What is a charter school?
Charter schools provide parents a choice in the education of their children--and it is a public choice. Public tax dollars are the primary funding sources for charter schools. Local, state, and federal dollars follow the child to a charter school. The annual budget for a charter school is determined by the first twenty days of enrollment in the school year. There is no money available for building facilities for charter schools. The schools have open enrollment with no discrimination, no religious associations, and no tuition. They are governed by a private non-profit board of directors. The private non-profit board is autonomous from the elected Local Boards of Education operating the traditional school system. Therefore, Gray Stone Day School is not a part of the Stanly County School System even though it is located in Stanly County. Many charter schools are thematic in serving children, for example, math and science strands, a focus on character education, reading/literacy-centered instruction, special methodologies in teaching, etc. Others focus their work on serving at-risk or other special populations.
Who controls a charter school?
The board of directors of a charter school shall decide matters related to the operation of the school, including budgeting, curriculum, and operational procedures. The board of directors of the non-profit organization, Gray Stone Educational Foundation, Inc., controls Gray Stone Day School.
Who can attend Gray Stone Day School?
Any student who is qualified under the laws of North Carolina for admission to a public school is qualified for admission to a charter school. Gray Stone Day School is a college-preparatory school for highly motivated students choosing to participate in an advanced curriculum. The school now serves students from Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly, Davidson, Randolph, Mecklenburg and Montgomery counties.
Are lunches provided at Gray Stone Day School?
Students may purchase a catered meal on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for $5.50 or they may bring their lunch. Occasionally, the school has Pizza Day, when pizza is ordered from a restaurant and sold to students.
Does Gray Stone Day School provide transportation?
It is our mission to creatively use the funding we receive as a charter school to maximize educational opportunities for our students. Carpools are the main mode of transportation. Once students have enrolled at the school, information about neighborhoods, major roads, and after-school destinations is collected during registration, organized in a database, and share with families.
What makes up the instructional day?
The instructional day at Gray Stone Day School begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 3:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with six 55 minute classes. Tuesday and Thursday have fewer classes that meet for 85 minutes. Instruction tends to be more intense and broad-based. Students are expected to complete an average of thirty of homework per subject each night in order to supplement their in-class instruction. Some electives are a semester long.
Who teaches at Gray Stone?
The teachers and administrators have diverse backgrounds. Most teachers in the core subjects are certified and many have their Masters. They are graduates of UNC, Wake Forest, UNCC, and Pfeiffer as well as other schools. Many faculty members are active in extracurricular activities and clubs. All are united to provide the highest quality education for the school's students.
If the number of completed applications received by the application deadline exceeds the capacity of the school by program, class, grade level, or building, then students will be admitted into that particular program, class, grade level, or building by lottery held within the first two weeks of December.
The following exceptions to the lottery and admissions policy may be made every year:
Children of the school's principal, teachers, or staff will be given admission priority. If any new teacher is hired for the coming year of operation later than the lottery date, his or her children may also be given admission priority for any program, class, grade level, or building, which is not already full. If the child of a teacher is put on the waiting list, that child will be given first notice and opportunity for enrollment for any openings that occur in the program, class, grade level, or building.
Siblings of currently enrolled students may be given admission priority provided the sibling's application is on file prior to the deadline.
If the number of completed applications received by the annual lottery date is less than the capacity of the school by program, class, grade level, or building, the additional students will be accepted on a first-come first served basis until the school capacity is full. If more than one student applies for a particular program, class, grade level, or building on a particular day after the annual lottery date and on that particular day the capacity is exceeded, then a daily lottery of that day's applications for the particular program, class, grade level, or building will be held in order to determine admission. A waiting list will be established whenever a capacity is exceeded and the students on the list will be contacted in the order received if and when openings occur.
All current students in the school will automatically be entitled to admission in subsequent years without the necessity of re-applying for admission.