Carolina International School

8810 Hickory Ridge Rd

Harrisburg, NC 28075

Tel: (704)455-3847
Grades: KG-10

564 students

Carolina International School serves 564 students in grades KG-10.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the NC average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 40% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 48%.
Carolina International School operates within the Carolina International School District.

Overview

The student population of 564 students has grown by 10% over five years.
The teacher population of 34 teachers has declined by 5% over five years.
School Type Charter School
Grades Offered Grades KG-10
Total Students 564 students
Carolina International School Total Students (2005-2013)
Gender % 49% Male / 51%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 34 teachers
Carolina International School Total Classroom Teachers (2006-2013)
Students by Grade Carolina International School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has increased from 14:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.59 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 17:1 14:1
Carolina International School Student : Teacher Ratio (2006-2013)
Asian
9%
3%
Carolina International School Asian (2005-2013)
Hispanic
7%
14%
Carolina International School Hispanic (2005-2013)
Black
21%
27%
Carolina International School Black (2005-2013)
White
60%
52%
Carolina International School White (2005-2013)
Two or more races
3%
3%
All Ethnic Groups Carolina International School Sch Ethnicity Carolina International School Sta Ethnicity
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.
0.59 0.45
Carolina International School Diversity Score (2005-2013)
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.
8%
47%
Carolina International School Eligible for Free Lunch (2012-2013)
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.
10%
7%
Carolina International School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2012-2013)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 564 students has grown by 28% over five years.
School District Name Carolina International School District
Number of Schools
Managed
1
1
Number of Students Managed 564 1,330
Carolina International  School District Number of Students Managed (2005-2013)
District Total Revenue $3 MM $19 MM
District Spending $3 MM $18 MM
Carolina International  School District Spending (2005-2009)
District Revenue / Student $7,367 $11,105
Carolina International  School District Revenue / Student (2005-2009)
District Spending / Student $6,927 $10,880
Carolina International  School District Spending / Student (2005-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2013 (latest year available) NCES, NC Dept. of Education

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Hickory Ridge High School (2.1 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Hickory Ridge Middle School (1.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Harrisburg Elementary School (1.9 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • HarrisburgHickory Ridge Middle School
    7336 Raging Ridge Rd
    HarrisburgNC 28075
    (704)455-1331
    1.8 mi | 1148 students | Gr. 6-8                      
  • HarrisburgHarrisburg Elementary School
    3900 Stallings Rd
    HarrisburgNC 28075
    (704)455-5118
    1.9 mi | 863 students | Gr. KG-5                      
  • HarrisburgHickory Ridge High School
    7321 Raging Ridge Rd
    HarrisburgNC 28075
    (704)454-7300
    2.1 mi | 1430 students | Gr. 9-12                      
  • CharlotteUniversity Meadows Elementary School
    1600 Pavilion Blvd
    CharlotteNC 28262
    (980)343-3685
    2.6 mi | 697 students | Gr. PK-5                      
  • CharlotteReedy Creek Elementary School
    10801 Plaza Rd Ext
    CharlotteNC 28215
    (980)343-6480
    2.9 mi | 735 students | Gr. PK-5                      

School Reviews

  • Recommended October 11, 2010 - 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
  • Recommended July 19, 2010 - 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
  • Recommended November 24, 2008 - 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
  • Recommended November 04, 2007 - 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

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