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Scholastic Leader Academy

What is the Scholastic Leader Academy?

The Scholastic Leader Academy welcomes a select group of high achieving, highly motivated students to apply based on scholastic achievements in middle school, participation in high school level courses in 8th grade, and leadership potential.


The West Carteret Scholastic Leader Academy is designed to give scholars and future leaders an unprecedented opportunity to discover personal strengths and to acquire the leadership and life skills needed to maximize academic success in secondary and post-secondary pursuits.  These students will become part of an intensive, engaging, and directed program which includes:


  • Leaders in Training and the AP Human Geography classes which are exclusively offered Scholastic Leader Academy students.
    • AP Human Geography is designed to develop students’ leadership skills by exploring relevant, real-world, and current school and community issues. 
    • Leaders in Training, an honors freshman seminar course, utilizes experiential, project-based learning, lectures, seminars, and group activities to develop collaborative leadership, servant leadership, decision making, creative problem solving, communication, organization, and future goal setting. 
  • A support system for the remaining three years of the cohort, allowing the students to flourish in the disciplines and pathways that are best suited to their individual needs and pursuits.
  • Priority scheduling for cohort classes, support from a collaborative team of honors and AP teachers, and direct advisement for advanced AP, college, and NC School of Math and Science classes.
  • Field-based learning and special events that highlight overall themes and units while providing cultural enrichment and post-secondary planning.
  • A program team of teachers and support staff who collaborate within the Academy.
  • A program counselor specializing in mental health and wellness, college entrance and test prep, post-secondary readiness, etc.

FAQ's about the Scholastic Leader Academy

Please submit questions to the following form if you do not find the information needed here.


You may also contact tiffany.mayo@carteretk12.org or jaime.turner@carteretk12.org with any questions related to your specific student.


Question Answer
Do all students get selected to apply? Applications to apply were sent to 8th grade students who were scholastically eligible.  This eligibility was based on how they scored on a rubric since there is not a GPA system at the Middle School level.  They were then ranked based on the rubric scores.  Data for the rubric included:
  • 6th and 7th grade EOG scores
  • 6th and 7th grade NCFE scores 
  • HS Level Course participation in 8th grade
How was the application constructed? Questions on the application were modeled after the Common App Essay questions, Dartmouth's Acceptance Interview Questions, and Morehead-Cain Scholarship application questions. These questions were scaffolded for the middle school age student. We would encourage students to be thoughtful, thorough, and check grammar and spelling.
When are applications due? April 6, 2020 via Google Form (students were sent these via CCPS email)
Who will choose who "gets in" to the Scholastic Leader Academy?

Applications will be reviewed by a committee to choose the students who will be a part of the academy. Applications will be reviewed "blind" and the review will include a rubric. The process is much the same as for other programs these students are or will be a part of (NHS or Governor's School for example). Consideration for academic performance in 8th grade will also be considered.

***note: due to the COVID-19 school closure, 8th grade performance will be limited to the first part of the school year (Q1-Q3)