What is the mission of Lake Lure Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy?

To provide a first-class education for every child and to develop thoughtful, articulate young adults. To provide an academically challenging curriculum in an environment that enables development of character, morals and responsibility. To foster a constant and continuous relationship between families, staff and the community.

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a tuition-free, public school funded by state and local government funds. It is privately and independently operated by its own board of directors and is a recognized and approved organization granted a charter by the State of North Carolina. Charter schools were created to provide innovative educational choices for students and their families.

Who can attend?

Any student eligible to attend a North Carolina public school may apply for enrollment at LLCA-CFA. We do not discriminate based on disability, race, color, gender, national origin or religion. We aim to keep classroom sizes at 22 students or less. Should we have more applications than spots available in any one grade, new students for that grade will be selected by lottery. Siblings of enrolled students are accommodated to the greatest extent possible.

What is the curriculum at LLCA-CFA?

Our K–8 utilizes the Core Knowledge Sequence, which has been aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The Core Knowledge Sequence exposes students to a broad range of historical, scientific, and cultural topics that will build on one another to prepare them for educational success. Our high school curriculum is based on Dorothy Sayers’ The Lost Tools of Learning, which emphasizes the teaching of grammar, logic, and rhetoric in all content areas.

Is there a dress code?

Yes. To ensure an environment that is conducive to learning, each student must follow the uniform policy of LLCA-CFA. This uniform policy is strictly enforced and eliminates many social problems.

What do parents need to provide?

As a charter school with limited funding, we must rely on our parents for vital contributions. Parents will need to purchase the required school uniform items and necessary supplies requested by the classroom teacher. If parents choose not to utilize our buses, they will need provide transportation for their children. (We will work to connect families for carpooling.) Parents need to provide their child with a healthy lunch each day. Lastly, we encourage our parents to become involved as a partner with the school to ensure our success.

Where is the school?

We are located in the beautiful mountains of Lake Lure. Our campus is at 1058 Island Creek Rd. Lake Lure, NC 28746.

How do I enroll my child?

Application forms are available on the school website, www.llca.teamcfa.school. These are due in the spring of each year to determine enrollment in the fall. A lottery and waiting list will be utilized as necessary.

Who can attend LLCA-CFA fieldtrips and how is transportation provided?

Fieldtrips are an essential part of the learning process and are strongly encouraged by the board and the school director. Day fieldtrips may utilize school buses or parent volunteers and parent vehicles for the transportation of all students attending the fieldtrip. Any interested driver will need to fill out a form that includes insurance information. Overnight fieldtrips may utilize parent drivers and may also utilize the rental of a charter bus, a fee included in the cost of the trip. Parents are welcome and encouraged to be a part of all LLCA-CFA fieldtrips. LLCA-CFA fieldtrips are for students currently attending LLCA-CFA. Friends, siblings, and other persons who do not attend LLCA-CFA are not included in our fieldtrip invitations.


Who is TeamCFA?

TeamCFA is a growing national network of open-enrollment, public charter schools built on the values of hard work, good citizenship, and teamwork. Schools in the TeamCFA network gain access to start-up funding, grants, training, services, the Core Knowledge curriculum, and, in some cases, the necessary facilities. Our ultimate goal is to graduate thoughtful, articulate youth who are prepared to become productive, accountable, engaged citizens.

What does TeamCFA stand for?

The acronym “TEAM” stands for together each achieves more. In the spirit of teamwork, we have found that the success of the student takes the active participation, communication, and commitment of the teacher, student, and parent working collaboratively. “CFA” stands for Challenge Foundation Academy.

Who is the Challenge Foundation?

The Challenge Foundation is a private family charitable trust founded in 1988. The Foundation’s support of over 187 charters schools through more than $20M in grants brought about the development of a model school concept and launched the TeamCFA network of high quality charter schools who provide every student with a first-class education regardless of zip code.

How does a school join the TeamCFA network?

There are currently two ways to gain access to our network: start-up and conversion. Through the expertise gained in supporting charter schools throughout the years, we have put together a school model based on best practices that were identified in the areas of academics, business, educational technology, and governance.

Do schools pay to be part of TeamCFA?

No. TeamCFA is a philanthropic support organization and does not collect fees from its network schools. TeamCFA partners with passionate, committed educators, leaders, and community groups who are able to demonstrate support of the CFA model and establish local need for underserved students. TeamCFA offers start-up costs that may include the initial financing for facilities with the vision that a successful CFA will become self-sustaining in 5–7 years.

What is required for a conversion?

Existing charter schools who share our vision of achievement, excellence, and measurable results can inquire about converting to a CFA. TeamCFA schools gain access to our network of support and benefit from finding a partner in education. Contact your nearest Regional Director for further information.

How do students enroll in a TeamCFA school?

TeamCFA public charter schools are free and follow the federal guidelines for open enrollment. If schools receive more applications than there are seats, a lottery system, as outlined by the state, is implemented. Remaining students are placed on a waitlist. Additionally, TeamCFA schools do not discriminate based on disability, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, or ancestry.

How do schools benefit from TeamCFA affiliation?

Schools in our network gain access to a range of support services that may include, but are not limited to; professional development, curriculum mapping and implementation support, assessment tools, educational technology tools, and attendance at the annual TeamCFA educational conference. Most of all they gain access to a network of professional educators with whom they can share best practices to increase student learning.