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
Students enrolled in public charter schools
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 2016-17 school year.
NC counties without public charter schools
Counties are home to a public charter school
Counties that have a public charter school student

*Source: NC Department of Public Instruction

By the Numbers

Private Schools Participating in North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program
Students enrolled in private schools.
Private school choice programs: Opportunity Scholarship Program, Children with Disabilities Grant, Special Needs Education Savings Account
Opportunity Scholarships Awarded for 2017-2018
Counties without a private school.
Families on the Opportunity Scholarship Program waitlist.

*Source: NC Department of Public Instruction


North Carolina Public Charter Schools

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Partners & Donors

"I’m excited for our organization to partner with PEFNC as we work to create greater economic and educational opportunity statewide, as we have monitored and admired PEFNC’s effort for quite some time. At CSBDF, we’ve often said that small businesses are the economic engines of a healthy community. Schools illustrate this concept on a fundamental level: They provide the skills and know-how to start that engine in the first place."

Lenwood Long, Sr.
CSBDF President and CEO

Contact Us

Contact Info

  • 434 Fayetteville St., Suite 1620
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: (919) 871-1084
  • Fax: (919) 871-1044

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