Parents of students in Vance County Schools have until Feb. 29 to submit applications for their children to attend any of five Innovative Schools in the district.
VCS Communication & Innovative Support liaison Aarika Sandlin and Rey Horner, chief officer for Student Services, were guests on TownTalk Wednesday to provide details about the programs each school offers as well as the process for applying.
The application is available at the district website, https://www.vcs.k12.nc.us/
and Sandlin said registration can be completed entirely online for parents’ convenience. If, however, a parent needs to access the application another way, please contact Horner at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 252.492.2127.
The five schools cover PK through high school, Sandlin said. The five schools are E.M. Rollins STEAM, STEM Early High School (grades 6-8), Vance County Early College High School, AdVance Academy and Vance Virtual Village.
Horner said each site offers something a bit different for its students, but they all focus on student-centered and student-driven learning. Applicants to STEM Early High School, AdVance and Vance County Early College must include an essay along with their applications, he noted.
The STEM Early High School will accept 100 students for next year; the Early College will cap its incoming class at 60, Horner said.
There is no cap for E.M. Rollins, so whoever applies most likely will be accepted to the program, which operates on a modified year-round schedule.
Sandlin said the goal is to provide education in an innovative way, “meeting kids where they are, to get them where they need to be.”
Families will get notification by mail on Mar. 28.
Visit https://www.vcs.k12.nc.us/to download the application and to learn more about the Innovative Schools.