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Commissioners' School of Excellence

Each summer, the Gaston County Board of Commissioner funds a two-week residential experience at Belmont Abbey College for sixty Gaston County rising tenth grade students. The Commissioners' School of Excellence (CSE) offers a variety of hands-on activities and seminars designed to help participants better understand Gaston County, and their own roles as future leaders.

Admission is open to all rising tenth grade students in public and private Gaston County high schools and Gaston County homeschooled students.  

Interested students should apply through their school's administrative office.

2021 Important Dates:

JANUARY – Principals/ Counselors receive CSE information
FEBRUARY 1- FEBRUARY 19 – Student application window open for students to apply
FEBRUARY 22- Essay topic will be shared with counselors
FEBRUARY 22 - March 8 --Essay and teacher recommendation window
MARCH 19 – SCHOOL-RECOMMENDED Student and alternate information due back to LORI COLLINS @ HIGHLAND
MARCH 22 - April 2: Commissioners will provide list of Commissioner selected students
APRIL 21– Schools/Students notified after final list approved by Superintendent
APRIL 29 – Mandatory student/parent virtual meeting at 7pm
MAY 5 - Completed forms (from students/parents) due back to LORI COLLINS @ HIGHLAND
JUNE 7 – 11 – COMMISSIONERS’ SCHOOL 2021 (Proposed Dates)

Contact Information:
Lori Collins 704-810-8816 lwcollins@gaston.k12.nc.us or 
Bridget Matzke 704-866-5700 bsmatzke@gaston.k12.nc.us