North Georgia’s public school systems are operated by the counties for the residents within each county, and many public schools have developed a reputation for excellence. Student teacher ratios generally range from 10:1 to 16:1 and these relatively low ratios are considered to be more conducive to learning. The public school curriculum throughout North Georgia includes all areas of academic study and also encourages involvement in competitive sports, the fine arts and civics clubs. North Georgia’s public schools emphasize student achievement and they prepare students with the knowledge and the skills that will be necessary for them to live successful and productive lives. School sports programs include baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, and field track competitions. Academic competitions include mathematics teams, debating teams and science fairs.
Colleges and universities
There are many institutions of higher learning in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area but North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega is the only 4-year public institution in northwest Georgia outside of Atlanta. North Georgia College & State University is a coeducational college with a strong liberal arts program attended by over 5,000 students who can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in all areas of academic study.
Georgia Perimeter College in Snellville is the third largest public institution in the University System of Georgia, which oversees the 35 public colleges and universities in Georgia. Georgia Perimeter College is a 2-year college with more than 21,500 students that offers Associate of Arts degrees, Associate of Science degrees and Associate of Applied Sciences degrees.
Gwinnett College in Lilburn is a private 2-year college with over 3,200 students. Gwinnett College offers Associate Degrees in the fields of business, medicine, law, and computer science. In Decatur, DeVry University is a private college with about 5,300 students that offers Bachelor of Science degrees in various fields.
The Technical College System of Georgia is a state agency responsible for overseeing Georgia’s system of technical schools, which are intended to be an integral component of Georgia’s public system of academic education. Lanier Technical College is a part of the Technical College System of Georgia and it is the leading workforce development resource for Banks, Barrow, Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and North Fulton counties. The five campuses of Lanier Technical College are located in the North Georgia cities of Oakwood, Commerce, Winder, Dawsonville and Cumming.
Chattahoochee Technical College has four campuses in Cobb and Paulding counties and it is the largest technical college in Georgia. With over 6,000 students, Chattahoochee Technical College offers more than 100 different Associate of Applied Science degrees. In Duluth, the ITT Technical Institute is a private technical training school offering business degrees and in Douglasville, West Central Technical College has over 4,000 students that attend two different campuses. West Central Technical College offers Associate degree programs in accounting, computer information systems, dental hygiene, electronics technology and registered nursing.