Very rigid administration and teachers. Little flexibility and little encouragement for students. Arrogant, "better than everybody else" attitude permeates the school.
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.
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.
Great school, students, teaching staff and administration. This is our 3rd year. No complaints or issues so far.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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+
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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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