Students enrolled 359
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School leader Mr Anthony M Yodice
Transportation options Yes
District Metrolina Reg Scholars Academy
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Seventy-Seven Center Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277

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4 stars
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September 07, 2012
We have several children at this school (one of which has "graduated" to regular public high school.) Scholars is AWESOME---especially comparing my child's readiness to his high school peers. Great parents, accelerated llearning, diversity, lack of private school "affluenza" and the companionship of other smart kids. The beauty of this school is how smart kids feed off each other, support each other and make each other better. My high schooler still considers his Scholars' friends his closest buds.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
This could be an excellent school that has been lacking direction in curriculm, best practices, and teacher leadership. Its excellent scores are due to the hardworking nature of the students. I rated it above average because of the students and how they interact. Parents eyes are now open and they are eager to be able to finally advocate for their children. I hope that the teachers who are excellent will continue to flourish (and there are some really good ones) and the teachers who are constantly yelling at the students will be dismissed.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2011
We love the Scholars' Academy. It has been such a blessing in our lives. Our child wakes up everyday excited about school. The teachers are great, their knowledge of gifted children is phenomenal. They know what these kids need. Love it!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2010
My kids and I have been very happy with this school. I've read the reviews below criticizing the school because there are so many siblings attending that are not gifted. That is not true, as every student at the school must meet the minimum IQ requirements to get in. I also saw the review about lacking a science lab, and the new location now has an impressive lab. Another reviewer wrote that teachers focus on the slower kids. That's just silly. There are no slow kids at this school. Now, there are differing levels of giftedness, but during our five years at the school, every teacher has either grouped kids according to ability (ex: in math) and has allowed kids to progress as quickly as they are able. The parents are incredibly supportive, and the kids care about their education. The school is consistently at the very top in NC testing.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2010
**WOW** Fantastic new school building with all the bells and whistles has just opened this week (8/25/10) The teachers / staff along with all the really bright kids have made this K-8 a unique learning place and the school now has the facilities it deserves. I find the mixed comments on this site rather odd, as without doubt as its reputation grows this will be the premiere school to aim for in Charlotte if you have gifted children. I have older kids who've been through the public magnets, top private, and parochial schools here in town so I know what I'm talking about and can honestly say i am continually grateful my youngest son is so happy here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2010
This school is for gifted (TD) level kids. The highly gifted and profoundly gifted are pretty much on their own. Not much different than a traditional school. The teachers spend most of their time with the kids on the lower scale. The higher scale kids are told to not work ahead and stay with their group. It' s a shame. We thought we had found a solution.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
It totally prepared by daughter for high school. She had a great connection with all her teachers, a one on one you don't find very often.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
My children are challanged all the time, and the staff is fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
I have finally found a school that is challenging my son without bombarding him with homework!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Kids are encouraged to reach their fullest individual potential in an active and challenging environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Here is what my impression of school is: 1) Excellent, studious kids that make the school special. It makes kids very competitive. 2) Accelerated Math program in middle school 3) Small class size 4) A lot of parents involvement Now some suggestions: 1) Enrichment classes are very average. Kids cannot speak Chinese or Spanish, comfortably, after learning it for 8 years which is a shame. Too much of teacher turnover and no tangible goals set on what this program will achieve. 3) Curriculum is set randomly. For middle school science, there are no textbooks which is shocking. It is solely upto the teacher on what to teach. It makes program too much teacher dependent. No independent body oversees curriculum guidelines. 4) School has very average music/art and very little sports. 5) No science labs in middle school due to lack of funds. I still give the school a 5 ratings because overall the school is much better than CMS.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2009
I have 2 kids in MRSA - 3rd and 4th grade. Both went to the best rated public elementary school in Charlotte, prior to joining MRSA. I am extremely satisfied with the quality of education and the academic challenges provided by MRSA. My older child was in public school while my younger child got accepted earlier in MRSA (both kids have same IQ level, but both were on wait list). My younger child at MRSA was doing more accelerated program compared to her older brother in public school, such that he could not wait to get into MRSA. Great job staff and director.

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August 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2009
I have been very pleased with this school. My child is thriving in a way that would not have been possible in a traditional public school. He is surrounded by other children that enjoy learning and being challenged. The classes are small, and the principal and the teachers are really engaged and into their jobs. Being a part of this school has been a wonderful experience.

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March 15, 2009
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February 23, 2009
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January 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2009
This our fourth year at Scholars' Academy. I am so grateful this school exists ... more importantly my child is happy, thriving and is part of a warm, welcoming, diverse school community. As a charter school, limited funds mean no fancy buildings and resources, but the tradeoff in the high quality education, teaching, parent involvement and leadership from Dr. Peine more than make up for that!

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December 19, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 30, 2008
This is the third year our children have been at this school and I cannot imagine a better place for them. I am forever amazed with what they can pull off with the limited funding available for charter schools. I credit Dr. Peine, the staff, and parents for working together to make this incredible school possible. The Scholars' Academy students (our children!) depend on everyone working together. If there is something you would like to see changed then please come to a PTO or Board meeting to offer your suggestions AND your TIME. My experience has been that the parents who grumble the most are the ones who do not spend any time helping out. If you don't have time to spare than contribute generously to the Annual Drive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2008
I am a proud parent of 2 children at this school. But first make no mistake; it is the students that make this school special. All of the students had to pass entrance requirements and yes there are varying degrees of 'giftedness' among the student population but they all benefit from the interaction with each other in this culturally and economically diverse environment. They are remarkable children and we as parents should feel fortunate that they have the opportunity to interact with each other in an academic setting. Secondly, from my experience, the teaching staff is dedicated and also feels fortunate that they have students that are enthusiastic about learning although I get the feeling it can be challenging. The curriculum is accelerated but is still customized to meet the various strengths and weaknesses of each child. The important thing is that the teachers do seem to genuinely care about each

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2008
I am a parent of 2 children at this school and we love it! My children (each of whom had to meet the IQ requirements - as there are no benefits for siblings) both look forward to each day and come home excited about that day's learnings. We feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity that MRSA provides to us right here in Charlotte.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2008
Too much parent interference in the lower grades, they seem to run the school and you are right only certain kids get into trouble. THe enrichment classes are a farce.

- submitted by a teacher
October 11, 2008
'And that focus is on the children rather than the whims of unrealistic parents who just don't have a clue.' Good job on noticing that. More and more kids are getting into trouble because of the lack of administration. Many students don't respect the teachers, and some kids that should get in trouble don't get in trouble. More kids are failing tests etc because the princiapl doesn't care about it anymore. The school is going to move to downtown sometimes in the future. Lots of students have a hard time getting here already.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2008
I'm the parent of two children who attend this school, and I've been very impressed with the quality of the teachers. In addition, one of the things that I find most valuable about the school is that the students intellectually stimulate each other, and their lunchtime and recess conversations often reveal that these are kids who are excited about learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
I love MRSA!!!!!!!!! I've been there 5 years and I love it. I am challenged, unlike in public schools, and get a private education for free!!!!!! If your child is gifted, and not challenged in school , and loves to learn, come check out or school. It will be the best thing you could do!!!!!

- submitted by a student
August 16, 2008
I think the previous comments are not justified. Filling the seats has never been, nor will ever be a problem. Students have been on waitlists for years. Every grade level has a waitlist. If the poster from April 15, 2008 pulled their child they have not seen what a full k-8 education could have been for their child. As for sibling preference, as the charter requires and state enforces, all students must meet the standard of highly gifted. If the school was not diligent in enforcing this rule they could jepordize the charter, this will never happen. As a parent of 2 children at the school, I do get offended when people assume the younger sibling was accepted based on something other than her IQ. I consider myself lucky to find a public school that offers a specialized education for highly gifted kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 29, 2008
I noticed previous comments regarding language teachers, play area conditions, admin staffing and loss of focus. What some reviewers don't seem to understand is that this charter school is treated like a 'black sheep' when it comes to getting a fair share of federal funding. They also don't seem to understand that it is the money provided via parents, friends and family donations that allow the school to teach unique courses like Chinese language and violin. Having current staff perform administrative duties (thank you teachers) also allows for the extras the school provides. I think the aforementioned support shown via donations of time and money evidences how well most feel the administrator has maintained the true focus of the mission of this institution. And that focus is on the CHILDREN rather than the whims of unrealistic parents who just don't have a clue.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2008
The special classes (Spanish, PE, art, Chinese and music) are okay, not the best. I can t learn much in Spanish though unless I do most of the studying at home. Spanish teachers come and go, and the things we learn change as well. The only reason I am still at this school is because of the advanced, albeit slow classes.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2008
Overall this school is really awesome, the only thing is that i have a problem with them allowing younger(or older) brothers/sisters in just because their older (or younger) brother/sister got in. Now if the child was smart then that's fine but some of the people should not be there but are because of their brother/sister. The feild could use improving (alot) but it is good that they allow time to play on the feild and/or dirt feild. I love how they teach chinese. That is PERFECT! But on the other hand the spanish program needs improvement and needs to find a GOOD teach who can stay as the spanish teacher. The music program and the art program are fine. The PE program is new so it will take awhile to get used to. But lik i said, overall this is a good school

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 15, 2008
The director of this school has lost sight of its true mission. I believe that all she is concerned about is getting children in the seats. A lot of the kids are non-gifted siblings of gifted children. Also, there is no adminstration support for teachers. I know from numerous conversations with current and former staff members. I pulled my child out and would never recommend this school to anyone. In fact, I would highly suggest that you find another school!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
The Scholars' Academy is an exceptional school -- a one of a kind public charter school for highly gifted children. Our family relocated from the midwest so our son could attend this school, as this was truly the only learning environment we could find in the US that could meet his unique educational needs. Our son is challenged (but not pushed) and is truly happy among talented, dedicated teachers and staff, and the diverse student body. The director, who has a PhD and years of experience with gifted learners, is an inspiration and strong leader who is truly dedicated to the success of the students and the school. Our son is happy and thriving because of the unique program this school is able to offer.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2007
This is a great school for encouraging bright minds to reach their full potential. That said, the administration withing the school is often apathetic where it counts and obsessive in areas that don't. Although the teachers, especially in the upper levels, are excellent at what they do the principal can be extremely stubborn and resistant to accepting that she may be wrong, either in hiring a teacher or in an addition to the rulebook. Students and parents can find this stubbornness to be mildly annoying, or absolutely infuriating depending on circumstance. But, as long as you can accept this, you will certainly find the school to be an enjoyable and enriching experience.

- submitted by a student
May 02, 2007
Both of my children are studying in MRSA. My son used to be in a regular public school before and he was quite bored in there. Now he is very happy in MRSA. Teachers are exceptional and the atmosphere is very diversed. They are getting challenged and I don't need to look for any additional material to challenge their brain.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
MRSA is a truly exceptional learning environment for gifted kids. Kids are pushed to meet their potential and get to take advantage of early language training in Chinese and Spanish. Grades are not the goal at MRSA; learning is the goal. My daughter has been challenged and stretched to reach her fullest potential. While the homework can be heavy at times and 'top grades' are not always achievable (b/c of the unbelievably bright minds of fellow classmates), the school provides a welcome and accepting environment regarding the quirks often associated with bright children and truly provides academic challenge. It is ethnically and culturally diverse. As a charter school, many parents are actively involved in the school. We are very happy there.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2005
Don't be misled: What are being presented at the MRSA Open Houses are not what you and your child are going to get once your child is in. It is at MRSA where academically gifted (excelling in Science & Math) students are down-sized and 'minimized', remain unchallenged and sad to say, abilities snuffed out and down-played by some of its insightful teachers who are actually supported by the director herself! There are numerous accounts of some teachers being proven wrong with test results and performed assessments manipulatively and unfairly just to get the less knowledgeable students 'catch up' with the ones who are ahead. If your child falls under the upper level of her class or has more advanced knowledge, expect her (and her self-confidence) to melt in with the slower ones. After which, she will be nit-picked and assessed unexpectedly in the most unfavorable situation. More said at www.gt-cybersource.org.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
I was so glad to find MRSA. This school truely understands the social, emotional and acedemic needs of highly gifted children. You must see it to understand. http://metrolina.nc.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=2

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Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy
Seventy-Seven Center Drive, Charlotte, NC  28277
(704) 503-1112
Last modified Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews.