Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy @ Atkins (WSPA) is housed in the former
Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy (WSPA) opened in the fall 2004 under the leadership of Mr. Dennis Walker, WSPA's first principal. WSPA graduated its first class in 2008 with the expectation that 90% of its graduates would enter a four-year college program and that expectation was met. WSPA regularly maintains one of the highest graduation rates in the WSFCS school system.
All students in WSPA are enrolled in the College/University Prep Course of Study. WSPA's curriculum is designed to prepare students to meet the admissions requirements for the college of their choice. Students have access to all core courses including foreign language as well as electives that include computer science, music, art, and College Prep I. Each student has access to a laptop computer to enhance his or her learning and technology is integrated throughout the school's curriculum.
A small and personalized learning environment is the centerpiece of the Gates Foundation attributes and principles.
Richard Watts assumed the role of principal in 2007. Larry F. Lewis continues to serve as Assistant Principal for the High School. Mary P. Ranson was the first Assistant Principal for the Middle School while Ms. Beverley Hughes now currently holds that position and also serves as Middle School Literacy Facilitator.