Frequently Asked Questions
What is a charter school?
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools designed to provide parents a choice in the education of their children. The schools have open enrollment with no discrimination or required associations to join. The Office of Charter Schools under the State Board of Education oversees charter schools in North Carolina.
Is it really tuition-free?
Yes. Public tax dollars are the primary funding sources for charter schools. Local, state and federal dollars follow students to a charter school.
Do students have to apply for admission?
Yes. An application is required because space is limited, but there are no special requirements to attend. After all applications are received by a yet-to-be-determined deadline, a lottery will determine which students can enroll. Others will be placed on a waiting list. This system ensures a fair and equitable admissions process.
Does Movement School discriminate based on race or gender?
No. Movement School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, language proficiency, intellectual ability, academic achievement ability, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.
Who is leading the Movement School?
Movement School will be governed by an independent board of directors and accountable to the State Department of Education. Movement School’s academic program is being modeled after Sugar Creek Charter School in Charlotte, one of the state’s top-performing charter schools. Sugar Creek Charter School Director Cheryl Turner is a driving force in the development of Movement School. Jamie Sumter, a Sugar Creek Charter School administrator, will be the Movement School’s director.
Will Movement School have its own school building?
Movement School already has a fully funded home under construction. The school will be located in a former KMart store at 2701 Freedom Drive. The building is owned by the Movement Foundation, a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization that supports education and community improvement initiatives. Movement Foundation Chairman Casey Crawford, a former Carolina Panthers tight end, is a founding board member of Movement School.
When will Movement School open?
What curriculum and instruction methods will be used?
Movement School will focus on individualized instruction in math, science, literacy, social studies and character development. The school will be modeled after Sugar Creek Charter School.
Will Movement School provide meals?
Yes. A school cafeteria will serve breakfast and lunch every school day. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch will receive those benefits.
Will Movement School provide transportation to and from school?
Yes. Movement School will provide school bus transportation within a five-mile radius of the school.
How can I learn more?
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