About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Central Park School for Child's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Central Park School for Child had 13 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The North Carolina average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Central Park School for Child Reviews
School significantly less responsive to students/parents
School administration shows little sensitivity to parental concerns about changes in calendar, changes to program times (early morning drop-off), fees.
Continuing failure to integrate or to offer the kind of services that would make integration possible (transportation).
Still a better choice than Durham public schools for many parents, especially if their children are already academically and socially successful. Less welcoming to others. As one parent stated in an internal board "Central Park is not for everyone."
This is an excellent school that offers academic challenge as well as hands-on project based work. This is not a school that teaches to the test, yet students do well on EOGs each year. The school has successfully met the philosophy of its charter, which was renewed for another 10 years. The arts are integrated into classwork, and students are encouraged to investigate, think critically, and explore subject matter. Field work is one of several methods for gathering information, and the students learn to represent data gathered in a wide variety of ways. Children enjoy coming to school at Central Park, and it is a popular school. It truly is a wonderful learniing envionment.