I am a part of the Arts Magnet program at Raa Middle School and my two electives are Orchestra and Steel Band. Before I got to Raa I had limited knowledge of music, but over these three years, I have had the opportunity to grow my talents immensely. I started 6th grade as a beginning level musician only able to play two instruments and I am now going to leave the 8th grade as an advanced level musician able to play seven. I sat the first chair in 2018 All-District Orchestra and I am currently the only Violist from Leon County to make the 2019 Middle School All-State Orchestra.
I am involved in the Arts Magnet Program and before coming to Raa I had no knowledge of music, playing instruments, or building construction. I was first introduced to construction in 7th grade through the Raa Middle School shop program, and thanks to my teacher Mr. Cramer and my fellow peers, my knowledge of building construction has increased. I am also involved in sports, and I have learned the value of teamwork and respect while being involved in these groups. Moving into high school will be a big change, but Raa has definitely prepared me for it.
There has been a tremendous amount of growth and it is obvious in the way Karizma now interacts with her peers. Karizma has made lasting Bonds with the Girls basketball team members while serving as the Team Manager. Interacting with her peers in activities like Special Olympics, Girls Basketball, and Band class have given Karizma the opportunity to blossom.
My heart is full of thanks and gratitude. It is hard to express how much it means to me as a mother with all of you being there for her and promoting her in this time of growth.
Student-Teacher Ratio of 18:1
Gold Medal Winners
Program for students with disabilities
National Junior Honor Society
Certified “Leader in Me” CASEL School
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
An Exceptional Education
Award-Winning Music Program
Arts at the forefront of Raa
Raa Middle has the largest middle school steel band program in the state. Raa Band has consecutive All-District and All-State Band and Orchestra Honorees, and the school received the 2020 State of Florida Music Educator Awards for most students enrolled in music programs.
Raa students can earn high school credits
Students can earn honors high school credit for Spanish 1 & 2, and honors high school credit for Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology and Earth and Space Science. Students can enroll in high school theater, high school Adobe Photoshop graphic design and they can earn a high school Building Construction Industry Certification.
Enrichment through extracurricular activities
Raa offers a diverse number of student clubs and organizations, including Leaders in Training Boys Club, Student Government Association, Animation Club, Sci Girls and many more.
Teacher of The Year 2019–2020
Founded As Augusta Raa Junior High School In 1959
Originally founded as Augusta Raa Junior High School in 1959 after the late Augusta J. Raa, who was a school teacher in Leon County. August Raa Arts Magnet Middle School seeks to prepare all students to achieve in both the academics and the arts through inspiring investments in leadership and service. Since the inception of the Arts Magnet program in 2008, Raa has utilized partnerships with our local colleges and universities — the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Council on Culture and Arts, and many others to bring about targeted programming to enhance students’ exposure to visual and performing arts.