Atkins Academic and Technology
Biotechnology, Engineering, Scientific
Visualization, Game Design and Health Science
3605 Old Greensboro Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 703-6754
Fax: (336) 748-3565
Joe Childers, Principal
This page was updated on June 20, 2016.
Picking the right high school is an important decision, and we believe there are a number of reasons why students who are academically gifted or accelerated should choose Atkins Academic and Technology High School. You may find out why other parents chose Atkins here. Atkins has been designated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as an "NC STEM Model School." As the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) high school of Forsyth County, we offer electives like no other school in the district and like few schools in North Carolina. In fact, with the merging of the three schools into one, there are different offerings or "majors" students may take to specifically give them first-hand experiences with a number of STEM college fields of study. Our academic performance and graduation rate compare favorably with other high schools in the district.
We focus on gifted education at Atkins. A number of our teachers are either licensed in or pursuing license 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 on 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 enrollment period for the 2016-2017 school year is now closed. The application period for 2017-2018 will begin on January 1, 2017. Atkins will be accepting applications for freshmen at that time. Students transferring to Atkins in the eleventh grade are still expected to complete all requirements for a major.
You may find answers to frequently asked questions here.
From Business I-40 east, take U.S. 158 exit (Reidsville Road). Go to first light and turn left on Old Greensboro Road. 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 intersection of U.S. 158. Go through stoplight. 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.
If you would like for us to complete the online application for you, you may complete the paperwork here, save it as a Word document, and email it to Joe Childers. He will confirm by email that the application has been received, and school personnel will file it for you electronically during the magnet enrollment period. That is all you need to do.