Corvian CS

About Corvian Community School

As a public charter school, Corvian Community School welcomes students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. No tuition or any other fees are required to attend Corvian Community School.

About Corvian

Corvian Community School is a NC Public Charter School currently serving students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Fifth grade will be added in Fall 2013. One grade will be added each year until 2021 when the school will be completed through 12th grade.


Corvian is committed to small class size. Each elementary classroom is served by a teacher and a full-time assistant who remain with students for a two-year learning loop.


Corvian believes in quality public education and that every child has the right to an excellent education.

Our Mission

Corvian Community School is committed to using the principles of The Basic School by the late Dr. Ernest L. Boyer, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Our mission is to make sure Corvian Community School is a place where students are engaged as learners in classrooms with hands-on teaching; teachers are empowered to meet the needs of students on an individual basis and parents become partners to make each classroom a community.

Our Philosophy

Corvian Community School is concerned about the development of the whole child and seeks to address the cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs of each student. The ultimate goal is to help students develop happy, healthy lives well equipped for the future. A guiding question for decision making at Corvian will be: “Is this best for children?”


According to The Basic School by Dr. Ernest L. Boyer there are four building blocks to promote each student’s learning.

1. The School as Community – At Corvian we believe that parents are the child’s first and best teacher. We seek to engage parents as partners in the educational process. Teachers are empowered to make decisions and will truly be the leaders in the classroom. Teachers are encouraged to plan relevant field trips, provide service learning opportunities to students and utilize the “teachable moment.”


2. A Curriculum with Coherence – Students will become literate, not only in reading and writing, but also in mathematics and the arts. Students will be engaged in studies of thematic units with integrated curriculum. Assessment is directly tied to instruction, and in fact drives the instruction. Students will become well-informed in many disciplines. We have high expectations for Corvian students and offer a research-based, rigorous curriculum which uses the Common Core State Standards and the North Carolina Essential Standards as a minimum requirement.


3. A Climate for Learning – Corvian provides happy, safe, engaging classrooms staffed by excellent teachers. Class size and school size will remain intentionally small with two adults – one teacher and one full-time assistant. Classrooms will provide optimal learning environments and students will have access to the curriculum through appropriate, differentiated instruction. Teaching and learning will be accomplished through the use of brain-friendly instruction.


4. A Commitment to Character – Corvian will emphasize the seven core virtues; honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion, self-discipline, perseverance and giving. All the virtues are taught by both work and deed which promotes an excellence in learning and living. The physical, social and emotional development is considered as important as cognitive development. Character is more than learning about certain virtues. Character is infused throughout the curriculum through word and deed. Service learning opportunities in the school as well as in the community are an integral part of the Corvian curriculum.


Recommended Reading for Parents & Educators

Education Principles
  • The Basic School : A Community for Learning by Ernest L. Boyer
  • Raising Lifelong Learners by Lucy Calkins
  • The Schools Our Children Deserve by Alfie Kohn
  • Big Picture: Education Is Everyone's Business by Dennis Littkey, Samantha Grabelle
  • What Does It Mean to be Well Educated? by Alfie Kohn

  • Brain Research
  • Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain by Renate Nummela Caine, Geoffrey Caine
  • Teaching With The Brain In Mind by Eric Jensen

  • Reward Systems
  • Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
  • Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson

  • Reading
  • Reading Magic by Mem Fox
  • The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trealease

  • Parenting
  • Kids Are Worth It by Barbara Colorosso
  • Kids, Parents and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
  • The Hurried Child by David Elkind
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber, Eileen Maslich
  • This We Believe by the National Middle School Association
  • The Homework Myth by Kohn
  • Corvian Community School is a public charter school.

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