Annual School Round Up Feature in the Cherokee Scout

Each August, our school is featured in the special edition section of the paper from the Cherokee Scout called the Annual School Round Up.  It’s always a wonderful summary of all the great things happening on campus and the vast array of programs and services available for your students.  Take a look…

The Learning Center Charter School, a tuition-free public charter school, continues to break ground with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. On-going facility improvements are designed for rich academic opportunities on this “future-ready” campus.

The Learning Center Charter School offers an E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts/Agriculture, and Math) learning environment.  Students are exposed across the curriculum to 3-D Printers, robotics and coding. The school’s education philosophy includes the belief that all young learners have the right to experience a broad, rich, and rigorous range of academics during the formative K-8 years. Additionally, the school offers an award-winning nutrition program, daily P.E., unique electives and extra-curricular opportunities. The school’s emphasis on healthy living, community involvement and high academic standards is designed to produce future-ready citizens. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) has NO district restrictions and accepts students across all counties.

The Learning Center’s Montessori Blend Kindergarten program has proven to be a strong approach to instruction for even the youngest learners. “We’ve had consistent success with the feeder Montessori Program that is located on our school campus,” said school director in training, Ryan Bender.

The school’s programs include Compacted Math classes for accelerated math students, daily PE for all grades, a highly developed drama program, and frequent garden-based learning opportunities across campus and in the school’s Outdoor Learning Center. The upper grade’s CREW Program, in its fourth year of operation, promotes character development, goal setting and responsible behaviors.

More extras including National Junior Honor Society, wrestling team, ARTrageous and artists-in-residency program, “Mini and Middle REAL” young entrepreneur program and AIG After School Program provide students with the opportunities to become all they can be.  The school will field a soccer team this fall and looks to expand their sports program to include cross country as well.

Designated as a “USDA Healthier U.S. School” (Silver Level), The Learning Center Charter School places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. The school also has a free breakfast and lunch program available for ALL students.

The charter school serves approximately 200+ students and is open to both in and out-of-county students. There is no tuition for grades K through 8th. The school also features a Montessori private preschool, serving ages 3-5 years. After school programs are available for all ages. Summer Enrichment Programs such as Innovation Tech Camp and intervention programs are also offered.

Parent Fair – THURSDAY Aug 22

Mark your calendar for this important event! Tour the school, talk to teachers, find out about campus wide programs (STEM approach to your child’s education!), after school activities (clogging! wrestling! and more!), purchase planners, uniform t-shirts, and find out about all the cool things in store for the new school year!

Stop by any time between 2:00 – 6:00 pm on August 22nd, 2019 and gear up for the new school year that starts AUGUST 26th!

Odyssey of the Mind Teams Succeed at The Learning Center Charter School

The Learning Center Charter School fielded two Odyssey of the Mind teams for the 2018-2019 school year and both teams earned 2nd place finishes at the regional competition in February.  The middle school team advanced to the state level competition and placed 4th in March.

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an international educational program that provides creative problem solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members use creative problem solving skills in a range of scenarios from building mechanical devices to presenting dramatic interpretations of literary classics.

Thousands of OM teams across the U.S. and from approximately 25 other countries participate in the program. Students in the program work together as a team preparing for months before the competition. Team members learn valuable skills such as creative and critical thinking, global awareness, cooperative planning, and complex technical and artistic problem solving.

Judy Coleman, OM Director at the school, said, “I am incredibly proud of all of our teams. They all performed exceptionally well!”

Coleman, who also serves on the OM Western Board of Directors for North Carolina as well as the State Board of Directors, added that the 2019-2020 school year will see a creative interplay between the OM problem solving approach and the Project Based Learning approach at the charter school.

“Our students will be presented with ongoing scenarios that will truly stretch their creative problem solving skills!” said Coleman.

Soccer Now a Competitive Team Sport at Our School

New for the 2019-2020 school year, soccer is now offered as a competitive team sport at The Learning Center Charter School.

Soccer will be open to students for U12, U10 and U8 divisions. The three school teams will compete within the Cherokee County Soccer League and each team will be co-ed.

Ms. Shelley Farmer, physical education staff member, says that practice will be immediately after school at Conahetta Park. If rain prevents outdoor practice, the teams will practice on campus in the gym.  Ms. Shelley adds that students can expect to have practice two to three times a week and games will fall on Thursday evenings and/or Saturday mornings.

“Last year we introduced wrestling as a team sport to our students and we are thrilled to expand our program to include soccer this school year,” said Ms. Shelley.

Registration is now open through August 16th. The registration fee if $60 for the first child and $55 for additional siblings. Forms can be filled out in the front office. Feel free to contact Ms. Shelley with questions at


Music Camp Taught More Than Just Music

Twenty four area teens participated in the inaugural year of “Music Takes You Places” in Murphy from June 25-30, 2019.  The camp was brought to Murphy by the Jackie Ward Foundation.

The Jackie Ward Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) foundation that seeks to enrich and enhance education to local students by introducing the life-changing power of the Arts, while also promoting business, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering and math education.

The music camp was founded and is directed by accomplished pianist, Latavius Mulzac. Mulzac is a musician and music producer out of Nashville, Tennessee and has toured with BB King All Star Band, Lady Antebellum, Silk and more.

“My ‘Music Takes You Places’ program is designed to cultivate self discipline and awareness, emotional intelligence, and creativity in each student.  The goal is to guide each participant to a place musically that acts as a path to success in society,” said Mulzac.

The campers spent the week learning numerous songs in preparation for their showcase performance that was held Sunday, June 30th at the Texana Community Center.

Mulzac said that in addition to the music lessons, he had campers focused on setting and achieving goals each day.  Plus, each day during the lunch session, campers were entertained by notable musicians including Daniela Soledade, a Brazilian singer from Rio de Janeiro, master guitarist Nate Najara, and former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson.

To learn more, please visit Music Takes You Places or the Jackie Ward Foundation.

Archery part of PE program at The Learning Center Charter School

Archery is a highly anticipated unit in PE each spring at The Learning Center Charter School.  So much so, that students start asking about it the first week of school each fall.

Physical education teacher, Shelley Farmer, introduced archery at the school over ten year ago.  She uses the NASP standard course study.

NASP stands for National Archery in the School Program.  The NASP is an in-school program aimed at improving educational performance by teaching students focus, self-control, discipline, and patience.

“Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participate in physical education five days a week at our school,” said Farmer. “And archery has proven to be incredibly popular over the years.”

Farmer said that during the Archery unit, students learn the history of archery, types of bows, parts to the bow and arrows, whistle commands, range layout, proper shooting technique and scoring.

“One of the main reasons that we teach archery every year is because it gives students that are not naturally athletic a chance to shine,” added Farmer.  “Archery doesn’t discriminate based on athletic skill, gender, size or academic ability.”


Mark Your Calendar – Annual Parent Fair August 22!

Mark your calendar for this important event! Tour the school, talk to teachers, find out about campus wide programs (STEM approach to your child’s education!), after school activities (clogging! wrestling! and more!), purchase planners, uniform t-shirts, and find out about all the cool things in store for the new school year!

Stop by any time between 2:00 – 6:00 pm on August 22nd, 2019 and gear up for the new school year that starts AUGUST 26th!

AIG — Service Projects

AIG stands for Academically or Intellectually Gifted.  Many students our school work at a level that is considered AIG. We strive to support their continued pursuit of excellence by providing many opportunities to work above and beyond their grade level, as well as taking on leadership positions.

In addition to challenging these learners in the classroom, Ms. Monica also provides opportunities to learn the importance of community service.

During the 2018-2019 school year, AIG students completed several community service projects including litter pickup along the route from our school to the park and traveling to Valley River Humane Society.

While at the animal shelter, the students socialized kittens, cats, and dogs as well as walked animals.  The students also learned about the responsibility required when owning a pet.

Field Day 2019

For 19 years, Field Day has been the hallmark event signaling the end of the school year at The Learning Center Charter School.

Always thinking out of the box, the school’s Field Day is water based and includes events such as water brigade, slip n’ slide,  and everyone’s favorite, mud pit tug-of-war.

This year the school’s parent organization, Parents Involved, rented inflatable water slides that students in kindergarten through eighth grade fully enjoyed. There was music, bubbles, water, mud and fun had by all.