Administrators for North Carolina state charter schools recently convened at Gray Stone Day School to discuss new state legislation and heard from both Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of North Carolina Public Schools and Mr. Adam Levinson, the Interim Director of the Office of Charter Schools.

The cap on charter schools was lifted in 2011 and the result has been a significant increase in the number of charter schools.  With the inundation of so many schools and many more applications for new schools, the Office of Charter Schools and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction were willing to work with a local administrator to help organize the statewide meeting.

Dr. Atkinson discussed the current legislation that was recently approved by the North Carolina Legislature and its effects on charter schools. “I think this was a very successful meeting,” said Dr. Atkinson. “I am glad that I could be here and share information with the group.”

Mr. Levinson focused his discussion on how his administration will collaborate with the schools as a result of the new legislation.  “We look forward to continuing to work with you all to streamline communications and support services for our charter schools!” said Mr. Levinson.

Helen Nance, Chief Administrative Officer at Gray Stone Day School, asked that the group get together to brainstorm ways to identify areas where charter schools can collaborate and provide peer support with the intent of improving communication with the Department of Public Instruction.

“I cannot thank Dr. Atkinson and Mr. Levinson enough for scheduling an entire day with us.  This was our first organized event, and their presence was very helpful for those of us who run charter schools and are dedicated to improvement and success,” said Mrs. Nance.  “This event certainly showed the state’s commitment to helping our existing charter schools to succeed in educating the children of our state, and based on the success of this event, we’ll continue this series more regularly.”

Gray Stone Ranks Nationally for College Readiness

According to the September 2015 issue of Newsweek, Gray Stone Day School once again is listed as one of America’s Top High Schools for 2015.  Nationally, the school ranked 237 out of 500 schools that made the list.  It was reported that the school had a college readiness score of 80.5% and a college bound and graduation rate of 100%.  According to the Federal Department of Education, the US is home to over 30,000 secondary (high) schools.  

Gray Stone joins 14 other high schools in North Carolina who made the list; however, all of those but one are in urban areas.  “This shows that we are fulfilling our mission to provide rural students with a college preparatory education that competes with high schools in urban areas,” said Helen Nance, Chief Administrative Officer at the school.

The ranking is based on graduation rate, AP scores, SAT scores, retention of students to stay at the school, and counselor to student ratio.

Nance is proud of the school's accomplishments and said, “Gray Stone has outstanding teachers to thank who work tirelessly to provide a unique, quality education. Our students are passionate about learning and work very hard to be prepared for college.  We are very proud to be recognized on this list, but our mission statement and goals remain the same, and we’ll passionately continue to learn and improve, just as our students do every day.”

Gray Stone Day School is a public charter high school serving grades 9-12 on the campus of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC. 

The admissions lottery for 2015-2016 enrollment was held on Thursday, December 4th at 4pm.  A lottery was held for the 9th grade only.  


The accepted students list includes students who were drawn through the lottery.  Those students will combine with the 42 students given Enrollment Priority to become the Class of 2019!  Enrollment Priority is based on being a sibling of a current student, a child of a full time employee or board member at Gray Stone, or a sibling of a student who completed four years at Gray Stone.

Accepted Students 15-16 - 9th Grade

The waiting list includes students drawn through the lottery who were not drawn under the erollment cap established by the school.  In most years, those students on the waiting list have been fortunate enough to get a call.  Please feel free to check back with us each month to see where we are in terms of enrollment.

Waiting List 15-16 - 9th Grade

Three Gray Stone students were recently selected from among statewide applicants for the prestigious Perry Initiative. This program is designed to inspire "young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering." The program consists of an intensive investigation of the fields of engineering or orthopaedics and is hosted by colleges and universities throughout the nation several times per year. Applicants were selected based on career interests and academic record. According to the Perry Initiative website ( ... Despite the increasing number of women entering medical and graduate school, women constitute only 12% of the academic faculty in orthopaedics and 7% of practicing orthopaedists, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Only 11% of the faculty at engineering schools are women, with that percentage being lower for mechanical engineering. Ilya Wang, Chloe Burks, and Shannon Efird have been selected to participate in the program being held at Wake Forest University. Join us in congratulating these fine young women.

Gray Stone fall sports have just concluded another great season. The fall slate includes Women’s Tennis, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country all competing in the Yadkin Valley West Conference. Women’s golf also competes in the fall but does not compete in the Yadkin Valley Conference because no other conference schools field teams.