Welcome to the Magellan Charter SchoolMagellan was founded on the premise that learning is a dynamic process that is on-going, interactive, and fun. We wanted this place called "school" to be filled with a flurry of purposeful activity and challenging thought, a place where students are enlivened by a desire to learn, and where exceptional teachers bring content to life, skillfully showing how what students learn has meaning and application in the real world.
A Brief History of The Magellan Charter School.
In 1996 the North Carolina State Legislature passed Charter School legislation allowing for the creation and establishment of independent public schools. These schools would be "chartered" by a local or state board of education and be locally implemented and
administered. In response to this legislation and a pressing need to provide a different approach to educating students in the middle years, two highly motivated teachers from Wake County, Marybeth Childers and George Coccarelli, filed an application for a charter school that would serve children in grades four
through eight. It was their belief that children in these middle grades would benefit from a small, personal, and hands-on environment. They asserted that providing continuity during a time of rapid growth and development helps students maintain their focus on academics-the number one priority at Magellan.
In March of 1997, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved Magellan's charter, and for the next six months the Magellan Board of Directors and a multitude of dedicated parents worked diligently to open the school. On August 25, 1997, Magellan became a reality and opened its doors to 294 new students. Today Magellan is home to approximately 400 students. These students are served by a team of thirty exceptional teachers. A familial atmosphere encourages collaboration between the school and our families. Learning experiences at The Magellan Charter School are supported by close relationships between involved parents, dedicated students, and caring teachers. The students' learning, both inside and outside of the classroom, is experiential in nature and reflects real world experiences that will move the student toward being a productive member of our community. To achieve this goal, we believe our teachers must have the opportunity to use innovative, yet soundly researched teaching methods, without restriction to traditional methods. We are a school in which decision making at all levels focuses on one singular issue--What is the best for the education of our children?