What is a charter school?

Charter schools are authorized public schools open to all students, regardless of where they live.  They are designed “to provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently of existing schools.”

What makes this school different?

NECP educators deliver the Core Knowledge curriculum aligned with the NC Common Core Standards and college and career readiness measures.

All NECP teachers use cooperative learning emphasizing active and equitable student engagement in their classrooms.  These classroom management and teaching techniques have been proven to consistently produce dramatic academic and social gains in individual students.

Are all teachers certified?

The majority of teachers at NECP are certified by the NC Department of Public Instruction and highly qualified to teach their assigned subject area.  NC Charter School Law allows charter schools to hire non-educuators; however, NECP is committed to having professional teachers in each classroom.

How much does it cost to attend?

NECP is a tuition-free public charter school open to all students.

Where is the school located?

NECP is located on a 52-acre campus at 274 Husky Trail, Tarboro, NC 27886.  (This is a new address.  For Internet mapping requests, you may need to enter:  Mary Frances Center, 1212 Recovery Road, Tarboro, NC 27886)

Can anyone attend?

Charter schools are tuition-free and enrollment is not limited by residency.  However, students must apply to attend.  Enrollment capacity is limited by the charter and the school’s commitment to maintaining small class sizes.  Admission is determined by a lottery system.  Students, who are not selected  through the annual lottery, are placed on a waiting list for openings that may occur during the year.

Is transportation available?

Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools do not receive transportation funds from the NC Department of Education.  A limited number of buses travel daily to several general stops.  Many parents choose to carpool with others.

What grade levels does NECP offer?

Currently, the school serves Kindergarten – Grade 12.  In the 2015-2016 school year, Grade 11 was added. The first seniors graduate from the NECP in 2017.

How do I enroll my children?

Applications for enrollment are available online or on paper, click HERE to download an application now. Email our registrar NaKarla Davis,

What kind of courses does NECP offer?

NECP offers traditional classes grounded in Core Knowledge which is based on the Common Core curriculum as required by the North Carolina Board of Education.  In addition, students may choose courses from, honors or AP classes, fine arts, foreign language, technology, agriculture, STEAM and more.

Do Charter school students take the State End of Grade/Course tests?

Yes, all schools in North Carolina are required to administer these tests.  However, NECP is focused on teaching and learning rather than placing heavy emphasis on test preparation.

Do you offer after-school programs?

Yes!  NECP offers a variety of after-school programs including athletics, fine arts, sports, special interest camps, tutoring, and much more.  A limited program for after-school child care is available for a weekly fee.

Does the school require uniforms or have a dress code policy?

School uniforms are required and there is a specific dress code policy outlined in the Student Handbook.  Handbooks are distributed to students and parents after acceptance.  A copy is available on the website under the Student tab.

When does school start and end?

The school year includes 185 instructional days.  Classes begin on August 10 and ends last week day in May.

How do I find out about employment with NECP?

All available positions with the school are posted on here under the employment tab and on Please visit that site, register, and apply for the position which interests you.  For questions about employment, you may email: