FAQs

Enrollment is completed by lottery in early February. You may fill out a student application beginning January 1. Those children accepted based on the lottery will be mailed enrollment packets. All others will be added to the waiting list in the order picked from the lottery. Once a child is enrolled at ABS, he or she has a spot each year thereafter unless withdrawn. Siblings of currently enrolled students receive priority in the lottery.
ABS is publicly funded and free to all students. We ask families to contribute a $40 activity fee each year to help cover the costs of our field trips, special arts activities, and more. Scholarships for the activity fee are available; please contact Angela Garner. You can pay your Activity Fee by check or online
ABS generally follows the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools calendar, except for trimester conference days. Our calendar may be accessed here. We do not necessarily follow Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools' snow days. For information about school closure, tune in to WXII News 12, or call the school, 336-748-4116.
Charter schools are funded by the state of North Carolina with a mandate to provide innovative education according to the specific school’s charter. Charter schools are run by their Board of Directors and are not part of a city or county school district. Charter schools follow state regulations regarding student achievement, funding, and access for all students.
ABS teaches the Common Core and Essential Standards as defined by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction using direct integration with music, dance, drama, and visual art. 
We ask each family to volunteer one hour per week for each child enrolled at ABS. We understand that there are many demands on your time, and we do not make this request lightly. Volunteer time may be done at the school or home, depending on your schedule and the help that is needed. More information on volunteering is available in our Family Portal. 
We do not offer bus transportation. Parents must be able to get their children to and from school on their own. We do offer an on-site after school care program. Additionally, there are several other after school programs that pick-up students from ABS. More information on our Afterschool Care Program is available in our Family Portal. 
We do not participate in the federal free/ reduced lunch program. However, students who qualify for free/ reduced lunch will receive a packed lunch and snack each day. All other students must bring lunch and snack from home. To help fund the ABS pantry and provide free lunches, students may opt to purchase pizza every Friday. More information on "Pizza Fridays," including a secure payment form, is available in our Family Portal. 
Classes are typically 18-20 students.
Teachers will assign homework that is meaningful and relevant to the current topic of study. Homework may come in the form of projects, reading, or research. We will avoid using “busy work” for homework.
Students attending the Arts Based School will be assessed using a portfolio system in place of the traditional report card. The portfolio is designed to illustrate a student’s academic growth and successes, as well as guide the teacher in planning appropriate instruction. Teachers at ABS do not issue letter grades. Teachers use observation, interviews, analysis of student work and performance tasks to assess student understanding. Examples of student work, as well as other objective standards of assessments, are incorporated into the student’s portfolio to give an enhanced portrait of the student’s progress. These portfolios will be discussed and presented to parents during the Student-Teacher-Parent conferences scheduled in November, February, and May. (See School Calendar for dates).
Students are tested in 3rd-8th grade each May on the North Carolina End of Grade tests. We also use Measures in Academic Progress (MAP testing) to assess students in 3rd-8th grade, three times a year to assess student growth.