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Information meetings scheduled for GCPS charter schools

SUWANEE -- Do you have children interested in attending one of the local school district's charter schools?

A series of informational meetings are scheduled over the next several weeks for students and parents interested in one of four Gwinnett County Public Schools charter schools.

The local charter schools include Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Gwinnett County Online Campus, Maxwell High School of Technology and New Life Academy of Excellence.

Those with an interest in New Life Academy of Excellence with kindgergarten-aged children can visit the facility during a scheduled tour and information session. The event takes place at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 at the school's Duluth campus, 4725 River Green Parkway, Duluth.

Operating two campuses in Gwinnett County -- K-8 in Duluth and K-3 in Norcross -- New Life Academy of Excellence offers a curriculum focused on the Chinese language and culture.

For those with an interest in technical education courses, Maxwell High School of Technology will be accepting 11th- and 12th-grade students as of the 2013-14 school year.

Students and parents can learn more about the school by visiting the campus during its winter open house at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21, at 990 McElvaney Lane in Lawrenceville.

Maxwell High School of Technology offers technical education courses during half of the school day. Students attend their home school for the rest of the day. The facility offers an opportunity to be a dually enrolled at the college level and be industry-certified upon graduating from high school.

Right next door to Maxwell is the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, which offers students an opportunity to study in three broad areas of focus: bioscience, engineering and emerging technologies. Enrollment is open to all current eighth-grade students who live in the county.

Those interested in learning more can fill out an online registration form currently available at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us or www.gsmst.org.

An informational meeting is scheduled for Nov. 13 for those attending school in the following clusters: Archer, Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Lanier, Mill Creek, Mountain View and North Gwinnett.

The meeting is Dec. 13 for those who attend schools in the following clusters: Berkmar, Collins Hill, Duluth, Norcross and Peachtree Ridge.

The meeting is Jan. 15 for those who attend schools in the following clusters: Brookwood, Grayson, Meadowcreek, Parkview, Shiloh and South Gwinnett.

All informational sessions at GSMST are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Parents and students with an interest in online curriculum who are seeking flexibility to work from home or on their own time can visit one of many informational meetings at 7 p.m. for Gwinnett Online Campus. Dates and locations include the following:

-- Nov. 13, Gwinnett Online Campus, Building F

-- Dec. 6, Gwinnett Online Campus, Building F

-- Jan. 10, South Gwinnett High Theater

-- Jan. 24, Collins Hill High Theater

-- Jan. 31, Mountain View High Theater

-- Feb. 7, Gwinnett Online Campus, Building F

All of the Gwinnett Online Campus informational meetings will be held at 7 p.m.