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NHS Academy of Liberal Arts opens registration
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The Academy of Liberal Arts at Newton High School (ALANHS) is now holding registration for the 2014-15 school year.

The Academy is an intense four-year academic experience that prepares students for the rigors of the university studies. Newton County School System students currently enrolled in the eighth grade whose parents reside in Newton County are eligible to apply for the program.

Only 28 students will be accepted into the 2014-15 ALANHS Cohort program. Applications for admission are available on the NCSS website,

Prospective students must submit four completed evaluation forms — one from their counselors, eighth-grade language arts teachers; eighth-grade social studies teachers; and eighth-grade connections teachers (fine arts field); and must also provide a copy of their official transcripts, which can be obtained from their middle school counselors.

Completed applications must be received by the Counseling Office of the student’s zone/home middle school no later than the end of the school day Feb. 28.

Once completed applications have been submitted, each prospective student should plan to attend an interview, which will be scheduled between March 10- 21.

School system officials said the interview process will include an audition piece, which will vary depending on the talent area in which the student auditions. For example, a student who is interested in social science may present a social science fair project, while a student who is a pianist may play a piece for the interview panel.

Finalists will be notified on April 25 and must confirm acceptance no later than Friday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m. Waitlist finalists will be on standby until May 5.

An open house is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Newton High, 1 Ram Way, for all students and parents interested in learning more about the ALANHS Program.

For more information, contact Kia James at or Nicholas Jones at