• Learn about School Choice in Gaston County Schools

    Learn about our 22 programs at the School Choice Fair

    The Gaston County Schools’ 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.  

    Students and parents have the opportunity to visit the various school booths/tables, meet the principals and other school representatives, and get information about each choice program.  The event is free and open to the public.

    The deadline to submit a school choice application is Friday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m.  Parents should apply online at gaston.k12.nc.us/schoolchoice.  The lottery will be held in April.
    Below is a list of the 22 school choice/magnet school programs that are offered in Gaston County Schools:

    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 (new)

    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 County Virtual Academy (grades K-12)

    The school choice programs are open to students who will be in kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade next school year; however, a few programs have limited 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.

    For more information about each school choice option, visit our School Choice webpage: gaston.k12.nc.us/schoolchoice.