Torchlight Academy

  • Torchlight Academy serves 532 students in grades Kindergarten-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 39% (which is lower than the North Carolina state average of 48%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 35% (which is lower than the North Carolina state average of 47%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Torchlight Academy placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in North Carolina for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is higher than the North Carolina state level of 16:1.

School Overview

  • Torchlight Academy's student population of 532 students has grown by 16% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 20 teachers has grown by 33% over five school years.
School TypeCharter School
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Total Students532 students
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Total Classroom Teachers20 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Torchlight Academy is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 2,561 schools in North Carolina (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has decreased from 30:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Torchlight Academy is 0.50, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (NC)
Overall School Rank#1654 out of 2561 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
39%
48%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
35%
47%
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Student : Teacher Ratio27:116:1
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American Indian
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1%
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Asian
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3%
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Hispanic
37%
17%
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Black
62%
26%
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White
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49%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score0.500.68
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Eligible for Free Lunch
92%
52%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (13-14)
7%
7%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameTorchlight Academy School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, NC Dept. of Education

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School Reviews

  4.44 out of 5  (9 reviews)
5  
We love torchlight. My Daughter has been coming here since kindergarten. We love the fact that they learn about their heritage all year long. We appreciate the free transportation, the free meals, the after-school programs. Dr. McQueen has always been a blessing. We love the teachers, the staff, everything has been awesome. We recommend the school to anyone.
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4  
My daughter is a 6th grader here at Torchlight. She's in an all girls' class. She has been a student at Torchlight Academy since kindergarten. I love the school. Would not consider putting her anywhere else. I do have two grandchildren and one will be 5 soon, and he will be at Torchlight as well. I love the versatility of Torchlight. I love the different languages that she's learned and I absolutely love the drills because it has taught her a lot as well. The teaching has been great. It's a great experience, a great environment, and a positive school. Come to Torchlight! You'll love it!
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5  
My two sons just graduated from Torchlight Academy. They have been at Torchlight since Kindergarten. When I was looking for a good school for one when he turned 5 years old, I was very worried about where to place him, until I ran into a lady who referred me to Torchlight Academy and have never had any regrets since they started Kindergarten. I just wish there were more schools like this from k-12, with so much passion to educate children and push them to excellence. We just want to thank their teachers from Kindergarten to 8th grade. I recently looked at one of my son's Math workbook. I was so amazed to see how one of the teachers engages the children in Math. She is a great asset to the School. The teachers at Torchlight are all great teachers that helped to educate and mold them to the boys that they are today. We also want to thank all the other staffs, Principals, and most importantly, the great leaders and founders of this school, the wonderful Mr. Don McQueen and the amazing Dr. Cynthia McQueen. You all have contributed to the academic and psychological growth of our children, not to forget the discipline you instilled in them. This quarantine period has taught us (parents) how important a teacher's jobs are. We can't do your job. You have one of the hardest jobs. Thank you for all you did throughout this pandemic period.
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5  
I have a daughter that goes to torchlight. This is a wonderful school. This is their first year being here. My child has learned a lot by being here. She has learned so many languages. She also has improved in her reading, spelling, and things like that. And I'm a proud parent to have my child here at Torchlight.
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5  
My twin boys are here. They are 13 years old in the 8th grade. They've been going to Torchlight ever since Kindergarten. And Torchlight has been very good for the boys and my family. It teaches them respect for others. They know that they have a duty to do well in the community. It's also giving them a great foundation as far as discipline. Also cultural, they have a lot of respect for their history and their culture. And for that, I'm grateful.
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4  
I have two sons here. They've been here for three years. They love it! They have learned Spanish and Arabic. They've had a wonderful time here with their friends. My son's in the 8th grade, so he is going to high school. My other son is going to the 7th grade, but he really, truly loved Torchlight. I thank Dr. McQueen, Thank You.
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5  
I have two nieces who attend Torchlight, also I have a daughter that goes to Torchlight. This is a wonderful school. This is their first year being here, my child has have learned a lot since being here. She has learned so many different languages. She also has improved in her reading, spelling and things like that. I am a proud parent to have my child at Torchlight. -S.P.
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2  
I loved the mission of the school but I had doubts when my kids attended the school. My son witnessed his teacher take a student in the closet and he came out crying. My daughter came home with bruises on her from the playground. The teacher never contacted me about it. I have taken my kids out. They were happy. As I mentioned earlier, I loved the school's mission but I couldn't get with the lack of communication from the teachers and all of the un answered questions I had.
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5  
Torchlight is an excellent school. The pride, interest, love and expertise that comes from the staff, lead by Dr. McQueen, is nothing short of wonderful.Every human being who comes through these school walls comes away with the feeling that they matter and they should always stand tall, whether they are rich, or poor, they matter and can become something greater than they ever imagined. They academic programs are strong, their emphasis on exercise strengthens cognition and they place great emphasis on mental conditioning and clarity by supporting mental health outreach. Their disciplinary system is empowering,not elimination.
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