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Q: How do I get in touch with you?
A: You can stop by our temporary office located at 52 Walnut St #3, Waynesville, NC 28786. Be sure to call before you come as office hours change weekly. 828-738-BOOK(2665)
Q: When would the school open?
A: Our Charter was granted, and we will open August 19th for the 2015/2016 School Year.
Q: What are the school hours?
A: While we are in our temporary location our school hours will be 7:50AM-3:00PM. Once we move to our permanent location our hours will be 8:20AM-3:30PM.
Q: When will you begin accepting applications for enrollment?
A: The Student Open Enrollment period began on January 12, 2015. It remains open until Friday May 1, 2015 at 3pm. All applications prior to close of the window are eligible for our lottery. All received afterward will be time-stamped and placed on a waiting list. Those applicants will have first chance at any slots that are not accepted by students who registered during Student Open Enrollment.
Q: Where would the school be located?
A: Right now you can find us in our temporary office located at 52 Walnut St. #3 Waynesville, NC 28786. On August 19th we will open at the Wilson's Children's Center at Lake Junaluska. We hope to be in our permanent location at the corner of Raccoon Rd and Pigeon Rd (HWY 276) the first of January.
Q: Does a Charter School charge tuition?
A: No. Charter schools are publicly-funded schools and do not charge tuition. They are open to all students domiciled in the state of North Carolina.
Q: What is a Charter School?
A: Charter Schools are primary or secondary schools that receive public money (and like other schools, may also receive private donations). They are subject to some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools, but generally have more flexibility than traditional public schools.
Q: Do you have to live in the county to go there?
A: No. We accept any students who live in North Carolina.
Q: How did the idea for a charter school come about for Haywood?
A: The idea has been circulating for more than 15 years when charter schools first became an option for NC. After the charter school cap was lifted in 2011, a group of interested parents began researching the possibility of opening a charter school in Haywood County, one of the 43 rural counties in North Carolina that does not have a charter school. The founding board partnered with TeamCFA, a non-profit foundation that affiliates with existing or emerging charter schools and helps with start up and ongoing teacher support. The board hired School Director Ben Butler in June 2013 to develop the charter and help the board open the school. He will stay on as SRCA's founding director.
Q: What grades would the school offer?
A: SRCA will open as a K-6 school in August 2015, but we plan to grow to K-12 by having our inaugural 6th grade become our first 7th grade, and so on, until those students become our first graduating class in 2022!
Q: How are Charter Schools funded?
A: Charter schools receive a share of both state and county education dollars based on the number of students who attend. They do not receive capital funds (any building funds must come out of the school's per pupil funding). As a result, charters must operate more leanly. A 2014 study from the University of Arkansas shows that North Carolina charter schools out-perform traditional public schools and operate on about 83 cents on the dollar compared to their traditional counterparts.