"We are best known for academics and service learning."
Students enrolled 1600
Hours 7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Shannon Stein
District Lake Norman Charter

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12701 Old Statesville Rd
Huntersville, NC 28078

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4 stars
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August 11, 2014
This school has been good until recently. My son, an honor role student, was placed in a study hall against our wishes. When we contacted the principal, Terri Costa, we were basically called liars and told there would be no change...too ANY other class. I have never been treated as rudely. Hopefully, this principal will not be here long.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2014
How fortunate we are to have our children be a part of this school community! LNC has caring, well-qualified staff and provide innovative, personalized instruction that has helped each of the kids find success. We are excited that in this upcoming school year that 1:1 technology will be provided to better help students to be organized and be ready and adaptable for the expectations of college and future careers. One thing that I really like is that my husband and I can get actively involved in partnering with the school in providing the best opportunity possible for all the students. Whether it is attending a coffee chat, volunteering at the school/school events or participating in focus groups...it is clear that our input matters.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
Students are not encouraged. The environment is very rigid, not conducive to learning. Administration is not welcoming to parents - very arrogant. The electives for high school are EXTREMELY LIMITED.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
This school does not keep the best interest of students in mind. Homework is overwhelming in both middle and high school. Many group projects. Electives in high school are very limited. Parents are bullied by administration. Communication is POOR! A college prep school doesn't mean slam students with meaningless work. Words that come to my mind to describe our years at LNC - rigid, bullied, arrogant, lifeless, rude, dull, dreaded.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
Lake Norman is a Great school, there is lot of parent involvement and plenty of volunteer opportunities if you want to stay involved with the school. This is my son's second year at school I am very happy about the school overall. Teachers are dedicated and caring about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
Lake Norman Charter School We have three students attending LNC: 5th, 8th, and 10th grades. We have been very pleased with the level of education they are receiving. Our high school student has opportunities to take a variety of AP classes, and next year was even given the chance to attend classes at CPCC for dual enrollment. We are very excited about the 1:1 technology program launching next year, where all the students will have the use of an iPad for the school year. The teachers care, the administration is very involved, and the school is small enough to feel your child is getting the attention they deserve.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
We love Lake Norman Charter. It has been a wonderful experience for my two children. The teachers and administration have been professional and high-quality. My 5th grade son has excelled this year and loves going to school. My 8th grader is challenged and has learned SO much at LNC. Looking forward to many more years at LNC as I still have a kindergartner to come!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
LNC truly has a group of dedicated staff, students, and parents. Everyone involved in this school works together to make it the best learning/working environment that it can be. The staff take their classroom lessons "outside of the box", this enables the students to grasp the material in meaningful,creative modes. The entire school community believes in service to the school and the community. They strive to instill leadership qualities to the students. Our family has two graduates of LNC and they are presently very successful in rigorous university programs.They have continued to serve and volunteer in their universities.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
I am a senior from LNC going to a prestigious college this fall. I am not unique. Many people have gotten into great schools such as UNC, NC State, Clemson, etc. In the end for LNC, it is about getting students into the best colleges and well prepared, which from my personal experience, they have done so. We have the highest SAT average in the area. The administration doesn't show bias towards one sex at all. They do however enforce a dress code, which some girls refuse to follow. They also enforce all other rules listed in the student handbook so if your student gets in trouble for their cell phone or gum it shouldn't be the admins fault for enforcing rules. For students who are willing to work hard, this school provides a challenge and from my conversation from previous graduates it provides great preparation for college. For the most part, the teachers truly want their students to succeed. AP classes are typically very well taught and unlike CMS, they are not the "new honors level." I have passed the 4 AP tests between sophomore and junior year, which could not have been accomplished without the teachers. My only complaint is the level of busy work that some teachers give.

- submitted by a community member
February 18, 2014
Very rigid administration and teachers. Little flexibility and little encouragement for students. Arrogant, "better than everybody else" attitude permeates the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
By and large the school is solid for students to learn and develop, however, the administration seems to think the can do whatever they want without including the parents. Watch out if things get tough the administration will clam up and hide behind policy and rhetoric. Unfortunately, families and students carry the school in lieu of solid admistrative leadership.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2014
LNC is a wonderful school; you can't ask for a better school for your children. My advice for those who are not happy because they feel their children "don't love the process of education" is remove them and put them back in the wonderful CMS school system. You're free to go, no one is forced to stay.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
Great school, students, teaching staff and administration. This is our 3rd year. No complaints or issues so far.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2013
I love Lake Norman Charter School! I love how they go beyond for their students and I have made so many friends here. The teachers push us to do our VERY best at all times but at the same time, they can be the very best teachers ever! My favorite teachers will always be from LNC and I always enjoy coming to school every day because the way LNC teacher teach, they make it fun to learn and easy to understand. I don't regret any leaving my old school, and I have learned so much more here. The teachers at LNC do their best so we can prep for the EOGs and so we can be ready for our next year of learning. This school is lottery based, so they only pick their students through a random lottery. I promise that you or your child will absolutely love it here! The principal is also SUPER nice (and very, very, pretty), and the vice principal is very nice too (and very, very, funny!), and I love this school, and I am glad I go here. I have been able to be challenged more than I was ever at my old school. They also have VERY unique and fun electives such as drama,dance,keyboarding,French,Spanish,media assistant, and much, much, more! I really enjoy going to this school, and I am glad I went here!

- submitted by a community member
December 03, 2013
This is our child's first year at LNC, and we couldn't be more pleased. The teachers and staff have been so welcoming and have gone above and beyond to ensure that our daughter's potential is met. Communication between school and home is excellent, and the curriculum is challenging. The students are shown how to learn, lead, and serve at school and through the many clubs. We are thankful for LNC.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
Here is what I think is very important to know about Lake Norman Charter school before you enroll your child. If you have a son who does not naturally love the process of public education, this school will be a nightmare for you and your family! The staff at LNC favors girls who sit quietly in their seats and like being dictated to. Boys do not have it so lucky there. They will tell you at the school orientation that they do a lot of hands on projects, outside of labs in science, we have done ONE hands on project in the three years we have been at the school. The leadership at the school lack as good role models for the student body. Most families just up and leave the school after they exhaust from the constant battle. So in short if you have a boy who is not strong in his own personal desire to succeed academically, you will regret sending your child! I am personally, daily, disappointing with the administrations inability to foster a love for learning in these children!! Lake Norman Charter has taught me the understanding of the saying "a mind is a terrible thing to waist" as boys spend more time in silent lunch and detention than learning useful material! Be ware moms!!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
My daughter started this year and I have been so impressed with the way the school is run. She loves her teachers and I am very excited for the future.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
LNC is a great school, but it is not for everyone. If you want to be involved in your child's education and you want your child to be challenged to grow academically and as a person, this could be the right fit. As the parent of both a graduate and a high school student, I can say that the school does a great job of preparing students for college--there is a lot of work involved, but it is worth it. There has been a lot of change in the administration over the years, but they seem to be at a good place now, so hopefully the changes are over. The teachers are great, and the administration always gets back to you--too bad the answer is sometimes not what you want to hear, but they always have an explanation for why they will not change the rules. I am disappointed in the parents below who seem to be upset that they didn't get their way, and they want to blame the school. I am thrilled to be at a safe challenging school, and my children are very happy to be knights!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
As a parent, I am surprised by the reviews that are less that stellar. My children have had a wonderful experience at LNC because of the loving care of both the teachers and adminstration. It is not for every family but if you want a school that will both challenge your child and prepare them for the best possible opportunities while caring for them as individuals, than this is the school. I could not disagree more with the last comment about them not recognizing the abilities of young women; the proof is in what they highlight. Check out their website and the lead story is about the academic achievements of a female student. They want ALL students to meet their full potential and get to the college of choice. It is a school of choice, so if it is not for you, then please consider going to a place that is a better fit for your student than criticizing the school for doing what they promise they will.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
This school caters to young male students and should be aptly considered a boys prep school. From the way the administration ignores the needs of our intelligent young women, to the way it admonishes the inappropriate advances female students receive from the male student population.... this school turns a blind eye to the needs of young female students and turns the clock backwards on all that we have tried to do to keep our smart, intelligent, beautiful young students on target to believe in themselves. Very disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
I go to Lake Norman Charter and I can honestly say that I love it. I feel like he teachers do he best they can when it comes to getting you ready for college. Not only have i been taught how to be responsible, but they have also taught me how to organize myself in the way that will benefit me most when I leave for college.

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2013
Teacher and adminstrative communictaion is terrible. My child was bullied and assaulted on school campus. Little to no communication between parents, students and adminstration and no discpline enforced

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
LNC is not only a wonderful school but an Honor School of Excellence! As a parent whose student who was new two years ago, it has been wonderful to see the quality of teachers, administration, and education that he has received. There is a total commitment by the school toward giving our students the best possible chance to be successful when they are ready to move on to college. There are also really committed parents that put in a lot of time in the PTO, Boosters, etc. which give the school a "all in it for the right reasons" feel. The only thing that could make it better would be if there were chances to get a few more people involved, but I would give this school an A+

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
Parent of straight A student, so this isn't sour grapes. School confuses quality with quantity. Also, most projects are group projects, not individual grades. Biggest complaint is administration, particularly the Assistant Principal of the HS. The rules are flexible if the administration wants them to be, but if parent or student has a reasonable request, rules suddently become very rigid. Never got the sense school was run with the students best interest in mind. Much more concerned about the appearance of the school than the students.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
LNC is a wonderful school. Students that care about their academics and learn to be good citizens, parents that are involved, teachers that go above and beyond to help students succeed, and administrators that are accessable and visable. I have read some of the other reviews and while I think that the number of classes can be challenging with the homework, I also think that they need to realize that LNC is a rigorous, college prep school as the charter commands them to be. I for one am thankful for the efforts of everyone to make a great school for my student to be.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
I have two students at this school - have dealt with both the middle school and high school, while I agree with some of the previous comments regarding the faculty - particularly in the office & admin they do not return calls or emails.. Yes the teachers are tough but they are preparing kids for college. Most complaints I hear come from families not prepared to deal th being "involved" in the child's education, to which I say - duh - its a Charter school, it's built on the backs of the families... its just a step up from home schooling. You don't choose a charters school unless your ready to drive them to school, help with activities, pay for activities etc... I agree car pool is mismanaged (a nightmare is an overstatement.. Some of the faculty are young and inexperienced which makes for some msitakes in dealing with the kids needs, its not much different in the public schools. The big difference is that teachers actually want to come here. The real "nightmare" is the amount of homework doled out and the limited time given for projects... they spend more time at home doing school work than they do at school.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
I am entering this review for my daughter, whose son was suppose to graduate from Lake Norman Charter school this past June. He did not pass Spanish, so was told he could not graduate. My daughter then called the school, and they were going to retest him, and promised to call back. They do not call back. The employees in the office are rude, and the principal is also rude. It is October and the student still doesn't have his diploma, although he has taken Spanish, passed it and turned in his grades to the school. They told my daughter they don't know how to get a diploma to him, and they are working on it. Shame on Lake Norman!!

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2011
When I first came during the high school's first year, the school was amazing. The academics were great and the teachers were passionate about the education of the students. As more grades have been added, the school has moved away from 2007. With the majority of the kids coming from the middle school, the high school has now become just like the middle school, bureaucratic. The administration does what ever the parents want. After the recent snow days, the exam schedule was changed two or three times. Kids were told to bring their materials home in case of snow but they didn't. When parents were notified of the change, some complained that there student bring home the materials so the schedule was changed back. The high school is now filled with helicopter parents that blame the teachers for their child's poor grades when in reality, it's the student. Let's just say I am glad to be getting out.

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2010
Not happy with this school. Very focused on EOG results and teaching to the test. Will address concerns but get no results from discussing it. Average kids fall through the cracks big time. Get lots of attention if you are a high-achieving student. Lots of pressure on the kids. Lecture on bullying, but it goes on all the time here. Slowly weeding out the kids who aren't ones who excell. And carpool? What a nightmare......

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March 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
Excellent school! Have had children in both the middle and high school. High expectations for students! Will more than prepare them for college! More than 1200 students applied for 2010-2011 school year, just over 200 got in.......that should speak volumes!

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February 10, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 10, 2009
It's only excellent academically and clean wise because there is its drama.

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no rating October 18, 2009
We have been very happy with LNCS for our middle school students who have both excelled here. We have found the teachers to have high expectations, but that is what we want for our kids. Great School!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I have 3 children at LNCS. They are all excelling and very happy. The Teachers Staff and Administration really care and teach the children respect, responsibility and how to show great character.

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- submitted by a student
August 08, 2009
Lake Norman Charter has the potential to be a great school. Unfortunately the leadership at the middle school continues to hold it back from being better than mediocre. If you're a parent who likes to micromanage your child's life, then this is a great school for you. If you seek attention and the limelight, this is a great school for your child. Those of us who just want to provide a better educational experience for our children are often pushed aside and ignored. The PTO is like a cult that causes this atmosphere. For the most part the teachers are good. The office staff, however, is awful.

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June 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 25, 2009
As a elementary teacher in a neighboring school district, I can't say enough about how supportive the school has been through the difficulties of middle school. It is clear by the writing sample that the previous student submitted, that this child was not adequately prepared for middle school making acedemic progress difficult but not impossible. I hope this student can seek out a teacher for mentoring and find a way to find some positive outlets. LNCS is not perfect...nothing is but the school does have high standards and professional teachers that care. This has helped my children, who have been in this students' shoes, catch up, excel, and become successful high school students.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
many of the teachers are rude and hard to the students the work is very difficult they have high standards and the students are not respectful to one another. i would no i unfortunately go hear

- submitted by a student
December 23, 2008
LNCS has been an outstanding choice for our family. The school prepares the students well by holding all children accountable for their actions and recognizing those who excel. This allows teachers to avoid wasted time in the classrooms dealing with disruptive students, and students learn to be prepared for class and to work in an increasingly competitive world. Unlike most public schools that pour a lot of resources into low performing students with little return, LNCS teachers understand the higher standard, and they make it visible by setting expectations for all to move toward it. This is reinforced by visibly celebrating the achievements of those who meet the higher standards. This approach also helps lower performing students excel much farther and faster than the 'no child left behind' approach, and over time, LNCS has considerably fewer low performing students. And this is the bottom line: This school gets results!

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2008
Great teacher/Student ration. Challenging course work. New school buildings going up! Staff is very approachable.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
Excellent school! 5 stars do not cover it! I had one child attend 5th - 8th grade, is now a sophomore at Chapel Hill with much thanks to LNCS. She could have not been more prepared for high school! We tried to get my youngest in for 4 years - finally made it off the wait list a few days into the 8th grade last year. After attending 2 other public middle schools I cannot begin to tell you what a difference LNCS has made in our lives! Our daughter is now a freshman at the high school. She is working hard but enjoying school - something I cannot say about the public middle school she attended! I don't have to worry about the foolishness the public schools unfortunately have to deal with! We are thrilled to be a part of LNCS!

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- submitted by a student
January 03, 2007
Getting your child into LNCS is like being handed a full scholarship to a private school for free! You can't lose. It is challenging, the teachers expect a lot. If your child cannot handle a strict environment designed to build organized, independent thinkers, then it isn't the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2004
Lake norman Charter is a great school! I know because I've been there! I have made so many great friends throughout my four years at this school! I would recommend this school to anyone! It is very challenging but fun also! You wont be sorry sending your child to this wonderful school!

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2004
My daughter is completing her 1st year at LNCS and loves it! She has made many good freinds. She loves the electives and feels very independant for 5th grade. The 5th grade teachers have been wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2004
This is the best school for your child. How do I know? I have gone there. It is the best school. I loved it. The teachers are great, the principal is the best, and overall we were the School Of Excellence. So please consider your child to go there they will have a blast just like I did!

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We value partnerships between and among students, staff, parents, and community. We provide and support a rigorous college preparatory program that enables our students to be successful at their college of choice and beyond. Our well-trained, enthusiastic educators create and nurture an innovative learning environment,which is conducive to students realizing their potential and owning their academic success. We actively promote and celebrate student contributions to the community through service opportunities. We expect all stakeholders to accept personal accountability for upholding the LNC Honor Code. Through numerous extra-curricular activities, we allow students the opportunity to develop self-confidence, leadership, and respect for oneself and pride in their school. Being members of a global community, we promote and embrace an understanding of individual and cultural diversity. We understand that communication is an ongoing process and continually strive to foster an open atmosphere of trust and safety.

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Lake Norman Charter School
12701 Old Statesville Rd, Huntersville, NC  28078
(704) 948-8600
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