Mercer University began a four-year doctor of medicine program in August 2008 at Memorial University Medical Center. Mercer, with its main campus in Macon, received additional state funding in 2007 to expand its existing partnership with Memorial by establishing a four-year medical school in Savannah (the first in southern Georgia). Third- and fourth-year Mercer students have completed two-year clinical rotations at Memorial since 1996; approximately 100 residents are trained each year in a number of specialties. The expanded program opened in August 2008 with 30 first-year students. In 2011, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School opened a Savannah branch called Savannah Law School.
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Notable secondary schools in Savannah include the following:
- Beach High School
- Benedictine Military School
- Calvary Day School
- Islands High School
- Jenkins High School
- Johnson High School
- Savannah Christian Preparatory School
- Savannah Arts Academy
- Savannah Country Day School
- Savannah High School
- Saint Andrew’s School
- St. Vincent’s Academy
- Windsor Forest High School
Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah is also a part of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. Formerly named the Oatland Island Education Center until a name change in 2007, the environmental education center serves thousands of students from school systems throughout the Southeastern United States. It is located just east of Savannah on a marsh island and features a 2-mile (3.2 km) Native Animal Nature Trail that winds through maritime forest, salt marsh, and freshwater wetlands. Along the trail, visitors can observe native animals, such as Florida panthers, Eastern timber wolves, and alligators, in their natural habitat.
Neighborhood Schools vs. Specialty Programs
Public Neighborhood schools get financing from local, state, and federal government funds. In most cases, they must admit all students who live within the boarders of their attendance zone.
Specialty Programs are Magnet Schools or Academy Programs. They are competitive, highly elective public school renowned for their special programs, superior facilities, and high academic standards. They may specialize in a particular area, such as science or the arts. Students who apply to these schools go through a rigorous testing and/or application process.
Special Elementary Programs include: Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Largo Tibet – International Baccalaureate, Marshpoint – International Baccalaureate, Bartow – Math, Technology and Design, Garrison – Visual and Performing Arts, Jacob G. Smith – Core Knowledge, Heard – Advanced Learning with Core Knowledge, Hodge – Medical Allied Health.
Special Middle School Programs include: Charles Ellix Montessori Academy, Bartlett – Center for Advanced Learning, DeRenne – Medical Allied Health, garrison – Visual and Performing Arts, Hubert – Career and Technical, Southwest – International Baccalaureate.
Special High School Programs include: Beach – Medical/Allied Health and Biomedical Research and Development, Islands – Biological/Environmental Studies, Jenkins – School of Engineering, Johnson – International Baccalaureate, Savannah Arts – Visual and Performing Arts, Savannah High – School of Liberal Studies, Windsor Forest – International Baccalaureate