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School Choice Fair set for Saturday, January 22

Learn about School Choice

Learn about our 21 programs at our School Choice Fair on January 22

Gaston County Schools is hosting two information sessions to give students and parents an opportunity to learn about the district’s 21 school choice programs for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The first School Choice Fair is Saturday, January 22 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Gastonia Conference Center in downtown Gastonia.  Students and parents may drop in to visit the various school booths/tables, meet the principals and other school representatives, and get information about each choice program.  

A second School Choice Fair will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Gastonia Conference Center. 

Below is a list of the 21 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

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 live in Gaston County and will be in kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade next year; however, a few programs have limited space available at other grade levels.  Students who currently attend a private school, charter school, or home school are encouraged to apply.

Parents may apply online at  The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m.  The lottery will be held on April 14.

Click here for our school choice information sheet.