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Raleigh, NC — On Thursday, May 3, 2018, The North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously approved a new charter high school to be located in Morrisville, NC. This will be the first public high school in this Wake County town.
The school will be called Kaleidoscope Charter High School and is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019.
The Board of Directors and Advisory Board members of Kaleidoscope Charter High School have worked the past five years to develop this charter school around their mission of a student-centered learning environment.
Student-based learning includes lecture-based instruction and enhanced independent student practices. In addition to required traditional core-courses, students will choose elective credits, participate in an intersession of customary and unique courses and create a portfolio of work culminating with a senior capstone project of their design and choosing.
The Board of Directors is currently working on securing funding, vetting options for facility locations and developing leadership and staff positions for the new school.
January 27, 2018
The Board of Directors and Advisory Board members of Kaleidoscope Charter High School (KCHS) were interviewed by the Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB) of the Office of Charter Schools (OCS) of N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI), on Monday, January 8, 2018. We are grateful to move forward to the State Board of Education (SBE) with a 9 to 1 vote from the CSAB.
For over 5 five years many talented and hardworking community members have been dedicated to creating an innovative “student-focused” high school in Morrisville, NC for the youth of the Triangle. This was the third time the Board of KCHS was being interviewed by the CSAB. We prepared for their potential questions and concerns, we realized the critical importance of the moment with some apprehension. If you have ever been up in front of a room of Principals asking hard questions- it’s it was just like that!
Yet this year we felt more confident about our current charter application, knowing it was the best application we have written so far. It has been a wonderful culmination of years of hard knocks, challenges, and experience with the CSAB, written by experts in the field of education, business, government, finance, and law.
We are fortunate to have brilliant, quick minds on our team. Thanks to Missy McClure, Mayor Mark Stohlman, James Stout, and Janet Littlejohn for answering the CSAB’s questions about goals, student achievement, “student-centered” curriculum, bell schedules, and finances. The CSAB seemed to appreciate our answers. A 9 to 1 vote is a great result. We’re grateful to each of the CSAB members and the OCS for their continued support and encouragement to “keep coming back”. Persistence works!
The real icing on the cake was when Advisory Board member and Student Ambassador, Dominic Coletti was asked by the CSAB Chairperson if he would have wanted to go to this school, and he enthusiastically said YES! Dominic is one of Sterling Montessori’s stellar alumni and a current exceptional Cary High School student.
We feel that any young person who wants to be appreciated for who they truly are would want to experience a high school environment of respect, enthusiasm, engagement, challenge, and love. That is what Kaleidoscope CHS will be.
We hope you will join us at an informational session about KCHS, once we have our charter approved by the SBE in Spring, 2018. Fingers crossed!
Our intention is to have 180 – 9th and 50 – 10th graders join us at our community high school August 2019.
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Kaleidoscope Charter High School
Board of Directors and Advisory Board
April 10, 2017
KALEIDOSCOPE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION RECOMMENDED FOR ACCELERATED APPROVAL
The North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board suggested that specific changes to the proposal could result in accelerated approval. Kaleidoscope’s board of directors and supporters are currently continuing to work on preparing for the re-submission and accelerated approval.Kaleidoscope Charter School was recently invited for a full interview with the North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board. This interview was anticipated to result in Ready-to-Open Status for 2018-2019 school year. Unfortunately, the board narrowly rejected the application 5-4. On a positive note, the state board suggested that the school update its proposal and move towards an accelerated approval. This pathway would still allow Kaleidoscope to open for the 2018-2019 school year.