• History of Baggett Elementary

  • In August of 2015, a new elementary school was opened to approximately 1000 students who were previously scheduled to attend Alford, Benefield, and Ferguson elementary schools.  The school was built at a cost of $15,776,603 and includes 71 instructional spaces with a capacity of 1,125 students.  Dr. Charlotte Sadler, after serving as the principal of Parsons Elementary School, was tapped to be the founding principal.  The school was officially named Baggett Elementary School after Boyd Q. Baggett, a former Gwinnett principal. 

    Mr. Baggett first came to Gwinnett County in 1948 to be the new principal at the Bethesda School. He served there until 1953, when he went to the Lawrenceville School. He was principal there until the fall of 1957, when he became the first principal of the new Central Gwinnett High School.  Mr. Baggett was principal at Central Gwinnett until 1964, when he left to be an assistant to the county school superintendent, primarily recruiting teachers for Gwinnett's rapidly growing educational system.

    Dr. Sadler remained the principal until June of 2020, during which time the school established many foundational components including quality reading, writing, and mathematics programs, one-to-one technology, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) classroom, and many computer labs.  

    In July of 2020, with the retirement of Dr. Sadler, Mr. Mitch Green was named as the 2nd principal of Baggett Elementary.  Mr. Green had previously served as the principal of the first STEAM-certified school in the State of Georgia in a neighboring district.  Since this time, Baggett has expanded its focus on STEM and STEAM (including the arts).  The arts have become a focus with 5 teachers who are focused on arts education.  Programs include Visual and Media Arts, Music and Music Technology, Theatre, and Dance.  Science and outdoor learning has also expanded with the inclusion of aquaponics and hydroponics, a labitat where 2000 trout are raised each semester, greenhouses, pollinator and standard gardens, a nature trail, and chickens.  Instructionally, Baggett has transitioned to become a school that incorporates Project-Based Learning and daily STEAM integration into our students’ experiences.   

    Baggett students also have access to a robust on-campus athletic program that includes basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and soccer. Through these and other experiences, Baggett continues to cultivate community with and between students, families and educators.  

  • Mr. Boyd Q Baggett