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About This School

First Ward Visual & Performing Arts Elementary is a public elementary school in Charlotte. The principal of First Ward Visual & Performing Arts Elementary is Ms Selestine Y. Crowder, who can be contacted at p368@cms.k12.nc.us. 538 students go to First Ward Visual & Performing Arts Elementary and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 78% of the 538 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at First Ward Visual & Performing Arts Elementary is 15:1. Barringer Academic Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 72% 42%
White, non-Hispanic 7% 32%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Hispanic 17% 18%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.7% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Asian 0% 5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78% 57%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Love this school! My daughter is in first grade at First Ward Creative Arts Academy. The faculty and staff are remarkable. I highly recommend this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been a Dilworth parent for 8 years. One of my children has graduated from Dilworth and is now in the 7th grade and my youngest is presently in the third grade. Dilworth is a small loving academically challenging and diverse school. All classroom academics are enriched with the integration of the arts. My children have success in their school work as well as in the arts. I think Dilworth is Charlotte's best kept secret. A small school with a big heart.

  • (6 years ago)

    My extremely creative little brother attended for a year- before he was pulled out b/c of all the inappropriate things he was learning from his classmates! There are major discipline problems as students know teachers' hands are tied- the administration won't back up referrals and there are conflicting systems of rewards and punishments.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to this school for fourth grade and I'm now in eighth. The Arts programs are excellent like dance and drama.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a parent of a 2nd grader at Dilworth. I have only great things to say about it. My daughter is very good with arts/crafts. With attending this school since kindergarden all of her gifts have be brought to the for front. She has been selected for her art work and it dancing and auditioning for plays. This school is great.

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