Simpson was named for Anna Louise “Ludie” Simpson whose family once owned the property on which the school is situated. The Simpson family also owned a great deal of land in the area now known as Peachtree Corners. “Miss Ludie” (as she is affectionately known) was born in Norcross, Georgia in 1887. She graduated from Roswell High School and earned her teaching degree from the University of Georgia in 1910. Miss Ludie was a dedicated social studies teacher until 1962. She traveled extensively around the world including visits to Canada, Mexico, Europe, China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Her meticulous travel notes have been saved in bound journals.
These and other memorabilia are now housed at our school. Simpson is proud to be named for this gracious Southern lady who devoted her life to education. Each year, our school celebrates Miss Ludie’s birthday on December 10th, and the students enjoy cake in her honor.
We have a distinguished professional staff - 85 certified members and 46 classified members. These men and women are committed to excellence in student achievement and creating learning environments that are stimulating, attractive and welcoming. Sixty-three percent of the staff holds a master’s degree or higher. A number of classroom teachers have the Gifted Program endorsement added to their certification. The two primary goals of our staff are to maintain:
1) high academic achievement levels consistent with our historical performance; and
2) a total school positive environment in order to facilitate the continued development of a true learning community for students, staff and parents.
Simpson opened its doors in the fall of 1993 with 880 students. Over the past 18 years, the student population has risen as high as 1,300 students. Currently, our enrollment is approximately 1,000 students.
Since the opening of the school, our students have consistently held the highest scores on local, state and standardized tests. In 2005, Simpson was one of three elementary schools in Gwinnett County to receive the State of Georgia’s highest award – the Platinum Award for Excellence in Achievement on the state assessment. Since then, we have continued to receive the Platinum Award – 6 years in a row! In 2010, Simpson was named a Georgia School of Excellence! In 2012 and 2018, Simpson was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Students have many opportunities to be involved in extensions that support academic achievement. Both Odyssey of the Mind and Future Problem Solving Teams have frequently qualified and placed in state and world championships. Students have enjoyed individual and group recognitions in a variety of other arenas such as media, art, writing and math. We have four computer labs, a STEM classroom, a Spanish program, Student Council, Book Buddies, Simpson Singers and a variety of clubs.
The PTA involves and contributes unprecedented hours and dollars to the activities that support our students and staff. In 2005-2006, the PTA raised money to provide an exceptional cultural arts program for all students, special flooring for the gym, instructional support for teachers, and new computers in classrooms. In 2009, PTA raised money for a complete renovation of our playground. Through PTA, parents tutor students in reading and writing, serve as room parents, or enjoy working on one of the many committees that support our school.
Simpson Elementary leads the way in academic excellence. We are proud to be a world class school in the Gwinnett County Public School System!