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by Melissa Booraem

When Gwinnett County announced it would be opening a new charter school, the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (GSMST), more than 200 young Einsteins applied.

The county originally said the school would take up to 200 students, but all the students that applied were given the option of enrolling.

"We reviewed our facility space and staffing plans and determined that we could invite all students to enroll based on the available resources and realizing that some of the 246 invited would likely decide not to accept the opportunity," says Cindy Loe, associate superintendent.

The school shelters at Duluth High School and will later move to its permanent location at Maxwell High School.

"It is a central area of the county, which will make for easier access to students throughout the district," Loe reminds. A bus system is already in place from each cluster to Maxwell.

Banks Bitterman, dean of academics for GSMST, says, "The vision of the county is to be a system of world-class schools where students acquire knowledge and skills to be successful as they continue their education…and/or enter the workforce."

GSMST is establishing partnerships with many post-secondary institutions, including Georgia Gwinnett College.

"We look forward to working with Georgia Gwinnett in a number of ways including mentorships, advisory support and sharing of other resources," Loe adds. Also in the mix will be business and industry partnerships.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology Focus areas:


  • Aerospace Design & Application
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering


  • Biomedical Design
  • Biotechnology
  • Forensic Science

Emerging Technologies:

  • Robotics
  • Nanotechnologies
  • GPS Applications

Interactive & Online Instruction:

  • Students will have the option of interacting with schools around the world in the completion of projects and in enrolling in online courses through Gwinnett”s Online Campus.

Flexible Scheduling:

  • Students will attend school 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • They may also elect to be involved in the online/blended courses in which instructor-led classes are linked to online components of a course or project.

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