By Julie Washburn Souza SEP 2011
Windsor Academy in Macon is celebrating 40 years of providing an excellent education for students with diverse backgrounds and developing responsible, ethical, and life-long learners. A long-time private, college preparatory school, Windsor offers quality education that generates a sense of pride in accomplishment and encourages a desire to exceed expectations. The school serves 238 students in grades pre-k through 12, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC).
Established as a private, non-profit school in 1970, Windsor Academy sits on twenty-eight acres of land purchased from the C.B. Skipper estate. Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on April 30, 1970. Senator Oliver Bateman was the key speaker, and State Representatives Marshall F. Keen and Homer M. Scarborough Jr. also addressed the group.
Consulting an old English encyclopedia, the original school founders agreed that the most fitting title for the school was “Windsor,” meaning “importance, grandeur, or the very best.” The group also agreed to uphold the following pledge: “Gain not loss; Good not evil; Success not failure.” It is a pledge that students still recite and put into practice today.
Over the years, Windsor has educated many successful students. Two of Windsor Academy’s well-known successful alumni are country music star Jason Aldean and TV personality Nancy Grace.
The focal point of the school is to develop students’ abilities and skills, inspire leadership, and prepare students for responsible stewardship and citizenship. The school’s curriculum is aligned with the school’s vision and mission statements.
Windsor boasts a low student-teacher ratio, along with a challenging academic curriculum, enriching extra-curricular activities, and an award winning athletics program.
“Here at Windsor, we like to consider ourselves one happy family,” Windsor principal Dr. John C. Cranford said. “Windsor Academy is celebrating 40 years of providing an excellent education for their students. We are unique in that we are relatively small and very family-oriented. Everyone knows everyone. We are always striving to be the very best.”
Dr. Cranford is married to Kathy Kelleher Cranford. They have two sons and four grand daughters. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Mercer University and his master’s degree and specialist degrees in educational leadership from Georgia College and State University. Dr. Cranford’s doctorate degree is in educational leadership.
For the past eight years, Dr. Cranford has served as headmaster for Windsor. His duties include all the administrative facets of the school and he also teaches one class of Psychology/Sociology.
According to Dr. Cranford, Windsor students have a high rate of success due to small class sizes, safe learning environments, a college prep academic program, and a highly acclaimed, award winning athletics program.
Dr Cranford strives to maintain a high standard of education at Windsor Academy. The school offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and students are always encouraged to reach their full potential. Grades K4 through 8 utilize their own adaptation of the ABeka curriculum, which is a religious curriculum created for regular school classrooms and has been adopted for home school use. In the older grades, a college prep curriculum is used to prepare students for the academic demands of college. A resource room is provided for students who need specialized academic help or tutoring.
With its small student body, the average class size at Windsor is just 16 students, which means more individualized attention for each student. Windsor also boasts highly trained, experienced teachers. Ninety percent of the school’s teachers are state certified, and 30 percent hold master’s degrees or higher.
Windsor Academy is a participant of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program. The GOAL program provides children throughout the Peach State with “Greater Opportunities for Access to Learning” (GOAL). GOAL provides scholarships to students across Georgia to attend the private K-12 schools of their parents’ choice.
In addition to academic success, Windsor staff strives to create well-rounded students by offering a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Organizations and clubs include Beta and Civitan clubs, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Junior Beta Club, Junior Deputies, Junior Fire Marshals, prayer club, literary team, math team, student council, and yearbook staff.
Windsor also has an award-winning athletics program. Middle school and high school students can participate in football, softball, wrestling, basketball, baseball, track, and golf. Windsor’s baseball team was the 2007 GISA 2AA State Champs, and the 2007 football team made it to the state championship game and finished as the AA State Runner-up. The girls’ softball team was 2007 and 2010 Region Champions, and made it to the final four in the state tournament. Windsor’s boys’ track team was 2008 Region Champions.#
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Macon, GA 31216