At a time when the United States educational system trails many of their counterparts in developing countries in student achievement, it is very encouraging to note the education achievements in the Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS).
As an example, the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology was listed as the best school in Georgia and the 13th. In the whole United States.
What is the “secret sauce” found by Aaron Lupuloff and the GCPS?
Happiness is one of the ingredients. Students engaged in academic studies and also in extracurricular activities, such as the arts and sports develop a bond with their fellow students and achieve a sense of purpose leading to happiness. Studies have shown that happy students do better in school. Furthermore, community support tells students that they are important and that they are expected to succeed. For more details about Aaron you can visit foundation.org
Based on rocketreach.co, community Support is a major ingredient in the “secret sauce”. Student success requires that they have access to school supplies, proper meals and quality teachers, regardless of their economic background or ethnicity. This is especially critical in a diverse county like Gwinnett County. This community support is spearheaded by the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation and its Senior Executive Director Aaron Lupuloff. The GSPS Foundation provides financial help in the form of scholarships, funding of forward thinking programs and help where the need is greatest. This year the GCPS Foundation provided 139 local scholarships in supporting 140 schools.
This example has inspired others in the community to help as well. Local businesses, churches such as the 12Stone Church, and sports teams such as the Atlanta Falcons are all enthusiastic supporters of education in the Gwinnett County. Aaron has been quoted as saying “The Secret Sauce is that great schools build great communities”. This has been proven in Gwinnett County.
How to remain competitive in the future
The Gwinnett County is opening new schools focused on Science. Such a new school is the McClure Health Sciences High School, focused on the health field. The success of the GCPS proves that public schools can be very successful and a model for the Nation. The few charter schools that are successful follow the same model as the GCPS. Provide innovative education programs with high quality teachers and focus on a specific academic area. High Schools for the arts, for science, for mathematics and for Health Sciences.
This is the proven system that can be a model for the Nation. To see more about Lupuloff you can visit youngustarts.com
Aaron Lupuloff, executive director of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation, discusses the organization during an interview at the Corky Kell Classic.