Duluth's school system is a big draw to newcomers. Area students score far higher than local, state and national averages of aptitude tests. More than 85 percent of Duluth's seniors plan to continue their education after high school.
Duluth's children are served by five elementary schools, including Chattahoochee Elementary, B. B. Harris, Berkeley Lake, M. H. Mason and Duluth Elementary School. Berkeley Lake Elementary School has been selected as a Gwinnett County School of Excellence. Duluth is home to two middle schools, Duluth and Hull. Duluth High School is continuously listed as one of the top ten high schools in the state and is also recognized as a National School of Excellence. Peachtree Ridge High School opened in 2004 and is expected to excel as well.
Some Duluth addresses are located in unincorporated North Fulton County. Award-winning Fulton County schools include Shakerag Elementary School, Findley Oaks Elementary School and Abbots Hill Middle School.
If you are wondering about early childhood development, Duluth boasts the Duluth Montessori School and the Sugarloaf Montessori School. Private schools include Woodward Academy North and Perimeter Christian School.
Throughout the year, the city of Duluth provides various programs for the community, including The Summer Stage Concert Series, Flicks on the Bricks, and the Duluth Fall Festival. Duluth's Summer Concert Series features entertainment for the entire family. The Festival Center amphitheater provides the ideal venue for a picnic and great entertainment under the stars. During the summer, the city of Duluth sponsors movie nights on the Town Green. Enjoy a beautiful evening in the park watching movie classics with family and friends. One of the oldest and best-attended arts and crafts festivals in Georgia is the Duluth Fall Festival. It is always the last weekend in September and attendance at this two-day festival usually exceeds 60,000 people.
Duluth is also home to the Gwinnett County Civic Center and Arena, which hosts conventions, concerts, exhibitions and cultural events. This facility houses a ballroom, 50,000 square feet of convertible space, 14 executive meeting rooms and a performing arts center.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Duluth is just 10 minutes south of the Mall of Georgia, a 2.2 million square foot three-story shopping mall. Built in 1999, it is owned by Simon Properties and is the second-largest mall in the Southeastern U.S. It has over 195 stores, including Dillard's, JCPenney, Belk, Nordstrom, and Macy's.
Professional sports fans are catered to as well, with the presence of the NFLís Atlanta Falcons, MLBís Atlanta Braves, NHLís Atlanta Thrashers along with NCAA football.
Just a short drive from Duluth is Lake Sidney Lanier, one of the most visited lakes in the country and nestled in the foothills of northeast Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Just 30 minutes northeast of Atlanta, Lake Lanier offers the adventure of fishing, boating, sailing, water sports, golf, resort vacations, horseback riding, hiking, camping, lakeside dining and wildlife. Lake Lanier's 692 miles of shoreline meander past picturesque parks, picnic areas and campgrounds. Lakeside camping at US Army Corps of Engineers Parks, plus well-appointed accommodations at Lake Lanier Island's Emerald Point Hotel and Renaissance Pine Isle on the southeast side of the lake offer many options for enjoying all that Lake Lanier offers for an overnight stay, a long weekend or a week-long vacation.
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