• Gaston County Schools Showcase and Parent Fair

Gaston County Schools Showcase and Parent Fair
  • WHAT: Gaston County Schools Showcase and Parent Fair

    WHEN: Saturday, February 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
    (drop in at your convenience)

    WHERE: Stuart W. Cramer High School, 101 Lakewood Road, Belmont

    WHO: Open to all families in Gaston County

    WHY: It’s an opportunity to find out what our schools have to offer

    The Gaston County Schools Showcase and Parent Fair is a new event that builds on our School Choice Fair concept and includes all 56 of our schools.

    At the Showcase, students, parents, and community members can:

    • Meet representatives from each school

    • Learn about our 22 magnet school and academy options for students

    • Attend information sessions that feature a variety of topics

    • Enjoy a full schedule of student performances that highlight the fine arts

    Plus, parents can register their child(ren) for our choice schools as well as kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.  It’s free to attend the Showcase, and lunch will be available. 

    The Showcase is open to all families in Gaston County Schools as well as families who have children in private, charter, virtual, and home schools.  It's an opportunity for all students and parents in our community to find out what our 56 schools have to offer for students and families.

    Parent Information Sessions
    The schedule is listed below with the session times. Below is a list of the topics.

    • AIG (Academically and Intellectually Gifted)
    • Career and Technical Education
    • College and Career Planning
    • Curriculum
    • English as a Second Language (ESL)/Multilingual Learners
    • Exceptional Children
    • Student Testing and Accountability
    • Support Services for Students
    • Technology

    Information Tables
    Our central-level departments and partners in education will have tables set up to provide important information for parents.  Below is a list of the topics and colleges.

    • AIG (Academically and Intellectually Gifted)
    • Athletics
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Exceptional Children
    • Fine Arts
    • Human Resources
    • Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten
    • School Safety

    • Belmont Abbey College
    • Gardner-Webb University
    • Gaston College

    What’s for Lunch?
    Available in the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. You may select one meal option; options include hot dogs, pizza, salad, BBQ sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, ham sandwiches, and chicken tenders.

    Live Radio Broadcast
    Gaston County radio station, Carolina Country WCSL 92.9 FM, will conduct a live broadcast from the Showcase until 2:00 p.m. The station will have prize giveaways and "Extra Large Marge, the Pink Cadillac" will be on display.

    Safety Screenings
    Safety on our school campuses is a priority for Gaston County Schools. We will have metal detection screenings in place as attendees enter the school for our Showcase.  We discourage attendees from bringing bags into the building as they will be searched, thus slowing down the entrance process.  

    Inclement Weather
    If we have to postpone because of the weather, the Showcase will be held on Saturday, February 24.

Promotional Video

WCSL Radio Commercial

  • Listen to our Showcase and Parent Fair commercial that is airing on WCSL Radio.

iHeart Media Radio Commercial

  • Listen to our Showcase and Parent Fair commercial that is airing on iHeart Media Radio.

Student Performances

  • We have 21 outstanding student performances for everyone to enjoy. The performances will take place in the auditorium.

    Band Performances – 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    ● Stuart W. Cramer High School

    ● Pleasant Ridge Elementary School

    ● York Chester Middle School

    ● W.C. Friday Middle School

    ● Stanley Middle School

    ● East Gaston High School

    Special Presentations – 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

    ● W.A. Bess Elementary School – song/dance

    ● Grier Middle School – cheerleaders

    ● Springfield Elementary – school pledge

    ● East Gaston High School – cheerleaders

    ● Rankin Elementary – drama

    ● McAdenville Elementary and Catawba Heights Elementary – drums

    ● South Point High School – Navy JROTC exhibition drill

    ● Bessemer City Middle School – drumline

    ● Forestview High School – cheerleaders

    ● Hawks Nest STEAM Academy – drama

    Chorus Performances – 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    ● Woodhill Elementary School

    ● Bessemer City Central Elementary School

    ● Sadler Elementary School

    ● Carr Elementary School

    ● Pinewood Elementary School

    We offer 22 magnet school/academy program options for students

    Click here for information about the dynamic magnet school/academy program options that are available in Gaston County Schools.  

    We are accepting applications now, and you can submit an application for your child(ren) online.

    The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m. 

    Parents attending the School Showcase on Saturday, February 3 will have an opportunity to register for our magnet schools and academy programs.  Parents who complete the application process while at the Showcase will be able to enter a drawing for gift card giveaways.

SCHEDULE: Parent Information Sessions (click times below for session details)

  • Parent Information Sessions: 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.

  • Parent Information Sessions: 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

  • Parent Information Sessions: 12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

  • Parent Information Sessions: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

  • Parent Information Sessions: 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

  • Parent Information Sessions: 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

  • "Sometimes, parents look beyond the school district in their community for educational choices. Our traditional public schools continue to offer quality academics, athletics, fine arts, extracurricular activities, and support programs for students. We have more options and more resources, which often results in more possibilities for students. We hope parents will check us out, talk with us, and give us an opportunity to provide an outstanding education for their children."

    Bridgette Best, principal of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School and chairman of the Showcase planning committee