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Alliance Academy information nights set for May

Information nights for the Alliance Academy will be held:

• North Forsyth High: Tuesday, May 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
• South Forsyth High: Thursday, May 4, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
• Forsyth Central High: Thursday, May 11, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

* All sessions will be held in the cafeteria

With less than a year and a half before the Alliance Academy for Innovation of Cumming-Forsyth County opens, Forsyth County Schools administrators are preparing information for the community.

In May, FCS will hold three informational nights at North Forsyth, South Forsyth and Forsyth Central high schools for Forsyth County parents and prospective students.

A career and workforce development high school, Alliance Academy is scheduled to open in August 2018 on Lanier 400 Parkway near Ga. 400 in Cumming.

“Alliance Academy is unique,” said Brandi Cannizzaro, the school’s principal. “It’s a public high school. However, kids will apply to go there. It’s similar to a magnet school, though we’re not calling it that, in that it will pull kids from all over the community.

“With another high school — Denmark High School — opening in August 2018, we wanted to make an effort to make sure people know about it.”

The informational nights, she said, will touch on the programs offered at the school, have a 3D of the campus, show photos and update the community on the status of Alliance Academy’s instruction.

“This is kind of our kickoff with the community,” said Cannizzaro, who is currently an assistant principal at Lambert High. “We have had a chance to meet with lots of different groups to get word out about the new school, and we’ll have information nights next fall, too.

“These are open to anyone who wants to come, and while we’re targeting middle school parents and students, elementary, private or other Forsyth County residents who want to are more than welcome to come.”

Part of what makes the school so unique, Cannizzaro said, are the “high-demand, high-wage, cool and exciting pathways” the school will offer.

Alliance Academy will have five schools within the school: a school of aerospace and logistics, a school of criminal justice and law, a school of healthcare and first responders, a school of hospitality and design and a school of mechatronics and energy.

Each school will have numerous pathways, none of which are currently offered at any of the county’s five current brick-and-mortar high schools or at Denmark when it opens.

“This is a standalone high school, so kids will go there all day,” Cannizzaro said. “The [informational nights] are just like other high schools that have parent nights for rising ninth graders.

“At the meetings, we will also get feedback from the community on our mascots after some options to choose from. Though we don’t have sports teams, we but feel it’s important to have a mascot. Plus, many pathways go to competitions, so it’s good to offer spirit wear. We’ll also get feedback about the most exciting pathways we’re offering.”

While the school’s website is still being built, more information can be found on FCS’ website, or on Twitter at @AllianceAI.