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Title: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology 2010 2011 Informational Meeting

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and
Technology 2010 2011 Informational
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and
  • Vision
  • The vision of the Gwinnett County Public
    Schools is to become a system of world class
    schools. The vision of GSMST is to provide the
    quality, world class education we promise to
    every child instructionally and operationally.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and
  • Mission
  • The mission of the Gwinnett School of
    Mathematics, Science, and Technology is to
    nurture the talents and high potential of
    students through a unique, challenging, and
    integrated curriculum with a focus on
    mathematics, science, and technology.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and
  • History
  • GSMST began serving students in the Fall of 2007,
    accepting rising ninth graders only.
  • GSMST is currently serving students in grades
  • GSMST is currently housed on the Duluth High
    School campus and will move to its permanent
    facility for the Fall of 2010.

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GSMST Curriculum Overview
GSMST Curriculum Focus
  • GSMST curriculum was developed by GCPS master
    teachers and postsecondary representatives to
    provide a rigorous curriculum to nurture the high
    potential of students and maximize student

9th Grade Program of Study
  • Science 2 courses
  • Advanced Physics Year Long 1 Unit
  • Advanced Chemistry Year Long 1 Unit
  • Mathematics 1 course, choose 1 of the following
  • Accelerated Integrated Geometry Fall Semester 1
    Unit AND
  • Accelerated Integrated PreCalculus Spring
    Semester 1Unit Or
  • Accelerated Integrated Geometry - Year Long 1
  • Engineering 1 course
  • Engineering Concepts - Year Long 1 Unit
  • Humanities I 1 course
  • 9th Grade Language Arts integrated with World
    Cultures -Year Long 1Unit
  • Foreign Language 1 course, choose 1 of the
  • (2 years of the same foreign language is
  • Spanish I Year Long 1 Unit

9th Grade Program of Study
  • Electives (Students select one of the following)
  • Fine Arts
  • Band Year Long 1 Unit
  • Chorus Year Long 1 Unit
  • Foundations of Studio Art Year Long 1Unit
  • Introduction to Music Technology Year Long 1
  • Orchestra Year Long 1Unit
  • Piano Year Long 1 Unit
  • Health/PE graduation requirement
  • Health One Semester 0.5 Unit
  • PE One Semester 0.5 Unit
  • Engineering
  • Robotics and Mechatronics Year Long 1 Unit
  • Intermediate Programming Year Long 1 Unit
  • Other
  • AP Human Geography Year Long 1 Unit

10th Grade Program of Study
  • Science
  • AP Biology Year Long AND
  • Advanced Biology Lab Year Long
  • Mathematics
  • AP Calculus AB Year Long OR
  • AP Calculus BC Year Long OR
  • Pre-calculus Year Long
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Applications Year Long
  • Foreign Language (Students choose from the
    following courses)
  • Chinese II Year Long
  • Spanish II Year Long
  • Spanish III Year Long
  • Language Arts

In addition to all the electives offered in 9th
10th Grade Electives
11th 12th Grade Electives
  • Yearbook/Newspaper
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Fine Arts
  • 2D Art One Semester
  • Architectural Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Intermediate Music Technology
  • Engineering
  • 3D Modeling
  • Advanced Robotics
  • AP Computer Science
  • Digital Design
  • Foreign Languages
  • AP Spanish
  • Chinese III
  • Chinese IV
  • Spanish IV
  • Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Appropriate Alternative Energy
  • Materials Engineering Nanotechnology
  • AP Art

11th Grade Program of Study
  • Science (Students choose 1 of the following)
  • AP Physics C Mechanics
  • AP Physics C Electricity Magnetism
  • Biochemical Engineering AND Genetics
  • Mathematics (Students choose 1 of the following)
  • Ga Tech Distance Learning Calculus II/III
  • Calculus II
  • Language Arts
  • Humanities III AP Language/Composition AND AP
    US History
  • Junior Fellowship Experience (JFE) one semester
    or yearlong

Junior Fellowship Experience
  • Hands-on, real world experience for students as
    they conduct research, data analysis, and short
    term projects in areas related to their interest.
  • Students gain insights into applications of
    knowledge and skills utilized within corporate
    and university settings.

12th Grade Program of Study
  • Science (Students choose 1 of the following)
  • AP Chemistry
  • Forensics
  • Mathematics (Students choose 1 of the following)
  • AP Statistics
  • Differential Equations AND Number Theory
  • Linear Algebra AND Number Theory
  • Calculus II
  • Language Arts
  • Humanities IV AP Literature AND AP
  • Senior Capstone Experience (SCE) yearlong

Senior Capstone Experience
  • Students will integrate and synthesize what they
    have learned in their chosen pillar of interest
  • Bioscience
  • Engineering
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Students will select one of the following
  • Career Project off-campus internship at a
    company or university
  • Independent Project in depth, original
    research in a curricular area
  • Curricular Project take two electives within
    the same pillar and
    complete an in-depth portfolio

GSMST Overview
GSMST Enrollment
  • One grade level has been added each year.
  • 379 students are currently enrolled for the
    2009-2010 school year.
  • 170 Freshmen
  • 107 Sophomores
  • 112 Juniors
  • Maximum enrollment is expected to be
    approximately 1200.

GSMST Technology
  • Classrooms have
  • Interactive Boards
  • Overhead LCD projectors
  • Scanners
  • DVD/Video players
  • Wireless connections

GSMST Technology
  • Students have
  • Personal laptops (11 laptop rollout)
  • Student Response Systems
  • Classes online through teacher websites and
  • Interactive Music Labs
  • Foreign Language Labs

GSMST Current Faculty and Staff
  • 45 Staff Members including
  • 31 Classroom Teachers
  • 72 have a Masters Degree or Higher
  • 20 have Doctorates
  • Technology Team
  • Guidance Counselor
  • College Placement Specialist
  • Internship Coordinator

GSMST Partnership Program
  • 4 phases for GSMST students
  • Phase I Exposure to different businesses,
    industries, and universities (Speaker Series)
  • Phase II Site visits (Job Shadowing)
  • Phase III Limited simulated work experiences
  • (Junior Fellowship Research Design)
  • Phase IV Simulated work experiences and
    internships (Senior Capstone Research Design)

Business Partners
  • Automated Machine Solutions
  • Burrson Construction
  • Grady Hospital
  • Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
  • Hussey, Gay, Bell DeYoung Architects
  • Information Management Division of GCPS
  • Jackson EMC
  • Nanston Dental Group
  • Nordson
  • Perkins Will Architects
  • Rocket IT
  • Street Smarts
  • Technology Association of Georgia
  • Universities
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Georgia State University (CIS Cohort)
  • Georgia Tech
  • Gwinnett Tech
  • University of Georgia
  • Yerkes Primate Center (Emory)

GSMST Student Support Services
  • Guidance Office
  • Intervention
  • Enrichment
  • Peer Tutoring
  • SST Meetings
  • Progress Reports/
  • Parent Portal Access

GSMST 2009 Academic Achievements
  • Governors Honors Program
  • 9 of our 10th graders participated
  • AP Awards
  • 19 Scholars with Distinction (5 tests with
    average 3.5)
  • 19 Scholars with Honor (4 tests with average
  • 26 Scholars (3 tests with average 3.0)
  • EOCT- 1 in the County in Passing and Exceeds
    for Biology and 9th Grade L.A.
  • 1 in the State in Biology
  • 1 HS in the State for LA
  • 10th Grade Gateway 1 in the County in
    Passing and
  • Excellent
  • 100 pass Social Studies
  • 88 pass Science (County average 51)

GSMST Student Perspective
  • Importance of Good Attendance
  • Time Management
  • Studying
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Student Recognition
  • Extracurricular Activities and School Sponsored

GSMST Clubs and Activities
  • Academic World Quest
  • Art Club
  • Beta Club
  • Chinese Club
  • Dads Garage (Drama)
  • Debate Team
  • Ecology Club
  • Gaming Club
  • Goodwill Ambassadors
  • Jazz Band
  • Key Club
  • Math Team
  • Model United Nations
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Honor Society
  • National Spanish Honor Society
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Relay for Life
  • Robotics
  • Running Club
  • Scholars Bowl
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spanish Club
  • Study Abroad
  • Student Government
  • Writers Club

GSMST Signature Building
  • The GSMST Signature Building is located near
    Sugarloaf/Old Norcross Road at
  • 970 McElvaney Road
  • Lawrenceville, GA 30044
  • School Hours for the 2010-2011
  • 800 a.m. 300 p.m.

GSMST Transportation
  • A.M.
  • Transportation to the students home zone high
    school is provided by GCPS buses as with any
    other high school student. GSMST students will
    then board another bus to be transported to our
    new facility.
  • P.M.
  • Students will board a bus in the afternoons to
    their home zone middle school and from there will
    board their bus home.

GSMST Registration Information
  • Eligibility
  • Students must currently be in the 8th grade and
    on track for promotion to the 9th grade.
  • Students must reside with their custodial parent
    or guardian within the GCPS district.
  • Predictors of Success
  • Students interested in GSMST should review the
    ranges of standardized test scores for students
    who have been successful at GSMST to help
    determine if GSMST is the best fit for their
    individual academic success.

Predictors of Success at GSMST
8th Grade CogAT Scores- Prediction of Cognitive
Ability Looking at Age Scores (SAS), an
Average Score is 100 (range of 85-115).
Successful GSMST students scores Quantitative
120 and Higher NonVerbal 120 and
Higher Composite 120 and Higher
Predictors of Success at GSMST
  • 8th Grade ITBS Scores-
  • Basic Skills Test
  • Looking at the NPR (National Percentile Rank),
    the Average range is 25-75 and the Above
    Average range is 76-99.
  • Successful GSMST students scores Math 91 and
  • Composite 93 and Higher

Predictors of Success at GSMST
7th Grade CRCT Scores Acquired Skills and
Knowledge Meets Standards range 800-850
Exceeds Standards range 850-900 Successful
GSMST students scores Science 880 and
Higher Math 880 and Higher
Predictors of Success at GSMST
Math Prerequisite Knowledge from 8th Grade
Complete Accelerated Integrated Algebra I AKS
content If your student has not successfully
completed Accelerated Integrated Algebra I during
the 8th grade year, he/she will not have the
prerequisite knowledge necessary to be successful
GSMST Registration Process
  • Registration Packets are available to all
    students through the following
  • GCPS website
  • GSMST website
  • Applicants are encouraged to talk with their 8th
    grade counselor and their math teacher to review
    the GSMST Registration Packet.

GSMST Registration Process
  • Return the completed registration forms directly
    to GSMST. Do not submit registration forms to
    your middle school.
  • GSMST Registration Forms must be received or
    postmarked by January 22, 2010.
  • GSMST will send confirmation of receipt of
    registration forms via e-mail.

GSMST Registration Process
  • February 2010
  • GSMST lottery for the 2009-2010 9th grade class
    if necessary
  • Acceptance letters sent home, along with course
    preference sheets

GSMST Parent Information Night March 16th at
700 pm in Duluths cafeteria
  • GSMST Academic Boot Camp
  • Mandatory
  • June 14th - 17th
  • 800 am - 300 pm

GSMST Summary
  • Questions Answers