NCCA and ALANHS accepting applications for next school year

COVINGTON – Newton College & Career Academy and Newton High School have begun to plan for the 2014-15 school year, as both schools have announced application periods for different programs.

Newton High’s Academy of Liberal Arts is currently accepting applications from eighth-grade students whose parents/guardians live in Newton County. Completed application forms must be turned in to the student’s home institution’s counseling office by the end of the school day on Feb. 28.

Along with the ALANHS application, students must also submit four completed evaluation forms. These four forms are to be filled out by the prospective student’s counselor, eighth-grade language arts teacher, eighth-grade social studies teacher and eighth-grade connections teacher — a fine arts field instructor. Students also need to provide a copy of their official transcripts.

Prospective students should also anticipate a sit-down interview after completing the application, which could take place at any time from March 10-21. The interview process consists of an audition piece, which depends on the student’s talent area.

The number of students being accepted this year has been limited to 28, and other finalists will be waitlisted. Students will be notified of acceptance on April 25 and must confirm acceptance no later than May 2. Waitlist finalists will be on standby until May 5.

More information about applying to this program will be provided at the ALANHS Open House Night on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Newton High campus.

In addition to ALANHS, NCCA’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program is now accepting applications for the next school year.

Current eighth-graders of Newton County schools whose parents/guardians live in Newton are invited to apply, and the application deadline is the end of the school day on Feb. 28. Applications can either be submitted via email to Lynn House at house.lynn@newton.k12.ga.us or delivered to a middle school counselor.

Applying students must also have four separate forms filled out by each of the following: a counselor, eighth-grade math teacher, eighth-grade science teacher and eighth-grade STEM field elective teacher (computers, technology, or ELA at Newton Theme School). A letter of recommendation outside the academic arena from a non-relative of the applicant must also be provided, which could address the student’s maturity, character, qualifications, work ethic and dependability. First semester transcripts also need to be provided.

Potential candidates are chosen based on the following criteria: application completion, longitudinal data exemplifying a strength/interest in STEM fields, teacher recommendations, and a STEM Team interview following the application review. Final selections, including acceptances and those waitlisted, will be mailed to parents/guardians by the end of April.

For more information on the NCCA STEM program, email House at the address listed above.

Links to applications for both ALANHS and NCCA STEM can be found on the Newton County School System’s website at www.newtoncountyschools.org.