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Celebrating its 14th year, Lake Lure Classical Academy is a kindergarten through 12th-grade tuition-free public charter school that is open to all North Carolina students.  Because we offer free bus transportation, we have over 450 students attending from across four counties.


LLCA incorporates an engaging Core Knowledge curriculum that adheres to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science, and fine arts. The high school program offers a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum leading to a high school diploma. 


Students may also choose to participate in the College and Career Promise enabling them to take classes through Isothermal Community College (ICC).  In addition to a high school diploma, students may also earn an Associate of Arts or Science Degree. 


There are also opportunities for students to earn certificates in courses such as computer science, welding, and machining through our partnership with ICC. 


LLCA also has a robust performing arts program and a comprehensive athletics program.


To qualify for attendance:

Any child who is qualified under the laws of North Carolina for admission to a public school is qualified for admission to a charter school. To qualify to attend a NC public school, a student must be a resident of North Carolina. County boundaries or school attendance areas do not affect charter school enrollment. LLCA does not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, or ancestry. 

Lake Lure Classical Academy offers:

  • A safe, supportive learning environment

  • Rigorous content-based curriculum aligned to North Carolina state standards

  • NC EOG and EOC tests, as well as the various assessments such as NCSTAR

  • A focused approach to developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Teacher-led instruction that includes exploration and hands-on learning

  • A well-rounded education that includes extracurricular activities such as art, drama, music, and sports

  • Student/teacher/parent partnership in quality education

To reach the administrative staff, call 828.625.9292. 

School Director - Barbara Cohen Email

Operations Director - Mitch McNeely Email
Athletics Director - Ozzie McFarland Email
Middle and High School Assistant Principal -
Michael Smith Email
Elementary Assistant Principal - Genie Phipps Email

Administrative Assistant - Gayle Youngblood Email

Receptionist - Amy Ives Email

EC Director - Miriam Kyres, Ext. 117 Email

School Nurse - Crystal Redmon Email