Some University City charter schools still taking applications

Map of charter schools statewide.

NC Department of Public Instruction offers an interactive map of charter schools statewide.

Some public charter schools in University City recently closed their application process for the fall 2021 school year. But there is still time to apply at several others, if you hurry!

As of Feb. 22, 2020, the following charter schools in University City continue to take applications, according to their websites.

Most schools will end their application process in the next few days or weeks, so contact the school immediately about applying if your child is interested in attending next fall.

Mallard Creek STEM Academy

  • Grades K-8
  • 9142 Browne Road, 28269  980-288-4811

Pioneer Springs Community School

  • Grades K-9
  • 9300 Bob Beatty Road, 28269  704-494-0777

United Community School

  • Grades K-8
  • 1406 Suther Road, 28213  980-819-0555

Chartered schools – What they are, how to find the right one

North Carolina has licensed hundreds of tax-funded charter schools in the last decade as a way to provide more choices in public education. Mecklenburg County alone now has 32 charter schools, including seven in University City.

Schools must meet state standards but can focus on specific themes, such as outdoor learning, hands-on learning, science-focused learning and even learning in a structured quasi-military environment.

Students must apply and be accepted to attend. That process typically includes a lottery, when the number of applicants exceeds the school’s capacity. Most schools accept applications from November to early February or later; lotteries typically take place shortly after the application deadline.


Learn more about NC charter schools

For a general overview of chartered schools, visit the NC Department of Public Instruction’s Charter Schools website.

The website offers a complete list of charter schools, both via an interactive map and a searchable database.

Both lists include links to each school’s website, along with address and phone number.

Other charter schools in and near University City

A.C.E Academy

  • Grades K-8; 2021 applications closed
  • 7807 Caldwell Road, Harrisburg, 28075 704-207-0232

Bradford Preparatory Academy

  • Grades K-12; 2021 applications closed
  • 2502 Salome Church Road, 28262

Corvian Community School

  • Grades K-11; 2021 applications closed
  • 4041 Johnston Oehler Road, 28269 704-717-7550

Queen City Stem School

  • Grades K-10; 2021 applications closed
  • Campuses at 8701 and 9108 Mallard Creek Road, 28262

Sugar Creek Charter School

  • Grades K-12
  • K-8 campus at 4101 N. Tryon St.
  • High school campus at 7821 Old Concord Road, 28213
  • 704-509-5470

UpROAR Leadership Academy

  • Grades 5-11
  • 5500 North Tryon St., 28213  980-299-0080
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