Math, science, and technology are main attraction in proposed center









Math, science, and technology are main attraction in proposed center

There’s an exciting initiative on the horizon for Gwinnett County Public Schools… the school system’s long-range vision for a center dedicated to mathematics, science, and technology. As was recently reported to the Board of Education, the plan for the center is beginning to take shape. The center would include a number of non-traditional course and program offerings, including a new venture, the Gwinnett Charter School of Advanced Math, Science and Technology; the existing school of Maxwell High School of Technology; and a short-term instructional program for non-English-speaking high school students with little schooling in their native language.

At the March 9 meeting, the Board approved moving forward with the preparation of an application for charter status for the Gwinnett Charter School of Advanced Math, Science and Technology. As planned, this specialized school will offer a problem-solving and interdisciplinary approach to learning, providing diverse connections to in-field mentors, universities and research centers, and business and industry leaders.

Proposed programs of study encompass three fields:

Engineering, including biomedical design, aerospace design and application, mechanical engineering and robotics.
Bioscience, including pre-medical, pre-nursing, pre-dental, and forensic science concentrations.
Emerging Technologies, including applications of nanotechnology to the engineering and bioscience fields, network security, and telecommunications.

In addition, students also will have the opportunity to expand their foreign language education in specialized programs directly linked to math, science, and technology fields of study. Proposed language programs include Chinese and Japanese studies, as well as scientific and technical concentrations in French, German, and Spanish.

The proposed location for this non-traditional center will be developed in multiple phases. Oakland School, a special education facility, will move to a replacement facility in 2007. In Phase One of the development of the Gwinnett Charter School of Advanced Math, Science and Technology, the vacated Oakland School will be renovated to accommodate a limited advanced studies program in math, science, and technology to serve rising 9th graders from across the district. Potentially, Phase One could open as early as the 2007-08 school year. Each year after the opening year, another class of rising freshmen will be accepted to the program, progressively expanding the facility to serve grades 9-12.

As plans for this exciting Gwinnett initiative come together, watch for more information in e-News, on the Web, and in other system publications.