NEWS RELEASES 2011-12 :: MARCH 1, 2012


The State Board of Education today approved nine new charter schools to open through its "fast track process.  These schools will receive four months of planning time, instead of the mandatory 12 months that schools in the regular application process must take, and are slated to open in August 2012.

Approved schools are:

  • Bear Grass Charter School (Martin County)
  • Cornerstone Charter Academy (Guilford County)
  • Corvian Community School (Mecklenburg County)
  • North East Carolina Preparatory (Edgecombe County)
  • Research Triangle High School (Durham County)
  • The Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter Academy (Orange County)
  • The College Preparatory and Leadership Academy of High Point (Guilford County)
  • Triangle Math and Science Academy (Wake County)
  • Water's Edge Village School (Currituck County)

"Charter schools are an important part of our system of public education and offer families another choice in school structure, setting and focus, said State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison. "I commend the NC Public Charter Schools Advisory Council members for their efforts to identify the most promising ‘fast track’ applicants. The Board looks forward to continuing to partner with the Council and our charter schools to boost academic achievement and meet the diverse needs of students across the state.

In June, the General Assembly approved and Governor Perdue signed Senate Bill 8, which removed the cap on the number of charter schools permitted to operate in the state. In response to this legislation, the State Board created the NC Public Charter Schools Advisory Council and approved a ‘fast track’ application process. The "fast track process was created specifically for applicants that demonstrated the ability to open August 2012, including conversion schools or charter applicants that the State Board of Education interviewed last year (2011) but, due to the existence of the legislated cap, were not granted a charter.

A total of 27 organizations submitted "fast track charter school applications by the November 2011 deadline. The NC Public Charter School Advisory Council then reviewed the applications, conducted interviews and recommended nine applicants to the State Board of Education for approval.

Charter schools are funded with public money but are not subject to all the state requirements in place for traditional public schools. There are currently 100 charter schools in operation in North Carolina.  For more information, view the "fast track applications".

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.