POOLER AREA EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

           The Pooler area has an excellent school system consisting of a variety of educational offerings.  Below is found a basic listing of area schools. 

REGISTRATION FOR ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL:

To register any child for public school, parents must provide the following documents: 

  • Certified copy of the child’s birth certificate

  • Georgia Certificate Immunization

  • Georgia Eye, Ear and Dental Certificate (EED)

  • Social Security Card

  • Most recent report card (except for children entering kindergarten)

  • Proof of address in the form of a current utility bill, lease, tax return or other acceptable legal document. Medical documents such as the immunization certificate and EED are available from the Chatham County Health Department (356-2234) at 2011 Eisenhower Drive and from some private physicians' offices. Parents are reminded that the immunization process can require weeks or months to complete, so immunizations should be kept current in early childhood. 

The school system has prepared a parent information booklet to answer many newcomer questions.   To request a copy, or obtain other information, call the school system at 201-5600.  To determine the attendance zone to which your child is assigned contact the pupil placement offices at 201-5584.

Click on 'quick-links' below to read more:

bullet Pooler Elementary School
bullet School Registration Requirement
bullet West Chatham Elementary School
bullet West Chatham Middle School
bullet Groves High School
bullet Laidlaw School Bus Transportation
bullet Child Care Centers
bullet College University & Secondary Schools
bullet Private K-12 Schools
bullet YMCA - West Chatham Branch

 

  POOLER ELEMENTARY

 308 Holly Avenue, Pooler, GA 31322 (912) 748-3600  Read School's Rating Report Card (in acrobat pdf format)

Cafeteria                      748-3628
Counselor                     748-3641
Fax                              748-3636
Nurse                           748-3640

FACTS:

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PTA has over 450 members.

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Elementary school currently has approx. 200 computers for educational use.

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Two computer labs.

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Pooler has it’s own TV station for the school, used as a PA system

REGISTRATION:
To register a child for public school, parents must provide the following documents:

bullet Certified copy of the child's birth certificate
bullet Georgia Certificate of Immunization
bullet Georgia Eye, Ear and Dental Certificate (EED)
bullet Social Security Card
bullet Most recent report card (except for a student entering kindergarten)
bullet Proof of address in the form of a current utility bill, lease, tax return or other acceptable legal document. Medical documents such as the immunization certificate and EED are available from the Chatham County Health Department (356-2234) at 2011 Eisenhower Drive and from some private physicians' offices. Parents are reminded that the immunization process can require weeks or months to complete, so immunizations should be kept current in early childhood.

The school system has prepared a parent information booklet to answer many newcomer questions. To request a copy of the booklet or obtain other information, call the school system at 201-5600. To determine the attendance zone to which your child is assigned, contact the pupil placement office at 201-5584.

Students are eligible to enter kindergarten if they are 5 years old on or before September 1. They may enter first grade if there are 6 years old on or before September 1.

 

  WEST CHATHAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
 820 Pine Barren Road (912) 748-3600   Read School's Rating Report Card (in acrobat pdf format)

Principal                       748-3601
Cafeteria                      748-3612
Counselor                     748-3606
Fax                              748-3615
Nurse                           748-3608

WHERE CHILDREN ARE THE HEART AND SOUL OF OUR SCHOOL

Grades K – 5.   The West Chatham Elementary School opened its doors to students on August 16, 1999.  Students have a state of the art facility that includes a computer lab, a science lab. A gymnasium, a cafetorium, media center, networked computers in each classroom, and specially equipped classrooms for music and art.

West Chatham Elementary offers:

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BD – Behavior Disorders is a program that provides help for students who have problems functioning full-time in a classroom.

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TITLE 1 – The Title 1 Program is a federally funded program which provides additional assistance for students who are performing below grade level in reading and/or math.

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SPEECH – Students who have problems in speech may receive the assistance of a speech therapist for short periods of time each week.

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SEARCH – Students exploring and Reasoning for Creative Horizons is a program designed to meet the educational needs of the identified gifted students.  This program is designed to nurture the unique abilities of these students.

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EIP – The Early Intervention Program is designed to serve students with identified developmental deficiencies which are likely to result in problems in maintaining a level of performance consistent with expectations for their respective ages.

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SLD – Specific Learning Disabilities is a program which provides special help for those students who have been diagnosed as having difficulty in learning to write, read. Discriminate sounds or work with numbers

 

WEST CHATHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL

  800 Pine Barren Road (912) 748-3650  Read School's Rating Report Card (in acrobat pdf format)

Cafeteria                      748-3665
Counselor                    748-3659
Fax                             748-3669
Nurse                          748-3666

Mission: The mission of West Chatham Middle School is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for all students to develop their individual potential academically, socially and emotionally.
Vision:
Excellence in leadership, academics, and personal development
Motto:
Excellence, exploration, and equality for all

The middle school has a unique mission that sets it apart from both elementary and high school.  It recognizes the youth it serves as being neither children nor adult, but as making the transition between the two stages with special needs the middle school is designed to meet.  The middle school emphasizes basic skills, explorations, and relationships, not specialization’s.

 

GROVES ROBERT W. HIGH SCHOOL

  100 Wheathill Road, Garden City, Georgia 31408 (912) 965-2520  Read School's Rating Report Card (in acrobat pdf format)

Athletics                       965-2562
Cafeteria                      965-2558
Counselor                     965-2524
Fax                              965-2564
Nurse                           965-2568
ROTC                          965-2563

Vision: A school system, which enables every student to reach his/her full potential.
Motto:
“Preparing today for the challenges of tomorrow.”
Mission:
The Mission of the Groves High School staff is to prepare each of its students to be responsible, confident, and competent in meeting life’s challenges.  In a quality environment, a caring, resourceful staff will teach a relevant curriculum tailored to individual needs.

The Search Program for the Gifted is offered at Groves High School.

LAIDLAW TRANSPORTATION

  2025 Louisville Road, Savannah, Georgia 31415 (912) 447-5933,

Dan Phelps, Branch Manager
Al Soloman, Field Supervisor
Linda Portune, Dispatcher
 

 

CHILD CARE CENTERS
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Nikao Kids University  -     (912) 748-4486, 112 North Rogers Street

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Pooler Day Care/Camp  – (912) 748-0047

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Pooler Baptist Day Care – (912) 748-8913, 110 North Chestnut Street

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Wee Care Learning -         (912)748-5977 x104 1050 Godley Way Rd. 1-888-289-8534

Child Care Checklist
Selecting the best child care means finding a program that is compatible with your family's lifestyle and schedule. It is wise to visit at least three facilities. Initial inquiries should focus on fees - tuition, registration and additional costs for meals, snacks and activities such as music or computer classes - and on scheduling - observation of annual holidays and summer or vacation time.
It's also important to ask about the center's basic safety practices, such as covering electrical outlets, maintaining fire extinguishers and keeping medications and cleaning supplies locked up. Licensed day care centers in Savannah must have an annual inspection by the fire marshal. Full-time employees and at least 50 percent of the caregiver staff must be certified in CPR and first aid. The state mandates that these centers notify parents of communicable diseases, as well as regulate teacher-to-student ratios. The ratios vary by age of children, from six infants per teacher up to 25 children per teacher if the children are at least 6 years of age.

You may also want to find out:

bullet If the center posts a current license.
bullet The average number of years that staff members have been employed at the center and the average years of child care experience per staff member.
bullet What kind of curriculum the center offers and if a schedule is posted.
bullet If children appear happy and relaxed and relate well with others.
bullet If the staff handles difficult children in an appropriate manner.
bullet If the provider offers references to parents.
bullet If parents are permitted to make unannounced visits.

For more information, contact the State of Georgia, Department of Child Care Licensing at (404) 657-5562, Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

AREA UNIVERSITIES & SECONDARY SCHOOLS
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Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU)
11935 Abercorn St., 31419 927-5277
www.armstrong.edu
5,700 students
In-state tuition: $1,049 /semester

Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in more than 75 majors in areas such as arts and sciences, teacher education and health professions. Professional programs are also offered. Armstrong conducts weekend and evening classes and offers courses at various off-campus sites.
 

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Savannah State University (SSU)
3219 College St., 31404 356-2186
www.savstate.edu
2,700 students
In-state tuition: $1,178 off-campus/semester and $3,320 on-campus/semester

Twenty-four undergraduate degree programs are available through the colleges of science and technology, business administration and liberal arts and sciences, the last of which also offers masters of social work and masters in public administration degrees.

Specialized programs for non-traditional and evening students are also available.
 

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The Department of Continuing Education at AASU and SSU
AASU -- 927-5322
SSU -- 356-2243

Courses available for nominal fees range from classes in computer studies to business to creative arts to foreign languages. Career-oriented courses provide customized training in cooperation with area businesses.
 

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Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8024, Statesboro 30460 (912) 681-5611
www.gasou.edu
14,000 students
Tuition: $1,216/semester

Graduate and undergraduate degree programs are offered in more than 150 majors through the colleges of liberal art and social sciences, business administration, education, health and professional studies, graduate studies and science and technology.
 

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Coastal Georgia Center
305 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 31401 651-2844

Managed by Georgia Southern University in partnership with Armstrong Atlantic State University and Savannah State University, the center provides graduate educational programs, economic development activities and a location for the delivery of professional- and personal-interest courses.
 

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Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
342 Bull St., 31401 525-5100
4,000 students
Tuition: $5,400/quarter

The largest art school in the country, SCAD offers bachelor's degrees in fine arts and architecture and master's degrees in arts, fine arts and architecture through its schools of building arts, fine arts, communications and media arts and three-dimensional design.
 

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Savannah Technical Institute
5717 White Bluff Road, 31405 351-4500
web.savannah.tec.ga.us/
3,500 students
Tuition: $279/quarter

The school offers associate degrees and diploma and certificate programs in 40 fields of study ranging from automotive repair to surgical technology, with all courses aimed at career preparation. Savannah Tech also conducts continuing education courses, seminars, teleconferences and management programs for small businesses.
 

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South College
Main Campus, 790 Mall Blvd., 31406 691-6000
500 students
www.southcollege.edu
Tuition: $2,395/quarter

South College consists of two schools. The School of Business Administration offers a bachelor of business administration degree with four concentrations: finance, hospitality management, management information systems and organizational communications.

Associate of science degrees are offered in accounting, business administration, computer information systems and paralegal studies.

The School of Health Professions offers a bachelor of science degree in physician's assistant and an associate of science degrees in medical assisting.
 

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Brewton-Parker College
6555 Abercorn St., 31405 692-0980
110 students
www.bpc.edu

Branch campus offering a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
 

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Embry Riddle
Aeronautical University
Hunter Army Airfield
P.O. Box 42007, 31409 355-0644
100 students
www.ec.erau.edu

Extended campus offering a Associate/Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and Aviation Business Administration; Associate of Science in Aviation Maintenance, Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Management and Master of Aeronautical Science

AREA PRIVATE SCHOOLS

School Name

TELEPHONE

GRADES

AFFILIATION

Benedictine Military School 

356-3500     website

9-12

Catholic

Bible Baptist School

352-3067

Pre K-12

Baptist

Blessed Sacrament Church School 

356-6987

Pre K-8

Catholic

Calvary Baptist Day School 

351-2299     website

Pre K-12

Baptist

Emmanuel Christian School

354-2082

Preschool

Christian

Hancock Day School

355-0151

Pre K-5

N/A

Memorial Day School 

352-4535     website

Pre K-12

Baptist

Montessori Academy of Savannah 

355-2000

Preschool

N/A

Notre Dame Academy  

232-5473

Pre K-8

Catholic

Pineland Christian Academy

238-5053

Pre K-12

Baptist

Providence Christian Academy

927-0185

K-12

Presbyterian 

Rambam Day School 

352-7994

Pre K-8

Jewish

Royce Center/Chatham Academy

354-4047

1-12

N/A 

St. Andrew’s on the Marsh School

897-4941

Pre K-12

N/A

St. James Catholic School

355-3132

Pre K-8

Catholic

St. Michael’s Catholic School 

786-4507

K-8

Catholic

St. Paul’s Lutheran Day School

234-4255

Preschool & Daycare

Lutheran

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School

897-5224

Pre K-8

Catholic

St. Vincent’s Academy

236-5508

9-12

Catholic

Savannah Christian Prep School 

925-8800     website

Pre K-12

Christian

Savannah Country Day School

925-8800     website

Pre K-12

Judeo-Christian 

Urban Christian Academy 

234-4710

6 wks-12

Christian

Christian School & Day Care Center

748-5977     website

K-8

Seventh Day Adventist

YMCA West Chatham

  820 Pooler Parkway, Pooler, GA 31322 (912) 748-9622,

West Chatham YMCA Child Learning Center
The Child Learning Center provides curriculum-based learning for children age 6 weeks to 4 years.  Each classroom has qualified lead teachers along with assistants and each room meets State of Georgia teacher / child ratios.
 
  • Quality, year round childcare for 6 weeks - 4 years old
  • State qualified lead teachers and assistants
  • Curriculum based learning environment
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and in-between meal snacks
  • Extended hours to meet the needs of parents 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Our new Center has a fenced-in playground and gives access to the facilities of the new West Chatham YMCA
  • Mildly sick room available*
  • Each room meets state mandated teacher child ratios.
* Furnished and staffed by St. Joseph's / Candler Health System
 
Fees:
Registration - $25.00
Infants - $85/weekly
Toddlers-4yrs $75/weekly