Charlotte Parent Education Guide 2020-2021

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Must-Have Items For Your Home Classroom Create a dedicated workspace for children at home

Historic Field Trips and Educational Getaways Make your next family getaway a learning experience

Public School Districts

Good Sports How the loss of youth sports has impacted kids during the pandemic

Private Schools

Teachers of the Year Meet the four finalists for 2020

Charter Schools

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A Virtual Village



Andy Smith

You’ve done a great job, parents. None of us got a handbook for this, and most of us aren’t built to be teachers. As we transition into a new school year, in-person learning looks different for our kids than in years past. Now more than ever, choosing the right school for your children is an overwhelming prospect. In these pages you’ll find a district guide and listings for the area’s public, private, and charter schools, plus articles with tips and tricks to help supplement your kids’ curriculum. Tiffany Wolff has a roundup of essential items for your home classroom (p. 12) and we have the best historic field trips and educational getaways in the time of COVID (p. 14). Randi Mazzella examines the loss of youth sports during the pandemic (p. 22) and looks at ways to get your little athletes back in the game. You’ll also meet Charlotte Parent’s four Teachers of the Year (p. 24), nominated by readers, in a series of fun questionnaires. If there’s anything I’ve learned during this pandemic, it’s that there’s no one right way to educate a child. I hope this Education Guide serves as a resource for you as we adjust to this new way of learning. For additional resources and guidance, visit us at, because I think we can all agree it takes a virtual village to raise—and educate—a child these days.


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We’re more than 200 days into this global pandemic, and most of us have stepped into the role of homeschool teacher. If your experience is anything like mine, it’s been a steep learning curve. Do you have flash cards and learning guides piled up on your dining room table? Wish you had the patience for multiplication tables and tree journals? Wonder how you’re supposed to remember 27 different Zoom passcodes? I bet you have a whole new appreciation for the educators in your children’s lives, don’t you?


Tina Battock


Scott Ferguson


Sherry Brown


Cher Wheeler


Veronica Brooks


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Total enrollment:


Number of schools: Elementary Schools: 21 Middle Schools: 9 High Schools: 12

FAST FACTS Average School Enrollment: Elementary: 732 Middle: 907 High: 927


Dr. Chris Lowder was sworn in as the district’s 10th superintendent in December 2015. He began his career with Cabarrus County Schools as an English teacher in 1992 and has served as an assistant principal, principal and director of high school curriculum. His more recent roles include executive director, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent. He effectively led the district’s administrative services department where he was responsible for supervising and supporting principals, managing the transportation department and serving as the district’s liaison with local law enforcement.



2020 graduation rate is 89 percent.


Two new schools — Hickory Ridge Elementary School and West Cabarrus High School —opened in August 2020. Educational options include traditional, STEM, International Baccalaureate and language immersion programs. Cabarrus County Schools is the recipient of two U.S. Department of Education i3 grants for $3 million each. Received the Benjamin Tregoe Award for Strategic Leadership.

COURTESY 704-260-5600

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 980-343-3000 Total enrollment:


Number of schools: Elementary Schools: 113 Middle Schools: 46 High Schools: 32

Average School Enrollment: Elementary: 675 Middle: 725 High: 1,350

FAST FACTS 2020 graduation rate is 86 percent. CMS students come from 183 countries and speak 197 languages and dialects. It is the second-largest school system in North Carolina.

Gaston County Schools 704-866-6100 Number of schools: Elementary Schools: 29 Intermediate School: 1 Middle Schools: 11 High Schools: 11 Special Needs School: 1 Alternative School: 1 Virtual School: 1

Total enrollment:


Average School Enrollment: Elementary: 478 Middle: 672 High: 871


1:1 CMS is a leading district in integrating digital learning and teaching with a 1:1 student/ technology ratio.

Jeffrey Booker has been the superintendent of Gaston County Schools since January 2014. He was awarded the Southwest Region Superintendent of the Year in 2016. Prior to being named superintendent of schools, he served as deputy superintendent for operations and was responsible for business/finance, technology, facilities and maintenance, bus transportation, and school nutrition. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in education from Gardner-Webb University.



Earnest Winston brings the experiences of teacher, parent, communicator and chief of staff to the role of superintendent. Winston joined CharlotteMecklenburg Schools in 2004 as an English teacher at Vance High School where he taught journalism and was adviser to the student newspaper. After two years, he moved into administration, joining the district’s communications department as an external communications supervisor. Winston served as chief of staff to two superintendents. In 2017, he was named chief community relations and engagement officer. He was appointed as superintendent in 2019.

CMS offers a number of magnet programs, career academies, early and middle colleges, and other distinctive school models, each with a signature theme or program designed to engage students’ interests and talents. CMS offers 19 pathways in Career and Technical Education (CTE) to help equip students with 21stcentury skills.

FAST FACTS 2020 graduation rate is 88 percent, the highest rate ever for the school district.


The school district is the second largest employer in Gaston County with more than 3,800 employees and 1,950 classroom teachers. In the 2019-2020 academic year, the number of school choice/magnet school programs increased from six to 19 through new academy programs in six areas: career, collegiate prep, health sciences, leadership, public service, and technology and industrial engineering. Construction continues at the new Belmont Middle School, with an anticipated opening in August 2021. EDUCATION GUIDE 2020-21 // CHARLOT TE PARENT

7 704-872-8931 Total enrollment:


Number of schools: Elementary Schools: 19 Middle Schools: 11 High Schools: 11

Average School Enrollment: Elementary: 500 Middle: 540 High: 850


Dr. Jeffery James, formerly superintendent of Stanly County Schools, is an Iredell County native and graduate of West Iredell High School. He arrived as IredellStatesville Schools’ new superintendent this summer. He was previously a special education teacher, business technology instructor, assistant principal, and principal in the system. While at Stanly County Schools, he took the district from a negative fund balance to $1.2 million in four months, through a fiscal crisis plan. When he left that district, it had $1.4 million in fund balance.



Kannapolis City Schools


2020 graduation rate is 89.1 percent.


Iredell-Statesville Schools ranks among the 20 largest school districts in North Carolina. In addition to traditional school settings, the district provides a wide range of educational opportunities through our choice programs specifically designed for unique student needs. Students have a 1:1 ratio of MacBook Airs for each student in grades 6-12.

1:1 Iredell-Statesville Schools performs in the top 25 percent of the school districts in North Carolina.



Total enrollment:

Number of schools: Pre-K: 1 Elementary Schools: 7 Middle School: 1 High School: 1

Average School Enrollment: Elementary: 539 Middle: 1,198 High: 1,637


Dr. Daron “Chip” Buckwell is the Superintendent of the Year for the Southwest Region of North Carolina. Dr. Buckwell joined Kannapolis City Schools in 1985 and has served as a teacher, central office administrator, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. He has bachelor and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University. In 2018, Dr. Buckwell was inducted into Appalachian State University’s Rhododendron Society. He also holds a doctor of education degree in school administration and instruction from Nova Southeastern University.

FAST FACTS 2020 graduation rate is 86 percent.


Kannapolis City Schools has unique partnerships with the NC Research Campus that gives students access to world-renowned researchers, internships and realworld lessons. KCS a system-wide student uniform policy. A.L. Brown High School has twice been named one of America’s best high schools by U.S. News & World Report. As a leader in STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), schools offer advanced courses, including microbiology, 3D engineering, robotics, genetics, biotechnology and oceanography.


Iredell-Statesville Schools

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Number of schools: Elementary Schools: 13 Middle Schools: 4 High Schools: 6

Total enrollment:


Average School Enrollment: Elementary: 400 Middle: 650 High: 880


Dr. Lory Morrow received a degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and then received her master’s degree in school administration and doctorate in educational

Mooresville Graded School District 704-658-2530


Number of schools: Elementary Schools: 3 Intermediate Schools: 2 Middle School: 1 High School: 1 Average School Enrollment: Elementary: 575 Intermediate: 680 Middle: 915 High: 1,870

Before coming to Lincoln County, Morrow served as



Dr. Stephen Mauney was appointed superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District in August 2016. Prior to becoming superintendent, Dr. Mauney served in multiple administrative roles with the district beginning in 1999 when he became assistant principal at Mooresville High School. He started his educational career as a history teacher at Mooresville High School in 1993. Dr. Mauney received his bachelors degree in 1991 from Davidson College, his master’s degree in 1993 from Appalachian State University, and his doctorate degree in 2014 from Wingate University.

County Schools in Lexington, North Carolina.

FAST FACTS 2020 graduation rate is 90.8 percent.


19 of 21 schools reporting growth measures met growth expectations. Continued focus on advanced manufacturing partnership with local economic development association. Rock Springs Elementary received an “A” rating from the North Carolina Department of Instruction. Union Elementary was recognized as a National Title One school nominee.



2020 graduation rate is 91 percent.

Total enrollment:

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Is one of only 15 city school districts remaining in North Carolina. Mooresville Graded School District’s name is due to the fact that when it was chartered in 1905, it had different “grade” levels. Ranked in the Top 10 in North Carolina in academic achievement for the past nine years. Continues in its 12th year as a successful 1:1 program where all students are provided with a MacBook Air or iPad.



Lincoln County Schools

Fort Mill School District 803-543-2527 Total enrollment: 17,057 Number of schools: Elementary Schools: 11 Middle Schools: 5 High Schools: 3 Average School Enrollment: Elementary: 842 Middle: 597 High: 2,282


Dr. James “Chuck” Epps’ service in public education and school experiences are broad and diverse. He has served as a teacher assistant, classroom teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, director and assistant superintendent. He has participated in a variety of work assignments at the school, district, regional and state levels.

Lancaster County Schools 803-286-6972 Total enrollment: 13,247 Number of schools: Elementary Schools: 16 Middle Schools: 5 High Schools: 4 Average School Enrollment: Elementary: 542 Middle: 668 High: 765

Total enrollment: 17,500


Number of schools: Pre-K: 1 Elementary Schools: 17 Middle Schools: 5 High Schools: 3 Career/Technology School: 1 Average School Enrollment: Elementary: 495 Middle: 825 High: 1,697

2020 graduation rate is 95.4 percent. Fort Mill School District is the fastest growing school district per capita in South Carolina. The district employs 2,124 people: 1,303 Teachers, 100 administrators, and 721 support staff. The district encompasses 50 square miles.

FAST FACTS 2020 graduation rate is 83 percent.


Dr. Jonathan Phipps has 24 years experience in education, six years as a superintendent. He is committed to “putting our children first.” Dr. Phipps has an undergraduate degree in history and education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina, and an educational specialist degree and doctorate in leadership in educational administration from Capella University.

Rock Hill School District 803-981-1000



Dr. Bill Cook has been the superintendent of Rock Hill Schools since July 1, 2018. He previously served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Gaston County Schools. Cook began his career in 1987 as a high school marketing teacher before moving into administration. He has completed stints as either an assistant principal or principal at five schools in Union County Public Schools. While principal of Walter Bickett Elementary School, Cook was named the Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year and N.C. Southwest Regional Principal of the Year.

2019-2020 school marked the first full year with STEAM programs. First in the state of South Carolina to have an interactive LU playground. Partners with businesses and industries to help students become college and career ready. Focus on teaching “soft skills,” such as leadership, problem-solving and work ethic, in order to be successful in school and beyond.

FAST FACTS 2020 graduation rate is 81 percent. Offers 10 school choice programs, including K-12 pathways for dual language immersion, STEAM, and International Baccalaureate. Transforming the teaching and learning environment through a partnership with Modern Teacher and the League of Innovative Schools. Applied Technology Center has the first high school level program supported by the Material Handling Institute of America in Warehousing and Distribution. EDUCATION GUIDE 2020-21 // CHARLOT TE PARENT


MUST-HAVE ITEMS For Your Home Classroom If you’ve opted for remote learning this year—or you just want your child to have a dedicated workspace at home— we’ve got everything you need to create a safe, practical area where they can stay on task BY TIFFANY WOLFF

WORKSPACE Get kids in the classroom mindset with a desk or table to anchor their workstation. The right-sized desk can help with posture and proper handwriting.


• VIVO Interactive Workstation with LED Lamp, $200, • Cozy Kids Furniture and More, Lake House Desk, $500, Cozy Kids has locations in Concord and Pineville. • Carolina Office Solutions: Home Office Discount, cost varies, 1301-A Westinghouse Blvd. *For teens, shop the sample sale or inquire about the Home Office Discount.


PRINTER Practice math the oldfashioned way on paper worksheets. • HP ENVY 6055 All-In-One Printer, $130,

COUNTERS Counters make mathematical concepts easier to grasp. Preschool and elementary students can use their hands and their heads. Counter bears can double as toys, and base 10 counting blocks prepare students ready for common core concepts. • Teddy Bear Counters Set of 100, $9, • Lakeshore Learning, Base 10 Hands-On Student Pack, $6, Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., 704-849-2370.

CLEANING SUPPLIES Keep your workspace sanitized with the right cleaning supplies. Stock up on extra hand soap, disposable wipes, and facial tissues. Find face masks in child sizes for outings. • The Emma Pink Leopard Kids Mask, $10, Girl Tribe, 1800 Camden Rd.,Ste. 102 704-249-9910.


CRAFT SUPPLIES Art is a great outlet for kids from preschool to high school. Make sure they’ve got everything they need to express their feelings and ideas. • Super Huge Treasure Box, $70, The Teacher Box, 225 Market St., Ste. B, Cramerton, 704-868-8269. • Art Set, 82 Pieces by Creatology, $25, • Sarah Simon Watercolor Set by Winsor & Newton, $50, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, 316 Remount Rd., 704-845-2527.

CALENDAR OR PLANNER Keep track of projects, assignments, and virtual meetings with a calendar. Consider a large schedule or wall calendar for younger children, and keep older kids on track with colorful handheld planners. • What Will We Do Today? Schedule Chart, $22, lakeshorelearning. com. Lakeshore Learning, 10005 E. Independence Blvd., 704-849-2370. • Vintage Floral Planner Bundle, $50, Paper Source, 6800 Phillips Place Ct., 704-552-2220.

VIDEO CALL ESSENTIALS Make your student feel like the CEO of his or her workspace. This lamp comes with a desk clamp and USB port. Child-size headphones allow students to participate in virtual classroom discussions and hear instructions clearly. Look for volume-limiting models and soft earpieces; the headphones below also have a microphone. • Studio Designs LED Flex Clamp Lamps with USB Port, $40, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, 316 Remount Rd., 704-845-2527. • Mpow CH6S Kids Headphones with Microphone, $15-$19,

ORGANIZATION HELPERS Organization will save your space and your sanity. Young students can find Play-Doh and crayons in easy-to-open bins. Older students can use filing systems or folder holders. • Trofast, Ikea, $60, • TRU RED All-In-One 10 Compartment Wire Mesh Compartment Storage, Silver, $22,

PERSONALIZATION Make the workspace a fun space. Personalize your notebooks and stationery to make homework less of a chore. • Serious Dreamer Work from Home Kit, $28, Girl Tribe, 1800 Camden Rd., Ste. 102 704-249-9910. • Let’s Do This Stationery, $9, Paper Skyscraper, 330 East Blvd. 704-333-7130.



Historic Field Trips

and Educational Getaways



Make your next family getaway a learning experience BY MYRA WRIGHT UPDATED BY CHARLOTTE PARENT STAFF

Make your next day trip, weekend getaway, or vacation a learning experience for the kids. From presidential homes to living history museums to historic sites, these destinations can enrich, inspire, and provide hands-on learning opportunities for all ages. See each one’s website for the latest COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.

RALEIGH Raleigh, North Carolina DISTANCE FROM CHARLOTTE: 2 hours and 30

minutes Curious about North Carolina’s government and its history? Visit the North Carolina State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark that has been restored to its 1840-1865 appearance. Small groups can also schedule tours of the N.C. Executive Mansion, N.C. Legislative Building, North Carolina Museum of History, and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. DON’T MISS: Learn about North Carolina’s ecosystem and wildlife in the “Mountains to Sea” exhibit at N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.


COVID-19 RESPONSE: From Museum of Natural Sciences: “The biggest change is that free, timed-entry tickets will be required at the downtown location as the Museum will be opening at a limited capacity to start. Visitors can reserve tickets at the link below. We are unable, at this time, to accommodate organized groups such as schools, churches, or daycares.” HOURS AND ADMISSION: Hours vary according to attraction or museum, but admission is free to the attractions and museums mentioned here. MORE INFO: EDUCATION GUIDE 2020-21 // CHARLOT TE PARENT



3 hours Learn about the Cherokee people and nation through a educational, outdoor, and family-focused activities. Visit the Oconaluftee Indian Village, a living-history museum of an 18th-century Cherokee village. See the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills,” which portrays the Cherokee people’s past and present. Explore the nearby Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway nearby where you can go hiking, camping, fishing, and sightseeing. DON’T MISS:The Museum of the Cherokee Indian for exhibits, hands-on activities, and special events. COVID-19 RESPONSE: “We want to ensure each of you is happy, healthy, and able to return to Cherokee for years to come,” says Richard Sneed, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. “And do come back, and fish our pure freestone streams. Feel the power of the rushing falls we call Mingo and Soco. Enjoy the Fire Mountain Trails, and stay with us in our variety of accommodations. Just be sure to reserve ahead to ensure your spot given our limited capacity.” HOURS AND ADMISSION:

Varies according to museum or attraction.







5 hours Imagine what life was like in Colonial Virginia during the Revolutionary War. Visit dozens of restored and re-created buildings at this living history museum, and see costumed interpreters, re-enactments, and demonstrations.


DON’T MISS: Tour the historic area by horse-drawn carriage, $40-$50. COVID-19 RESPONSE: Check their website to see what’s currently open: “We’ve made updates based on guidance from appropriate government agencies and health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These updates are designed to promote: cleanliness and comfort, physical distancing, (and) reduced contact. It may be different from your last visit, but together, we’ll find new ways to create memories for you and your family.” SHUTTERSTOCK; MYRA WRIGHT



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DUKE HOMESTEAD STATE HISTORIC SITE Durham, North Carolina DISTANCE FROM CHARLOTTE: Just over 2 hours What was life like on a North Carolina tobacco farm after the Civil War? Explore this historic farm, home, and property to find out. Take a 45-minute guided tour or visit on your own. DON’T MISS: Before your tour, watch “Legacy of the Golden Leaf,” a documentary that highlights the Washington Duke family and the story of how their tobacco manufacturing business began.



Walk the same grounds of the men and women who settled England’s first permanent colony in North America. Explore the site of the 1607 James Fort, see artifacts in the museum, and learn what life was like for the English and Powhatan people. See calendar for living history tours and children’s programming. DON’T MISS: The award-winning Archaearium museum houses more than 2,000 artifacts. COVID-19 RESPONSE: “The James Fort site, New Towne, Archaearium, Glasshouse, and Dale House Café are open. All public programs continue to take place outside and follow physical distancing protocols. Please see the mobile-friendly Visit Guide for daily information about programs and hours of operation. … All ‘James Fort: Lost & Found,’ ‘Curators’ Artifact Tours,’ and ‘Forensic Fridays’ have been canceled.” HOURS AND ADMISSION: Open daily 9

a.m.-5 p.m. Ages 16+, $14; ages 15 and younger admitted free. MORE INFO:

MONTICELLO Charlottesville, Virginia

COVID-19 RESPONSE: Measures at the site: limiting visitors to 50-percent of occupancy, to allow a comfortable visit to the Visitor Center and historic structures; requiring cloth masks to enter the Visitor Center and historic structures; all exhibits in the Visitor Center will be open; installing hand sanitizer stations and increasing the frequency of cleaning high touch public areas and restrooms; installing protective barriers at sales counters and information desks; and interactive exhibit features will be paused or modified. HOURS AND ADMISSION: TuesdaySaturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Guided tours are offered daily, as schedule and staffing allows. Tours typically leave at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

FORT RALEIGH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Manteo, North Carolina DISTANCE FROM CHARLOTTE: 5 hours and 20 minutes Take a step back in time to learn about one of the country’s longest and most intriguing mysteries — The Lost Colony. In the visitor center, watch a 17-minute video that explores the mystery and see artifacts discovered by archeologists. Check the calendar for children’s programming like educational walks and arts and crafts. DON’T MISS: The Elizabethan Gardens ($2-$9): “Our garden was created for your enjoyment, and as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very place over 400 years ago.” COVID-19 RESPONSE: The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama is canceled for the season; visit the website to see what is currently open. Outdoor areas, the visitor center, trails, the beach, restroom, and The Elizabethan Gardens are open as of October. HOURS AND ADMISSION: The grounds are open daily, sunrise to sunset. The Lindsay Warren Visitor Center hours are seasonal. See website for more information. Admission is free. MORE INFO:


DON’T MISS: New stations replace some of the tours of previous years; visit Slavery at Monticello, Gardens of Monticello, and Meet Thomas Jefferson.


4 hours and 18 minutes Visit Thomas Jefferson’s estate, tour the original home, and explore the grounds where the third president once lived. Explore Mulberry Row, where Monticello’s slaves lived and worked, and enjoy the carefully landscaped flower, vegetable, and fruit gardens.

COVID-19 RESPONSE: “We are following rigorous protocols for continuous cleaning and disinfecting, and hand-sanitizing stations are readily available for guests and staff. Additionally, we’ve reduced our daily capacity and reconfigured the way guests move around the house and outdoors. We are implementing signage and related protocols to maintain physical distancing. We are offering live and previously recorded online programming content like ‘Live Virtual Tours’ for guests who wish to learn about Monticello from the comfort of their own homes.”

HOURS AND ADMISSION: Open daily, except Christmas Day. Hours are seasonal. $10-$29. MORE INFO:




47 minutes from Charlotte Learn about the battle of Kings Mountain on Oct. 7, 1780, a significant victory during the Revolutionary War. Explore the visitor center, exhibits, and the 1.5-mile battlefield trail. Visit nearby Kings Mountain State Park for camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and a 19th-century living history farm. DON’T MISS: Check the events calendar and time your visit to see demonstration groups, such as the Kings Mountain Backcountry Militia. Learn about life in the 1700s through blacksmithing and woodworking displays.

NORTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM Spencer, North Carolina DISTANCE FROM CHARLOTTE: 45 minutes The museum is located on what was once Southern Railway Co.’s largest steam locomotive repair facility. Explore antique cars, a train depot, a 37-bay roundhouse, locomotives, and rail cars. DON’T MISS: Schedule your visit to include a 25-minute train ride, pulled by an antique diesel engine. Rides are seasonal. See website for calendar. COVID-19 RESPONSE: “Due to Covid-19 restrictions, public buildings are limited to no more than 50 percent of the stated fire code capacity, with space available for social distancing throughout. Picnic shelters are open, arranged with fewer tables and greater distances in between. Train cars will be limited to 30 percent capacity and cars will be sanitized between each ride, including seats, windows, and handrails. Passengers will board their car through one vestibule door and exit on the opposite side, to limit or eliminate contact between passengers.” HOURS AND ADMISSION: Hours are seasonal. $4-$12. MORE INFO:

COVID-19 RESPONSE: “We are working to increase access to the park in a phased approach. Kings Mountain NMP will increase access starting on Sept 16 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wed-Fri, for an outdoor visitor services area, ranger talks and limited access for store sales.” HOURS AND ADMISSION:

Open Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.


Distance from Charlotte: An hour and 14 minutes Explore the life of Moravians and early Southerners living in the 18th and 19th centuries and tour the historic town of Salem and surrounding gardens. Visit the town’s buildings to see historic trades like gunsmithing, pottery, or gardening. Demonstrations include quilting, 18th-century games, hearth cooking, food preservation, and more. DON’T MISS: Celebrate the holidays with the Candle Tea, held on select dates in November and early December. $1-$5. Sing Christmas carols, see how the Moravians make beeswax candles, sip on Moravian coffee and eat sugar cake, and listen to the Christmas story. COVID-19 RESPONSE: “Old Salem’s historic buildings and venues are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 but grounds are open for exploration. … We will continue to offer engaging online programming to support teachers, students, families, and lifelong learners in our community. We will be launching new and innovative on-site programs, like Salem Pathways, as well as on-site research appointments during Phase 2.5, but our buildings will remain closed to traditional in-person visitation. This fall we will begin offering virtual field trips led by our talented museum educators as well as concerts and expanded online programs for lifelong learners. Old Salem also will continue to support the community in nontraditional ways, including baking bread and cultivating fresh produce for local food banks. To date we have donated more than 5,500 loaves of fresh bread and more than 2,500 pounds of produce from our gardens.” HOURS AND ADMISSION: Hours vary. $11-$27.




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In the 11th century A.D., a new culture known as Pee Dee emerged, and inhabitants constructed mounds in the earth for their spiritual and political leaders. Town Creek Indian Mound commemorates that American Indian culture. Browse exhibits in the visitor center and take a self-guided tour of re-created structures and mound.


DON’T MISS: Savor the scenery and native plants with the nature walk, an easy stroll along the river. HOURS AND ADMISSION: Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Admission is free. MORE INFO:



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GOOD SPORTS How the loss of youth sports has impacted kids during the pandemic BY RANDI MAZZELLA


All three of my children have participated in team sports since they were little. My youngest (now a high school junior) has played sports yearround since he was in preschool. That is, until last spring when the pandemic brought everything to a halt. HOW SPORTS HELP KIDS Both parents and educators have expressed concern over the pandemic’s impact on children’s academic growth. But the loss of youth sports has affected kids too, both physically and emotionally. “Sports and physical activity are wellknown providers of positive mental and physical health benefits,” explains Dr. Kristine Keane, neuropsychologist, speaker, and co-author (along with Olympic 3 x Gold Medalist, Christie Pearce Rampone) of BE ALL IN: Raising Kids for Success in Sports and Life. “Research has linked regular cardiovascular exercise to a better overall mood, decreased anger, reduced depression, improved sleep, and better overall cognitive functioning.” Research also shows that being part of a team can enhance mental health. Keane points to Stanford University psychologists Priyanka B. Carr and Gregory M. Walton, who concluded that even subtle suggestions of being part of a team increased motivation, enjoyment, perseverance, engagement, and performance level.

UNDERSTANDING WHAT KIDS HAVE LOST Although the loss of team sports may seem small in comparison to other losses throughout the pandemic, it’s still a big deal for many young athletes. “No one has ever experienced this before,” Keane says. “It is crucial to let athletes talk about their feelings of disappointment about the loss of their season, or their anxiety about the future.” That loss can have both physical and emotional repercussions. “A lack of exercise may translate to reduced serotonin levels, the feel-good chemical our brain submits in response to movement,” Keane says. “Due to quarantine and a lack of activity, gym time, and opportunities to connect with peers at school, many athletes see a decline in their overall mental health.” Many young athletes also miss the socialization and camaraderie that comes with being part of a team. GETTING BACK IN THE GAME Even with temperature checks, social distancing measures, and mandatory masks on the bench, my son was thrilled when our state said that high school soccer could resume this fall. But some athletes may be reluctant to play again. They may fear getting sick or worry they’ve lost their skills after months out of the game. They might have even discovered other activities they prefer over sports. Keane encourages parents to keep the lines of communication open with their athlete. “Let them tell you how they feel without judging,”

she says. “Help them look for alternative ways to view the situation and recognize the things they can control.” For example, if they worry about getting sick if they resume sports, go through the guidelines for minimizing the risk of contracting COVID-19. BRIGHT SIDE OF A TOUGH SITUATION Before the pandemic, many kids were overscheduled or consumed by only one sport. But as Keane points out, it’s allowed kids to learn new skills they may not have previously had time for like skateboarding, running, or playing volleyball with their siblings. Another silver lining is the return to free play. “Free play has been declining over the past two decades, but it is so important,” she says. “It teaches kids how to problem solve and self-soothe, which is critical for physical and emotional development.” Before my son’s high school team resumed practices (but after small, outdoor gatherings were allowed), he and some friends started to play pick-up games. It had been a long time since the boys got together to play soccer without adult coaches, referees, or fans in the stands. They all enjoyed the relaxed, just-forfun atmosphere. It reminded them all how much they enjoyed playing and being together on the field. RANDI MAZZELLA is a freelance writer who specializes in parenting, teen issues, mental health, and wellness. She is a wife and mother of three children. To read more of her work, visit www.





Each year, Charlotte Parent asks readers to nominate Charlotte teachers who make a difference. Meet the four finalists who continue to inspire students and earn respect and admiration in their communities.



JOEL McMILLON School: Carmel Christian School Grade level/subject: 12th grade / Bible Family status: Married with two children Hometown: Phenix City, AL Currently lives: Matthews, NC Why did you become a teacher? To invest in and impact the lives of young people. Students, regardless of age, are in a major developmental period in their lives that is shaping the man or woman they will become, and as a teacher, I have the opportunity to grow, encourage, defend, and influence them on their individual (and collective) journeys. What’s been the hardest part about teaching through a globalpandemic? Having the 2019-2020 year cut short. I had taught the Class of 2020 every year of their high school career, so to not be able to see them for their last three months of their senior year was sad for me. I missed getting to say goodbye, even though our school had a drive through commencement ceremony. It just wasn’t the same as seeing them daily and being able to talk with them about life as they finished high school and prepared for college. What’s been the best part about returning to the classroom? I am really enjoying interacting with students again. Being able to see the friendships and building rapport with a new group of students has been a refreshing endeavor, and I am praying that the protocols that are in place will help our students, staff, and families remain safe so that we can stay in school for the entire school year. What’s been your proudest moment as an educator? In my 18 years of teaching, I think my proudest moments as a teacher revolve around those students who have gone on to be successful young adults, making a positive difference in the community and world. Because I am an ordained minister, I have also been invited by former students to officiate their weddings. It is always a blessing to know that these students remember our time together in a positive light and allow me to have a role in one of the biggest moments of their lives.

What’s been your biggest teaching fail to date? My biggest fail was on a THE day when I was already irritated by TOUGH a class that was uncharacteristically STUFF: unruly, then my next class came in. Chocolate The lesson that day was on rounding or cheese? decimal numbers, and my students Chocolate. were having a difficult time with the concept. After trying to teach the Coffee or tea? lesson a few different times and still Coffee. having some students who were struggling, I asked if any student in the Reality or fiction? room could offer an explanation from Fiction. a student’s perspective to try to help Comedy or others. One student responded, “No, drama? Mr. McMillon, you have explained it as Drama. easily as it can be explained.” Feeling bad for those who were still struggling, Dog or cat? I tried one more time. Unfortunately, Dog. those who were lost remained lost, and those who got it were getting bored. So, More sleep or then I said, “All the smart people get on more free time? the right side of the room, and all the More free time. dumb people get on the left side of the Facebook or room. That way I can teach this again to Instagram? the dumb people, and the smart people Instagram. can start on their homework!!!!” The kids were stunned. One student said, “You can’t say that to us.” Another replied, “I’m going to get my lawyer.” After a moment of awkward silence, the only boy in the class looks at his neighbor, then looks at me, then proclaims, “That was a good one, Mr. McMillon!” Then we all had a good laugh, and I never heard anything from it again. Definitely not my brightest moment. What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the classroom? My wife, son, and daughter are my world, and I love making memories with them. We go to my son’s baseball games, or I help my daughter with cheerleading motions and stunts. We go on family walks or bike rides or trips to get ice cream. What’s the best teaching advice you ever got? Follow the four F’s: Be firm, fun, and friendly, but never familiar. But also, I would say that simply becoming a parent ended up really shaping my view on my classroom. My students are loved by their parents as much as I love my kids, and the expectations that I have for my kids’ teachers to care for and teach them are similar if not the same as the expectations that my students have for me. EDUCATION GUIDE 2020-21 // CHARLOT TE PARENT


TEACHERS OF THE YEAR What’s been the hardest part about teaching through a global pandemic? There has been so much to learn, plan, test, revise, prepare, and review every single day. The hours have been very, very long. What are you most looking forward to about returning to the classroom? I look forward to hearing the children laughing and interacting. I don’t think I will ever say, “stop talking” to my students ever again! I miss the kids so much! What’s been your proudest moment as an educator? When I graduated with my Master’s degree at age 24. I started the program during my first year teaching at age 22 with a co-op from the middle school where I taught. My principal pushed me to participate in the co-op because if we had enough people participate, classes could be held at our school and the county would pay for it. It was a win-win for all involved.

ASHLEY SHOUDY School: Elizabeth Lane Elementary Grade Level: 4th Grade Relationship/Family Status: Married to husband Thomas for 20 years and mom of 2 kids Hometown: Atlanta, GA Currently Lives: Charlotte, NC Currently Reading: Untamed by Glennon Doyle Why did you become a teacher? I really enjoy working with children. I wanted a career where I felt challenged, yet satisfied by the difference I could make each day. I am inspired that teachers are in a unique position to teach students how to problem solve, think independently, and learn how to be a successful member of our everchanging society.



What’s been your biggest teaching fail to date? I taught middle school science for several years and one of the hands-on activities for my physical science class was to create “marshmallow molecules” to describe atomic composition. A student filled his mouth with marshmallows and then started choking. It is the one and only time in my teaching career I have had to give the Heimlich to a student. I have never used marshmallows in class ever again! What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the classroom? I really enjoy spending time with my husband and two boys. I enjoy watching my boys play sports. I am a UGA alumni, so I love to watch UGA sports, especially football. I enjoy reading, traveling, and shopping.


Chocolate or cheese? Chocolate. Coffee or tea? Coffee. Reality or fiction? Fiction (historical fiction). Comedy or drama? Comedy. Dog or cat? Both – we have both. More sleep or more free time? More free time. Facebook or Instagram? Instagram.

What’s the best teaching advice you ever got? My principal at Elizabeth Lane Elementary is amazing and she often says things that “stick.” Recently, Crystal Lail told the ELE staff to “stay positive because positive energy is what fuels our success.” She has reminded the ELE staff that, “the best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” I often need her reminders. I am so blessed to work in such an amazing school with phenomenal administrators, staff, and parents. .

LINDSAY MANGAS School: Arborbrook Christian Academy Grade Level/Subject: High School Science Family Status: Married with three children: Addie, 13, Alivia, 11, Nate, 5, and one dog, Pilot. Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana Currently Lives: Matthews Currently Reading: Paper Towns by John Green, Marching Off The Map by Tim Elmore, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design by Stephen C. Meyer Why did you become a teacher? I was working in the immunology field on anthrax vaccine development, spending long hours in the lab. We hired some new lab techs and I was training them on our project, and realized I enjoyed teaching them more than I enjoyed testing toxicity levels! I actually said I would never be a teacher for the longest time! But God certainly had other plans. What’s been the hardest part about teaching through a global pandemic? It has been really hard to find a sense of balance between the areas of life that pull me constantly. School versus home. Caution versus confidence. Work versus play. It’s nothing new, just magnified. Plus, I really missed hugs from my students.


What’s been your biggest teaching fail to date? Well, I set my trashcan on fire once. But there are lots of fails that become learning lessons: Not trying a lab before class, not keeping parent contact info at home, forgetting a flash drive, having my kid spill a drink all over a pile of tests I was grading at home, explaining something the way it makes sense to me and expecting that it will make sense to all learners… I’ve been teaching for a while, but I’m not done learning how to do it well.

Chocolate or cheese? Cheese.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the classroom? Spending time with my family, reading, and cooking.

Reality or fiction? Fiction.

What’s the best teaching advice you ever got? Taking the road less traveled can make all the difference (a sort of hybrid between Robert Frost and Romans 12). That’s more general life advice, but definitely relates to teaching.

Comedy or drama? Comedy! I love to laugh.

Coffee or tea? Coffee.

Dog or cat? 100% dog. More sleep or more free time? More free time… because there’s always coffee. Facebook or instagram? That’s tough! I use them both for different reasons. I would say I use Facebook more though, for staying in touch with friends and family, reading articles, and interacting with various groups.

What’s been your proudest moment as an educator? Watching the “aha!” moments when a student works hard and finally gets a challenging concept or idea. Hearing from students who have graduated that things they learned or did in my class helped them in college. These kids are my kids, so I’m proud like a momma when they score a three-point shot in basketball, or hit the high note singing the national anthem. EDUCATION GUIDE 2020-21 // CHARLOT TE PARENT


TEACHERS OF THE YEAR What’s been the hardest part about teaching through a global pandemic? Adapting to the new social distancing regulations and procedures. COVID-19 created new policies at our school that prevent those face-to-face conversations with parents and full class capacity, so it’s hard adjusting. What are you most looking forward to about returning to the classroom? We are currently in the classroom, but our numbers are very low. As we are getting back to the new normal I am looking forward to meeting new students and welcoming them to our Room8Rockz classroom! The more voices and laughter the merrier! What’s been your proudest moment as an educator? When parents unexpectedly took action to raise money for a field trip that fell through at the last minute. Seeing them ban together in the ClassTag comments to raise the money in less than 30 minutes was so inspirational. This moment confirmed to my co-teacher and me that the energy we put into teaching our students doesn’t go unnoticed.

KAPREA’ REID School: Childcare Network #97 Grade Level: Pre-K Relationship Status: Single Hometown: Gastonia, NC Currently Lives: Charlotte, NC Currently Reading: RaisedBed Gardening for Beginners by Tammy Wylie



Why did you become a teacher? My mom introduced me to this profession after I graduated college and wasn’t having any luck in the psychology field. Little did I know psychology entry-level jobs require years of education or experience, which was out of my league, so pre-K teacher it is! And I have to say, I am glad the luck ran out and teaching was in my cards. I love every moment and I know I was born to be a pre-K teacher!

What’s been your biggest teaching fail to date? Feeling like I’m not reaching the high standards I set for myself. I have a passion for teaching and want to do the most I can for my students, but realize I can’t do that every day. There are days when I am hard on myself and I feel I could have done better, so I’ve been learning to do what I can in that moment and starting fresh the next day.


What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the classroom? Art. I love to find different DIY projects to do on Pinterest and Tik-Tok. There are so many different ways to create on a budget (especially on a teacher salary). What’s the best teaching advice you ever got? The best teaching advice I got was from my co-teacher minutes before my first observation. She said, “loosen up, be yourself. The main goal is that the kids are learning and having fun! Don’t worry about your evaluator.” These were the perfect words to calm my anxious mind. Those words of wisdom helped me realize the goal is making sure my students are thriving, regardless of who is in the room watching.





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THE TOUGH STUFF: Chocolate or cheese? Chocolate. Coffee or tea? Tea. Reality or fiction? Fiction.

Dog or cat? Dog. More sleep or more free time? More free time. Facebook or Instagram? Instagram.

Comedy or drama? Drama.





COMPILED BY TIFFANY WOLFF | UPDATED BY CHARLOTTE PARENT STAFF Charlotte and its nearby towns are abundant with independent school options. From top-notch technology and robust extracurricular programs to unique education models and teaching styles, each institution brings its own strengths. Following is a snapshot of area independent private schools. For more information, visit the school’s website for information about scheduling a tour. Many school applications are due in January. * Tuition is annual unless otherwise noted

Anami Montessori School 2901 Archdale Drive, Charlotte | 704-556-0042 Grades: PK-grade 6 Enrollment: 80 Student-Teacher Ratio: 12-1 Tuition: $9,312-$12,972 Anami Montessori School adheres to Montessori principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. Located in the SouthPark area, the school backs up to a county park and sits on a natural, wooded lot.


Back Creek Christian Academy 10132 Harrisburg Road, Charlotte | 704-549-4101 Grades: TK-12 Enrollment: 135 Student-Teacher Ratio: 12-1 Tuition: $6,500-$8,750 Back Creek Christian Academy provides an excellent academic education founded on the unchanging principles and perspectives of the Bible presented in a structured and yet nurturing environment.

The British International School of Charlotte 7000 Endhaven Lane, Charlotte | 704-341-3236 Grades: Infant-Grade 12 Enrollment: 180-200 Student-Teacher Ratio: 10-1 Tuition: $10,980-$26,200 Part of Nord Anglia Education: 61 premium international schools across the globe. BISC encourages independent, creative thinking, and smaller class sizes for a personalized learning experience.

Brisbane Academy 5901 Statesville Road, Charlotte 704-598-5208 Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 68 Student-Teacher Ratio: 9-1 Tuition: $5,850-$7,550 Brisbane Academy offers a small, family-oriented environment to develop a love for self and the overall learning process Each student is individually coached and challenged through instructional methods of teaching appropriate for their learning style.

Cannon School 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord | 704-786-8171 Grades: JK-12 Enrollment: 1030 Student-Teacher Ratio: 9:1 Tuition: $17,970-$24,230 A learning environment of trust and support, with faculty and staff who are deeply committed to each child’s journey of academic and personal growth. Financial aid available.


Carmel Christian School 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews | 704-849-9723 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 996 Student-Teacher Ratio: 10-1 Religious Affiliation: Southern Baptist Tuition: $9,600-$13,900 Founded in 1993, Carmel Christian provides an excellent education built upon biblical truth to equip students to reflect Christ to the world. CCS cultivates a community of academic excellence, artistic expression and athletic distinction, marked by intentional discipleship. Carolina Collaborative Prep 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte 704-621-8482 Grades: 3-12 Student-Teacher Ratio: 3:1 Tuition: $20,500-$25,000 Designed for students with learning differences. Small class size, individualized curriculum, Orton Gillingham programs, daily fitness and electives including science lab, computer and photography offered. Full- and part-time options available.


MECKLENBURG COUNTY ALC Mosaic 6100 Monroe Road, Charlotte | 704-709-9668 Grades: K-12 and half-day Pre-K Enrollment: 70 Student-Teacher Ratio: 10-1 Tuition: $1,200 - $11,900 ALC Mosaic provides an environment for liberation where personal growth flourishes when directed by an individual’s own interests and talents.

Cedarwood Academy 401 E. Arrowood Road, Charlotte 704-281-6694 Grades: PK-7 Enrollment: 40 Student-Teacher Ratio: 4/10-1 Tuition: $2,600-$9,500 A learning community committed to nurturing curiosity and inspiring a passion for knowledge. The school pursues intellectual growth, develops imagination and practices purposeful social interaction in a natural and engaging environment. Charlotte Catholic High School 7702 Pineville Matthews Road, Charlotte | 704-543-1127 Grades: 9-12 Religious Affiliation: Catholic, accepts all religions Tuition: $11,806-$16,881 School features a 100% graduation rate, one-to-one technology, AP and honors courses, college counseling, award-winning fine arts and championship winning athletics. Transportation offered. Charlotte Christian School 7301 Sardis Road, Charlotte 704-366-5657 Grades: JK-12 Enrollment: 1,114 Student-Teacher Ratio: 9-1 Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational Tuition: $15,900-$21,655 Charlotte Christian is an independent, nondenominational college-prep school with a biblical worldview. The school is committed to excellence and to providing a balance of rigorous academics, award-winning fine arts and competitive athletics to prepare students college. Charlotte Country Day School 1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte 704-943-4500 Grades: JK-12 Enrollment: 1,700 Student-Teacher Ratio: 8-1 Tuition: $18,695–$26,020 From junior kindergarten to rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, the school’s exceptional faculty incorporates the newest

technologies to teach an innovative and integrated curriculum. Transportation offered. Charlotte Jewish Day School 5007 Providence Road, Building E., Charlotte | 704-366-4558 Grades: K-5 Enrollment: 94 Student-Teacher Ratio: 12-1 Religious Affiliation: Jewish Tuition: $12,456-$16,412 Sets the standard for elementary education based on Jewish beliefs. Through differentiated education curriculum, the school teaches critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. Transportation offered. Charlotte Latin School 9502 Providence Road, Charlotte | 704-846-1100 Grades: TK-12 Enrollment: 1,430 Student-Teacher Ratio: 9-1 Tuition: $19,550-$26,900 Charlotte Latin School’s mission is to encourage individual development and civility in students by inspiring them to learn, encouraging them to serve others and offering them many growth-promoting opportunities. Transportation offered. Charlotte Leadership Academy 2800 N. Graham St., Charlotte 704-931-1196 Grades: 6-9 Enrollment: 20 Student-Teacher Ratio: 5-1 Tuition: $4,000-$6,000 Charlotte Leadership Academy is dedicated to educating each child on his or her own individual level, giving students the confidence, support and structure they need to succeed is the school’s main focus. Charlotte Preparatory School 212 Boyce Road, Charlotte | 704-366-5994 Grades: Age 2-Grade 8 Enrollment: 365 Student-Teacher Ratio: 8:1 Tuition: $12,600-$21,400 Focus on academic excellence, positive character development and leadership in a diverse and inclusive community. Transportation and financial aid offered.

Chesterbrook Academy Preschool First Charlotte location: 11922 Providence Rd. West Second Charlotte location: 8411 Beverly Crest Blvd. Third Charlotte location: 8515 Mallard Creek Rd. Denver location: 7274 NC Hwy 73, Denver Huntersville location: 13740 Statesville Rd., Huntersville Mooresville location: 143 Professional Park Dr., Mooresville Weddington location: 509 Weddington Rd., Weddington 877-959-4181 Grades: 6 weeks-Pre-K2 Enrollment: Varies by location Chesterbrook is part of Spring Education Group, a network of more than 230 private schools providing outstanding education for infants through 12th grade across the U.S., internationally and online. Christ the King Catholic High School 2011 Crusader Way, Huntersville | 704-766-5000 Grades: 9-12 Enrollment: 333 Student-Teacher Ratio: 7:1 Tuition: $11,806-$16,881 Religious Affiliation: Catholic, accepts all religions School features a 100% graduation rate, one-to-one technology, AP and honors courses, college counseling, band, theater and athletics. Transportation offered. Covenant Day School 800 Fullwood Lane, Matthews | 704-847-2385 Grades: TK-12 Enrollment: 945 Student-Teacher Ratio: 9:1-13:1 Religious Affiliation: Christian Tuition: $10,350-$17,550 Covenant Day School is a Christcentered, college-preparatory school that was founded in 1989. The school seeks to ignite a passion for learning and service in students by providing an authentic and holistic Christian education of distinction.

Crossway Academy 9111 Monroe Road, Suite 100, Charlotte 704-654-2352 Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 40 Student-Teacher Ratio: 5-1 Tuition: $17,200-$18,700 Meets the academic and social needs of children who are experiencing difficulty in the traditional, special education or home-school setting. Davidson Day School 750 Jetton St., Davidson | 704-237-5229 Grades: Age 2-Grade 12 Enrollment: 500 Student-Teacher Ratio: 8-1 Tuition: $17,100-$20,380 Fosters academic excellence through collaboration, creativity and character development. Students benefit from an engaging, rigorous and developmentally appropriate curriculum with exceptional artistic, athletic and extracurricular programs. Davidson Green School 511 S. Main St., Davidson 704-817-2549 Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 45 Student-Teacher Ratio: 10-1 Tuition: $7,890-$12,728 An independent school with a focus on sustainability, nature connection and engineering. Fusion Academy Charlotte 3426 Toringdon Way, Suite 100, Charlotte 866-228-1591 Grades: 6-12 Enrollment: 10-60 Student-Teacher Ratio: 1-1 Tuition: $3,250-$3,630 per course, per term Classes are one-to-one with one student and one teacher per classroom. Teachers personalize instruction for each student’s unique strengths, interests and learning style.



Grace Covenant Academy 17301 Statesville Road, Cornelius 704-892-5601 Grades: PK-7 Enrollment: 174 Student-Teacher Ratio: Threes: 7-1; Fours: 9-1; K-2nd Grade: 12-1; 3rd-5th Grade: 12-1; and 6th-8th Grade: cap at 24 students Religious Affiliation: Christian Tuition: $7,750 Grace Covenant Academy educates the whole child through strong academics and intentional spiritual formation. Offers cutting edge technology, a STEM lab, new facilities and strong partnership with families. Greyfriars Classical Academy 2701 Rice Road, Matthews | 704-315-5774 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 228 Student-Teacher Ratio: 11-1 for high school Tuition: $250-$4,200 High school students meet three days per week, with students working independently two days each week. Grades K-8 is a oneday-per-week tutorial program for home-school students, with optional second day for grades 6-8. Grades 9-12: Grades K-8: Guidepost Montessori 4755 Prosperity Church Road, Charlotte Second location: 15115 Norman View Lane, Huntersville Grades: Infant-Grade 8 Enrollment: 190 Student-Teacher Ratio: 25-1 elementary and middle school Tuition: $1,000-$1,900 monthly At Guidepost, children gain the knowledge, confidence, creativity and social ability to pursue selfchosen goals over time. Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School 3100 Park Road, Charlotte | 704-527-7822 Grades: 6-8 Student-Teacher Ratio: 15:1 Tuition: $8,272-$12,815 Religious Affiliation: Catholic, accepts all religions School offers one-to-one technology, STEM, robotics, award-


winning band, broadcast journalism, marketing, graphic design and championship-winning athletics. Transportation offered. Intellicor International Academy 4301 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte 704-290-2000 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 90 Student-Teacher Ratio: 9-1 Religious Affiliation: Islam Tuition: $5,500-$5,800 A student-focused, educational entity, promoting students and community development according to the professional pedagogical and psychological knowledge and according to the tolerant teachings of Islam. Transportation offered. Ivybrook Academy Huntersville 10230 Hamptons Park Drive, Huntersville 704-655-9583 Grades: PK Tuition: Call to inquire regarding tuition Student-Teach Ratio: 1:4-1:10, based on grade Principal Tamara McDonald is honored to be bringing Ivybrook Academy’s unique approach to early childhood education to the Huntersville community. Tamara has been a dedicated member of the education field for 20 years and is driven by her passion to support children on their journey to greatness. Ivybrook Academy Myers Park 347 N. Caswell Road, Suite 101 704-901-8225 Grades: PK Tuition: Call to inquire regarding tuition Student-Teach Ratio: 1:4-1:10, based on grade Their award-winning Myers Park Campus is located close in proximity to the neighborhoods of Elizabeth and Myers Park in Charlotte. “This beautiful community, rich in history, engaging and diverse, is home to some of Charlotte’s oldest major businesses and residential areas,” the school says.


The John Crosland School 5146 Parkway Plaza Blvd., Charlotte 704-365-5490 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 72 Student-Teacher Ratio: 7-1 Tuition: $18,874-$25,337 Since 1978, The John Crosland School has provided students with specific attention and learning differences an individualized college-preparatory education in an environment that nurtures and protects school values of curiosity, talents, character, humanity and dreams. Kent Academy 1814 Euclid Ave., Charlotte 704-996-8283 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 20-40 Student-Teacher Ratio: 4-1 Tuition: $14,000-$15,000 A small environment with individualized and integrated curriculum that utilizes community resources. Keystone Montessori School 2830 Dorchester Place, Charlotte 980-355-0900 Grades: K-6 Enrollment: 55 Student-Teacher Ratio: 15-1 Tuition: $7,720-$10,875 An authentic AMI recognized Montessori program for ages 3 to 12. Montessori education is scientifically and logically based on the natural development, tendencies and interests of children. Lake Norman Christian School 16301 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville | 704-987-9811 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 112 Student-Teacher Ratio: 7-1 Religious Affiliation: Christian, nondenominational Tuition: $9,750-$11,350 Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International, as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (AdvanEd). Founded in 2008.

Manus Academy 6203 Carmel Road, Charlotte | 704-542-6471 Grades: 3-12 Enrollment: 60 Student-Teacher Ratio: 6-1 Tuition: $24,000-$25,000 An accredited, private school that specializes in working with students with learning barriers. Students build essential academic skills and successfully complete their coursework, solve problems and meet the demands of their school environment. Northside Christian Academy 333 Jeremiah Blvd., Charlotte | 704-596-4074 Grades: K-12 Enrollment:145 Student-Teacher Ratio: Lower: 12-1; Upper: 18-1 Religious Affiliation: Christian Tuition: $8,000-$9,500 The mission of Northside Christian Academy is to partner with families to provide a Christ-centered, biblically based education in the pursuit of excellence. Omni Montessori School Blakeney campus: 9536 Blakeney Heath Road, Charlotte 704-541-1326 Waxhaw campus: 7118 McWhorter Road, Waxhaw | 704-843-3335 Grades: 3 years-grade 9 Enrollment: 180 Tuition: $10,218-$19,397 Dedicated to developing skilled, resourceful and caring members of society who value discovery and excellence, and contribute with purpose to the world. Each campus includes indoor and outdoor environments designed to meet the needs of student development. Our Lady of Assumption Catholic School 4225 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte | 704-531-0067 Grades: PK-8 Religious Affiliation: Catholic, accepts all religions Tuition: $4,500-$8,272 School offers STEM, library, makerspace, athletics, guitar, band and a special learning program. Transportation offered.

Palisades Episcopal School 13120 Grand Palisades Pkwy., Charlotte | 704-583-1825 Grades: JK-8 Enrollment: 200 Student-Teacher Ratio: 9-1 Religious Affiliation: Episcopal Tuition: $6,218-$14,398 Provides a classical education challenging the mind, body and spirit. Small class sizes allow for differentiated instruction and service integration, students graduate as lifelong learners academically prepared for high school and beyond. Transportation offered. Philips Academy 3115 Providence Road, Charlotte 704-365-4533 Grades: 6-12, and adult Enrollment: 50 Student-Teacher Ratio: 6-1 Tuition: $21,700 Provides middle and high school students with complex learning

disabilities the academic, occupational and social skills needed to be self-reliant, confident, contributing members of their communities. Phoenix Montessori Academy 12340 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville 704-875-2139 Grades: 18 months-grade 12 Enrollment: 124 Student-Teacher Ratio: 8-1 Tuition: $9,964-$11,057 To develop true scholars, lifelong learners, and productive citizens of the world in a diverse atmosphere that incorporates Montessori principles where students demonstrate respect and love for self, others, and their environment. Providence Day School 5800 Sardis Road, Charlotte | 704-887-6000 Grades: TK-12 Enrollment: 1,780

Student-Teacher Ratio: 8-1 Tuition: $19,340-$27,455 Providence Day prepares students to be empathetic problem solvers and active global citizens through a global curriculum. It inspires a passion for learning, a commitment to personal integrity and a sense of social responsibility. Transportation offered. RC Smith Christian Academy 5118 Hucks Road, Charlotte 980-256-2001 Grades: K-9 Enrollment: 40 Student-Teacher Ratio: 10-1 Religious Affiliation: Christian Tuition: $6,000-$7,500 Supports students by teaching Christian values and customizing learning plans, preparing students to seek opportunities and compete globally as confident citizens.

Shands School 1315 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Matthews | 704-321-5705 Grades: 2-7 Enrollment: 10 Student-Teacher Ratio: 5-1 Tuition: $14,500 Teaches to individual learning styles and encourages independent thinking for children with different learning styles. Extracurricular classes complement the sciencebased curriculum. South Charlotte Baptist Academy 12416 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville | 704-544-7323 Grades: PK-9 Enrollment: 51 Student-Teacher Ratio: 15-1 Religious Affiliation: Independent Baptist Tuition: $4,900-$5,900 South Charlotte Baptist Academy uses the A Beka curriculum, a Biblebased curriculum, from Pensacola Christian Academy.

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SouthLake Christian Academy 13820 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville | 704-949-2200 Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 550 Student-Teacher Ratio: 8-1 Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Tuition: $8,950-$13,450 A co-educational, private day school in the Lake Norman area. The college preparatory curriculum is taught with a Christian worldview on the 30-acre campus. Transportation offered. St. Ann Catholic School 600 Hillside Ave., Charlotte | 704-525-4938 Grades: PK-5 Religious Affiliation: Catholic, accepts all religions Tuition: $4,500-$11,870 School offers STEM, band, special learning program, family events and library. Transportation offered. St. Gabriel Catholic School 3028 Providence Road, Charlotte 704-366-2409 Grades: K-5 Religious Affiliation: Catholic, accepts all religions Tuition: $7,361-$12,815 School offers musical theater, STEM, band, family events, technology, library and Jaguar TV. Transportation offered. St. Mark Catholic School 14750 Stumptown Road, Huntersville 704-766-5000 Grades: K-8 Religious Affiliation: Catholic, accepts all religions Tuition: $7,361-$12,815 School offers STEM, robotics, musical theater, band, chorus, athletics and family events. Transportation offered. St. Matthew Catholic School 11525 Elm Lane, Charlotte | 704-544-2070 Grades: TK-5 Religious Affiliation: Catholic, accepts all religions Tuition: $7,361-$11,870 Located in Ballantyne, school offers STEM, library, band and family events. Transportation offered.


St. Patrick Catholic School 1125 Buchanan St., Charlotte 704-333-3174 Grades: K-5 Religious Affiliation: Catholic, accepts all religions Tuition: $7,361-$11,870 This Dilworth area school offers STEM, musical theater, technology, library, athletics, band, family events and special learning program. The Cyzner Institute 7022 Sardis Road, Charlotte | 704-366-8260 Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 27 students Student-Teacher Ratio: 2-1 A private educational, therapeutic center for children with learning differences or special developmental and behavioral needs. The Epiphany School of Charlotte 1000 E. Morehead St., Charlotte 704-496-9942 Grades: 3-9 Enrollment: 12 Student-Teacher Ratio: 6-1 Tuition: $22,300 An independent day school dedicated to providing programs for students with Asperger’s or other social communication differences to help build success skills for high school and beyond. The Fletcher School 8500 Sardis Road, Charlotte | 704-365-4658 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 263 Student-Teacher Ratio: 6-1 Tuition: $25,600-$27,000 Serves students with learning differences by offering a multisensory, college-prep curriculum. Students learn in small, structured classes. Individual and prescriptive learning plans are developed for each student. Trinity Episcopal School 750 E. 9th St., Charlotte | 704-358-8101 Grades: K-8 Enrollment: 435 Religious Affiliation: Episcopal, accepts all faiths Student-Teacher Ratio: 10-1


Tuition: $18,455-$20,222 Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte, Trinity inspires students to become insightful thinkers, engaged citizens and innovative problemsolvers. Graduates are grounded in reason, openness and inclusivity. Trinity Christian Preparatory School 7516 E. Independence Blvd., Suite 100, Charlotte | 704-569-1900 Grades: 8-12 Enrollment: 87 Student-Teacher Ratio: 11-1 Tuition: $15,275 School offers flexibility for students academic needs and prompt communication with parents. United Faith Christian Academy 8617 Providence Road, Charlotte | 704-541-1742 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 243 Student-Teacher Ratio: 8-1 Religious Affiliation: Christian, nondenominational Tuition: $8,590-$11,335 Academy offers accredited college-preparatory, Christcentered education for academically motivated students with opportunities for leadership and service. CABARRUS COUNTY Cannon School 5801 Poplar Tent Road, Concord | 704-786-8171 Grades: JK-12 Enrollment: 980 Student-Teacher Ratio: 9:1 Tuition: $17,970-$24,230 A learning environment of trust and support, with faculty and staff who are deeply committed to each child’s journey of academic and personal growth. Financial aid available. Covenant Classical School 3200 Patrick Henry Drive, Concord | 704-792-1854 Grades: K4-12 Enrollment: 240 Student-Teacher Ratio: Varies by grade level Religious Affiliation: Christian Tuition: $3,026-$8,336 Covenant Classical School was founded in 1996 and provides an academically excellent education

that is biblically based and classically taught to students in grades K4-12. HOPE Academy 7655 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord | 704-999-2436 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 165 Student-Teacher Ratio: 10-1 Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational Tuition: $6,000-$6,749 A Christian University-Model school. Students are taught by professional instructors three days per week, and HOPE provides the materials for parents to work with students at home two days per week. The Daniel Academy 681 Sunderland Road SW, Concord | 980-221-1698 Grades: K4-12 Enrollment: 43 Student-Teacher Ratio: 7-1 Religious Affiliation: Christian Tuition: $4,200 to $12,200 Founded in August 2010, The Daniel Academy of Concord is a K4-12 Family Partnership Private School serving Cabarrus County and the surrounding areas. GASTON COUNTY Gaston Christian School 1625 Lowell Bethesda Road, Gastonia | 704-824-4128 Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 900 Student-Teacher Ratio: Varies by grade level Religious Affiliation: Christian Tuition: $3,168-$8,940 Gaston Christian School is a nondenominational, collegepreparatory school, located on a 66-acre campus that includes a newly constructed fine arts center, six tennis courts, an eight-lane track and a lighted soccer complex. Founded in 1980. Gaston Day School 2001 Gaston Day School Road, Gastonia | 704-864-7744 Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 500 Student-Teacher Ratio: 10-1 Tuition: $6,050-$15,675 A nonsectarian, college-preparatory school with the mission to educate

students and prepare them for academic success and responsible, productive lives. Founded in 1967. Saint Michael Catholic School 704 St. Michaels Lane, Gastonia | 704-865-4382 Grades: PK-8 Religious Affiliation: Catholic, accepts all religions Tuition: $5,866-$8,276 Saint Michael offers Spanish, dance, band, STEM, robotics, athletics, art, faith and service, family events, library and technology. IREDELL COUNTY Liberty Preparatory Christian Academy 229 Midway Lake Road, Mooresville | 704-660-3933 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 325 Student-Teacher Ratio: 16-1 Religious Affiliation: Christian Tuition: $5,500-$6,500 Liberty Prep uses a modified classical approach with a focus on critical thinking skills and developing the love of learning. Woodlawn School 135 School Loop Road, Mooresville 704-895-8653 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 167 Student-Teacher Ratio: 7-1 Tuition: $18,000-$19,500 Hands-on, project-based learning forms the heart of the curriculum with active, engaged, studentcentered instruction using the most progressive methods. LINCOLN COUNTY Starboard Christian Academy 2380 Lake Shore Road S., Denver 704-775-3724 Grades: K-4 Enrollment: 25 Student-Teacher Ratio: 8-1 Religious Affiliation: Christian Tuition: $4,950 A K-3 grade school with a unique three-day/two-day schedule that partners with families to provide a quality, cost-effective, collegepreparatory education.

UNION COUNTY Arborbrook Christian Academy 4823 Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road, Matthews | 704-821-9952 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 215 Student-Teacher Ratio: 8-1 Religious Affiliation: Christian, nondenominational Tuition: $7,047-$8,117 A Charlotte Mason-style school recently ranked as No. 1 for private high schools in Union County by Niche. This community school strives to develop a love of learning through a biblical lens. Ivybrook Academy Weddington 9801 Suzanne Ct., Weddington 704-845-2310 Grades: PK Tuition: Call to inquire regarding tuition Student-Teach Ratio: 1:4-1:10, based on grade Since opening its doors in 2007, the school has been voted both the best private school and best pre-school in Charlotte for the last 5 years. “While we celebrate our achievements, we understand our most important charge is continuing the high caliber of education that we provide for our children,” it says. Metrolina Christian Academy 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail 704-882-3375 Grades: TK-12 Enrollment: 1,100 Student-Teacher Ratio: 20-1 lower school; 22-1 upper school Religious Affiliation: Baptist Tuition: $6,427-$8,725 A private Christian school accredited by ACSI/AdvancEd. Offers academic excellence and opportunities for athletics, fine arts, clubs and service while partnering with parents to provide a biblical worldview. Thales Academy 8012 New Town Road, Waxhaw | 704-256-5370 Grades: K-6 Student-Teacher Ratio: 18-1 Tuition: $5,000 The mission of Thales Academy is to provide an excellent, high-quality

and affordable education through the use of direct instruction and a classical curriculum that embodies traditional American values. Weddington Christian Academy 13901 Providence Road, Weddington 704-846-1039 Grades: JK-8 Enrollment: 130 Student-Teacher Ratio: 10-1 Religious Affiliation: Methodist Tuition: $6,910-$11,900 Weddington Christian Academy provides an education of academic excellence and Christian spiritual development in a faith community that challenges the mind, prepares the heart and nurtures the soul. YORK COUNTY Academy Christian School 129 Border Road W., Rock Hill 803-327-5673 Grades: K-12 Student-Teacher Ratio: 10-1 Tuition: $4,500 Academy Christian School uses the ACE Pace curriculum, a unique learning system meets the need of each student. Ivybrook Academy Fort Mill 873 Dave Gibson Blvd., Fort Mill, S.C. 803-802-2390 Grades: PK Tuition: Call to inquire regarding tuition Student-Teach Ratio: 1:4-1:10, based on grade Ivybrook Academy-Fort Mill is an award-winning half-day preschool in Fort Mill, recognized nationally for “our innovative and progressive curriculum that offers our students unlimited possibilities and opportunities.” Providence Classical School 318 N. Jones Ave., Rock Hill 803-900-9582 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 116 Student-Teacher Ratio: 12-1 Religious Affiliation: Christian Tuition: $5,675-$5,925 Partners with parents in the education of students and uses a classical methodology.

St. Anne Catholic High School Lower school: 1698 Bird St., Rock Hill | 803-324-4814 High school: 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill | 803-548-0073 Grades: K3-12 Enrollment: 425 Student-Teacher Ratio: 9-1 Religious Affiliation: Catholic Tuition: $7,361-$16,881 Uniting the long-standing tradition of Catholic education with a personalized learning experience. Students develop individual identity and become virtuous leaders of society. Transportation offered. Village Montessori & Preparatory School 1525 Onyx Ridge, Fort Mill 803-462-5288 Grades: PK-K Tuition: $5,320-$14,408 VMPS offers full- and part-time preschool programs, transitional kindergarten, private kindergarten, literacy coaching, math tutoring, and after-school care for ages 5-12. Walnut Grove Christian School 1036 Maxwell Mill Road, Fort Mill | 803-835-2000 Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 120 Student-Teacher Ratio: 10-1 Religious Affiliation: Chrsitian Tuition: $6,975- $8,955 Provides a Christ-centered approach to education in an environment where students develop lasting relationships through a schedule that allows time for them to invest in activities in which they are passionate. Westminster Catawba Christian School 2650 India Hook Road, Rock Hill | 803-366-4119 Grades: Infants-Grade 12 Enrollment: 500 Student-Teacher Ratio: 16-1 Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Tuition: $2,140-$11,810 A Christ-centered, collegepreparatory day school.



Carolina International School | 704-455-3847 9545 Poplar Tent Road, Concord Grades: K-12 Nurtures students’ natural curiosity through a challenging, interdisciplinary, international curriculum. Arts and athletics offered. Founded in 2004. Concord Lake STEAM Academy | 704-273-5310 1911 Concord Lake Road, Kannapolis Grades: K-8 Offers an individualized learning environment that includes parent participation. Before- and after-school care offered. Uniforms required. Offers middle school athletics. Founded in 2016. GASTON COUNTY Mountain Island Charter School | 704-827-8840 13440 Lucia-Riverbend Highway, Mount Holly Grades: K-12 Offers a traditional curriculum within a positive, challenging learning environment. Athletic programs and before- and after-school care available. Limited transportation. Founded in 2010.

UPDATED BY CHARLOTTE PARENT STAFF Charter schools are publicly funded, independently run schools authorized by the N.C. Board of Education and operated by independent nonprofit board of directors. Charter schools are held accountable through the state assessment and accountability system, including annual standardized testing. Many charters offer unique programming and smaller classroom settings, and all are free to attend. Each has its own application dates and processes, with many using an open lottery admission system. *Charter schools included are those in operation as of the 2020-2021 school year. Grades listed are anticipated for 2021-2022 school year.


CABARRUS COUNTY A.C.E. Academy | 704-456-7153 7807 Caldwell Road, Harrisburg Grades: K-8 Project-based learning with emphasis on entrepreneurship, leadership, financial literacy, and problem solving. Transportation offered. Before- and after-school care available. Founded in 2014. Cabarrus Charter Academy | 704-789-2500 Lower Campus (K-5): 355 Poplar Crossing Drive NW, Concord Upper Campus (6-12): 7550 Ruben Linker Rd NW, Concord Grades: K-12 A rigorous and productive learning environment. Parent participation required. Athletics available. Uniforms required. Before- and after-school care available. Founded in 2013.


Ridgeview Charter School | 980-208-7782 207 W. Bradley St., Gastonia Grades: K-4 Built on strong relationships with parents, students and the community. Founded 2019. Iredell County American Renaissance School | 704-924-8870 132 E. Broad St., Statesville Grades: K-8 Students keep the same teacher and classmates in kindergarten and first grade. Clubs offered. Beforeand after-school care available. Founded in 1999. Iredell Charter Academy | 704-508-0104 251 Home Improvement St., Troutman Grades: K-8 The school focuses on personalized learning for each student. Advanced program is available. Parents are required to commit to volunteer hours. Limited transportation and before- and after-school care available. Founded in 2016.



Piedmont Community Charter School |704-853-2428 Elementary Campus: 119 E. Second Ave., Gastonia Secondary Campus: 2970 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia Grades: K-12 College-preparatory school. Offers arts and clubs. Middle and high school athletics offered. New high school campus to open in August 2020. Founded in 2000.

Langtree Charter Academy | 704-705-1698 154 Foundation Court, Mooresville Grades: K-12 Focus on citizenship and experimental learning. Parent participation required. Athletics and before- and after-school care are available. Founded in 2013. Pine Lake Preparatory | 704-237-5304 104 Yellow Wood Circle, Mooresville Grades: K-12 Offers college-prep coursework, an arts program, community-service learning, literature-rich curriculum and after-school program. Exceptional student program available. Founded in 2007. Success Charter School | 704-881-0441 1424-2 Rickert St., Statesville Grades: K-8 Uses Common Core curriculum, foundational principles of business, and key elements of entrepreneurial success. Athletics offered. Transportation and before- and after-school programs available. Founded in 2000. LINCOLN COUNTY Lincoln Charter School | 704-483-6611 7834 Galway Lane, Denver Grades: K-12 A college-prep school that offers a small school environment. Middle and high school athletics, clubs, arts and service opportunities offered. Transportation available. Founded in 1998. West Lake Preparatory Academy | 704-966-2202 615 Business Highway 16, Denver Grades: K-8 Offers a college-preparatory education that empowers students through individualized learning plans that promote strong character, independence and leadership. Founded in 2019. MECKLENBURG COUNTY Aristotle Preparatory Academy | 704-215-4550 8101 Fallsdale Drive, Charlotte Grades: K-5 Offers data-driven instruction, with a focus on character development, as well as core and STEM classes. Art and athletics offered. Transportation and after-school programs available. Founded in 2013.

Bradford Preparatory School | 704-549-0080 2502 Salome Church Road, Charlotte Grades: K-12 A college-prep school that uses innovative teaching methods in a small, responsive learning environment. Middle and high school athletics offered. Extensive college counseling beginning in seventh grade. Founded in 2014. Bonnie Cone Classical Academy | 704-727-6833 119 N. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville (temporary location) Grades: K-7 Bonnie Cone Classical Academy academics are based on the rigors of a classical education. Transportation and after-school care available. Uniforms required. Founded in 2019. Charlotte Choice Charter | 980-272-8308 3118 Milton Road, Charlotte Grades: K-8 Emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Clubs, activities, athletics, and transportation available. Founded in 2013. Charlotte Lab School | 704-464-3830 301 E. Ninth Street, Charlotte Grades: K-8 Personalized, innovative learning that provides students with necessary skills to thrive in the 21st century. Founded in 2015. Charlotte Secondary School 8601 McAlpine Park Drive, Charlotte | 704-295-0137 Grades: 6-12 This college-prep school utilizes a Paideia philosophy for the instruction of students, focusing on didactic, intellectual coaching and seminar-based teaching. Athletics are available. Founded in 2007. Commonwealth High School | 704-899-4998 5112 Central Ave., Charlotte Grades: 9-12 Flexible scheduling options and personalized academic plans help students aim for success and earn high school diplomas. Founded in 2014. Community School of Davidson | 704-897-8061 404 Armour St., Davidson Grades: K-12 Teachers and parents work together to create an inclusive community with a focus on hands-on learning. After-school care available and athletics offered. Founded in 2004.

Corvian Community School Elementary: 9501 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte | 704-717-7550 Middle: 4041 Johnston Oehler Road, Charlotte | 704-595-9452 Grades: K-10 Addresses the cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs of each student. Teachers and parents work together to create an inclusive community of learning. Athletics, and before- and after-school care offered. Founded in 2012. East Voyager Academy of Charlotte | 704-412-6988 7429 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte Grades: PK-5 Graduates students with English-Chinese bilingual proficiency, strong academics and intercultural competence. Founded in 2018. Invest Collegiate Transform 704-370-4000 | 2045 Suttle Ave., Charlotte Grades: K-8 Uses “immersive leaningscapes� to help prepare students for the future. Uniforms required. Limited transportation offered. Founded in 2013. KIPP Charlotte | 704-537-2044 931 Wilann Drive, Charlotte Grades: K-8 This college-preparatory school offers athletics, arts and extra-curriculars. Founded in 2007. Lake Norman Charter | 704-948-8600 12435 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville Grades: K-12 This charter school aims to build community leaders with the lifelong desire to learn, lead and serve. Offers extracurriculars and athletics. Founded in 1998. Lakeside Charter Academy | 704-896-9500 17609 Old Statesville Road, Cornelius Grades: K-8 Provides students with a focused and coherent curriculum through the Core Knowledge Sequence by E.D. Hirsch. Uniforms required. Before- and after-school care offered. Mallard Creek STEM Academy | 980-288-4811 9142 Browne Road, Charlotte Grades: K-8 Using a workshop model, students take ownership of their learning. Clubs and athletics offered. Transportation and before- and afterschool care available. Founded in 2016.



Matthews Charter Academy 980-339-5449 2332 Mount Harmony Church Road, Matthews Grades: K-8 School curriculum concentrates on real-world skills, problem solving and how to be a good citizen. Offers sports, music, arts and clubs. Beforeand after-school care offered. Founded in 2016. Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy | 704-503-1112 5225 Seventy-Seven Center Drive, Charlotte Grades: K-8 Offers a differentiated and challenging learning environment, that caters to intellectually gifted children. Athletics, extracurriculars, and beforeand after-school care available. Founded in 2000. Mountain Island Day School | 704-391-5516 1209 Little Rock Road, Charlotte Grades: K-12 Focus on character, ethics, service, physical and emotional health in a creative and positive environment that enhances learning and growing. The school works as a small-school model. Founded in 2009. Movement Charter School | 704-585-1356 2701-B Freedom Drive, Charlotte Grades: K-5 The school believes in world-class academics, individualized learning and character development. After-school care is available at the school. Bus transportation available. Uniforms required. Founded 2017. Pioneer Springs Community School | 704-494-0777 9300 Bob Beatty Road, Charlotte Grades: K-9 A holistic and nature-based school teaches core concepts in a real-world context. Special-area classes include ceramics, yoga, art and Spanish. After-school care offered. Founded in 2014. Queen City STEM School | 980-299-6633 Elementary: 8701 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte Middle/High School: 9108 A-B Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte Grades: K-10 Research- and inquiry-based curriculum. Student clubs, plus free after-school and weekend tutoring available. Uniforms required. Transportation available. Founded in 2015.


Queen’s Grant Community School 704-573-6611 6400 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill Grades: K-12 Focus on student responsibility, parental partnership and academic excellence with a moral focus. Partnering daycares in the area provide before- and after-school care. Athletics and extracurriculars available. Uniforms required. Founded in 2002. Socrates Academy | 704-321-1711 3909 Weddington Road, Matthews Grades: K -8 This school uses the Socratic Method, teaching students reading, writing and math in both English and Greek. Athletics and before- and afterschool care available. Founded in 2005. Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy | 704-315-2345 5203 Shopton Road, Charlotte Grades: K-6 Promotes high academic achievement by increasing student engagement through a workshop model that encourages and empowers students to take ownership of their own learning. Before- and after-school care available. Transportation offered. Uniforms required. Founded in 2019. Steele Creek Preparatory Academy | 980-243-5580 2200 Shopton Road, Charlotte Grades: K-7 A rigorous, personalized learning environment designed to build academic and critical thinking skills. Before- and after-school care available. Uniforms required. Founded in 2019. Stewart Creek High School | 704-755-5112 2701-F Freedom Drive, Charlotte Ages 16-20 This school aims to help kids who dropped out of school or who are likely to drop out earn high school diploma. The flexible scheduling options and personalized academic plans help students aim for success. Founded in 2015.


Sugar Creek Charter K-8 campus: 4101 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte 704-509-5470 High School: 7821 Old Concord Road, Charlotte 980-242-3070 Grades: K-12 The mission of this school is to eliminate generational poverty of low-income students of color. The curriculum focuses on academic preparation, life skills, and individualized support for college or career goals. Athletics offered. Transportation offered. Founded in 1999. United Community Charter School | 980-819-0555 1406 Suther Road, Charlotte Grades: K-8 An A+ school with curriculum based around the arts. A+ Schools combine interdisciplinary teaching and daily arts instruction. After-school care available. Extended day program available. Transportation offered. Founded in 2014. Unity Classical Charter School | 980-202-5899 1929 W. Arrowood Road, Charlotte Grades: K-5 Focus on a classical education with a curriculum based on Western history and culture, especially that of Greece, Rome and Western Europe. Founded in 2017. UpROAR Leadership Academy | 980-585-3722 5500 N. Tryon St., Charlotte Grades: 5-11 A college-prep academy that includes honors and advanced placement classes, fine arts, musical and theatrical skill development. Middle school sports available. Uniforms required. Transportation offered. Before- and after-school care. Founded in 2017. VERITAS Community School | 980-677-0101 2600 Grimes St., Charlotte Grades: K-5 This school aims to empower the scholar and athlete in every child, using health and wellness practices in a peaceful environment. Transportation and before- and after-school programs available. Uniforms required. Founded in 2015. UNION COUNTY Apprentice Academy High School of North Carolina | 980-313-8610 2850 Old Charlotte Hwy, Monroe Grades: 9-12 Provides students with a career- and technologyfocused career prep as well as college-prep curriculum. Founded in 2019.

Monroe Charter Academy | 980-210-3627 200 Tomberlin St., Monroe Grades: K-5 Mission to create academically thriving citizens, by partnering with parents and the community and utilizing high expectations as well as a rigorous classical education. Founded in 2019. Union Academy Charter School | 704-238-8883 675 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Monroe Grades: K-12 Offers small-class sizes. After-school care is available for children in grades K-8, and athletics are available for middle and high school students. Transportation available. Union Day School | 704-256-1494 3000 Tilley Morris Road, Weddington Grades: K-5 This school offers collaborative environments and rigorous classrooms to promote high levels of learning. Before and after-school care available. Founded in 2016. Union Preparatory Academy at Indian Trail | 704-893-3607 2324 Younts Road, Indian Trail Grades: K-8 Uses personalized learning plans to best accommodate its students. Parents are required to participate in a set number of volunteer hours. Before- and after-school care available. Limited transportation available. Uniforms required. Founded in 2016. YORK COUNTY Riverwalk Academy | 803-327-8400 505 University Boulevard, Rock Hill Grades: K-12 Focus on project-based learning that incorporates team teaching and collaboration in classroom. Students are immersed in the “K16Ready” program that prepares students for a “college going culture.” Before- and afterschool care offered. Founded in 2013. York Preparatory Academy | 803-324-4400 1047 Golden Gate Court, Rock Hill Grades: K-12 Committed to high-academic rigor with a college-prep focus. It uses hands-on innovative learning in classrooms, and offers athletic and arts programs. Founded in 2010.




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A Day in Uptown Find these names and places found there

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