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Alliance Academy in Cumming applications open in October
Mascot for new magnet high school will be The Avengers
Alliance Academy
Fall informational nights will all be held in the cafeteria from 6-7 p.m. at:

  • Lambert High: Oct. 3
  • South Forsyth High: Oct. 10
  • North Forsyth High: Oct. 12
  • West Forsyth High: Oct. 17
  • Forsyth Central High: Nov. 2

Parent and student meet and greets

DeSana Middle

  • Students: Oct. 3, 9:20-10:15 a.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 17, 8:15-9:15 a.m.

Lakeside Middle

  • Students: Oct. 9, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 18, 2-3 p.m.

Liberty Middle

  • Students: Oct. 11, 10-11 a.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 24, 8:15-9:15 a.m.

Little Mill Middle

  • Students: Sept. 3, 2:30-4:15 p.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 17, 10-11 a.m.

North Forsyth Middle

  • Students: Oct. 5, 10-11 a.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 19, 8:15-9:15 a.m.

Otwell Middle

  • Students: Oct. 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 31, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Piney Grove Middle

  • Students: Sept. 21, 9-10 a.m.
  • Parents: Nov. 2, 8-9 a.m.

Riverwatch Middle

  • Students: Sept. 19, 9-10 a.m.
  • Parents: Nov. 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

South Forsyth Middle

  • Students: Sept. 18, 9-10 a.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 11, 8-9 a.m.

Vickery Creek Middle

  • Students: Oct. 2, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 19, 2-3 p.m.

Forsyth Central High

  • Students: Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Parents: Nov. 3, noon-1 p.m.

Lambert High

  • Students: Sept. 19, noon-2 p.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 11, 10-11 a.m.

North Forsyth High

  • Students: Oct. 5, noon-2 p.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 19, 10-11 a.m.

South Forsyth High

  • Students: Oct. 6, 11:15 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 16, 10-11 a.m.

West Forsyth High

  • Students: Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Parents: Oct. 25, 2-3 p.m.

As construction continues onward for the new Alliance Academy for Innovation of Cumming-Forsyth County, bringing outside views to almost the same look as the renderings, officials are gearing up to begin accepting applications to the public school system’s newest high school.

Students currently in eighth or ninth grade at any public high school in Forsyth County can apply to the career academy and workforce development campus off Lanier 400 Parkway in Cumming from Oct. 2-Dec. 1.

The process will be similar to submitting an out of district request, said Brandi Cannizzaro, principal of the school that is set to open in August 2018. Cannizzaro was promoted to the position after serving as an assistant principal at Lambert High School.

“Construction has gone well,” she said. “The rendering, it looks just like the picture. It just needs grass.”

Furniture and filling the school will begin in May, with eventual design being formed after the newly chosen mascot – The Avengers.

While officials have been selling what will be Forsyth County Schools’ seventh brick-and-mortar high school as an alternative high school focused on high-demand, high-wage, high-growth jobs and will include industry training and dual enrollment options, Cannizzaro said she likes to explain the Alliance Academy as a magnet program similar to the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology but with more than just STEM classes and with pathways.

Officials have added cybersecurity as a pathway that will be part of the criminal justice and law academy school.

Students who want to apply will have to submit two teacher recommendations – one from a core teacher and one from a connections or specials teacher – and one counselor recommendation. They will also be required to answer questions about why they want to attend and what are their future educational and career plans.

They will be notified in mid-January of their acceptance status.

Discovery Center rendering
Rendering of the inside of the Discovery Center.
Alliance Academy construction
Transportation will be provided to and from their base school they would normally be zoned for, with a proposed bell scheduled beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3:05 p.m.

Cannizzaro said the schedule will likely be a block schedule with a seventh period on certain days that would then have shorter classes. 

The block schedule lends the alternative school – there will be no sports, and students will learn within a chosen pathway – to still allow for an innovation period where clubs like DECA, HOSA, TSA and others can meet.

The proposed bell schedule also allowed for four lunches in the cafeteria, which will sit about 317 once the campus reaches capacity at 1,200.

“Most will continue on to college for two or four years, I think, maybe except for some who may go straight to industry training like the police academy or fire,” Cannizzaro said. “It definitely gives them a leg up, great experience and definitely gives them the experience to see just is this what I want to do?”

Alliance Academy proposed bell schedule