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J.F. Webb moving forward with school merger

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OXFORD — The final graduating class of J.F. Webb School of Health and Life Sciences walked across the stage this month.

Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, the school will merge into a single high school, dramatically transforming the campus.

Granville County Public School said this week that J.F. Webb High School will begin the next academic year with the school’s focus and organization redesigned, to what will be known moving forward as The Warrior Way.

The Warrior Way school redesign will keep all course offerings and special programs associated with the School of Health and Life Sciences, and offer a new focus on providing students the opportunity to earn college credits through Vance-Granville Community College.

Much like an Early College program, students at J.F. Webb will be provided a streamlined track for dual enrollment at the college’s main campus. The school will offer special guidance and counseling to provide students the opportunity to earn enough credits to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.

Students will also have the opportunity to earn other specialty degrees and certificates related to a variety of careers.

There will be no cost to families. Textbooks and tuition will all be included. The school is in the process of planning regular shuttle service to and from J.F. Webb and the college’s main campus on a daily basis.

“Warrior pride runs deep in our community,” Principal Amy Rice said in a statement. “I am super excited about the changes going on at our school. The Warrior Way provides clear pathways forward for every student, no matter their interest. However, one thing all pathways have in common is a focus on post-secondary education.