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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. - AristotlE

Our Mission

Aristotle Preparatory Academy's mission is to prepare all students for success in college and beyond by raising leaders and productive citizens via a rigorous STEM-focused curriculum with an emphasis on character development.

The Aristotle Difference

  • Aristotle is a tuition-free public charter school located in the safe Coulwood neighborhood in Charlotte, NC. For the 2020-2021 school year, we will serve students in kindergarten through seventh grade.
  • Aristotle students work hard and met growth in both reading and math during the last testing cycle, raising the schools letter grade. We are proud of the progress of our school! To view the latest North Carolina School Report Card, click here.
  • Our school follows the Core Knowledge Sequence. The idea behind theCore Knowledge Sequence is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. For the sake of academic excellence, greater fairness, and higher literacy, Core Knowledge provides a core curriculum that is coherent, cumulative, and content-specific in order to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge, grade by grade.  To see what content is taught at each grade level, please click here to visit the Core Knowledge website for more information.
  • Eureka Math is our chosen math curriculum. Research proves this program dramatically reduces gaps in student learning, instill persistence in problem solving, and prepare students to understand advanced math. Aristotle began using this curriculum in 2018. In our first year, we enjoyed a 23 point increase in student performance in math. Our children continue to grow, the achievement gap is narrowing and parents love this program. Please click here for the link to EngageNY, the creators of the curriculum.
  • Aristotle believes character development is essential for producing compassionate 21st century citizens. We use Core Virtues, a literacy based program that compliments Core Knowledge and enhances the content students learn in the classroom. Each month, students focus on a new virtue and work to actively engage in behavior that exemplifies the virtue of the month. To learn more about the Core Virtues program, please click here.
  • Data driven planning and instruction is guided by frequent formal and informal tests. Teachers use the data and information gained from these assessments to address each student’s academic needs.  Each day students are taught in small groups created based on their individual learning needs.
  • Certified and qualified staff members teach and care for students daily. Parents feel comfortable knowing Aristotle’s faculty & staff is qualified for their position and dedicated to the students of Aristotle. The positive, nurturing environment at APA facilitates an atmosphere where all students can and will learn.
  • Aristotle is a Title I school where every child is provided a free breakfast and free lunch, regardless of the parent’s classification.
  • Aristotle provides free bus transportation to students. Many stops are located within the neighborhoods of our students. For areas further away from the school, zone stops are made available.

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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: institution is an equal opportunity provider.

NC Public Charters School Performance Score

2021-2022 - 43% ~ D
2020-2021 - No Score or Letter Grade
2019-2020 - No Score or Letter Grade
2018-2019 - 59% ~ C
2017-2018 - 45% ~ D
2016-2017 - 47% ~ D
2015-2016 ~ 33% ~ F