What is a charter school?

  • An independently run, public, tuition-free school accountable for its performance.

  • A “charter” is a written contract with the NC State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction detailing the school’s mission, program, student served, and performance goals.

  • We are a school of choice – parents choose to enroll their children in a lottery. All NC students are eligible to apply for the lottery.

Who manages the school?


Kaleidoscope Charter High School is a nonprofit public charter high school. In addition to our administrative team, we are overseen by a Board of Directors composed of community leaders from throughout the Triangle area. Our EIN number is 47-1555496. View our GuideStar profile.

Where is the school located?


We are currently securing a site for the school in the Morrisville, NC, area. Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know once our site is confirmed!

How many students does the school have?


We will have 600 students by 2026 in grades 9 - 12.

What are the class sizes? 


Depending on CDC Guidelines our class size may be reduced.  Smaller classes allow for strong communication between students and teachers.

How do I apply?


Online lottery applications will be open in January 2021. All North Carolina students are eligible to apply for the lottery. Learn more about the lottery.


What type of curriculum does Kaleidoscope have?

Kaleidoscope Charter High School (KCHS) will provide a student-centered education that will address the distinct learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students while also being mindful of their cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Along with traditional direct instruction, KCHS will utilize the problem-based study, self-directed learning activities, research projects, collaborative work-groups and hands-on experimentation.

What is student-centered learning? 

Curriculum and educational opportunities directed by the ability and interest of the student. The student is placed in the center of their learning. This method focuses on developing ideas, interests and individualized curriculum while being guided by an expert educator. Inquiry-based, problem-based and project learning activities that mimic university and professional world standards. Learn more here.

What is the core curriculum? 

We follow the NC ‘Future-Ready Core’ program which includes English, Math, Science, Social Studies, PE and Foreign Language.  As required by North Carolina's charter school regulations, we meet all state standards for the high school curriculum.

What school calendar do you use?

We follow a traditional school calendar that closely follows the Wake County Public School System calendar. The courses are year-long, which allows for in-depth study and strong student-teacher relationships. Students will complete a longitudinal four-year portfolio during their studies at Kaleidoscope.

What are longitudinal four-year portfolios? 


A compilation of academic work (of personal interest) that the student has produced which will help evaluate their ability to understand the coursework. These portfolios encourage critical and creative thinking and the student monitors their own progress.

Will my child be able to go to college?   


All students will be college-ready and will attain the requirements needed to apply for college.

Will you have AP courses?   


Yes! While we won't have the breadth of AP courses you would find at a large high school, we will offer AP courses such as AP English and AP History. AP classes will begin to be offered in the 2021 school year.

Will you offer IEP / EC services?   


Yes! We believe in following each child in their strengths and challenges, giving them the guidance and knowledge they need to soar and be their best. We will have highly-trained EC instructors and director on staff. 

Will you have after school clubs?


We will have a variety of student-led after school clubs available. The types of clubs offered will be determined by the interests of the students.

What is the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)?


The Children's Internet ProtectionAct (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet on school and library computers. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules implementing CIPA and provided updates to those rules in 2011.


This internet filtering is what school authorities use to limit and monitor students' internet activity. Kaleidoscope Charter High School will implement these hardware and software filters to assure parents that their children will be safe from any kind of inappropriate web surfing.