School News

  • Back-to-School Orientation


    Thursday, August 24th

    Drop-In Orientation for ALL Grades

    2:00-3:30 p.m. or 6:00-7:30 p.m.


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  • 2017-2018 School Supply List


    Click on your child's grade level to access the appropriate list.



    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

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  • Parents please do not forget about the FREE reading program at the Gaston County Public Library. Visit any of the 11 branches to get a FREE library card and sign up for the program.


    Other FREE programs include:


    Through Barnes & Noble Summer Reading kids can earn a FREE book after they read eights books and log them on a reading sheet. The Barnes and Noble kids summer reading program is only available to children in grades 1-6. Only one book is available for each child who completes a reading journal and choice must be made from the selected books available at the store.


    Book Adventure by Sylvan is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Like our Accelerated Reader program, kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.


    Half Price Books' Feed Your Brain Reading Program offers free Half Price Books gift cards to kids who read for at least 300 minutes during June 1 and July 31st. This program is available to kids preschool through middle school. 


    Scholastic has a summer reading challenge in which kids read and then go online to record the minutes they’ve read this summer. They’ll also be able to take weekly challenges to earn rewards. This kids summer reading program runs May 8 – September 8, 2017.


    Kids can get a free Maze Runner series water bottle with the Books-A-Million Kids Summer Reading Program. The kids must read four of the 75+ qualified books. Then they fill out a journal to show their progress, and return it to any Books-A-Million store.




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  • 2nd - 5th grade parents can use this site to check AR progress from home. To login, use the student's PowerSchool number as the username and eight digit birthday combo (MMDDYYYY) as the password.


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  • Ad hoc Schools' Capital Needs Committee 


    The Gaston County Schools capital needs ad hoc committee will conduct a meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. at Flint Groves Baptist Church, Family Life Center, 2023 Flint Lane, Gastonia. The public is invited.

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  • Mentor training session is September 20

    Gaston County Schools will conduct a mentor training session on Wednesday, September 20 at 9:00 a.m. at the Gaston Regional Chamber, 601 W Franklin Blvd, Gastonia. To register, call the Business Partnership Office, (704) 866-6329.
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  • Gaston ranks again as safest large school district

    Once again, Gaston County Schools ranks as the safest large school district in North Carolina. Gaston’s school crime and violence rate of 3.740 is the lowest among the state’s ten largest school districts (based on student enrollment). Additionally, our rate is lower than the state rate for the seventh consecutive year, which shows that our on-going, concentrated focus on comprehensive school safety is paying off. Click here to read more.

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District News

  • Gaston’s graduation rate increases to 88.3 percent

    The high school graduation rate for Gaston County Schools has increased again, according to information released Thursday by the North Carolina State Board of Education. The graduation rate for the Class of 2017 is 88.3 percent, which is the best rate ever for the school district. The Gaston rate of 88.3 percent is higher than the state graduation rate of 86.5 percent. The district’s graduation rate has increased each year for the past eight years.

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  • Gaston sees increase in overall student proficiency

    Overall student proficiency on end-of-grade and end-of-course state tests increased again for Gaston County Schools, according to information released Thursday by the North Carolina State Board of Education. Additionally, the district saw an increase in academic growth with 22 schools exceeding growth expectations for the 2016-2017 school year.

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  • Students complete first day of new school year

    School bells rang Monday morning as students across Gaston County returned from summer vacation and headed back to class. Approximately 32,000 children arrived at school bright and early to begin the 2017-2018 academic year. It was a great first day as students settled into their classrooms, met their teachers, made new friends, and became focused on learning.

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  • What's ahead for 2017-2018 academic year

    It’s back-to-school time in Gaston County! When the morning bell rings on Monday, August 28, approximately 32,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school) will walk through the schoolhouse doors to start the 2017-2018 academic year. Here is some information for parents and the community as students in Gaston County Schools head back to class.

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