Who We Are

Inspiring children to discover the joy of learning in a loving community

At Central Park School for Children we know children have a natural eagerness to understand the world around them. Through a supportive environment, Project Based Learning (PBL) and child-centered approaches, we nurture your child’s natural eagerness. Our graduates are confident, courageous learners who find joy for learning through compassion and curiosity in all they do for themselves and their communities. 

Founded in 2003, CPSC was the first Project Based Learning public school in North Carolina and the first “diverse-by-design” public charter school in the Southern United States. You can read more below, or by visiting the Our Approach page.

Project Based Learning

In Project Based Learning, students rely on each other, their teachers and state standards to generate a guiding question or explore a real-world problem. Students investigate their topics through research, field work, readings, guest experts, construction, arts, seminars and more, all fitting to their grade level and interests. 

Classes work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week, to a quarter, to a school year. Finally, they demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation for a real audience (a “Project Share”). As a result, students develop deep content knowledge, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication skills. You can read more about PBL by visiting PBLworks.org.