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

Monday, March 19, 2018

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.

Read the full story on the Watson College of Education's homepage.