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Charlotte Secondary School

Charter | 6-10 | 237 students

 
 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 24, 2014

Great school. Love this school. Please , if you are currently attending this school and are not happy , leave ! There are plenty of kids on the waiting list that would love a chance to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!


Posted 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.


Posted October 9, 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


Posted October 8, 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


Posted October 8, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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.


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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


Posted October 7, 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students41%
Female46%
Male38%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students46%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students55%
Female62%
Male50%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students61%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students27%
Female32%
Male21%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students31%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English27%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant27%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female59%
Male50%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students25%
Female15%
Male31%
Black12%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students27%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female48%
Male38%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities40%
Non-disabled students42%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%
Academically giftedn/a

Science

All Students54%
Female56%
Male52%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities40%
Non-disabled students56%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students69%
Femalen/a
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students69%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 47% 52%
Black 38% 26%
Hispanic 8% 14%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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8601 McAlpine Park Drive
Charlotte, NC 28211
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