The Glynn County School System
Shaping the future one student at a time.
The Glynn County School System is the foundation for a dynamic and diverse educational community that serves Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia. As one of the state’s oldest public education systems originally chartered in 1788, Glynn County blends its tradition-rich history and unique coastal setting with 21st-century innovation to create engaging learning environments for more than 13,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12.
Students enjoy a multitude of opportunities for well-rounded academic, athletic and social development in the district’s 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, a college and career academy and specialized programs designed to meet individual needs. A 2016 “Beating the Odds” analysis by the Georgia Department of Education showed that most Glynn County schools – 81 percent – exceeded expectations on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), Georgia’s accountability system that measures school and school district performance on multiple indicators.
Extracurricular activities abound for students as well, from middle and high school athletics and band programs, to social and academic clubs at all levels that allow students to find their special talents. The Brunswick High School boys basketball team followed up a 2015 state championship by again playing for the state title in 2017. The Glynn Academy football team made a historic run through the 2015 playoffs, rallying the community along the way and advancing to the state championship game for the first time in 51 years. From national events such as Model UN or SkillsUSA career development competitions, to local initiatives like volunteering in a salt marsh cleanup or delivering holiday cheer at a senior center, Glynn County students are impacting the world around them while developing the skills to become tomorrow’s leaders.
The Glynn County Board of Education, which attained “Distinguished Board” status from the Georgia Schools Boards Association in 2016, ensures student success by providing top-flight programs and facilities throughout the district. Elementary reading, literacy and math initiatives help students to begin their academic careers with necessary skills, while Advance Placement® (AP), Move On When Ready and career skills development courses ensure that high school students are prepared to excel in whatever path they choose following graduation.
The community is highly invested in education as well, as evidenced by the passage of ESPLOST 3 in November 2015, an effort that received tremendous support from the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce. Funds from the Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) will be used to build new Burroughs-Molette and Altama elementary schools, complete renovations at Glynn Academy and athletic facilities at both high schools, and address facility needs throughout the district. Initiatives like the Gulfstream Student Leadership Program and Communities in Schools of Glynn County help to ensure that students stay in school, graduate from high school and achieve in life.
Dr. William “Skip” Mounts, dean of the School of Business and Public Management at the College of Coastal Georgia and vice chairman of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, said that the Glynn County School System is using ESPLOST proceeds to make significant improvements in district facilities. “These investments have raised the efficiency and effectiveness of our teachers,” he said. “The district also encourages students to participate in Move On When Ready, a state-sponsored program that supports dual enrollment of high school students at the College of Coastal Georgia. The program further prepares our students to become contributing members of the workforce for our local economy.”
Mounts believes that the local school system contributes greatly to the vitality of the community and urges Chamber members to get involved. “A strong school system is one the major indicators of how a community values its children and families. It shows a community’s willingness to invest in its future workforce. This investment leads to a higher quality of life in the future for its citizens. We value education because we value our citizens,” Mounts said.