Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy is a magnet high school serving grades eight through ten in the Barrow County School System. BASA will expand to offer eleventh and twelfth grades in future years as our current students advance into those grade levels.
This school is a great fit for motivated students who are eager to personalize their high school experience based on their college and career aspirations. BASA students need to be comfortable being self-directed learners, work well as part of a. team, and have a desire to positively impact their school and community. Our students strive to be innovative, creative, open minded, driven, and invested. Finally, they are excited about their high school experience being different!
A recorded enrollment information session can be found here.
For additional information about this unique opportunity, please be sure to visit the pages below to learn more about our school:
No, tuition will not be charged for students who are residents of Barrow County. This school of choice is a public high school within in the Barrow County School System.
Yes! In addition to exceeding the state requirements for graduation and college entrance, BASA students will also have wide access to Advanced Placement (AP) and dual enrollment courses for college credit. We are in discussions with several local colleges and universities to ensure that our students have multiple dual enrollment opportunities available to them on our campus.
We recognize that extracurricular activities are an important part of the high school experience. Prior to opening day, our students will provide input on the extracurricular activities that will be offered. Whether you would like to see a National Honor Society chapter, a chess club, a fitness group, an ultimate frisbee competition, or a golf team, your voice will be heard. You will have an opportunity to be a student leader and help select and build the activities at our school.
We are also excited to announce that BASA will have competitive athletic teams. The initial sports that will be offered is subject to change based on student interest, but we currently anticipate offering baseball, cross country, golf, tennis, soccer, softball, volleyball, and swimming. We will also compete in eSports, One Act Play, and Literary through the Georgia High School Association (GHSA).
Finally, many of our students will take career and technical education courses at Sims Academy. There they will be able to learn and compete in several professional organizations for students, including DECA, SkillsUSA, TSA, and HOSA.
We recognize that students may choose one academy, but later wish to change their path. This is to be expected, and in fact it is encouraged! We would rather students come to this realization now rather than after starting college. In this case, the student would be able to change academies at the end of their current school year.
BASA is under construction on Austin Road in Winder, Georgia, right next to Sims Academy and Lanier Technical College. This convenient location is situated just off Highway 316, which connects I-85 with Athens-Clarke County.
Any student who lives in Barrow County is able to express their preference to attend BASA. If interest exceeds our capacity, then students will be chosen based on a lottery system that factors in the enrollment interest for each of our academies and programs.
BASA will open in the 2020-21 school year. We anticipate serving 8th through 10th grades in the first year. If enough 11th grade students express interest, we may also be able to offer that grade level as well. We will notify you of your child’s final placement after the number of students are identified.
As a school of choice, any high school student who lives in Barrow County will be eligible to attend BASA. Neither of Barrow County’s current high schools will be rezoned when BASA opens. Please note, enrollment is not guaranteed and depends on a variety of factors. We will communicate final enrollment status to each student and family as quickly as possible.
Yes, school system transportation options are available.
We expect the maximum enrollment at BASA to be approximately 600 students in the first year. Each year this enrollment will grow based on student interest.
We believe that you will be able to develop quality relationships with others in this unique learning environment. Students at BASA will choose one theme-based academy to enroll in. In this smaller group, we think students will get to know their teachers and peers even more closely than in a traditional high school. We seek to create a family atmosphere in which positive, vibrant relationships fuel our work and success.
While students may take many of the same courses at BASA that they would at a regular high school, those courses will look and feel different. Many courses will be taught through the lens of the academy theme, even academic courses like English and Math. For example, students in the Life & Health Science Academy might calculate medicine dosages in their math class in order to relate learning to their real world goals for college and career. Additionally, a focus on communication skills and project-based learning will be pervasive across the campus. Even though this seems like a much different experience, students will still exceed the state requirements for graduation and college entrance.
Yes, as a student at BASA you will still take these tests in order to measure your current level of performance and gain admission to college.
Yes, you will still be able to take courses at Sims Academy of Innovation & Technology and Lanier Technical College. In fact, these opportunities will be even more convenient for you since they are literally steps away from the new BASA campus.
Yes, you will still have access to the Advanced Placement (AP) and dual enrollment courses you need for college. By the way, did you know that Lanier Technical College is just located a couple doors down from the new high school, and that the academic courses there transfer to all public colleges and universities in Georgia?
Yes! You will be able to take world language courses at BASA. We will release the specific languages that will be offered to students prior to November 2019. Additionally, we anticipate a limited number of students being able to take world language courses online if they are not available on campus (such as Japanese or American Sign Language).
Absolutely! In fact, you will be highly encouraged to take at least one elective outside of your academy every school year. This will help you to be more well-rounded in your studies. Additionally, there are many electives at Sims Academy that pertain to any of the academy themes (for example, Marketing!). Students will only be enrolled in one academy; they cannot be enrolled in two academies at the same time.
We anticipate being able to offer fine arts courses to all students, even if you choose to enroll in one of the academies that is not arts focused. For example, you can be a part of the Life & Health Sciences Academy but still participate in our band program. In fact, we want you to be as well-rounded as possible so this is the recommended approach.
The new BASA building looks and feels more like a college campus than a high school. In the main academic building there are spaces for you to work on projects either individually or with a small group of classmates. There is also a student center with a college-like food court, learning commons area, several collaboration cubes, and various fine arts spaces. Make sure you keep visiting this website to access construction updates and see how things are coming along!
An auditorium and performance space is also expected to be added to the facility in Phase 2, which we expect to occur in 4-5 years.
We are looking for innovative, creative, open minded, and driven students who are committed to putting in the time, practice, and hard work it takes to develop your talent and expertise. And, if you aren’t quite there yet on all of these adjectives - don’t worry, we’ll help you get there! Any student is welcome to express interest in attending BASA.
There are no academic or discipline requirements to attend. There is no extensive application, portfolio or audition required to apply.
We will have counselors and advisors at BASA just like at your current school. These professionals will help you to ensure that you are not only on track to graduate, but also that the courses you have planned are preparing you for your unique future and career. BASA staff members will meet with students to develop a four-year program of study that is tailored to your unique needs.
This site provides information using PDF, visit this link to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software.