Background and Development
GCPS researched national models of math/science-focused secondary schools. Research included on-site visits, conferring with leadership of schools, and reviewing curriculum. The charter application was approved by GCPS Board of Education in March, 2006 The GSMST charter status allows flexibility for design of curriculum and schedule to facilitate vision for the school. This vision for the school is shared with multiple audiences, including the Superintendent’s Council of Community Advisors, the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership, Chamber of Commerce Representatives, and a Bioscience Committee.
GSMST was temporarily housed on the Duluth High School Campus, Building 100, for the years 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010. GSMST was a separate school from Duluth High School, even though it resided temporarily on the Duluth campus. Renovations updated and modernized 18 classrooms and offices. GSMST moved to its permanent location at the geographic center of Gwinnett County near Sugarloaf Parkway and Old Norcross Rd., the former site of Benefield Elementary School, in the summer of 2010. The new building is designed for a maximum of 1,200 students, with the design driven by curriculum and flexibility. The building incorporates a high-tech look, with project-based work areas for student, university and business collaboration.
Technology plays an integral role in supporting the curriculum and instruction at GSMST. Lenovo made a generous donation for all GSMST students to have personal laptops. With the implementation of the 1:1 laptop rollout, students have instant access to instructional material and documentation to supplement their classroom research. Students also use their laptops to access the GCPS e-Companion on-line learning site for Health and PE, enter and access science lab data or design environmental structures with the latest AutoCAD software. Teachers and students also have access to Promethium active boards, overhead LCD Projectors, DVD players, a Foreign Language lab, an interactive music lab, and student response systems to further engage students in the classroom and prepare them to be successful in the global workforce of the 21st century.