This page was updated on October 27, 2014.
The official magnet enrollment period for next year begins on January 1, 2015 and will last for approximately three weeks. We are planning parent/student information sessions for the 2014-2015 school year on November 6 and 13 at 6:30 pm in the school auditorium. If your child is currently in the eighth or ninth grade and you wish to learn more about Atkins, please plan on attending one of these meetings and continue reading.
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. 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. In addition, juniors and seniors will have the option of taking college classes offered through Forsyth Tech. Many of these classes are held on the Atkins campus during the school day, giving students the chance to begin college while in high school. 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. Atkins is scheduling tours beginning in mid-November. Once you see for yourself, we believe you will want Atkins to be your child's high school.
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.