School Details

Socrates Academy

3909 Weddington Road, Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 321-1711
10

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 604 students 20 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

90%
47%
71%
45%

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
  • Socrates Academy average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
48%
67%
44%

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
  • Socrates Academy average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
48%
58%
40%
73%
45%

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
  • Socrates Academy average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
39%
77%
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
  • Socrates Academy average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
39%
73%
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
  • Socrates Academy average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
34%
64%
41%
81%
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
  • Socrates Academy average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

0%
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
  • Socrates Academy average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Socrates Academy is a charter elementary school in Charlotte. The principal of Socrates Academy is Ms Kristen Priganc and can be contacted at kpriganc@socratesacademy.us. 604 students go to Socrates Academy and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Socrates Academy is 20:1. Mckee Road Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • Hebrew
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% 82%
Asian 6% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% %
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    We decided to pull out because of the lack of support on bullying situations. There are no rules consequences of any sort and they seem to fosture inappropriate behaviors with a meer warning or write up on the board. This has become a serious issue nationally so we cannot sit back and promote this for our children. The school had started off as a positive experience and has quickly fallen off with lack of trained individuals teaching. It's a shame the kids are really losing out in this school as well as a few very talented and caring individuals there teaching that really deserve more.

  • (5 months ago)

    This school is amazing. My daughter just started 7th grade and all she could talk about was her science teacher Mr. Latzos. From carpool all the way to the house all she could talk about was how he really made her think about science and the cool demonstrations he would do. She likes her other teachers too this year but could not stop talking about this Mr. Latzos. Socrates Academy is lucky to have a teacher like him on their staff and our kids are lucky to have him as a teacher. Looking forward to a great year!! Apparently my daughter is not the only one who thinks the same about Mr. Latzos. Socrates Academy you've got yourself a local celebrity who gets results. Keep him around as long as possible.

  • (5 months ago)

    Socrates Academy is a great school. This past year was my girls first year there and they loved it. They did have some bullying going on but once I talked to the teachers about this it was immediately handled. I was impressed because coming from another school this would not have happened. The teachers are outstanding and go above and beyond for these students.

  • (8 months ago)

    There is actually an anti-bullying organization that all teachers are involved with. My child did have incidents with bullying but the moment I spoke to the teacher the same day action was taken. Unfortunately bullying is everywhere but I'm very proud that my child goes to a school where it is not taken lightly! My child has loved Socrates for 4 years now and I wouldn't change a thing! Great staff both English and Greek teachers! I'm amazed when I hear a non-Greek child speak fluent Greek in 5th grade. Wish I could have learned my Spanish that well growing up! Go Socrates!!!!

  • (8 months ago)

    Highly respected select few great teachers PFI and parents who give everything to keep this school together. Since inception the school has been unable to control bullying teacher-bullying inappropriate behavior language and explicit social-media usage. The leadership and teachers blame the NC State rules for constraining them. The Greek Founders and Board of Trustees focus their priorities on their fund-raising foundation operated autonomously and modeled after the Greek Banking System. This has resulted in disproportionate debt and this prohibits the select deserving teachers to be paid and reimbursed accordingly. Altogether a rare cultural Greek immersion experience.

  • (9 months ago)

    This educational environment is so unprofessional and stressful for the kids and the educators that makes me wonder "who can stand it?". The English program is pretty good some of the American teachers are trying but the Greek program is totally disorganized. My husband has Italian origin and he says that it's a Greek mentality not to have any specific Curriculum. My child had a Greek teacher who cried in the classroom every day till she eventually went back to Greece. During this specific year my student changed 5 Greek teachers. I am surprised that most of the students speak very limited Greek even if they have been attending since ever. I don't think that the Greek teachers are real educators or they can offer any high-level knowledge. Other parents say that the school used to be better in the past the administrators were always very unprofessional though. If I had the chance to take my child from there and enroll it to another charter school I'd do it now. It's my husband who hesitates. No differentiation especially in Greek. It is a hard language to learn anyway but the lack of using alternative methods like projects or theater or games is a big downfall.

  • (1 year ago)

    Socrates focuses on high achievement through trackable individual progress year over year. Students are in Greek immersion for language and matematics 2 periods a day. The small class size & dedicated teaching staff makes Socrates second to none. Socrates has very little turn over as a charter school because of the tight-knit community. The best way Socrates could improve would be to take their concept from kindergarten to graduation by adding a high school.

  • (1 year ago)

    We were attracted to Socrates Academy because it is a semi Greek immersion school focusing on reading writing and mathematics taught through the use of the Socratic Method. Small class sizes uniforms and no tuition were an added bonus in our eyes. I still remember the day our son got in through the lottery. I was shaking with excitement and told my husband "We can never say we don't have good luck!". It has been a few years since that day in February two children there and we are all happy as ever. This school is more than just a place to "house" children during the day. It is a community an extended family. With all families committing to volunteer a minimum of 36 hours a year towards the needs of the school. I am remind of the lyrics from the TV show "Cheers"' when thinking of Socrates. Sometimes you do want to go where everybody knows your name. More importantly the faculty all know my children and not for the wrong reasons. Being an Honor School of Excellence proves that in the few short years the school has been in existence that the methodology behind this unique program works. My children are flourishing not just in English learning but in Greek too.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love SA. It worked well for both our kids one in second grade And one in seventh grade. The youngest is gifted And the eldest is special needs . SA has catered very well To the needs of both kids academically and intellectually. They do have great teachers who are able to provide Differentiated learning to all kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    My experience with Socrates Academy has been wonderful so far. I have a rising second grader and both years my son has had awesome teachers who care about him and want to help him learn as much as he can. Everyone I have dealt with from the school has been great and I think this is a wonderful environment for my son. There is a sense of community when you enter into the school. Every day there are plenty of parent volunteers helping with all kinds of activities to make this a wonderful environment. I look forward to the fall when both of my children will attend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Socrates Academy is just what we were looking for. They offer a challenging curriculum in a nurturing environment. My daughter came to Socrates Academy after 2 years at our local CMS elementary school which (like SA) is an Honor School of Excellence. Even so the difference is night and day. My daughter is happy and excited to go to school every day. Her classmates have been friendly and welcoming; she has never felt like the odd one out despite being new to the school. Her teachers are very caring and the differentiated learning provided in the classroom has been wonderful. When we enrolled her last June the administration put me in touch with one of the school's Greek language teachers who tutored my daughter all summer. This teacher was incredible. When my daughter started in the fall her new Greek language teacher and Greek math teacher could not believe she'd had no prior exposure to the language before that summer. We're delighted she has the opportunity to learn in a rich multi-cultural environment and hope the prospective high school will be a reality by the time our all children are old enough. We love this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school! High academic standards strong sense of community and a caring staff. We feel very fortunate that our children have the opportunity to attend such an exceptional school. Couldn't be happier!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school once was a decent elementary school but prematurely expanded into a middle school and things have declined. There are bullying problems with middle school the Greek program is a total joke and the board that runs the place seems more fixated on hiring family and friends than properly running this place. Once they hired well qualified teachers. Now the Greek program is a mix of qualified Greek teachers and former Greek preschool teachers who are not at all qualified to teach elementary Greek. You never know what your child will get from year to year but they certainly aren't making the progress they should from a two hour so-called immersion program. You'll be more immersed if you hit the local Greek diner once a week than at this school. There's no supervision whatsoever of what the teachers teach in each class so you may get a good teacher or a totally worthless one. None of the governing groups at this school get along - the board the Administration and their version of a PTA bicker and fight like preschoolers so nothing substantial gets done. If you have other options run don't walk because this place is going downhill fast

  • (1 year ago)

    We have decided to leave this school because the administration would not enforce the anti-bullying policy. The children who have been with the school from the beginning get preference over the ones who have come in at the beginning of Middle School. They have not addressed (at all) the multiple bullying issues we have faced. I am going to the county Superintendent over these things. We had to pull our daughter out of school on the last week of 8th grade because of bullying...and her teachers supported this. Her locker was vandalized all year (they do not allow locks on them) and a wonderful teacher provided a space in her closet for my child to store her things. I copied the Board of Directors on the emails I directed at the teachers and administration but never heard from any of them. This school may be a "school of Excellence" in academics but beware. It was more harmful to our Middle School daughter than helpful. I cannot recommend it to anyone now.

  • (1 year ago)

    I don't know what is going on here but I am very upset with the quality of teaching at this school. My child had challenges this year with his literacy teacher. I kept inquiring and working with him as he just wasn't getting it but the teacher seemed unable to help him. Finally I learn at the end of the year that not only is this her first year of teaching she is not yet qualified to be a teacher as she just STARTED going to grad school for her masters at the beginning of the year. She has an undergrad degree in something totally non-related and never taught before yet they let her start teaching literacy of all things which is critical. Who lets someone with these (lack of) qualifications be your "literacy teacher?!!" I don't think this was fair to the students and it certainly was not how the Administration represented this teacher at the beginning of the year. The word is that she is a friend of the Administration and several board members like her so that is apparently how she got the job. I am very upset as I feel my son basically lost a year of quality instruction and I can't help but wonder who else they let teach here due to friendships without qualifications.

  • (3 years ago)

    Socrates Academy is a great school. The teachers staff and Board of Directors truly care about our children and work very hard to make the right decisions. The academics are challenging but there is so much more than that. Our children are learning at an exceptional level in a comfortable friendly and safe environment. Every new year brings more opportunities and options for the children. There is also great support from most of the parents who put in hours of volunteer time to support and better the school. I feel very fortunate that my child attends Socrates and know she is getting the best education possible.

  • (3 years ago)

    Overall the school is good. The challenge is the "Greek Boys Club" that is known as the board. The issues of nepatism (Sp) and hiring of daughters nephews cousins etc.. is a bit disgusting and discouraging when it comes to trying to get things accomplished. The principal is not empowered to control things and it seems that the success of the school up to this point is largely due to her dilligence and hard work.... The board has rolled the parent faculty involvement (similar to PTA) up under THEIR control and therefore it is only an arm to facilitate their wishes and desires. If they can get past the issues then maybe they won't get in their own way of becoming a great school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been a student at Socrates for 5 out of 6 years. It is a great school and I learn so much. One of the best qualities that the school has is that it measures the different levels the students have so that they learn at their own pace. It is also a school that puts family first.everyone at this school is my family.If anyone asked me what what school would be best for their children I'd say Socrates Academy.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love this school. It is such an intimate caring school with great teachers. My child is treated like she is special and not just a number. The academics are challenging and stimulating and geared to each students level. They offer many enrichment activities which make it convenient for parents. I highly recommend this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son George started Kindergarten at Socrates Academy this year. It's a great school with a small teacher/student ratio. It is an academically rich and nurturing school.

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