North Carolina Public Charter School Accelerator

The North Carolina Public Charter School Accelerator was launched by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) in 2012 to equip education leaders with tools to design effective educational programs and strengthen community partnerships in order to start and sustain high quality public charter schools in rural communities.

With low student performance and a limited number of public charters in these areas, the N.C. Accelerator aims to increase the number of high quality educational options while also serving as an economic development tool.


By the Numbers

Low-income students considered proficient
Children on waiting lists toattend public charter schools
New public charter schools open in 2016-17
Rural high school graduates who go on to college
Public charter schools currently open in North Carolina
Counties in North Carolina that currently have public charter schools as of the 2013-14 school year.
NC counties without public charter schools
Public charter schools located in Durham, Mecklenburg and Wake Counties during the 2015-16 school year.

*Source: NC Department of Public Instruction

N.C. Leader Spotlights

North Carolina’s education landscape has been shaped by many individuals over the years, some from the classroom or private foundations looking to make contributions to student success, while others are focused on policy. Take a moment and learn about some of our state’s leaders who are working to help ensure every North Carolina student is prepared for a lifetime of success.


Eric Guckian

Eric Guckian’s life is devoted to educational excellence. He has a passion for improving North Carolina’s schools…

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Lenwood Long

Lenwood Long, Sr.

From the start, the mission-driven Support Center was intrigued with the potential of public charter schools in North Carolina.

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Tammi Sutton

Tammi Sutton is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Gaston College Preparatory School and KIPP Pride High.

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Helen Nance

Helen Nance, Chair of the North Carolina Public Charter School Advisory Board, discussed the importance of high-quality…

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North Carolina Public Charter Schools

Click on a county in the map below to view charter schools in that county.

Partners & Donors

"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."

John F. Kennedy

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    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: (919) 871-1084
  • Fax: (919) 871-1044

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