In order to receive a diploma from a Georgia high school, students must pass all sections of the Georgia High School Graduation Test. These sections are: Writing, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. These tests are first administered during the junior year; the writing test is given during the fall semester and the remaining sections are given during the spring semester. Remediation is available for students who fail any portion of the test. There are several opportunities to retake the failed portion(s) prior to graduation.
In addition to the state-mandated Graduation Test, the Gwinnett County Public Schools system requires students in the class of 2002 and beyond to pass all sections of the Gateway Assessment. The Gateway Assessment measures the ability to write effectively in the areas of science and social studies. This assessment will be administered in the spring of the tenth grade year. Students will have several opportunities to retake the Gateway Assessment if they are not initially successful in all areas.