Frequently Asked Questions

What is a charter school?
Charter schools are authorized public schools open to all students, regardless of where they live. They are designed to "provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently of existing schools.”

What makes this school different?
NECP educators deliver the Core Knowledge Curriculum aligned with the NC Common Core Standards and college and career readiness measures.
All NECP teachers use cooperative learning, emphasizing active and equitable student engagement in their classrooms. These classroom management and teaching techniques have been proven to consistently produce dramatic academic and social gains in individual students.

Are all teachers certified?
The majority of teachers at NECP are certified by the NC Department of Public Instruction and are highly qualified to teach their assigned subject area. NC Charter School Law allows charter schools to hire non-educators; however, NECP is committed to having professional teachers in every classroom.

How much does it cost to attend?
NECP is a tuition-free public charter school open to all students.

Where is the school located?
NECP is located on a 52-acre campus in Edgecombe County. Our physical address is:

North East Carolina Preparatory School

274 Husky Trail, Tarboro, NC 27886 

Can anyone attend?
Charter schools are tuition-free and enrollment is not limited by residency. However, students must apply to attend. Enrollment capacity is limited by the charter and the school’s commitment to maintaining small class sizes. Admission is determined by a lottery system. Students, who are not selected through the annual lottery, are placed on a waiting list for openings that may occur during the year.

Is transportation available?
Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools do not receive transportation funds from the NC Department of Education. A limited number of buses travel daily to several general stops. Also, several  area child care centers offer transportation to and from NECP. Please contact our Transportation Director Tom Wooten for more information.

What grade levels does NECP offer?
NECP serves students in Kindergarten - 12th grade.

What type of courses does NECP offer?
NECP offers traditional classes grounded in Core Knowledge which is based on the Common Core Curriculum as required by the North Carolina Board of Education. In addition, students may choose courses from, honors or AP classes, fine arts, foreign language, technology, agriculture, STEAM and more.

Do charter school students take the State End of Grade/Course tests?
Yes, all schools in North Carolina are required to administer these tests. However, NECP is focused on teaching and learning rather than placing heavy emphasis on test preparation.

Do you offer after-school programs?
Yes! NECP offers a variety of after-school programs including athletics, fine arts, sports, special interest camps, tutoring, and much more. A limited program for after-school child care is available for a weekly fee. Please contact our After School Care Program Director Kelly Spivey for more information.

Who do I contact about issues with this website, PowerSchool, email, or other NECP technology?

Please contact our Technology Director/Webmaster Trey Everette for assistance.

Does the school require uniforms or have a dress code policy?
Yes. School uniforms are required and there is a specific dress code policy outlined in the Student Handbook. Handbooks are distributed to students and parents after acceptance. There are also days when students are allowed to dress down.


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