How did Classical Charter Schools of America score in the recently announced End-of-Grade (EOG) testing?

If the four Classical Charter Schools of America were combined as a single school district, the CCS-A schools would have ranked 21st of 116 North Carolina districts in the 2020-2021 EOG testing!  So congratulations to your children for their hard work and a job well done. The ranking they earned puts our family of schools in the top 18% of all districts in the state! How can CCS-A students possibly do so well on the EOG tests when we do not teach to the state’s Common Core standards? The short answer is that our classical curriculum prepares every student with a broad set of skills and knowledge that can be applied to any test. We continue to prove this year-in and year-out.

See DPI Scores    **************




What is a classical school? A short overview with our Dean of Classical Humanities Jessica Lopez

Some people think a classical school is one that teaches Latin, but that is not all that is needed for a classical education. Latin, which we start teaching to every student in the fourth grade, is essential because 80% of the words we use in English, French, Spanish, and other languages is derived from Latin. And Latin is essential for future study in science, medicine, law, and other fields. But other topics and important instructional techniques – such as cursive handwriting – are critical elements of a true, classical education as well. For example, research has shown that with cursive handwriting, your children benefit with better reading and comprehension. Also taking notes in cursive enhances retention and understanding compared to keyboarding or printing by children who don’t learn cursive. We’ll discuss how your children benefit from other classical education features in future newsletters.

See Research on Cursive  **************



News From Raleigh: What is going on with the Legislature and why it matters!

In the late 1980’s, the General Assembly empowered the state Public Health Commission to change recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into mandates with the force of law. For example, if CDC recommends at-home isolation for close contacts unless all are masked, the health commission rules make that mandatory throughout NC, with severe penalties for non-compliance. While particular recommendations may be debated, we should not abdicate our state’s sovereignty and automatically mandate a federal recommendation throughout the state. The General Assembly needs to consider changing this law to allow more local control – not the one-size-fits-all that we have now.

Read more for the latest COVID data. See Health Director’s Powers  **************



Dear Parents & Friends of CCS-America

Welcome to this first issue of a new newsletter for parents and friends of Classical Charter Schools of America. We want this newsletter to better acquaint you with the people with whom your children spend much of their days and provide you with a deeper understanding of the many educational and social benefits your children receive at our unique schools. We are grateful for the extra time you take to partner with us in supporting your child’s education. If you have specific topics that you would like to see addressed, please email us. In future issues, we will address more of our unique instructional techniques, how our character education classes synchronize with other courses, and why field trips are a vital component of the classical experience, among other topics. In the meantime, please know that we appreciate your entrusting your child’s education to us. Best Regards, Baker Mitchell, Secretary Classical Charter Schools of America, Inc. An NC 501c3 nonprofit corporation **************