Carolina International School

8810 Hickory Ridge Rd

Harrisburg, NC 28075

Tel: (704)455-3847
Grades KG-10
589 students
Carolina International School serves 589 students in grades KG - 10.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the NC average of 16:1.
Minority enrollment is 100% of the student body (majority American Indian and Asian), which is more than the state average of 49%.
Carolina International School operates within the Carolina International School District.

School Overview

The student population of 589 students has grown by 15% over five years.
The teacher population of 39 teachers has grown by 8% over five years.
School Type Charter School
Grades Offered Grades KG-10
Total Students 589 students
Carolina International School Total Students (2005-2014)
Gender % Carolina International School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers 39 teachers
Carolina International School Total Teachers (2005-2014)
Students by Grade Carolina International School Student By Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has increased from 14:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.62 is more than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (NC) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 15:1 16:1
Carolina International School Student Teacher Ratio (2006-2014)
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.62 0.45
Carolina International School Diversity Score (2005-2014)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
11%
47%
Carolina International School Eligible for Free Lunch (2005-2014)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
12%
7%
Carolina International School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2005-2014)

District Comparison

Carolina International School District's student population of 589 students has grown by 15% over five years.
The revenue/student of $7,724 in this district is less than the state average of $10,864. The district revenue/student has grown by 12% over four years.
The district's spending/student of $7,356 is less than the state average of $10,591. The district spending/student has declined by 13% over four years.
School District Name Carolina International School District
Number of Schools
Managed
1
1
Number of Students Managed 589 1,120
Carolina International  School District Students Managed (2005-2014)
District Total Revenue $4 MM $18 MM
Carolina International  School District District Total Revenue (2005-2014)
District Spending $4 MM $18 MM
Carolina International  School District District Spending (2005-2014)
District Revenue / Student $7,724 $10,864
Carolina International  School District District Revenue / Student (2005-2014)
District Spending / Student $7,356 $10,591
Carolina International  School District District Spending / Student (2005-2014)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2014 (latest year available) NCES, NC Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school is Hickory Ridge High School (2.1 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Hickory Ridge Middle School (1.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Harrisburg Elementary School (1.9 miles away)
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  • HarrisburgA.c.e. AcademyCharter School

    0.7 miles
    Tbd
    HarrisburgNC 28075
    (704)258-9213
    0.7n/an/a
  • HarrisburgHarrisburg Elementary School
    Grades: KG-5 | 858 students
    1.9 miles
    3900 Stallings Rd
    HarrisburgNC 28075
    (704)455-5118
    1.9KG-5858
  • HarrisburgHickory Ridge Middle School
    Grades: 6-8 | 1133 students
    1.9 miles
    7336 Raging Ridge Rd
    HarrisburgNC 28075
    (704)455-1331
    1.96-81133
  • HarrisburgHickory Ridge High School
    Grades: 9-12 | 1453 students
    2.1 miles
    7321 Raging Ridge Rd
    HarrisburgNC 28075
    (704)454-7300
    2.19-121453
  • CharlotteUniversity Meadows Elementary School
    Grades: PK-5 | 681 students
    2.6 miles
    1600 Pavilion Blvd
    CharlotteNC 28262
    (980)343-3685
    2.6PK-5681

School Reviews

My child has been enrolled at this school since Kindergarten. Besides the issues of embezzlement which led to severe financial difficulties, I have not found that this school has performed according to the standards that were presented at open house. My child is very bright but has had difficulties with behavior. He has mild ADHD. Neither his teachers nor administration has met his needs despite our efforts to assist them in doing so. There is a definite club-like atmosphere here . . . the parents run the school. My desire is for my child to have the best educational experience he can get and quite frankly, CIS HAS NOT met that expectation. Our neighborhood school has a better report card than CIS. We plan to go there.
- Posted by Parent, 10/11/10
I have 2 children and have been a part of the school since it started. As a school we have had many wounderful times as well as many rough times. My oldest child is in 5th grade and has had a pretty good experience. Although we had a teacher who was not the greatest continue to move up as our children did, she has done very well and loves the school. Our son who has learning problems, did not fare as well, but loved the school. I would not hesitate to send a child to this school and we are looking forward to a new chapter as the school get a new director and principal. The previous made many parents feel put off and they did not seem to want parents at school. I will continue to support the school and be involved.
- Posted by Parent, 07/19/10
As a teacher from both private and public schools in this area, I would beg parents to not put their child/children in this school. It is a joke academically and quite frankly, the cult like followers paint a wonderful, but (unfortunately for students and parents) an entirely fictitious picture of this so called charter school. I have found that most children in these classrooms are behind their public school peers in most academic areas. In fact, I have tutored many of these children. There is no evidence to back up the claims that this school is better academically than others in the area. In fact, if you do your research, you will find the opposite to be true. People and some of the parents in this school have the misconception that because it is a charter school, it must stand up to more rigorous standards. This is entirely false. Call the NC of Public Instruction and find out for yourself the complaints against Carolina International School before you even think about placing your child here. It is very sad that new comers are deceived into believing that their child will grow more in this school than in their neighborhood schools. Do your research people. You might also find it interesting that every year, more than 1/2 of the staff leave this school. That says more than anything.
- Posted by Teacher, 11/24/08
Not worth all of the trouble once you get in. Test scores are so-so. Nothing there for Advanced/Gifted students. Teachers are pretty good, but held back by a messed up Administration.
- Posted by Parent, 11/04/07

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