Making the grade…in a big way

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Gwinnett”s public school system has long been a point of pride – among students, parents, teachers, administrators and even the business community. Already the state”s largest system, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) continues to grow, not only in students served and facilities, but in excellence and achievements as well.

This spring, GCPS was named a finalist for the 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education, sharing the honor with only four other systems nationwide. The top system won”t be named until September, but no matter the outcome, GCPS will receive at least $250,000 in scholarship money to be awarded to seniors graduating in 2010.

Being a Broad Prize finalist is only the latest mark of excellence for Gwinnett County students and teachers. Keep reading for news of more super students and teachers from our community.

High Schools Make the AP Honor Roll
Every spring, students nervously await the annual AP exams. At stake, college credit for these high schools students – and the feeling that all that hard work was worth it.

This year, eight Gwinnett high schools got to share that winning feeling when they were honored by the Georgia Department of Education and were placed on Georgia”s Advanced Placement (AP) Honors Schools list. The schools were honored for their student”s success on the AP exams and for offering a rigorous curriculum to their students. Those named were Berkmar, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Duluth, North Gwinnett, Parkview, Shiloh and South Gwinnett high schools.

AP classes and exams are administered by the College Board and students that receive a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit.

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