School & District Models

Nearly 30,000 students statewide now attend a school partnering with North Carolina New Schools -- but one size doesn't fit all. Different models are tailored to different needs.

While all partner schools share the same Design Principles, each school is structured according to one or more of the following organizational models:

  • Regional Schools

    Regional schools capitalize on the shared strength 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.

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  • Career Academies

    Career academies and small learning communities are created as stand-alone schools or schools-within-schools as approaches that embrace many of the same effective strategies that characterize the state's innovative schools.

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  • Early College High Schools

    Located on the campuses of two- and four-year colleges and universities, early college high schools allow students to graduate with both a high school diploma and two years of transferable college credit or an associate's degree.

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  • STEM and Thematic Schools

    Quality STEM education prepares all students to compete in the 21st century economy, not just future scientists of engineers. Increasingly, graduates require more flexible and adaptable understanding of and competence in math, science and technology, no matter the future paths they choose.

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  • Districtwide Development

    District-wide development aims to apply the lessons of successful innovative schools so that all students in all schools benefit and so all students graduate with post-secondary education as an option.

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  • NC Investing in Rural Innovative Schools

    As early college high schools continue to achieve great results across the state, North Carolina New Schools seeks to expand those strategies for students in traditional schools. Through a federal grant, NC New Schools is partnering with the State Board of Education, the NC Department of Public Instruction, the NC Community College System and 11 rural school districts to apply lessons learned from the state's early college high schools. 

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  • Middle Schools

    Large middle and high schools are reimagining existing structures and approaches to meet the individual needs of each student.

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  • Charter Schools

    Charter schools offer innovations in a wide array of grade levels, instructional approaches and school designs that provide non-traditional educational programming.

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