Gwinnett debuts new career-focused Discovery High School

More than 2,000 students walked through the doors of Gwinnett County's newest high school Monday morning. 

Discovery High School was an old tire warehouse, but the school system bought the building and transformed it into 640,000 square feet of hands-on learning space.

The school is divided into four different college and career academies--Fine Arts and Communication, Health and Human Services, Business and Entrepreneurship and STEM-Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math. 

"We want them to experience what it might be like to work in a career and to get that real experience," explained Principal John Campbell. 

Even a student's core subject classes are influenced by what career academy they choose.

"Language Arts has always been taught in isolation," explained Lindsey Brouillard, who teaches in the entrepreneurship program.  "We
are giving them something that's applicable, that's real-world as opposed to just reading for the sake of reading." 

The entrepreneurship program is very small.  This year, it has just 55 freshmen students. 

Each spring, eighth grade students in the Discovery High district will apply to join the entrepreneurship school.  If accepted, those students will pitch business ideas and use what they learn in the classroom to build their own small company.

"They're not just going through units in a book.  They're starting out with an idea--a business
idea--and they're going to actually take it to a viable venture where they are making money in real time," said Brouillard.

That program offers several "maker rooms," where students can use specialized equipment to create their own products.  Those rooms include everything from an embroidery machine to 3-D printers to computers with video editing software. 

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