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.
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.