Why Choose Atkins?

    This page was updated on January 4, 2024. 

    Contact Magnet Coordinator if you have any additional questions:

    Monta Ervin Lmervin@wsfcs.k12.nc.us

    Choosing the right high school is an important decision. We believe there are a number of reasons why students who are academically gifted or accelerated should choose Atkins Academic and Technology High School.  Atkins is unique. Parents and students share the reasons they love Atkins.  Our staff loves Atkins also. Watch this video created by one of our students: Atkins Recruitment Video 

    Click Here to sign up for a Magnet Tour which begins at 2:15pm.  Dates in December 2023.

    We would like to invite you to attend one of our magnet events to hear about the exciting curriculum that we have to offer.  Parent meeting will begin at 6pm while prospective students are interacting with students and staff in the cafeteria about ways Atkins is unique:

    November 16, 2023 On Campus from 6-7:30 pm  

    November 28, 2023 - On Campus from 6-7:30 pm

    January 8 - Virtual Questions and Answers Session with the Magnet Coordinator from 6pm-7pm January 8, 2024. The Microsoft Teams Link will be available the day of the event. An email will be sent based on registering here

    WSFCS Magnet Application: October 28, 2023 -January 26, 2024 

    Application link will be available on October 28, 2023.  All prospective students must complete a Magnet Application.

    Atkins has evolved since its opening in 2005.  It 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 in Forsyth County, we offer electives like no other school in the district and like few schools in North Carolina. In fact, 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. 

    We focus on gifted education at Atkins. A number of our teachers are licensed in gifted education. Atkins is also recognized as a North Carolina STEM School of Distinction.

    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.  

    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.  Students may earn varsity letters by participating in varsity sports or academic competitions. Our students are very active and win numerous awards.

    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.

    Students transferring to Atkins as upperclassmen, should they be accepted in the lottery, will be expected to complete all requirements for a major If you have other questions, you may find answers to frequently asked questions here.

     Directions to Atkins 

    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.

Last Modified on January 4, 2024