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Applications accepted for Commissioners’ School

Commissioners School of Excellence students met with Superintendent W. Jeffrey Booker during the program last summer.

Students encouraged to apply for Commissioners’ School summer program

It’s time to start thinking about the Commissioners’ School of Excellence.

Commissioners’ School is a summer enrichment program open to current ninth grade students (rising tenth graders) in Gaston County.  Now in its 33rd year, the leadership development program offers students an opportunity to learn about Gaston County while having fun in a summer camp-type experience.

Applications are available now – each high school determines its application deadline. The program will be held June 16-27 at Belmont Abbey College. Interested students should see their high school guidance counselor for an application.

Approximately 60 students are chosen from across the county based on academic performance, extracurricular activities (school and community), leadership potential, self-motivation, and written expression.  There is no cost to the students who are selected to attend.

Commissioners’ School challenges students to better understand themselves, life in Gaston County, and their roles as future leaders.  They participate in seminars, problem-solving activities, field trips, special performances, and hands-on experiences as well as enjoy time with community leaders and guest speakers.  Lessons and activities concentrate on teamwork, communication skills, and community service.

In recent years, students have participated in activities such as touring Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, CaroMont Regional Medical Center, McGuire Nuclear Station, and Allen Steam Station.  Additionally, they learned about public service and safety by visiting the Gaston County Courthouse, Gaston County Police, Gastonia Police Department, and Gastonia Fire Department. Students also enjoyed an evening baseball game with the Gastonia Grizzlies.

The school is named in memory of James S. Forrester, a former state senator and Gaston County commissioner, funded by the county commission, and coordinated by Gaston County Schools.

For more information about the program, contact Lori Collins, lwcollins@gaston.k12.nc.us, or Bridget Matzke, bsmatzke@gaston.k12.nc.us.

Click here for the Commissioners’ School Fact Sheet.

Click here for the Homeschool Application.