In Gainesville, learning something new is as easy as ABC, thanks to the area’s many innovative educational programs devoted to teaching people at every stage of life. The private four-year Brenau University has created four divisions that extend its educational net far and wide.
To reach as many students as possible, Brenau has established the Women’s College, the Online College, the Evening and Weekend College and the residential Brenau Academy, the only female college-prep school for ninth through 12th grade students in the state.
Gainesville State College, located in nearby Oakwood, is a two-year college offering associate degrees and certificate program with an age range of students from 13 to 81 years old. With an enrollment of almost 7,000 students, the top programs of study are business administration, general studies, early childhood education, health professions and psychology. But it is equally well-known for preparing students for tomorrow’s careers, through technical programs such as environment and spatial analysis, technology management, information technology and geographic information systems. Ninety percent of students are in programs transferable to four-year colleges and universities, and most transfer out to other University System of Georgia institutions.
Its strong continuing education program ensures that Gainesville citizens have access to classes and programs than will aid in both career enhancement and life enrichment. Pioneering education starts early in Gainesville. Even at the elementary school level, groundbreaking programs are the norm within the city school system. The Gainesville Exploration Academy is a kindergarten through 5th grade NASA Explorer School that uses hands-on math, science and technology instruction across the curriculum.
The Enota Multiple Intelligence Academy uses the theory of multiple intelligences to make sure each child’s unique learning style is utilized to its highest potential. The Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School prepares students to be world citizens through use of the renowned international baccalaureate curriculum, and the Centennial Arts Academy infuses the curriculum with arts such as writing, visual arts, dance, drama and digital arts.