gainesville city schools logoGainesville City School System | 770-536-5275 | 508 Oak St., Gainesville, GA 30501

The Gainesville City School System (GCSS) is a Georgia Charter School System serving approximately 8,000 students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in eight specialty charter programs open to parental student choice. In 1892, the City of Gainesville created the GCSS Board of Education and opened Gainesville High School.

Elementary Schools

The following public elementary schools offer standards-based curriculum, virtual, blended and expanded learning options, as well as afterschool clubs and programs:

  • Centennial Arts Academy
  • Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy
  • Fair Street International Academy
  • Gainesville Exploration Academy
  • Mundy Mill Learning Academy
  • New Holland Knowledge Academy

Gainesville Middle School

Gainesville Middle School offers accelerated learning sequence for each grade level, high-school course credit opportunities and various academic, athletic and extracurricular programs and activities.

Gainesville High School

Recognized as an AP STEM, AP STEM Achievement and AP Access and Support School. Other offerings include:

  • College preparatory, advanced placement, dual enrollment and honors courses
  • Career apprenticeship and career technical and agricultural education programs
  • AP Capstone diploma program
  • Various academic, athletic and extracurricular activities
  • The Hub, an online student services center that assist families with academic, mental and basic needs


Lakeview AcademyLakeview Academy | 770-532-4383 | 796 Lakeview Dr., Gainesville, GA 30501

Lakeview Academy is a private, coeducational day school for students in grades K3 through 12, that was founded in 1970.

Accreditation and Memberships

Lakeview Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). Lakeview is also a member of the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS), Georgia Independent School Association (GISA), the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Lakeview's Pre-K program is fully licensed by the State of Georgia, Bright From the Start.


Lakeview Academy competes in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) in the single “A” division. Beginning in the fall of 2022, they will transition to Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA).

riverside military academy logoRiverside Military Academy | 800-462-2338 | 2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501

Private, all-boys military school for young men in grades 6-12. Home to a Corps of Cadets that averages over 500 cadets from 30 nations and 30 states. Riverside Military Academy was founded in 1907.

Accreditation and Memberships

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States, the Georgia Hight School Association (GHSA)


RMA offers a diversity of sports opportunities at the varsity, sub-varsity, and middle school level.

Postsecondary Education

brenau university logoBrenau University | [email protected] | 800-252-5119 | 500 Washington St SE, Gainesville, GA 30501

Brenau University, formerly Brenau College and originally the Georgia Baptist Female Seminary, a college for women, was founded in 1878. 

Academic Programs

  • College of Business & Mass Communication
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts & Humanities
  • College of Health Sciences
  • Sidney O. Smith Jr. Graduate School



University of North Georgia logoUniversity of North Georgia, Gainesville campus | [email protected] | 678-717-3641 | 3820 Mundy Mill Rd., Oakwood, GA 30566

Gainesville College was founded in 1963. In January 2013, University of North Georgia was formed through the consolidation of North Georgia College and State University and Gainesville State College.  

Academic Programs

  • College of Arts & Letters
  • Mike Cottrell College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Sciences & Professions
  • College of Science & Mathematics
  • University College

UNG Corps of Cadets 
UNG is a designated State Leadership Institution and as one of only six Senior Military Colleges in the nation, The Military College of Georgia.


lanier technical college logoLanier Technical College, Hall campus | [email protected] | 770-533-7000 | 2535 Lanier Tech Dr., Gainesville, GA 30507

Formerly Lanier Technical Institute, Lanier Technical College was founded in 1963.

Technical Programs

  • Automotive & Transportation Technologies
  • Building, Electrical & Manufacturing
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Business Technology
  • Cyber & Computer Related
  • Engineering
  • General Studies
  • Healthcare
  • Personal & Public Service Technologies
  • Public Safety