Students enrolled 2563
School leader Nancy Martin
Transportation options Yes
District Gwinnett County School District

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564 W Crogan St
Lawrenceville, GA 30045

(770) 963-8041
(770) 338-4879
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3 stars
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September 29, 2014
My granddaughter is being bully by low life boys who are lsexuality harassing in class and nothing done about it. My granddaughter is an honor student and I am afraid foofr her because of what she has to deal with everyday. This boys are dangerous and one is out of jail. The school better do something or we are taking her out of the school.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
August 09, 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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
April 03, 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
June 06, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
March 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 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!

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September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
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.

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January 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 03, 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
September 05, 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
August 05, 2007
I was a student at Central for two years(9th and 10th grade).I just moved so thats was my reason for leaving.Overall it's a good school.It's just really crowed,full of drama,and some of the teachers are cruel,can't teach,and shouldn't work with kids.Other teachers are amazing.The extra curricular activities are great and give students something to do.Good school

- submitted by a former student
June 27, 2007
Unfortunately I am a Central Gwinnett alumni (class of 2006). If you have the choice of attending Central or another school I'd highly suggest another school. With the exception of a few teachers the staff is unhelpful, uncaring, and uncooperative. The counselors are useless. They are more interested in their own problems than actually being helpful to the students. My counselor actually signed me up for Algebra I when I had passed Algebra II the previous semester. The lack of communication between the school and parents will cause you headachs down the road.

- submitted by a student
June 25, 2007
I am a student at this school.Too crowded and drama filled. The Teachers are not the best and I've never seen the counselors!

- submitted by a student
May 24, 2007
I have a 12th grader and We are so happy to have her at Central, It's been awesome the time that she has been there. Teachers at central are wonderful and they do their best to teach our children. Some students may cause problems making the teaching a little bit more difficult, however Teachers at Central shine for their skills, and I recommend this school to anyone. What a joy to have my child in the best school of America!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2007
It is in your child's best interest to avoid moving into the Central Gwinnett High School district and the middle school is also a nightmare (Richard's). We wish that we had recieved truthful information on this school before we invested in a home purchase here. We are actively searching for a school that better meets the needs of our children and will move as soon as possible, after 3 years of giving this school environment the 'benefit of the doubt'. Believe me when I say that as a parent, you have better options available for your children. Teachers are non involved and offer no support to students who need it and the extracurricular activity programs are poorly run. There is no communication from counselors or teachers to encourage parents to get involved or even inform them of school related issues.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2006
I'm an alumni of CGHS, graduated in 2001. Central is a good school. Central is a public school, and can't always have all the best teachers, but there are some great ones.

- submitted by a former student
August 25, 2006
It is a very crowded school.

- submitted by a student
July 03, 2006
This is a very crowded school, counselors don't care and are not helpful. There could be better teachers, and ones who care for teaching instead of wanting more money. I refused to send my son to this school and homeschooled him. Although my daughter did go there. This year I removed her from there and homeschooled her.

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November 18, 2005
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August 26, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 07, 2005
Central is a great school.....but it needs more counsulers..more active counselors that know how to answers questions...

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July 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2005
Central is an okay school, but the teaching isnt so good. Many teacher dont give the students support and dont explain very well. One thing the school needs to work on is getting the counselors more available. Students should be able to talk to them whenever needed.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2005
I almost moved before my kids went here thinking that it might not be the best school. I am glad I didn't. I have 2 who have graduated from CGHS. 1 just graduated college and the other is a junior in college and on the Dean's list. I have 2 more children currently at CGHS. The smaller number of students compared to other schools allowed my children to be able to participate in varsity activities at an earlier age. My kids have had no problems so far. I would recommend this school to anyone. The principal, Dr. Clark, is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2005
This is a good school. Some of the teachers are excellent but parents need to be involved.My only concern are the counselers, most are normally not available and of no help to the students.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
Teachers are not doing a good job teaching. Especially the teachers that are coaches. Parents involvement had not made a different with these teachers. The principal needs to spend time monitoring.

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January 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
The students are proud to be at 'The greatest school in America' (the principal's daily comment during announcements). They love their school and it's contagious! Curriculum is same quality as any other Gwinnnett school; they all have the SAME curriculum! There are a variety of qualified teachers, as in ANY Gwinnett school. Besides personality conflicts, have not had much controversy w/ teachers or administration. Great core group of active parent volunteers. Award winning band program w/amazing parent support. Sports, clubs etc. carry an active role and bring a lot of pride to the community. This will be the preferred school in Gwinnett with all of the improvements being made to the downtown Lawrenceville area. The other outlying schools can have their problems with more drug use, violence, overcrowding, etc. Central Gwinnett is under control and going to stay that way!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2004
central gwinnett is a very confused school, about 40% of the teachers know how to teach.but on a good note they have one of the best bands,football teams,.....this school i would recommend ,but parents should stay on top of the teachers.

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Central Gwinnett High School
564 W Crogan St, Lawrenceville, GA  30045
(770) 963-8041
Last modified Central Gwinnett High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Central Gwinnett High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top