ARS begins open enrollment for 2019-20 school year

Posted at 4:05 PM on Jan 9, 2019


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The open enrollment period for American Renaissance School for the 2019-2020 school year is underway.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of open enrollment at ARS, a tuition-free public charter school with a focus on the arts and education of the whole child. ARS students gain an appreciation for their community through experiential learning and service projects.

Located in Downtown Statesville, the school is focused on its vision to be the best choice for K-8 public education in North Carolina.

“Being a small, community-oriented program, the relationships we build with our students and families lead directly to their success as students and citizens. Last year, about 70 percent of our eighth-graders were accepted into an honors or magnet program for high school,” ARS Executive Director Jim Duffey said.

ARS graduates are well-prepared to enter high school, including the Early Colleges, AP Academy, FAMIS, and IB.

ARS alumni have gone on to notable colleges, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UNC Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins University, and some are currently employed by well-known organizations such as Facebook, CBS Broadcasting and the Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer team.

Many are also employed locally, giving back to the community through the Statesville Police Department, Kewaunee Scientific Corporation, and Iredell Health System.

“American Renaissance School gave me the opportunity to become the best version of myself. The impact made by my teachers, peers, and the ARS community gave me many opportunities and skills on a personal and professional level that I continue to carry with me to this day,” says Liz Hardig DeGraff, ARS class of 2006.


Applications are available online at Paper copies are also available at both American Renaissance School campuses. All applications are due back to the school no later than midnight on March 1, 2019, to be included in the lottery. Late applications will be added to the bottom of the waiting list in the order they are received. The lottery will be held on March 6, 2019, at 5:15 p.m. in the ARS Elementary Campus boardroom at 132 East Broad Street in Statesville to determine enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year and to build the waiting list. ARS may continue offering enrollment to families on the waiting list as space becomes available throughout the summer and fall.

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