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Class notes: Hall students may apply to programs of their choice
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Hall County Schools has opened its internal borders and, regardless of the school assignment, students throughout the county are free to apply to a program of choice in their area of interest.

And, for those seeking more information, Hall County will host two informational sessions about the programs.

On Jan. 8 from 7:30-9 a.m. and again from 6-7:30 p.m., high school students and their parents and guardians will be invited to The Oaks at Lanier Career Charter Academy on Atlanta Highway in Oakwood to learn more about the five programs of choice.

The programs, at five different high schools in the county are:

  • i-Squared: Innovation Institute at West Hall High School.
  • JISA: International Scholars Academy at Johnson High School.
  • RACE: Renaissance Academy for Creative Enterprises at Chestatee High School.
  • IB: International Baccalaureate programs at Johnson, North Hall and West Hall high schools.
  • A Global Studies and Leadership Academy at Flowery Branch High School.

i-Squared, JISA and RACE are for rising ninth-graders only, but freshmen through juniors can apply to the IB programs. Those students can also apply for the lottery drawing to attend the new charter school at Flowery Branch.

Students must go through a competitive application process during which they will be evaluated for the match between individual strengths and interests and the program goals, specialized content and instructional approach.

Students selected must provide their own transportation if they live outside of the respective school’s attendance zone.

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NGCSU and GSC campuses are getting a makeover
As students at both North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College anxiously await their final grades, work is already being done converting the campuses to reflect their new look.

In January, both schools will officially merge, forming the University of North Georgia. Along with that comes new signage and logos, which crews are starting to replace.

But the public will not get to view the new look until Jan. 10.

That Thursday, campus-based celebrations will be held on each of the four main campuses of the new school: Dahlonega, Oconee, Gainesville and Cumming.

During the celebrations, the new logo will be unveiled and the institution will have “small giveaways.”

Lee Johnson covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:,, @LeeJTimes

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