Kennedy Charter School, founded in 1998 in Charlotte, North Carolina, to serve students in the foster care system, is now moving its operations to the campus of historically Black Johnson C. Smith University. Students in high school grades are already attending classes on the university’s campus with K-8 students soon to follow.
The charter school is affiliated with Elon Homes, which was established in 1907 as an orphanage and now is one of the region’s largest foster care organizations. The charter school has now expanded to serve the entire community, but about 10 percent of the students enrolled at the school are in foster care.
Students at the charter school have access to all university facilities including the library, science laboratories, and athletics venues. Students receive a box lunch from the university’s food service.