Incoming Freshmen Information
Lanier High School is one of 7 Academy schools in Gwinnett County Public Schools. It is our goal to have Academies integrate the interests of our students with their academics, for a more relevant experience.
Our incoming 9th grade students will NOT be asked to select a specific Academy for their first year at Lanier. We want all students to select elective classes that they prefer, without concern for the exact Academy fit, and they will officially select an Academy starting in 10th grade.
One choice we are asking our incoming 9th graders to make is in regards to their preferred learning style: do you prefer more project-based and problem-based, or less?
9th graders who prefer a more project/problem-based approach should elect to part of our Center for Design and Technology (CDAT) program, which will emphasize projects, collaboration and subject-integration. For 9th graders, CDAT will not just be STEM, it will be a variety of topics.
For students who do not prefer project-based learning, the LHS 9th Grade Academy (LHS9) environment will still incorporate some projects, but fewer than the CDAT classes.
We want to create the best learning environment for you, and we believe our approach based on your preferred style of learning will make the most of your time at Lanier!
Language Arts Sequence
9th Grade ELA
ALL 9th Grade students will take EITHER 9th College Prep (CP) Language Arts OR 9th Honors/Gifted Language Arts
Point to Remember:
All students must take and pass 4 years (8 semesters) of Language Arts courses to graduate
- Yearbook (See Mr. Phillips in room 100A)
**Electives are generally opened to 10th-12th grade students**
Social Studies Sequence
9th Grade Social Studies
There is no required social studies course for 9th Grade students. However, they can register for EITHER World Geography OR AP Human Geography if they choose.
All students must pass 3 years (6 semesters) of social studies to graduate.
The 3 years must include:
- World History or AP World History
- US History or AP US History
- Economics (one semester course)
- Political Systems (one semester course)
9th Grade Science
All 9th Grade students will take EITHER College Prep (CP) Chemistry OR Honors/Gifted Chemistry as their 1st year science course.
Point to Remember:
All students must take and pass 4 years (8 semesters) of science courses which include:
The following courses are offered at Lanier HS and meet the 4th year of science graduation requirement
- AP Biology (if taken in addition to Biology)
- AP Chemistry (if taken in addition to Chemistry)
- AP Computer Science
- Environmental Science (CP/AP)
- Essentials of Healthcare
- Food for Lire
- Food Science
- Forensic Science
- AP Physics B (if taken in addition to Physics)
- AP Physics C - Mechanics
High School Graduation Requirements
CDAT9 or LHS9 Options
Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the tabs below to view the answers addressing Frequently Asked Questions about Incoming Freshman Course Expectations
Why is Lanier HS making this change for 9th Grade?
Our incoming 9th grade students have so many changes and decisions to make, we felt that their Academy decision should be as well-informed as possible, and we will have them experience each one so they can make the best decision possible for their 10th grade year.
What is the difference between the two options?
See the table above, but the biggest difference is that CDAT9 will be much more project-based, and using alternative homeworks and assessments than LHS9. CDAT is a respected project-based learning environment, and students who prefer more expression in their learning might benefit from this environment.
Is CDAT still STEM-focused?
For 9th graders, it will embrace all Academy themes, but 10th grade and above CDAT will remain a STEM focus.
Do students have to stay in CDAT if they start CDAT9?
Only if they choose. CDAT9 will help students discover the best Academy for them for the long term.
Does my 9th Grader have to take a technology class?
We do request our CDAT9 students sign up for "Introduction to Digital Technology". This class will help us teach students how to use their Google Apps for communication and collaboration, but also great presentation technologies like Photoshop and Premiere Pro, and even some tech like web page development. For our CDAT9 students, we will offer the opportunity to take Video Production or Engineering, but we would like all students to register for Introduction to Digital Technology (IDT) for the initial registration, in order to simplify the registration process.