About Our School

  • The Gifted and Talented (GT) Pathway includes some of the district's oldest and most popular programs. It is rooted in the belief that every student has gifts and talents to be valued and nurtured. To that end, students in the GT pathway explore a wide variety of subjects through core subjects and an extensive menu of elective courses that develop strengths and interests. Students have the opportunity to customize their academic programs by choosing elective courses according to their academic needs and interests.

    Gifted and Talented (K-12)

    The GT Program offers an extensive elective menu for exploration of interests, acceleration and rich, in-depth study in all subject areas to enhance Common Core and Essential Standards. Parents and students select courses from a diverse menu of elective offerings each quarter. For example, a child who is gifted in math may be challenged in an academically gifted math elective, or a child who is artistic has opportunities to take dance or music electives. World Language instruction and expanded visual and performing arts opportunities are available K-12 with extensive AP and IB course offerings in high school.

    AG Basics (K-8)

    Students in the AG (Academically Gifted) Basics Program are grouped with other AG-identified students for Language Arts or Math, according to their individual qualifications. Enloe Magnet High provides a continuation of this program through advanced courses and electives. This program is offered at four schools in conjunction with the GT magnet theme.


    In September 1953, Ligon Junior-Senior High School opened as the City of Raleigh High School for African-Americans who previously attended Washington School on Fayetteville Street. Its cost of nearly $1 million was the largest school construction project in the state. The school was named for John W. Ligon, a well-respected educator and community leader in Raleigh whose house and school were located on Lenoir Street. H.E. Brown was named Principal. The Washington Alma Mater’s school colors were Blue and Gold and their mascot “Little Blues’ were adopted by Ligon High School. To this day, they continue to represent Ligon Middle School.