New academy holds open house

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 03:13 PM

Parents and students will have an opportunity during an open house Monday to get a look at the differences school officials have planned for the district’s newest academy.
The new “advantage” middle school, which opens in August at Welborn Middle School, offers bright red, yellow and blue colors on the walls and colorful pillows and rugs on the floors.  Around the room, there are larger-than-life depictions of circus animals and a ticket booth. 
Music and movement will be used throughout the day, keeping students energized and engaged. The challenging, structured curriculum will focus on leadership, character and college readiness, said principal Kevin Wheat. Once renovations are complete, the school will move from Welborn Academy to a permanent home in the former Allen Jay Middle School building.
“A traditional classroom setting doesn’t work for every student,” Wheat said . “The advantage model middle school is designed to support and inspire students who would perform better in a more active, team-focused environment.”
Schedules also will be different. Students will attend class an extra 45 minutes each day and 20 more days a year. In the first year, 100 fifth-graders will attend the school, which eventually will serve students in grades five through eight.  

Open House

When: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday.

Where: Welborn Academy of Science and Technology, 1710 McGuinn Drive, High Point.

Academy Applications:  Accepted through Feb. 22 at the district’s Student Assignment Office, 120 Franklin Blvd., Greensboro.

Information: visit www.gcsnc.com/magnet or call the Southeastern Region office at 378-8800.