As seen in the Cherokee Scout Campus Round-Up Edition

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, 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 for North Carolina residents.

The school is on track to be an accredited O.W.L. (Open Way Learning) School later this summer. OWL is a framework that encourages educators to create and share best practices to help keep pace with a rapidly changing economy, society, and environment. OWL encourages educators to prioritize shared vision, distributed leadership, collaboration, freely exchanged knowledge, and innovation in creating customized solutions for learning communities. OWL serves an umbrella over the E-STEAM and PBL (Project Based Learning) foundation of the school. Additionally, fundamental principles of the school such as garden based learning, good nutrition and wellness, and a rich arts program that includes a well developed drama department fit under the OWL umbrella.

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 Head of School, Ryan Bender.

More extras including Compacted Math classes for accelerated math students, daily PE for all grades, National Junior Honor Society, wrestling team, ARTrageous and artists-in-residency program, “Mini and Middle REAL” young entrepreneur program, Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program, and the after school program provide students with the opportunities to become all they can be. The school also boasts an upper grade CREW Program, in its fifth year of operation, which promotes character development, goal setting, and responsible behaviors.

Additionally, the school instituted an ECO Ed option several years ago offering a home school flex program. The ECO Ed program works with community partners to create adjustable, flexible schedules for families who want to spend more time together and still be connected with a school for instructional support. Having the ECO Ed option already in place made the sudden transition to remote learning in the spring of 2020 as a result of the global pandemic a smooth transition for both teachers and students as a whole.  Having a system already in place resulted in rich and engaging lessons during the stay-at-home orders and kept students plugged into their teachers, classmates and education.

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.

To learn more about and to enroll your child at The Learning Center Charter School, visit www.naturallygrownkids.org or call (828)835-7240.

Scenes from ARTrageous 2019

On November 8, 2019, our school hosted our fourth annual art celebration and fundraising event — ARTrageous 2019.

Art was celebrated in all forms from food, dancing, live music, written and spoken word, to gallery art and a live drama performance from our very own TLC GrowZone Players.

The TLC GrowZone Players always steal the show and give audiences a great preview of the spectacular performances you’ll see at our annual Spring Musical. This year’s performance was a spin on a old time radio show called The Thin Man.

Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the arts at TLC!

4th annual ARTrageous event set for Friday, Nov. 8th

Last year’s cast of the ARTrageous production was all smiles!

If you love supporting the Arts in our community, especially in our schools, then you will want to be at ARTrageous 2019 on November 8th at The Learning Center Charter School.  

ARTrageous is an annual, themed celebration of the Arts. The event features music, dancing, dramatic performances, galleries of student work and more.   

This year’s theme is an old time radio show.  Students have studied what entertainment was like in the 1920s and 1930s before television.  The school’s theater troupe, the Grow Zone Players, will be performing an actual episode of “The Thin Man” while also creating the sound effects from the story.

“The Thin Man” was a weekly radio show that starred Nick and Nora as crime detectives solving a mysterious case each week.

“This is a different style of performance than we’ve done in the past but one that our young actors are very excited to share with our community,” said drama program director, Ryan Bender.  

Along with displays of student work and delicious hors d’oeuvres, there will be local performers including members of the Ridgeline Literary Alliance.  The TLC Grow Zone Players will present their live radio performance of “The Thin Man” at 7:30pm.

Mark your calendar for ARTrageous 2019 on Nov 8th at 6pm at The Learning Center Charter School located at 945 Conaheeta Street in Murphy.  Adult tickets are $10 and students are $5.

Mark your calendars! Monster Mash & ARTrageous

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Spring Musical – Aesop’s Musical Foibles

The annual spring drama production showed May 3-5, 2019 to sold out crowds in the school’s Black Box Theater.

The musical began as young Aesop explains to the audience about his problem of constantly hearing annoying voices in his head, which come to life as hysterical characters onstage that only Aesop (and the audience) can see and hear. With the resentful Fox, the egomaniac Hare, the sluggish Tortoise, the zen-like Grasshopper and many more, Aesop’s Musical Foibles retold the fables like you’ve never quite heard them before!

It was a rousing comedy filled with talented actors perfectly cast for their parts. These students spent months learning lines, songs and dances and their hard work paid off in the incredible final production!

ARTrageous 2018 Recap

On November 8th and 9th, 2018, our school hosted our third annual art celebration and fundraising event — ARTrageous 2018.

This two night event featured a live and silent auction on Thursday. Former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, was on hand to entertain the crowd.

On the second night of the event, art was celebrated in all forms from food, dancing, live music, written and spoken word, to gallery art and live drama performances.

Our fabulous TLC! GrowZone Players  performed a one-act play. These young actors always steal the show and give audiences a great preview of the spectacular performances you’ll see at our annual Spring Musical. This year’s play, The Wolf Who Was a Vegetarian, and Other Slightly Bizarre Stories featured the work of North Carolina Playwright Susan Steadman,  seen in the photo above.

Come Support ARTrageous & Our Own GrowZone Players TONIGHT

TONIGHT is ARTrageous 2018 — art, food, live music, and our fabulous GrowZone Players performing a one-act play. $8 for adults and $5 for students. Please consider supporting this awesome event. Plus you’ll be able to bid on items in our silent auction. OH! Did I mention there will be food?