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Apprentice Academy is a Tuition FREE public charter school.

It is open to all North Carolina residents.

Why Choose Us

2024-2025 Lottery Registration - Important dates

Opens January 2, 2024

Closes April 8, 2024 at 6pm ET

If accepted to Apprentice Academy, your student's enrollment paperwork is due by April 19,2024.  If paperwork is not submitted your student will be placed at the end of the waitlist and the seat will be made available to next student on the waitlist.

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Personalized Learning
Career Preparation


We are a small school by design.

We educate and empower your student to purposefully determine their future and prepare them for life beyond the classroom through:

  • Academics

  • Apprenticeships

  • Holistic Approach

  • Student Driven Instruction

  • Nurturing Environment

  • Citizenship

We are a nonprofit, tuition free public charter school in Union County, North Carolina

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Personalized Learning

Personalized learning is a way for teachers to customize the learning experience for each of their students according to his or her unique skills, abilities, preferences, background, and experiences.


Personalized learning is for students and parents who are looking for something other than the standard “one-size-fits-all” approach to schooling.


In addition to classroom instruction, teachers also mentor students during dedicated weekly one-on-one meetings. With their mentors, students set long- and short-term goals, and discuss both their academic and emotional experiences while working toward these goals.

Mentoring sessions build strong relationships between students and their mentors. Together, they celebrate successes, discuss reasons for roadblocks, and talk about areas of learning opportunity.

Career Preparation

When students graduate from Apprentice Academy, they will have a work credential in one hand, and a NC high school diploma in the other.

This helps the student who is looking, for example, to be an electrician (going into the workforce) or an electrical engineer (going onto college). As an Apprentice Academy graduate, they are well prepared in the field of their choice to face the world.

Career Exploration

Career Exploration is key to the school.

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High School

What Our Parents Are Saying

Andrea S.

“So far I am loving the way things are done and my son seems to be enjoying it."

Yvonne C.

"the school itself is still new BUT kids are always the most important of all decisions and changes."

Meridith C.

“My son likes it so much already.  We're looking forward to a great year.”

What Our Students Are Saying

Senior Spotlights - Spring 2023

These are videos of some of our seniors - recorded and produced by our student marketing interns.

Ashley Jones

Bella Carter

Cesar Gomez

Josh Robitschek

Shadae Hollon

Sierra Figueroa

Cooper Harris

Chad Myers

Gabe Davis

Nate Cruz

Shelley Pierczynski

Sydney Marino

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there Tuition?

  • NO, Apprentice Academy is a Tuition Free, public charter school, open to all North Carolina residents.

Is Transportation provided?

  • Yes, busing is provided with community based pick-up and drop-off locations.

Are there Lunch services?

  • Students should plan to bring their own lunch, but catering is provided with the option to preorder ahead of time, and arrangements will be made for students eligible for free/reduced lunch.

Are laptops provided?

  • Yes, there is a $25 security fee.​

Are there Sports?

  • Yes, we have sports.  See the Athletics page for more information.

Are IEPs & 504s supported?

  • Yes, IEPs and & 504s are supported.

What is your policy on bullying?

  • Bullying is NOT tolerated.  Students are encouraged to talk with any faculty member if they see or experience any bullying.  Any occurrence will be addressed immediately.

Are there School Tours available?

  • Yes, please contact the front office to schedule a tour.  Also, look for Open Houses throughout the Spring and Summer.

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