In 1997, Phoenix HS, a non-traditional high school in GCPS, moved to its new home… a former shopping center in Lawrenceville. Keeping that history in mind, it seems fitting that a new extension of the school is opening in an area mall. That’s right, Phoenix HS at Sugarloaf Mills will open its doors in August of 2018.
Phoenix HS at Sugarloaf Mills is the result of an innovative partnership between GCPS and Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), a non-profit founded by the Simon Property Group, Inc. SYF partners with public school districts across the nation, providing the space and infrastructure (furniture, renovation of space, wiring, etc.) for a unique school setting within a Simon mall. The school district provides the curriculum and personnel for the program.
“Education is the true key to a student’s future,” says Donna Scott, Phoenix HS principal. “Here in Gwinnett, all of our students receive an education that is world-class, both in its rigor and in course offerings. The Phoenix HS and Simon Youth Foundation satellite will continue the incredible tradition of offering students a true world-class education.”
Consistent with the school’s motto— “We exist for students”—this unique program is designed to serve students who are committed to finishing their education but need additional support and/or are interested in working while they go to school. It will be a great match for students who would benefit from having an option other than the traditional high school setting. The flexible hours, individualized learning, and real-world experiences will engage students, encouraging them to finish high school. So, if you are a high school student shopping around for a different educational experience… Phoenix HS at Sugarloaf Mills might be right for you!