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Atlanta Public Schools Guide: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Tech

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Overview:

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology is a charter school now located in Lawrenceville and serves students in grades 9-12. Up until May 2010 the school resided in Duluth.

It received charter status in 2006 and opened in the fall of 2007. It is open to all students residing in Gwinnett County. The school heavily focuses on bioscience, engineering and emerging technology.

School Basics:

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

970 McElvaney Lance
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044

678-518-6700; 678-518-6702 (fax)

Administration

Principal: Dr. Jeffrey Mathews

Assistand Principals: Dr. Kay Harvey, Ms. Hope Hawkins

The school has approximately 596 students (2010-2011).

Other related information:

The school is open from 7 am to 3 p.m., with classes beginning at 8 a.m. The school poffers a variety of clubs and activities for student participation including, a book club, debate team, drama club, stock market club, student government association and writers club.

The school colors are silver and teal.

Academic Achievements:

  • 100% of GSMST students passed the Georgia High School Writing Test, with 40% exceeding standards (2009-2010).
  • One of six Gwinnett County Schools named as an AP Merit School (2009-2010).
  • 19 of 210 students were accepted into the Governor's Honors program for the summer of 2010.

According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, charter schools are independent public schools that are free to be more innovative and are held accountable for improved student achievement. They foster a partnership between parents, teachers and students to create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are given the freedom to innovate and students are provided the structure they need to learn.

There are currently more than 120 charter schools in the state of Georgia with nearly 65,000 students attending those schools. Read about other charter schools in the metro Atlanta area: Atlanta Preparatory Academy, Walton High School, Tech High School, KIPP South Fulton Academy, North Springs Charter School, Chamblee Charter High School, Dunwoody Springs Charter Elementary, Fulton Science Academy, and Amana Academy. In Georgia, 83 percent (82.9) of Independent charter schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP, the national measure of student performance) in 2009 compared to 79 percent (79.1) of all traditional public schools. Also, 81 percent (81.1) of all charter schools made AYP compared to 79 percent of all traditional public schools.

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