Students enrolled 406
Hours 7:45am - 2:55pm
School leader Mr Thomas W McCarthy
Transportation options no info
District Arapahoe Charter School
Before school no info
After school Yes

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9005 North Carolina 306
Arapahoe, NC 28510

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(252) 249-2599
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4 stars
Based on 22 ratings

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January 09, 2014
This school is wonderful! I can't say enough postivie things! My son has improved greatly in his confidence & learning! I'm concerned with his education not about diveristiy, sports, or ratios. I love how small the school is, I'd rather my child graudate high school w/ a class of 50 than 500 and walk away with a better personal experience. I was so exciited to know he can go through his school life of K-12 at one school. Arapahoe Charter School is awesome and thank you for all that you do!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2013
This school was just approved to start high school. My son will be the first graduating class. He is in 9th grade and they will add a year. It is a small school. awesome music department. Currently the 9th grade has 20 students. They are not with each other all day and they do changes classes, they offer something for everyone. I love this school because it is a POSTIVE atmosphere and they care. Highly recommend. They do encourage parent involvment even in the higher grades.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
school is to small to offer classes according to level so students on 6th grade level are in class with students on a 3rd grade level.. holds kids back.. If one student gets in trouble whole class looses break.. Not enough advanced study.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2012
This school does not have a very diverse student body. If you look at the numbers they are predominately white. Does this give a true reflection of grades to compare to the state and local averages??

- submitted by a community member
February 02, 2012
Couldn't be happier. We live in Craven County (Cherry Branch Area) but we send our child to Arapahoe charter school. Although Arapahoe is across the river I wouldn't want him going anywhere else. Last year there were 6 six kids that went to this school from Craven County. Now there are upwards of 26 kids. Word is spreading that this school is worth it. Many teachers from Craven County cross the river everyday just to work at Arapahoe vice Craven County schools. There is a bus that takes the kids across the ferry and even if the ferry isn't running, the bus drives them around. Principal really understands and cares about the kids. I don't know when the principle showed up, but he has been there for the 2010/11 and 2011/12 years. From what I know this is the only K-8 school in the area. Plus they are trying to become a K-12 school. Once it becomes K-12 they will be one of the few schools in the state that will have a 5 year HS but the kids will graduate with their HS diploma and Associates Degree. How can you beat that? There is a dress code but it is only a collared shirt and nice pants/shorts. From one parent to another, send your child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2011
Sadly, this school was a disappointment. The school changed principals three time while we were there which is evidence of some of the internal struggles there. Our child had a range of teachers from very good to very bad. After two years we were pressured into medicating our child for ADD and our child was placed in the 504 program. This program was not followed properly and our child suffered serious weight loss from the meds. There are good teachers at the school but overall it was a bad experience. I knew it was time to make a change when the EOG reports came out. We now home school and our child is med free and at a normal weight. Home school is a challenge but we feel strongly that our local public schools are too risky to gamble on. Very sad.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2011
After working with the county school system across the river, I have to say I love working at Arapahoe Charter School. Many people living in Havelock think it is a far drive, really its not. The atmosphere at ACS is calm, administration believes in its employees, students, and parents. From what I have seen, ANY kid can get along and make friends here. The students are uniquely different, but no matter how different each one is, they always seem to get along great with each other. I love working at ACS. There's something about striving to be the best CHOICE school. And its FREE!

- submitted by a teacher
July 26, 2011
I can't find a single bad thing to say about this school. I pulled my son from a bad school after hearing about this school, and enrolled him the next day. My son loves it there. I will and have told all of my friends about this school. Can't say enough about how great they are. The principal is a down to earth kind of guy and cares about his students as do the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2010
Outstanding school. I have never seen a school with so much parent participation. They participate in part becasue of the enthusiasm they see in the teachers and principal. Awesome job! Good, caring and excellent learning environment. My kids love it there.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
I feel that the students are not getting enough help in school. too much computer time , 4 times a week . our daughter has been there for 5, 6 gr. they stated a second language would be taught , she went to the class once a week and was never taught, she was allowed to catch up on late homework instead.The Charter Schools End Of Grade testing has been very low in past years.we are looking for another school at this time for her.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2009
My son has been going to this school for eight years now. We have experienced a great learning enviroment for him. The school offers different activies for continued learning. Besides sports which my son is involved in alot, they have 'Odessy of the Mind', a great program. We love the small school and the one on one attention he recieves.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2008
Well this is my son's frist grade year and so far I love this school it is great. It is small and everyone knows everybody the kids love it. For the County that it is in this school is the best one there is. Or let me just tell you this with gas prices at $4.00 a gal I drive my son about 30 mins to school and pick up Just so that he can go to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2008
my grandson went from kindergarden thru 8th and loved every minute of it...he only wished high school was included...now I have 3 little ones going, aas he did...love this school and staff

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2008
My daughter attended ACS from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Overall it is a good school. However, if your child is not a self learner in math, you might want to look into different schools when they hit the 7th-8th grade. The students are pretty much on their own in math in 7th-8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2008
I love ACS and the teachers there. I had a teacher come to me and tell me that she had made a goal to help my child get to where he/she needed to be. That made me feel that she really did care about my child.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
The teachers don't pay close enough attention to what children are doing on the playground. Also, it is very difficult to get through to a human being on the phone and, if you leave a message, they rarely return your call (office, not teachers). It's a great school if you're in the 'clique' but if your not....

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I LOVE my the teachers that my children have this year. They are very caring and my girls love them too. It is nice for them to be in an environment where they feel respected and loved. Last year the teacher's were just as awesome! Great teachers, great student/teacher ratio, great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
The last four years my children have had excellent teachers with the exception of one (and her assistant). I'm getting concerned with the discipline issues; it seems as if the kids are allowed to get away with more than they have in the past. I worry when my kids get older that the school may not be as safe as it once was. I hope next year stricter rules we be set in place and enforced.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2006
New principal isn't very helpful or accessible - and elementary curriculum is very uninspired. Discipline is traditional and very southern.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2005
My 2 girls love this school! The staff are wonderful people that actually care about the kids. When you have good caring teachers the students are happy. At this school you walk in and the kids are smiling.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2005
My son has been a student since the beginning. He has been a straight A student. Small classes, same friends each year. The teachers are wonderful and it is a safe environment. I plan on sending my other children there when they are older.

- submitted by a parent
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Arapahoe Charter School
9005 North Carolina 306, Arapahoe, NC  28510
(252) 249-2599
Last modified Arapahoe Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arapahoe Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews.