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It is not difficult to see the genuine love and concern Dr. McQueen has for Torchlight Academy and its students. After almost completing my first year at Torchlight Academy, it is apparent that the children are happy to be here and academic learning is indeed taking place. There is such a glow in their eyes when they enter the building with book bags on rolling wheels for some and notebooks for others eagerly bringing with them a desire to please you as well as their teachers. I applaud Dr. McQueen and Mr. McQueen for the excellent job they are doing to assist in the learning of these students and preparing them for their future. I consider it an honor to be apart of the dedicated staff and faculty of Torchlight Academy. K. S. Harris
March 14, 2017

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I am writing this letter to express the exceptional job Dr. McQueen has been doing running Torchlight Academy. You can see the sincere concern she has for the students, staff and how the daily functions of the school operate. She works hard to see that there is a cause behind Torchlight and that Torchlight has a specific reason for existing. That reason and that cause are to educate the mind, body and souls of each every student, as well as each and every adult in the building. That is the reason I am here and glad to say that I am a part of this mission. I am also glad and proud to work under such a diligent leader who truly cares. M. Smith 3rd Grade Teacher



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I was asked to write down the reasons that I would like for my son to transfer from his current school to Torchlight Academy. Well, there are numerous reasons. My son, Kendai is ADHA with impulse behavior, meaning that he often acts out without thinking about the correct choices and/or the consequences. He is also very, very active. Although he takes medication, it takes a lot to get him to focus on one task. After you finally get him focused on that task, it’s usually almost time to start another. So then he becomes emotional because he is not able to finish or complete his task as the other students have. Calming him down from not being his task and explaining to him why he was not able to finish and why the class must move on and stay on schedule takes more time. Than after you get him to stop crying or whining about that you have to repeat the cycle of getting him focused on the next task and the cycle continues. This is a normal day at school, which is obviously draining to one teacher, who has to constantly cater to his special needs while teaching a class with 18 other student. Due to this manner, when the teacher feels that the rest of the class cannot focus or continue to learn due to his behavior, she sends him to the office. He has probably spent more time in the office than all of the other children in the entire school combined, not jokingly. He usually spends around 2-3 hours a day in the office or with the guidance counselor. Kendal was recently suspended from school. I feel that he needs a smaller class room setting, clear and firm guidance and more male influences in his life. Kendal’s father and I are not together so he does not have a male role model on a daily basis. As a working single mother and student, it is hard to me to take him to visit other males in our family. I feel that Kendal is very smart, well-spoken and he know right from wrong. Kendal is spoiled and can be manipulative if you give in to him. He does cry and whine excessively for a child his age, but I think if in the right environment it can be contained. I do not believe in physical discipline but am a firm believer in discipline him in other ways that I feel are more effective. That is pretty much the overview of Kendal and I. I would appreciate if you could reply back and let me know you think that my son and I would benefit from your program. Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation. A. Kee




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We all love Torchlight Academy. we appreciate all they are doing for the school and the community. My children would never consider attending another school. We have 12 more years there and we will be sad to leave because they come are about us and want my children succeed. C. Boynton



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I am thankful that my children are able to attend Torchlight Academy because they do so much for the community. I love the educational field trips that they take the children on. I hope Torchlight is always here. The teachers are great. You can always speak with the Principal, Dr. Cynthia McQueen, who is concerned about our children. They are very dedicated. L. Uben



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It is with great pleasure to speak on behalf of Torchlight Academy as a concerned and involved parent. with all of the wonderful aspects of Torchlight Academy, it is had to narrow the choices down to one aspect. There are few places I would send my precious cargo (CHILDREN) in Raleigh, NC school. After reviewing the choices available to our family of five, my husband and I were drawn to Torchlight Academy because of the wonderful learning environment it affords all of it children. The learning environment at Torchlight Academy encompasses children from diverse backgrounds, the cultural aspect in its children, the exclusivity, the compassion of the teachers and the family atmosphere. I am proud to say that our children attend such a wonderful school and are pleased with the results we see in our children and others every single day. I can not say enough about this school and will close by saying that Torchlight Academy offers what many do not; a wonderful learning environment for Raleigh's children with a passion to bring out every child's unique potential. Chives-Davis Family


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SCHOOL LEADER
It is not difficult to see the genuine love and concern Dr. McQueen has for Torchlight Academy and its students. After almost completing my first year at Torchlight Academy, it is apparent that the children are happy to be here and academic learning is indeed taking place. There is such a glow in their eyes when they enter the building with book bags on rolling wheels for some and notebooks for others eagerly bringing with them a desire to please you as well as their teachers. I applaud Dr. McQueen and Mr. McQueen for the excellent job they are doing to assist in the learning of these students and preparing them for their future. I consider it an honor to be apart of the dedicated staff and faculty of Torchlight Academy. K. S. Harris
Posted March 14, 2017



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My son has the best teacher ever. He has a male teacher (Mr. Andrews) and he has regular communication with my husband and I. I have seen a great deal of improvement in his behavior and his academics in just a few months. He is like a magician. If he could be cloned, there should be one of him in each school.

Amount of homework: Agree


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Those teachers that give homework on a regular basis do so with consideration for the child's home situation.


Develops character: Strongly agree


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Torchlight focuses on building strong character by directly teaching and modeling honesty, Integrity, and fairness.



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This school serves a greater than 80% free and reduced lunch student population. The school made a fantastic turnaround from last year and achieve a "C" on the N.C. Public School Report Card for 2015-2016 and "Exceeded Expected Growth." The school has strong leadership and a highly competent professional teaching staff. They on one of the strongest performers in the Raleigh area with the student population served. Torchlight Academy builds students with strong character.

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Last modified Torchlight Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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