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Accredited with Quality by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Thomas County Public School System offers a comprehensive educational program designed to meet the diverse needs of all students from age four through high school. Six schools, including two charter schools, serve over 5,300 students. The district provides accelerated academic opportunities for academically talented and gifted students, the area’s most comprehensive career and vocational program, and a full continuum of support services for students with special needs. The school district has devoted itself to becoming South Georgia’s leader in the field of adaptive technology for students with special needs.

Dedicated to meeting the needs of the total student, the Thomas County School System offers an award-winning nutrition program, which provides all students a free breakfast meal each day and a nutritious lunch at a reasonable rate. A countywide transportation program is available to all Thomas County residents who attend any of the district’s schools or programs.

Every classroom in the district is equipped with state-of-the-art instructional tools including projection systems, sound-field amplification systems and SmartBoard interactive devices. Each campus is equipped with school-wide wireless access.

The Thomas County Elementary School Program offers a carefully articulated pre-K through sixth grade curriculum designed to provide students a seamless education as they progress through the district’s elementary schools. Hand-In-Hand Primary School is a pre-K and kindergarten center that provides a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere for students as they begin their formal educational process in a building designed from the ground up specifically for very young children. The campus, which was tailor-made for four and five-year-olds, provides a unique, age-appropriate learning environment that is filled with special activities designed for young children. A comprehensive phonics program provides the building blocks for early literacy skills that ensure students a strong academic foundation for future growth.

Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School and neighboring Cross Creek Elementary School provide students in grades one through four age-appropriate learning centers. Cross Creek Elementary School was recently designated a “Rewards School” by the state of Georgia for its exceptional academic achievement. In addition to a very strong academic program, students participate in art, music and physical education classes on a weekly basis. Cross Creek offers an outstanding choral program that performs throughout the community. Mathematically gifted fourth graders are given an opportunity to enroll in an accelerated math program.

Thomas County Upper Elementary (5-6) and Thomas County Middle School (7-8) share a campus that provides students access to a number of specially equipped laboratories for advanced study and career exploration. Students have the opportunity to begin taking high school science classes. An agriculture lab, a mass media lab and several computer labs provide students opportunities for career exploration.

Beginning in fifth grade, highly motivated and academically gifted students may apply for admission to the district’s MERIT program (Maximizing Education to Realize Intellectual Transformation). The MERIT program encourages students to participate in academic competitions at the regional and state levels.

The school district’s foreign language program provides students opportunities to study Spanish, French and Latin. Additional language programs are available to students through the Georgia Virtual School Program.

Thomas County Central High School provides a comprehensive high school program under one roof. Whether a student wants to complete a rigorous college preparatory education that includes the opportunity to earn a full associate’s degree through a partnership with a college or university, or an industry certified career program in any number of vocational areas, they may seamlessly blend career classes, fine arts classes and rigorous college preparatory programs. TCCHS offers more than a dozen Advanced Placement classes and many more dual enrollment options through the student’s choice of Thomas University, Bainbridge College or Southwest Georgia Technical College.

The Yellow Jacket band, “The Best of the Nest,” is a point of pride for Thomas County Central High School. TCCHS band students routinely capture the majority of the seats in the district honor band. The visual arts program is also highly successful and provides students many opportunities to compete in regional and state competitions.

The Thomas County athletics program offers middle school, junior varsity and varsity teams in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and wrestling. TCCHS boasts five state championships in football and region titles in virtually every sport.

The PREP Academy is one of two charter programs that are part of the Thomas County School System. The PREP Academy offers courses in agriculture, business education, family and consumer science, mass media, automotive repair, welding and health occupations. The automotive repair, mass media and health occupations program hold industry certification. PREP Academy students have successfully competed in a number of state and national level competitions in their respective fields.

Bishop Hall Charter School is the area’s only non-traditional high school. First chartered in 1999, Bishop Hall offers an eclectic, performance-based program for students who wish to complete their high school program in a small setting that is enhanced with a variety of experiential field trips and a strong partnership with Southwest Georgia Technical College. Supported through generous donations from local foundations, Bishop Hall provides students who have fallen behind academically an opportunity to catch up and complete their high school requirements. Students who wish to graduate early are also able to take advantage of the flexible curriculum that is based on performance rather than traditional “seat-time” requirements.

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The Thomasville City School System provides innovative and strategically planned instruction to more than 3,000 students through six outstanding schools, including three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.

The three elementary schools serve students in pre-K through fifth grade.

MacIntyre Park Middle School serves sixth through eighth grades and offers extracurricular programs - including Beta Club, a Science Academy, band, strings and chorus.

Thomasville High School’s comprehensive academic program provides vocational and college-preparatory instruction to students grades nine-12. Course offerings extend from college preparatory courses (such as advanced-placement English, biology, history and calculus) to vocational courses (such as welding, nursing, construction and technology). Post-secondary options are also available to eligible high school students.

The Thomasville Scholars Academy is a college preparatory program for grades six-12 offering students the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree from college by high school graduation. This partnership with Thomas University is for high achieving students with an interest in completing middle and high school in a collegiate environment. This has been recognized by the State Superintendent of Schools as a “Model Program.” Organized as a school within a school program, it is affiliated with MacIntyre Park Middle School and Thomasville High School.

The award-winning literary, music and athletic programs of Thomasville City Schools provide extracurricular activities to many students. Students may participate in award winning band programs from grades five-12. Small class sizes at every level provide greater opportunities for teachers to address individual student needs. Students with disabilities are actively involved in the regular education curriculum with support to ensure that they are receiving quality instruction. The student services department provides support to students and their families through individual casework, group work and external agency collaboration(s).

Building and nurturing a community of learners is accomplished through the recruitment and retention of outstanding educators. Education is central to providing teachers with the research-based skills that guarantee students the very best learning opportunities available anywhere.

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) is truly an asset to the communities of Thomas, Grady and Mitchell counties, and the reason is simple – SWGTC provides business and industry with highly skilled graduates who are exceptionally trained, technically skilled and ready to work on state-of-the-art equipment.

“At SWGTC we serve the community by providing the best in technical training and education to graduate highly skilled workers to fill positions with businesses and companies within our region,” Dr. Wentworth said. “The superior training we provide results in graduates who are qualified to work in a variety of fields, such as nursing, automotive technology, computer information systems and welding, just to name a few.”

SWGTC, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, offers more than 80 diploma, certificate and degree programs in allied health, business and computer technology, technical and industrial education and professional services. SWGTC’s goal is to provide training for the most in-demand careers in the country, jobs that are projected to grow in both availability and in pay.

Students appreciate SWGTC’s smaller class sizes and the convenience of flexible hours and online courses. The Online Education program offers a solution for busy students balancing educational goals with work and personal commitments. They can log on at the time most convenient for them to complete course assignments, proving that an SWGTC education is both convenient and flexible.

Once students have graduated and secured employment with area businesses, the services from SWGTC do not end. The College is the continuing education provider of choice for our area and affords individuals and businesses the opportunity to obtain advanced training in a variety of areas. SWGTC also provides free testing for the Georgia Work Ready program, which seeks to assist job applicants in determining their strengths and weaknesses, which in turn helps them determine what jobs they are best suited to perform.

High school students can look to SWGTC for technical education through dual enrollment initiatives offered in each of the service area’s high schools. Dual enrollment students receive technical training while completing their high school education, making it possible to graduate with a technical certificate of credit and a high school diploma at the same time. Through this partnership, opportunities will be offered in both academic and career and technical studies. This educational combination is expected to increase academic achievement, promote post-secondary options and prepare high school students for work-readiness.

Thomas University is a private nonprofit university located in Thomasville, Georgia. Established in 1950, TU offers an excellent education with small class sizes and individualized attention for students. With a faculty-to-student ratio of 11:1, the learning process is highly interactive. TU faculty members are valued for their professional excellence and expertise both in teaching and in their disciplines.

TU offers two associate degree programs, 15 bachelor’s degree programs, six graduate degree programs, two post-baccalaureate certificate programs and two graduate certificate programs.

Thomas University has seen record enrollments for the past decade. In 2011 Thomas University established cooperative nursing programs to offer its bachelor’s degree in nursing at two universities in China. There are currently just six cooperative nursing programs through university in other countries with Central Government approval. Two of those six programs are the partnerships with Thomas University’s Division of Nursing.

Thomas University also operates satellite programs in nursing at hospitals in Tallahassee, Fla., and Moultrie, Ga., as well as a social work degree program at Tallahassee Community College and an education degree program at Bainbridge College. In addition, TU offers completely online degree programs.

Since 2009 Thomas University has been recognized by G.I. Jobs on its list of Military Friendly Schools, which includes the top 15 percent of schools in the nation that were found to deliver the best experience for military students.

Thomas University recently opened its West Campus, which is located about one mile from the Main Campus on the former Magnolia School property. The West Campus includes a gymnasium and Student Life Center. Development of the West Campus will continue with future plans including residence halls and athletic fields.

On the Main Campus, Smith-Bonvillian Hall, a 19,000-square-foot academic building, will be completed in the summer of 2013. This will be the largest building on the Main Campus.

Thomas University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. In 2011 and 2012, TU was recognized by the NAIA as a Five State Champions of Character Institution, a program that instills an understanding of character values in sports. TU’s sports include basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, swimming and softball.

Thomas University welcomes the public to many of its activities, including the monthly Science Café where guests dine while discussing current topics with a scientist. Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) includes music and theatre performances on campus and at venues throughout the community.

University Facts

— Academic scholarships, athletic scholarships and financial aid are offered.

— Thomas University is a 501(c)3 institution. Contributions are tax-deductible.

— Thomas University is located at 1501 Millpond Road, Thomasville, GA 31792. Phone numbers are (800) 538-9784 and (229) 226-1621.

— For more information on degree programs, visit


Public libraries meet community needs. Thomas County has every reason to be proud of its public library system. With a history that dates back to the Young Men’s Debating Club, the Thomas County Public Library System – TCPLS – has evolved into a focal point of education, entertainment and meeting place in each community it serves.

TCPLS is a unique educational and social resource for Thomas County, serving all residents of all ages. It consists of the headquarters library in Thomasville and five neighborhood libraries, in Boston, Coolidge, Meigs, Ochlocknee and Pavo.

Resources…TCPLS maintains a collection of over 100,000 books, videos/DVDs, audio-books/CDs, e-books, downloadable books and reference titles for children and adults. Library users also have free access to more than 8.5 million items from 270 public libraries across Georgia through the PINES network.

Services…The library’s services are available to all community residents from pre-K through seniors. Visitors are also welcomed to use the facilities.

Computers and Internet…The main library and all branch locations have computers with Internet access for public use and offer free computer classes for seniors, adults and children. TCPLS computers can link anyone to GALILEO, Georgia’s “virtual library” offering access to databases such as Encyclopedia Britannica, Georgia Government Publications and the Digital Library of Georgia.

Children’s programs…TCPLS is a special place for children. During the school year, teachers bring classes daily to introduce youngsters to the scope and diversity of library information and to encourage them to become “readers for pleasure.” The library offers weekly story times for preschoolers and toddlers.

During the summer, the library leaps into action to keep young minds growing with a wide variety of special activities, including a featured Vacation Reading Program. During the summer and throughout the year, the library introduces special storytellers, magicians, puppeteers and educational exhibitions. Summer programs are available for children, teens and adults.

For adults…New and old residents will find valuable information at the library—from voter registration and tax forms to genealogical materials. Business professionals benefit from the library’s reference department, which can provide statistics and research services.

Meeting place…The Thomasville library’s Henry O. Flipper Room is a place for nonprofit meetings, conferences, author’s readings, special programs and displays that are open to the public, free of charge. The Flipper Room can accommodate up to 240 persons and can meet the specific requirements of the presenters and their audience. The Flipper Room was named for a Thomasville native who was the first black graduate of West Point.

The “people’s university”…Many residents call the Thomas County Public Library System the “people’s university” because of the wide and varied materials, information and services it offers—at no charge—to all those who live and work in Thomas County.

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