You know that only 0.5% of the US population has successfully completed a marathon?

Less than one-third of the people who enter a doctoral program finish.

In North Carolina, the percentage of successful public charter school applications is less than 25% (313 applications submitted since the elimination of the cap with just over 70 schools opened).

I believe that writing a charter application is a combination of running a marathon and completing a Doctoral program. It takes opportunity, research, and persistence. Luckily, since the elimination of the cap I have completed a doctoral program and completed four marathons.

Maybe that is why our success rate with operators who we supported in either writing a charter application or successfully opening their school is over 80% (17/21). 17 receiving interviews!

Since 2014 Leaders Building Leaders has supported the opening of 17 public charter schools in North Carolina. Nine are currently in operation with five set to open in the coming months.

  • 2014: Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy and KIPP Halifax
  • 2015: Shining Rock Classical Academy, VERITAS Community, PAVE SouthEast Raleigh, KIPP Durham and Ignite Charter
  • 2016: FernLeaf Charter and GLOW
  • 2017: Unity Classical, Pine Springs Classical, Coastal Prep Classical, UpRoar Academy and The Movement School
  • 2018: CSAB unanimous votes for Davidson Charter Academy, East Voyager Academy and Moore Montessori

We were excited to hear the Vice-Chair of the Charter School Advisory Board Steven Walker say to the Davidson Charter Academy Board, “Thank you for writing such a strong application that we do not have any questions for you.”

We will continue to help write charter applications and support schools through their Ready to Open Process.

The North Carolina charter application process begins on June 23rd and due September 22.

We will be kicking off our boot camp training series in the coming weeks. We have the tools and  

To kick off, we will host a complimentary introductory webinar on June 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Register for the webinar by clicking here

This session will provide an overview of the application process, provide some best practices and provide an overview of the three levels of services we will provide through the summer:  

Service Level Service Description Investment
Catalyst for Change Participate in our 10 week Bootcamp

(5 training sessions and monthly Q and A)

Framework for Change Participation in our  10 Week Training Bootcamp, monthly Q and A and

5 application review and feedback sessionsLead one 60 minute coaching session for each of the two CSAB appearances.

Commitment to Change As a strategic partner, we Co-write the entire application with you. In addition, we will provide unlimited coaching and support throughout the application review process. $6,499

Register for the webinar by clicking here

If you are an applicant in a county with zero to one public charter school, you might qualify for our NC Charter Accelerator Grant.

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