Alumni Spotlight

Meet Kaitlyn Emmer, a 2012 Charter Day School, now Classical Charter Schools of Leland, Graduate! Ms. Emmer runs her own mobile pet grooming company, Stinky Paws. Read how her CCS-America education and experience impacted her personally and professionally here!




MythBusters: Charter School Edition! Myth: Charter schools select their students.  Fact:

A charter school is a tuition-free school that must accept all applicants but operates without some of the constraints of traditional public schools, such as the increasingly politicized curriculum district schools use. In contrast, charter schools enable parents to choose the type of education and school they believe is best for their child.  Myth: Charter schools are not held accountable.  Fact: Charter schools must meet the same academic testing requirements and must abide by the same regulations governing exceptional children as traditional public schools. In fact, if a charter school doesn’t perform academically, it can be closed down. This is not the case for district-run public schools, where failing schools typically undergo improvement measures for years while countless students receive subpar educations.   Myth: Charter schools perform lower academically than district schools.  Fact: According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, “NC public schools have an average academic proficiency score of 56.1% while NC charter schools have a proficiency score of 66.7%.”  Myth: Charter schools take money away from district schools and cost taxpayers more money.  Fact: The North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools states that for every dollar taxpayers spend per district-school student they spend just 73 cents per charter school student. So, charter schools save taxpayers by operating on less funding while delivering better results than district schools. 

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Your Booster Clubs at Work

Our Booster Clubs work hard to continuously improve our schools. Parents and teachers working together allows for the additional support our students, staff, and campuses need. CCS-Southport and CCS-Leland hosted a Fun Run and Color Run in January. Both schools surpassed their goals! The money raised at CCS-Southport will go towards new carpool sidewalk covers. At CCS-Leland, the money will go towards an LED Marquee to display updates and information each day. Thank you, CCS-America families, community sponsors, and friends for your generous support of our schools! 

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Who is Roger Bacon?

For years, educational institutions have been named for prominent people. George Washington University, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and The Roger Bacon Academy (RBA). But, who wasRoger Bacon? Roger Bacon was a medieval English philosopher and professor who lived from 1220 to 1292. A graduate of Oxford University and one of the great scholars and teachers of his time, Bacon was well versed in mathematics, optics, alchemy, astronomy, linguistics, philosophy, and Latin. He was greatly influenced by the Greek philosopher Socrates, who taught by directly questioning his students, establishing what one of his students, Plato, described as the teacher-student dialogue. Classical Charter Schools of America, managed by RBA, uses similar methods. “Education has roots that are bitter, yet yield the sweetest fruit,” Aristotle, a student of Plato, is reported to have once proclaimed. It was this type of testament to education, that inspired RBA founder and CEO Baker Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell also was inspired by the teaching of a Texas educator named Thaddeus Lott, whose Direct Instruction methods are a modern version of Socrates’s dialogues. It’s no coincidence that The Roger Bacon Academy’s offices are located on Thaddeus Lott Lane.

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