Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS)









Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS)

About the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) Curriculum
The AKS are the standards for academic excellence for all students in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). In every GCPS classroom, instruction and assessment are tailored so that all students learn the AKS. The alignment of AKS with standardized assessments— such as the SAT and ACT college-admissions tests— ensures that GCPS students are well-prepared for these national measurements of achievement. This year, the AKS is aligned with the state-adopted Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in the areas of mathematics (K-9), language arts (K-12), and literacy standards in science, social studies, and technical education for middle and high school students. All other program content areas remain aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).This alignment assures that students are prepared for state tests, including the Georgia High School Writing Test and state-required End of Course Test for designated high school courses.

Since its inception in 1996, GCPS’ AKS curriculum has reflected the collective wisdom of thousands of educators and community members who worked together to determine what students need to know and be able to do in order to be successful at the next grade level and in the future. This investment by GCPS’ stakeholders has ensured that the AKS curriculum remains a rigorous and relevant blueprint for student learning in Gwinnett. As part of that ongoing effort, the GEMS Oversight Committee— made up of community and GCPS staff members— meets annually to review proposed additions, deletions, and changes to the AKS that come out of school and community surveys. Following validation by the GEMS committee, recommendations are submitted to the superintendent for approval by the School Board, with implementation the following school year.

K-8 Parent AKS Brochures
The Parent AKS brochures are available at all elementary and middle schools in GCPS. The condensed format provides an overview of each AKS curriculum area for your student's grade level, as well as information about special programs, promotion requirements, and grade-level assessments.

Click here to access Parent AKS Brochures for grades K-5
Click here to access Parent AKS Brochures for grades 6-8


K-8 and High School All AKS Booklets
The All AKS booklet provides details about the AKS curriculum areas for your student's grade level. All AKS booklets also are available for the full high school curriculum as well as the courses available through Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (Charter) and technical education programs at Grayson High and Maxwell High School of Technology.


K-12 All AKS Booklets by Core Subject
These All AKS booklets provide comprehensive lists of the AKS in Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science for grades K-12.


All AKS Vertical Booklets
The All AKS vertical booklets provide the AKS by school level for elementary, middle, and high school.