Demand for quality educational options continues to grow in North Carolina with many public charter schools in southeastern NC seeing record enrollment.
According to News 14, “The Roger Bacon Academy schools in Brunswick and Columbus counties started the new year with a record number of students and new curriculum. The new state standards combined with the school’s own curriculum changes implemented last year sets the bar high.” Charter Day School has more than 900 students and Columbus Carter School has over 700, both record numbers.
Parents cite the high level of learning and accountability as the primary reasons for enrolling their children there.
Meanwhile, offficials said the 2011 state law eliminating the cap on the number of charter schools in the state will help them fill seats and new buildings that were constructed at the schools.
“What the law allows us to do now is find the needs in different areas like Southport, Duplin or wherever that need might be and we can go in and put in a quality school that gives parents a choice,” said Charter Day superintendent Mark Cramer.
As more than 30,000 students are on public charter school waiting lists, Roger Bacon schools are hoping to expand to meet the demand. They are looking to build another Kindergarten—eighth-grade charter school in downtown Wilmington. The State Board of Education will discuss their application at the August meeting and make a final vote in September.
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