Award Year: 2016

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett

2207 Williams Street
Covington, GA, 30014-2448

(770) 784-2959

Mr. James Mario Meneguzzo, Principal at time of Nomination

Naomi Cobb, Current Principal

Choice School

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To create a collaborative environment that empowers students, parents, staff, and community members to ignite a lifetime desire and love of learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 36%
  • White: 55%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
NCTS students participating in inquiry-based learning

NCTS students participating in inquiry-based learning

Newton County Theme School (NCTS) was established so that county residents would have a choice, or alternative, to the traditional elementary and middle school experience. At NCTS we believe in educating the whole child. Students are afforded the opportunity to participate in clubs such as robotics, builders, newspaper, art, music, world cultures, academic, math, and debate. In addition to clubs, students participate in many different learning experiences. Students in grades 3-5 rotate through the STEM lab weekly, and students in kindergarten through 2nd grade participate in STEM/STEAM activities in their classrooms. Time has been built into the schedule of middle school students for the purpose of enriching and challenging all students. During this time, students participate in project-based learning that includes online discussion, coding, real-time interactive projects, and simulations that prepare them for college and careers. Students at NCTS compete regionally and at the state level and have won many competitions. These include first place in writing contests, the state science fair, and state social studies fair. In its first year, the Robotics Club qualified to go to the world championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Teacher, parent, and community involvement play an important role in the success of NCTS. It is through the collaborative efforts of students, parents, faculty, staff, and community that NCTS will achieve its vision of becoming a world-class school where students are prepared for future learning and life beyond school.