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The Learning Center! Charter School


Murphy – The Learning Center! Charter School has broken ground on the beginnings of an ambitious facility improvement plan designed to make the school “future-ready.” This summer, the school moved into it’s newly renovated administration office with plans for more expansion and improvements through a recently procured USDA loan.

The school offers a learning environment rich in academics balanced with the arts, music, an award winning nutrition program, daily P.E., and unique electives. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) blends healthy living, community involvement and an academic program rich in Common Core standards for well-rounded future-ready citizens.

The Learning Center! is piloting a STEM program — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics- for the new school year. The STEM program will complete what will be defined as an E-STEAM approach to education. “E” stands for entrepreneurship and the “A” is representative of a strong arts/language arts emphasis. “It is our goal,” said Mary Jo Dyre, director of The Learning Center “that all facility improvements  provide the ideal setting for students to be involved in the hands-on, problem solving approach that is characteristic of a quality E-STEAM education. We will have a stage for our drama program, OM/STEM workspace and a multi-purpose gym included in our up-coming construction plan.”

The school offers Jr. Beta Club, Odyssey of the Mind teams, bowed string, fiddle, guitar and piano lessons,  “Academics and the Arts” Artists-in-Residency program,  “Mini and Middle REAL”  young entrepreneur program, compacted math classes for gifted students, and pottery. “Girls on the Run” and “Girls on Track”, and “Chick Challengers Club” are among some of the rich electives and extra-curricular programs available through the charter school program.

The Jackie Ward Foundation provides both funding and in-kind support for the school’s extra academics and arts programs. Students benefit from a rich cultural environment that complements academic offerings of the highest caliber.

Designated an “A+ Fit School” by The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, the school places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. Students eat healthy, freshly prepared food (served on real china and silverware) much of it from local sources.

The school also has a rich social media program to better communicate and interact with students, parents and faculty. Visit their new website (, blog ( and FaceBook page ( to get a comprehensive overview of student opportunities.


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