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Learn about school choice at our next information session

Learn about school choice at upcoming information session

Learn about school choice at upcoming information session

It’s school choice time in Gaston County Schools.  For the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year, 20 dynamic programs are being offered for students, including Academy programs that focus on careers, college prep, health sciences, leadership, public service, and technology and industrial engineering, and more.

Below is a list of the 20 school choice/magnet school programs in Gaston County Schools:|

■ Elementary Schools
Gifted and Talented Academy @ Pleasant Ridge Elementary School
Hawks Nest STEAM Academy
Leadership Academy @ Costner Elementary School

■ Middle Schools
Career Academy @ Southwest Middle School

Career Academy @ York Chester Middle School
Gaston County Virtual Academy (grades 3-11)
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
Health Sciences Academy @ East Gaston High School (a partnership with CaroMont Health)
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

Parents may apply online now (  The deadline to submit an application is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28.  The lottery selection process will be held in March.

Typically, acceptance into a school choice program is at the kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade levels; however, some programs have limited space available at other grade levels (check each program on the School Choice webpage for specific grades).  Students for the Gaston County Virtual Academy are accepted for grades 3-11.

Students and parents will have an opportunity to learn more about the school choice programs at our next information session:

■ Saturday, February 22
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Myers Center, Gaston College (Dallas campus)

During the information session, each school that offers a choice program will have a booth/table set up.  Students and parents will be able to visit the booths/tables to learn about the programs, collect information, and talk with school representatives.

All families are encouraged to attend.  Parents who have a child currently enrolled in a private, charter, or home school program are invited to attend to learn about the quality choice options in Gaston County Schools.

For more information, call (704) 866-6100 or visit

Offering more school choice options for students than anyone else!