Gadsden County School District
Gadsden County School District (GCPS), or Gadsden County Schools (GCS), or Gadsden County Public Schools (GCPS), is a school district headquartered in the Max D. Walker School Administration Building in Quincy, Florida. It serves Gadsden County.
Several area private schools served county students before the formation of the school district, which occurred during a meeting in the county sheriff's office on September 18, 1869. The district initially enrolled about 2,500 students. Throughout much of its history it relied on Rosenwald schools. Many of its contemporary school buildings opened in the 1960s.
Prior to 1970 the school district had autonomous community schools and racial segregation; at that time all schools were integrated and the district was unified, with centrally located schools. After 1970 the white student population declined, with some students going to the Robert F. Munroe Day School and the Tallavanna Christian School. According to Headley J. White, author of the 2006 PhD thesis "Effects of Desegregation on Gadsden County, Florida Public Schools 1968-1972," in post-desegregation Gadsden County, white students attending most Gadsden County public schools experienced stigma. Many black students no longer worked on tobacco fields, causing the tobacco industry in the county to suffer and therefore damaging its economy and causing Gadsden County's population to decline.
By 1999 the majority of white students were in private schools. In 1999 a Florida Trend article written by Cynthia Barnett described the county public schools as representing "everything wrong with the state's public schools: High rates of illiteracy, delinquency, drop-outs and teen pregnancy."
Circa 2002 the school district had almost 10,000 students. In 2017 the school district had 5,400 students.
- Gadsden County High School (formerly East Gadsden High School) - Unincorporated area
- Gadsden Elementary Magnet School - Quincy
- Havana Magnet School - Havana
- James A. Shanks Middle School - Quincy
- West Gadsden Middle School - Unincorporated area
- Chattahoochee Elementary School - Chattahoochee
- It will become a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten early learning center in 2018.
- Greensboro Elementary School - Greensboro
- Previously it served grades PK-5. In fall 2017 it became a PK-3 elementary school.
- George W. Munroe Elementary School - Quincy
- It will become a PreK-3 school
- Stewart Street Elementary School - Quincy
- Carter-Parramore Academy (K-12) - Quincy
- Crossroad Academy Charter School (K-12) - Quincy
- Gadsden Central Academy (high school) - Quincy
- Hope Academy (high school) - Quincy
- Chattahoochee High School - Also known as Chattahoochee Magnet High School
- Greensboro High School
- Havana Northside High School
- James A. Shanks High School
- Carter Parramore Middle School - Quincy
- Havana Middle School
- Gretna Elementary School - Gretna
- Havana Elementary School
- St. John Elementary School - Unincorporated area
- It closed in July 2017
- Midway Magnet School
- White, Headley J. (2006). "Effects of Desegregation on Gadsden County, Florida Public Schools 1968-1972 (PhD thesis)".
- "A BRIEF HISTORY OF PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION IN GADSDEN COUNTY." Gadsden County School District. December 22, 2003. Retrieved on April 8, 2017.
- White, p. 84 (PDF p. 92).
- White, p. 74 (PDF p. 82)
- Barnett, Cynthia (1999-08-01). "A Sense of Possibility". Florida Trend. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
- "SCHOOL MERGERS NOT POPULAR AT WEST GADSDEN". Havana Herald. 2017-03-03. Archived from the original on 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
- Jiwanmall, Stephen (2017-04-05). "Gadsden County School Consolidation Process Underway". WTXL. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
- "Schools." Gadsden County School District. April 6, 2001. Retrieved on April 6, 2017.
- Jiwanmall, Stephen (2017-05-30). "Gadsden County School Board Approves High School Details". WTXL. Retrieved 2017-08-01.