Gwinnett County Public Schools FAQ page









Gwinnett County Public Schools FAQ page

The GCPS FAQ page addresses the most frequently asked questions from families new to Gwinnett County. Please add this page to your list of favorites and check back often for updates.
  • How are Gwinnett's schools ranked and which are best?

  • What school will my child attend?

  • When and where do I register my child for school?

  • What paperwork do I need to register my child?

  • What shots are required for my child?

  • Where do I go to get immunization and medical forms?

  • Can the school send the required immunization form (#3231) to me?

  • Can my out-of-state doctor or dentist complete the medical form (#3300)?

  • Does GCPS offer after-school programs for children?

  • What curriculum does Gwinnett County use?

  • In Gwinnett, what determines my child's promotion to the next grade?

  • What is required for graduation in Gwinnett?

  • In addition to promotion assessments, what other tests will my child take?

  • Do you have charter or magnet schools?

  • Who do I talk to about home school?

  • How can I find out about employment with GCPS?



  • How are Gwinnett's schools ranked and which are best?

    Gwinnett County Public Schools does not rank its schools. With so many factors to consider, families are best suited to make the decision about which school best meets their student’s needs. All Gwinnett schools use the same curriculum and Accountability Reports are posted for each school.

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    What school will my child attend?

    Attendance zones for Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) are determined by geographical boundaries, called clusters. Within each cluster, there are three to six elementary schools, one or two middle schools, and one high school. Attendance lines drawn within the cluster’s boundaries determine which elementary or middle school in the cluster a student attends. To find out which school your child will attend, call the Planning Department at 678-301-7085.

    GCPS has a number of facilities and programs for which attendance is not determined by cluster. These include:
    - Buchanan HS of Technology (housing Gwinnett Online Campus, GIVE Center West, and community programs)
    - Buice School (special education school, with special needs pre-K, and early childhood programs)
    - GIVE Center East (alternative school)
    - GIVE Center West (alternative school)
    - Gwinnett County Online Campus (charter school)
    - Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (charter school)
    - Hooper Renwick (special education school)
    - Maxwell HS of Technology (charter school)
    - Monarch School (special education school, with special needs pre-K, ADAPT, and early childhood programs)
    - New Life Academy of Excellence (charter school)
    - Oakland Meadow School (special education school)


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    When and where do I register my child for school?

    Registration for newcomers is held weekdays, year-round, at all elementary, middle, and high schools. Please call your local school for an appointment. To find out which school your child will attend, call the Planning Department at 678-301-7085.

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    What paperwork do I need to register my child?

    Please review GCPS' registration documentation for more information. To order your child's Georgia birth certificate online, please visit the state's ROVER (Request Official Vital Events Records) website.

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    What shots are required for my child?

    All students entering a Georgia school for the first time, including those moving from another state or country and those returning to a Georgia school after an absence of one or more school years, must have Georgia Form #3231 (revised March 2007), the Georgia Department of Human Resources Certificate of Immunization. State Form #3231 must be completed by one of the Georgia health departments or a private Georgia physician. A fee may be charged for completing paperwork or for administering required immunizations.


    Students also must have evidence of vision, hearing, and dental exams obtained in the past year.This information must be on Georgia Form #3300, available from the health department or from most Georgia physicians and dentists. Letters from appropriate healthcare professionals and out-of-state certificates are acceptable, if completed within the previous 12 months and stapled to the state form. These exams are available at Georgia health departments for a fee.

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    Where do I go to get immunization and medical forms?

    Both the immunization form (Georgia Form #3231) and the medical form (Georgia Form #3300) are available from the health department and through most Georgia doctors and dentists.

    For Georgia Form #3300, letters from appropriate healthcare professionals and out-of-state certificates are acceptable, if completed within the previous 12 months and stapled to the state form. These exams are available at Georgia health departments for a fee.

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    Can the school send the required immunization form (#3231) to me?

    No. Only health departments and physicians licensed in Georgia can obtain blank immunization certificates (Form #3231). Take your child's personal immunization record to a Georgia health department or Georgia doctor and they can complete the form and give any required vaccines. A fee may be charged for completing paperwork or for administering required immunizations.

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    Can my out-of-state doctor or dentist complete the medical form (#3300)?

    Blank medical forms are available only to health departments and doctors and dentists licensed in Georgia. However, letters from appropriate healthcare professionals and out-of-state certificates are acceptable for the medical form (#3300), if completed within the previous 12 months and stapled to the state form. Vision, hearing, and dental exams are available at Georgia health departments for a fee.

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    Does GCPS offer after-school programs for children?

    Gwinnett County Public Schools does not offer after-school care for students. However, many local daycare centers offer or provide transportation between elementary schools and facilities. Contact your local school for information on daycare centers that serve the school. In addition, many students participate in various organizations that meet before and after school. Older students also may participate in athletics and extracurricular activities.

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    What curriculum does Gwinnett County use?

    Gwinnett's Academic Knowledge and Skills or AKS is the essential curriculum for grades K-12 in Gwinnett schools. It spells out precisely what students are expected to learn and be able to do in each grade/subject. Developed by Gwinnett educators with input from more than 5,000 parents and citizens, it was initially adopted in 1996 and is reviewed annually. The AKS for each grade level and content area is available on the web. In addition, grade level parent booklets are available at local schools.

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    In Gwinnett, what determines my child's promotion to the next grade?

    As part of a comprehensive assessment program, students in grades 3-8 participate in the state-required Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and some grades require state writing tests. These tests— when used with homework, projects, classwork, and teacher-developed tests— help parents and teachers measure student achievement for a particular year. For designated grade levels, a passing score on one or both of these tests is a promotion requirement.

    Learn more about the state's CRCT assessments, required writing assessments, and promotion requirements.

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    What is required for graduation in Gwinnett?

    In order to earn a regular Gwinnett County high school diploma, students must:


    High School Graduation Requirements
    Students starting high school before 2011-12
    Students starting high school in 2011-12
    In order to earn a regular Gwinnett County high school diploma, students who started high school before the 2011-12 school year must:
    • Learn the AKS to earn state-required course credits/units (see chart below);
    • Pass Gwinnett's High School Gateway Writing Assessment, which is administered in the 10th grade;
    • Pass the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT), which is administered in the 11th grade; and
    • Depending on the date the student first entered 9th grade, dmonstrate proficiency in the four core areas-- language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies-- by either passing one EOCT in each of the core content areas or by passing the corresponding subtest of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT).
    • Please review the flyer detailing promotion requirements for students entering high school before the 2011-12 school year.
    In order to earn a regular Gwinnett County high school diploma, students starting high school this school year must:
    • Learn the AKS to earn the required course credits/units (see chart below), including required core courses with a state-mandated End of Course Test;
    • Pass Gwinnett's High School Gateway Writing Assessment, which is administered in the 10th grade;
    • Pass designated EOCT courses; and
    • Pass the Georgia High School Writing Test, which is administered in the 11th grade.

    Please review the flyer detailing promotion requirements for students entering high school in the 2011-12 school year.Please review the flyer detailing promotion requirements for students entering high school in the 2012-13 school year.
    State-required areas of study
    To graduate, Georgia students starting high school July 2008 and after must earn a minimum of 23 credits (also called units) in the following areas of study:

    Required Area of Study
    Credit/
    Unit
    Language Arts
    4
    Mathematics
    4
    Science (The 4th science unit may be used to meet both the science and an elective requirement.)
    4
    Social Studies
    3
    Modern/Classical Language and/or Technical Education and/or Fine Arts
    3
    Health and Physical Education
    1
    Electives
    4

    For additional information, please review the Choice Book, a high school planning guide for Gwinnett students.


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    In addition to promotion assessments, what other tests will my child take?

    Students in Gwinnett County Public Schools participate in standardized tests for their grade level throughout the year. These tests, when used as part of a comprehensive assessment program that includes homework, projects, classwork, teacher-developed tests, and other local assessments, help parents and teachers measure student achievement.


    Learn more about Gwinnett's assessment program.

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    Do you have charter schools?

    Yes. GCPS has four charter schools:


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    Who do I talk to about home school?

    GCPS Home School department is the reporting office for home-school families in Gwinnett.


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    How can I find out about employment with GCPS?

    Career opportunities in Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest employer in the county and one of the largest employers in the state, are available online. With GCPS' online application process, prospective employees have a more efficient way to find employment opportunities in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Online, applicants can learn more about available jobs, apply for those positions, and track their progress throughout the application process all with 24/7 access from any computer with an Internet connection. If you have questions or need technical assistance, call the HR Customer Support Center at 678-301-6161 during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

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