Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy

Opening August 2020

Academies Announcement

Students at the Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy will have the opportunity to select one academy to enroll in, much like a college major. Each of these smaller learning communities will be centered around a specific theme or career interest. Of course, students will have room in their schedule to pursue additional electives as well.

Based on stakeholder input, including an extensive student survey process, we are excited to announce that we will open with the academies below.

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We will continue sharing information on the specific programs that will be available in each of these academies in the coming months. Additionally, look out very soon for important information about how you can get involved with designing our school in terms of learning, physical space, advisory programs, and creative scheduling.

Frequently Asked Question

Will students be able to participate in marching band?

Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy will not have a marching band since we will not have a football team. We do anticipate offering a WGI program, which is "The Sport of the Arts." WGI has programs in color guard, percussions, and winds, with various competitions throughout the country and world. More information is available at

Have a question you'd like answered in this newsletter? Send your questions to Dr. Dale Simpson at

Construction Update

Charles Black Construction has installed the concrete slab on grade for the classroom building. Electrical and plumbing rough-in and installation of vapor barrier and reinforcing has been completed. Structural steel for the classroom building has started arriving, with erection of steel scheduled to start next week.

The new parking lot has curb, base, and binder pavement installed. Storm water piping continues. All site lighting conduits and the parking lot pole bases have been installed. Topsoil screening has been ongoing for two weeks and distribution has started to prepare areas for seeding of temporary and permanent grassing.

The existing Sims parking lot and curbs have been demolished to make room for new Student Center. Eight existing pole lights have been removed and protected for reuse. Student Center building pad is 60% complete. Concrete foundation layout for the Student Center has also started with the first pour to be placed soon. Rebar has been delivered and the majority has been prefabricated to expedite installation.

Thank you to Project Manager Kendall Dutton for keeping us informed!

BASA's Website is Live!

Make sure you visit our website at We have already added a lot of information, and will continue to do so as the planning process continues. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Dr. Dale Simpson

Dr. Dale Simpson serves as the principal for Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy, a new high school opening in Barrow County in August 2020. He lives in Winder, Georgia with his wife, Christy, and their four children.