the innovation academy

at south campus

the lab school of

johnston county public schools

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The Innovation Academy at South Campus is The Laboratory School of Johnston County Public Schools opening in August 2017! The Innovation Academy (IA) is a community of PIONEERING teacher-leaders, students, and families that work to champion new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Our facility is centrally located in Smithfield, NC at 521 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. During the Summer of 2017, this facility will undergo significant physical renovations to prepare for the first cohort of 6th grade students arriving in August 2017! This facility most recently housed the South Campus Community School and carries a rich and significant history in the Smithfield area. Smithfield is the county seat of Johnston County. A long term vision for this campus includes not only housing the Innovation Academy but also transforming into the primary training campus for Johnston County Public Schools and the epicenter of innovation in teaching and learning for the district and beyond!

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Save The Date! Parent Information Night!

We will be hosting an information session for all our Innovation Academy pioneers on Monday, July 24th @ 6pm at the West Campus Gymnasium located at 211 E Rose St, Smithfield, NC 27577. This evening will be the first of many gatherings we will have together as we move forward on this very important journey!

This evening will allow us an opportunity to meet one another for the first time as we set our sights towards our inaugural school year! Additionally, we will be providing the information families will need to be prepared for the beginning of school in August. To help us in personalizing this evening for all families in attendance we ask that you take a moment to complete the survey at to let us know what type of information you are most interested in learning more about.



The Innovation Academy at South Campus

521 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr, Smithfield, NC 27577