CHARLOTTE, NC (Ann Doss Helms/The Charlotte Observer) -
Students at United Community School and at least three other Charlotte charter schools are starting their school year this week.
Aug. 24 is opening day for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and most other district schools. But charter schools have more calendar flexibility.
Community Charter School, KIPP Charlotte and Lake Norman Charter School all start their 2015-16 classes this week.
United Community School, which opened in 2014 with K-2 students, is adding third grade this year. Grade-level expansions and approval of new charter schools make the alternative form of public education a growing part of the Charlotte region’s education scene.