Education Profile & Workforce Talent

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 within its borders, as well as 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 five 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.

Prince Avenue Christian School


Serving as a ministry of Prince Avenue Baptist Church, 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 annually. 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.


Athens Academy

Athens Academy is a co-educational, independent, college preparatory day school that offers traditional liberal arts curriculum on a a 152-acre campus. Roughly 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.

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 t
he Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Regional University

University of North Georgia

University of North Georgia


Located just outside Watkinsville, the Oconee Campus of the University of North Georgia offers associates degrees to its students.  Students have the option to earn their bachelor's degree at another campus of the University of North Georgia or transfer to another university in Georgia.  High school students can also participate in dual-enrollment programs at the campus.  The University of North Georgia offers professional and development courses to companies. Options include Communication in the Workplace, Problem Solving, Management, and other business-based courses.


Research University
The University of Georgia
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.  
UGA Arch
UGA routinely partners with corporations that wish to sponsor research initiatives. The university's faculty and students routinely participate in research-driven initiatives that have resulted more than 300 marketable products. The University of Georgia Research Foundation has more than 1000 active technology licenses all over the world. Research spans from artificial intelligence and applied genetics to oceanography and biomedical sciences.

Additionally, the University of Georgia's Innovation Gateway serves as an incubator for biological, engineering, and ecological  companies. One of its recent graduates located in Oconee County and was purchased by Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $8.5 billion.

Technical College

Athens Technical College

Athens Technical College ("Athens Tech") is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) in Athens, Georgia.

Athens Tech Logo
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. 
The college also administers the Georgia QuickStart program and the Retraining Tax Credit program for clients in its service area.  The school's administrative office and main campus are located in Athens, which is only a 20 minute drive from Oconee County.

Education Profile of K-12 Schools

The public and private schools of Oconee County are consistently ranked among the best in the State of Georgia.
Education
Entity
Total Enrollment
Average SAT
Average ACT
Oconee County Public 
Schools 
7576
1580
23.8
Prince Avenue 
Christian School
730
1663
25
Athens Academy
930
1840
26.9
Westminster 
Christian School
305
1859
27

Oconee County High School

Oconee High School

North Oconee High School

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