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K-12 Tuition Free North Carolina Public Charter School
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2045 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208
P: (704) 464-3830
F: (980) 223-5005
Child Find Efforts in North Carolina and the Department of Public Instruction
North Carolina has a continuing Child Find procedure to locate all children with disabilities residing in the State, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services. This effort also includes highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children) and children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education, even if they’ve advanced grade levels. The purpose of this procedure is to enhance public understanding of exceptional children and youth and with special needs, to identify and locate the children and youth and to inform the public of available services. The collection and use of data to meet the requirements of Child Find are subject to the confidentiality requirements.

In Charlotte Lab School a poster and brochures are available to the public regarding NCDPI’s efforts to provide information to parents, grandparents, and guardians about the Child Find Process. For more information regarding this effort, please select the following link: Child Find – NCDPI and/or contact Kendall Jinwright or grades K-6 or Kia Broussard for grades 7-12.

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NC School Report Card

On March 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education approved North Carolina's request to waive spring statewide assessments, accountability ratings, and certain reporting requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the 2019-2020 school year due to widespread school closures related to the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Charlotte Lab School received an overall school performance grade of "B" with a performance grade score of 71 and academic growth score of 81.1 on the 2018/19 North Carolina School Report Card.
To access the report cards, follow this link North Carolina School Report Card. We do recommend visiting the report card website for full functionality (in English and Spanish).
School report cards:
  • To review our NC School Report Cards from 2015-2023, please click here.

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Definition of McKinney-Vento Act:
42 USC § 11431 - STATEMENT OF POLICY the following is the policy of the Congress:
(1) Each State educational agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths.
(2) In any State that has a compulsory residency requirement as a component of the State's compulsory school attendance laws or other laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youths, the State will review and undertake steps to revise such laws, regulations, practices, or policies to ensure that homeless children and youths are afforded the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths.
(3) Homelessness alone is not a sufficient reason to separate students from the mainstream school environment.
(4) Homeless children and youths should have access to the education and other services that such children and youths need to ensure that such children and youths have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.
Eligibility under McKinney-Vento:
  • Children or youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including:
    Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of adequate alternative accommodations
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
  • Migratory children living in the above circumstances
  • Unaccompanied youth living in the above circumstances
Parent/Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Rights:
Unaccompanied homeless youth are ensured the same educational rights that the McKinney-Vento Act provides for other homeless students, which include the right to:
    • Enroll immediately, even if they do not currently have the paperwork normally required for enrollment.
    • Attend either the local attendance area school or the school of origin, with the placement decision based on the student's best interest.
    • Remain in the school of origin for the duration of the homelessness or until the end of the school year in which the student becomes permanently housed.
    • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin.
    • Receive educational services, such as free school meals and Title I services; and participate in gifted and talented programs, vocational education, alternative education, and any other services comparable to what housed students receive.
    • Not be stigmatized or segregated based on their status as homeless.
In addition to the provisions that apply to all homeless students, the McKinney- Vento Act includes the following provisions specifically for unaccompanied homeless youth:
  •  Unaccompanied homeless youth shall be immediately enrolled without proof of guardianship.
  • During a dispute over school selection or enrollment, unaccompanied homeless youth shall receive a written statement explaining the school's decision, the youth's right to appeal the decision, and a referral to the local liaison.
Local Liaisons shall assist unaccompanied homeless youth in:
  • Selecting a school of attendance and enrolling in school.
  • Requesting transportation to and from the school of origin.
  • Enroll in school immediately while disputes are resolved. 

For more information, please contact:
The Charlotte Lab's McKinney-Vento Liaison Name: Lindsay Dewalt
Email Address: ldewalt@thecharlottelabschool.org 
Liaison Phone Number: 704-274-2338
School Phone Number: 704-464-3830
OR visit the
North Carolina Homeless Education Program's web page is located at:
State Coordinator: Lisa Phillips, 336-315-7491
Additional McKinney-Vento information may be obtained from National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), www.nche.ed.gov
Parent's Right Brochure English):
Parent's Right Brochure (Spanish: