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A Brief History


Millennium Charter Academy is an independent public school, serving grades kindergarten through twelve. It is structured to move forward thoughtfully, purposefully and quickly, fueled by its Mission and Vision as embodied by its leadership, staff, and parent body.As a charter school, MCA is an independent public school of choice, freed from many governmental rules, but accountable for results. The school is open to all who wish to attend. Since tax dollars pay for the education, there is no tuition charged. The school is accountable to its governing body, the Board of Directors of Millennium Education Foundation, its parent body, and to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, as well as to certain federal departments.

What sets MCA apart? MCA offers a curriculum and culture in the classical, liberal arts tradition, integrating the humanities, the arts, and the sciences. It is a whole curriculum for the whole person. We hold a high view of humanity, believing that each student comes endowed with worth and value and deserves to be taught in healthy, authentic relationships with parents and teachers. We believe that the world makes sense and is understandable. We, therefore, seek to discover our place in it and then to pursue and promote all that is good, true, and beautiful. We believe that the ultimate goal of education is the formation of the character of the individual toward wisdom, virtue and human flourishing. Our teaching focuses on the overarching ideas that all humans must ponder. We reach toward those big ideas while carefully building skills and delivering solid content through quality literature, history, and the arts and sciences.

Core Knowledge Recognition

In 2003, Millennium Charter Academy became a Core Knowledge school, fully implementing the Core Knowledge Sequence into its curriculum. Since then, the Core Knowledge Foundation has recognized MCA as an official visitation site, opening its doors to schools across the nation interested in this curriculum. Please refer to the curriculum section of this web site for additional information, or visit the web site for Core Knowledge Schools.

In 2014, Hillsdale College awarded Millennium Charter Academy its Salvatori Prize for Excellence in Teaching. This prize is awarded annually to one classical charter school whose teaching is exceptional.