Choice Programs

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CCS staff are excited to share Choice options with families.

     The Cumberland Academy K-5 and Cumberland Academy 6-12 provide a virtual learning option for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Applications for these programs are currently being accepted through the first week in August.  Students applying by July 9, 2021 are guaranteed acceptance.  After July 9, 2021, acceptance will be limited to seat availability.  


    To submit an application, create a Family Dashboard account and click on “Cumberland Academy” to answer the application questions.  Upon completion, applicants will receive an email notification indicating the application has been successfully submitted.  Please call 910-678-2450 if you have any questions or need assistance.    


    A parent information session was held on June 16, 2021 to inform parents of the expectations and requirements for the virtual school.  Click on the link below to access the recording of this session.  

    The passcode is Pe2vgmmM .  
    Another live information session for parents will be held on July 7, 2021 at 6:00 pm.  You can join the meeting by clicking this  link.

    Establish and align clear career pathways and program options that promote choice and equip students to compete for evolving career opportunities.

    The Choice Program application process for the 2022-2023 school year will open in the Fall. Please check back in November 2021 for more information regarding the application process and deadline. 


    Cumberland County Schools is proud to offer a variety of Choice Programs tailored to meet the diverse needs of students.  Choice Programs are uniquely themed concepts implemented at select schools throughout the district. You can exercise your power of choice within CCS by learning more about the Choice Programs available to students and select a program that best matches your child's interests and future goals.

    Explore the Choice Program options by accessing the links on this page for each grade level.  For additional information, call the school to speak to the principal or Academy Director.  If you have questions regarding the status of your application or student assignment process, contact the CCS’ Student Assignment Office at 910-678-2616.  Follow us on Twitter @ccschoice1 to stay informed about Choice Program updates.

    Once a parent/legal custodian makes the commitment to enroll a student in a  Choice Program, the parent/legal custodian will not be able to transfer the student to another school during the school year.  Exceptions to this policy must be requested in writing to the Student Assignment Office and approved by the Board of Education.

Contact Us

  • District Transformation & Strategic Initiatives
    2465 Gillespie St.
    Fayetteville, NC 28306
    Melody Chalmers McClain
    Assistant Superintendent  

    Department FAQs

    Who is eligible to apply?
    Any student who currently resides in Cumberland County or who will reside in Cumberland County for the 2020-2021 school year is eligible to apply.

    Can a student apply to more than one program?
    Families can apply to more than one Choice Program based upon a student’s interest and goals.

    How are students selected?
    Student must meet eligibility requirements determined by each school. A randomized lottery is conducted to select students for programs in which there are more applicants than there are available seats.

    Is transportation provided?
    Parents must provide transportation to and from Choice Programs. There is limited transportation provided for some schools. You should contact the school to determine if transportation is available for your home address.