Gwinnett school ranked No. 3 in nation, others top state list

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Principal Jeff Mathews and the staff, students and teachers of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology were on cloud nine Tuesday.

News came that morning that the U.S. News & World Report had named the Gwinnett County Public Schools charter school the No. 3 high school in the nation.

According to the 2013 list of Best High Schools Rankings, GSMST ranked third. In first place was a school for the talented and gifted in Texas and in second, a learning facility in Arizona.

According to a news release from U.S. News & World Report, the list was assembled based on three attributes: the first two "ensured that the schools served all their students well" by using state proficiency standards; and the third measured the college readiness of students.

Mathews attributed the school's success to the district as a whole.

"The rankings are extremely complimentary, and metrics can be very specific, but the bigger message is that teaching and learning is alive and well in GCPS," Mathews said. "We have quite a few incredible high schools in this district that did not make the list. GSMST considers it a privilege to learn from each and every high school and cluster in the county as we all work to advance student achievement within the district."

Enrollment at the charter school is open to all students in GCPS, but due to the number of interested students, an annual lottery is held to determine who gets in.

GSMST is a Georgia Department of Education STEM-certified school. The learning facility offers students an opportunity to study in three broad areas of focus: bioscience, engineering and emerging technologies.

According to the news release, the national list of elite schools included school-specific data on location, enrollment, ethnicity, school type and results of state assessment proficiency tests and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using the data, U.S. News gave each school a college readiness index score, then numerically ranked them.

In Georgia rankings, GSMST was first; Norcross High School eighth; Duluth ninth; Parkview 10th; Peachtree Ridge 11th; Berkmar 13th; Buford 15th; and Meadowcreek 19th.

"A good high school education is vital to preparing a student for moving on to college or entering the workforce," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report. "The new 2013 Best High Schools rankings will help both sutdents and parents wade through the increasing public school options available."

U.S. News & World Report is a publisher of news and analysis, which can be found at www.usnews.com and www.rankingsandreviews.com.


news2me 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Berkmar 13th ... Meadowcreek 19th

Is Brookwood now considered a failing school because they did not make the top portion of the list?


Zach101man 11 months, 4 weeks ago

It's about equality


No that does not mean Brookwood is a bad school. The rankings are based on average test scores for the state, the amount of AP classes, and whether the least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic and low-income) are performing well. The key is the latter, Brookwood has plenty of money and most upper middle class and mostly white folks.

Before you get up in a hissy fit educate yourself. This would be typical behavior or someone from B-wood, believing that they are better than the crowd. The world is diverse. I work for a global IT company, I know first hand.

Here's a link to the US news rankings for how they calculate the list: US NEWS Calculations


GCPSwatch 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Stats to consider: Total Black/Hispanic percentage by high school. GSMST Not Avail; Norcross 64%; Duluth 49%; Parkview 33%; Peachtree Ridge 36%; Berkmar 80%; Buford Not Avail; Meadowcreek 82%; Archer 47%; Brookwood 28%; Central 69%; Collins Hill 41%; Dacula 50%; Grayson 46%; Lanier 50%; Mill Creek 27%; Mountain View 42%; North 20%; Shiloh 76%; South 71%


GCPSwatch 11 months, 4 weeks ago

You're correct Buford is not in GCPS, and I included them because they ranked 15th in Georgia. It's hard to find stats on Buford schools.


GCPSwatch 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Stats to consider: Free/Reduced Lunch percentage by high school. GSMST 26%; Norcross 62%; Duluth 50%; Parkview 31%; Peachtree Ridge 32%; Berkmar 80%; Buford Not Avail; Meadowcreek 88%; Archer 39%; Brookwood 22%; Central 72%; Collins Hill 36%; Dacula 39%; Grayson 33%; Lanier 48%; Mill Creek 23%; Mountain View 38%; North 16%; Shiloh 60%; South 60%


Zach101man 11 months, 4 weeks ago

While yes these lists are limited, they have merit--to an extent. As I previously stated, this list does not mean Brookwood is a lesser school than Parkview. It does not mean that Parkview is better than Berkmar or Meadowcreek. Gwinnett County is leagues ahead of the many other school systems are the nation.

Reading the basis that they use for their calculation is understandable. They are measuring against a whole and those schools that can show performance in all ethnicities. What good is a school if they do not provide the same education to everyone?

Again their rankings involve more than that, go to their site and read them in their entirety.


Haughton 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Key words like equality, diverse and phrases most upper middle class and mostly white folks invoke what will be the next Atlanta metro school system scandal. We are spreading the wealth and in the end tossing education money into the garbage can all in the politically correct term of Equality. Clayton, Dekalb and APS type failures are leading to GCPS being closely watched. It is not a matter of if a scandal will occur, but when. Our time is near.

GCPS does a good job advertising the good and keeping hush the bad. Overall it is a good system, but it is not too big to fail. We are getting good students from the existing scandals but we are also getting the bottom of the bucket too. Keep your eyes wide open ...


Zach101man 11 months, 3 weeks ago

You make a good point and I don't totally disagree. Within Gwinnett we have a lot to take advantage of... there has been tremendous growth of the past few decades. Our people have come to expect so much and some people within the government have taken advantage of the success.

I may be bias, I have been born and raised in Gwinnett county but have spent time away at college and career choices away. Gwinnett is great, and with that you attract deception and again success.

As you say you have to keep you eyes wide open.... otherwise you will be run over. If you don't watch your government and for this article school system is doing you don't have a right a to complain. But you have to right to change the direction/way of success.


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