When will the school open? Wilmington School of the Arts (WSA) will open in New Hanover County in the 2020-2021 school year.
What grade levels will be included? WSA will begin with grades K-2 and a new grade level will be added each year until we reach grades K-8.
Where is Wilmington School of the Arts located? The school will be located at 231 Central Boulevard in Wilmington, NC.
What arts programs do you offer? All WSA students will have weekly instruction in music, dance, theatre, and visual art, as well as experiential learning events with a number of area arts organizations. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of after school programs.
What is special about your curriculum? We place the arts at the center of our curriculum, and call on them to provide fundamental purpose, definition and identity to the school. The arts staff will work closely with classroom teachers to integrate the arts into the core curriculum. This will be evident in daily instructional techniques, such as using music or drawing to represent thinking, and culminating unit tasks where students synthesize and display their final understanding through an arts-based project.
WSA also includes curricula that have been independently evaluated for alignment to rigorous college and career-ready standards that improve and deepen student learning. This includes the use of Wit and Wisdom for literacy and Zearn for mathematics.
What are the hours of the school day? School begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m.
Will you have before and after school programs? Yes. We will implement these programs as we learn more about our student and parent population and the needs of families.
How do I enroll my child? Applications will be available in late 2019. All families who apply during our open application period will have their names entered into a lottery and those whose names are drawn in the lottery (early 2020) will be made an offer for enrollment. Those whose names are not drawn will be placed on a waiting list. Rolling admissions will continue until all seats are filled.
Do siblings get enrollment preference? Per the statute, sibling preference can be granted “to siblings of currently enrolled students who were admitted into the charter school in a previous year.” A brand new charter school does not have any currently enrolled students from the previous year, so that preference cannot be granted in the first year of operation - our 2020-2021 school year. By our second lottery (Spring of 2021), one surname for all the siblings applying will be entered into the lottery at the same time. If that name is drawn, then all children are admitted simultaneously.
The definition of sibling is any of the following who reside in the same household: half siblings, stepsiblings, and children residing in a family foster home.
What are the chances of my child's name being drawn in the lottery? WSA will utilize a weighted lottery. The purpose of the weighted lottery is to achieve a student population that reflects that of the surrounding communities. Families who wish to be considered in the weighted lottery may do so by completing our free and reduced lunch form, along with the general application. 50% of our students will be drawn from this pool. Those not chosen will be pooled into the general lottery, from which the remaining 50% will be drawn. The chances of your lottery number being drawn depends on how many applications are received.
Do you offer resources for students with special needs? Yes. The school will employ qualified staff for Exceptional Children, and will implement a School Support Team of teachers and EC specialists.
Is transportation provided? Yes. A complete transportation plan will be outlined once we have registered students for the 2020-2021 school year.