Welcome to our School Choice/Magnet Schools webpage!
School Choice Programs
For the 2022-2023 academic year, Gaston County Schools is pleased to offer 21 school choice/magnet school programs – the most we have ever provided for students.
That means more options, more choices, and more dynamic learning opportunities for discovery, growth, and success that you will not find anywhere else.
Many of our school choice programs are associated with our Academy concept.
Academy programs are available in the following six areas: Career, Collegiate Prep, Health Sciences, Leadership, Public Service, and Technology and Industrial Engineering.
Here is a list of our 21 school choice/magnet school programs. Click on the title to learn about each program.
Gifted and Talented Academy @ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School
Hawks Nest STEAM Academy
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
STEAM Academy @ Stanley Middle School
Technology and Industrial Engineering Academy @ Bessemer City Middle School
Career Academy @ Hunter Huss High School
Collegiate Prep Academy @ Forestview High School
Gaston Early College High School
Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences
Highland School of Technology
iAccelerate Academy @ Ashbrook 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
Gaston County Virtual Academy (all grade levels)
Our Academy Programs
We will begin accepting applications on Saturday, January 22.
The application window will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18.