  • Prep offers more GISA sanctioned varsity sports (19) than any other school in the CSRA
    • plus we support JV and middle school teams in many sports
  • 86% of Prep middle and upper school students participate in at least one co-curricular activity
  • Prep won the prestigious GISA Region 4-AAA All-Sports Trophy for the 2015-16 school year
  • Prep will perform five full theatrical productions each school year in the beautiful Hull Fine Arts Center
  • In 2015, Prep won the One Act Play state championship
  • Prep has more after school programming and private instruction with musical instruments and dance than ever
  • The middle school features a maker-space that will be used as a model for other divisions going forward
  • Prep has expanded the capacity of our wireless network to facilitate the technology integration happening on campus
  • Faculty & staff are receiving higher-than-ever levels of support for professional development 
  • Our College Acceptance List

    Members of the class of 2015-2016 were accepted to many of the nation's finest colleges and universities, including: Amherst College, Davidson College, Emory, Furman, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Harvard College, High Point University, Lehigh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UNC at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and Wofford College.
    College Acceptance List

    College Acceptances for the Class of 2015 and Class of 2016

    *denotes honors college acceptance

    Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
    Agnes Scott College
    The University of Alabama
    AMDA - College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts
    American University
    Appalachian State University
    Arizona State University*
    Auburn University
    Augusta University
    Belmont University
    Berry College
    Boston College
    Boston University
    Brandeis University
    Brenau University
    Brigham Young University
    Brigham Young University, Idaho
    Brown University
    University of California, Los Angeles (College of Letters & Science)
    University of California, San Diego
    Centre College
    College of Charleston
    The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
    Clemson University*
    Colorado State University
    Columbia College
    Columbia University
    Converse College
    Cornell University
    Dartmouth College
    Davidson College
    University of Delaware
    University of Denver
    Dickinson College
    Duke University
    East Carolina University
    Elon University
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
    Emory University
    Florida International University
    Florida Southern College
    Florida State University
    University of Florida
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    Franklin and Marshall College
    Furman University
    George Mason University
    The George Washington University
    Georgia College
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Georgia Southern University
    Georgia State University
    The University of Georgia
    Gettysburg College
    Harvard University
    Haverford College
    High Point University
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Liberal Arts & Sciences)
    Ithaca College (School of Communications)
    James Madison University
    Johns Hopkins University
    Kennesaw State University
    University of Kentucky*
    Lee University
    Lees-McRae College
    Lewis & Clark College
    Louisiana State University*
    Mary Baldwin College
    The University of Memphis
    Mercer University
    University of Miami
    Middle Georgia College
    Middle Tennessee State University
    Mississippi State University
    University of Mississippi
    Morehouse College
    Muhlenberg College
    New York University
    University of North Carolina at Asheville
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    North Carolina State University
    University of North Georgia
    Northwestern University 
    Oglethorpe University
    University of Oregon*
    Pace University, New York City
    Pepperdine University
    Piedmont College
    Pomona College
    Presbyterian College
    Princeton University
    Purdue University (College of Engineering)
    Queens University of Charlotte
    Rice University
    Rollins College
    Rutgers University
    Saint Leo University
    Samford University
    Savannah College of Art and Design
    Sewanee: The University of the South
    Shorter University
    Skidmore College
    University of South Carolina, Aiken
    University of South Carolina*
    University of South Florida, Tampa
    Southern Methodist University
    Stetson University
    Syracuse University
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    The University of Texas, Austin
    University of Utah
    Villanova University
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Virginia Tech
    University of Virginia
    Wake Forest University
    Washington and Lee University
    Washington University in St. Louis
    University of Washington
    Western Carolina University
    Wheaton College MA
    College of William and Mary
    Williams College
    Winthrop University
    Wofford College
    Young Harris College

    Our Affiliations and Memberships

    Affiliations & Memberships

    Augusta Preparatory Day School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

    The school maintains membership in the following:
    National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
    Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
    Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA)
    Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
    Educational Records Bureau (ERB)
    National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
    Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors (SACAC)
    The College Board
    National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
    Cum Laude Society: one of eight schools in Georgia to earn this distinction 
    National Honor Society (NHS)
    Augusta Prep is a Malone Family Foundation School



    Our Board of Trustees

    Board Chair
    As Chair of the Board of Trustees for Augusta Preparatory Day School, it is an honor to welcome you to our website. It is a privilege to serve Augusta Prep as a board member. Our objective is to espouse the mission and philosophy of Augusta Prep in guiding our students toward college success and life success. We seek to support the head of school, faculty, and staff in this objective and to ensure that future generations will have Prep as a vital resource in our community.

    Eileen Brandon
    Chair, Board of Trustees

    2017-2018 Board of Trustees
    Officers

    Eileen Brandon, Chair
    Grant Loo, DMD, Vice Chair
    Sam Nicholson, '02, Secretary
    Jeff Dorn, Treasurer

    Members
    Forester Adams
    Tori Goodwin Boardman '88
    Heidi Brewton
    Christina Layman Holmes '98
    Varsha Kulkarni, M.D.
    Bill Macuch
    Mason McKnight IV '02
    Grey Murray
    Julian Nussbaum, M.D.
    David Riggans, M.D.
    Barry Toole

    As Chair of the Board of Trustees for Augusta Preparatory Day School, it is an honor to welcome you to our website. It is a privilege to serve Augusta Prep as a board member. Our objective is to espouse the mission and philosophy of Augusta Prep in guiding our students toward college success and life success. We seek to support the head of school, faculty, and staff in this objective and to ensure that future generations will have Prep as a vital resource in our community.

    Eileen Brandon
    Chair, Board of Trustees

    board

    Officers
    Eileen Brandon, Chair
    Grant Loo, DMD, Vice Chair
    Sam Nicholson, '02, Secretary
    Jeff Dorn, Treasurer

    Members
    Miriam Atkins, M.D.
    James Bernstein
    Tori Goodwin Boardman '88
    Heidi Brewton
    Karen Fischer
    Elsie Hill
    Heather Howington
    David Knox
    Dr. Varsha Kulkarni
    Debbie Layman
    Bill Macuch
    Mason McKnight IV '02
    Natalie McLeod, M.D.
    Grey Murray
    Barry Toole

    As Chair of the Board of Trustees for Augusta Preparatory Day School, it is an honor to welcome you to our website. It is a privilege to serve Augusta Prep as a board member. Our objective is to espouse the mission and philosophy of Augusta Prep in guiding our students toward college success and life success. We seek to support the head of school, faculty, and staff in this objective and to ensure that future generations will have Prep as a vital resource in our community.

    Eileen Brandon
    Chair, Board of Trustees

    board

    Officers
    Eileen Brandon, Chair
    Grant Loo, DMD, Vice Chair
    Sam Nicholson, '02, Secretary
    Jeff Dorn, Treasurer

    Members
    Miriam Atkins, M.D.
    James Bernstein
    Tori Goodwin Boardman '88
    Heidi Brewton
    Karen Fischer
    Elsie Hill
    Heather Howington
    David Knox
    Dr. Varsha Kulkarni
    Debbie Layman
    Bill Macuch
    Mason McKnight IV '02
    Natalie McLeod, M.D.
    Grey Murray
    Barry Toole

    As Chair of the Board of Trustees for Augusta Preparatory Day School, it is an honor to welcome you to our website. It is a privilege to serve Augusta Prep as a board member. Our objective is to espouse the mission and philosophy of Augusta Prep in guiding our students toward college success and life success. We seek to support the head of school, faculty, and staff in this objective and to ensure that future generations will have Prep as a vital resource in our community.

    Eileen Brandon
    Chair, Board of Trustees

    board

    Officers
    Eileen Brandon, Chair
    Grant Loo, DMD, Vice Chair
    Sam Nicholson, '02, Secretary
    Jeff Dorn, Treasurer

    Members
    Miriam Atkins, M.D.
    James Bernstein
    Tori Goodwin Boardman '88
    Heidi Brewton
    Karen Fischer
    Elsie Hill
    Heather Howington
    David Knox
    Dr. Varsha Kulkarni
    Debbie Layman
    Bill Macuch
    Mason McKnight IV '02
    Natalie McLeod, M.D.
    Grey Murray
    Barry Toole

    Our Administrative Team

    Admin Team Contact Info
    Peter Huestis
    Head of School

    Andrew 'Andy' Gyves
    Head of Upper School

    Melody McRee
    Head of Middle School




    Julianne Ingram Julianne Ingram
     Interim Head of Lower School




    Charlotte Ealick
    Director of Technology

    Amber Cornett
    Director of Extracurricular Programs

    Ivey Harrison
    Director of College Counseling

    Tom Holodak
    Director of Athletics

    Jennifer Hudson
    Director of Guidance


    Preston Sparks
    Director of Communication

    Jonathan Stroud
    Admission Director

    Pam Weinberger
    Director of Development

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