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Huntersville Education Campus

Aspire Carolinas, with your support, is bringing a much-needed community resource to the Huntersville area to support children with Asperger’s/autism, learning differences, and those looking for careers as highly qualified tradespeople. We are excited to announce our plans to build three schools on a Beatties Ford Rd., Huntersville property. Our goal is to renovate an existing house on the property, construct two new buildings, and add other amenities including; playing fields, an outdoor classroom, a garden, and parking areas. We will maintain a peaceful park-like setting and develop a state-of-the-art, beautifully designed education campus.

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The Halton School

An extraordinary school designed for 3-8th graders with Asperger’s and traits associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In response to the limited education options in the greater Charlotte region for average- to above-average intelligence children with Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum Disorder and other specific learning differences, Aspire Carolinas Foundation will open The Halton School, the first of three schools in the Huntersville Education Village.

Surrounded by a group of focused and caring professionals, students and their families will experience what The Huntersville Education Village is all about: creating an environment built specifically tailored to their educational needs. An environment that will empower them to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

Located at 11414 Beatties Ford Road, The Halton School will be housed in a 6,000 square foot renovated home. This historic home has a peaceful ambiance and many large, beautiful rooms that will make ideal classrooms. Entering through the sunny front porch, students will be welcomed by a sense of comfort and belonging as this school will truly become their ‘home away from home.’



K-12 School for Students with Learning Differences (LD) and a School Within a School.

The master plan calls for the construction of approximately 70,000 square feet of building space to serve families who have children with learning differences and includes a dedicated school wing for up to 75 Asperger’s and autism spectrum students. Often referred to as a school within a school, this synergetic arrangement allows the LD and Asperger’s/autism spectrum schools to share resources. The building plans include classrooms for lower-, middle-, and upper-school students, and features shared spaces including a dining hall, gymnasium, music room, art room, counselor offices, a central receptionist desk, and school administrative offices.



Aspire Trade High School

Aspire Trade High School will be a 60,000 square feet school that is designed as an airy and bright modern space conducive for technical learning. Operating under a North Carolina charter school license Aspire Trade High School will be the first trade school in the Charlotte metro area for grades 9-12. Upon graduation the students will be fully qualified to begin a career in their chosen trade with a local business or company. Students will have varied curriculum choices in advanced manufacturing, construction trade, and other vocational offerings. These courses will offer hands-on training, rather than purely theoretical teaching. The students will be prepared to begin work in their chosen trade upon graduation. At full enrollment Aspire Trade High School will serve 400 plus students within the region.

We are excited to share this video about Aspire Trade High School filmed in partnership with Nudura.

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The Big Picture:

For those children struggling in public schools or currently being homeschooled our new schools will provide an environment that is built specifically to meet their educational needs. These students will be able to thrive academically and socially because the teaching methodology, curriculum, and therapeutic services supports will all be customized to help them reach their true academic potential in their home community. By adding a High School trade/vocational school we will have additional options for all students including our unique learners. This multi-million-dollar endeavor will require the support of our community to develop the land, build facilities, and create the education village at Huntersville.

We Need Your Support

The education village at Huntersville will bring unique elements together to strengthen North Mecklenburg and the surrounding communities. By placing the first charter trade High School in North Carolina and schools for children with learning differences and autism/Asperger’s on the same campus we can maximize impact while being cost effective in sharing resources and physical space. To create this unique village of multiple schools for unserved and underserved students, as well as a much-needed vocational high school that offers competitive career options for all of our children, we need the support and financial resources of the North Mecklenburg community and surrounding region. With your support we can give every student a viable career path and every business and corporation a pipeline of skilled and prepared workers for the future. Together we can strengthen our communities and make a difference in the lives of our region’s children.

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