An Introduction

Carolina International School was founded under the vision of international community leader Nimish Bhatt, the steadfast work of Dr. Richard Beall and efforts of the founding Board of Directors. Dr. Beall served as the school’s first Director and worked tirelessly on obtaining the original charter approval and successfully opening the school. Carolina International School opened its doors in Harrisburg, NC during the fall of 2004 as Cabarrus County's first charter school. At that time, Charter Schools were limited to a maximum number of 100 for the entire State of North Carolina and Carolina International School received one of the last available charters despite competition from dozens of other schools that submitted applications.

We opened with Kindergarten through Seventh Grade. Our charter was renewed for 10 years in 2014. In the fall of 2014, we moved into our current campus located 2.5 miles West of  Interstate 85 on 82 acres at the corner of Poplar Tent and Cox Mill Rd.; we are now K-12, having added 12th grade for the 2015-16 school year.

  Our Charter

  Charter Bylaws Amendments Approved 10-10-2005

  Charter Renewal 2012

  Charter Renewal Approval Letter

Carolina International School's program continues to deepen and discover new ways for our students to connect learning to the world around them.  Eleven years after being granted a charter by the state of North Carolina, our program is more relevant than ever.  Our international and environmental focal points provide the framework for learning to ignite interest, relevance, and significance for learning.  Our teachers, staff and administration continually strive to garner the resources needed to perfect our professional practice, and thus each individual's access to a high quality education.


We strive to deepen our community's understanding of our individual and collective place in the world.  The international framework provides a context to explore educational standards within various cultures and traditions.  These comparisons and contrasts create relevance, interest and understanding. 


Our new eighty-two (82) acre campus affords our students the opportunity to beautiful scenery atop a hill overlooking vast expanses of greenery - within an urban zone.  Beyond the beauty, however, students have an opportunity to apply concepts and skills to attain greater understanding.  We have three (3) ponds, wooded areas, and access to a variety of insects and creatures. This allows for unrivaled opportunties for observation, testing, and written description that cross all disciplines. 

Click here for a: Video introduction to our school!

Click here for a view of: Our school through the eyes of a 1st grader!

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