Gwinnett County Public Schools FAQs
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.
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:
- ADAPT (special education school)
- GIVE Center East (alternative school)
- GIVE Center West (alternative school)
- Gwinnett County Online Campus (district online school)
- Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
- Maxwell High School of Technology (career and technical education program)
- Monarch School (special education school)
- New Life Academy of Excellence (charter school)
- North Metro Academy of Performing Arts (charter school)
- Oakland Meadow School (special education school)
- Phoenix High School (alternative school)
- STRIVE (special education school)
- The BRIDGE (special education 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.
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.
By state law, a valid certificate of immunization (Form #3231) or a notarized statement of religious exemption is required for enrollment. The certificate of immunization must be completed by the health department or your private physician. A valid Form #3231 must be marked with either "Date of Expiration" or as "Complete for School Attendance." (A certificate marked with a "Date of Expiration" expires on the date indicated. A current certificate must be submitted within 30 days of expiration.) A medical exemption, if applicable, should be noted on Form #3231 with a current date of expiration. You may request a form from your school for religious exemption.
Please review immunization requirements for students entering 7th grade, an important update about the influenza vaccine, and a TDAP-Meningitis parent fact sheet. The new vaccine requirements apply to students who are born on or after 1/1/2002 AND entering 7th grade. The requirements also apply to students who are new entrants to 8th-12th grade. New entrants are students who have never attended any school in Georgia or have not attended any school in Georgia for at least one full school year.
Students also must have evidence of vision, hearing, and dental, and nutrition screening obtained in the past year. This information should be on Georgia Form #3300 (rev. 2013), available from the health department or your physician and dentist and dated within the last 12 months. Letters from appropriate healthcare professionals and out-of-state certificates are acceptable, if completed within the last 12 months and stapled to the state form.
Visit one of three health department offices in Gwinnett County to obtain required screenings and immunizations for a fee.
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.
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.
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, and nutrition screening exams are available at Georgia health departments for a fee.
Gwinnett County Public Schools does not offer after-school care for students. However, many local daycare centers offer 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.
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.
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.
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).