What curriculum does the school use?
We utilize a Direct Instruction in Grades K-5. More information about Direct Instruction may be found here
. A list of textbooks used at the school may be found here
What is the core focus of the school, college-preparatory academics, special education, or something else?
Our core focus is providing college-preparatory academics, delivered in a classroom/group based environment.
Does the school offer before and after care?
Yes. More information about before and after care may be found here
Does the school require uniforms?
Yes. More information about uniforms may be found here
Does the school offer PE and/or recess?
Yes. Recess is provided daily and PE is typically offered twice per week. We believe it is important for students to be provided opportunities for physical activity during the day.
Does the school offer tours?
Yes. Tours are offered to families who receive an enrollment offer via the lottery. Families who are offered an enrollment opportunity will be provided with an opportunity to tour the school prior to making the enrollment decision. Due to the high volume of enrollment interest, we are unable to provide tours to all prospective families while maintaining the high academic and safety standards of the school. Prospective families are encouraged to attend an Information Session.
Does the school have licensed/certified teachers?
Per North Carolina Law, a minimum of 50% of teachers in Charter Schools must be licensed. Like many premier private college-preparatory schools, we have a number of teachers who are highly qualified but are not licensed.
I've reviewed the website and have some additional questions, who should I ask?
We encourage families who have additional questions to attend an information session. Dates and times of information sessions are provided at the bottom of our application page
What is a charter school?
Charter schools provide parents a choice in the education of their children – and it is a public choice. Public tax dollars are the primary funding sources for charter schools. Local, state, and federal dollars follow the child to a charter school. The schools have open enrollment with no discrimination, no religious associations, and no tuition.
Six legislative purposes of a charter school:
- Improve student learning;
- Increase learning opportunities for all students, with special emphasis on expanded learning
experiences for students who are identified as at risk of academic failure or academically gifted;
- Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods;
- Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunities to be
responsible for the learning program at the school site;
- Provide parents and students with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities
that are available within the public school system; and
- Be accountable for meeting measurable student achievement results.
(Source: North Carolina Office of Charter Schools)