Cumberland Schools’ ‘Choice’ program lets students step outside traditional K-12 offerings

BY CHAR MORRISON | MetropolisView Staff

For most households in Cumberland County, it isn’t time to begin worrying in regards to the 2024-25 faculty 12 months simply but. But for these occupied with enrolling their kids in considered one of Cumberland County Schools’ many “Choice Programs,” November is when they should start desirous about the place their students need to go. 

For over 17 years, Cumberland County Schools has supplied numerous Choice Programs, academic choices that enable students of all ages to have experiences outside the traditional K-12 classroom.

“We satisfaction ourselves in offering students with alternatives which are going to boost their tutorial careers and put together them for school and profession as soon as they graduate and proceed on to their subsequent (factor),” mentioned Lavette Braswell, the assistant superintendent for K-12 educational applications for CCS. 

Braswell mentioned she encourages as many students as she will be able to — particularly these with a specific curiosity — to use for the program as a result of it’s uniquely geared towards students’ wants and needs.

“It actually does individualize instructruction for students,” she mentioned. “Any scholar who has a want to concentrate on an space that they’ve a ardour for can and will apply for the Choice Programs.”

Some of the supplied applications embrace language immersion in each English and Mandarin; year-round faculties; career-focused applications; faculty prep academies; and classical faculties, which give attention to traditional schooling that emphasizes lecturers, arts, character, faculty satisfaction, and civic duty. 

The software for these applications opens on Nov. 27 and closes on Feb. 1. 

According to the CCS web site, any scholar coming into kindergarten by means of twelfth grade who lives in or shall be shifting to Cumberland County is eligible to use for the applications of their alternative. For applications with extra candidates than spots obtainable, students shall be chosen by lottery. 

Before purposes begin piling in, households can have the prospect to find out about a few of CCS’s applications at an upcoming alternative honest. 

Principals and program administrators from all 28 public faculties with alternative applications in Cumberland — throughout all schooling ranges — with alternative applications shall be current on the Nov. 18 alternative honest at E.E. Smith High School. There are a complete of 34 applications throughout the 28 faculties. They embrace:

Elementary stage: 

Foreign Language within the Elementary Schools (FLES), is a program that provides language courses in Spanish and Mandarin for all students that mixes international language instruction with different topics. This program is presently supplied at Ashley Elementary (grades 3-5 solely) and Glendale Acres Elementary (grades Okay-2 solely).  
Foreign language immersion applications are alternative applications the place students are taught the core topics of English, math, social research and science in a international language. The program is offered in Spanish at E.E. Miller Elementary, Montclair Elementary and William H. Owen Elementary. Both Spanish and Mandarin immersion applications can be found at New Century International Elementary. 
A Montessori model schooling is obtainable at Cumberland Road Elementary for students in pre-Okay to 1st grade. The program encourages self-paced studying and peaceable, optimistic environments. 
A digital Okay-5 academy is obtainable by means of Cumberland Academy.
Mary McArthur Elementary gives an A+ Arts & Academics program, which integrates the humanities into on a regular basis studying. Arts areas supplied embrace visible arts, theater arts, dance and music. 
A year-round program for students is obtainable at E.E. Miller Elementary, along with the language immersion program. The faculty 12 months runs from July 2023 by means of July 2024, with 9 weeks of college cut up up with three weeks for break all year long. 

Middle Schools:

R. Max Abbott Middle gives a worldwide research program, which teaches students in grades 6-8 about cultural consciousness and requires language courses for all grades. 
Anne Chesnutt Middle gives a year-round program and a Spanish immersion program for E.E. Miller and W. H. Owen graduates, in addition to for Spanish heritage and native audio system. 
New Century International Middle School additionally gives a Spanish immersion program for New Century International Elementary, E.E. Miller and W. H. Owen graduates, in addition to  for Spanish heritage and native audio system. 
Reid Ross Classical School (6-12) gives each a year-round schedule and a classical schooling, which focuses on management, accountability, the humanities and a small-school setting.
The digital academy supplied by means of Cumberland Academy, can be obtainable for students in grades 6-12.
Seventy-First Classical Middle additionally gives classical research, with a give attention to character improvement, faculty satisfaction and interdisciplinary programs of examine.

High Schools

Douglas Byrd High School gives an Academy of Finance and an Academy of Green Technology. In the finance academy, students will give attention to the monetary companies trade; programs are supplied by Fayetteville Technical Community College. Upon completion of the academy, students are awarded a certificates of Financial Studies. The inexperienced expertise program focuses on STEM studying, particularly highlighting sustainability. 
Cross Creek Early College is partnering with Fayetteville State University, the place students are capable of attend faculty courses and earn as much as 60 hours of school credit score upon commencement. 
Cumberland International Early College permits students to earn as much as 60 credit score hours by means of FSU, and likewise gives language applications in Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin. Students additionally take cultural research courses. 
Cumberland Polytechnic High companions with FTCC to supply programs for  students to earn faculty credit score, certificates and affiliate’s levels in quite a lot of fields. 
Massey Hill Classical High gives classical research in a smaller setting that permits for extra individualized consideration. The faculty additionally encourages neighborhood involvement and repair. 
Pine Forest High gives an Academy of Information Technology, which supplies courses on laptop {hardware}, laptop software program, networking, laptop working programs, internet design and extra. Students are additionally supplied courses by means of FTCC. 
Terry Stanford High’s Academy of Global Studies gives students the chance to take AP, honors and FTCC courses, in addition to a yearly Global Symposium that encourages a worldwide perspective. 
Seventy First High is dwelling to the School of Arts, which permits students to give attention to an artwork self-discipline of their alternative of dance, music, theater arts or visible artwork. Students should additionally audition or submit a portfolio to use. 
EE Smith High has its STEAM Academy (Science Technology Engineering, Arts, Math), which permits students to give attention to courses in arithmetic, laptop science, biology, chemistry, programming methodology or biotechnology by means of partnerships with FTCC and FSU. The faculty’s Fire Academy trains students for careers in firefighting by means of a collaboration with the Fayetteville Fire Department, FSU and FTCC. 
South View High gives International Baccalaureate Programs that enable students to graduate with faculty credit score and an International Baccalaureate diploma.
Westover High has an Academy of Engineering Technologies, which gives as much as 15 faculty credit score hours upon commencement. The faculty additionally has an Academy of Health Sciences, which works with Womack Army Medical Center to supply internships, and a Collision Repair Career Pathway, which permits students to get faculty credit score in collision restore programs. 

The software will open on Nov. 27, and necessities for purposes range from program to program, with highschool applications sometimes requiring extra strong purposes. Middle faculty and elementary applications are sometimes primarily based on area and what number of apply to every program.

The Choice Programs data session shall be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at E.E. Smith High School. More details about applications and software processes may be discovered at or on the Choice Programs’ web site.

Contact Char Morrison at [email protected].

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