Initiatives

  • Celebration of Excellence recognizes the Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year finalists, schools that have made outstanding accomplishments, such as high graduation rates, and employees who have won local, state and national awards in Guilford County Schools.
  • Cool to be Smart rewards academic rigor and excellence by recognizing graduating seniors who receive a score that qualifies for college credit on at least five or more AP or IB courses and/or students who have earned college credit and achieved a B or better in 5 or more comparable college-level courses or received Platinum level on their Work Keys. Awards include items from iTunes gift cards to a car.
  • Cool to Serve rewards those students who have embraced GCS’s service learning program. All students who earn the service learning exemplary award (100+ hours) and service learning diploma (250+ hours) are invited to attend this event. All students have the opportunity to win high-tech raffle prizes, but only those who earn the service learning diploma have the chance to win a car.
  • State of our Schools is an annual address, hosted by GCS, to update the community on the progress of goals and initiatives from the district’s strategic plan. The event traditionally serves as the launching point for the district’s next major initiatives.
  • Community and Parent Surveys & Polling are independently conducted to provide invaluable community and parent feedback on GCS operations and programs that help inform the strategic plan.
  • The Middle College at UNCG is one of the innovative education programs offered by Guilford County Schools. Its mission is to create a nurturing, safe and academically rigorous environment in which students are exposed to health and medical, as well as community and youth development, careers as their increase their knowledge of STEM. GEA is providing $200,000 in critical start-up funding for this new school.
  • The STEM Early College at NC A&T offers a fast-paced curriculum that integrates knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM.) Students have a blended program of study rich in technology emphasizing rigor and relevance. GEA is providing $1,000,000 in critical start-up funding.