Whiteville, NC – Columbus Charter School hosted a modified graduation ceremony for kindergarten and eighth grade students. Kindergarten students drove by in cars decorated with signs and balloons as their teachers cheered them on. Eighth grade students walked through the open-air campus in their caps and gowns as their teachers shouted words of encouragement. All students were also given graduation lawn signs to proudly display at their homes. The graduations capped a year of resilient success for Columbus Charter School and its students and families.
“Even in these hard times, Columbus Charter School was able to give us a graduation!” cheered eighth grade student Kennedy Scott. She continued, “It was great to see our headmaster, assistant headmaster and our teachers. I was so happy to see all my friends again and say good-bye. I have made great memories and lifelong friendships during my time at Columbus Charter School and I can’t wait to see what we do in high school!”
“It was great to see everyone today! Even if it was a ‘drive by!’ exclaimed kindergarten parent Melody Tatum Callihan. She added, “A huge thank you to all the teachers and staff for helping us all make it through the school year. I appreciate you all! Happy Summer!”
Teresa Richards, an eighth grade parent, commented, “Congratulations to all the graduates! Thank you to the teachers and staff who worked so hard to make this possible!”
Columbus Charter School began live on-line learning following a daily instructional schedule for all grades K-8 on Monday, April 20, 2020. Instructional staff members conducted on-line, professional development on learning platforms, such as Zoom and Google Classroom, and student engagement expectations. These actions successfully translated the results proven Direct Instruction educational model, which is dependent upon face-to-face, real-time interaction between teachers and students, to a live on-line learning environment.
Columbus Charter School is one of four charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. founded in 1999 by education pioneer Baker Mitchell. The other schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport with a combined enrollment of over 2,100 students in K-8. All four are tuition-free, charter schools that welcome all students, regardless of income, ability, or address. To learn more or enroll online, please visit EnrollRBA.com