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Teachers in class at charter school

The What

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools designed to provide parents a choice in the education of their children. Public charter schools are:

  • Open to all children

  • Free of charge

  • Absent of entrance requirements

Movement School will be a year-round school dedicated to providing students with academic and character education that will prepare them for college and a career.

Teachers in class at charter school

The How

Charter schools are funded by local, state and federal tax dollars based on student enrollment. Charter schools are not private or religious and cannot discriminate against any student on any basis.

Public charter schools do not add any additional costs to the state’s public education system. When a student transfers from a traditional public school to a charter school, or begins school at a charter school, the funding associated with that student simply follows them to the charter school.

Just like traditional public schools, charter schools must meet all state and federal education standards. Their charter contracts outline additional student achievement goals, including rigorous academic, financial and managerial standards.

Teachers in class at charter school

The Who

Charter schools are open to everyone and are not limited by school district zoning. Movement School is located in a newly renovated building on Freedom Drive in Charlotte and is open to all students in kindergarten through second grade. Additional grades will be added each year.

Enrollment for 300 slots at Movement School begins Jan. 1, 2017. If more than 300 students enroll, a lottery will select the students who will receive admission. Others will join a waiting list.

Movement School is founded in partnership with Sugar Creek Charter School, one of Charlotte’s top-performing charter schools. Movement School will be supported by $12 million in investments from the Movement Foundation, which will provide for building renovations, technology, security and startup costs.

The Why

The core belief behind charter schools is that parents and school leaders have the freedom and autonomy to make decisions about curriculum, personnel, budget, and teaching style in order to best educate their students.

More investment and new approaches to public education are needed in Charlotte.

Movement School aims to provide a fresh chance for students. Anyone can apply. There is no tuition. Using Sugar Creek Charter School’s model, we will provide hope and opportunity for our students, both academically and culturally. We aim to teach a holistic curriculum, so that children are prepared for the real world as well as higher academics.