Chatham Charter’s 25th Anniversary


Twenty-five Years Strong

During the 2021-2022 school year, Chatham Charter is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the North Carolina charter school law and Chatham Charter’s approval as one of the first 100 public charter schools in the state. There will be activities throughout the school year for the Board of Directors, leadership, staff, students, families, and alumni to recognize the school’s silver anniversary. Knights Family Weekend, inspired by the school’s 20th anniversary, will be held Friday and Saturday, October 1&2.

“Coming into the new school year with an atmosphere of celebration will bolster everyone’s spirits after a challenging period in education. Our goal is to use this milestone as a motivator for everyone to ‘thrive at 25’ and help us soar into the next phase of the life of Chatham Charter,” said Dr. John Eldridge, Head of School.

In addition to saluting over two decades of growth at the school, the Board of Directors and school leadership have embarked on a new journey. Chatham Charter will replicate its academic program at Central Carolina Academy in Lee County, a new public charter school approved by the State Board of Education in April of 2021. Staff from the NC Department of Public Instruction approached Dr. Eldridge in February of 2020 about replicating Chatham Charter’s successful program. Eldridge formulated a unique conglomeration of partner schools concept during the creation of the Central Carolina Academy application. The two schools will work collaboratively while each retains its unique identity. Central Carolina Academy will be a college preparatory school that serves middle and high school students when it opens in August of 2022.