Oconee County is known for having some of the best schools in the State of Georgia. Not only does the county have an excellent public school system that has a 92% graduation rate, but it is also home to wonderful private schools that challenge students to meet and exceed the highest of expectations. Additionally, Oconee County is privileged to have the University of North Georgia in its borders, and the University of Georgia and Athens Technical College in adjacent Athens-Clarke County.
K-12 Education Systems
Oconee County Public School System
The Oconee County Public School System is consistently ranked in the top 5 school districts in the State of Georgia. The school system educates approximately 7,000 students in the system's one primary school, six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Graduates of the school system earn an average SAT score of 1580 ACT scores of 23.6, and approximately 20% of the school system is enrolled in the Gifted curriculum. The school system is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Georgia Accrediting Commission.
Athens Academy is a co-educational, independent, college preparatory day school that offers traditional liberal arts curriculum on a a 152-acre campus. Approximately 930 students are educated at Athens Academy each year. Graduates of Athens Academy earn an average SAT score of 1850 and an average ACT score of 26.9. Athens Academy is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Southern Association of Independent Schools.
Prince Avenue Christian School
Serving as a ministry of Prince Avenue Baptist Church, the Prince Avenue Christian School sits on a 40-acre campus with over 100,000 square feet of educational space. The school educates approximately 730 children each year and graduates approximately 65 students each year. The school is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the Georgia Independent School Association.
Westminster Christian Academy
Founded in 1989, Westminster Christian Academy educates students ranging from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. Its 40-acre campus emphasizes a Classical Education model that promotes the foundations of learning: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Westminster Christian Academy also offers extracurricular activities such as band, drama, and athletics. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Located just outside Watkinsville, the Oconee Campus of the University of North Georgia offers associates degrees to its students. Students have the option to continue their education at another campus of the University of North Georgia or transfer to another university in Georgia. In addition to educating traditional college students, the University of North Georgia offers a dual-enrollment program to high school students, allowing them to earn college credit before graduating high school. The University of North Georgia also offers professional and development courses to companies. Options include Communication in the Workplace, Problem Solving, Management, and other business-based courses.
The University of Georgia is the state's flagship institution of higher learning, and it is located 10 miles from Oconee County.
The university offers more than 140 majors to its 33,000 students. Majors such as business, accounting, landscape architecture, veterinary medicine, journalism, and pharmacy are consistently ranked among the best in the United States.
Each year, the University of Georgia confers more than 6,800 Bachelor's degrees, 1,600 Master's degrees, and 400 Professional degrees, and 440 Doctoral degrees.
ACMin is an interdenominational Christian college seeking to equip faithful men and women for ministry and Christian leadership. ACMin offers an ideal environment for life transformation as students’ minds are renewed by the Word of God. ACMin programs strive to restore students’ lives, deepen their faith, foster new adventures with God through community service, and understand God’s call on their lives. ACMin graduates will be prepared to follow God’s calling into careers in traditional and non-traditional ministry and Christian leadership, as well as to bring a ministry aspect to any career, workplace, community, or home, and to daily life.
Athens Technical College ("Athens Tech") is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) in Athens, Georgia. Athens Technical College offers certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees in business, health, technical, and manufacturing-related fields. It also offers customized training tailored to meet specific needs and our classes include a variety of subject areas to include safety, computer workshops, first-aid, CPR, management and supervisory development, maintenance improvements, quality systems such as Six Sigma, and forklift training. The programs may be taught on-site at the company or at Athens Technical College locations, and training may be scheduled to accommodate all shifts.