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First school choice info session is November 23

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Gaston County Schools to host information sessions for school choice programs


Gaston County Schools will conduct three information sessions to give students and parents an opportunity to learn about the district’s 19 school choice/magnet school options.

Here is a look at the schedule for the information sessions:

■ Saturday, November 23
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Loray Mill, Gastonia

■ Monday, January 27
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Myers Center, Gaston College (Dallas campus)

■ Saturday, February 22
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Myers Center, Gaston College (Dallas campus)

During the information sessions, 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.  Admission is free.

Beginning in January, applications will be accepted for the 2020-2021 school year.  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 may have limited space available at other grade levels.  Students for the Gaston County Virtual Academy are accepted for grades 3-10.   

For the 2019-2020 school year, Academy programs were introduced in six areas:  Career, Collegiate Prep, Health Sciences, Leadership, Public Service, and Technology and Industrial Engineering.  The new Academy programs increased the school district’s choice options from six to 19. No new programs will be introduced for next year (2020-2021), but plans are in the works to launch several new choice programs for 2021-2022.

Below is a list of the 19 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 3-10)
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
Leadership Academy @ North Gaston High School
Public Service Academy @ Cherryville High School
Technology and Industrial Engineering Academy @ Bessemer City High School

School Choice in Gaston County Schools