Gwinnett County Public Schools learned today that Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. Now in its 34th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 7 and 8, the Department will formally recognize the 279 public and 50 private schools at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
“This is a tremendous honor for the students and staff of GSMST,” said CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks. “That said, as the students who attend GSMST come from all over Gwinnett County, it truly is an achievement in which we all can take pride. When we first opened GSMST in 2007, our mission was to nurture the talents and potential of all students through a unique, challenging, and integrated curriculum that focused on mathematics, science, and technology. This national recognition is evidence that we have done that and much more.”
Principal IV Bray was very excited about the news. He said, “On behalf of the faculty and staff, parents and community partners, and most importantly, our 875 GSMST alumni, we are honored to receive this important designation as a National Blue Ribbon School. We are so excited to represent the quality public education that is available throughout Gwinnett County Public Schools.”
GSMST is a school known for its high achievement. During the first week of this school year, the school recognized its 63 National AP Scholars from 2016. Since then, ACT and SAT results have been released and GSMST leads all Georgia schools on both tests. In addition, 16 seniors have qualified as National Merit Semi-Finalists. In response to questions about student achievement, Principal Bray shares, “Our students work so very hard in the classroom, in the lab, and at home to master a curriculum that is intertwined with career exploration, problem solving, and deep, creative thinking. However, our students are much more than the lofty assessment scores they produce. They are more than the languages they learn, the research they execute, and the capstone experiences they complete. Our students are well on their way to being strategic knowledge users in a knowledge economy.”