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Gwinnett County Public Schools is the largest school system in Georgia and continues to grow. See below for some ideas on areas that you can have an impact or call the Gwinnett Helpline 770-995-3339 for more ways to get involved.


  • One of every five Gwinnett County residents is a GCPS student.
  • More than one in five Georgians between the ages of 16- to 24-year-olds
    were dropouts.
  • Georgia had the lowest overall graduation rate in the nation with 54% of
  • tudents graduating.
  • Of the schools’ population in Gwinnett, 11% have disabilities
  • 21,000 public schools in the State of Georgia, 133 of which are here in Gwinnett!


  • Volunteer with your local PTA
  • Take time to mentor a student in need
  • Act as a translator to help students and their families
  • Open your place of business for educational tours
  • Sponsor a school and offer financial assistance for their programs
  • have a back to school supplies drive
  • Attend a school board meeting and make your voice heard!
  • Check out the School Board website
  • Read a book to a child
  • Be a homeroom Monitor
  • Make welcome baskets for a new student
  • Write or make a picture book for a child to read



Drop Outs

With overcrowded classrooms, underfunded schools and more budget cuts on the horizon, it’s difficult to focus needed attention on resources for students at risk of leaving school without graduating. Our schools need community support to help the youth of Gwinnett reach their full potential and earn their degrees!


  • Georgia has the highest Drop Out rate in the country at 22.1 percent.
  • Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the U.S. That’s about 6,000 students a day or a student every 26 seconds!
  • Over 40% of Georgia students left school without graduating.
  • Only 32% of Georgia 9th graders will graduate from high school and go to college.
  • More than one in five Georgians between the ages of 16- to 24-year-olds were dropouts.

Want to make a difference?

  • Volunteer with your local PTA
  • Take time to mentor a student in need
  • Write an article for your school paper on the importance of graduating.
  • Work with your friends and a school counselor to organize a Stay in School summit that highlights the financial implications of dropping out versus graduating.
  • Work with individuals in the community that chose to leave school and have them come and share the implications of that decision and its impact on their lives with at risk students.
  • Get Informed! Spread the word that drop outs are more likely to end up requiring Public Assistance, make up a disproportionate percentage of the nation’s Prison and Death Row inmates, and are more likely to be single parents.
  • Start an afterschool tutoring program to help with kids that would normally struggle.
  • Start a peer Mentoring Program.
  • Be a mentor!



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    Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services: 750 S Perry Street, Lawrenceville GA 30046
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