Woods Charter School

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Woods Charter School
160 Woodland Grove Lane
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

United States
Coordinates 35°48′54″N 79°06′35″W / 35.8151°N 79.1098°W / 35.8151; -79.1098Coordinates: 35°48′54″N 79°06′35″W / 35.8151°N 79.1098°W / 35.8151; -79.1098
Type Charter
Motto "The Woods Way"
Established 1998
NCES School ID 370005302372
Principal Cotton Bryan[1]
Faculty 44.00 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades K–12
Enrollment 504[2] (2013–14)
Student to teacher ratio 11.41:1[2]
Color(s) Green and Silver
Mascot Wolves
Nickname The Wolves

Woods Charter School is a charter school in Chatham County, North Carolina.

Founded in 1998, Woods Charter School is a North Carolina public charter school, serving approximately 500 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Woods offers a challenging college and university preparatory academic program with an emphasis on character development. It has a history of academic success both in the State’s ABC testing and in the AP, SAT and ACT exams. The strengths of Woods Charter School include small classes, close student-teacher relationships that provide for individual student attention and a caring school community of students, faculty, and parents.

In 2007, private funding was secured to construct a new school building, and in August 2008, Woods Charter School moved to its current location. Concurrently with the building project, The Woods Charter School Foundation, Inc.[3] was established to raise funds for outfitting the building and meeting the ongoing needs of the school.

The elementary school has approximately 32 students per grade level and average class sizes of 16. Special features of the elementary school include a focus on the Core Knowledge Curriculum, Singapore math, physical education, art, music and French with specialist teachers, regular field trips and outstanding high school students serving as teaching assistants.

The middle school has approximately 40 students per grade level and average class sizes of 20. Special features of the middle school include advisory groups which foster quality student-teacher relationships, specialized preparation for high school including an opportunity to enroll in some high school classes, differentiation in mathematics, classes in music and art, as well as World language instruction offering French and Spanish.

The high school has approximately 46 students per grade level, with average class sizes of 12-23. Special features of the high school include a single and highly rigorous college prep curriculum based on the UNC minimum requirement guidelines, a range of College Board Advanced Placement courses, elective courses, a Senior Project, a 50-hour community service graduation requirement, and individualized college counseling through our teacher-student advisory model.

Woods Charter School Board[edit]

The Woods Charter School Company is governed by a Board of Directors. Each year the parents and teachers vote for Board members, who serve two or three year terms on staggered cycles (see bylaws for specific details). The seven elected, voting members of the Board are all parents. Other members of the Board are a teacher representative elected by the full-time staff, a student representative elected by the students, and the principal. A "community" board member may, from time to time, be appointed by the Board; the community board member may or may not be a parent. The Board sets policy and governs the school, while the principal manages the school on a day-to-day basis.

School Board meetings are regularly scheduled for the third Thursday in the month. The dates for these meetings are available on the school calendar.

The members of the Board for school year 2013-2014 are: Ms. Deedee Nachman, Chairman; Mr Ben Carter, Vice-Chair; Ms. Katy McReynolds, Secretary; Ms. Janna Deegan, Treasurer; Ms. Anita Jones McNair; Dr Karen Hall; Mr. Gene Galin; Mr. Cotton Bryan, Principal; Ms. Suzanne Sikes, Faculty Representative.

Officers for the upcoming year are elected and monthly meeting dates are established at the June board meeting each year.

Athletics at Woods[edit]

Woods belonged to the Central Carolina Athletic League, which consisted of private, charter and Christian schools in the triangle area. The league was founded in 2006-2007 with Woods playing an instrumental part in its formation.

Woods Charter was in the NCHSAA 1-A Independent league during the 2012-2013 school year. In 2013-2014 Woods Charter School became part of the NCHSAA 1-A North Central Athletic Conference (NCAC). The schools in the NCAC are East Wake Academy, Kestrel Heights, Franklin Academy, River Mill, Roxboro Community, Raleigh Charter, Research Triangle, and Voyager Academy.

Fall Sports: co-ed cross country, varsity girls volleyball, vrsity boys soccer, middle school boys soccer

Winter Sports: varsity girls basketball, varsity boys basketball, cheerleading, middle school boys basketball, middle school girls basketball

Spring Sports: varsity girls soccer, middle school girls soccer, ultimate frisbee, tennis (club),


  1. ^ "Message from the Principal". Woods Charter School. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Woods Charter". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved August 29, 2012. Total Students: 502 (2009-2010) 
  3. ^ http://www.woodscharterfoundation.org

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