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Admission and enrollment of students will be as prescribed by the NC Charter School Act. Highlands Charter Academy will adhere to lottery requirements set forth by the Department of Public Instruction of NC. 


Student recruitment and enrollment decisions shall be made in a nondiscriminatory manner and without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, religion, ancestry, disability or need for special education services.

Highlands Charter Academy will provide free and appropriate education and related services to children with special needs. The school will be responsible for meeting the needs of English language learners in compliance with State and Federal law.

School classroom with girls at desks.

NC Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are authorized by the State Board of Education and operated by independent non-profit boards of directors. State and local tax dollars are the primary funding sources for charter schools, which have open enrollment and cannot discriminate in admissions, associate with any religion or religious group, or charge-tuition. Charter schools operate with freedom from many of the regulations that govern district schools, but charter schools are held accountable through the State assessment and accountability system.

Tuition & Fees

Highlands Charter Academy will not charge tuition or fees, except any fees that are charged by the local school administrative unit in which the charter school is located. A charter school, may establish fees for extracurricular activities, except those fees shall not exceed the fees for the same extracurricular activities charged by a local school administrative unit in which forty percent (40%) or more of the students enrolled in the charter school reside.

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