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How Are Charter Schools Different?

When it comes to educating your child, you have a lot of options. It can get confusing as you consider what’s best for your family. Lakeside Charter Academy (LCA), a tuition-free, charter school for Kindergarten through 8th grade, might just be the best choice. We know you’ve got questions. LCA has the answers.

Is Lakeside a Private School?

A view of the entrance to Lakeside Charter Academy including a wind-driven dancing sign featuring the LCA Bear mascot.

No. Lakeside Charter Academy is a tuition-free public charter school authorized by the state of North Carolina. Unlike private schools, we do not limit enrollment and there is no entrance exam. As a charter school, LCA is open to all students who would otherwise qualify for enrollment in North Carolina Public Schools. Lakeside Charter Academy ranks among the top 20% in North Carolina for diversity and student attention.

Can a student be expelled from Lakeside due to poor academic performance?

No, Lakeside is committed to ensuring that every student receives an excellent education. Our small class size allows our teachers to give individualized attention to each student. We provide personalized learning that includes intensive enrichment and supplement support known as BEAR time.

We offer a multi-tiered system of support for all our students and specialized services for those with IEPs through our Exceptional Children’s program.

A Lakeside Charter Academy teacher is working one-to-one with a student.

So, what’s different at Lakeside Charter Academy?

An LCA education is built on our three pillars of scholarship, leadership, and citizenship. Character education is a big part of what we do! We introduce impactful, long-term life skills to our K-8 students as we recognize how important incorporating character education into curriculum really is. Character education improves attendance and academic performance while also lowering disciplinary issues.

Lakeside Charter Academy offers innovative learning opportunities and unique co-curricular activities during, before, and after school in a safe, secure environment. We’re developing the next generation of leaders. A limited number of spaces are still available for the 2023-24 school year. Schedule a visit today

About Lakeside

Lakeside Charter Academy is a K-8 community-driven school where caring educators, parents, and local business leaders work to provide unparalleled education. Our approach is nurturing yet challenging, and innovative while embracing proven traditions. We are committed to offering a safe, fun environment for children to reach their highest academic potential. Enroll your child today!


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