• THE DOWNTOWN SCHOOLThe Downtown School
    A Systemwide Theme/Magnet School for Multiple Intelligences and Hands-on Learning
    Pre-kindergarten through Grade 8
    601 N. Cherry Street
    Winston-Salem, NC 27101
    Phone: (336) 703-4125

    Andrew Lester-Niles, Principal
    adlesterniles@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

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    The Downtown School's mission is to be a catalyst for students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens through the combined efforts of the school, parents, business partners and the community.


    • We are unique in that we offer programs for students PreK through grade 8.
    • Our philosophy of the Multiple Intelligences is followed in all grades and is incorporated in each of our classrooms.
    • As a part of our open classroom design, our classes are grouped as pods.  Students interact with various grade levels for learning opportunities.
    • Each class has a maximum of 15 students.
    • We “loop” our elementary students (K-1, 2-3, 4-5); the students keep the same teacher for those two grades.
    • Parents are required to volunteer an average of one hour per child per week.
    • Our families must live in Forsyth County as well as live or work within a 3 mile radius of the school in order to apply for the lottery. Therefore, school bus transportation is not offered.
    • The YMCA offers a fee based Extended Care Program for K-8 students beginning at 7am and until 6pm.
    • Our Preschool Program’s tuition is based on a half day or a full day rate; as well as extended care before and after school.

    Directions to The Downtown School
    From Business I-40, take Cherry St. exit; turn north on Cherry St. School is on corner of 6th & Cherry; turn right immediately past building into parking lot. Entrance is on Cherry St.