Award Year: 2013

Providence Spring Elementary School

10045 Providence Church L
Charlotte, NC, 28277-9723

(980) 343-6935

Diane Adams, Principal at time of Nomination

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

School Website


Developing the scholars of today and the leaders of tomorrow

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 78%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 12%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Architecturally, schools are all similar. But the learning environment within the walls can be, and often is very different. Our school is sustained by four main pillars; they are the support of our school’s success. At Providence Spring, the teachers craft the educational experience defined by these four pillars. These architectural details make our school unique, framing the PSE learning environment for our students.

The first pillar of our school is our belief in the Paideia principles of teaching and learning. Paideia instructional strategies are used to teach challenging and rigorous content. Providence Spring is a demonstration site of the National Paideia Center.

The second pillar is our commitment to incorporating technology in meaningful ways in our daily lessons. Our scholars of today are the leaders of tomorrow’s world, in which evolving competency with digital contexts will be vital to their success.

The third pillar of Providence Spring is our conviction in the value of the outdoors which we sustain, and which sustains us. Outdoor learning and environmental conservation is a school wide emphasis. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences has cited our campus as one of the premier schoolyard habitats.

The fourth pillar that unifies us is our sense of responsibility for supporting the character development of the whole child. Grade level service learning projects are undertaken that move ideas into the realm of action. We develop in one another an awareness of personal and civic responsibility.

At Providence Spring Elementary we work together: faculty, staff, student, parents and stakeholders, to open the doors of opportunity for our young scholars and to help them put their dreams and aspirations in motion.