UNCW on Track to Open Wilmington’s First Year-Round K-8 Public School in July

UNCW, working alongside New Hanover County Schools, has finalized an agreement to open Wilmington’s first K-8 year-round public school at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy this summer. Approved by the New Hanover County Board of Education on March 6, the agreement paves the way for UNCW to enroll students and hire teachers for the 2018-19 school year.

“We have enjoyed a great partnership between the Watson College of Education and the New Hanover County School System for decades,” said Dean Van Dempsey. “This collaborative initiative with D.C. Virgo is a shared commitment to creating great learning experiences for children, the community and professional educators.”

Beginning in July, D.C. Virgo will offer a family-engaged learning environment designed to support the academic, social and emotional growth of students from kindergarten through the eighth grade. Curriculum will focus on literacy to help students develop strong reading, writing and public speaking skills, and personalized, exploratory learning options called  “Quests” will also be introduced to extend experiences beyond the classroom and into the community.

The school will also provide wrap-around services including social and emotional support, medical services for children and families and access to opportunities and resources at UNCW.

“This partnership with a university means children will be able to participate in UNCW’s MarineQuest and Engineering Expectations camps, experience Randall Library and attend athletic and cultural events on a college campus,” said Donyell Roseboro, associate dean of Teacher Education and Outreach at the Watson College. “Partnerships in the community will help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to experiences in the real world. The experiences will help students grow, and set the foundation for students’ future success.”

Children currently attending or districted to attend Alderman Elementary, D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy, Forest Hills Global Elementary, the International School at Gregory, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, Sunset Park Elementary, Williston Middle School or Wrightsboro Elementary will receive priority consideration for enrollment at the new D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy; however, an application is required. Eligibility criteria for children attending other schools in New Hanover County can be found on the Virgo website. Eligible students will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis until the school reaches capacity of 270 students for the 2018-19 school year.