N.C ranks top ten in charter school growth

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina ranks among the top ten states in charter school growth. We’ve seen that here in Pitt County, with Winterville Charter Academy opening last year and now Ignite Innovation Academy coming this fall.

Winterville Charter Academy is one of many successful charter schools in the state.

“We had to get over some initial hurdles but now that we are all on the same page, I think we are treading in the right direction,” Principal Devon Carson said.

The school opened back in august with 500 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. The curriculum provides moral focus as well as academics.

Carson said, “Families are now able to make a decision on their child’s needs and not a particular address that they happen to live in.”

Ignite Innovation Academy hopes to emulate Winterville’s success.

“We are really going to be lazar focusing on where a child really is and the hope of getting them where they need to be,” said Senior Vice President Tom McCarthy.

The school attempted to open last fall, but couldn’t due to construction issues. Right now, developers are renovating The Eastern Carolina Vocational Center to house Ignite Innovation Academy.

“We are working with them to create a floor plan, create classrooms that will work with well with our blended model,” McCarthy said.

Ignite Senior Vice President Tom McCarthy says they only have about 50 spots left at the school.

The schools goal is to ignite a passion within all students to learn, lead and grow engaged citizens in society.

McCarthy said, “We had already completed a lottery, we already had an enrollment roster so what we are currently doing is reaching out to those families that were already showing interest in attending.”

Both McCarthy and Carson hope charter schools continue to grow in North Carolina and give families and children a choice for education.

Ignite Innovation Academy is holding a parent information night on February 29th at 6:30 at 2950 S Memorial Dr., Greenville, NC 27834.

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