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Student Enrollment, Teacher Recruitment Begin at D.C. Virgo

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy will become Wilmington’s only K-8 year-round public school in July, through an initiative led by UNCW in partnership with New Hanover County Schools and the D.C. Virgo community.

Student Recruitment

Student recruitment began Jan. 11 with an outreach event targeting existing D.C. Virgo students and their parents. Members of the Design Team also reached out to parents at car-rider drop-off in January, and several events are planned at Virgo and other community locations in February to raise awareness about the new school.

“We are thrilled with the positive response we have received from parents and community members,” said Jessica Swencki, UNCW Lab School Implementation Coordinator. “In less than two weeks, we received applications from students representing every grade level. We have already achieved 33% of our enrollment target of 270 students for the 2018-19 school year.”

A video about the new D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy can be viewed here >

Teacher and Staff Recruitment

UNCW is currently recruiting K-8 teachers and staff for the 2018-19 academic year. DCVPA positions have been posted on UNCW’s Human Resources website. Prospects can apply online at https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/search

UNCW has created a video to showcase teacher opportunities at the new D.C. Virgo and a Teacher and Staff Recruitment Event will be held on Feb. 8 from 5-7 p.m. at WCE in EB-266 for individuals who would like additional information. The event will feature a presentation, Q&A and refreshments.

About D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy supports the academic, social, and emotional growth of students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Our model creates kinship networks, extended family units that support student growth and development. Our learning community is personalized, inquiry-based, experiential, and reflective. Students will learn, thrive, and soar within a framework that integrates project-based learning through quests which allow students to move, depending on grade level, from novice to apprentice to artisan levels through their choice of STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics), creative and performing arts, or civic engagement.

The UNC Board of Governors subcommittee on laboratory schools approved plans for the school on Jan. 8, and the State Board of Education added their approval Feb. 1. The school is one of nine schools to be created at UNC system campuses as required by recently passed legislation. The goal of the legislation is to provide enhanced educational programming for students in low-performing schools.

For more information visit the Virgo website.

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