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.
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.