by Courtney Price

RALEIGH – Mecklenburg County received more charter school requests for the 2014-15 school year than any other county in the state.

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction took in 154 letters of intent from schools wanting to open as charters fall 2014. Mecklenburg County had 30 requests, and three more indicated they intended to open in either Mecklenburg or Cabarrus County.

Guilford County, which includes Greensboro, had the second-most requests with 18.

The state lifted the 100-school cap on charters in 2011 and has fielded hundreds of charter applications since then.

Mecklenburg County has 12 charter schools, and five have been approved to open for the 2013-14 school year.

Proposed schools must submit applications by March 1 and undergo reviews and interviews through May. Approved schools will be announced in July.

These schools submitted letters of intent to open in Mecklenburg County in 2014-15:

• Destination Leadership Academy

• American Heritage Academy

• Branchwood Leadership Academy

• Charlotte Charter High School

• Charlotte Day Academy (grades 6-12)

• Charlotte Learning Academy

• Charlotte Vocational and Technological Academy

• Crystal Stairs Learning Center

• Elite Leaders Academy

• Entrepreneur High School

• Hilltop S.T.E.M. Academy

• James K. Polk Public School

• Lakehaven Academy

• Liberty Charter School

• Mecklenburg Charter Academy

• Mint Hill Community School

• Miracle Academy East

• Miracle Academy West

• Paul Robeson Academic Academy

• Phillps International Academy

• Pioneer Springs Community School

• Queen City STEM School

• Queen’s Grant High School

• Resolute Charter School

• Steele Creek Charter School

• The Brother’s Keeper of Charlotte STEM Academy

• The Charlotte Excel Center

• Thunderbird Preparatory Academy

• Torrence-Lytle Charter School of Leadership and Performing Arts

• West Charlotte Charter High School

• The Bonnie Cone Academy (Mecklenburg or Cabarrus)

• Minds Engaged Academy (Mecklenburg or Cabarrus)

• The Academy of the Carolinas (Mecklenburg or Cabarrus)

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