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Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS)

Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS)

About the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) Curriculum

Gwinnett’s curriculum for grades K–12 is called the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS). The AKS includes all of the state’s standards, including the state-adopted Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, career and technical education, and fine arts for all grades (K–12). The Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) are in place for foreign language and health and physical education for the 2020–21 school year. Gwinnett’s AKS is a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for college and 21st century careers in a globally competitive future.

The AKS for each grade level spells out the essential concepts students are expected to know and skills they should acquire in that grade or subject. The AKS offers a solid base on which teachers build rich learning experiences. Teachers use curriculum guides, technology, and  instructional resources to teach the AKS and to make sure every student is learning to his or her potential. 

The Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum was developed by our teachers, with input from our parents and community, in response to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ mission statement:

The mission of Gwinnett County Public Schools is to pursue excellence in academic knowledge, skills, and behavior for each student resulting in measured improvement against local, national, and world-class standards.

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.

For Grades K-5

Brochure K-5

For Grades 6-8

Brochure 6-8

High School | AKS Booklet

This booklet provides details about the AKS for high school courses.

K-8 AKS Booklets 

These booklets provide details about the AKS curriculum areas for each grade level. 

K-12 AKS Booklets by Subject 

These booklets provide details about the AKS curriculum for each grade level in the subjects of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Career Technical Education.

AKS Vertical Booklets

These booklets provide the AKS by school level. 



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