"Greensboro, N.C. – It’s a question every parent must answer – where should my child attend school? Neighborhood schools are a great option, but for some children, a specialized program is a better fit, giving them the opportunity to thrive and excel from kindergarten through high school.
Parents and students can explore their options at this year’s GCS Choice Showcase, happening Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. This will be the only district-wide showcase for the 2015-16 school year and will include all 54 magnet programs at 46 schools plus 14 career clusters specifically for high school students.
“Our programs are diverse, just like our students,” says Dibrelle Tourret, executive director of the Academically Gifted department. “Guilford County Schools gives parents the opportunity to select a school or curriculum that matches their child’s needs and abilities.”
Visual and performing arts, International Baccalaureate, science and technology, language immersion and global studies are just a few of the magnet themes offered starting in elementary school. The options grow in high school, with 22 programs including nine early or middle colleges located on college campuses, where students are earning college credit before they graduate.
Career and Technical Education programs will also be featured, many of which are available at both traditional and magnet high schools. For example, students who are interested in careers in medicine can choose to take individual classes at their home schools, or apply to a magnet school that focuses on health science.
Starting in 2016, all GCS graduates can take advantage of Say Yes to Education, which will provide students with a last-dollar tuition scholarship to all in-state public colleges and universities and many private ones. Parents can learn more about Say Yes opportunities at the GCS Choice Showcase.
“Magnet and CTE programs give students a strong transcript that will help them when they apply to college,” says Bob Gantt, director of Career and Technical Education. “Many students even graduate with certifications that will help them get jobs in their chosen fields when they enter the workforce.”
Parents are encouraged to attend the Choice Showcase and to then visit magnet schools during the district’s Magnet Mondays and open houses, which will be held November through January. Magnet applications will be accepted Jan. 11 through Feb. 5, 2016. For more information on the application process, click here. To read more about the Choice Showcase, click here."
- A Press Release