The state’s top performing high school, the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, will no longer be a charter school in 2016-2017, enabling it to impose an algebra requirement for fall admissions.
Gwinnett County school leaders opened the school in 2007 to engage students interested in math and science. As a charter school, GSMST could not set academic admissions requirements.
Since GSMST will not be a charter school next year, Gwinnett spokeswoman Sloan Roach confirmed algebra will be required. Nine years of data showed having algebra in middle school was a key determinant in success at GSMST, she said.
She said Gwinnett parents have been informed of the new algebra requirement.