It is my pleasure to welcome you to Gordon County Schools, and I am glad you are visiting with us to learn more about our school system. This website has been designed with our stakeholders in mind, and I hope you find it easy to navigate and an informative way to stay connected with your child’s education. The Gordon County community at-large and our school system employees share a tradition of pride in our schools, students and community. Our citizens possess a unique understanding of how a quality education with high expectations and positive results for each student helps us follow our compass for developing a 21st century work ready community, comfortably committed to generating strong ties among students, teachers, and parents.
When a community is united in its commitment to the education of its youth, like Gordon County has demonstrated, good things happen. GCS students’ CRCT/EOCT criterion referenced test scores and performance assessments have documented that we are among the best school systems in the state of Georgia. All of our schools are fully accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, Fairmount Elementary is a “National Blue Ribbon School.”
The key to motivating our students to achieve high academic standards is a meaningful blend of supportive parent involvement, a strong engaging curriculum consisting of best practices, all brought to life by highly qualified and genuinely caring teachers. The students of Gordon County Schools are blessed by daily exposure to caring individuals, educators and non-educators alike. These qualities are plainly evident and serve as the foundation for the successes of Gordon County Schools. Again, welcome to our website, and I hope that you will find the information that you need. For further information, you may contact our central office at 706.629.7366. The mission of Gordon County Schools is to provide a relevant, rigorous, results-based education made possible through supportive, nurturing relationships.
HB 91; ELIMINATION OF GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TEST REQUIREMENT
An individual (hereinafter referred to as “Student”) no longer enrolled in a Georgia public school and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma in this state or was denied graduation solely for failing to achieve a passing score on one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests or its predecessor or the Georgia High School Writing Test or its predecessor may petition the local board of education in which he or she was last enrolled to determine the student’s eligibility to receive a high school diploma pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1 based on the graduation requirements in effect when the student first entered ninth grade. For information on how to petition Gordon County Schools to determine eligibility for a student under this guidance, click here.
PRE K REGISTRATION
PreK Registration will be held until March 31st. Packets may be picked up at any Gordon County elementary school. For specific information, visit our PreK page.
SHS FIREBIRDS TAKE 2nd AT STATE
SHS Wrestling Firebirds finished in 2nd place overall during state competition on February 12. Six of the seven wrestlers competing placed at State, with three of the six named champions in their respective weight classes. Tyler Hunt at 120 lbs, Trevor Burdick at 126 lbs, and Ian Clark at 132 lbs all took first place. Allen Stone won 3rd place at 106 lbs; Gavin Thompson was 4th place at 113 lbs, and John Knight also took 4th place at 195 lbs. Firebirds finished second in team points. First place Bremen earned 132.5 points among the 12 wrestlers who competed and Sonoraville 105 points with only 7 wrestlers competing.
BELWOOD ELEMENTARY ADVANCES TO DIVISIONAL READING BOWL COMPETITION
Belwood Elementary's 2017 Reading Bowl Team L-R: Jake Cardenas, Carter Sampson, Austin Turpin, Ashton Groce, Milan Kafle, Natali Ayala, Madelyn Goble; Not Shown- Tripp Wilson, with Coaches Ramona Burdette and Terri Fitzwater
The Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students in grades four through twelve across the state. Competitions are held at the local, regional and divisional levels with the winning teams from the Divisional Bowls competing in March for the State Championship of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. When more than two local schools want to compete at the regional level, a local competition must be held to see which two teams will represent the school district. The Gordon County Reading Bowl competition for the elementary schools was held on Monday, January 30th at the Gordon County College and Career Academy. Teams from Belwood, Fairmount, Redbud, Sonoraville and Swain were all represented at the county bowl. First place went to the team from Belwood Elementary, and second place went to the team from Swain Elementary. These two teams moved on to the North Region competition that was held on Saturday, February 4th in Gainesville. Of the fourteen teams competing, Belwood Elementary's team walked away with 2nd place. These students will go on to the Divisional Bowl in later in the month.
In addition to the two elementary teams competing at the regional level, Redbud Middle and Sonoraville High also sent teams to compete in Gainesville. Sonoraville High School won 3rd place in region competition. Full Story