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For years, Georgia students have learned about the official state bird (Brown Thrasher), the state flower (Cherokee Rose), the state tree (Live Oak), and the state song (Georgia On My Mind). The newest generation of Georgia students will also have the opportunity to learn about our new official state school, Plains High School in Plains, Georgia.

Plains High School was built in 1921 and closed as a public school in 1979. Both President and Mrs. Carter attended all their public schooling in this building. After a six-year restoration project, the building has been converted into a museum for the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.


Restored classroom at the Jimmy Carter National Historic site.

The Georgia Department of Education in cooperation with Sumter County Schools and the National Park Service have produced a special curriculum based on active student participation and the Georgia Performance Standards. More than a field trip, your class can spend the day learning in a setting that nurtured the 39th President of the United States.

Classroom lessons and interactive experiences are limited to 24 students. However, large group activities are available. If you have questions concerning these activities, please see the Large Group Planning Sheet or contact me for details.

Field trip spaces are limited. It is recommended you make your request early in the school year in order to reserve the date you are interested in. Field trips will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Once you complete and submit the Field Trip Request Form, you will receive a confirmation letter. If we are unable to schedule your class, you will be put on a waiting list and contacted when cancellations occur.