School / District Models

North Carolina New Schools doesn’t believe one size fits all when it comes to developing and supporting innovative schools and districts. Because every community comes with its own strengths and challenges, we tailor our approach to meet the unique needs of each network school or district using one or more of the following organizational models at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

  • Regional Schools
 capitalize on the shared strengths of local businesses, higher education, and multiple school districts to provide students with an option for career-focused education and to seed innovation in each of the partner districts.
  • Career Academies and small learning communities function as stand-alone schools or schools-within-schools to embrace many of the same strategies that characterize the state’s innovative schools.
  • Early College High Schools, typically located on the campuses of two- and four-year colleges and universities, allow students to graduate with both a high school diploma and two years of transferable college credit or an associate degree.
  • District Development
 applies the lessons of successful innovative schools to benefit all students and ensure that they graduate with post-secondary education as an option.
  • Comprehensive schools, including our work through the NC Rural Innovative Schools initiative, incorporate the larger size of a traditional middle or high school while radically changing expectations for teaching and learning, personalization, professionalism, leadership and school design to create new opportunities for success for all students.
  • Charter Schools
 can partner with NC New Schools for innovations in instructional approaches and school designs that provide non-traditional educational programming.

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