Inspiring lifelong leaders
In February of 2020, officials from the NC Department of Public Instruction approached the leadership of Chatham Charter School in Siler City (Chatham County) about replicating its high school program that focuses on college and workforce preparedness by maximizing the NC Career and College Promise. Central Carolina Academy was created as a replication school in Sanford (Lee County). Though the schools are separate entities, the partnership will allow them to pool many resources for staff and students.
Central Carolina Academy was approved by the State Board of Education to open in Sanford (Lee County NC) starting in the 2022-2023 school year. The school served students in grades 6-10 the first year and will serve grades 6 - 11 this 2023 -2024 school year. Next year (2024-2025) grade levels will grow to serve grades 6-12. At full capacity, there will be 88 students in each middle school grade and 100 in each high school grade.
Mission & Vision
Central Carolina Academy will establish and maintain a challenging learning environment that respects the individual learners and prepares students to succeed in a globally competitive society.
Students will become self-directed, achieve academic excellence, and develop the personal values and responsibilities necessary to become globally competitive citizens in a rapidly changing world.
The Central Carolina Academy campus is a former corporate facility of The Pantry and later Circle K. After purchasing the facility in early 2022, renovations began to convert the three-story building to an educational setting. The third floor and a section of the second floor were completed for use during the current school year. The full renovation is scheduled to be complete by the opening of the 2023-2024 school year.
Central Carolina Academy administers all education programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, or other legally-protected classification.