From a picture-perfect downtown and ample public green space to excellent access to educational opportunities and robust public safety (fire/police) services, the City of Perry is an ideal place to establish a business, raise a family, or both. As a small-town in one of the most populous and prosperous Counties in Georgia, Perry residents enjoy the convenience to big-city amenities while remaining happily removed from the less desirable aspects of urban living.
The City of Perry has made a commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of City of Perry residents, visitors, and businesses. With a proactive Police Department and Fire Department staffed by full-time firefighters, Perry places a premium on public safety. This focus and investment was rewarded in 2015 with the City of Perry being named a top-5 “Safest Places in Georgia” (http://www.valuepenguin.com/2015-safest-places-georgia-study) by ValuePenguin, a New York based company dedicated to providing data-driven information to consumers.
The City of Perry is served by the Houston County Board of Education (Houston County Schools) and The Westfield School, an independent K-12 school (The Westfield School). Both options provide students with excellent educational opportunities, premiere athletics, and a wide-range of services and programs designed to prepare students for post-secondary educational pursuits or the workforce.
Houston County Schools
Houston County schools provide students with a quality education. Highly-qualified teachers, an academic focus, state-of-the-art equipment, and diverse extracurricular activities help to ensure that our students have the skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive world. Systemwide, 38 schools serve the needs of approximately 28,150 students. The district employs more than 2,200 certified professionals, and 100 percent of the teachers and paraprofessionals are highly qualified. The Board is a leader in the state and nation. The Georgia School Boards Association has designated it a Distinguished Board for its proven pursuit of excellence.
From the Pre-Kindergarten program through Advanced Placement courses in which students may earn college credit, Houston County schools emphasize what is important—the student. Students are provided with a comprehensive academic experience, with complete offerings in the fine arts, athletics, career and technical fields, and AFJROTC. At the high school level, students have the option to choose from a full range of college preparatory courses, including Advanced Placement courses in English, science, social studies and math. All schools are equipped with up-to-date tools and resources ideal for teaching a range of courses in academic, career tech, gifted, and special needs environments.
Houston County students’ academic abilities shine through on a consistent basis, as they regularly outperform their comparison groups on standardized tests. For example, on the SAT, Houston County students score within a few points of the national average and Advanced Placement scores are typically at or above the global average. The effectiveness of area educators’ academic programs is apparent with 23 of Houston County’s schools having been named Georgia Schools of Excellence a total of 39 times since 1986. All five high schools have been named Advanced Placement STEM Schools.
The Westfield School
The Westfield School is an outstanding college preparatory school that provides a host of academic, fine arts, and athletic programs in a Christian environment. At Westfield, class sizes average 15 students, creating a successful, structured environment that promotes learning and positive interaction, offering a rigorous curriculum to prepare every student for college. Advanced Placement courses are offered beginning in 10th grade and each year graduates outperform their peers across Georgia and the nation on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. 100 percent of students are accepted for college admission.
The Westfield School encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities, such as music and drama along with athletics as part of their school experience. Students may compete interscholastically in literary, debate, and 12 different sports at the junior varsity and varsity levels in the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA). Lower School students in Grades 1-6 have the opportunity to participate in football, cheerleading, and basketball.
With multiple colleges and universities spread over multiple campuses across Middle Georgia there is ample access to post-secondary educational opportunities here in Perry. Nearly 12,000 students graduate annually from the following post-secondary institutions:
The City of Perry provides a robust array of recreation and leisure activities for all age groups. For more information on these activities please visit our Recreation Department page found here.
Perry is served by the Perry Hospital, a Houston Healthcare facility offering a range of exemplary health care services and programs.
With a broad range of historical and cultural activities and events here in Perry there is something for everyone.
Perry is in the middle of Georgia and a short trip from everything! You could travel to world-class beaches, hike in the mountains, or travel across the world within mere hours. See for yourself!
- Perry is approximately 100 miles, a short 1.5 hour trip on Interstate 75, from Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
- In just 2.5 hours, you could be strolling on Riverstreet in Savannah or enjoying the Golden Isles and Georgia’s wonderful coast.
- A straight shot down I-75, it is possible to be in Florida in approximately 2 hours.
- In a little over 3.5 hours you could immerse yourself in the splendor of the Appalachian Mountains, perhaps standing at the top of Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak.