Columbus Charter School Top Ranked in Columbus County


Columbus — Columbus Charter School students ranked as top performers among local public schools according to the End-of-Grade testing results for the 2017-2018 school year. The test results were recently released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and measure achievement on the state’s Common Core curriculum which is mandated for all state-run schools

Columbus Charter School is one of a family of four tuition-free charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy. The schools include Douglass Academy in Wilmington, Charter Day School in Leland, South Brunswick Charter School in Southport, and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville. As charter schools, they are permitted to teach the family’s own classical curriculum with topics such as grammar, spelling, cursive, literature, history, traditional math, Latin, and other fundamental topics that have been largely abandoned in Common Core schools. However, the schools are required to administer the state’s Common Core tests to all their students.

“The fact that our students score highly on Common Core tests in spite of not being taught Common Core speaks volumes for the versatility and the timeless value of classical subjects,” explains Headmaster Nikki Chaney of Douglass Academy. “Coupling the classical curriculum with our caring classroom atmosphere makes a winning combination that effectively benefits every student,” Chaney added.

“Our responsibility is to teach your Kindergarten child to read before Easter. Being able to read in Kindergarten does wonders for your child’s self-confidence and eagerness to learn.,” said Teaching Coach Amanda Kelly. “With that foundation skill, your child can then be guided progressively to build skill upon skill to become a life-time independent learner,” she said.

Columbus Charter School’s elementary is one of three elementary schools in Columbus County to exceed growth expectations. Overall, Columbus Charter School’s performance average exceeded state, Columbus County, and Bladen County performance averages. The Bladen County district is included in this comparison, as Columbus Charter School serves significant populations of students residing in Bladen County.

The state performance average is 59%. The Columbus and Bladen districts’ performance averages are 53% and 49%, respectively. Columbus Charter School’s performance average is 63%. Columbus Charter School is a Title 1 school, which means that 40% or more of its students are economically disadvantaged. The school earned a school performance grade of “C.”

James Bass, a parent of a student at Columbus Charter School, shared: ” Our family is extremely happy with the education our children receive at Columbus Charter School. We support the school and the curriculum, and we are sharing the good news with our neighbors.”

“My son has been at school for 2 weeks now. In the past it has always been a struggle to get him up in the morning and keep him motivated…[Now he] is more excited about this school year than anything I know of. He’s ready to get up in the morning, pack his lunch, learn Latin and riding the bus to school….This is the best decision I made – to provide a stable learning environment for [my son.],” writes Shauntia McLeod.

Located in Whiteville, Columbus Charter School is in its thirteenth year as a school of choice, having a program of classical education for kindergarten through 8th grade. As a parent in North Carolina, you have the freedom to choose – tuition free – where your children are educated. Consider Columbus Charter School – a caring charter school that draws nearly 700 students from Columbus, Bladen, and Robeson Counties.

The Roger Bacon Academy was founded in 1999 by education pioneer Baker Mitchell to manage schools by providing a classical curriculum with traditional values. The North Carolina schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, South Brunswick Charter School in Southport, and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville with a combined enrollment of over 2,100 students in K-8. Each school is a tuition-free charter school that welcomes all students, regardless of income, ability, or address. To learn more or enroll online, please visit

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