3 schools open doors on first day

Gwinnett County Public Schools has three new schools as it begins the 2011-12 school year.

The system will open Moore Middle School on Monday as well as expanding its current charter school offerings with the opening of Gwinnett County Online Campus and Ivy Preparatory Academy.

Located at 1221 Lawrenceville Highway, the school was named in honor of the late Robbie Susan Moore. The school is headed by Principal Lamont Mays.

Also new to the system is Gwinnett County Online Campus, which will offer high school students a new way to earn a diploma.

The new charter school expands upon the district’s history of providing virtual learning opportunities.

In its inaugural year as a Gwinnett County high school, Gwinnett Online Campus will serve 160 students in grades nine through 12.

The school is scheduled to expand to include middle school grades during the 2012-13 school year.

According to its website, the mission of Gwinnett Online Campus is to enhance the learning of students in a “world-class virtual environment, empowering them with the 21st-century knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the local, national and global community.”

While not a new charter school, Ivy Preparatory Academy will begin its school year as a Gwinnett County Public Schools charter school for the first time.