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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 16—ISSUE 2 70 EDUCATION EDUCATION Education BY LAUREL HYATT The Triad consistently astounds even the staunchest critic with not only its diversity in education but the quality of its schools. The best example covers 74 acres in Winston-Salem and is easily accessible by three interstates: I-40, I-85, and I-77 (as well as only being 20 minutes from the PTI Airport in Greensboro). The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is a top-ranked creative and performing arts conservatory located in Winston- Salem. Founded in 1963, it is America's first public arts conservatory. UNCSA provides gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and their lives. The School of the Arts trains students at the high school, undergraduate, and master's levels for professional careers in the arts. The UNCSA college programs can award a 4-year arts certificate, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and a professional artist's certificate. With an average enrollment of just over 1,300 students, UNCSA includes five schools: Dance, Design and Production (including Visual Arts), Drama, Filmmaking and Music – plus, of course, a High School Academic Program and Division of Liberal Arts. 2019 Miss America Nia Imani Franklin is a proud alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Franklin is a classically trained opera singer who earned a master's degree in composition from the UNCSA School of Music in 2017. The region offers excellence in public school systems as well. The Alamance-Burlington School System (A-BSS) covers Alamance County and the city of Burlington with over 23,000 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. Created in 1996 by merging the respective systems (according to Niche. com), A-BSS is #13 NC Most Diverse Student Population and #16 Best Schools for Athletes in NC. The system includes twenty elementary schools, seven middle schools, nine high schools (including a middle college option), a career and technical education center, and an alternative learning center making it overall North Carolina's 16th largest system. Alamance County is filled with educational opportunities for children. In addition to the public schools, there are charter schools, private and independent schools. Another schools merger in 1963 (Winston-Salem and Forsyth County school systems) created the fourth-largest system in North Carolina and the 81st largest in the nation. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WSFCS) with approximately 55,000 students is made up of 42 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, and 15 high schools. Nine special schools bring the system-wide total to 80. Schools provide programs for all students including academically gifted students. These gifted students can attend Brunson Elementary, Southwest Elementary, and Hanes Magnet. About 30 vocational programs and 30 Advanced Placement courses are offered. Advanced Placement and college-level courses are offered at high schools and through dual enrollment with Forsyth Technical Community College and other local colleges. Parkland High School offers the International Baccalaureate Programme, a comprehensive curriculum that students can use to earn college credit. WSFCS also provides programs and services for students with special needs. WSFCS's most recent published graduation rate is 86.5 percent. Guilford County Schools (GCS) offer a superior education to children in Guilford County, with 126 schools and a wealth of programs for all types of learners. Ranked as the third-largest public school district in North Carolina and serving nearly 73,000 students in urban, suburban and rural areas in and around Greensboro and High Point, GCS prepares students for college, career, and life. Nine early/middle colleges allow students to earn up to two years of college credit while attending high school in the district — and it's free. GCS has 46 magnet and choice schools with 54 programs, from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), to performing or visual arts, advanced academics, Spanish immersion, Montessori, health sciences or aviation. >> choices, diversity, excellence

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