Georgia School of Excellence
On August 13, 2013, State Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the highest performing schools in the state. Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts was ranked as #1 among the 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement.
High Performance schools are the top performing schools within each Congressional District that have shown the highest performance on the College and Career-Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) across the state. CCRPI is a comprehensive school improvement, accountability, and communication platform for all educational stakeholders that promotes college and career readiness for all Georgia public school students.
The philosophy of the Gifted Education program is to meet the instructional needs of gifted learners based on each student’s unique abilities. Modifications are made in content, process, product, and pacing of the curriculum. All identified gifted students in 1st—8th grades receive cluster or collaborative services through their gifted contracts. Students in grades 1st –5th also receive pull-out gifted resource services. For additional information on the Gifted Education program, please visit the SCCPSS website.
Fine Arts Program Overview
Pre K - 2nd Arts Program - Prepares students by teaching beginning and detailed knowledge in all art areas, including visual arts, readers' theatre, dance, and general music.
3rd Grade Arts Program - This year involves intensive exploration in all arts areas, formal teacher assessment, and parent communication to help students select the best fit for their two arts areas to be studied in 4th grade. Students experience visual arts, dance, theatre, and general music (with an visits to chorus, band, piano, and orchestra in the second semester).
4th Grade Art Program - In 4th grade, students participate in two chosen art areas in order to prepare students to pick one art area in 5th grade to study. The 4th grade "major" art area will be attended 3-days/week and the "minor" art area will be attended the other 2-days/week.
5th Grade Art Program - This entire year is geared towards preparing for the audition into middle school. Students in 5th grade participate in one fine arts area, five-days a week to best prepare.
Middle School Program - Students participate in their art five days a week. The program is aimed at preparing students for their Savannah Arts Academy audition.
Garrison SVPA students can participate in the following sports: Swimming, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer, volleyball, cross-country, baseball, and softball.