School Details

Charlotte Secondary School

8601 McAlpine Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 295-0137
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-10 237 students 12 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

41%
39%
55%
46%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Charlotte Secondary School average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

27%
39%
54%
48%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Charlotte Secondary School average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

25%
34%
42%
41%
54%
59%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Charlotte Secondary School average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
36%

End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Charlotte Secondary School average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Charlotte Secondary School is a charter middle school in Charlotte. The principal of Charlotte Secondary School is Mrs Beth Warshauer and can be contacted at beth.warshauer@charlottesecondary.org. 237 students attend Charlotte Secondary School and identify as Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Charlotte Secondary School is 12:1. McClintock Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 8%
Multiracial 5% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 47% 47%
Black, non-Hispanic 38% 38%
Asian 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    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.

  • (11 months ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    Charlotte Secondary School is the best thing we ever did for our daughter. She is happy learning everyday. Kathy Robinson

  • (1 year ago)

    Charlotte Secondary is filled with kids and teacher who treat everyone with respect and love. Our son is thriving and taking leadership responsibilities.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    If you want your child to feel accepted as they are then Charlotte Secondary School is the school for your Middle School Child or High School Child. They are expected to be the best they can be but not measured or compared to another student. Each Teacher is a coach to their students and coaches them along their way with the support of parents. There is great communication between the School Staff Teachers Students and Parents. Charlotte Secondary is definitely the School for our family. Thank you Charlotte Secondary School!

  • (1 year ago)

    Great administration! School feels more like a family! Great learning enviroment!! New building is very nice administration is quick to react to concerns.

  • (1 year ago)

    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 )

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    My sixth grader says "This is not a normal middle school. The teachers actually care that you understand the material and that you're not bored." For my kid to say that is a high compliment!

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    At first I was hesitant to put my children in this school but after years of my kids being in this school I am so happy with the outcome my children's self confident is really high attitude is best the grades are really good and EOG scores are high the open door policy of teachers and enormous patience and outlined curicullum enviroment is now more secure with the new building the personal attention the teacher giving to the students cannot compare with puclic schools my children are more relax with less homework and more school interaction They do not stay late everynight just to finish homework and being tired the next day like when they are in public school teachers listen to the parents .

  • (1 year ago)

    CSS is the best school! I am happy to be part of a wonderful community of staff students and parents!

  • (1 year ago)

    Charlotte Secondary School is a small charter school with roughly 80 students per grade. The school currently offers Grades 6-10 - with plans to expand through Grade 12. When my step-daughter first started at CSS in Grade 6 she immediately fell in love with the school. While many middle-school parents hear of their child being "lost in the crowd" or horror stories of bullying I have only heard my step-daughter talk about how much she loves CSS. The parents teachers and students are all so passionate about creating an inclusive family-like environment for learning. We couldn't be happier with CSS!

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    The learning methodology is more effective that What is used at Mecklenburg county schools and the small size has helped with individual care.

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