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Augusta 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.

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