School Details

Charlotte Secondary School

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

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-11 430 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. 430 children 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

  • (7 months ago)

    We have had 4 children attending Charlotte Secondary for 5 years now. The very best thing about the school is its size. During those difficult middle school years CSS offers individualized attention and small peer groups. Bullying is virtually non-existent. There isn't a drug or alcohol element and the children seem to "grow-up" slower (giving their brains a chance to catch up to their bodies). The Paideia method is ideal for helping kids to learn and think for themselves. The teachers treat students as individuals so students that have a difficult time with organization (a huge challenge for most new 6th graders) are given extra help and understanding. Students who excel in academics are also challenged. The school is growing and adding more programs by the year. They are growing a quality athletics programs and adding an arts curriculum too. I am so thankful to have CSS as an alternative to public middle AND high school. My oldest is now in the 10th grade and wouldn't go anywhere else. It is wonderful to my kids getting a quality education in a safe and healthy environment. **If your child prefers anonymity this is NOT the school for her/him.

  • (10 months ago)

    Charlotte secondary has been nothing but accommodating! Both of my children have went there for 3 years... Teachers are like family and my kids are thriving in every way. My kids are very different but have both fit in just perfectly at CSS... I'm sorry to hear that some parents feel so negatively about the school... I read in one of the reviews that they were unhappy because there is a lot of parental support asked and fundraising done... This is how the school runs financially...it does not get as many funds as public school from the state so it has to make up for the balance by fundraising and using volunteers... For me Charlotte secondary has been like going to a private school but for free! And the help that is asked is gladly given by many helpful parents. Those who's schedule does not allow much time is NOT required! No school is perfect but this school has been god sent for us! Truly

  • (11 months ago)

    We have had a wonderful experience thus far at Charlotte Secondary. My 6th grade son is receiving a quality education with fantastic teachers and peers. We are thankful that he has been given the opportunity to attend this school and look forward to the upcoming years.

  • (11 months ago)

    I will not recommend the school to any one.the admin staff are not willing to help kids or parents but expect parents to support and help the school with it's activities and fundraisers.The school does not even have a RN or Counselor to handle issues like bullying.the standard is lower than the state standard because very few qualified teachers are available. It makes you feel as if your children are in a private school because parents have to set aside money each month to help out on fund raisers.

  • (12 months ago)

    I would not reccomend this school. The teachers are treated terribly and they are resigning and getting fired all the time. The administration harasses and bullies students. There is no dicepline at all. The students are obnoxious and make it impossible to learn anything. They have no clue how to run the highschool. They even messed up the required seat hours so the highschool day is extended by half an hour and they are still making up 18 hours outside of school. The only positive things I have to say about this school are that the highschool teachers are great people. It is also extremely easy to make good grades at this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love this school. The teachers are the best !! High school is coming along. School needs to figure out it's brand moving forward. Really wish parents would not send kids who don't want to be at the school. Also you need to help out the school if you are a parent. Only a handful of oatents do all the helping.

  • (1 year 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)

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

  • (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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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 follows the Pairdeia philosophy. Paideia states that the three types of teaching should occur in our schools didactic teaching of subject matter coaching that produces the skills of learning and Socratic questioning in seminar discussion; The results of these three types of teaching should be the acquisition of organized knowledge the formation of habits in the use of subject matter and the mind s growing understanding of ideas and issues; What a wonderful way to learn!

  • (1 year ago)

    My Daughter was unable to attend Curriculum Night for her 6th grader last Tuesday evening so I went with my Granddaughter. We went to each of her classes and met with each of her teachers. It was a very uplifting and positive evening. The teachers each gave a brief overview of their education/job history and why they chose teaching as their profession sometimes over other more lucrative jobs. They all seemed to really love teaching especially in the critical middle school years. I came away with a sense that this school was really looking out for their students by hiring top notch teachers and following a very stringent curriculum. Charlotte Secondary is a small school in comparison to some others...which I find to be an asset. There is a sense of family in that the students know each other and treat each other respectfully a practice dictated and followed by the school faculty.

  • (1 year ago)

    Love this School! The teachers and students are wonderful! Staff and family involvement make the school great!

  • (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!

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