Education and Schools


Education & Services (ACES)

Education Services and programs are available at the Education Center and Multi-Use Learning Facility. Active duty military, reserve component military, retirees, Department of the Army civilians and their adult family members may receive counseling, information about financial aid and local programs, and enrollment in selected programs. For more information and resources, visit the Fort Gordon ACES website.





Children of personnel assigned to Fort Gordon typically attend public schools in either Richmond or Columbia County. High school students living on the installation attend Richmond Academy High School. Transportation is provided by Richmond County.

Elementary and middle school students living on the installation attend Freedom Park School, a Richmond County School located on the installation.

Both local Georgia school systems have their own sites, linked below, where you will find a list of schools, points of contact, and more detailed information.


Registration Information

Registration is done on site at the school that the child will attend. The school district web sites both offer tools, linked below, that will aid in determining which schools to attend.

If your child is entering kindergarten, you will need a certified copy of your child's birth certificate, a Georgia Certificate of Immunization (Ga Form 3032), and a Georgia Certificate of Eye, Ear, Dental and Nutritional Examination (Ga Form 3300). If your child is entering school from another state, you will need the two Georgia forms and a copy of your child's last report card.

Both Georgia forms can be obtained at Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

State law requires that a child be 5 years old by September 1 to enter kindergarten and must be 6 years old by September 1 to enter first grade.

Georgia law requires that all students entering ninth grade must take four years of math, three years of science, three years of social studies, and one year of health and physical education. Graduation requirements vary according to the course of study.


Fort Gordon is surrounded by three school systems:

Columbia County:
Richmond County:
Aiken County (SC):


Private Schools

The Augusta-Aiken area has a selection of secular and non-secular private schools.  For a complete listing, check Private Schools Report for schools in Columbia, Richmond and Aiken Counties.


Home Schooling

Information on home schooling can be found on the Georgia Department of Education website.

For home schooling information and resources, we suggest the CSRA Home Education Association, Homeschool Central, and A to Z Homeschooling.


Special Needs

Georgia Department of Education info, contacts, and resources

Richmond County Guide for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Columbia County Special Services


The Georgia Pre-K Program

Georgia offers a pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds. The program is paid for with lottery dollars and is free to the participating families. It is offered in both public schools and private day care centers, as well as at the Fort Gordon Child Care Center. Registration takes place in the Spring of each year for the following fall. Since there is limited space in each center or school and appointments are competitive, interested parents may need to apply at more than one place. Be aware that the program runs on the same calendar as public schools, meaning that child care will need to be arranged for holidays and summer. The program also ends at 3:15 PM every day and begins at 8:00 AM. The program is operated like a school, with attendance and tardiness rules.

To register for the Pre-K program, parents must provide proof of Georgia residence, 2 emergency contacts, child's social security card, and birth certificate. For more information, call 706)791-4790. DSN number is 780-6494.


College Programs

Fourteen universities have representative at the education center.  You can find detailed information on the Education Center page.

Additional programs at the Associate, Baccalaureate, and Graduate levels are available from several colleges located in easy commuting distance, such as Augusta State University, Paine College, Aiken Technical College, The Medical College of Georgia, and the University of South Carolina at Aiken.

Dependent children of military personnel stationed in Georgia usually are eligible for the Georgia HOPE scholarship to attend public colleges and universities in the state.


Fort Gordon Area County Schools



Registration Information