Choosing the Best School
Resources to help the decision-making process
For families with school-aged children, relocating to a new city means more than just finding the perfect home—deciding on which of the area’s schools will be best for your child is a top priority when choosing a place to live. Gwinnett’s high-ranking schools are sure to fit your needs, regardless of the type of educational experience you are seeking.
Gwinnett is home to many nationally competitive schools and some of the top-ranking institutions in the state of Georgia, from public and private to charter and more. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) in the largest school system in the state and continues to grow, serving 173,036 students in 2014-15. Dedicated teachers and professors, involved parents and the support of the community make this a world-class system of schools. GCPS student achievement has soared, with 11,000 graduates in the class of 2014 and more than $148 million scholarships awarded to GCPS students, in addition HOPE and full-ride Gates Millenium and QuestBridge scholarships.
Beginning Your School Search
Finding the right school may seem like a daunting task, but you will find a wealth of information on the Gwinnett-area schools on the following pages, as well as statistics, data and testing information on the Georgia Department of Education’s website (gadoe.org).
Public School Offerings
Gwinnett’s well-established school system is made up of more than 134 schools and more than 20,000 employees. New schools emerge and changes are made within the many academic settings annually, which is why it’s important to understand your child’s school options for your preferred area and to keep abreast with changes relevant when choosing where to relocate your family. With 77 elementary schools, 27 middle schools, 19 high schools, five charter schools and six other special schools, Gwinnett County Public Schools was named Georgia’s Green Ribbon District for its energy conservation and green initiatives.
Going the Independent Route
Traditional, religious, independent—private schools in Gwinnett are diverse and ready to serve their students. The Georgia Independent School Association (GISA; gisaschools.org) is composed of independent schools that are united in their desire to determine the best educational match between a child and his or her family and a school and can be a great starting point when seeking a private education.
So start looking! There are many great educational options for you and your family to explore in Gwinnett, and it’s important to investigate each school’s mission, curriculum, extracurricular opportunities and more to see what fits best with your family’s expectations and needs. Initiate school visits with your children and talk to administrators to really understand how your top choices operate. With so many excellent choices in the county, you’re sure to find the perfect school that best supports and expands your child’s education.
Auburn – Number of Schools: 4; 3 elementary schools, 1 private school
Berkeley Lake – Number of Schools: 1 elementary school
Buford– Number of Schools: 13; 7 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 1 high school, 1 private school
Dacula – Number of Schools: 10; 6 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school, 2 private schools
Duluth – Number of Schools: 24; 10 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 3 high schools, 7 private schools
Grayson – Number of Schools: 7; 3 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 private schools
Lawrenceville – Number of Schools: 36; 19 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 5 high schools, 6 private schools
Lilburn – Number of Schools: 18; 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 2 high schools, 5 private schools
Loganville – Number of Schools: 19; 7 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 3 high schools, 5 private schools
Norcross – Number of Schools: 21; 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 3 high schools, 7 private schools
Peachtree Corners – Number of Schools: 5; 1 elementary school, 1 middle school, 3 private schools
Snellville – Number of Schools: 17; 9 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 3 high schools, 3 private schools
Sugar Hill – Number of Schools: 7; 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school, 2 private schools
Suwanee – Number of Schools: 20; 10 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 4 high schools, 5 private schools