Opening in Fall 2022, Wayne School of Technical Arts will offer students a STEM-themed education, with both technical course offerings and advanced placement courses. In addition to core curriculum classes, students will have the opportunity to earn the AP Capstone Diploma Endorsement and/or the opportunity to earn industry credentials in a technical arts field of study.
What is the benefit of attending WSTA?
WSTA, located on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, is a program designed to encourage collaboration among students as they learn through cross-curricular and problem-based coursework. Access to resources on base and Wayne Community College will provide opportunities to earn articulated credits, college transfer credits, and industry credentials.
What will the curriculum be?
The planned curriculum includes Digital Design and Animation, Game Art Design, Drone Technology, and Computer Programming, coupled with strong academic preparation in honors, Pre-AP and AP stem-themed coursework.
How many students will attend WSTA?
When fully populated, WSTA will serve up to 420 students in grades 6-12, with 60 per grade level. The school will open to 6th, 9th and 10th graders in the first year. The school will add 6th and 9th graders in years two and three, in order to fully populate the school with grades 6-12.
Is the school for military students only?
No. The school population is intended to be 50% military connected and 50% non military connected students.
Does a student need to already have a base pass or base access to apply to the school?
No. Base access is not a requirement to apply for WSTA. Once accepted, a student will receive a special pass to access the base. The student must remain in good standing in order to maintain access to the base.
Will bus transportation be provided? Will bus transportation be provided to childcare facilities off base?
Bus transportation will be provided for WSTA. Bus routes will be developed based on student transportation needs.
Will the school have sports teams or extracurricular activities?
WCPS plans to develop sports and extracurricular opportunities for WSTA students. At the high school level, WSTA will partner with Eastern Wayne High. No decisions have been made for middle school athletics.
Will the school be on a traditional calendar?
Yes. WSTA will follow the traditional WCPS academic calendar.
What will the school hours be?
Hours have not been determined yet, as they will be contingent upon transportation planning.
Will there be any kind of open house for parents and children to attend?
WCPS plans to host informational session(s). Time(s) and location(s) to be announced.