Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy

Opening August 2020

School Naming

As you know, we are very excited to open Barrow County School System's third high school in August 2020. This unique learning experience will empower students to pursue pathways in science, technology, and the arts. We are currently in search of a name that reflects this innovative high school model.

We invite you to participate in this process by completing this short survey.

Application Window

The application window for attending the Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy for the 2020-2021 school year will open October 14, 2019 and close November 15, 2019. At this time, we plan to accept students into 8th, 9th, and 10th grades; however, rising 11th grade students are welcome to submit their interest as well. Space will be limited, so submit your application early!

Frequently Asked Question

Will a junior class be offered?

At this time, we plan to accept students into 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. However, we could extend to 11th grade if there is a large enough interest amongst rising juniors. We encourage these students to go ahead and submit an application during the window, and we will communicate the outcome to families as soon as possible.

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 100% of the concrete slab for the classroom building.
  • Structural steel for the classroom building is well under way, including the first upper floor concrete slab.
  • The new parking lot has curb, base, and binder pavement installed.
  • The existing student parking lot at Sims Academy has been demolished to make room for the new student center.
  • Eight of the pole lights were removed from that lot and will be repurposed.
  • The student center building footprint is 100% complete. Concrete foundation for the student center is 75% complete.

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.