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33 new public charter schools could open over next 2 school years

The Public Charter School Advisory Council completed their charter school applicant interviews last week for schools looking to open in the 2013-14 school year. The Council conducted 30 interviews over the span of three days which enabled candidates to present responses to questions raised by the Council since their application were initially submitted in April.

Of the 30 applicants selected for interviews, the Council approved 25 schools. Those public charter applications are now sent to the State Board of Education for discussion at their August meeting. The counties with the most applicants approved were Mecklenburg County with 5 schools and New Hanover County with 2 schools. Mecklenburg County currently has 11 public charter schools.

In the spring, the State Board of Education approved nine schools under a fast-track process to open this fall. One of the schools, Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars, opted to push their opening date back a year and were approved by the Advisory Council during this round of interviews. In all, there is the potential for 33 new charters schools to open over the next two school years.

There are currently public charter schools in 47 of the 100 counties in North Carolina. There are 53 counties that do not have a public charter school. Click here for a list of all public charter schools that currently operate in North Carolina.

Three counties (Edgecombe, Currituck and Martin) that do not currently have a public charter schools have schools opening in the fall under the fast-track process. Furthermore, 5 more counties (Bladen, Cleveland, Granville, Onslow, and Randolph) that do not currently have public charter schools received approval from the Public Charter School Advisory Council.

In addition to having a good geographic sampling of applicants, there were also strong educational innovations from the applicants. Schools like Oxford Preparatory Academy have plans to create a staggered schedule that allows for a more in depth focus on classes. Oxford also has a Scholars program that stresses the importance of Advanced Placement classes and a focus on preparing students for college. Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy on the other hand is a military school modeled after the JROTC program with extended school hours and some Saturday classes.

The list of approved schools can be found below. Click on the school name if you are interested in learning more about the proposed public charter school.

Day 1     

Aristotle Preparatory Academy: (Mecklenburg) – Approved  (Start K-3, end up K-7)

Cabarrus Charter School: (Cabarrus)  -Approved (Start K-6, end up K-12)

Cameron Creek Charter: (Mecklenburg) –Approved (K-5)

Charlotte Choice Charter: (Mecklenburg) –Approved (Start K-5, end up K-8)

Douglass Academy: (New Hanover) -Approved (Start K-2, end up K-5)

Day 2

Falls Lake Academy: (Granville) -Approved (Start K-7, end up K-12)

Flemington Academy: (Columbus)     -Approved (-Grades 6-12)

Howard & Lillian Lee Scholars: (Orange) – Approved (Start K-5, end up K-8)

Invest Collegiate: – (Mecklenburg) – Approved (Start K-6, end up K-12)

Island Montessori Charter: (New Hanover)   -Approved (Start K-6, end up K-8

Langtree Charter Academy: (Iredell) –Approved (Start K-6, end up K-12)

Longleaf School of the Arts:  (Wake) – Approved (Grades 9-12)

Oxford Preparatory High School: (Granville) –Approved (Start grade 9, end up 9-12)

Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy: (Bladen) –Approved (Start grades 6-10, end up 6-12)

Pinnacle Classical Academy: (Cleveland) –Approved (Start K-6, end up K-12)

Southeastern Academy: (Robeson) –Approved (K-8)

STEM Education for a Global Society Academy (SEGS): (Columbus)  -Approved (Start K-6, end up K-12)

Day 3

StudentFirst Academy: (Mecklenburg) –Approved (Start K-8, end up K-12)

Summerfield Charter Academy: (Guilford)    -Approved (Start K-6, end up K-8)

The Expedition School: (Orange County) –Approved (Start K-6, end up K-8)

The Institute for the Development of Young Leaders: (Durham) –Approved (Start K-5, end up K-8)

The North Carolina Leadership Academy: (Forsyth) –Approved (Start K-9, end up K-12)

Uwharrie Charter Academy: (Randolph) –Approved (Start grades 9-10, end up 9-12)

Willow Oak Montessori: (Chatham)   -Approved (Start grades 1-3, end up 1-8)

Z.E.C.A. School of Arts and Technology: (Onslow) -Approved (Start grades K-5, end up K-8)