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As ONE GAINESVILLE, we will inspire, nurture, challenge,
and prepare our students as we educate them to be
successful in a 21stcentury global society.
We believe that the collaborative actions of students,
parents, community, and the school system are
determining factors in the success of our students.
We believe that high expectations for everyone drive
We believe that continuous learning occurs best in a
safe, nurturing , and stimulating environment.
We will provide an environment where students learn best.
We will identify barriers to teaching and learning, align our support systems to address those barriers and promote healthy development for all students, thereby, improving student performance.
We will improve our use of human and organizational capital to increase stakeholder involvement and satisfaction.
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Gainesville City School System
Georgia Charter District:
Gainesville City School System was one of the first four charter systems in Georgia and earned its charter status in June 2008. In 2013, the district received a ten year charter - which extends to June 2023. As a charter system, our Board of Education utilizes flexibility in local school governance to provide innovative learning environments for approximately 8,000 students.
School Board of Distinction
The Gainesville City Board of Education is recognized as a 2016 Exemplary School Board by the Georgia School Board Association and has held this honor since 2003. The School Board is committed to maintaining compliance in all state- mandated standards for local school board governance while providing quality education to all children.
The Gainesville City School System provides standards-based instruction and corresponding assessments based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence. Accelerated and support classes are offered at all schools, and Advanced Placement is offered at the high school level. Students have the opportunity to learn in traditional classrooms, on-line through Georgia Virtual School and Edgenuity, through partnerships with local agencies including CenterPoint, Lanier Technical Institute, the University of North Georgia and in other settings. Instructional delivery is also offered through Independent Studies and Career Apprenticeships at the high school level, ensuring that students are offered a broad range of opportunities to tailor their education to their interests. Services targeted to meet individual students needs include Special Education, classes for English Learners and gifted education courses. Rigorous and engaging core courses, technical skills courses, fine arts, world language offerings and physical education opportunities ensure that the needs of the whole child are addressed.
All elementary schools utilize a common curriculum based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence. Each elementary school provides a unique focus that recognizes individual student needs and interests. Families have the opportunity to select their school of choice through the enrollment process. A full range of expanded learning opportunities are provided both during the school day and after school.
2016-2017 Elementary School State Recognitions
Gainesville Exploration Academy was recognized as a 2016 Georgia High Flying School receiving Honorable Mention. The school focuses on inquiry based learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Fair Street International Academy was honored as a 2017 RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) School delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and exemplary school environment in aligning its program to the criteria of the ACA (American School Counselor Association) National Model.
Our secondary schools are focused on high school graduation and college and career readiness. Rigorous course offerings include Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment and Work-based Learning options in order to provide a solid foundation for students. A large number of exploratory and elective offerings allow students to pursue a variety of interests and create a personalized middle and high school experience.
2016-2017 Middle and High School State Recognition
Gainesville High School was recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as a 2017 Advanced Placement STEM, Advanced Placement STEM Achievement, Advanced Placement Humanities, and Advanced Placement Access and Support School. During the 2016-2017 school year, Gainesville High School added the AP Capstone Diploma program to its curriculum, as one of only 20 schools in Georgia to offer this program.
In 2016, Gainesville Middle School started its inaugural REACH Georgia Scholars Program, selecting five eighth grade students as recipients of $10,000 scholarships to be awarded upon graduating from high school and successfully completing all program requirements at the time of graduation.
The Gainesville City School System supports workforce development in the following ways:
The Gainesville City School System uses the Comprehensive System of Learning Supports System from the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools as an organizing framework for support services. These services are designed to address barriers to teaching and learning in order to keep students engaged in the learning process. Support services during the school day include: Transportation Services, School Nutrition Program under Provision 2, Georgia Pre-K, IDEA Special Education, Title Programs, Gifted Education, Early Intervention Support (K-5), Remedial Education (6-12), Alternative Education (6-12), ESOL, Migrant Education, online virtual and blended learning for accelerated pacing options, dual-enrollment with technical college and universities, and Career-Technology-Agriculture, Engineering (CTAE) programs. Extensions beyond the school day include: 21st Century Community Learning Center (five schools), Carol White Physical Education Grant (2 schools) and after school tutoring for K-8 and credit-recovery for grades 9-12. Gainesville City employs three Social Workers, fourteen counselors, three graduation coaches and three School Resources Officers. Each school has a bilingual Parent Coordinator.
Rebuilding for Learning
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As ONE GAINESVILLE, we will inspire, nurture, challenge, and prepare our students as we educate them to be successful in a 21st century global society.
Our students will think critically, act compassionately, work meaningfully, choose wisely, and live joyfully.
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It is the policy of the Gainesville City Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, or handicap in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices.