School of the Arts Presentation

School of the Arts @ Central Gwinnett High School Updates

  • CGHS Family,
    It is with great excitement that we announce the construction of the NEW School of the Arts at Central Gwinnett!
    This construction project will be completed in 3 Phases over the next 18 months. To accommodate the construction project, keep our students and faculty safe, and protect instruction time there will be a few changes around the campus that will impact the Central Gwinnett community.
    It is our goal to keep our school and community stakeholders aware of the changes so that we can make this experience as painless as possible. However, this is a big project. Over the next 18 months, there may be some inconveniences. We are aware of this fact and will do everything we can to keep you knowledgeable of the construction progress and impact. Please continue to follow us on our social media outlets and check our website regularly for information and updates regarding the construction project. We promise to consider you—our CGHS students, parents, faculty, and community—FIRST throughout this project.
    Phase 1 (Feb. 10-May 21, 2020)—Contractors will install temporary construction barrier walls and fencing around a large portion of the main parking lot in order to prepare the construction site.
    ● Student parking will move to temporary designated areas. A meeting for all student drivers was held on Monday, Feb. 3, to explain the new parking procedure and answer student questions.
    ● Teacher and visitor parking will move to the back of the current parking lot.
    ● Some strategic parking spaces will be transitioned into Handicap parking spaces.
    ● Student drop off and pick up—enter from Gwinnett Drive, near the Castle, and follow signs
    ● Student Check In and Check Out has been relocated to the Annex building, access it from the bus lane and follow signage.
    ● You will still have access to the theatre, alleyway, and 700 building, but you will have to walk around the construction fencing.
    ● On-site parking will be limited
    ● Off-site parking locations will be utilized for large events such as Graduations
    ● Community usage of CGHS facilities may be limited
    ● Notice: We will be testing the new procedure Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 7
    Phase 2 (May 2020-May 2021)—Construction of the new Fine Arts building.
    ● Construction workers will be onsite throughout the day, constructing the new addition
    ● Access to alleyway between the theatre and 700 building from the parking lot may be removed
    ● All above parking, check in/out, drop off/pick up changes remain in effect
    ● On-site parking will be limited
    ● Community usage of CGHS facilities may be limited
    Phase 3 (Summer 2021)—Renovations to existing buildings will be completed, work will be completed, and barriers will be removed.
    ● On-site parking will be limited
    ● Community usage of CGHS facilities will be limited
    ● Any changes that must occur due to the new construction will be communicated as soon as possible
    School of the Arts @ Central Gwinnett High School will open in August 2021

    Presentation HERE

Fine Arts Program at Central Gwinnett High School - Press Release

  •  Following the City of Lawrenceville’s groundbreaking on its new Performing Arts Center and the expanded home of Gwinnett’s only professional theatre—the Aurora Theatre, the city, and Gwinnett County Public Schools have announced its partnership to expand arts education opportunities. The School of the Arts at Central Gwinnett High School, a themed “school within a school” experience, will begin offering programs in the fall of 2020 with a state-of-the-art facility opening in 2021. 

    CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks says, “The City of Lawrenceville and the Aurora Theatre are leaders in the arts community and we are excited to partner with them to bring the School of the Arts to life. This will have a positive impact on the students at Central Gwinnett High School, other students in Gwinnett County, and the greater Gwinnett arts community.”

    “Lawrenceville’s vision calls for a diverse and substantial talent pool within a regional epicenter of community, and the investment in this School of the Arts will move us closer to that goal,” said Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Good schools make good communities and we are excited about this opportunity at Central Gwinnett and grateful for the commitment of our City and Gwinnett County Public Schools to make it a reality.”

    Central Gwinnett High School Principal Shane Orr and his team have worked with Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Fine Arts Director David Dubose to create an exciting program design. Through research and site visits to other Fine Arts schools, the team has developed an overview of the program and is working on the details regarding the student experience. 

    Currently, Central Gwinnett High School has a Fine Arts and Communications Academy that serves approximately 325 students. This academy will be greatly enhanced and the School of the Arts will provide a rigorous and engaging curriculum focused on three key areas: 
    • Performing Arts— Theatre, Television and Film, Dance, and Music
     Visual Arts— 2D-, 3D-, and Digital Art, and Fashion
    • Technology for the Arts— Film and Broadcasting, Theatre Technology, Sound Recording, and MIDI technology

    The School of the Arts’ college-preparatory curriculum will combine required coursework with expanded fine arts classes, internships, and work experiences for students at a pre-professional and professional level. 

    A unique feature of the School of the Arts will be the opportunity for select students to study in a Fine Arts Conservatory setting. Admittance and participation in the Conservatory program at the School of the Arts will be determined through auditions, interviews, and juried presentations and performances. The signature Conservatory program will provide students with expanded course opportunities, include regular work with industry professionals, as well as participation in internships and work-based experiences.

    In addition, the location of the School of the Arts at Central Gwinnett High School will expand arts experiences for students throughout the Central Gwinnett Cluster (Jordan and Moore middle schools and Jenkins, Lawrenceville, Simonton, and Winn Holt elementary schools). 

    Partnerships with the City of Lawrenceville, the Aurora Theatre, arts organizations, and postsecondary schools will be a hallmark of this new program, providing students many opportunities to engage with artists, businesses, and the larger community. To Principal Shane Orr these partnerships are a key to the new School of the Arts program. He explains, “With the help of our community partners we will create a unique school experience… one that positions our students to pursue their passion for the arts, hones their skills, and prepares them for their next step.”

    About the Facility:
    Located on the current Central Gwinnett campus, the School of the Arts is being designed to meet the needs of students and the arts community. In addition to expanding the lobby for the school’s main theatre, plans are to add a new black box theatre; two new visual arts classrooms; a computer art lab; new band, orchestra, and choral areas; a MIDI lab; a small ensemble classroom; a recording studio; an expanded dance studio; and a new broadcast production room. Key to the facility’s design will be additional entrances to provide greater access to the facility to professional artists and performers and postsecondary partners.