FAQ’s

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1. What is a Charter School?
2. Is there tuition?
3. How does a Charter School receive funding?
4. May anyone attend?
5. What is the application deadline?
6. How will you choose the students in the lottery?
7. Will you let us know whether our child was accepted?
8. Will you have a waiting list?
9. May students with disabilities or language minority students attend?
10. Will you provide transportation?
11. What is the school day schedule?
12. What is the school year calendar?
13. What is the curriculum?
14. What grades do you serve?
15. Are students required to wear uniforms?
16. What does the Free and Reduced Lunch Program entail?
17. Are charter schools required to follow the provisions in the McKinney-Vento Act?

1. What is a charter school?

A charter school is a public school that receives public money but has been freed of some of the rules and regulations that apply to other public schools in exchange for a higher level of accountability in meeting standards determined by the state.

Charter schools were created to provide innovative educational choices for students and their families. Charter schools may choose their own academic program and set policies that reflect the school’s mission and goals.

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2. Is there tuition?
No. VERITAS Community School is a tuition-free public charter school.
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3. How does a Charter School receive funding?

Charter schools receive public funding, but the funding does not include capital dollars to cover the cost of the facility. Charter schools operate on much less funding per student than traditional public schools do and could not provide the excellent education they do without the generous support of individuals, businesses, and foundations.

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4. May Anyone Attend?

Yes. The United States Department of Education requires all charter schools to have enrollment procedures that promotes equal opportunity for all. An Open Enrollment period that leads to a lottery is the first step in providing equal opportunity.

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5. What is the application deadline?

We begin Open Enrollment in January and accept applications from then until the beginning of March. Should we have more applications than spots available, students are selected by lottery.

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6. How will you choose the students in the lottery?

We will hold a public lottery on the second Tuesday in March at 7:30PM at our school home.

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7. Will you let us know whether our child was accepted?

Within one week of the lottery, we will send you a letter, letting you know about the results of the lottery. If your child secured placement at VERITAS, we will send our welcome packet that includes all the documentation we will need to enroll your child and all the information you will need to prepare your child to be a student at VERITAS. You will be expected to return the documentation to us by the date indicated on the letter. If we do not receive the documentation from you by the specified date, the next student on the wait list will be offered the spot.

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8. Will you have a Waiting List?

After a grade level is filled, applicants are put on a waiting list in the order in which they were drawn, and we may register as seats become available.  Please read more about our Enrollment Policies and Procedures here.

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9. May students with disabilities or language minority students attend?

VERITAS is committed to enrolling a diverse student population and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation or ability.  VERITAS admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation and ability. All families are encouraged to apply.

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10.  Will you provide transportation?

Based on where our student population resides, we will offer cluster bus stops, beginning in Uptown Charlotte and moving through various neighborhoods until we reach our school location.

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11. What is the school day schedule?

School hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to Noon on Friday to give students vital play time and to give our teaching team focused professional development time. Before and after school programming will be available for a fee for those families who need after-school care for their children.
On Mondays through Fridays, before school programming will begin at 7:00AM and will include time for children to eat breakfast and participate in activities until they are dismissed to their class at 7:45AM.
We offer after school programming provided by the Johnston YMCA (3025 N. Davidson Street) each school day. Registration and initial payment are made on-site at the YMCA.

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12. What is the school year calendar?

We follow the traditional August — June school year, and we follow the same calendar as CMS with the exception of CMS’s four early release days.  For VERITAS, those days will be regular school days.

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13. What is the curriculum?

VERITAS implements the Core Knowledge Curriculum based on ideas presented by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. In each grade students are exposed to a broad range of historical, scientific, and cultural topics that build upon one another to prepare students for educational success. For more information, visit www.coreknowledge.org.
In our PE classes, we use the SPARK Curriculum, which guides students toward enjoying and seeking out physical activity; developing and maintaining acceptable levels of physical fitness; and learning so much more about the mind-body connection and how it impacts them in the classroom and in life in general. For more information, visit http://www.sparkpe.org/.
We teach the Peaceful Classroom Curriculum to give students the tools to resolve conflict within themselves and with other people. For more information, visit https://www.peacefulschools.com/.


14. What grades do you serve? 

We serve grades K-5.

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15. Are students required to wear uniforms?  

Yes, students are required to wear uniforms in accordance to VERITAS’ Uniform Policy.  The uniform includes a long- or short-sleeved golf shirt, Peter Pan collared blouse, or a tee-shirt, each of which must bear the VERITAS logo that is only provided by our uniform supplier Flynn O’Hara.  Bottoms include khaki or black shorts, trousers, or skorts; black or grey sweatpants; or black or gray athletic shorts.

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16. What does the Free and Reduced Lunch Program entail? 

Please see the NSLP Parent Letter for more details.


17. Are charter schools required to follow the provisions in the McKinney-Vento Act?

Yes, all public schools must comply with the provisions found in the McKinney-Vento Act in meeting the unique needs of homeless students. Ms. Dawkins is our designated Homeless Liaison and is tasked with ensuring students who are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless receive a free and appropriate education. Please review the following documents for more information: http://center.serve.org/hepnc/dl/prod/parent_poster.pdf http://center.serve.org/hepnc/dl/prod/youth_poster.pdf

Please email mdawkins@veritascommunityschool.org or visit the office Monday – Friday between 8:00am – 3:30pm to speak with Ms. Dawkins.

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