Parent Information Meetings

We are less than a year away from opening our doors! Please join us the 1st and 3rd Thursdays in September, October, and November at the Old Armory in Waynesville for our parent information sessions.


September 4th & 18th  6-8pm

October 2nd & 16th  6-8pm

November 6th & 20th  6-8pm


Old Armory-Cafeteria

44 Boundary St. Waynesville, NC 28786

See you there!

Unanimous YES!

photo (32)Monday May 12th the founding board traveled to Raleigh to interview with the Charter School Advisory Board. It was a nerve wracking 30 minutes, but in the end we had a unanimous, YES!

Now the state will formally have to say yes, but we are moving forward as if they already have. No longer a proposed school, but an actual school opening in July or August 2015!

Interview Granted!

The Charter School Advisory Committee convened on April 7th and voted to grant us an interview either May 12th or 13th! While we patiently await our day to interview in Raleigh, we need to show them that Haywood and the surrounding counties want and need a public charter school.  To do this we are asking you to spread the word. Please fill out the Prospective Parents Form, “Like Us” on Facebook, and get your friends and family to do the same!

Together we can make a difference.

The Application Is In

We are excited to announce as of December 6th, 2013 our application has been submitted. As of the middle of January it has been “deemed complete!”   Now we wait for a more thorough review in hopes to be called to Raleigh for an interview later this spring.

We are now starting to update the website monthly introducing you to our Founding Board. This month we start with our Chair Tara Keilberg and Vice Chair Anna Eason.

Upcoming Events to Learn About SRCA:CFA

We have a few events coming up and would love for you to attend.

September 26th 5:30pm ~ Parent Information Session at Blue Ridge Books (Please park on Academy Street)

October 12th Church Street Festival

October 22nd 11am & 5:30pm ~ Parent Information Session at Blue Ridge Books (Please park on Academy Street)

Please take a few minutes to take ourParent Survey and sign our Petition Supporting School Choice.

A Charter School for Haywood County and Beyond

Welcome to the proposed Shining Rock Classical Academy: a Challenge Foundation Academy.

With the help of the Challenge Foundation we are excited to announce that we are applying to open a Charter School in Haywood County for the Fall 2015 school year. Charter schools are public, tuition-free schools open to all students. We invite you to peruse the site to learn about our curriculum, educational philosophy, who we are and our partner Team CFA. Stop by the prospective parents page and sign up to stay connected.

We are still looking at locations in the Waynesville area and hope to have a location picked by the Fall of 2014/Spring 2015.

New to the charter school concept?

So just what is a charter school? Charter schools are public, open to all
students, and tuition free. If interested students exceed the number of
students the school can serve, a random lottery is used to award spots in
the school. Charter schools, while public, are independently operated by its
board of directors and is not part of any school district. Charter schools
are accountable to the state, however, and must follow state testing
guidelines. Charter schools were created to provide innovative educational
choices for students, families, and communities.

The Proposed Haywood County Charter School is…

We envision a K-12, starting in 2015 as a K-6, public charter school in Haywood County where children can learn, thrive, grow, and explore in an engaging, supportive and interactive environment.

We envision a school where students can flourish academically and will be challenged to learn; where creativity will be nurtured; where a holistic approach to teaching and learning allows for a broader and deeper curriculum; and where enrichment activities will be incorporated across a broad spectrum of pursuits to enhance education.

A public charter school is tuition-free and open to all.  Oversight and direction is carried out by a board of directors rather than a local school board.  Parental involvement would be critical to success of the school and its students.