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APA is a tuition-free, public community school with a family atmosphere located in the safe Coulwood neighborhood in Charlotte. As parents ourselves, we understand that finding a school that supports your child’s academic, social, and emotional well-being can be difficult. At Aristotle Preparatory Academy, you can feel confident that your family is receiving the support and education you envision. We are dedicated to teaching the whole child during their experience at APA.

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Preview upcoming school events, fundraisers, and important dates by visiting our school calendar. Our charter school works hard to keep this information up-to-date. 

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Explore our directory to learn more about our educators’ qualifications and to read messages directly from our teachers. Our teachers and staff members are dedicated to creating a positive learning environment for our students. 

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Meet Our Teachers

The educational focus of Aristotle Preparatory Academy has four aspects: R.A.I.S.E, the Core Knowledge Sequence, Eureka Math and Core Virtues. 

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View the last 5 years of school grades from Aristotle Preparatory here. 

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School Leaders

Charlie French, Director

I began a career in education in 1999 after a 6-year stay in corporate America. I taught 15 years in both public and private schools, and have been in school administration since 2013. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Belmont Abbey College and my Master’s in School Administration and Executive Leadership from Gardner-Webb University. I have had the honor of founding a charter school in South Carolina, assisting several charters through their start-up process in multiple states, writing and evaluating charters for new schools, and now serving here at APA. I have been married since 1996. I have been a mother since 2004. I feel so blessed to do what I love each day as the school director of Aristotle Preparatory Academy. These children are so special to me and I am extremely proud to be a KNIGHT!



Siobhan Papa, Aristotle Preparatory Academy Parent

“What an amazing staff! The transformation of this school in the past two years has been miraculous" Read More.

Life at Aristotle Preparatory


Aristotle Preparatory Academy is a tuition-free public charter school, so your family does not have to be located in our district to attend. If you are interested in attending our school, start the application process online. We are focused on providing ALL students an opportunity for quality education.