School Info

Elementary
Open: 7:45-8:20 a.m.
Closing : 2-2:25 p.m.

Middle Schools
Open:7:55-8:20 a.m.
Closing:2:40-3:10 p.m.

Sr. High Schools
Open:7:55-8:20 a.m.
Closing: 2:40-3:10 p.m.

Administrative offices
943 Osceola St.
(704) 866-6100
Fax: 866-6175

Superintendent
Dr. Ed Sadler
(704) 866-6111

Elementary schools
Breakfast: 80 cents
Lunch: $1.65

Middle schools
Breakfast: 80 cents
Lunch: $1.75

High schools
Breakfast: 80 cents
Lunch: $1.75

School staff
Breakfast: 90 cents
Lunch: $2

The cost of extra milk or juice is 40 cents.


Free and Reduced Lunches

All students enrolled in the Gaston County Schools are given an opportunity to apply for free and reduced lunch. To apply: a student must complete a Free and Reduced Price Meal application form. The form must be signed by the child’s parents and returned to the school. Eligibility for free and reduced lunch is based on household income and number of members in the household.


DID YOU KNOW? 18,000 lunches and 5,000 breakfasts are served daily in Gaston County Schools cafeterias. In 1998-99, 900,000 breakfasts and 3.3 million lunches were served in our school cafeterias.

Chairman:
Annette Carter

Term Expires: 2002
Dallas
(704) 922-8169

Vice chairman:
Kemp Michael

Term Expires: 2000
At Large Business
(704) 827-5897

Mary Gray Robinson
Term Expires: 2002
At Large
(704) 865-9225

John Eaker
Term Expires: 2000
Cherryville
(704) 435-6231

James R. Davison
Term Expires: 2000
Crowders Mountain (704) 852-9998

Jessie Ruth Angel
Term Expires: 2002
Gastonia
(704) 863-4254

Jennifer P. Davis
Term Expires: 2000
Gastonia
(704) 864-5931

Kevin Collier
Term Expires: 2002
Riverbend
(704) 358-0731

Brenda Hamilton
Term Expires: 2002
South Point
(704) 825-9385

The public school system is controlled by the Gaston County Board of Education.

MEETINGS

SCHEDULE

7 p.m. Aug. 21
6 p.m. Sept. 5
7 p.m. Sept. 18
6 p.m. Oct. 2
7 p.m. Oct. 16
6 p.m. Nov. 6
7 p.m. Nov. 20
6 p.m. Dec. 4
7 p.m. Dec. 18
6 p.m. Jan. 8
7 p.m. Jan. 16
6 p.m. Feb. 5
7 p.m. Feb. 19
6 p.m. March 5
7 p.m. March 19
6 p.m. April 2
7 p.m. April 17
6 p.m. May 7
7 p.m. May 21
6 p.m. June 4
7 p.m. June 16

Meetings take place at the Administrative Center, 943 Osceola St., Gastonia

The public is invited. Occasionally, because of a holiday, the board will change the date of a meeting. All changes will be announced in advance.


TO SPEAK AT A MEETING:

If you would like to speak regarding an agenda item, please contact the Public Information Office at (704) 866-6118 or (704) 866-6117.


QUESTIONS

If you have a question about the schools call your principal. If you need additional information contact Communication/Public Information Office, Bonnie Reidy, Director, P.O. Box 1397, 943 Osceola St., Gastonia 28053. Telephone (704) 866-6118 or (704) 866-6117, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SNOW DAYS

During extremely bad weather it sometimes becomes necessary to close schools. On mornings when the weather is bad, here is how to find out if schools in the Gaston County area are closed listen to one of the area radio or TV stations for an announcement. Do not telephone the weather bureau, radio or TV stations, school officials or schools.

The absence of any announcement means that the schools will be open as usual.


WEATHER 
MAKE UP DAYS

State law requires 5 make-up days to be designated in the calendar. Please take this into consideration when planning vacations.

First Semester Make-up Days: Days missed first semester due to inclement weather will be made up during the Christmas break.

Second Semester Make-up Days:

April 6
Feb. 16
March 13
April 9
April 10


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GASTON COUNTY SCHOOLS
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Gaston County SchoolsGaston County has the sixth largest public school system in the state with more than 29,000 students. The school system has 51 schools.

Schools begin and end the school day at different times to accommodate bus routes, the instructional program and parent needs. Precise opening and closing times will be provided by individual schools.


School Calendar 2000-2001

Gaston County SchoolsJuly 27-Aug 4 — Teacher workdays
Aug. 7 — Student's First Day
Sept. 4 — Labor Day holiday
Sept. 18 — First six-week grading period ends
Sept. 28 — Six-week report cards distributed
Oct. 6 — First nine-week grading period ends
Oct. 12 — Early dismissal for students — 1 p.m.; K-12 parent conference day 1-7:30 p.m.; nine-week report cards distributed
Oct. 13 — Student holiday/Optional teacher workday
Oct. 31 — Second six-week grading period ends
Nov. 7 — Student holiday/Optional Teacher workday
Nov. 9 — Six-week report cards distributed
Nov. 22 — Student holiday/Optional Teacher Workday
Nov. 23-24 — Thanksgiving holidays
Dec. 15 — Third six-week grading period ends; second nine-week grading period ends
Dec. 18 — Student holiday/Optional teacher workday
Dec. 19-Dec. 29 — Christmas holidays
Jan. 1 — New Year’s holiday
Jan. 2 — Student holiday/Optional teacher workday
Jan. 3 — Mandated teacher workdays/student holidays
Jan. 4 — Students return from Christmas holidays
Jan. 11 — Six- and nine-week report cards distributed
Jan. 15 — Martin Luther King’s birthday/ holiday
Feb. 15 — Fourth six-week grading period ends
Feb. 16 — Student holiday/Optional teacher workday
Feb. 22 — Six-week report cards distributed
March 9 — Third nine-week grading period ends
Mar. 12 — Student holiday/Optional teacher workday
March 13 — Student holiday/Mandated teacher workday; K-12 Parent Conference Day noon-7:30 p.m.
March 15 -- Nine-week report cards distributed.
April 3 — Fifth six-week grading period ends
April. 6 — Student holiday/Optional teacher workday
April 9-16 — Easter holidays.
April 17 — Students return from Easter Holidays
April 19 — Six-week report cards distributed.
May 25 — Students’ last day; Sixth six-week grading period ends; Fourth nine-week grading period ends.
May 26 — Graduation day
May 28-29 — Mandated teacher workdays
May 30 — Optional teacher workday
May 30 — All report cards mailed.

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SCHOOLS

Arlington Elementary School (K-5)
1621 N. Webb St., Gastonia 28052
(704) 866-6073

Hershal H. Beam Elementary (K-5)
200 Davis Park Road, Gastonia 28052
(704) 866-6618

Belmont Central Elementary (K-5)
310 Eagle Road, Belmont 28012
(704) 825-8479

W.A. Bess Elementary School (K-5)
4340 Beaty Road, Gastonia 28054
(704) 866-6075

Bessemer City Central Elementary School (3-5)
401 E. Washington Ave., Bessemer City 28016
(704) 629-2206

Bessemer City Primary Elementary School (K-2)
1320 N. 12th St., Bessemer City 28016
(704) 629-4181

Brookside Elementary School (K-5)
1950 Rhyne Carter Road, Gastonia 28054
(704) 866-6283

Carr Elementary School (K-5)
301 W. Carpenter St., Dallas 28034
(704) 922-3636

Catawba Heights Elementary School (K-5)
101 Ivey St., Belmont 28012
(704) 827-3221

Chapel Grove Elementary School (K-5)
5201 Lewis Road, Gastonia 28052
(704) 866-6077

Cherryville East Elementary School (K-5)
700 E. Academy St., Cherryville 28021
(704) 435-6800

Costner Elementary School (K-5)
353 Old 277 Loop, Dallas 28034
(704) 922-3522

Forest Heights Elementary School (K-5)
No. 1 Learning Place, Gastonia 28052
(704) 866-6079

Gardner Park Elementary School (K-5)
820 Sandy Lane, Gastonia 28054
(704) 866-6082

Kiser Elementary School (3-5)
311 E. College St., Stanley 28164
(704) 263-4121

Lingerfeldt Elementary School (K-5)
1601 Madison St., Gastonia 28052
(704) 866-6094

Lowell Elementary School (K-5)
1500 Power Drive, Lowell 28098
(704) 824-2264

McAdenville Elementary School (K-5)
275 E. Wesleyan Drive, McAdenville 28101
(704) 824-2236

New Hope Elementary School (K-5)
137 Stowe Road, Gastonia 28054
(704) 824-1617

North Belmont Elementary School (K-5)
210 School St., Belmont 28012
(704) 827-4043

Page Elementary School (K-5)
215 Ewing Drive, Belmont 28012
(704) 825-2614

Pinewood Elementary School (K-5)
1925 N. Main St., Mount Holly 28120
(704) 827-2236

Pleasant Ridge Elementary School (K-5)
937 S. Miller St., Gastonia 28052
(704) 866-6096

Ida Rankin Elementary School (K-5)
301 W. Central Ave., Mount Holly 28120
(704) 827-7266

Rhyne Elementary School (K-5)
1900 W. Davidson Ave., Gastonia 28052
(704) 866-6098

Robinson Elementary School (K-5)
3122 Union Road, Gastonia 28054
(704) 866-6607

Sherwood Elementary School (K-5)
1744 Dixon Road, Gastonia 28054
(704) 866-6609

Springfield Elementary School (K-5)
900 S. Main St., Stanley 28164
(704) 263-4091

Tryon Elementary School (K-5)
2620 Tryon Courthouse Road, Bessemer City 28164
(704) 629-2942

Woodhill Elementary School (K-5)
1027 Woodhill Drive, Gastonia 28052
(704) 866-6295

First Assembly Christian Academy

777 S. Myrtle School Road
P.O. Box 12367, Gastonia 28052
(704) 853-1777

Grades: Preschool-12
Administrator: Pastor David L. Scruggs

First Assembly Christian Academy is a co-ed Christian school established in 1984. The school has a computer lab, science lab, library and a full athletic program. Curriculum is A Beka college preparatory class. No pre-testing for admission.

Registration fee: $50
Tuition: $2,100 per year
Book fees: $100-$225
Email: faca@loclnet.com
Web site: www.loclnet.com/faca


First Wesleyan Christian School and Day Care

208-A S. Church St., Gastonia 28054
(704) 865-9823
Grades: K-6 and Daycare ages 3-4.

Principal: Jon Childs, Administrator: Terri Self, Day Care Director

Present building occupied by the First Wesleyan Christian School and Day Care was first occupied in fall of 1986. The new building includes 22 classrooms, a library/computer laboratory, offices, full-sized gymnasium/cafeteria and kitchen. The school currently serves 103 children in the daycare program, 232 children in grades K through 5. The curriculum is A Beka. Registration takes place beginning the first week in March until all openings are filled.


Gaston Christian School

200 Mercy Drive, Belmont 28012
(704) 825-9000; fax (704) 825-9943

Email: gas@gcsinc.org
Head of School: Opal H. Parks

Grades: 3 years old through 12th grade

Gaston Christian Schools, Inc. is a private, non-denominational Christian school with three locations in Gaston County — in the educational facilities at Parkwood Baptist Church, Catawba Heights Baptist Church, and at the old Sacred Heart college campus in Belmont. The school has operated since 1980 and currently has an enrollment of 825 students. Curriculum is A Beka, Bob Jones, Merrill/McGraw-Hill and ACSI. There is no registration deadline.


Gaston Day School

2001 Gaston Day School Road
(704) 864-7744

Grades: Pre K-12
Principal: Julia Wall

A private, independent college preparatory school for pre K to 12th grade. Established in 1967. Curriculum is College Preparatory with accelerated academics. Rolling admissions with no deadline; however spring registration is encouraged to ensure class space.


St. Michael’s Catholic School

704 St. Michael’s Lane
(704) 865-4382

Grades: Pre K- 8th Grade
Principal: Joseph C. Puceta

St. Michael’s is a Catholic Diocesan co-ed school. All students receive instruction in religious education, mathematics, science, social studies, English language, arts and physical education. Student/teacher ratio is 15:1. Expanded programs with specialist instructors include computer, art, music, Spanish and a learning support program for students with identified learning needs. Rolling admissions.


Victory Christian Academy

310 Carolina Ave.
865-7132

Grades: 6 weeks through 12th grade
Principal: Rev. Danny Hoell

Victory Christian Academy was organized in fall of 1982 as a ministry of the South Gastonia Church of God. Curriculum is A Beka, Bob Jones and Glencoe. Registration is open to the public on March 1 each year and is continued until all classes are filled. Victory Christian offers high academic standards, computer lab, strong athletic department, award-winning cheerleading and basketball teams, before and after school care.


Stanley Christian Academy

299 S. Peterson St., Stanley
(704) 263-8991

Grades: K5-12

This private Christian school is operated by Revival Tabernacle Church and is located across the street from the church. The pastor of the church and the principal is Robert R. Gittens, D.D. The first day of school is Aug. 30.

Belmont Middle School (6-8)
110 Central Ave.,
Belmont 28012
(704) 825-9619

Bessemer City Middle School (6-8)
South Skyland Drive, Bessemer City 28016
(704) 629-3281

John Chavis Middle School (6-8)
104 E. Chavis Drive, Cherryville 28021
(704) 435-6045

Cramerton Middle School (6-8)
601 Cramer Mountain, Road, Cramerton
(704) 824-2907

W.C. Friday Middle School (6-8)
1221 Ratchford Road, Dallas 28034
(704) 922-5297

Grier Middle School (6-9)
1622 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia 28054
(704) 866-6086

Holbrook Middle School (6-9)
418 S. Church St., Lowell 28098
(704) 824-2381

Mount Holly Middle School (6-8)
124 S. Hawthorne St., Mount Holly 28120
(704) 827-4811

Southwest Middle School (6-8)
No. 1 Roadrunner Drive, Gastonia 28052
(704) 866-6290

Stanley Middle School (6-8)
317 Hovis Road, Stanley 28164
(704) 263-2941

York Chester Middle School (6-8)
601 S. Clay St., Gastonia 28052
(704) 866-6297

Ashbrook High School (9-12)
2222 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia 28054
(704) 866-6600

Bessemer City High School (9-12)
119 Yellow Jacket Lane, Bessemer City 28016
(704) 629-2258

Cherryville High School (9-12)
313 Ridge Ave., Cherryville 28021
(704) 435-4506

East Gaston High School (9-12)
1744 Lane Road, Mount Holly 28120
(704) 827-7251

Forestview High School (9-12)
5545 Union Rd., Gastonia 28056
(704) 861-2625

Hunter Huss High School (9-12)
1518 Edgefield Ave., Gastonia 28052
(704) 866-6610

North Gaston High School (9-12)
1133 Ratchford Road, Dallas 28034
(704) 922-5285

South Point High School (9-12)
906 South Point Road, Belmont 28012
(704) 825-3351

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Gaston County has two charter schools, privately run public schools.

Highland Charter Public School was formed in 1997. It has about 95 students in kindergarten and first grade. For more information, call 866-6342 or 866-8721.

Piedmont Community Charter School opened August 7. Its charter is for kindergarten through fifth grade. it expects 240 students. For more information, call 853-2428.

    OTHER SCHOOLS

Webb Street School, 1623 N. Webb St., Gastonia 28052, (704) 864-9667

Warlick Alternate School, grades 7-12, 1316 Spencer Mountain Road, Gastonia 28054, (704) 824-3012

Gaston CollegeGASTON COLLEGE

Background

Gaston College is a two-year, comprehensive community college established to serve the citizens of Gaston and Lincoln counties. Chartered in 1963, it is one of the 58 public community colleges in the state. Gaston College is an open-door institution offering two-year college transfer programs, two-year associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and continuing education programs.

Locations

The Gaston Campus is located on Highway 321 between Dallas and Gastonia, approximately two miles north of I-85.

The Lincoln Campus is at 511 S. Aspen St. in Lincolnton. From Gastonia, travel north on US 321, take Exit 20 (the High Shoals/Gastonia Exit). Turn left, proceed north on NC Hwy. 155 for 7.3 miles. Hwy 155 will become South Aspen Street. The Lincoln Campus of Gaston College in the renovated old Lincolnton High School is on the right.

Getting in Touch

Address: 201 South U.S. 321, Dallas 28034
Phone: (704) 922-6200
Web: www.gaston.cc.nc.us

2000-2001 Academic Calendar

Aug. 17: In-person Registration, Dallas, Lincoln.
Aug. 21: First Day of Class
Sept. 4: Holiday
Oct. 9-10: Holiday
Nov. 23-24: Holiday
Dec. 15: Last Day of Class

Spring 2001 schedule

Jan. 4: In-person Registration, Dallas, Lincoln
Jan. 8: First day of Class
Jan 15: Holiday
March 5-6: Spring Break
April 13-19: Holiday
May 9: Last Day of Class
May 10: In-person Registration, Dallas, Lincoln
May 11: Graduation

Summer 2001 schedule

May 10: In-person Registration, Dallas, Lincoln
May 28: First Day of Class; First Day of First Session
June 29: Last Day of First Session
July 2-6: Holiday
July 9: First Day of Second Session
Aug. 10: Last Day of Full Summer Session; Last Day of Second Session; Graduation


BELMONT ABBEY COLLEGE

A four-year liberal arts college offering adult continuing education programs and evening classes for commuters.

Enrollment: 950
Address: 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont
Phone: (704) 825-6700


North Carolina Center for Applied Textile Technology

The Center is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, providing adult and continuing education programs primarily for textile and related industries on a state-wide basis.

Courses include areas of supervisory and management development, computer science, industrial safety, industrial maintenance, quality assurance and textile technology.

Enrollment: 3,500
Address: 7220 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont 28012

Phone: (704) 825-3737
Contact: Daughtry Hopper

E-mail: dhopperncccatt@hotmail.com

Web: charlotte.zip2.com/nccatt

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601 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, North Carolina 28052

Phone: 704-864-2621
Toll Free: 1-800-348-8461
Fax: 704-854-8723

 

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