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 in 1960 validated the need for an independent day school with a college preparatory academic curriculum. Thirty-eight students enrolled in grades seven through nine and arrived for their first day of school on September 5, 1961. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools officially recognized Augusta Prep’s excellence in 1966 when the school was accredited. That tradition of educational excellence continues today.
Located on a 52-acre campus in Augusta, Georgia, today the school serves 440 students age 2 through the 12th grade. The mission of Augusta Preparatory Day School is to provide the Augusta area with the highest quality college preparatory education for average and above-average students in an independent, non-sectarian, coeducational school. The educational philosophy of Augusta Preparatory Day School emphasizes effective teaching and a challenging academic program, well rounded by a flourishing athletics and fine arts curriculum. The school is strongly committed to the values and traditions of our Western civilization, reflecting the ethics of Judeo-Christian teaching in an ethnically diverse, non-sectarian environment. The school chooses to remain small and to provide individual attention through low student-faculty ratios and flexible programs. Students take reasonable responsibility for maintaining order in their own academic and social lives. Augusta Prep has a long-standing Honor Code that does not accept lying, stealing, cheating, nor tolerating those who do. It is intended that this spirit will develop a strong motivating sense of personal identification with, and pride in, a community of special character.
Augusta Prep has a diverse, motivated, and talented student body, eager to learn and work hard for academic achievements. Our average class size of 11 promotes intimate intellectual exchange between teacher and student, and among classmates, thereby achieving a synergy that enriches learning. Augusta Prep students select from a rich blend of rigorous academic classes in English, mathematics, history, science, foreign language, and fine arts classes that include theater, music, and art. A well crafted four-year academic plan meets each student’s goals and needs. A unique feature of the Upper School curriculum is the Independent Study program, which provides courses precisely tailored to the student ambitious enough to pursue them. Extracurricular and enrichment programs complement the academic program, deepening students’ understanding and experience. Competitive teams in math, science, theater, music and debate participate at the state-level. National Honor Society and membership in the Cum Laude Society further harmonize the curriculum. Augusta Prep offers an abundance of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, many of which are student led, such as Student Council, Honor Education Council, National Honor Society, and Class Officers.
Students are the focal point of Augusta Prep. They strive to seek opportunities to individually achieve success, develop leadership potential, and become aware of community responsibility. To be, rather than to seem, clearly defines the Augusta Prep student.