CCS Middle School Coming in 2012-13

Classroom and office buildings have arrived at 350 Education Lane in Whiteville.  Columbus Charter Middle School is under construction and well on the way to completion.  The 42 acre track purchased in January of 2010 by Coastal Habitat Conservancy (CHC) at the southwest corner of Peacock and Old Lumberton Road will be our school site for our  6th, 7th, and future 8th grade students in 2012-2013.   Mr. Baker Mitchell, school founder and Mr. Mark Cramer, Superintendent are very happy with the success and growth of Columbus Charter Elementary School and both are excited to see how the middle school is coming along in Columbus County.

“The setup of our new middle school will give the children the feel of a regular school setting as all of the classrooms with the exception of the computer lab, will be located in one building.”  stated Headmaster Steve Smith.  “Each child will have his or her own locker space and I look forward to continuing the safe and structured environment that we have established in our elementary school.”

Columbus Charter School – Middle School is a tuition free public charter school and our school will continue to be a school of distinction.  The middle school will challenge children academically with levels higher than expected.  In 2012-2013, the number of students will be at or about 100 children with the maximum growth of 300 by 2015 in our middle school.  Columbus Charter School and Columbus Charter Middle School will be operated by The Roger Bacon Academy under the direction of Superintendent Mark Cramer.  Smith states, “We currently have about 110 children in grades 5 and 6 that will start in July 2012 at the new middle school and we are looking forward to seeing more applications.”   Online enrollment applications for the 6th and 7th grade will be available on 1 January 2012.

Middle School Academic Program

Columbus Charter School’s Middle School will utilize elements of Direct Instruction that were imbedded in the Elementary School.  The focus on core subjects allows our adolescents to more deeply explore an advanced curriculum while developing the knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing life-long learning, and contributing to both their generation and generations of the future.

Developed as the natural progression from the elementary program, our middle school continues the foundation laid, utilizing educationally sound ideas, such as:

  • Research based instructional practices
  • Individualized, differentiated instruction
  • Homogeneous grouping for math
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Curriculum that is relevant, rewarding, and challenging

Middle School Structure

The Middle School at Columbus Charter School is a time where students begin to take ownership of their education as they enter the early stages of adulthood.

Through Safety, Character and Scholarship, our middle school has devised a unique structure that meets the developmental and academic needs of our students.   Although students change classes, our content schedule allows for longer periods of time, which enables students to master the curriculum and teachers an opportunity to enrich our students through exploratory labs, projects and service learning activities.

For more information about the curricular path during middle school, please click here.

Our 3 Laws

First Law: Reward Good Behavior – You’ll get more of it.

Second Law: Teach to Mastery – Every child will learn.

Third Law: Watch the Children – If they are not behaving or learning, you are not following the first two laws


For more information:

Headmaster Steve Smith –



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