Explore magnet school and academy programs in Gaston County Schools
Now is the time when parents begin thinking about the next school year. As parents take a look at what’s available for their child’s education, it is important for them to know about the variety of choices that are offered in Gaston County Schools.
Currently, Gaston County Schools provides 22 magnet school and academy program options that are connected to seven dynamic themes: careers, college prep/academically gifted, healthcare and medical sciences, leadership, performing arts, public service and safety, and technology and engineering.
Explore 22 options in Gaston County Schools
First, it is important for parents to talk with their children about what they want to be when they grow up, as it is never too early to begin planning for the future. After discussing some possible job/career interests, parents are encouraged to explore each of the 22 magnet school and academy programs in Gaston County Schools to determine which one is right for their child. The programs are designed to prepare students today so they can experience success tomorrow.
■ Elementary Schools
Gifted and Talented Academy @ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School
Hawks Nest STEAM Academy
Leadership Academy @ Costner Elementary School
Performing Arts Academy @ Pinewood Elementary School
■ Middle Schools
Career Academy @ Southwest Middle School
Career Academy @ York Chester Middle School
Gifted and Talented Academy @ Cramerton Middle School
Leadership Academy @ W.C. Friday Middle School
Public Service Academy @ John Chavis Middle School
STEAM Academy @ Stanley Middle School
Technology and Industrial Engineering Academy @ Bessemer City Middle School
■ High Schools
Career Academy @ Hunter Huss High School
Collegiate Prep Academy @ Forestview High School
Gaston Early College High School
Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences
Health Sciences Academy @ East Gaston High School
Highland School of Technology
iAccelerate Academy @ Ashbrook High School
Leadership Academy @ North Gaston High School
Public Service Academy @ Cherryville High School
Technology and Industrial Engineering Academy @ Bessemer City High School
■ Online Learning
Gaston Virtual Academy (all grade levels)
How do I apply?
Typically, students enter our magnet school and academy programs when they will be in kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade; however, some programs have space available at other grade levels. Students in Gaston County Schools as well as students who currently attend a private school, charter school, home school, or virtual school may apply now for the 2024-2025 academic year.
For more information about each magnet school/academy option and to submit an online application, visit www.gaston.k12.nc.us/schoolchoice. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m. The student placement lottery will be held at the end of March.