What does a day in the life of a student at a charter school in North Carolina look like? As part of National Charter Schools Week, we spent a day with the students and teachers of Gate City Charter Academy, a K-7 charter school located in east Greensboro.
Just like traditional public schools, charter schools come in all shapes and sizes. Gate City Charter opened in 2016 in east Greensboro and serves a population where around 70% of students are considered “economically disadvantaged.” Gate City is a K-7 lottery-based charter school, meaning interested students in the district are randomly selected to attend. It’s operated by the National Heritage Academy (NHA) and opened in 2016 to serve families in east Greensboro. Students wear uniforms — for elementary, green or white polos; for middle school, blazers and ties.
Charter schools don’t have to provide free lunch or transportation for students. But Gate City serves an area where 85 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch, and the school provides those options. The school also offers to help parents set up carpools to help kids get to school without traditional buses.
From 2017 to 2018, Gate City exceeded growth with a score of 96.9 in academic growth, moving from a D to a C school. Next year, the school will continue its trend of adding one grade level per year by expanding to include the eighth grade. The school does not plan to add high school grade levels.Charter Schools