EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 1982
since-1982

Jacob G. Smith Elementary School – Savannah, GA

Award Year 2016

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Jacob G. Smith Elementary School

210 Lamara Drive
Savannah, GA, 31405-4216

(912) 395-6530

Andrea H. Burkiett, Principal at time of Nomination

Vernon Cole, Current Principal

Magnet School

Savannah Chatham County Public School System

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Mission

Excelsior Per Academiam! Onward and upward through education!
 

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 49%
  • White: 42%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 46%
 

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Third - Fifth Grade chorus invited to sing at the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta, Georgia.

Third - Fifth Grade chorus invited to sing at the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta, Georgia.

Summary

Walking into Jacob G. Smith, one immediately senses a warmth that welcomes parents and visitors. There is a hum that is unmistakably the sound of children working hard, exchanging, and sharing their thoughts and teachers facilitating rigorous and engaging instruction. Jacob G. Smith was established in 1950, and is named for a local philanthropist, Jacob Grass Smith. The campus, tucked away in midtown Savannah, GA, is surrounded by a variety of locally owned businesses, restaurants, and specialty stores. JGS focuses on decorum with students and provides a diverse and rich learning experience. Students participate in a variety of fine arts opportunities such as band, chorus, violin, and piano. JGS is the only elementary school in Georgia with a K-5 Latin World Language Program. Students are involved in many community events such as, Woof Woof 5k, Yarn Bombing Art project, Jump Rope for Heart, Donuts for Dads Book Fair day, SCAD Buzz Bus, Walk and Bike to School days, Fine Arts Showcase nights, Thanksgiving Feast, Gifted Education Day, Savannah Green Build planting project, and Oyster Roast. JGS is consistently recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for promoting the physical health and safety of students. Safe Routes to Schools honored JGS with Bronze recognition in 2010, Gold recognition in 2011 and 2012, and JGS was named Coastal Georgia Partner School of the Year in 2012. The school's CCRPI score has consistently set the bar for education excellence in the district! Excelsior Per Academiam! Onward and upward through education!