Local school districts will hold their first annual Public School Choice Fair, scheduled for tonight (April 1) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CVCC Student Center. The open house is a “drop-in” family event, free of charge. Families from throughout Catawba County and beyond are encouraged to attend.
Students and their families may consider applying to programs across the county in public safety, graphic design, theory of knowledge, project-based technology or programs that offer college credit.
The programs, offered as a collaborative effort among all three school systems within Catawba County (Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools), are tailored to students who seek opportunities beyond the traditional environment.
Working closely with Catawba County Manager Tom Lundy and the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, the three school systems and CVCC have received continual financial support to enhance the programs and upgrade facilities for the specialized programs.
Of the eleven public high schools in Catawba County, five offer specialized programs that are open to all county students (through application), no matter a student’s residentially-assigned school. They are the Challenger Early College High School, Discovery High School, Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School (HCAM), the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) at Hickory High School and the Lenoir-Rhyne High School Scholars Academy.