Your Letters: Neuse Charter School is growing for a reason

July 18, 2014 

Neuse Charter providing bang for buck

Parents, families, businesses, government leaders and organizations in Johnston surrounding counties have been showing a great deal of interest in Neuse Charter School, the only public school of choice in Johnston County. This is because Neuse Charter has a longstanding track record of high student achievement, school safety and high-quality teachers.

Most families who have opted to bring their children to Neuse Charter School have done so despite the inconvenient school commute. They realize the benefits.

Neuse Charter will continue to focus on students’ gifts and talents as we seek to meet the needs of all students.

As a result of our outstanding achievement, we have grown to be a K-12 school of more than 750 students. Neuse Charter School’s student base encompasses Johnston County and six surrounding counties. It is a unique public school that has the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for improving student achievement. This year marked the monumental first graduating class, which attained 100 percent college acceptance. They are carefully taught, nurtured and educated to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Compared with other Johnston County schools and schools statewide, Neuse Charter has consistently maintained a record of high achievement on end-of-grade tests in reading and math in grades 3-8 over the last four years. To date, Neuse Charter has consistently shown that it is prudently using taxpayer resources by producing better proficiency results with approximately 30 percent less funding than traditional public schools at the state and local levels. Investments like this contribute positively to the local economy.

This fall, Neuse Charter will celebrate the opening of its first permanent structure – a three-story state-of-the art high school. This campus expansion was made possible by the collaborative efforts of stakeholders and the community. It is a testament to the amazing things that can happen when people have the desire to make a meaningful difference in the communities in which they live and serve. Previously, all students were housed in temporary mobile units.

Julie Jailall

Executive director, Neuse Charter School

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