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  • Lottery Information

    Highland lottery information is available by clicking the Academy Information drop down menu above and selecting Lottery Information. The list of applications received is available on the Lottery Information webpage. 

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  • Highland FBLA attend Regional Fall Leadership Conference

    The Future Business Leaders of America Southwest Regional Fall Leadership Conference was held November 5, 2015 at Harding University High School. Members of the Highland School of Technology, Ashbrook and Stuart Cramer FBLA chapters attended the conference together. Over 200 students from around the region were present. The students participated in workshops as well as hearing keynote speaker Sarah Cherne, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Charlotte. The students networked with other student leaders and learned skills to assist in being leaders in their schools and community.


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  • Highland Recognized for 100% Graduation Rate

    Today, State Superintendent June Atkinson recognized Highland School of Technologyas one of 52 schools in the state to achieve a 100 percent graduation rate last year. Our Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker accepted the award along with (far left) Rachel Martin, Highland's Business, Legal and IT Academy Coordinator, and Principal Denise McLean. We are proud of Highland and appreciate the hard work of all high schools to improve the graduation rate. Our district graduation rate of 86.3 percent is the highest ever for Gaston County Schools.

    Graduation Recognition

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  • Highland PTSO Raises Money for Chromebooks

    The Highland PTSO raised money to purchase 30 Chromebooks for the school. Below is pictured Ms. McLean being presented a check by PTSO President Stephanie Lowery for the Chromebooks. Thank you to our PTSO for being so supportive of our school.

    PTSO Gives check for Chromebooks

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  • Highland SAT Scores increase

    Congratulations Highland! Our students did a great job on the SAT increasing our average score from 1514 to 1550 well above the state and national averages. Thank you to our students for their hard work and to our staff for the great job they do working with our students. 

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  • Powerschool is back up

    Powerschool is back up!  Teachers and students may use the same username and password as last year. To sign up you will need the district code which is PWNQ.  If you have any login issues,please  contact Julie Hunter, Powerschool Data Manager.
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District News

  • School counselors play key role in student success

    You may have called them “guidance counselors” when you were a student. Today, they are known as school counselors, and they play an important role in helping students learn, grow and succeed. In Gaston County Schools, every elementary, middle and high school has at least one counselor. Often times, you’ll see them teaching character education lessons, providing guidance to students who face challenges, and offering advice about college and career decisions.

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  • Commissioners' School accepting applications

    The James S. Forrester Commissioners’ School of Excellence (CSE) is accepting applications for the summer enrichment program. The application submission window is open now through February 12. CSE is a unique, two-week summer residential learning experience for rising tenth graders in Gaston County.

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  • York Chester sees success in mentoring program

    In the classroom, it’s usually the numbers and letters that matter. But there’s more to success than test scores or grade point average, as Tammy Hubbard has seen in her 17 years as school counselor at York Chester Middle. Success can’t always be counted or graded, she explains, which is why she spends time recruiting and developing mentors for her students through the Gaston County Schools mentoring program.

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  • Belmont Central celebrates 45th anniversary

    Belmont Central Elementary School celebrated its 45th anniversary on Sunday, January 31 with a special program and open house. Principal Phyllis Whitworth presided over the program, and approximately 200 people attend the celebration.

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  • Inclement weather make-up day

    Attention, students and parents: Monday, February 15 will be used as a make-up day for last Monday's missed day of school. With more winter weather possible in February and even March, we are taking a “wait and see” approach before making a decision about how to make up Tuesday, January 26. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we faced inclement weather last week.

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  • Early College, Highland open house events

    The Gaston Early College High School and Highland School of Technology are planning open house events for eighth graders interested in attending next year and their parents. The Highland open house is February 9 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The Early College is hosting two open house events -- February 8 and February 15 at 6:00 p.m. Click here for information about the application and lottery process at Highland and click here for application and lottery information for the Early College.

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  • "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?"

    The annual "Are You Smarter Than a Gaston County Fifth Grader?" competition returns Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Stuart W. Cramer High School. The event is a fundraiser to provide grants for teachers and features school teams paired with business representatives to prove who really is smarter than a fifth grader. The public is invited. Admission is $4. The Gaston County Education Foundation is organizing the program with American & Efird as the title sponsor. 
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  • Commissioners' School of Excellence

    Current ninth grade students may apply to attend the 2016 Commissioners' School of Excellence, which is an outstanding two-week summer enrichment program held at Belmont Abbey College. Commissioners' School gives rising tenth graders an opportunity to learn more about Gaston County and their roles as future leaders in our community. Activities include seminars, hands-on experiences, field trips, guest speakers and other events that help students to develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Applications will be accepted January 25 through February 12. For more information, contact your high school counselor or e-mail Commissioners' School directors Lori Collins,, or Bridget Matzke,
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Gastonia , NC 28052
704-866-6105 - fax
Denise McLean, Principal

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