Welcome to Augusta Raa Middle School

Greetings prospective students and families–

Originally founded as Augusta Raa Junior High School in 1959, 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 programing to enhance student’s exposure to visual and performing arts.

It is our mission to cultivate our students of today into leaders of tomorrow. As the premier Middle School Arts Magnet Program, Raa offers various levels of eleven different Arts programs that seek to create well-rounded scholars that are prepared for being active participants in the learning process and within their local and state-wide communities. We hope to be your choice for high-quality arts and academic education.

Dr. Christopher Small

Principal

Testimonials

Awards/Metrics


  • Student-Teacher Ratio of 18:1


  • Special Olympics

    Gold Medal Winners


  • Rams United

    Program for students with disabilities


  • National Junior Honor Society

    Chartered school


  • 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

About Our School

As the premier Middle School Arts Magnet School, Raa offers various degrees of Band, Guitar, Orchestra, Chorus, Theater, Piano, Steel Drums, Dance, Spanish, Building Construction and State recognized pre-apprentice certification, Digital Design with Photoshop Certification, Studio Art. Students are eligible to also participate in Jazz Band, Boys Choir, Musical Theater, Chamber Orchestra, and many other ensembles specific to student needs. Arts Magnet Students are also paired with Arts Mentors from the community and from our colleges and universities to provide an additional layer of support with students developing their craft and exploring their interests. We are proud to be affiliated with The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This program is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers.

Furthermore, students are provided with opportunities to participate in specific Arts exploration field trips and are eligible for Arts Scholarships at the end of their 8th-grade year. Additionally, students seeking to begin accelerating their middle school curriculum can take numerous high school credits offered at Raa. When choosing Augusta Raa Middle School, you are choosing an individualized approach to a comprehensive Arts education at every level of interest and acceleration level.

Accelerated Curriculum

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.

Broadening Horizons

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

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Augusta Raa Middle School

Teacher of the Year

Trikia White

Trikia White was named the 2019-2020 Leon County Schools Teacher of the Year. Ms. White has been a teacher at Raa Middle School for the past six years and a teacher for more than a decade. Currently, she fulfills multiple roles as the reading coach, Language Arts teacher and the 8th-grade team leader.

School History

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.