Conference Tours and School Visits
TOUR #1) THINC College and Career Academy
(THIS TOUR IS AT CAPACITY AND IS CLOSED)
THINC College & Career Academy is part of the Georgia Career Academy Network (GCAN) and was recognized as a National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) Model Academy in 2019. THINC Academy opened its doors for the 2015-2016 school year with the support of many local businesses and industry partners including KIA Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Power, and Callaway Foundation. These and our many other business partners wanted to develop a College and Career Academy where students received not only standard academic and career courses, but also had the opportunity to learn and experience the day-to-day happenings in those careers. As such, THINC Academy, along with its community and industry partners, use a hands-on business approach to equip students with the skills necessary to discover and achieve their college and career goals.
During your visit to THINC you will have the opportunity to explore CTE pathways that include Mechatronics, Engineering, Game Design, Marketing, Health Science, and International Business. You will also discover how the GCAN and NCAC models of college and career academies align while having unique characteristics.
TOUR #2) Berkmar High School - Academies include: Construction Academy and Film and Digital Arts Academy
(THIS TOUR IS AT CAPACITY AND IS CLOSED)
In 2006 Berkmar High school became one of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ seven Academy Schools. These transformative schools were created in answer to local industry’s need for an educated and competent workforce, and a desire to offer students the opportunity to learn about their career possibilities and succeed in them through solid academics combined with experiential education on and off campus.
Berkmar has adapted its Academies based on student interest and where our business and postsecondary partners see opportunities for our graduates. These measures led to the Construction Academy becoming one of our founding academies in 2006 . Since that time the multi-award winning program has flourished with support in instruction and job placements from a wide range of key figures in Georgia construction like the Atlanta General Contractors, Construction Ready; Collins and Arnold; MetroPower; Echkardt Electric along with the programs Kennesaw State University and Gwinnett Georgia College.
Student interest and industry need again influenced the decision to open the Film + Digital Arts Academy in 2021. Guided by industry partnerships like the Georgia Film Academy, GCPS built a one of a kind facility in the heart of the state’s booming Film/TV industry. It is housed with technology and equipment used found on today’s film and television sets. Combined with an industry guided curriculum, F+DA students have the opportunity to become the storytellers and creators of tomorrow
During your visit to Berkmar you will have the opportunity to explore Construction Academy and the Film + Digital Arts Academy as well as some of the other distinctive spaces that house a wide breadth of career centered learning, including Healthcare and Engineering. Tour will cover the Construction and F+DA Academies , and to highlight the breadth of our school offerings , possibly some of the newer CTE spaces ( Health and Engineering) or Fine Arts class that in the future will be integrated with F+DA
TOUR #3) Central Gwinnett High School – School of the Arts
The School of the Arts @ Central Gwinnett High School or SOTA offers a unique “arts-centric” learning experience for Gwinnett County high school students with a passion for the arts. SOTA is designed for students who want to take their art to the next level, working with industry professionals and partnering with arts organizations. This “school within a school” opened in the Fall of 2021 and provides opportunities that students will not find anywhere else.
SOTA Conservatory Program—The Conservatory is the signature program of SOTA. A non-traditional schedule allows students to spend more of their school day in expanded arts classes, internships, and work experiences in the arts. SOTA offers the most fine arts courses in the district, and its faculty is made up of creative industry professionals. Areas of concentration include Art and Design, Dance, Music Technology and Audio Production, Theatre, and Voice. Conservatory students spend up to 20 hours per week in their arts program of study. Admittance to the Conservatory is determined through auditions, interviews, and juried presentations and performances.
TOUR #4) Lanier High School – Center of Design and Technology (STEM Academy)
In 2010, Lanier HS became of one of the newest high schools to open in the northeast corridor of Gwinnett County. Lanier High inherited its name from poet Sydney Lanier, a Georgia native and namesake of Lake Lanier, a nearby landmark and northern boundary of the Lanier Cluster. At Lanier High, the offering of Academy Programs was a natural transition as the school already offered students opportunities through its Center for Design and Technology (CDAT) program, which originated when the school opened. CDAT is a Georgia STEM-certified program placing an emphasis on Engineering, Computer Science, and Game Design. The programs offered through CDAT utilize creative expression, professional production skills, and techniques as a means to develop mastery of core subject knowledge. Finally, these programs encourage students to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities while applying a 21st century communication and collaboration skillset to create solutions to real-world problems while seamlessly building portfolios for future education and employment.
In addition to the CDAT Program, Lanier High students can participate in the 9th Grade Academy, Global Business Leadership and Fine Arts Academy, and the Life and Health Sciences Academy. These programs, along with the extensive Advanced Placement offerings, help to ensure that Lanier students are College and Career Ready.
During your visit to Lanier High School, you will have the opportunity to explore CDAT pathways that include Computer Science, Engineering, and Game Design. You will gain insight into how the CDAT program incorporates authentic experiences for students though the use of industry techniques to solve real-world problems. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore our CDAT space which houses industry grade manufacturing equipment (3d printing, CNC routing, laser engraving and cutting, and more). Finally, you will have an opportunity to speak directly with the educators to seek understanding into program planning, implementation, and partnerships with local business and companies in the Atlanta metro area. Our educators will be delighted to share how we are a major production source for the city of Sugar Hill by generating marketing items, signage and even carving gravestones.
We look forward to sharing with you how students within the CDAT program are encouraged to explore their dreams and visions while exemplifying academic excellence.
TOUR #5) Discovery High School
(THIS TOUR IS AT CAPACITY AND IS CLOSED)
Discovery High School is part of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ System and is one of seven College and Career Academy High Schools in the district. Students begin their high school journey in the 9th Grade Academy, where they learn about the various academies and college and career pathways offered at Discovery High School. At the end of their 9th grade year, students can choose their academy based on their interests. Those academy choices are the STEM Academy, the Health and Human Services Academy, the Fine Arts Academy, and the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy. From 10th grade to 12th grade, students in each academy can engage in hand-on learning that reflects industry standards and expectations in their pathway of choice. Through business partnerships in the community, internship and job shadowing opportunities help students gain real-world experience to prepare them for life after high school.
During your visit to Discovery High School, you will have the opportunity to see how our Health and Human Services Academy teachers utilize state-of-the-art healthcare equipment and simulations to prepare students for the healthcare industry. You will also get to learn how our Logistics program leverages business partners to enhance student learning and solve real logistical issues. Our Creative Media Team will show you how we use Work-Based Learning opportunities in our building to work with outside stakeholders on media projects, as well as highlight Discovery High School student achievements and experiences. Finally, you will learn how the City of Lawrenceville, Impact 46 (a local non-profit organization), and Discovery High School partner together to provide a paid summer internship program for students that culminates in a community impact project developed alongside local city leaders.
TOUR #6) McClure Health Science High School
McClure Health Science High School was established in 2019 in Duluth, Georgia. Our school's mission focuses on the meaning and purpose in each student’s life by providing relevant opportunities for college and career pathways that unfold into a promising future. Our student body is comprised of 10% Asian/Pacific Islander, 16% Black, 70% Hispanic, 1% Multiracial, and 3% Caucasian. Our vision is to be a world-class Health Science High School known for the quality of its learning experience and the positive impact it has on the lives of students. McClure Health Science High School is focused on providing a relevant, hands-on, and engaging educational experience for our students.
McClure Health Science High School currently provides students with the opportunity to gain certification in the following pathways: Patient Care Technician (PCT), Health Information Management (HIM), and Exercise Physiology (NASM-CPT). The pathways offered through our Health Science program are focused on occupations in the healthcare field. Our unique health science program allows students the opportunity to take courses that focus on anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, healthcare laws and practices, and skills to prepare for a healthcare career.
During your visit to McClure Health Science High School, you will have the opportunity to explore the three health science pathways, virtual anatomy platforms, interactive health science equipment, and a state-of-the-art facility.
TOUR #7) South Gwinnett High School - JROTC/3DE
South Gwinnett High School, which combined Snellville and Grayson High Schools, first opened its doors in the fall of 1957 with 300 students in grades 9 through 12. As part of the school’s commitment to preparing students for college, work, and life in the 21st century, the school launched its College and Career Academies in 2014. The Academies at South Gwinnett are a collection of five career-focused high school programs that prepare students for lifelong success. Students receive a relevant and rigorous college-prep education as well as pathway skills that allow them the opportunity to graduate from high school with industry certifications and a Career Technical Education diploma seal. Our areas of concentration include Health and Human Services, Public Service, Law, Media, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Business and more. Our student body is comprised of 2% Asian/Pacific Islander, 71% Black, 17% Hispanic, 4% Multiracial, and 6% Caucasian.
During your visit to South Gwinnett High School, you will have the opportunity to explore our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that include Marketing Principles, Marketing Entrepreneurship, Marketing Management and JROTC. You will learn about our joint venture between South Gwinnett High School and the Junior Achievement program, 3DE. 3DE was developed through a shared vision from leaders in education, business and Junior Achievement. This partnership is systematically designed to re-engineer education to better reflect the real world and prepare students for life beyond the classroom walls.
You also have an option to tour South Gwinnett High School’s award winning JROTC program. Our JROTC Leadership and Academic Teams were in the National Competitions. In the JROTC program, students can build skills such as leadership, self-confidence and discipline – qualities that are necessary to thrive in any career. Leadership, character and community service are the core tenets of high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, or JROTC. In addition, you will learn more about our Raider Competition program.
TOUR #8) Meadowcreek High School
(THIS TOUR IS AT CAPACITY AND IS CLOSED)
Meadowcreek High School was recognized as a National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) Model Academy in 2018. Meadowcreek High School is part of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ System and is one of seven College and Career Academy High Schools in the district. Our student body is comprised of 6% Asian/Pacific Islander, 18% Black, 72% Hispanic, 2% Multiracial, and 2% Caucasian. Students begin their high school journey in the 9th Grade Academy, where they learn about the various academies and college and career pathways offered at Meadowcreek High School. At the end of their 9th grade year, students can choose their academy based on their interests. The academies at Meadowcreek are the International Business Academy, Public Service & Leadership Academy and the STEM Academy. Students in each academy are engaged in hands-on learning that reflect industry standards and expectations in their pathway of choice. Through business and community partnerships, internship, work-based learning and job shadowing opportunities support students in obtaining real-world experience to prepare them for life after high school.
During your visit to Meadowcreek High School, you will have the opportunity to experience how our International Business Academy (Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, and Audio, Video Technology & Film) teachers prepare students to be college and career ready upon graduating. In essence, you see how teachers engage students in learning through project-based learning (PBLs) that is relevant to the students’ daily life. In addition, you will have an opportunity to visit the STEM Academy Makerspace area to explore our architectural drawing & design, computer science, game design, and mechatronics pathways. Also, you will see and experience how our students are operating managing the Mini Mustangs Daycare in the Public Service & Leadership Academy. You will have the opportunity to learn about several school-based enterprises (SBEs) that are operated and managed by students. In addition, you will learn about our Work-Based Learning Program that is available to juniors and seniors. Finally, you will have the opportunity to take part in a brief town hall discussion with students, administrators, and partners from each of the academies.