Welcome to our School Choice/Magnet Schools webpage!
Gaston County Schools is launching new school choice Academy programs for the 2019-2020 academic year. The additional programs will triple our number of school choice/magnet school options for students and parents.
The new Academy programs are in six areas: Career, Collegiate Prep, Health Sciences, Leadership, Public Service, and Technology and Industrial Engineering.
Click on each school name for information about our 13 new Academy programs for the 2019-2020 academic year:
Leadership Academy @ Costner Elementary School
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
Technology and Industrial Engineering Academy @ Bessemer City Middle School
Career Academy @ Hunter Huss High School
Collegiate Prep Academy @ Forestview High School
Leadership Academy @ North Gaston High School
Health Sciences Academy @ East Gaston High School
Public Service Academy @ Cherryville High School
Technology and Industrial Engineering Academy @ Bessemer City High School
In addition to our new Academy programs for 2019-2020, we have experienced great success in recent years with our six existing school choice/magnet schools.
They are (click on the school name for information):
Hawks Nest STEAM Academy
Gifted and Talented Academy @ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School
STEAM Academy @ Stanley Middle School
Gaston County Virtual Academy
Gaston Early College High School
Highland School of Technology
The application period ended at 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2019.
Our Academy Programs
You are invited …
School Choice Information Session
Saturday, November 23
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Loray Mill, Gastonia
Parents with a child who will be in kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade next school year (2020-2021) may attend to learn more about our exciting school choice/magnet school programs.
The Information Session will feature booths/stations for each school choice/magnet school program. Parents will have an opportunity to meet the principal and other school representatives, receive information, and ask questions.
All families in Gaston County Schools are invited. The public is welcome. Parents with a child who is currently enrolled in a private, charter, or home school in Gaston County are encouraged to attend.