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First Ward
Creative Arts Academy
715 North Caldwell Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Courier #: 368
P: 980-343-5485  |  F: 980-343-5587 
LC: Central
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: K-5
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It is a pleasure to introduce our school and serve as the principal of First Ward Creative Arts Academy (FWCAA); located in the heart of uptown Charlotte.  FWCAA has a rich historical culture, currently serving 592 students.  Our school has existed since the 1900s with the current facility opening in August 2003.

The urban setting of the school is within walking distance of many museums and cultural resources.  FWCAA is pleased to partner with a host of supporters throughout uptown Charlotte and the surrounding Charlotte area.  The staff and students will utilize these resources and engage in field trip experiences to extend classroom learning with authentic opportunities to maintain high levels of academic achievement for all students.

FWCAA is a full magnet school offering Visual and Performing Arts on a daily basis.  We are committed to incorporating arts integration as we create a community of students who are prepared for the 21st century.  During the 2012-2013 school year, we had the pleasure of opening a new bus lot and a new Sense and Science Garden.  This learning area would not be possible without the support community partners.  We strive to foster creative imagination, interdependence, independent thinking and the ability to become life-long learners.

Our school, like many CMS schools is committed to increasing educational opportunities for students.  The creative arts magnet and other magnet programs are designed to offer a unique educational learning environment that enhances a student’s abilities, interests and talents. Researchers have noted that magnet programs promote innovation in teaching and learning, increase parental involvement, foster greater student engagement, and encourage a diverse student body that can lead to higher student achievement.

FWCAA has dedicated staff and loyal parents who pride themselves on preparing our students for academic success.

Selestine Young

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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