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What is a Charter School? (from the NC DPI Office of Charter Schools website)

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are authorized by the State Board of Education and operated by independent non-profit boards of directors. State and local tax dollars are the primary funding sources for charter schools, which have open enrollment and cannot discriminate in admissions, associate with any religion or religious group, or charge tuition. Charter schools operate with freedom from many of the regulations that govern district schools, but charter schools are held accountable through the State assessment and accountability system.

Is there a cost/tuition to attend Longleaf School of the Arts?

No, Longleaf School of the Arts is a free, public charter school.

What are the school hours and drop-off/pick-up times?

The school hours are 8:30am-3:30pm.  The building opens at 7:45am and all students must depart the building by 3:45pm unless staying afterschool for a club or tutoring.  Any students in the building after 3:45pm must be under a staff member's supervision. 


Does Longleaf School of the Arts follow the WCPSS calendar?

No, Longleaf does not follow a particular school system calendar, although our calendar is most similar to the WCPSS traditional calendar.  As a charter school we are able to develop our own calendar within State guidelines.  Please see the Calendar and Daily Schedule page of the website for our current year calendar.

Does Longleaf School of the Arts provide transportation?

No, as a charter school LSA does not receive the funding necessary to provide transportation.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for providing their child's transportation to attend LSA.  Here are a few resources to consider:

  • The LSA PTSA coordinates a carpool sign-up for parents to contact each other regarding possible carpool arrangements (see PTSA page).

  • Longleaf is located near the Route 7 bus stop #8415 (behind Bojangles) of the Go Raleigh Bus Line (

  • A group of parents in North Raleigh has privately contracted with a shuttle bus company to transport their children and split the cost amongst themselves.  Interested families can email here for more information.

Does Longleaf School of the Arts offer free and reduced lunch?

Yes, Longleaf does provide lunch assistance to qualifying families.  ALL (new and returning) students who anticipate qualifying for either free or reduced lunch are required to submit a Free & Reduced Lunch Application each year prior to the start of school. You must submit an application to Longleaf even if you have submitted one to your County’s Public School for other students. You may submit a copy of the student’s County application or letter of certification to receive free or reduced lunches in lieu of completing LSA’s application.

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