School Details

Artspace Charter School

2030 U.S. 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778
(828) 298-2787
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 376 students 17 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

60%
47%
60%
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
  • Artspace Charter average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

24%
48%
56%
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
  • Artspace Charter average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
48%
58%
40%
58%
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
  • Artspace Charter average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
39%
76%
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
  • Artspace Charter average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
39%
77%
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
  • Artspace Charter average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
34%
67%
41%
76%
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
  • Artspace Charter average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
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
  • Artspace Charter average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Artspace Charter School is a charter middle school in Swannanoa. The principal of Artspace Charter School is Ms Lori Cozzi and can be contacted at lori.cozzi@artspacecharter.org. 376 students go to Artspace Charter School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. The student to teacher ratio at Artspace Charter School is 17:1. Charles D Owen Middle is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 90% 89%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I have to say I found some erroneous information in the few negative reviews of this school. Never in my experience has the staff refused to put the students needs first. Often and noted in those few reviews are mentions of problems where admin backed the teachers against the parents wishes. Who exactly are the experts in child development and education here? The admin and faculty that's who. Over the years I have been involved in public education I have often found that there are some who cannot be pleased (parents) when things do not go their way or they cannot accept the changes that must happen for their child to thrive. It is these parents who have "horrible" experiences and are never satisfied.. I would tell ANYONE looking into this school to visit. And look at the test scores (Artspace and Evergreen compete every year for top place in the county!) Parents are NEVER ignored even if they might be behaving unreasonably. This school accommodates everyone it can with the single goal of providing the best education possible.

  • (11 months ago)

    Our kids have been very happy at Artspace. One of our children went to SILSA after finishing 6th - 8th grade there and was very well prepared for the rigors of an honors program. The teachers work long hours and make sure the school offers competitive extracurricular activities. We've been really pleased the swift response to bullying when it crops up. It's not the prettiest school but the faculty and staff are the tops.

  • (1 year ago)

    When entering into the school we felt there was a lot of potential and a great "idea" for how we wanted our children to learn. The reality is that the school doesn't live up to what it promises. The kids fall behind they don't help children who need it and they hide things from the parents and keep them in the dark about a lot of things. They don't want anything public and put kids at risk. I'm torn on how to help our kids it is not a good school overall. On the positive there are some great caring teachers there unfortunately they are few and far between. Ms. Cozzi supports her staff to the point that she refuses to admit when there are problems and there are. She even ignores parents when they want to talk about issues... Parents at the school do care and do a lot... although with the way things are headed many are doing less and less.

  • (1 year ago)

    I can't even give a star! Check the test scores compare em to evergreen charter school and look at the difference! My child has been in Artspace for 6 years and each year the school gets worse! Started out in kindergarten and had a couple great years.Went to Ms.Lori a couple times over issues and she made it clear that she backs her Teachers over parents! And I thought it was about the students?Iv notice over the yrs that Artspace is not as"good" as it once was.Maybe it's to many Teacher changes or the administration ? My child loves Artspace and that's the only reason we are still enrolled But we won't be back next yr!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have to agree that this is an excellent school and deserves 5 stars. My children came to this school from an out-of-state private school in 2009. The teachers counselor and administration consistently worked with us to help them to adjust. Throughout the years I have volunteered working closely with the teachers and adminstration and have come to deeply appreciate their noble intention and vision of a school that teaches through creativity and exploration Caring professional pro-active teachers; arts-integrated curriculum; small class sizes; visiting teachers programs; wonderful AIG resources; staff and program for children with special needs; state of the art facilities for theatre and dance and the list goes on. If you want to join a community of families and faculty in a warm creative integrated and safe school culture then this is the school for you!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the third year that our daughter has been a student at ArtSpace. My husband and I have been active partners with each of her teachers. She has benefitted greatly from team teaching visiting artists performing and the after school extra curricular offerings. Since we both work our daughter attends after-care but during that time she has participated in classes in French Spanish crochet pottery mosaic tiling play writing & performance tae kwon do belly dancing jump roping and voice lessons. ArtSpace encourages our daughter to be herself and to explore new and creative outlets for expression. We feel quite fortunate to be a part of the ArtSpace family. My husband and I expect to and do interact with both the teaching staff and the administration on a consistent basis. They have always been willing to bend over backwards to assist our daughter when we have approached them in a reasonable manner. We encourage other like-minded parents to explore ArtSpace for their children.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has attended ArtSpace since he was in kindergarten. He is now in the 6th grade and we have nothing but positive things to say about this school. The teachers are dedicated and talented and committed to success of all students. As an Academically Gifted student my son has been challenged and encouraged to work beyond what is easily achieved. The arts are an important part of daily instruction at ArtSpace and this has been fun and exciting for my child. I look forward to two more great years at ArtSpace for my son and will most definately enroll my daughter when she is ready to start kindergaren.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is one of the BEST schools in Western North Carolina. They blow the county public schools away every year on EOG testing and last year had an NC Teacher of the Year honored. The reviews I have read on this site that are negative are made up of parents who live in denial about thier children's abilities and their own lacking ability to parent well. As a longtime parent I see kids come and go and in most cases the ones that leave under negative feelings do so because they were reprimanded for bad behavior and the parents won't accept it. You won't find a better school in the county or possibly the state.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student at ArtSpace and NEVER will want to go to another school in the area! The best part of this school is undoubtedly the teachers. As I have gone through 7 years of ArtSpace and each year have gotten attached to my teachers. Not only have I learned much but have befriended a few of my teachers and so has the rest of my family. Our new AIG teacher has taught us all about genes a subject often taught in high-school. There are many after-school programs teaching a variety of things from music lessons to digital recording. In the 6th grade class i am in now we have started learning about early Europe such as Rome Greece and Scandinavians. Our teacher has tought us lots about lifestyle by teaching us songs wich we analyze all of the lyrics and make connections to their society. We have started practicing Sakespeare's original uncut version of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and will perform in December. ArtSpace is of course the best school in WNC if not all of the Carolinas.

  • (4 years ago)

    If my child was not so happy about Artspace I likely would move him. My child has been there since 2003 and the school had a more warm friendly and welcoming environment initially. Numerous changes have occurred with the new leadership of Ms. Cozi and unfortunately not all have been good although I believe she is gaining experience in her role. I believe the schools focus has shifted and perhaps the more negative influences of new staff and the outside world has weakened the schools approach in maintaining a less hostile warm and supportive environment. I hope the school gets back on track otherwise I will be searching for a school that can offer the same hostility but has more to offer academically and especially in the math and sciences.

  • (4 years ago)

    Try to make this short my son went in on lottery at age 4 soon to be 5 He had a amazing teacher my son struggled a bit do to his age with his social skills but did well with the school work at the end of the year we met and I was assured that he should be passed threw to the 1st grade even though I feel social developmentally he was behind I was hesitant because I really felt like another year of kinder garden would have done wonders! 1st grade stared bad and only got worse He had a teacher that not only did not want to deal with him when he acted up {normal boy things} but would make a huge effort to separate him and single him out! We changed schools and he reading jumped 7 levels in 3 months and he is HAPPY!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    We have had two kids at ArtSpace and have moved both out. This is one of the worst run schools I have ever encountered. Teaching is very spotty and teachers generally seem unmotivated. We could not recommend this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Superb teachers art-inspired education and an eclectic family community equals a wonderful school experience!

  • (4 years ago)

    Artspace offers a creative environment in which kids are able to learn while embracing the arts.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great arts integrated learning environment. Amazing teachers. Fantastic community.

  • (5 years ago)

    ArtSpace realy put the needs of kid first.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is 7th grader. We have been at ArtSpace since kindergarten. I say 'we' because I have been made to feel as much a part of the ArtSpace family as my daughter.

  • (5 years ago)

    Thanks to Artspace my daughter has had the opportunity to be included in smaller class size and arts - integrated learning in all educational aspects. The teachers are 100% committed to allowing each student to learn at their own pace and to express themselves as individuals . As an Artspace parent I am proud to be a part of a community of people who are so involved in our childrens' learning environment. This school started from scratch and is continually improving it's building and grounds. I can only imagine how much winning this contest would mean to everyone!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son went there from 1st through 5th until we moved and it prepared him so much for his high school career. Artspace help to shape my son into a strong independent learner

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school a lot of really educational field trips great teachers great people very diverse

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