As Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), the largest school system in Georgia, opens the 2019-20 school year it is projected to serve 180,204 students. In 2019, the district opens several projects funded by the education special purpose local option sales tax (ESPLOST) approved by voters in November of 2015… projects that are part of a comprehensive capital program that provides learning environments focused on the needs of today’s learners.
This school year, the district will open one new high school—
McClure Health Science High School (located in the Meadowcreek Cluster)
3921 Club Drive, Duluth, GA 30096
Principal: Nicole Mosley
- Gwinnett’s newest theme high school is named for Dr. Robert McClure, a former Gwinnett County Board of Education member and local physician.
- It offers a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum through the lens of health science, combining required coursework with practical medical and health industry experiences.
- Program areas will include: Patient Care, Allied Health, Health Informatics, and Advanced Medicine.
- The school’s four-year program begins with seminar courses and culminates with capstone projects and internships.
- The new McClure Health Science High School includes 303,690 square feet of learning space for students— 41 classrooms, 3 lecture halls, a dance studio and a host of labs including physics, chemistry, biology, STEM/Computer, Healthcare, and Art.
- The cost of the new facility is $38,537,616.
Other Additions/Renovations of Note for the 2019-2020 School Year:
- Lilburn Middle School Addition (Meadowcreek Cluster)—A new three-story addition was added to the school along with a new parking lot in front of the school. The new lot will provide additional parking and improve traffic conditions at the beginning and end of the school day when parents drop off and pick up their students.
- Richards Middle School Addition (Discovery Cluster)—The opening of a new 65,670 square foot three-story building addition at Richards Middle School provides 33 new classrooms.
- Discovery High School Renovation—The interior build-out and renovation project added a new Health Science Academy and 27 new classrooms.
- Grayson High School Build-Out— As part of the buildout there is an interesting addition to the Veterinary Technician program… an existing room used by the Grayson Technical Education Program has been converted into a functioning veterinary operating room.
- Artificial turf and new track surfaces have been installed on the stadium fields at Duluth High School and South Gwinnett High School. These projects also included storm drainage improvements at both schools.
In 2019-20 Gwinnett County Public Schools will operate 141 schools.
- 80 elementary schools (grades K–5)
- 29 middle schools (grades 6–8)
- 23 high schools (grades 9–12), including 19 cluster high schools, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Paul Duke STEM HS; and Phoenix HS (open campus school, gr. 10–12, with a satellite campus opening at Sugarloaf Mills)
- Other educational facilities:
- Buice Center, housing ADAPT, STRIVE, and The BRIDGE (special education programs)
- GIVE Center East (alternative school, gr. 6–12)
- GIVE Center West (alternative school, gr. 6–12)
- Gwinnett Online Campus (online school, gr. 4–12)
- International Transition Center (program at six high school sites— Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, Duluth, Meadowcreek, and Norcross)
- Maxwell HS of Technology (career and technical education school, gr. 11 and 12)
- New Life Academy of Excellence (charter school, gr. K–8)
- North Metro Academy of Performing Arts (charter school, gr. K–5)
- Oakland Meadow School (special education school)