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Classical Charter Schools of Wilmington Names New Headmaster

Wilmington, NC— Classical Charter Schools of Wilmington, one of four area Classical Charter Schools of America (CCS-A) elementary schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy in Leland, has named 16-year CCS-A administrator Steve Smith as its new Headmaster. Mr. Smith, former Headmaster of CCS-A’s Whiteville school, succeeds Nikki Chaney, who will apply her talents at the Leland campus when CCS-A’s 2022-23 school year begins in July. “Nikki Chaney has led CCS-Wilmington for four years and guided it to become the highest scoring public elementary school in the downtown neighborhood of Wilmington,” said Baker Mitchell, The Roger Bacon Academy founder. “Mrs. Chaney will now put her skills and talents to use at one of CCS-A’s larger schools and Steve Smith—a veteran administrator—will guide CCS-Wilmington in its next stage of growth.”

Classical Charter Schools of Wilmington is conveniently located just blocks from Downtown Wilmington’s Historic District. As a state-approved charter school, it is tuition-free, open enrollment, and (space permitting) accepts applicants in all grades regardless of income, ability, or where they live. The school currently serves students in grades kindergarten through 5. As a member of The Roger Bacon Academy managed family of charter schools, Classical Charter Schools of Wilmington follows the disciplined and traditional Classical Curriculum, offering parents and students in Southeastern North Carolina what Mr. Smith describes as “a proven, 24-year track record of excellence and achievement as a unique alternative to district public schools.”

After 26 years in the Marine Corps as a decorated leader, Mr. Smith has played a key role during the last 16 years as a CCS-A administrator, overseeing the opening of Classical Charter Schools of Whiteville in 2008 and serving as its Headmaster through 2020, then becoming Lead Headmaster of all four CCS-A schools with their combined 2,800 students. “In addition to our unique Classical Curriculum which includes Latin instruction beginning in 5th grade, CCS-Wilmington and our other elementary schools also offer a wide range of choices in elective courses, such as music, art, chess club, dance, and cheerleading,” Mr. Smith stated.

Mr. Mitchell added, “After last week’s National Charter Schools Week celebrations, we look forward to an exciting culmination of the school year, and a great start to the 2022-2023 school year with Mr. Smith at Classical Charter Schools of Wilmington.”

According to Mitchell, CCS-Wilmington is still accepting students for the 2022-2023 school year. Parents and guardians can take a virtual tour of CCS-Wilmington and visit for more information. ###