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Central Gwinnett High School

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014

As an alumni, the school is great if you are AP or Honors classes. If you are not, your screwed. The kids in AP and Honors classes tend to stick together even in the lunch room. The values and interests of the students in College Prep classes are completely different.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2014

I have 7 children and they attended Central Gwinnett 6 years ago. I am a single parent and I have a MASTER'S Degree in EDUCATION. I see Central Gwinnett hasn't changed much since it moved out the district. I had the same issues as the April 24th comment. I had to go to my daughter school because she had to use a friends phone to call me because Teacher/ Administrator wouldn't address a bullying issue. Eventually, the girl followed her after school with another group and she attacked my daughter. They both were put out of school. My daughter was an Honor a Student. She had another incident in Middle School where a young man slapped her out her seat and she fought back and got detention. So because of the previous incident she had to attend Give East. If I could home school I would. Teachers have a negative mindset about children/families so this doesn't help. The better schools you have to deal with racism. The most important thing is parents talk to your children and make phone calls and send emails often if you can't make it to the school on a regular basis. Good Luck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2014

I would like to respond to the April 24th, 2014 commenter. How is commenting about the students and parents of the school going to benefit the school as a whole. The teachers and staff cannot control who they teach. We can only do the best with what is given to us. Instead of openly criticizing, why dont you volunteer at the school as a parent and help us change the culture? Teachers and Administrators cannot do it on our own. Every school has these problems you mention. Yes, even the sacred cow known as Brookwood High School has issues with gangs, drugs, and fights. Be a parent at the school, support the teachers and you can be a part of the catalyst to turn the tide against the very items you openly criticize us for.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 24, 2014

The downfall of this school is that the majority of students come from low income homes, and they dont push education on their children. This school also has a high rate of fights, gang activity and lots of drugs, not a place for upper middle class students, Brookwood is another world compared to Central.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2014

If you are a prospective teacher considering working at Central Gwinnett, trust me....don't. Teachers can't get out of here fast enough. It's like trying to escape off a sinking ship.


Posted March 10, 2014

Some of the assistant principals who were hired last school year are poor leaders. They lack social skills. A Doctorate does not mean anything if you do not how to treat employees fairly and respectfully.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 22, 2013

CGHS is a great school - the teachers have been extremely helpful and responsive to my student this year. Thanks for making the 9th grade experience a really good one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2013

The New principle Mrs. Grimes has this school moving in the right direction and will be at the top of the schools cluster in the very near future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

i went to central my 9th grade year and it is a great school. The school offers tutoring and when it come to sports grade come first. The school id always looking forward to bettering itself. The school now has it where the 9th graders are separated from the upperclassmen until tenth grade. For lunch the school has a big variety of different foods for example veggie.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2012

hi, i am a freshman going on to my sophmore year at CGHS, i think the school is good academically and has some challenging courses, but its the other parts of the school, that are the reason i wont be attending next year. Central is very un organized sport wise and expect any team your child plays on to be full of choas. there is a huge mis communication between parents and faculity. plus the school is heavily populated so many children get left on the back burner. but if you have a pretty normal child that doesn't need a personal connection with the staff then central is great for them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2012

"The staff and leaders are rude, disrespectful and what to be respected. I was raised that respect is due when respect is given. They handled any situation especially personal unprofessionally. There is little effort in response to concerns and complaints made in regards to staff behaviors." I handle all matters as professional as I can, but the same can t be said of this school or its personnel. They target children and make them uncomfortable in the atmosphere. They talk about children and then hide behind the administrators like little children instead of being adults and owning up to what they have said. This is an awful school and if you want your child to soar in their academics, this is not the school for you. I am taking my daughter out of CGHS after this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

"The staff and leaders have handled personal situations unprofessionally. There is little effort in response to concerns and complaints made in regards to staff behaviors." I totally agree with the above statement. I handle all matters professionally but the same can not be said of this school or it's personnel. I am taking my son out of CGHS after this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

I'm sure all schools have their share of problems. My daughter came to CGHS in the 10th grade. She was bullied in the 9th grade at another school. I watched an excited person who loved school go downhill. My husband and I were involved with her teachers and the administors. I do believe there are too many children for the administors to handle. All the children that are doing well in CGHS I applaud you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2011

I'm a freshman at CGHS and so far I love it. The teachers offer tutoring and they have a good sense of humor and are not boring. I am in the new P.R.I.D.E accademy which is for freshman only and it puts them in teams similar to how a middle school has teams. I don't have to worry about being in classes with upper classmen and the only time I am able to come in contact with them is transtioning throghout the campus, in language classes or art like classes, and at lunch. All of my main classes have only freshman in them. The teachers do not allow student distruptions and don't waste their time yelling at the top of their lungs to their students. The only thing I wish Central Gwinnett had to offer the students is another language class like Chineese, Japanese, or Korean. Everything else is great. The school is clean, their are working servailance and we have an awsome castle since we are the black knights!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2010

Central Gwinnett is a great school with very supportive caring faculty. I have three sons who attend school here 2 are seniors and I as a parent have never had any major problems neither has any of my three sons. The school has a large student population but it is situated in the heart of the county in historic Lawrenceville. Show me the scool in Gwinnett county that is not bursting at the seams after it has existed for as long as Central has. I am frankly tired of the parents who post and say negative comments in my experience they are usually the parents who are uninvolved, and or use an unprofessional approach when having to interact with faculty and staff regarding there children. Central is a Title 1 School of excellence and has made the top 1000 schools in the United States of America list. It is no worse
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

Parents now like the new principal because she is telling them how to be a good parent. The so called New informal newsletters have been going out for years. The issue comes in the son or daughter of the parent not sharing them. The parents can check up on their children's status now. They could do that before the parents were unwilling to go up to the school and ask for a meeting with the teachers. The graduation is now regulated by ticket number. Central Gwinnet is a great community school and issuing out tickets is going to separate it from the community. Thousands used to go and watch friends graduate. The school is great but I think it is very wrong to say the new principal changed it to the better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2010

I wrote a 2-star review on April 28, 2008, and have come back with an update. Central has a new principal this year, and she is fantastic!! Many of the behavior issues this school had in the past are no longer tolerated. The kids know there will be consequences for bad behavior or for disrupting a class. As a result, behavior has improved markedly. The new principal is also holding the teachers to a higher standard. The teachers are expected to communicate with parents in a timely fashion and grades must be updated on the 'parent portal' every Friday. Also, the new principal listened to parent complaints, and now teachers are required to have a background in the specific subject area they teach in, ex. a physics teacher is required to actually have a physics background, a chemistry teacher required to have a chemistry background, etc. This is a huge improvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

I had hoped that Central Gwinnett was going to be a good experience for my son. Unfortunately, for the past two years it has not been. The staff and leaders have handled personal situations unprofessionally. There is little effort in response to concerns and complaints made in regards to staff behaviors. Good students have suffered because of this, mine included. I have chosen to remove my student from this school his third year. I have had to go above and beyond the leadership to have unresolved issues dealt with because of the lack of support the staff and it's leaders have shown us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2007

Great leadership brings out the best in everyone, and Central Gwinnett has great leadership! Central has a principal who exhibits a high level of professional integrity and cares about teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

Central Gwinnett High School has been ranked in the top 5% of high schools across the nation. It has a caring and wonderful Principal who cares about the students and what goes on in the high school. The teachers are wonderful people who give as much as they can considering it is a school with 2500 kids all needing their attention daily. You make a school what you want by being involved and helping out teachers. They see over 100 kids a day and do the best they can..they all have their days just like everyone else. It is a strong school with strong leaders. You have an opportunity at Central in every area with it being a 'smaller' school compared to others in the area. I am a proud to have a child attend Central and will support the school in every way..conflict or no conflict. Get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

490 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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90%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

461 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

490 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
89%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

488 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
90%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

678 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

565 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
76%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

704 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

718 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
64%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
67%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

506 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
52%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

536 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 43% 37%
Hispanic 27% 12%
White 17% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Nancy Martin
Fax number
  • (770) 338-4879

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
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  • Cafeteria
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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

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Music
  • Band
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564 W Crogan St
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Phone: (770) 963-8041

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