Time certainly flies when you’re having fun, especially during the summer months here at Lake Oconee. It’s hard to believe, but school will be back in session very soon. We know that access to great schools is a significant factor for families when deciding where to live, so we’re highlighting some of the very best in our area.
These include Athens Academy, Gatewood School, and Lake Oconee Academy, which is a Greene County Public Charter School. Here’s some helpful information on each:
Lake Oconee Academy
Location: 1021 Titan Circle, Greensboro, GA 30642 (2.4 miles from our front gate.)
Lake Oconee Academy (LOA) is a highly rated, public charter school. Established in 2007, LOA caters to grades Kindergarten through 12. There are approximately 1020 kids enrolled, and the student-to-teacher ratio is 10:1. Since the school’s inception, Lake Oconee Academy has been one of the highest performing schools in the state of Georgia.
Mission:“The mission of Lake Oconee Academy is to increase student achievement by building a culture of high expectations for all students. The Academy will incorporate common sense and proven principles, such as a research-based curriculum, high expectations for students, both academically and behaviorally, an emphasis on outstanding school leadership and faculty, and parental involvement. The culture of the Academy is built on these fundamental principles.”
Accolades: 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, 2014 Best 50 Public Elementary Schools in the U.S. by TheBestSchools.org, 2018 AP® Honor School, 5-Star School Climate Star Rating by the Georgia DOE, AdvancedEd Accredited, LOA’s high school was ranked number 10 in the state according to 2015 CCRPI (College Career Readiness Performance Index) results.
Notable fact: LOA was named an International Spanish Academy (ISA) by the Ministry of Education of Spain in 2016 and was the first K-12 program in the U.S. and Canada to obtain the designation. ISA students gain fluid use of the Spanish language, using it in context in their content courses, such as Social Studies and Science, as well as in their Spanish classes.
Location: 1281 Spartan Ln, Athens, GA 30606
Athens Academy is a private, co-educational, college preparatory school. Established in 1967, Athens Academy caters to grades Nursery/Preschool through 12. There are approximately 936 kids enrolled, and the student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1.
Mission:“Athens Academy seeks excellence with honor in the educational and personal experience of each student. For over 50 years, Athens Academy has pursued its mission of Excellence with Honor through academics, athletics, fine arts, and service and leadership.”
Accolades: National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High School 2018
Notable fact: 92% of students earned scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams over the past decade.
Location: 139 Phillips Dr, Eatonton, GA 31024
Gatewood Schools is a private, co-educational, Christian school. Established in 1970, Gatewood Schools caters to grades PreK through 12. There are approximately 423 kids enrolled, and the student-to-teacher ratio is 9:1.
Mission: “The mission of Gatewood Schools is to educate students in a nurturing, Christian environment while instilling life-long characteristics of faith, truth, honor, loyalty, and pride. Gatewood Schools will provide an educational experience that prepares students for postsecondary education and lasting success.”
Accolades: The Michael Drake Award for the Top GISA School in Athletics
Notable fact: All classrooms are equipped with SMART Board technology to enhance the student’s learning experience.
If your thinking of moving to the Lake Oconee area and want an excellent education for your children, these three schools present outstanding options. Don’t forget, The University of Georgia (UGA), which U.S. News & World Report presently ranks 13th among public national universities, is in nearby Athens too. If you’d like more information on schools and other educational facilities near our Southern Living-Inspired Community, our real estate team is happy to help. Contact us today.