Award Year: 2017
Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy
5225 Seventy Seven Center Drive
Charlotte, NC, 28217-0708
Mrs. Jessica Ann Cuneo, Principal at time of Nomination
Mrs. Jessica Ann Cuneo, Current Principal
Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy School District
To provide a a differentiated and challenging learning environment that supports the distinctive intellectual, social, and emotional needs of highly gifted children and enables them to form meaningful relationships with their intellectual peers.
- Black/African American: 2%
- White: 36%
- Hispanic: 4%
- Asian: 55%
- Two or more races: 3%
- ELL: 1%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 6%
Students enjoying the results of their science experiment using solar ovens
Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy (Scholars Academy) is located in Charlotte, North Carolina in an urban neighborhood. Scholars Academy was established in 2000 as an independent, public, charter school. The school mission is to serve highly gifted children in kindergarten-eighth grade by meeting their educational needs intellectually, socially, and emotionally. The program is built around a differentiated and challenging curriculum that supports the development of the whole child. With highly trained teachers in both gifted education and content expertise, a full array of enrichment programs, and a focus on social and emotional learning, students experience a school where they feel safe to take risks and be pushed to reach their potential with intellectual peers.
Scholars Academy's vision for their students strives for intellectual engagement with insightful thinkers, lifelong learners, and thoughtful communicators. The vision includes a focus on social awareness to develop compassion, self-awareness, and flexibility to embrace diversity. The vision also focuses on emotional confidence to develop students secure in themselves, with a growth mindset, and tools for self-regulation. Scholars Academy strives to implement these visionary pieces into all components of their program.
Scholars Academy is proud of their diverse student population and collaboration among school staff and school families. 100 percent of Scholars families volunteer towards making the school successful with their time, talent, and/or treasure. As a school that has a history of success, it continues to focus on ways to meet their student needs and be innovative in the field of gifted education to prepare its students to make positive contributions to their community and the global world.