Academy offers challenges

Feb. 11, 2013 @ 08:57 PM

“How long will the school day be?”
“Will clubs be allowed?”
“When will school start and end?”
Those were just a few of the questions parents asked Monday during an open house about the new academy opening Aug. 7 at Welborn Middle School with 100 fifth graders, possibly selected by lottery if more than that number apply.
The new “advantage” model middle school, offers bright red, yellow and blue colors on the walls and colorful pillows and rugs on the floors. 
“Our students will be pushed and stretched,”  said principal Kevin Wheat. “Some of them may not have been challenged enough where they are now.”
Music and movement will be used throughout the day, keeping students energized and engaged.
“There will be no sitting all the time at this school,” Wheat said. 
The challenging, structured curriculum will focus on leadership, character and college readiness. Part of the inspiration for the school comes from the Stephen Covey’s book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” Wheat said.
“We will show what it means to be a leader,” Wheat said.
Schedules also will be different. Students will study in six classrooms an extra 45 minutes each day, starting at 7:45 a.m. and 20 more days a year so that school will end on June 18. Students will be organized in as many as four teams and clubs will be encouraged, Wheat said.
The school, eventually will serve students in grades five through eight.
“We’ll have to wait until we have a seventh grade to start sports,” Wheat said.  

Advantage Academy

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

Move: Once renovations are complete, the school will move from to a permanent home in the former Allen Jay Middle School building.

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.