Charlotte Classical School charter application rejected

The State Board of Education rejected the application for a new Charlotte charter school after expressing concerns about its academic plan.

Charlotte Classical School had hoped to open in fall 2016 as a K-3 school, with the goal of expanding into higher grades and ultimately enrolling about 700 students. Organizers were looking for a location in south Charlotte, between Independence Boulevard and Interstate 77.

State board members said they had concerns that the charter’s leaders could not fully explain what classical education was. They also raised concerns that their academic plan entailed pulling a lot of programs together “without uniformity.”

The school’s application had come before the state board after getting a 6-5 vote from the state’s Charter School Advisory Board.

Overall, the State Board of Education approved 12 charter schools to open in fall 2016, rejected two and asked for more information from four.

The other school rejected was Town Center Charter High School in Gaston County, a proposed alternative school affiliated with the management company Accelerated Learning Solutions. The company also runs Commonwealth High in Charlotte. State board members were concerned the school’s board and management company wouldn’t be able to adequately oversee Town Center Charter along with its schools already in operation.

Two Mecklenburg County charter schools were approved – Mallard Creek STEM Academy and Matthews-Mint Hill Charter Academy.

Four schools in counties surrounding Charlotte were also approved: Kannapolis Charter Academy, Mooresville Charter Academy, Union Preparatory Academy at Indian Trail and Union Day School.

The board asked for more information from Unity Classical School in Mecklenburg County.

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