CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- A new charter school is ready to open this fall in Carolina Beach.
Today Island Montessori Charter started accepting applications from families in New Hanover and the surrounding counties a day after the state approved its request to be a charter school.
Director and founder Jennifer Friend says charter schools have a different way of teaching. "Montessori education is about following the child. It's about teaching them how to learn to love learning. Meet them where they are, meet their needs. It's very individualized," Friend said.
Island Montessori School will accept 144 students ranging from kindergarten to the fifth grade. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available spaces, the school will hold a lottery.