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The Savannah Arts Academy
Zach Poole of Salisbury, N.C.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
8:30–11:30am - Our last day in Savannah
The West Teaching Scholars were able to tour the Savanna Arts Academy and learned it is one of the top schools in the nation and leads Savannah in SAT test scores as well as other academic endeavors. It is a magnet school that focuses on the arts, both performing and visual. It also offers athletics, including wrestling, tennis and volleyball.
During the tour, we were introduced to the Principal Odessa Richards and Vice Principal Lynette Angoloni. They discussed with us the admission process as well as why their school is so successful. We also were able to meet faculty members who spoke highly of their student success rates as well as what they do as teachers to ensure the intellectual growth of their students. We were able to ask the teachers questions to gain knowledge on how the Georgia school system compares with that of North Carolina.
The facility was very nice! Classroom sizes were adequate as was the student to teacher ratio. While walking the halls and classrooms, we were able to see exactly how talented these high school students were. We walked into one classroom and found students sculpting figures out of papier-mâché that looked extraordinary!
This experience enhanced our learning on the magnet school concept and how these schools operate. It exposed us to the arts and allowed us to see how the arts can be effectively incorporated into a high school setting. The administration and faculty members have successfully accomplished what it takes to run one of the finest high schools in the nation and they were eager to share information about their school with us. We can only hope to have students from the Savannah Arts Academy come to Catawba!
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