Moore County Schools is in the midst of planning a new “concept school” to be opened by 2017.
The concept school will provide extended college- and career-preparation programs for Moore County high school students. Based on initial plans, courses at the school will focus on career and technical education and will be divided into four academies, or pathways: life and health sciences, design and production, agriculture, and hospitality and culinary arts. Within each of these academies, students will be able to learn skills and earn certifications for career fields ranging from pharmacy to veterinarian science to digital media technology.
The marketable skills that students gain will impress both colleges and future employers, and these new educational opportunities will also benefit Moore County as a whole. The program will continue to ensure Moore County students are college, career, and future-ready - now and in the future.
“If we can pull this off, we open up a new day for our kids, in terms of their competence and competitiveness — and our ability to attract companies because we have the talent here," said Partners in Progress CEO Pat Corso.
Students who attend the concept school will continue to take core classes and participate in extracurriculars at their home high schools. The location of the new school has not yet been determined, but participating students will travel there for part of each day in order to take their specialized classes. Thus, the concept school will also work to combat overcrowding in Moore County’s high schools.
For community members interested in being a part of the planning process, a series of community forums will be held throughout the remainder of February. One is scheduled for Monday, February 23rd, at Pinecrest High School, and the other will occur on Thursday, February 26th at North Moore High School. Both forums will start at 6:00PM and will serve as a chance for residents to learn more about the plan, to provide feedback and suggestions, and to ask questions.