Education

Welcome to one of the finest school districts in the state and all of the advantages that come with it. From the immaculate facilities to the elementary school magnet program, Burke County Public Schools are an atmosphere of opportunity.

Thanks to a healthy tax base boosted by Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Burke County is able to invest millions of local dollars into education that other school systems cannot without burdening residents with higher taxes.

Four of Burke County's schools are centrally located in Waynesboro offering pre-kindergarten through high school on adjacent campuses. Waynesboro Primary, Blakeney Elementary, Burke County Middle and Burke County High schools are state-of-the -art, offering the best in technology, laboratories, athletic facilities and more.

S.G.A. Elementary School, located in Sardis, serves pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students who live south of Waynesboro.

Burke County's level of funding affords the system many advantages that are not available in neighboring counties. Pre-kindergarten is available to every child in the county, not just to a select few like in neighboring counties.

Every teacher through the third grade has a paraprofessional by his/her side to make sure students receive the attention they need. A magnet program at Blakeney Elementary offers students a chance to excel in writing, math, technology, Spanish, art, music, dance and theatre. The benefits of Burke County's education funding shine through in the upper grades as well, where opportunity awaits every type of student.

Burke County High School offers a wide range of courses that are tailored to meet the various needs of the school's diverse student body. From vocational courses to advanced placement to fine arts, education is customized to help students reach their full potential. Aside from core courses, students may also enroll in a full range of optional course offerings such as piano, modern dance, interior design, SAT Prep and more.

After school, students keep busy with academic teams, service organizations, band and athletics. Burke County's award-winning band. The Pride of Burke County, brings together 150 talented student musicians and participates in competitions and community events throughout the year.

Student athletes enjoy remarkable facilities and the full-support of their coaches, school system and community.

Private Education

Edmund Burke Academy serves children in pre-kindergarten through high school with an ecumenical focus.

Faith Christian Academy offers a Christian-based education for students up to eighth grade, and Waynesboro Mennonite School, a part of the Mennonite Church, serves students in first through twelfth grades.

Post Secondary Education

While many graduates from Burke County schools attend colleges and universities across the nation, others have options right here at home. Augusta Technical College - Waynesboro campus offers students an opportunity to jump start their career with a host of certificate and associate degree programs that range in length from one semester to two years. Students can be trained in criminal justice, computer science, accounting and more without ever leaving town. Several four-year colleges and universities are just a half-hour drive away in Augusta, including Augusta State University, Paine College, Georgia Military College and East Georgia College. One hour south of Waynesboro is Georgia Southern University, the largest university in the southern half of the state and home to one the most successful in the NCAA Division I-AA.