NHCS Year-Round Schools Expand & Open on July 19th

For several New Hanover County Schools students, they will return to the classroom in just a few weeks on Tuesday, July 19th as part of their schools’ year-round calendar. For the 2016-17 school year, three more of the district’s schools – Snipes Academy, Freeman School of Engineering and D.C. Virgo Prep Academy will join Codington, Eaton and Sunset Park elementary schools as year-round schools.

The decision to add these schools to the year-round calendar is primarily academic. Studies show eliminating the long summer break can prevent the “summer slide” – the decline of academic skills over an extended break. The year-round schedule also allows for more intensive remediation efforts during the intersession. During this past school year, Sunset Park Elementary had a very successful intersession program that occurred during the school’s three-week breaks throughout the school year. Instead of offering after-school remediation when students are tired and time is limited, the intersessions enabled the school to offer half-day, small group remediation for students.

The following video provides an excellent overview of the summer loss that some students may experience:

Year-Round School Video

The addition of D.C. Virgo Prep Academy to the year-round calendar gives the district its first year-round middle school. This will help parents who have students in a year-round elementary school and middle school aged children. They can now be on the same schedule. It also provides an option for those parents who would like for their children to continue on the year-round schedule during middle school.

Virgo has enrollment space available. If any middle school student has interest in attending Virgo, there is still time to enroll, and transportation is provided for all students. To learn more about Virgo, log onto http://www.nhcs.net/virgo/ or contact the school principal, Sabrina Hill-Black, at 910-251-6150. To obtain an enrollment application, log onto http://www.nhcs.net/forms/EnrollmentPrint/TransferFormVirgo1617.pdf

So, a reminder to all NHCS year-round students and parents, the 2016-17 school year will begin in just a few short weeks. Remember, your start date is Tuesday, July 19th.

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