About the Academy

  • Stanley Middle School is home to Gaston County’s only STEAM Academy for middle schoolers.  The five strands of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics are integrated into the core curriculum, providing all students with an enriching and engaging academic experience.

    In addition to required core subject courses in English-Language Arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies, students take two “core plus” classes each semester. Core Plus classes include art, band, chorus, Spanish, business technology, computer science, medical science, engineering, and physical education/health. Additionally, qualifying students may take the following high school courses: Math I, Spanish I, World History, and Earth and Environmental Science in grades seven and eight.

    This program provides a pathway for students to participate in the Health Sciences Academy at East Gaston High School or the Technology and Industrial Engineering Academy at Bessemer City High School.

    Students from outside the Stanley attendance area who will be in the sixth grade for the 2023-2024 school year may apply for this program. A lottery process will be used to determine the 40 sixth grade students who will attend (from outside the Stanley attendance area).  In addition, there will be 60 seats available for students who are currently enrolled in fifth grade at Hawks Nest STEAM Academy.

    Students with a STEAM background have unlimited career options.

    You can learn more about the STEAM Academy @ Stanley Middle School by reviewing the resources on this webpage. If you have questions or need additional information, please send us an email: schoolchoice@gaston.k12.nc.us.

    STEAM Academy @ Stanley Middle School

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School Choice Fair

  • Our 2023 School Choice Fair will be held at the Gastonia Conference Center on Friday, February 3 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, February 4 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

    This is an opportunity for students and parents to drop in and learn about the 22 school choice/magnet school programs that are available in Gaston County Schools.  

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