We focus on gifted education at Atkins. A number of our teachers are licensed in gifted education.
Atkins currently offers French, Latin, and Spanish. For students considering careers in the fields of science, engineering, biotechnology, medicine, or law, Latin is an excellent choice. Also, statistics show a significant increase in SAT scores for students who have studied Latin. Other languages may be offered if a minimum of twenty-five students requests them.
Students may choose from a variety of school organizations if they wish to become involved in after-school activities. This includes a large number of academic competition teams. Other activities such as participation in the Caravan News, the Atkins on-line newspaper, keep students engaged and informed. We encourage all of our students to become active in after-school activities. In fact, at the conclusion of the magnet enrollment period, we encourage rising ninth graders and older students who will be attending Atkins next year to come to Atkins and participate in our after-school organizations so that they may begin to feel a part of our school. Students may earn varsity letters from participating in varsity sports or academic competitions. Our students are very active and win numerous awards.
Many parents who live outside of the city limits of Winston-Salem have mentioned that they have concerns for their students driving to Atkins once they begin driving in their junior and senior years. We often point out that those same students are apt to be driving to the Career Center from their homes or from other high schools. Atkins is located a mere six minutes from the new location of the Career Center. This means that a student can leave Atkins, drive to the Career Center, and be in class in approximately ten minutes, making it easier to mesh schedules between the two schools.
Atkins was the first high school to adopt a Standard Mode of Dress. We believe this helps us place emphasis on a top tier education for all students.
The magnet application period for 2017-2018 began on January 1, 2017. Atkins is now accepting applications through January 23. Parents and students who will be of high school age during the 2017-2018 school year may sign up for a tour here. Students transferring to Atkins as upperclassmen are still expected to complete all requirements for a major.
Atkins will likely have a lottery for next year. It will take place on January 26, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in the Education Building, Auditorium. The lottery is open to the public. Mr. Childers plans to email parents within forty-eight hours of the lottery. If you have not heard by then, please email him and ask your child's status. If you have other questions, you may find answers to frequently asked questions here.
Atkins will host information sessions at 6:00 p.m. on January 19.
From Business I-40 east, take U.S. 158 exit (Reidsville Road). Go to first light and turn left on Old Greensboro Road. The school is about 1/3 mile on right, next to Petree Elementary.
From Business 1-40 west, take the Linville Road exit. Turn left onto Old Greensboro Road. Travel approximately one mile to stop light at the intersection of U.S. 158. Go through the stoplight. The school is about 1/3 mile on right, next to Petree Elementary.
If using a GPS device, the address is 3605 Old Greensboro Road, Winston-Salem, NC.