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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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