Principal’s Page

Thank you for visiting our school website!

Orange Charter School (OCS) is a great place to work and learn. OCS incorporates many of the best practices that I have witnessed during a thirteen year educational career spanning multiple districts and levels of schooling. We strive to live up to our mission statement on an everyday basis: Orange Charter School will nurture a community of academic and artistic distinction, as it enriches each student’s cultural literacy. Our tradition of excellence stretches back to 1997, when we opened our doors as part of North Carolina’s original wave of charter schools.

Our biggest strength has always been our people: dedicated (and accomplished) staff members, highly supportive parents who hold high expectations for their children, and bright/responsible students. Our staff capitalizes on small class sizes to personalize learning for every child. Students enjoy coming to school because of our caring, safe, and inclusive school culture.

Meanwhile, our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) instructional framework has made learning more challenging, fun, and (real-world) relevant than ever before. Built around the foundation of the area’s premiere school-based Arts Program, a STEAM approach purposely instills creativity and problem-solving ability in students by providing them with regular opportunities to formulate and test out original ideas across multiple subject areas. STEAM aims to break down the outdated notion that students have to choose between being left-brain or right-brain dominant thinkers. Why not both? Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a main teaching strategy within this broader STEAM framework. PBL emphasizes interest-driven student research and team project design to address the Science and Social Studies curriculum. We are on track to becoming a model STEAM learning environment within a 3 year time frame.

If you are considering Orange Charter School as a future educational option for your child, please join us for one of our group tours and information sessions (no RSVP necessary). If these times are inconvenient for you, I encourage you to contact our main office (919-644-6272) to arrange an individual visit.

I recommend liking our Facebook Page as an easy/great way to keep up with school happenings.

Be sure to visit the site regularly!

Tiger Pride,

Jon Corcoran, Principal

Orange Charter School