Matthews Charter Academy

Public, Charter K-8

 2332 Mount Harmony Church Rd.
       Matthews, NC  28104


(980) 339-5449

District: Matthews Charter Academy

SchoolDigger Rank:
770th of 1,489 North Carolina Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  21.0
Number of students:  764

Racial breakdown:

White:
41.4%
African American:
27.7%
Hispanic:
22.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  49%

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We updated the 2020-21 rankings and test scores for this school on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.


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Compare Details Matthews Charter Academy ranks worse than 51.7% of elementary schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2021 the calculated Average Standard Score was 45.89. (See more...)
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Compare Details Matthews Charter Academy ranks better than 57.1% of middle schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2021 the calculated Average Standard Score was 53.94. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Matthews Charter Academy is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (41.4%), African American (27.7%), Hispanic (22.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 49% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Matthews Charter Academy is 21. (See more...)
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Schooldigger 2021 Rankings:

Matthews Charter Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Matthews Charter Academy 770th of 1489 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See Matthews Charter Academy in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Matthews Charter Academy 318th of 741 North Carolina public middle schools. (See Matthews Charter Academy in the ranking list.)

Matthews Charter Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Matthews Charter Academy 115th of 247 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Matthews Charter Academy

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2019 59.98 572nd 1473 61.2%
2021 45.89 770th 1489 48.3%

Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Matthews Charter Academy

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2019 62.04 273rd 737 63.0%
2021 53.94 318th 741 57.1%

Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction

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by a parent
Friday, August 23, 2019

Open Quote My son attended Matthews charter for middle school as part of the first 6th grade class when the school opened. During the three school years our experience was marginal overall. I will say that it was a good “social experience“ for my son because he made a lot of friends and the kids truly cared for each other. The school is made up of children who are driven to School every day and in large part have parents that care about them and their educational experience.

After being in the school for a while, we began to notice that the teacher population was very inexperienced and also became acutely aware that there were many things that the school did not have (busing, a cafeteria, Gym equipment, adequate technology, etc.). What seemed to be issues that surround a school just starting out, were not that at all in reality. Charter schools do not operate the same way as a public school from the standpoint of how they utilize the money. They don’t have as many guidelines around it, so in turn, they operate as a business. They find the cheapest teachers around (inexperienced) and cut corners wherever they can. They get the same amount of money per student that public schools do but much of the money does not actually go into the education of your child. Fundraisers that raise tens of thousands of dollars, or not leveraged properly or of the way that the parent population would like it to be. Meaning, not used in the best interest of the children but rather in ways that the Principal Or corporate organization prefers. In fact, following a large fundraiser the topped $30,000, the parent–teacher organization was dissolved and became a function that the principal ran.

While there were a handful of very good teachers, We often had adversarial interactions with The larger and inexperienced teacher population as we pushed them to ensure that our son received a solid education. There were literally gross oversights and a flavor of ignorance. They clearly leverage this strategy to save money but they do provide a Dean for the middle school and other grade levels. I guess this is their attempt to provide more guidance for the green teacher population. We leveraged the dean on numerous occasions in order to rectify A variety of situations that occurred. Ultimately we learned that the dean was not trustworthy. She would give us lipservice in person or over the phone and very seldom follow through unless a multitude of parents were involved and they worried about legal implications. They provide way too much latitude for the inexperienced teachers and do not truly provide the level of guidance and oversight required for this model. Overall, the dean for middle school ruled with an iron fist and this really affected school morale overall. She does not have the level of sophistication and finesse necessary for the role of Dean. Many of the children acted out because they did not appreciate the empty threats (they thought were real) and the way they were being treated.

I suppose this review makes you wonder where the principal is in all of this? Sadly, she rules from her ivory tower and seldom interacts with the parents or school population. She is out front for some school meetings or events but that is all show. Her availability is presented as so limited that it is extremely difficult to get a meeting. The meeting times are often a week or more out, well past and acceptable timeline for issue resolution. Her primary objective is to keep cost down so her bonus is as large as possible. It seems counterintuitive to have a principal that achieves higher pay through cost savings instead of higher educational standards.

I cannot in good faith recommend Matthews charter Academy to anyone and will leave you with this warning. If you are in the situation that we were and your child is going to have a poor social experience at a neighborhood school, then this may be an option to consider. Outside of that, there is no educational value associated with a child’s attendance at the school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Matthews Charter Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2017 317 125 20 78 7 0 0 0 547
2018 370 171 19 104 6 0 2 0 672
2019 391 199 20 137 3 1 12 0 763
2020 340 209 25 156 1 1 15 0 747
2021 316 212 28 171 0 3 34 0 764

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Matthews Charter Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 547 32.9 16.6 39.1
2018 672 33.6 19.9 35.4
2019 763 35.8 21.2 32.1
2020 747 37.7 19.8 33.9
2021 764 36.3 21.0 49

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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Student/Teacher Ratio Matthews Charter Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 547 32.9 16.6 39.1
2018 672 33.6 19.9 35.4
2019 763 35.8 21.2 32.1
2020 747 37.7 19.8 33.9
2021 764 36.3 21.0 49

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Matthews Charter Academy

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Ranks 572nd of 1473 Elementary schoolsRanks 770th of 1489 Elementary schools
 12.9%
Ranks 273rd of 737 Middle schoolsRanks 318th of 741 Middle schools
 5.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Matthews Charter Academy)51.835.1
 16.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)64.344.5
 19.8%
3rd Grade Reading (Matthews Charter Academy)57.847.4
 10.4%
   3rd Grade Reading (North Carolina)56.845.1
 11.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Matthews Charter Academy)46.334.9
 11.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)57.337.8
 19.5%
4th Grade Reading (Matthews Charter Academy)56.146.4
 9.7%
   4th Grade Reading (North Carolina)57.345.1
 12.2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Matthews Charter Academy)70.331.1
 39.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)60.242
 18.2%
5th Grade Reading (Matthews Charter Academy)65.937.8
 28.1%
   5th Grade Reading (North Carolina)54.642.4
 12.2%
5th Grade Science (Matthews Charter Academy)79.153.4
 25.7%
   5th Grade Science (North Carolina)72.653.9
 18.7%
6th Grade Mathematics (Matthews Charter Academy)7537.5
 37.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.840.6
 18.2%
6th Grade Reading (Matthews Charter Academy)68.843.2
 25.6%
   6th Grade Reading (North Carolina)6045.3
 14.7%
7th Grade Mathematics (Matthews Charter Academy)7245
 27%
   7th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)58.442.5
 15.9%
7th Grade Reading (Matthews Charter Academy)65.955
 10.9%
   7th Grade Reading (North Carolina)58.846.7
 12.1%
8th Grade Mathematics (Matthews Charter Academy)48.135.5
 12.6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (North Carolina)52.632.7
 19.9%
8th Grade Reading (Matthews Charter Academy)49.456.2
 6.8%
   8th Grade Reading (North Carolina)55.648.2
 7.4%
8th Grade Science (Matthews Charter Academy)72.258.1
 14.1%
   8th Grade Science (North Carolina)78.670.3
 8.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students763764
 0.1%
African American199212
 6.5%
American Indian30
 100%
Asian2028
 40%
Hispanic137171
 24.8%
Pacific Islander13
 200%
Two or More Races1234
 183.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients32.1%49%
 16.8%




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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