Special Purpose Schools, Classroom Locations, and Instructional Staff



Special Purpose Schools, Classroom Locations, and Instructional Staff

T. Carl Buice School

The T. Carl Buice School serves preschool children with special needs through GCPS' Early Childhood Program. In addition to the Early Childhood Program for special needs children, the Buice School houses the federally funded Head Start program and the state-funded Pre-K program. For information regarding the federally funded Head Start or the state Pre-K programs, please call 1-888-442-7735. The GCPS Early Childhood Special Needs Program at Buice can be reached at 770-271-5060. The GCPS Early Childhood Program, state-funded Pre-K, and federally funded Head Start program collaboratively provide services to 3 and 4 year olds and their families who live in Gwinnett County. The Buice School also has an assessment team that provides comprehensive evaluations for younger children to determine if they qualify for special education through the GCPS Early Childhood Program.

The learning environment at Buice School is designed to meet many diverse needs. We continually strive to work together as a team with the same vision, mission, and goals in meeting the needs of young children and their families.

Hooper Renwick School

The Hooper Renwick School is one of the sites of the North Metro Psychoeducational Program. North Metro, one of 24 programs located throughout the state, serves severely emotionally disturbed (SED) students and students with autism between the ages of 5 and 22. North Metro serves students from Atlanta City, Fulton County, Buford City, and Gwinnett County. Hooper Renwick serves middle and high school age students from Gwinnett County, with satellite classes at Creekland Middle and Grayson High School, while elementary age students receive services though the North Metro classes housed at Bethesda Elementary School. In response to the specific needs in Gwinnett County, Hooper Renwick also serves students with autism and mild/moderate disabilities whose behaviors are so severe as to warrant such placement.

Monarch School

Monarch School houses programs for typical and special needs preschool children and young adults who have graduated from high school and are continuing post-high school training through the age of 21. We also house the federally funded Even Start Program, which is a family-based literacy program, and we are a site for Head Start and the state Pre-K program. The Early Childhood Program, Head Start/Pre-K, and Even Start Programs collaboratively provide services to 3- and 4-year-olds and their families who live in Gwinnett County.

Monarch also has an assessment team that provides comprehensive evaluations for young children to determine if they qualify for special education services. In addition to the assessment team, we house the county's PAES (Practical Assessment Exploration System) lab, assistive technology lab, literacy lab, and a workshop, which makes, repairs and helps maintain needed equipment for students in Gwinnett County.

Oakland School

Oakland School serves the special education needs of students ages 3-22 who are considered medically fragile with significant motor and cognitive disabilities. Opened in early 1978, Oakland has a long history of serving students with severe disabilities. Programs at Oakland School have received local, state, and national recognition.

Special Classroom Locations

There are a variety of classroom placements available throughout Gwinnett County. Resource programs and itinerant Special Education Services are available in each GCPS school. Self-contained classes are located throughout the county. Specialized self-contained classroom settings are available to address all disabilities.

Instructional Support Staff

The instructional staff in the Department of Special Education and Psychological Services provides assistance and support, as needed, to local school staff and parents so that students can benefit from their Individualized Educational Programs. Upon request, these support staff members are available to assist with individual student or classroom needs through assessment and instructional/behavioral strategies.