Have you ever thought your kids could sliding from one floor to another during school hours... and encouraged to do so? Invest Collegiate has an indoor slide that is used as a rewards system for the students.
Public schools of West Charlotte have historically been some of the city's worst in terms of reputation, test scores, dropout rates, etc. Invest Collegiate may be just what the county needs to see transformation.
Dr. Antoinette Ellison, Head of School, is a sharp forward thinking woman whose ideas and leadership have the school on track to be one of Charlotte's greatest. Rather than tell you about the school, I'll let you join me on a tour I took so you can see the difference for yourself.
Located just next to I277, I77, and Uptown Charlotte, Invest is centrally located for students from all over. Many of the students' parents work Uptown and drop them off on the way in each morning.
The school has a no doors philosophy, meaning the spaces are all open to each other. This encourages collaborative learning and the teachers have adapted to lower voice teaching styles to accommodate neighboring classes.
A backpack free school means each student has a cubby where he or she leaves unused books for the day or overnight. The students have a single briefcase style binder they take home at night and carry from class to class.
The views from inside the school are incredible. This is the large group room where teachers can bring students for a more dynamic teaching environment big enough for games, large white boards, etc.
It currently only serves K-8, but there are plans to break ground soon on the High School (9-12) next door.
West Charlotte is becoming a popular place to buy property and raise a family. From the charming bungalows to affordable condos, this side of the city is a great option for those looking to be near the city and convenient to the interstates. If West Charlotte schools have been holding you back from looking at these neighborhoods (Wesley Heights, Wilmore, Southend, etc), it is time to reconsider. Not only is Invest Collegiate a wonderful option, but it is creating a healthy competition among nearby public schools to create a better learning environment for Mecklenburg County.