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Gwinnett County Public Schools

High School (QUEST)

Content Classes

Gifted Education classes are available (9-12) in math, science, social studies, language arts and foreign language classes. Students receive credit for the gifted education courses on their high school transcripts. 

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered in a variety of content areas. AP is a course of study designed by College Board. The course content is equivalent to that found in freshman and sophomore level college courses. Students take the Advanced Placement exam at the end of the course. Depending on the score received, the student may be able to transfer the AP class for credit to the college(s) he plans to enter following high school graduation. 

Directed Studies

Gifted students can participate in directed studies which are designed for students who would like to do research in a specific content area as an elective. A contract is developed for the research work under the supervision of the local school's gifted program teacher.


The QUEST gifted internship program enables gifted high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to spend a portion of the school day with a mentor in the community for an in-depth career exploration. Students gain specific knowledge of careers while developing maturity, leadership, sensitivity, and self-awareness. Community members interested in learning more about the program should contact the Accelerated Programs & Gifted Education Department.

Dual Enrollment

Students in Gwinnett County Public Schools have the opportunity for dual enrollment in post secondary institutions. Although these programs are not under the gifted education department many gifted students are interested in these options. Dual Enrollment offers the opportunity for students to take courses at local technical schools, junior colleges, colleges and universities while still being enrolled in courses at their high school. Students earn credit for both college and high school. 

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is currently offered at Norcross High School and Shiloh High School. IB is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum, leading to examinations. Although the IB program is not directly part of the gifted education department many gifted students participate in the program and pursue an IB diploma. Successful IB program students earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma/Certificate. The program is designed for highly motivated, honors level students. Strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship. The balanced, but challenging curriculum has been accepted for forty years by over 800 participating schools in 80 countries around the world. Most colleges and universities accept IB credit for placement into the sophomore year upon entrance into college.