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Schools to host orientation, open house programs

Back-to-School Orientation Information

Gaston County Schools: Back-to-School Orientation and Open House List 

Hey, parents!  Our schools will conduct orientation/open house programs to prepare students for the beginning of a new school year.

The programs are listed below in alphabetical order by elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.  If you have a question about orientation, please contact your child’s school.

Please note that this list will be updated as necessary to provide the latest information for students and parents.

Elementary Schools 

H.H. Beam Elementary
Monday, August 15
Drop-in Open House (All Grade Levels) 
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

W.B. Beam Intermediate
Thursday, August 11
Drop-in Orientation (All Grade Levels)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Belmont Central Elementary
Sunday, August 14
Second Grade Orientation
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Monday, August 15
Meet-the-Teacher Orientation
Last Name L-Z, 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Last Name A-K, 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.

W.A. Bess Elementary
Monday, August 15
Meet-the-Teacher Orientation
Kindergarten, 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

First-Fifth Grade
Last Name A-L, 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Last Name M-Z, 5:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Bessemer City Central Elementary
Thursday, August 11
Last Name A-L, 4:00 p.m. 
Last Name M-Z, 5:30 p.m.

Bessemer City Primary
Monday, August 15
First and Second Grade Orientation
Last Name A-L, 2:00 p.m.
Last Name M-Z, 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 16
Kindergarten Orientation, 3:00 p.m.

Brookside Elementary
Monday, August 15
Drop-in Orientation
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Carr Elementary
Thursday, August 11
Drop-in Orientation
3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Catawba Heights Elementary
Monday, August 15
Orientation 
Kindergarten, 4:00 p.m.
First and Second Grade, 4:30 p.m.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade, 5:00 p.m.

Chapel Grove Elementary
Monday, August 15
Drop-in Orientation (All Grade Levels)
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Cherryville Elementary
Thursday, August 11
Drop-in Orientation
First, Second, and Third Grade, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, August 15
Kindergarten Orientation, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Costner Elementary
Thursday, August 11
Open House
Kindergarten, First and Second Grade, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Gardner Park Elementary
Sunday, August 14
Kindergarten Orientation (Parents Only)
2:00 p.m.

Monday, August 15
Drop-in Open House, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Gaston County Virtual Academy 
Tuesday, August 9
Fourth Grade Orientation, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Fifth Grade Orientation, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Hawks Nest STEAM Academy
Monday, August 15
Drop-in Orientation
Last Name A-L, 4:00 5:00 p.m.
Last Name M-Z, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Kiser Elementary
Tuesday, August 9
Third Grade Orientation, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 14
Drop-in Orientation
Fourth and Fifth Grade, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Lingerfeldt Elementary
Monday, August 15
Meet-the-Teacher Orientation
Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Lowell Elementary
Monday, August 15
Drop-in Orientation (All Grade Levels), 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

McAdenville Elementary
Monday, August 15
Meet the Teacher Orientation (All Grade Levels)
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

New Hope Elementary
Monday, August 15
Open House
Kindergarten Parent Meeting, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
First Grade, Second Grade, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

North Belmont Elementary
Monday, August 15
Drop-in Orientation (All Grade Levels)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Page Primary
Monday, August 15
Open House
Last Names A-K, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. 
Last Names L-Z, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Pinewood Elementary
Monday, August 15
Open House
Last Name A-L, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Last Name M-Z, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Pleasant Ridge Elementary
Thursday, August 11
Drop-in Open House
First Grade, Third Grade, Fifth Grade, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Kindergarten, Second Grade, Fourth Grade, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Monday, August 15
Drop-in Open House
Kindergarten, Second Grade, Fourth Grade, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
First Grade, Third Grade, Fifth Grade, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Rankin Elementary
Sunday, August 14
Kindergarten Orientation
Last Name A-K, 2:00 p.m.
Last Name L-Z, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, August 15
Drop-in Orientation (All Grade Levels)
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Robinson Elementary
Thursday, August 11
Open House, 5:00 p.m.

Sadler Elementary
Monday, August 15
Drop-in Open House
Kindergarten Parent Meeting, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
First Grade, Second Grade, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Sherwood Elementary
Monday, August 15
Kindergarten Parent Meeting, 10:30 a.m.

Drop-in Orientation (Grades 1-5)
Last Name A-K, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Last Name L-Z, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Springfield Elementary
Wednesday, August 10
Kindergarten Orientation, 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 11
First Grade and Second Grade Orientation, 5:00 p.m.

Tryon Elementary
Thursday, August 11
Drop-in Orientation (Grades 1-5)
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 14
Kindergarten Orientation, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Webb Street School
Monday, August 15
Drop-in Orientation (All Grade Levels) 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Woodhill Elementary
Monday, August 15
Drop-in Orientation (All Grade Levels) 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

■ Middle Schools

Belmont Middle
Thursday, August 11
Sixth Grade Camp, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, August 11
Seventh and Eighth Grade Drop-in Open House, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Bessemer City Middle
Wednesday, August 10
Sixth Grade Parent Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 11
Sixth Grade Camp, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Seventh Grade, Eighth Grade Open House, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Chavis Middle
Thursday, August 11
Sixth Grade Orientation,1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Seventh Grade and Eighth Grade Drop-in Open House, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Cramerton Middle
Thursday, August 11
Camp Cramerton for Sixth Graders, 9:00  - 11:00 a.m.
Parent Meeting, 10:30 a.m.

Seventh Grade and Eighth Grade Open House, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, August 15
Sixth Grade Open House, 6:00 p.m.

W.C. Friday Middle
Thursday, August 11
Sixth Grade Camp
Last Name A-L, 9:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Last Name M-Z, 1:45 p.m.

Thursday, August 11
Drop-in Open House, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Gaston County Virtual Academy (6-8)
Thursday, August 11
Open House
Sixth Grade, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Seventh Grade, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Eighth Grade, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Grier Middle
Thursday, August 11
Sixth Grade Orientation, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Drop-in Open House, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Holbrook Middle
Thursday, August 4
Sixth Grade Orientation, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 11
Drop-in Open House, 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.

Mount Holly Middle
Thursday, August 11
Sixth Grade Orientation, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Open House, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Southwest Middle
Thursday, August 11
Sixth Grade Orientation, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Parent Meeting, 10:30 a.m.

Open House, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Stanley Middle
Sunday, August 7
Sixth Grade Blue Devil Dash, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 11
Sixth Grade Orientation, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Monday, August 15
Drop-in Open House / Schedule Pick-up, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Warlick Academy
To be announced

Webb Street School
Monday, August 15
Drop-in Orientation (All Grade Levels) 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

York Chester Middle
Thursday, August 11
Welcome to the Den Camp
Sixth Grade Camp for Students and Parents, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Monday, August 15
Drop-in Open House (Grades 7-8), 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

■ High Schools 

Ashbrook High
Thursday, August 11
Ninth Grade Orientation, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, August 15
Drop-in Open House, 5:30-7:00 p.m

Bessemer City High
Thursday, August 11
Camp Jacket for Freshmen
Last Names A-K, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Last Name L-Z, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Drop-in Open House, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Cherryville High
Thursday, August 11
Ninth Grade Camp, 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Stuart W. Cramer High
Thursday, August 11
Ninth Grade Camp, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Monday, August 15
Open House, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

East Gaston High
Thursday, August 11
Ninth Grade Camp, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Drop-in Open House, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Forestview High
Thursday, August 11
Ninth Grade Camp, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Monday, August 15
Drop-in Open House, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Gaston Early College High School
Monday, August 1 and Tuesday, August 2
Spartan Island Freshman Camp, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 4
Freshman and Parent Welcome Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences
Wednesday, August 3
Drop-in Orientation, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Gaston County Virtual Academy (9-12)
Friday, August 12
Open House
Ninth Grade, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Tenth Grade, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Eleventh Grade, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Twelfth Grade, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Highland School of Technology
Tuesday, August 9
Freshmen Orientation, 2:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Hunter Huss High
Thursday, August 11
Ninth Grade Transition Camp, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, August 15
Drop-in Open House, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

North Gaston High
Thursday, August 11
Ninth Grade Camp, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Monday, August 15
Freshman, 5:30 p.m.
Tenth Grade, Eleventh Grade, Twelfth Grade, 6:30 p.m.

South Point High
Thursday, August 11
Ninth Grade Orientation, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Drop-in Open House, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Warlick Academy
To be announced

Webb Street School
Monday, August 15
Drop-in Orientation (All Grade Levels) 
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

This list was updated on August 1, 2022.