Award Year: 2018

Socrates Academy

3909 Weddington Road
Matthews, NC, 28105-6673

(704) 321-1711

Ms. Sandra Brighton, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School

Socrates Academy

School Website


Encouraging students to reach their full potential in a high achieving, multicultural, disciplined, partial Greek immersion program through the use of the Socratic Method.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 69%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 22%
At Socrates Academy, children love learning!

At Socrates Academy, children love learning!

Socrates Academy is a K-8 public charter school, located in suburban Matthews, North Carolina, that provides partial immersion in Greek Language and Culture. Scholars are taught Language and Mathematics in English and in Greek from Kindergarten. Instruction is provided by highly qualified American teachers and Greek teachers in collaboration with the Greek government. The Academy plans travels to Greece with middle school scholars, who engage in language experience with students from other countries who are also part of a partial immersion program (e.g., Australia, France), Greek students and university professors. Such collaborations are a consistent practice. The Academy believes in Innovation and evidence-based practices and collaborates with UNC Charlotte for student-teachers' clinical placements. The Academy also engages in research studies with UNC Charlotte Faculty on innovative approaches.

The school has a strong partnership with families who are partners in the academic experience. Within the academy, emphasis is given to scholars developing proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics both in English and Greek through the use of the Socratic Method, which encourages thinking "beyond the answer" and promotes students' critical thinking skills. The Academy's goals are to support in collaboration with families the graduation from the school of a complete person (a Global Citizen) and not only of a student. The Academy believes in teaching and inspiring children to reach the right answer through discussion, analysis, and exploration; thus, it promotes questioning and discovering knowledge through inquiry. Students are encouraged to be writers and thinkers, to develop inquiry in reading, writing and science, and demonstrate their knowledge through dialogic interactions/debates and writing.