Lake Lure Classical Academy News…Open enrollment going on now at Lake Lure Classical Academy

by Barbara Cohen, School Director

Whether you have a little one entering Kindergarten, a pre-teen in elementary school, or teenagers in middle and high school, Lake Lure Classical Academy provides an outstanding educational experience on its beautiful 34-acre campus in Lake Lure, NC, just 30 minutes from Hendersonville and Rutherfordton.

While there is no tuition to attend Lake Lure Classical Academy, open enrollment takes place annually from January to March. To ensure transparency and fairness, LLCA facilitates its annual enrollment/school lottery process through Lotterease, an independent, automated lottery system used to manage applications and waiting lists. All activity that takes place with your child’s application is tracked in a history log that can be viewed any time by logging in with your email address and password.

As a tuition-free public charter school, LLCA is open to all North Carolina students. Offering free transportation, the school has over 500 students attending from across four counties.

LLCA incorporates an engaging Core Knowledge curriculum that adheres to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science, and fine arts for all kindergarten and middle school students.  The high school program offers a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum leading to a high school diploma.

Students may also choose to participate in the College and Career Promise enabling them to take classes through Isothermal Community College (ICC). In addition to a high school diploma, students may also earn an Associate of Arts or Science Degree. There are also opportunities for students to earn certificates in courses such as computer science, welding, and machining through our partnership with ICC.

LLCA also has a robust performing arts program, multiple electives, clubs, and a comprehensive athletics program.

Key Dates:

Open Enrollment Begins Monday, January 3, 2022 and closes Friday, March 25, 2022

The lottery will be drawn on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 11 am. Space is limited.

To qualify for attendance:

Any child who is qualified under the laws of North Carolina for admission to a public school is qualified for admission to a charter school. To qualify to attend a NC public school, a student must be a resident of North Carolina. County boundaries or school attendance areas do not affect charter school enrollment. LLCA does not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, or ancestry.

Lake Lure Classical Academy offers:

  • A safe, supportive learning environment
  • Accredited K-12 school
  • Rigorous content-based curriculum aligned to North Carolina state standards
  • NC EOG and EOC tests, as well as the various assessments such as NCSTAR
  • A focused approach to developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Teacher-led instruction that includes exploration and hands-on learning
  • A focus on outdoor education and environmental education
  • A well-rounded education that includes extracurricular activities such as art, drama, music, and sports
  • Student/teacher/parent partnership in quality education

To learn more or schedule a tour, please call 828-625.9292 or visit

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