FAQ’s

Carolina Charter FAQ

What are charter schools?

Tuition-free
Public Schools
Approved by the NC State Board of Education
Open enrollment
Offer choice
Accountable to the state

 

Why Carolina Charter Academy?

Character Education incorporated throughout each week
Encourages parental and community involvement
A teacher-led school
One to one technology in grades 1-6, k 1:2
Embraces a community atmosphere
Curriculum – Core Knowledge and Singapore Math

History

Carolina Charter Academy began with the desire for school choice in southern Wake, Johnston and Harnett County.  This region is a fast-growing area. However, there are very few options available to parents.  The founders visited several charter schools throughout the state.  After, gleaning ideas from their visits, research and networking the founders wrote an application and submitted it to NC DPI.  The application received approval in Spring 2017.
Carolina Charter Academy will open in Fall 2018.  CCA will provide southern Wake, Johnston and Harnett county residents with a school that embraces a sense of community while offering a challenging curriculum and preparing students to be informed and involved citizens.

 

Mission

Carolina Charter Academy prepares students for a lifetime of learning by developing their natural passion for discovery and problem-solving. Students are immersed in an engaged learning environment where they develop a knowledge-based education to better understand the world around them.

 

Vision

Students are held to a high standard of civil behavior and learn the importance of honesty, consideration, and responsibility.  Within this innovative environment, our students are prepared to be involved and informed citizens in a free and equal society.

 

Curriculum

Carolina Charter Academy will use the Core Knowledge Sequence for language arts, history, geography, science, music and visual arts.  CCA will use Singapore Math for our math program.

 

Core Knowledge

The Core Knowledge Sequence is a coherent, comprehensive curriculum that details lessons taught in language arts, science, history, geography, music and visual arts.  The Core Knowledge Sequence is content-specific.  The curriculum outlines what is taught at each grade level.  Its specificity is intentional, ensuring that each student will have the knowledge he needs as he moves to the next grade level.  The specificity is beneficial in decreasing gaps in a child’s learning.  The Core Knowledge Sequence is also cumulative.  Each year’s content serves as a building block to what the child will learn the following academic year.    The Core Knowledge Sequence is content-rich, providing the students of CCA the skills and knowledge necessary for success.

 

Singapore Math

Singapore Math is organized to teach fewer concepts at each level, but to teach them thoroughly.  When an idea appears in a subsequent grade level, it is always at a higher or deeper level.  The strategic, articulated sequence of topics are developed in depth to mastery following the Singapore Mathematics Problem Solving Framework.  Students learn the why and the how through instruction, hands-on activities, and problem-solving.  The pedagogy adheres closely to the underpinnings of the Common Core State Standards.  (adapted from Math in Focus)

 

What makes a charter school unique?

Each charter school is different because of the people governing the school, the staff, the families and the students.  Even schools using the same curriculum can be quite different from one another.

 

Will you wear uniforms?

Yes, students will be required to wear uniforms.  The school board will develop a  uniform policy.

 

Will there be busing?

CCA plans on having two bus stops in central locations (stops to be determined by enrollment).  Parents may also use their own transportation or carpool with other students attending the school.

 

Will CCA have specials/electives?

Specials are going offered at CCA.  PE will be one of the specials.  The other electives will be determined in early Spring.

 

Will there be before/after school care available?

CCA will not be offering before/after school care this year.  Parents may want to work with a local business to see if arrangements are possible.

 

Will CCA have EOC’s and EOG’s?

Yes, charter schools are required to take all state-mandated tests.  Although, charter schools are not obliged to take the Kindergarten Entry Assessment.

 

Will CCA serve students with disabilities?

Yes, CCA is a public school.  As a public school, CCA will provide special education services for students with disabilities.  If a student enrolls with an IEP already in place, CCA will continue to follow the IEP in place until the IEP Team meets to review and revise the IEP or develop a new IEP.*

 

Will lunch be provided?

CCA will partner with a local vendor to provide daily, hot lunches for students.  CCA will not participate in the Federal Free & Reduced Lunch Program.  At enrollment, CCA will determine if a student qualifies for free or reduced lunch.  This determination will ensure that no student goes without lunch.  Students may also bring their lunch from home.

 

Will there be after school activities?

CCA tentatively plans on having activities and clubs.  CCA will determine after school activities at a later date.

 

Will sports teams be available?

No, there will not be sports teams available in the first year.  As the school grows to include a full middle school, the board may choose to include sports teams in its plans.

 

Do students need to live in Wake County to attend your school?
CCA is a North Carolina Public School.  You must live in NC to attend the school; however, it does not matter what county you live in.  Proof of residency must be provided as part of the enrollment packet.

 

What are the class sizes at CCA?

CCA will keep their class sizes low.  We anticipate kindergarten classes to open with 22  students each.  Grades 4, 5, and 6 will open with 25 or 26 students in each room.  All numbers are tentative at this point.

 

Homework Policy

Homework will be given at CCA.  Homework will vary by grade level, but the amount of homework will be reasonable at each grade level.    At CCA, we intend that only meaningful homework will be assigned.  Homework assignments must have a purpose and reinforce the lesson(s) taught within the classroom.  Homework will serve a variety of purposes.  A homework assignment may be intended to practice a skill, increase content knowledge or make a real work connection.  As part of the community CCA is developing, we ask the parents to be encouraging and supportive of their child while monitoring their child’s progress.  The intention of homework is for a student to work on it independently so that he/she can receive the most value of the homework and so that the teacher can adequately monitor the student’s progress.

 

Will the school have an AIG program?

Academically gifted students will be identified by teachers in the classroom setting.  The school will not have a formal AIG program; however, the core knowledge curriculum allows the teacher to differentiate to meet the levels of all students.   Differentiation allows the teacher to personalize the lesson.  CCA believes that students must be challenged to reach their full potential.
*http://www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/information/topics?role=board&&topic=Exceptional%20Children%20Services

 

 

TeamCFA FAQs

Who is TeamCFA?

TeamCFA is a growing national network of open-enrollment, public charter schools built on the values of hard work, good citizenship, and teamwork. Schools in the TeamCFA network gain access to select start-up funding, grants, training, services, the Core Knowledge curriculum and instructional and administrative support. The ultimate goal of CFA is to assist TeamCFA charter school staff to teach and graduate thoughtful, articulate youth who are prepared to become productive, accountable, engaged citizens.

What does TeamCFA stand for?

The acronym “TEAM” stands for Together Each Achieves More. In the spirit of teamwork, CFA has found that the success of the student takes the active participation, communication, and commitment of the teacher, student, and parent working collaboratively. “CFA” stands for Challenge Foundation Academy.

Who is the Challenge Foundation?

The Challenge Foundation is a private family charitable trust founded in 1988. The Foundation’s support of over 187 charters schools through more than $20M in grants brought about the development of a model school concept and launched the TeamCFA network of high-quality charter schools who provide every student with a first-class education regardless of zip code.

Do schools pay to be part of TeamCFA?

No. TeamCFA is a philanthropic support organization and does not collect fees from its network schools. TeamCFA partners with passionate, committed educators, leaders, and community groups who are able to demonstrate support of the CFA model and establish local need for underserved students. TeamCFA offers start-up costs that may include the initial financing for facilities with the vision that a successful CFA will become self-sustaining in 5–7 years.

How do schools benefit from TeamCFA affiliation?

Schools in our network gain access to a range of support services that may include, but are not limited to; professional development, curriculum mapping and implementation support, assessment tools, educational technology tools, and attendance at the annual TeamCFA educational conference. Most of all they gain access to a network of professional educators with whom they can share best practices to increase student learning.