Denver Campus

Lincolnton Campus

General FAQ


Is tuition required?

We are a Tuition-Free K-12 College Prep Community – no tuition!

What are school hours?

School starts at 8am and dismissal is at 3pm.  Half days run from 8am-11:30am.

How many absences can my student have?

Please refer to our K-8 attendance policy or HS attendance policy for absence information.  Please e-mail attendance@lincolncharter.org (Denver) or lincattendance@lincolncharter.org (Lincolnton) if your child has been absent, or forward notes to the front office.

What is an excused absence?

Please refer to our attendance policy for absence information.  Please e-mail attendance@lincolncharter.org (Denver) or lincattendance@lincolncharter.org if your child has been absent, or forward notes to the front office.

Can my child take/keep OTC medication with them?

Please follow these guidelines for OTC and prescription medication.

How long does my student have to be in school to be counted present for the day?

A student must be present for half of the school day in order to be counted present for the day.

PowerSchool isn’t working, who do I call?

You are welcome to contact the front office or your child’s administrator, we will do what we can to help.

I am unable to place an order for lunch because I don’t have my password, who do I contact?

Please visit our Parents page for information on our lunch program.  If you need assistance with your Apple a Day Catering Account, Denver Campus Students contact: onlineorders@lincolncharter.org, Lincolnton Students contact: linc-onlineorders@lincolncharter.org.

Where can I find a copy of the bus schedule?

Our bus schedule is listed on the Bus Transportation page.

Do I have to apply for the lottery every year?

Yes, we form our wait list at the lottery every year.  Please visit our Enrollment page for additional information.

Will I be contacted about my status of the lottery?

We will post the final list after the lottery is completed.  We do not contact each individual family once the lottery has occurred.

Where is the current school calendar?

The current school calendar may be viewed by clicking on this link.

Charter School FAQ


For information on NC charter schools, please visit the NC Office of Charter School website.

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a public school, funded with public money and operated by parents, educators or community members. Charter schools are non-sectarian, non-religious and do not discriminate in their admission policies.

What makes a charter unique?

Each charter school is different because of the people governing the school, the staff, the families and the students.

Who can enroll in a NC charter school?

Anyone can, as long as they are a NC resident. Each charter school must specify in its proposal how it will admit students. Most have adopted either a lottery or a waiting list policy. Charter schools may not use admissions tests. Charter schools are schools of choice, which means parents and students choose which school they would like to attend and are limited only by space availability.

To whom is a charter school responsible?

The board of directors at the charter school is responsible for all areas of operation. Charter schools must also meet or exceed state academic standards.

Why do some charter schools have such long waiting lists?

Waiting lists occur primarily because charter schools are market driven. As a school of choice, parents decide if they want their children to attend the charter school. A successful school will often have greater demand.

What types of educational philosophies do charter schools have?

Some charter schools use a wide variety of educational philosophies. Some operate with an “open” or “experiential” philosophy, stressing experiences rather than knowledge. Many charter schools use the Core Knowledge curricula stressing rigorous academics in a disciplined environment. Combinations of these and other curricula and philosophies are also implemented in charter schools across the state.

How are charter schools different than my neighborhood schools?

Charter schools offer a wide variety of curricula and education philosophies. A board of directors is responsible for the school. The board hires administrators who are responsible for the school. Parents have a voice in the running of the school through directorships on the board. Parents are directly involved in their child’s educational decisions and are often very involved volunteering their time. Some charter schools mandate parents volunteering a specific number of hours.

Who can enroll in a NC charter school?

Anyone can, as long as they are a NC resident. Each charter school must specify in its proposal how it will admit students. Most have adopted either a lottery or a waiting list policy. Charter schools may not use admissions tests. Charter schools are schools of choice, which means parents and students choose which school they would like to attend and are limited only by space availability.

How are charter schools like my neighborhood schools?

Charter schools, like neighborhood schools, are funded with taxpayer money. Charter schools may have an administrator who is responsible for day-to-day operations. Special Education is often similar to the neighborhood school.

Do charter schools pick the brightest students?

Charter schools cannot give admissions tests. They use either a lottery or waiting list policy or a combination thereof. Several charter schools have been established to serve at risk students.

How did charter schools develop?

Policy makers and educators looking for innovative methods to reform education adopted an idea printed by Albert Shanker at an American Federation of Teachers conference in 1988. The first state to implement a Charter School Act was Minnesota in 1991.  Lincoln Charter was founded in 1998.

 

 

ALERT

12/8 - After School Events Cancelled

Due to the inclement weather, all Lincoln Charter after school activities are cancelled for 12/8 (athletics, club meetings, the HS theater production, etc.). A separate e-mail to all athletic families will be sent with additional information. After school care will run a reduced schedule, until 4:30pm.

Have a great, safe weekend.