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We are a Tuition-Free K-12 College Prep Community – no tuition!
School starts at 8am and dismissal is at 3pm.  Half days run from 8am-11:30am.
 
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.
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.
Please follow these guidelines for OTC and prescription medication.
A student must be present for half of the school day in order to be counted present for the day.
You are welcome to contact the front office or your child’s administrator, we will do what we can to help.
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: 
 
Our bus schedule is listed on the Bus Transportation page.
Yes, we form our waitlist at the lottery every year.  Please visit our Enrollment page for additional information.
We will post the final list after the lottery is completed.  We do not contact each individual family once the lottery has occurred.
The current school calendar may be viewed by clicking on this link.
For information on NC charter schools, please visit the NC Office of Charter School website.
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.
Each charter school is different because of the people governing the school, the staff, the families and the students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 
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.