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Fun Facts: Gwinnett County Public Schools

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Gwinnett County Public Schools Fun FactsGwinnett County Public Schools Projected Enrollment for 2013-14: #166,667

Educational Facilities
132 schools (77 elementary, 26 middle schools, 19 high schools, 4 charter#schools, and 6 special schools)

New Schools for 2013-14
While there are no new schools opening this year, two existing schools are moving to new locations. GIVE West, an alternative school, will relocate to its new facility located at 5550 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Norcross. Gwinnett Online Campus will relocate to a district facility in Lawrenceville located at 713 Hi-Hope Road.

New Principals for 2013-14
Valerie Robinett – Camp Creek Elementary
Carrie Yougel – Duncan Creek Elementary
Daniel Skelton – Level Creek Elementary
Dr. Allan Gee – Mountain Park Elementary
Marci Sledge – Pinckneyville Middle
Dr. Rukina Walker – Trip Elementary

The following principals began their duties mid-year last year and this
will be their first full year as principal of the school:
Dr. Brenda Johnson – Centerville Elementary
Dr. Stacey Schepens – Crews Middle
Anthony Smith – Duluth High
Jodi Lovett – Hooper Renwick School
Dr. Yvette Arthur – Lilburn Middle
David Jones – Mason Elementary
Jason Lane – Mill Creek High
Ruth Westbrooks – Puckett”s Mill Elementary
Clifton Alexander – Simonton Elementary
Katise Menchan – Snellville MS
Dr. Michelle Smith – Suwanee Elementary

On GCPS” Sound Financial Management

  • FY2014 Budget: #$1.763 billion
  • On average the cost of educating one child in Gwinnett County is $7,548#per year. The direct costs of instruction account for 71 percent of that amount.
  • GCPS is one of only two large districts in the nation to hold a triple-A rating – the highest# possible bond 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.

On Staff

  • Gwinnett County Public Schools has approximately 20,000 employees. It holds the position of the largest employer in the county and is one of the largest employers in Georgia.
  • School District educators and staff members include#award-winning administrators; 170 nationally Board Certified teachers, 100#nationally certified counselors, and 90-plus state Master Teachers.

On School Nutrition

  • Last year, GCPS served 21,607,762 student lunches and 10,671,375 student breakfasts.
  • In 2012″2013, approximately 56 percent of all students qualified for meals that were free or reduced in price, based on their families” income levels.
  • Lunch prices are increasing for the 2013-14 school year. However, the lunch prices of $2.25 for elementary and $2.50 for middle#and high schools remain well within the metro area averages.

On Transportation

  • The Transportation Department operates more than 1,800 school buses, safely transporting more than 122,000 students twice a day.
  • Annually, GCPS buses travel more than 23 million miles.

Preparing Students for the Future

  • The Class of 2013 boasted more than 10,500 graduates. About 84 percent reported#plans to attend college.
  • As of April of 2012, seniors reported more than #$137 million in scholarship offers (not including HOPE and Gates Millennium scholarships).
  • Gwinnett”s 2011″12 SAT average is 1518 (The GCPS average is 20 points above the national average and 66 points above the state average.) Over the last two years, GCPS saw a 23.4 percent increase in SAT participation.
  • More Gwinnett students are taking rigorous, college-level Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Last year, 12,205 students took 23,468 AP exams. Fifty-nine percent of those students scored a three or higher on the tests.

An Honored School System
Over the years, GCPS systemwide programs, local schools, leaders,#educators, and support staff have earned honors, not#to mention the thousands of awards, championships, and recognitions earned#by GCPS students.#Some recent school and system honors include:

  • A first-ever national District Sustainability Award
  • Eight Reward Schools among Georgia”s top Title I schools
  • A spot on the Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll and 20 AP Honor
    schools
  • 96 students selected for the prestigious Governor”s Honors Program
  • 14 state championships for athletic teams, plus individual state and national kudos