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.
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.
Trickum Middle School, located on Killian Hill Road just west of Arcado Road has been part of Lilburn for more than…More 30 years.
The school, which has been on Killian Hill since 2006, originally opened in 1975 on Cole Road and was for most of those years part of a school complex that included Parkview High School and Camp Creek Elementary School. The need for additional space for Parkview and Trickum necessitated the move.
It is the only middle school in the Parkview High Cluster.
Kay Sands, a Lilburn resident since 1985 and whose three sons went through the Parkview Cluster, has been Trickum's principal since 2008.
The school has been a longtime standout in academic and extracurricular achievement.
Trickum consistently scores better than county averages in standardized testing. According to Georgia Department of Education statistics, 97 percent of the student body met or exceeded Reading/Language Arts standards, 93 percent in Math in 2010. Both results were about one-percentage better than the previous school year.
More than half (51.1 percent) of the students tested exceed the standards in Reading/Language Arts.
Trickum students have placed well in a variety of extracurricular competitions at the county, region and state levels -- from band to Literature to Math and Science. Trickum's 2009 Grand Prize win at the State Science Fair is just one example.
The Trickum name originates comes from a former country store (Trickum Store) in the Mountain Park area which had the reputation for "tricks" while bartering with customers.