Gainesville-Hall County Education
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Did you know?
  • Brenau University offers instruction in nursing, entertainment management, opera, gerontology and an MBA.
  • Lanier Technical College is a premier training center in the Southeast.
  • The World Language Academy is a public charter school with immersion in Spanish, English and Mandarin Chinese.
  • Riverside Military Academy has a diverse student body representing 10 nations.
  • Gainesville's Riverside Military Academy has invested over $80 million in its facilities and technology.
  • The Manufacturing Development Center has 15 unique start-up companies as a business incubator.
  • Gainesville State College is the fastest growing college in the University System of Georgia.
  • The Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) is the largest children's interactive museum in North Georgia.
  • The Elachee Nature-Science Center offers accredited programs in environmental education.
  • The Hall County and Gainesville City school systems offer five internationally accredited baccalaureate programs.

A Cradle of Education

Like no other community its size, Gainesville-Hall County is a virtual cradle of education. It would be difficult to find another community with access and proximity to such a wide array of educational opportunities for so many different age groups.

For children and youth, Gainesville-Hall County offers two leading public school systems – Gainesville City Schools and Hall County Schools – and numerous top private schools. One of the more recent outstanding educational offerings is the World Language Academy, Gainesville-Hall County’s first charter school, which operates in the southern part of the county. This dual-immersion learning environment teaches traditional subjects in both English and Spanish in addition to instruction in Mandarin Chinese, which is on track to become one of the world’s top business languages over the next 30 years.
Gainesville-Hall’s private schools also offer a variety of unique learning experiences. For instance, Riverside Military Academy on the banks of Lake Lanier is a 236-acre private college preparatory boarding and day school with over 400 students from throughout the United States and over 10 countries. Lakeview Academy, a private K-12 college prep school, enrolls over 600 students from 10 surrounding counties. Other private schools include Brenau Academy and Westminster Christian School.

For higher education, the community is home to three different institutions. Brenau University, located in downtown Gainesville, is a 125-year-old private liberal arts university with 850 students from over 15 countries living on campus. An additional 1,500 students participate in evening, weekend and online courses, while Brenau’s Department of Nursing helps local students stay on the leading edge of modern medicine. Brenau also offers continuing education for older adults through its innovative BULLI program (Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute) as part of its Center for Lifetime Study.

Gainesville State College, a newly minted four-year institution, is the nation’s 22nd fastest growing community college. Next door on an adjoining campus is Lanier Technical College, the region’s leading resource for workforce development and a key driver of the local economy. The Manufacturing Innovation Center at Lanier Technical College is Georgia’s state-of-the-art center for robotics, automation and control technologies in manufacturing.

Meanwhile, within 30 minutes to an hour’s drive from Gainesville-Hall County are:
Emory University, Atlanta;
Georgia Tech, Atlanta;
Georgia State University, Atlanta;
North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega;
Piedmont College, Demorest;
University of Georgia, Athens.

Education is a great story in Gainesville-Hall County -- a regional center for lifelong education for all ages and generations.