- Academy of Richmond County
name = Academy of Richmond County
streetaddress = 910 Russel Street
city = Augusta
Richmond County, Georgia
zipcode = 30904
Richmond County School District
principal = David Robbins
ratio = 1:17 [ [http://www.publicschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/21766 Academy Of Richmond County High School - Augusta, Georgia/GA - Public School Profile ] ]
type = Public
grades = 9–12
campus size =
campus type = urban
nickname = Musketeers
school_colors = Purple and Gold
established = 1783
enrollment = 1,500
homepage = [http://arc.rcboe.org/home.aspx arc.rcboe.org]
The Academy of Richmond County (ARC), also known as Richmond Academy, is a public high school and a
Registered Historic Placelocated in Augusta, Georgia. Originally known as Richmond County Military Academy, and commonly known as Richmond Academy, it was chartered in 1783. This makes it the third oldest existing public high school in the United States, and the oldest existing public high school in the South.
Initially an all-male, privately funded school, it became a military school after the American Civil War. Richmond Academy ultimately transitioned into a co-educational, traditional high school during the last half of the 20th century. The school retains a large Army JROTC contingent. President
George Washingtonattended graduation ceremonies at ARC in 1791.
In 1926, The Academy of Richmond County moved to its present-day building of Walton Way. The principal of that time, Major George Butler, described the school in 1927 as "Second to none in the South in terms of facility." The 1926 building of the school has a Gothic-style
architecture. Up until the 1950s, ARC was for white males only. In 1959, the school lost its status as a integratedschool and became a coeducational institute.
The Academy of Richmond County has a nationally known
International Baccalaureateand IB Programme taught within the school for grades 9 through 12. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous college preparatory course of study for highly motivated high school students. The program features a comprehensive curriculum that contains both breadth and depth in its focus. The IB program of studies provides students of various linguistic, cultural and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social, critical thinking skills, and perspective necessary for the adult world. The IB Program was added to the school in July 2003. [cite web|url=http://www.ibo.org/school/001467|title=Academy of Richmond County ] The Academy of Richmond County's International Baccaluareate and IB Programme is ranked among the best in the country. fact|date=August 2008
The school mascot is a Musketeer, and the school colors are purple and gold. The original school mascot was called a bearcat.
The Academy of Richmond County's
MathematicsTeam won the 2005 National Society of Black EngineersTry-Math-A-Thon, which was held in Boston. [cite web|url=http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/042105/met_3925585.shtml|title=Richmond Academy math team wins national event|date=2005-04-20|work=The Augusta Chronicle |publisher=The Augusta Chronicle|first=Greg|last=Rickabaugh]
* [http://arc.rcboe.org/home.aspx arc.rcboe.org] -- Official web site
* [http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/Augusta/index.html Augusta, Georgia, a National Park Service "Discover Our Shared Heritage" Travel Itinerary] at [http://www.nps.gov/ www.nps.gov]
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