A success story worth studying and sharing
Sugar Creek Charter School in Charlotte, North Carolina, has approximately 875 students in Kindergarten through the eighth grade. Demographically, there is a minority population of 99% with a 96% poverty rate. SCCS has made remarkable progress since opening in 1999. Initially at a level of only 27%, the Composite Achievement Score (measuring number of students learning at or above grade level) has risen dramatically to over 80%. Under strong and inspired leadership, the school is succeeding with a dual emphasis on scholastic accomplishment and character education.
Utilizing the K-8 school as a learning laboratory, researchers from the UNC Charlotte Urban Education Collaborative will pursue two major goals:
- Develop a prototype Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum called Discovery School to begin implementing in an after-school format this year. Also refine and publish STEM best practices and resources for use in other schools.
- Develop Urban Learning Seminars to offer principals and other school leaders. Topics to include:
- Choosing effective instructional practices
- Building a supportive climate and culture
- Selecting appropriate organization and management systems
- Integrating technology for instruction and administration