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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 38 EDUCATION EDUCATION Education BY LAUREL HYATT There's no area in the country where students are ofered a more diverse educational opportunity than in the Triad region of North Carolina. An excellent example is UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA). An arts conservatory of international renown, UNCSA was the frst state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. In 1972, the school became part of the prestigious University of North Carolina system. The school's mission is to train students from middle school through graduate school for professional careers in the performing, visual, and flm and television arts. Performance is an integral part of the training program, and students, faculty and guest artists present more than 300 public performances and screenings annually in the school's facilities in Winston- Salem, as well as across the state and the Southeast, in major U.S. cities and overseas. The Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS) is a public school district covering Alamance County and the city of Burlington. Created in 1996 by merging the respective systems of the county and city, ABSS ofers grades from elementary through high school, as well as the Alamance- Burlington Middle College in Graham and the Career and Technical Education Center in Burlington. Guilford County Schools (GCS) is the third- largest public school district in North Carolina, serving more than 72,300 students across 126 schools in urban, suburban and rural areas. It has 47 magnet and choice schools. GCS ofers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Programme, helping students develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is the fourth-largest system in North Carolina with approximately 54,000 students and is made up of 43 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, 15 high schools and 9 specialty schools. The school district strives to provide a quality education for every child and ofers services for exceptional children and academically gifted children. At the high school level, about 30 vocational programs and 30 advanced placement courses are ofered. All high schools ofer a comprehensive curriculum at regular, honors and advanced placement levels. The Career Center ofers about 30 vocational programs and more than 30 advanced placement (college-level) courses. For post-high school students the choices are just as infnite – example: Elon University. This liberal arts and sciences school has been named one of the nation's "best value" private universities by both Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine and the Fiske Guide to Colleges. One of only seven private universities in the nation with accredited schools of law, business, communications and education, Elon was named the nation's top university in eight programs that "Focus on Student Success" by U.S. News & World Report. The school sends 72 percent of students to study abroad at least once before graduating, more than any other master's-level school in the nation. No discussion of Triad colleges and universities would be complete without a visit to University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). There are more than 17,500 on- campus students and over 950 others in distance-learning programs from 49 states and more than 70 countries. UNCG's graduate program in speech-language pathology is ranked among the top 15 percent of programs in the nation in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of best graduate schools. UNCG's Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) ranks third in the nation among graduate programs in student counseling and personnel services. CED has continuously ranked among the magazine's top 10 programs in student counseling and personnel services. UNCG's online master's programs in education and nursing shine in U.S. News' rankings. Salem College is a liberal arts women's college in Winston-Salem, founded in 1772. It is the oldest female institution in the Southern United States. Though Salem is ofcially classifed as a women's college, men 23 years of age and over are admitted into the Continuing Education program through the Martha H. Fleer Center for Adult Education and into graduate-degree programs. choices, diversity, excellence

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