FAQ’s

 

Important Dates:

Open Enrollment:  January 7 – February 15, 2019

Lottery:  February 21, 2019

2019/20 Academic Calendar

 

What are charter schools?

❖    Tuition-free public schools of choice

❖    Approved by the N.C. State Board of Education

❖    Enrollment is open to families from any county in North Carolina

❖    Financially and academically accountable to the state

 

Fast Facts

❖    Opening Fall, 2019

➢   Location: Route 55, next to Sunni Sky’s Ice Cream

➢   Grades: Kindergarten through grade 6, adding grade 7 in 2020 and grade 8 in 2021

➢   Curriculum: Core Knowledge and Singapore Math

 

Why Carolina Charter Academy?

❖    Character education will be incorporated throughout the week

❖    We encourage parental and community involvement

❖    We are a school led by experienced educators

❖    Each student in grades 1 – 6 will have access to a computing device

❖    We will use rigorous, research-based curricula

 

History

Carolina Charter Academy (CCA) began with a desire for expanding school choice in Wake, Johnston, and Harnett counties.  This region is a fast-growing area, but there are very few options available to parents.  The founders visited several charter schools throughout the state.  After gleaning ideas from their visits and conducting extensive research, the founders wrote an application and submitted it to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  The application was approved in 2017.  Carolina Charter Academy will open in 2019.

 

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 a learning environment where they develop a better understanding of the world around them.

 

Vision

Students are held to a high standard of behavior and learn the importance of honesty, respect, and responsibility.  Within this nurturing environment, our students will become informed and engaged citizens that are equipped to thrive 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 and 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 and outlines what is taught at each grade level.  Its specificity is intentional, ensuring that students will have the knowledge they need as they move to the next grade.  The specificity is beneficial in decreasing gaps in a child’s learning.  The Core Knowledge Sequence is also cumulative.  The 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 the skills and knowledge necessary for success.

 

Singapore Math

Singapore Math is organized to teach fewer concepts at each level but 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 it is not governed by a school district.  Instead, an independent, non-profit board oversees school finance, policy, and operations.  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 and disseminate a uniform policy.

 

Will there be busing?

CCA plans on having two bus stops in central locations. (Stops will 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 will be offered at CCA.  Physical education will be one of the specials.  The other electives will be determined in early spring of each year.

 

Will there be before/after school care available?

CCA will partner with the YMCA to offer after school care on site until 6 p.m.  Parents may want to work with a local business to determine if morning arrangements are possible.

 

Will CCA have end-of-grade (EOG) and end-of-course (EOC) tests?

Yes.  Charter schools are required to administer all state-mandated tests except for 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 until the IEP Team meets to review and revise or develop a new IEP.  For more information, visit the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, Office of Charter Schools website.

 

Will lunch be provided?

CCA will partner with a local vendor to provide daily, hot lunches for students.  CCA will not participate in the National School Lunch Program.  To ensure that no student goes without lunch, during the enrollment process CCA will determine if a student qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch. Students may also bring their lunch from home.

 

Will there be after school activities?

CCA tentatively plans on sponsoring 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 an athletics program in its plans.

 

Do students need to live in Wake County to attend your school?
CCA is a North Carolina public school.  The only residency requirement is that you live in North Carolina. It does not matter what county you live.  Proof of residency must be provided as part of the enrollment packet.

 

What are the class sizes at CCA?

CCA will maintain low class sizes.  We anticipate kindergarten classes to open with approximately 22 students each.  Grades 4, 5, and 6 will open with 25 or 26 students in each room.  All estimates are subject to change.

 

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 CCA community, we ask the parents to be encouraging and supportive of their child while monitoring their child’s progress.  As much as possible, students should work on homework independently so that the teacher can adequately monitor the student’s progress.

 

Will the school have an academically and intellectually gifted (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.

 

 

 

 

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 a 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.