The new Gwinnett County high school set to open next year in the Meadowcreek Cluster doesn’t have a name yet, but it has a principal.
At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named Berkmar Middle School Principal
Nicole Mosley as the principal of a health sciences themed high school set to open in August 2019 in the Meadowcreek Cluster. Mosley will continue at Berkmar Middle until a new principal is named and then will transition to her new role.
The school, which is under construction at the intersection of Club Drive and Steve Reynolds Boulevard, is expected to be 300,000 square feet and accommodate 1,500 students.
As a theme high school, it will focus on providing a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum through the lens of health science, combining required coursework with practical medical and health industry experiences. The main program areas will include: Patient care, Allied health, Health Informatics, and Advanced Medicine.
Courses will include medical ethics and law, current issues in health science and introduction to healthcare science. Students will also have opportunities to obtain certifications in first aid and CPR, first responder, Microsoft Suite and HIPAA.
The idea for the school came around the same time discussions began regarding Paul Duke STEM, the newest Gwinnett County Public School. It opened this fall with 650 students. Like the new Meadowcreek school, it has a capacity for 1,500.
Gwinnett County schools continues with an eye to the future. Another high school is in the works to open in 2020.
“We’re constantly assessing needs, and since it takes several years for a new school to come online, our projects can be as much as 10 years out,” said Steve Flynt, associate superintendent in charge of school improvement and operations.. “The cluster concept has worked well. We don’t have any empty schools.”