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Classical Charter Schools of Leland Named 

A “2023 Exceptional Charter School in Special Education”

Leland, NC – Classical Charter Schools of America’s Leland campus (CCS-Leland) announced today that the school has been named a “2023 Exceptional Charter School in Special Education” by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET). CCS-Leland was one of only two dozen charter schools in the country to receive the designation, and the only school in North Carolina.

According to NASET executives, CCS-Leland met “rigorous professional criteria” and “demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education.”

“We’re grateful and proud to receive this special recognition for our efforts to ensure all of our students receive the best education possible, regardless of their special needs,” said CCS-Leland Headmaster Laurie Benton.

“About 15% of CCS-Leland’s student population are special-education students and they are thriving due to the conducive learning environment we provide,” added Heather Greco, Dean of Exceptional Children for the Roger Bacon Academy (RBA), which manages the four schools in the Classical Charter Schools of America family.  “We hope to offer additional students in Southeastern North Carolina the same opportunities in the future.”

The honor comes just weeks after a new, exhaustive report from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) showed that the four CCS-A schools run by the Roger Bacon Academy, including CCS-Leland, were in the top 10 percent of charter schools nationwide that qualified as “gap-busters” in both reading and math, meaning the schools were able to close the learning gap between student groups based on race and income.