School is more than sitting in a classroom and listening to the teacher. School is more than turning in homework and taking tests. Grades alone do not determine the knowledge and ability of a student.
A school is a community. It is a community that works together to push students to their highest potential. Elementary, middle and high schools give students opportunities to build and showcase their knowledge and skills in the classroom, in clubs, in sports and more.
Gaining knowledge and experience from programs outside of the standard school day is recommended to all students, whether planning to attend college or not. After school programs allow children to learn about themselves, find their passion, gain first-hand experience, learn time management, and can improve their physical or mental health.
Examples of these kinds of programs are after school sports programs, National Honor Society, band, robotics, choir, volunteer opportunities, academic clubs, tutoring and more.
Superintendent Mark Rosekrans said that Charlotte Public Schools is currently excelling in robotics, band, choir and sports programs as well as other programs in their elementary and middle schools.
Just two years ago, the Charlotte High School robotics team qualified for the national competition held in St. Louis, MO. This year, Charlotte Middle School will host the robotics elementary and middle school level state championship competition.
Rosekrans said along with other programs, robotics is a "quickly growing program right now" in Charlotte Public Schools. The district has created multiple new labs for robotics and the STEM Initiative, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Students succeed the most when schools provide resources and opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Charlotte Public Schools robotics program is a leading example of transforming a school into a community.
To learn more about what Charlotte Public Schools has to offer, visit www.Charlottenet.org .