Gwinnett school ranks among top 3 in nation

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Gwinnett County high school has been named one of the top three in the nation.

U.S. News and World Report gave Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville that high ranking.

Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb counties are also among some of the top 10 schools in the state.

Channel 2's Diana Davis went to Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology to talk to students and teachers about the survey.
The charter school, which has 764 students, is open to all Gwinnett County high school students. Applicants are chosen through a lottery.

"This past year, we had 849 numbers for 350 spots," said GSMST Principal Dr. Jeff Mathews.

U.S. News based its rankings on student performance on state proficiency tests and preparedness for college.

"I'm ready for college on a whole (other) level. I don't think college is ready for me actually," student Aziz Anderson said.

He has already been accepted at some of the nation's top schools with scholarships.

His classmate is still trying to decide between Georgia Tech, Stanford and MIT.

"I want to do a double major in computer science and engineering," said senior Madeleyne Vaca, noting her goal to get a Ph.D. in robotics for humanoid robotics research.

All students are required to complete at least two internships at some of Georgia's top private companies and universities.

"It gives them a glimpse into what it's like to work in an adult world," Mathews said.

Though U.S. News ranked Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science and Technology No. 1 in the state, 12 other metro schools made it to the survey's top 20 state listing.

As thrilled as students and faculty are with their No. 3 ranking, they all wanted to know who were numbers 1 and 2, which turned out to be schools in Dallas, Texas and Tucson, Ariz.



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