Education

An Honored School System…

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Over the years, GCPS systemwide programs, local schools, leaders, educators, and support staff have earned honors, not mention the thousands of awards, championships, and recognitions earned by GCPS students.

Some recent school and system honors include: All traditional Gwinnett high schools were recognized as AP Honor Schools in one or more categories in 2014 A national “Green Ribbon School” Top scoring schools on the 8th grade writing test International Reading Association”s Exemplary Reading Program Award Georgia Middle School Principal of the Year National Counselor of the Year Four schools recognized as Georgia Schools of Excellence AND in its first year eligible for The Broad Prize after winning in 2010, Gwinnett County Public Schools was named one of two finalists for the 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. Seventy-five of the nation”s largest urban school districts were eligible and were considered for The Broad Prize.

School districts cannot apply or be nominated. Among the reasons that Gwinnett was chosen as a 2014 Broad Prize finalist:

• A greater percentage of African-American students are reaching advanced academic levels in Gwinnett than in other districts in Georgia.

• A greater percentage of low-income students are reaching advanced academic levels in Gwinnett than in other districts in Georgia.

• Gwinnett had the highest SAT participation rate among the 75 Broad Prize-eligible districts for high school seniors, and the district”s SAT participation rate for African-American seniors and Hispanic seniors ranked in the top 10% of the eligible districts.

Projected Enrollment for 2014-15: 172,383

Educational Facilities:

  • 134 schools
  • 77 elementary
  • 27 middle schools,
  • 19 high schools
  • 5 charter schools,
  • and 6 special schools

New Principals for 2014-2015:

  • Cheri Carter
    Brookwood Elementary

  • Angelique Mitchell
    Ferguson Elementary

  • Kimberly Dyer
    Partee Elementary

  • Ellyce Cone
    Winn Holt Elementary

  • Dr. Keith Thompson
    Northbrook Middle

On GCPS” Sound Financial Management

FY2015 Budget:

  • 1.860 billion

  • On average, the cost of educating one child in Gwinnett County is $7,804

  • The direct costs of instruction account for 71.2% of that amount per year

New Schools for 2014-2015:

  • Northbrook Middle School
    1221 Northbrook Parkway in Suwanee
    (Peachtree Ridge Cluster)

  • North Metro Academy of Performing Arts
    182 Hunter St. in Norcross (charter school)

Putting it in perspective, of the state”s 10 largest school systems, GCPS had the 7th lowest per-pupil expenditure in FY13 ($736 per student below the state average), yet GCPS” average SAT score was 5th highest among the 10 sytems and 61 points above the state average, with 56% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

GCPS is one of only two large districts in the nation to hold a triple-A rating–the highest possible bond rating – and one of only 12 districts nationwide to hold the top rating from both Moody”s Investors Service and Standard & Poor”s. It is the only school system in Georgia and in the southeast recognized with this stamp of approval.

Preparing Students for the Future:

  • The Class of 2014 boasted nearly 11,000 graduates
  • About 84% reported plans to attend college or continue their education.

As of April of 2014, seniors reported more than $148 million in scholarships – the most ever earned by a Gwinnett graduating class.

This amount does NOT include HOPE scholarships or full-ride scholarships awarded to 15 Gates Millennium Scholars and 24 QuestBridge Scholars. Gwinnett”s 2012-13 SAT average is 1513. (The GCPS average is 15 points above the national average and 61 points above the state average.)

Overthe last three years, GCPS saw a 28% increase in SAT participation. More Gwinnett students are taking rigorous, college-level Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Last year, 12,944 students took 24,568 AP exams, with 57% scoring a 3 or higher (on a 5-point scale) to earn college credit or exempt college classes.