No guide to a community is complete without a focus on the education offered in that locale”s public schools. That is especially true when the schools are among a county”s major selling points, as is the case with Gwinnett County Public Schools, which educates the vast majority of Gwinnett”s children.
We enroll more than 165,400 students in our 132 schools this year. Our workforce of almost 20,000 includes some of the finest teachers, principals, and support staff in the business – people who do exceptional work on the job while also contributing immeasurably to the economic, cultural, and social vitality of the county.
Our student enrollment is diverse; 31% are Black, 29% White, 26% Hispanic, 10% Asian, and 4% other/mixed races. Most of them (56%) come from low-income homes. Our effectiveness in educating this highly diverse and disadvantaged population earned GCPS the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education, evidence that whatever our students” circumstances, we can effectively address their educational needs. As a result, academic achievement in GCPS is among the highest in the state for all student groups.
But today”s positive results are not enough. To remain successful, we must continuously improve, academically and operationally. In that vein, the district is involved in the state”s initiatives to improve, such as implementing the new Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, revised teacher and leader evaluation systems, and new state models of accountability and flexibility. We believe in innovation and encourage students, teachers, and staff to be creative in their endeavors. With our eCLASS initiative we are laying the foundation for personalizing learning, giving teachers information needed to best target instruction and measure what students have learned.
In a county where families have access to private, parochial, and home schools, we strive to be the educational option of choice. Visit a Gwinnett school and you will see impressive learning environments, excellent teaching, engaged learning, involved parents, constant emphasis on safety and security, and high-quality extracurricular programs in academics, athletics, fine arts, and service organizations.
Gwinnett teams and student groups are competitive on every field of play, but our primary focus is on being competitive globally in preparing our students for college, careers, and citizenship. By equipping our graduates with the knowledge and skills the 21st century requires for success, we contribute to strengthening our cities, our county, our state, and our nation.