Advanced Learning

Dr. Christie Abernathy
Dr. Christie Abernathy
Director of Advanced Learning
[email protected]



Academically and Intellectually Gifted - Website

Burke County Schools’ Vision for local AIG Program: The Burke County Public Schools’ Gifted Education Program strives to be a model of exemplary education, inspiring gifted students to reach and exceed their academic and intellectual potential. Students will be prepared for the challenges of the 21 st Century while contributing to their global community as productive citizens.

 Burke Middle College

Burke Middle College

Burke Middle College (BMC) is a two-year educational program operated by Burke County Public Schools and Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC).

Through this program students complete their 11th and 12th grade coursework on the campus of WPCC, while also working toward a college associate degree. All college courses completed during their enrollment in BMC are completely tuition-free. However, students will incur some college fees and textbook expenses while completing the program. Students may complete their entire community college degree by the time they graduate high school, thereby giving them a two-year head start on achieving their college and career goals.


The STEAM Academy Website


STEAM Academy is located on the campus of Western Piedmont Community College with the purpose of providing both Advanced Placement and Honors courses for the student who is interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Agriculture, and Math) careers.

Although targeted to STEAM students, any high school student can benefit from these courses with advanced rigor and 21st Century skill development. Due to the advanced rigor, an application process is necessary as there is limited seating. Students may take as few as one course at STEAM Academy, or as many as five courses at STEAM Academy. The student must provide his/her own transportation to STEAM Academy. There is no cost for attendance, except as noted below, at STEAM Academy as long as the student is a full-time student in good academic standing at one of the traditional public high schools in Burke County Public Schools.  

In compliance with federal law, Burke County Public Schools administers all educational programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination against any person based on gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability.