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Lake Norman Charter

Lake Norman Charter is a coeducational public charter school for students in grades 5 through 12.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Suburban


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Lake Norman Charter School is public charter school and as such, there is no tuition cost for students to attend. Students must apply through a lottery process and currently, LNC has a waiting list of just under 3,000 students. LNC prepares students to be community leaders, demonstrating personal integrity with a life-long desire to learn, lead, and serve. Similar to all charter schools in North Carolina, LNC receives funding from the state and counties, however the school does not receive funding for building purchase, construction, lease or renovations.

In order to meet our school objectives, LNC provides a challenging academic setting with classroom sizes averaging 23 students in our core classes. We have a strong honor code and provide a strong, collaborative instructional atmosphere.

Our graduates exhibit critical thinking, problem solving, and astute technology skills. They foster open communication, model integrity and personal accountability while demonstrating confidence and leadership. Students are also taught to view the world with empathy, humanity and compassion while approaching each day with enthusiasm and purpose.

We pride ourselves on working with the students who participate and are selected in our lottery process to develop and enhance their academic, athletic, and art ability.

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College preparatory curriculum with high academic expectations. For example:

In 2013, LNC students outperformed all other local private and public schools in the Charlotte area other than Charlotte Latin in AP testing performance. 90.2% of all students who took an AP exam received a “passing score” of 3 or higher.

The average score for an LNC student was 1597, compared to all North Carolina seniors that had an average combined SAT score of 1,479.   LNC students’ scores exceeded those of students from CMS (1480), including all local high schools (Hough-1552, North Mecklenburg-1446, and Hopewell-1372) 

LNC is a 1:1 technology school (1:World) in an attempt to make sure that every student is college ready by possessing both the technology and creativity skills necessary to be successful.

Mission Statement

Lake Norman Charter prepares students to be community leaders demonstrating personal integrity with a life-long desire to learn, lead, and serve.

Core Values: We value partnerships between and among students, staff, parents, and community.

We select well-trained, enthusiastic educators who create and nurture an innovative educational environment to support student success and who demonstrate a passion for life-long learning.

We strive for an environment where students are empowered to realize their potential and own their academic success.

We actively promote student contributions to the community through service opportunities.

We believe in the LNC Honor Code and expect personal accountability by all stakeholders.

We provide our students with the opportunity to develop self-confidence, leadership, and respect for themselves and pride in their school through numerous academic and extra-curricular activities.

We promote an understanding of individual and cultural diversity.

We are intentional about providing learning experiences that prepare our students to operate in a globally diverse world.

We promote effective communication and use it to cultivate an atmosphere of trust and safety.

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Public charter schools are supported through lower levels of direct, public funding, as well as though private subsidies. As with district public schools, they do not charge tuition to students who attend them.



92% of students graduate from Lake Norman Charter

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 1,598
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
5 199
6 200
7 200
8 200
9 210
10 207
11 214
12 168

Lake Norman Charter's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Lake Norman Charter's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 17 : 1
Gender 50% Male / 50% Female
Socioeconomic Diversity

0% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at Lake Norman Charter.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 79%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Superintendent   Shannon Stein


Lake Norman Charter recognizes the important relationship between academics, clubs and athletics, and we strongly believe that teamwork, development of interpersonal skills, and interscholastic athletic competition play critical roles in each student’s growth. Lake Norman Charter has a strong athletic program supporting over 40 different teams at both the Middle School and High School levels. In 2013, LNC was awarded the Wells-Fargo Cup for outstanding Division IA sports program in the state. There are also over 58 different club offerings between the MS and HS. Our goal for Lake Norman Charter is to develop loyalty, cooperation, perseverance and leadership in each of our students. The final outcome is a better citizenry demonstrating these values throughout their lives. We encourage students to participate in both clubs and athletics, granting each student the opportunity to continue playing their favorite sport or to learn new skills.
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