Charter School to herald $8.9 million expansion

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By Maureen Donald

ARAPAHOE — A fun-filled afternoon is planned at Arapahoe Charter School Friday, April 7, from 1:30 until 3 to celebrate 20 years as the area’s only public regional school of choice and mark construction of an $8.9 million expansion.

Since 1997, Arapahoe Charter School has provided a learning environment that offers the kind of individualized instruction and family atmosphere that is unique among both Pamlico County and surrounding counties schools. Enrollment has doubled in the 20 years since its creation, in part because its academic excellence and supportive learning environment have attracted students beyond Pamlico County.

Of the 520 students now served, over one-half come from outside county school systems. Five years ago, in response to the overwhelming demand from our parents, a high school program was added offering the Arapahoe Charter School experience to students from kindergarten through high school.


With a projected graduation rate of 96 percent, parents and staff take pride in preparing students with what they need to succeed in education and in life. As our programs have grown and developed, our physical facilities have not. For that reason, the Board of Directors has committed to providing permanent state-of-the-art buildings for our students.

Thanks to a generous combination of investments from Arapahoe Charter School and Tideland EMC, in addition to a USDA Rural Development loan, we have embarked on an exciting building initiative to create 18 K- 8 classrooms, three exceptional children’s rooms, a media center and a new cafeteria and kitchen. It is with pride and a great deal of excitement that the entire Arapahoe Charter School family invites the community to celebrate this wonderful event.

Editor’s note: For more information, contact Maureen Donald at (252) 675-3128, or e-mail her at:

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