CHARLOTTE – North Carolina received 29 applications last month for charter schools to open for the 2019-20 school year, including one identified as Ballantyne Charter High School.
The state will begin approving applications in the spring based on several months of review. Here are a few takeaways from Ballantyne Charter High School’s application:
The school’s mission mentions a “flipped learning model,” in which instruction is done primarily outside of school to allow for more time in class for group work or individualized attention. Think of it as homework. “As a result of being responsible for watching instructional videos at home and coming to class prepared to apply the concepts learned, students truly take ownership of their learning,” according to the application. Each day consists of six periods over the course of the school year.
Need in Ballantyne
The school will target children in southeastern Mecklenburg and western Union counties, considering there’s no charter high schools within 10 miles of the site.
Plans call for 600 students, though the school will start out with ninth and 10th grades and add a grade each year. School leaders anticipate leasing a building and they’ve considered options, including “a very large church.” Initially, they’d like to land in a space between 17,000 and 20,000 square feet.
Leader has local roots
Paul Campbell Jr., a retired educator, intends to initially serve as chairman of the board of directors and eventually become principal once it opens.
“The desire to create innovation in a high school, his intrigue for charter school education, and his interest in leaving retirement led him to research the North Carolina charter school application process,” according to the application.
Campbell served as assistant principal of Piedmont Middle in Monroe (2004-2008) and Quail Hollow Middle (1998-2004). His last job was as a mentor for teacher effectiveness at Monroe Middle School.
Board member has
Myers Park connection
Campbell recruited others to serve on the board, including Thomas Spivey Jr., former principal at Myers Park High School (2005-2013) and Piedmont Middle School in Monroe (1990 to 2005).
Spivey has worked more than 30 years in education. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools named him the district’s top principal in 1996 and 2005.
Susan Furr, primary care manager for Carolinas HealthCare, and Joseph “Ashley” Hill, CEO of Carolina Cooperative Federal Credit Union, also are on the board.