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Gwinnett County Public Schools

Brookwood Elementary School

Fast Facts


Brookwood Elementary opened in August of 1985 with 960 students and a staff of 80 under the leadership of Principal Hal Beaver. The name was chosen because of the school’s proximity to Brookwood High School, which got its name from being at the intersection of Hollybrook and Dogwood roads. The land on which Brookwood Elementary sits was originally farmland. The school was built to relieve overcrowding at R.D. Head, Gwin Oaks, Britt, and Lawrenceville elementary schools. Over the past 30-plus years, four additions have added needed classrooms to the facility.

Hal Beaver continued to lead the school until 1989 when Maxine Rithmire took over as principal. She remained the principal until November 2005, leading the school through many of the initiatives that have made Brookwood a place of academic excellence. Karen Head took the leadership post in December of 2005 and remained the principal until May of 2014. Cheri Carter, an assistant principal at the school, became the principal in June 2014. Karen Lillard became the principal in 2019 following the retirement of Cheri Carter.

Students at Brookwood have the opportunity to participate in a variety of after-school clubs such as Guitar, Robotics, Running, Jump Rope, Art, Readers Rally, Science Olympiad, Witzzle Pro, and Chorus.

Brookwood’s focus continues to be on “teaching and learning” and the support of the community has not changed over the years. The dedicated staff members of Brookwood Elementary partner with families and community members to support our students.   Brookwood Elementary continues its strong tradition of excellence by helping all students reach their greatest potential.