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6-11
Public charter
Charlotte, NC
Students enrolled: 430
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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8601 McAlpine Park Drive
Charlotte, NC 28211

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(704) 295-0137
(704) 295-0156
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September 28, 2014
We have had 4 children attending Charlotte Secondary for 5 years now. The very best thing about the school is its size. During those difficult middle school years, CSS offers individualized attention and small peer groups. Bullying is virtually non-existent. There isn't a drug or alcohol element, and the children seem to "grow-up" slower (giving their brains a chance to catch up to their bodies). The Paideia method is ideal for helping kids to learn and think for themselves. The teachers treat students as individuals, so students that have a difficult time with organization (a huge challenge for most new 6th graders) are given extra help and understanding. Students who excel in academics are also challenged. The school is growing and adding more programs by the year. They are growing a quality athletics programs, and adding an arts curriculum too. I am so thankful to have CSS as an alternative to public middle AND high school. My oldest is now in the 10th grade and wouldn't go anywhere else. It is wonderful to my kids getting a quality education in a safe, and healthy environment. **If your child prefers anonymity, this is NOT the school for her/him.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
Charlotte secondary has been nothing but accommodating! Both of my children have went there for 3 years... Teachers are like family and my kids are thriving in every way. My kids are very different but have both fit in just perfectly at CSS... I'm sorry to hear that some parents feel so negatively about the school... I read in one of the reviews that they were unhappy because there is a lot of parental support asked and fundraising done... This is how the school runs financially...it does not get as many funds as public school from the state so it has to make up for the balance by fundraising and using volunteers... For me Charlotte secondary has been like going to a private school but for free! And the help that is asked is gladly given by many helpful parents. Those who's schedule does not allow much time is NOT required! No school is perfect but this school has been god sent for us! Truly

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
We have had a wonderful experience thus far at Charlotte Secondary. My 6th grade son is receiving a quality education, with fantastic teachers and peers. We are thankful that he has been given the opportunity to attend this school, and look forward to the upcoming years.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
I will not recommend the school to any one.the admin staff are not willing to help kids or parents,but expect parents to support and help the school with it's activities and fundraisers.The school does not even have a RN or Counselor to handle issues like bullying.the standard is lower than the state standard because very few qualified teachers are available. It makes you feel as if your children are in a private school, because parents have to set aside money each month to help out on fund raisers.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
I would not reccomend this school. The teachers are treated terribly, and they are resigning and getting fired all the time. The administration harasses and bullies students. There is no dicepline at all. The students are obnoxious and make it impossible to learn anything. They have no clue how to run the highschool. They even messed up the required seat hours, so the highschool day is extended by half an hour and they are still making up 18 hours outside of school. The only positive things I have to say about this school are that the highschool teachers are great people. It is also extremely easy to make good grades at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
We love this school. The teachers are the best !! High school is coming along. School needs to figure out it's brand moving forward. Really wish parents would not send kids who don't want to be at the school. Also, you need to help out the school if you are a parent. Only a handful of oatents do all the helping.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
I disagree with the comment bellow mine. I think Charlotte Secondary is a great school so far. I'm enrolled in the high school and its probably one of the best decisions I've ever made coming from a high school that didn't challenge me at all. I love how project grades count way more than test grades because I am definitely not a great test taker (if you aren't the project type and you can make an A on an exam, I wouldn't come to this school because test only count 20% of your overall grade). The teachers here are extremely helpful and supportive and really care about your education. We do a lot of hands on activities like going on field trips to experience how what we learn in the classroom applies in the real world. Right now I will admit the high school isn't the greatest but, its a brand new building with now high school classes and brand new teachers so you can't blame them for doing things wrong... They are just getting into the groove of things. Also, Charlotte Secondary is going to offer college courses next year from CPCC (hopefully!) that count as high school and college credit! And they offer American Sign Language as a foreign language which I absolutely love!

- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2013
Well since there a so many parent here is a student point if view. It's so annoying having to wake up everyday and saying " great I go to CSS. Where the teachers DONT CARE at all about the students and all they care about is getting paid and looking pod in front of parents. Not to mention that THEY HAVE MONEY but have pointless fundraisers all the time. The teachers give us projects to do that's 30% our grade and give as 2-4 to do it!!!! Every week I have at least 3 projects! Core classes are okay but having electives that we can't choose is just WRONG !! There is a difference between core and elective. IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO BE HAPPY DONT SEND THEM THERE! THEY TREAT US LIKE 1 st GRADERS! :) thank you for reading.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2013
Charlotte Secondary School is the best thing we ever did for our daughter. She is happy, learning everyday. Kathy Robinson

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
This school is Charlottes best kept secret! I have a 7 th grader that has flowered since going to CSS. I am so excited that they now have the high school open and I will have no more worries of where she will graduate from! All the teachers have the biggest hearts and really take passion with all the kids. They aren't just at the school for their pay, they want to see these kids have success! I'm proud to tell people my daughter goes to CSS! I know she will learn and love learning!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
Charlotte Secondary is filled with kids and teacher who treat everyone with respect and love. Our son is thriving and taking leadership responsibilities.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
The school does a great job with the children. I have met with different teachers on several occasions and they all care very much about the children. They truly seem to do everything possible to make sure no child gets over looked or left behind. David

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Charlotte Secondary School is the best! I have two daughters attending here and they both love it! One is in 6th grade and one is in 9th grade! I am so glad they can stay in one school from Middle to High school. My girls are so excited to be here. They both have wonderful teachers!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Great charter school! We love the philosophy, the smaller school size, the fact that everyone seems to know everyone. After drowning in hours of homework during our son's two years in CMS, we can happily say that Charlotte Secondary gives a MUCH more reasonable amount (very little busywork, mostly just projects). We love CSS :)

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Charlotte Secondary School (CSS) is a charter school for grades 6th through 10th with 11th and 12th grades to follow. There are 20 students per class and 4 classes per grade which allows for your child to be known by name. Most of the learning is group and project based, without the emphasis on testing. Unlike public school where testing is the main goal, CSS's main focus is on the individual student and meeting their needs to learn. There are interactive seminars that allow each child to speak and engage in conversation based on certain topics. It's a wonderful way of learning instead of memorizing from a textbook and then forgetting about it. CSS is like a small community where learning is fun and interactive. The staff of teachers are wonderful and care for each student based on individual needs. I can not say enough great things about CSS!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
CSS is amazing!! we have the very best staff out there. they are invested in each student, wanted each student to be successful and live up to his or her fullest potential. Since we are a small charter school we do not have alot of money for technology, sports, art or any extras. The lack of money never slows down the staff they will figure out a way to make it work. This is our second year at CSS and would recommend it to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
CSS follows the Pairdeia philosophy. Paideia states that the three types of teaching should occur in our schools: didactic teaching of subject matter, coaching that produces the skills of learning, and Socratic questioning in seminar discussion; The results of these three types of teaching should be: the acquisition of organized knowledge, the formation of habits in the use of subject matter, and the mind s growing understanding of ideas and issues; What a wonderful way to learn!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
My Daughter was unable to attend Curriculum Night for her 6th grader last Tuesday evening, so, I went with my Granddaughter. We went to each of her classes and met with each of her teachers. It was a very uplifting and positive evening. The teachers each gave a brief overview of their education/job history and why they chose teaching as their profession, sometimes over other, more lucrative jobs. They all seemed to really love teaching, especially in the critical middle school years. I came away with a sense that this school was really looking out for their students by hiring top notch teachers and following a very stringent curriculum. Charlotte Secondary is a small school in comparison to some others...which I find to be an asset. There is a sense of family, in that the students know each other and treat each other respectfully, a practice dictated and followed by the school faculty.

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2013
My son really enjoys this school! I love the small size that allows teachers to provide focus on their students. The communication is VERY good. Whenever my son's grades start slipping I always get a heads up from the teacher, and they are great with working with us and him on how to best improve his grades.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
we feel so fortunate to have found CSS. this school is amazing, the best staff, excellent curriculium and wonderful learning environment for our kids. Middle school can be a tough environment and CSS has made it a loving place our kids are excited togo to every day!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
The learning methodology is more effective that What is used at Mecklenburg county schools, and the small size has helped with individual care.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
CSS is the best school! I am happy to be part of a wonderful community of staff, students, and parents!

- submitted by a teacher
October 07, 2013
Great administration! School feels more like a family! Great learning enviroment!! New building is very nice administration is quick to react to concerns.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
CSS is a great school! The new building is beautiful and gives the children a wonderful area to learn. It continues to add new things each year.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Safe and friendly! everyone knows my son and enjoys the children. When an issue arises they take care of it right away.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
We have a Son in the 9th grade, and a Daughtet in the 6th. For us this has been an awesome experience! Staff cares!!!! Kids love going to school. So glad High was added this year.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Love this School! The teachers and students are wonderful! Staff and family involvement make the school great!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
My sixth grader says, "This is not a normal middle school. The teachers actually care that you understand the material, and that you're not bored." For my kid to say that is a high compliment!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
At first I was hesitant to put my children in this school, but after years of my kids being in this school I am so happy with the outcome, my children's self confident is really high, attitude is best, the grades are really good and EOG scores are high, the open door policy of teachers and enormous patience and outlined curicullum , enviroment is now more secure with the new building , the personal attention the teacher giving to the students cannot compare with puclic schools, my children are more relax with less homework and more school interaction , They do not stay late everynight just to finish homework and being tired the next day like when they are in public school, teachers listen to the parents .

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Charlotte Secondary School is a small charter school with roughly 80 students per grade. The school currently offers Grades 6-10 - with plans to expand through Grade 12. When my step-daughter first started at CSS in Grade 6, she immediately fell in love with the school. While many middle-school parents hear of their child being "lost in the crowd" or horror stories of bullying, I have only heard my step-daughter talk about how much she loves CSS. The parents, teachers, and students are all so passionate about creating an inclusive, family-like environment for learning. We couldn't be happier with CSS!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
If you want your child to feel accepted as they are then Charlotte Secondary School is the school for your Middle School Child or High School Child. They are expected to be the best they can be, but not measured or compared to another student. Each Teacher is a coach to their students and coaches them along their way with the support of parents. There is great communication between the School Staff, Teachers, Students and Parents. Charlotte Secondary is definitely the School for our family. Thank you Charlotte Secondary School!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
My school is northeast middle school I got bullied a lot and wasn't getting help with that

- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2010
Excellent school. Our daughter is a current 8th grader and started at CSS in 6th. She has thrived and has been challenged by the curriculum. Last year she was selected to participate in the Duke TIP program and took the ACT. We were thrilled that she scored among the top in the nation. She looks forward to going to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2010
I have been a parent at CSS for 2 years, and I feel the atmosphere is a great learning environment for the students. They get to participate, be heard, and learn in such imaginative ways that stimulate every child to want to do their best. The teachers are fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 25, 2010
My mom submitted a post yesterday, about Charlotte Secondary School. She left out this fact: the 6 th grade teachers are the best! And that had to be said :)

- submitted by a student
no rating November 24, 2009
Wow! I am new to the school this year, and I am so impressed. My son has found a love of books because of the librarian, and I just realized this week that she is a volunteer! He goes in during his free time in the afternoon, and she makes him feel so special. He used to hate reading. Rock on Ms. B! I volunteer at the school too, and when my shift is over, I don't want to leave. The family atmosphere is so welcoming, and seeing my child doing so well just melts me!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2009
9th grade will be added for the 2010 school year. My son has enjoyed his middle school years (6th, 7th, 8th) and looks forward to high school next year. The teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
Charlotte Secondary is now 6,7 and 8th. 9th grade is scheduled to be added next year -2010. My son is in 6th grade and is very happy at the school. The class sizes are small so the students get to know one another. The teachers are enthusiastic and open to parent involvement.It feels like a small close knit community of families who work together for the betterment of their children. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Charlotte Secondary is a small public charter school. We have small class sizes that allow our staff to work more closely with our students. The staff is truly dedicated to making sure all of our students succeed. They give of their time not only in the classrooms, but on their own time to remain after school for tutoring and sponsoring clubs and serving as coaches. Our parents also give not only their money, but also their time to work as tutors, librarian, technology assistants and club leaders. There is constant contact between parents, staff, students and school leaders. Parents have a vital role in the planning and direction of the expansion of our school as we are growing one grade level per year. Since we are not entitled to receive funds from the state of NC for facilities, we have to be creative in raising money and supporting our school for growth. The one thing I love the most about Charlotte Secondary is the way we as a school community work together to help all of our students, staff and families. No one is left behind!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
I liked going to this school. Most teachers were nice and easy to get along with, but there are some that make you want to scream. I did miss the feel of a public school, such as having sports, lockers, a cafeteria, and gym. Since I'm moving I will not attend next year, but overall this is a nice school. The great school rating is about right.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2009
This school is the answer to our prayers! My child has found a perfect fit here at CSS. I was not against traditional public school, I simply wanted a smaller, more intimate school for my child. Well, I got that, plus so much more! I immediately fell in love with the Padaeia system of teaching. (look it up if you are not familar with it.. it's fabulous!) It throws traditional, boring auditory learning out the window and brings in all sorts of exciting, interactive learning modules that just grab hold of the kids! The teachers seem so excited to be teaching, and all kids are made to feel special, not just a chosen few.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
Great school! My daughter loves it!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
This is a great school. Offers a lot of great opportunities. The teachers are friendly, and help with whatever is needed. The students are also very friendly, and try do do their best. Currently it is a 6th and 7th grade school, which will rise a grade every year, I would love to stay in this school. I really do enjoy going here!

- submitted by a student
no rating March 17, 2008
This school has an innovative program, integrative curriculm and caring teachers. For an excellent hands on learning envirornment look into this school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 13, 2008
The worst school. Teachers are abusive, mean, and the school is very small. it need to close down

- submitted by a student
no rating February 28, 2008
not stable, understand that it is new. it appears that many of the students have behavioral issues. need to be more structured

- submitted by a parent
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Charlotte Secondary School
8601 McAlpine Park Drive, Charlotte, NC  28211
(704) 295-0137
Last modified Charlotte Secondary School is a Charter school that serves grades 6-11. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Charlotte Secondary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top