Best Schools in Gwinnett County



Students returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year may experience a new normal that may include smaller class sizes and social distancing practices, but as a parent you want your kids to still be in a school that will set your child up for success.

The factors of success vary depending on what criteria you have when choosing a school district for your children. Prioritizing in classroom experiences that build on opportunities for physical and mental health breaks and schools where staff and educators are prioritized and taken care of are a few factors that dictate a child’s overall educational experience. No two families will share the same expectations when choosing the right school for their child, but below are six schools that perform the best in Gwinnett county with an overall metric in test scores, diversity and student to teacher ratios.




Buford Academy

Ranked: 98 of 1,234 Elementary schools

Address: 2705 Robert Bell Pkwy Buford, GA 30518 (678) 482-6960

School website: https://www.bufordacademy.org/


At a Glance:

Size 1,558 | Teacher to student ratio: 1:7

Extracurricular activities: Yes

Sports program: Yes


About the Area:

Median Household income: 52,141

Median Home value/ rent: $207,800 | $900

In 2019, Burford Academy’s students excelled. They ranked better than 91% of elementary schools in GA, saw an average calculated score of 90.523% and saw a 30% increase in staff and educators, decreasing their class sizes to 1:7.


Burnette Elementary School

Ranked: 101st of 1,234 Elementary schools

Address: 3221 McGinnis Ferry Road Suwanee, GA 30024

School website: https://www.gcpsk12.org/BurnetteES


At a Glance:

Size: 657

Teacher to student ratio: 1:13

Extracurricular activities: Yes

Sports program: No


About to Area:

Median Household income: $125,096

Median Home value/ rent: $534,400 |$1,335

In 2019, Burnette Elementary school ranked better than 91.8% of elementary schools in GA and ranked 17th among 82 ranked elementary schools in Gwinnett. Students made an average calculated score of 91.53% and maintained and average class size of 13 students making it among the best in student engagement.



Buford Middle School

Ranked: 22nd of 551 Middle schools in GA

Address 2700 Robert Bell Pkwy, Buford, GA 30518

School website: https://www.bufordcityschools.org/


At a Glance:

Size:1,180

Teacher to student ratio: 1:18


About The Area

Median Household income: $52,141

Median Home value/ rent: $207,800 | $909

Extracurricular activities: Yes

Sports program: Yes

In 2019, Buford Middle School ranked better than 96% of elementary schools in GA and ranked 22th among 551 Georgia Middle schools. Students made an average calculated score of 95.65% and increased the average class size last year to 18 students.

Five Forks Middle school

Ranked 34th

Address:3250 River Dr., Lawrenceville, GA 30044


School website: https://www.gcpsk12.org/fiveforksms


At a Glance:

Size: 1,183

Teacher to student ratio: 1:17


Median Household income: $67,769

Median Home value/ rent: $200,400 | $1,203

Extracurricular activities: Yes

Sports program: Yes

In 2019, Five Forks Middle school ranked better than 93.8% of elementary schools in GA and ranked 4th among 29 ranked elementary schools in Gwinnett. Students made an average calculated score of 92.31% and maintained and average class size of 17 students for the past 5 years making it one of the best middle schools in Gwinnett.

North Gwinnett High School

8th best Public Schools in GA

Address: 20 Level Creek Rd Suwanee, GA 30024


School website: https://www.gcpsk12.org/northgwinnetths



At a Glance:

Teacher to student ratio: 1:21

Size: 3,209

Extra curricular activities:YES

Sports program: YES



About The Area:

Median Household income: $67,769

Median Home value/ rent: $200,400 | $1,203


In 2019, North Gwinnett High School ranked better than 97.2% of high schools in GA and ranked 2nd among 21 ranked high schools in Gwinnett. Students made an average calculated score of 90.3% and maintained and average class size of 20 students for the past seven years making it among the best in student engagement, diversity, extracurricular and athletics

Brookwood High School

Ranked 29th in Georgia

Address: 1255 Dogwood Rd, Snellville, GA 30078


School website: https://www.gcpsk12.org/brookwoodhs



At a Glance:

Size: 3,585

Teacher to student ratio: 1:19

Extra curricular activities: YES

Sports program: YES


About the area:

Median Household income: $67,769

Median Home value/ rent: $200,400 | $1,203


In 2019, Brookwood high School ranked better than 93.3% of high schools in GA and ranked 4th among 21 ranked high schools in Gwinnett. Students made an average calculated score of 84.76% and maintained and average class size of 19 students. 77% of Students and parent s agree that the teachers give engaging lessons and 91% of Students agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.

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