Opened in 1975, Knight is one of the oldest elementary schools in the Lilburn-Mountain Park area. It was built to…More accommodate the rapid population growth in the area, and it first opened with students from kindergarten to the sixth grade. Historically it was one of the smallest elementary schools in the Gwinnett County system, but it had as many as 1,100 students before 1980.
In 2008, a two-story expansion was completed, adding more classrooms, and new cafeteria, kitchen, media center, music room and art room.
Knight has lived up to its "Stars" mascot. It was named a National School of Excellence in 1988, and it was a Governor's Gold Award winner in 2005 for its performance in the standardized Criterion-Referenced Content Test (CRCT). Gold winners must have 97 percent of the school meet or exceed standards and at least 30 percent exceed. Knight won the Silver Award in 2006 (96 percent meet standards; 25 percent exceed).
The school was named after Victor H. Knight, a former Gwinnett County teacher and administrator. Mona Roberts, the school's fourth principal, has been at Knight since 2006.
Located adjacent to Parkview High School, Camp Creek Elementary offers its students a wide ranged of academic and…More extra-curricular activities. The school excels in both regards.
Camp Creek, a Georgia School of Excellence winner, was awarded the Governor's Silver Award in 2005-06 for its success in the standardized Criterion-Referenced Content Tests (CRCT), with more that 96 percent of its students meeting or exceeding state standards, including at least 25 percent exceeding.
Camp Creek has the county's only elementary-school violin orchestra, and offers many other unique opportunities, such as a piano keyboard lab, daily Spanish classes and a full science lab.
The school's active PTA was given a National Parent Involvement Award in 2007. Camp Creek also was named a "Taking Action Green School" by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful in 2008.
Kathy M. Jones, who has been principal since 2002, meets with parents four times per school year in the early morning "Coffee with Kathy" program.
R.D. Head Elementary, named after the late Gwinnett County administrator Ralph David Head, opened in 1979 and was…More immediately bursting out at the seams. Head was opened to relieve overcrowding at Gwin Oaks, Centerville, Knight and Britt elementary schools during the time of tremendous population growth in the area. But its initial enrolment was 100 students over capacity. Since then, as additional schools have opened, Head Elementary has become one of the smallest and most-decorated schools in the Brookwood High School cluster.
Head has consistently scored well in Criterion-Referenced Content Tests (CRCT), earning a Gold Award in 2007, Silver Award in 2008 and a Bronze Award in 2010. To earn any of those distinctions, at least 95 percent of the student body must meet or exceed state testing standards in core subjects. Gold Award-winning schools must have 97 percent meet or exceed and at least 30 percent exceed standards.
In 2007, Head was named one of 25 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement.
Leigh Westcott has been principal since the 2008-09 school year.
Arcado Elementary School, founded in 1981, is home to the 960 Astros, the school's nickname. A Parkview cluster…More school (students move on to Trickum Middle School, then to Parkview High School), Arcado opened to relieve enrollment pressure on Camp Creek, Knight and Lilburn elementary schools during a time of tremendous population growth in south Gwinnett County.
The school sits on 15 acres purchased from Willie and Mae Moon, a local farming family that insisted in their agreement with Gwinnett County that an old oak tree would be left undisturbed. The sprawling tree still stands on the north side of the school. The school was named after Arcado Road, which got its name from the combination of the last names of three prominent county commissioners: Weldon Archer, O.D. Cain and Paul Dover.
Arcado scores excellent on Annual Yearly Progress reports, meeting or exceeding all of the state's academic, testing and attendance standards, and scoring above system averages in Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) results in Reading, Mathematics, English/Language Arts and Science/Social Studies.
The school has a reputation for its recycling efforts. In 2007-08, the school recycled 21 tons of paper, the most in the school system.
It's hard to imagine a tractor having to pull a school bus out of the mud on Pounds Road, where Mountain Park School…More opened with 14 classrooms in 1966. It was a dirt road back then in an area that would quickly be developed into one of the fastest growing suburban areas in the country.
Pounds Road, which connects to Five Forks-Trickum Road just a half-mile from the school, is now a busy thoroughfare with well-manicured lawns lining its way.
Along the way, Mountain Park Elementary School has grown into one of the more respected elementary schools in the Gwinnett County system, with high marks in parental involvement and standardized testing.
The school, a past winner of the Excellence in English and Georgia School of Excellence awards, consistently meets and often beats the county averages in Criterion-Referenced Content Tests (CRCT) scores.
The school has received numerous awards for its students efforts through the American Red Cross. Parent involvement through the PTA has resulted in frequent events to promote academics, such as Reading Night, Math Night and Science Night.
A Parkview High School cluster school, Mountain Park's principal Valerie Robinett has been there since 2008.
Located in the triangle of land in the middle of Burns, Dickens and Indian Trail roads, Hopkins Elementary dwarfs…More other Lilburn elementary schools with 1,852 students.
The Meadowcreek High School cluster school opened in 1984 and has dealt with crowded hallways ever since. In 1988, it was considered 85 percent overcrowded by the Gwinnett County School System. The opening of new schools and a 2003 expansion of school facilities has helped, but Hopkins is still reliant on around 20 portable classrooms.
Twenty-six languages are spoken at Hopkins, with the most predominant being Spanish. To deal with the complexities of the language barriers, school administrators and teachers have reached out to students and parents with a variety of programs.
Its Sight Words Project, a Web-based Power Point program with audio capabilities, teaches students and their parents building-block English words that are necessary for reading and writing. Teachers of all subjects also focus on literacy and writing in their curricula.
Hopkins has been designated a Title I Distinguished School for six consecutive years and has reached Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards eight years in a row. Criterium-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores have been met state standards.
Hopkins Elementary is named after George Harrison Hopkins, a Norcross-area schoolmaster in the 1800s.