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Facts About The School


First approved school in North Carolina to offer students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders all grades from elementary through high school. Charlotte's oldest college prep school for students with learning disabilities and attention disorders. The only school of its type in Charlotte offering grades K-12.


A nondenominational institution, the academy was founded in 1978 by Dr. Mary Dore as an outgrowth of a testing center and special education program begun at Sacred Heart College four years previously.


  • Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • North Carolina Association of Independent Schools
  • International Dyslexia Association
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Learning Disabilities Association
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders


Dore Academy is dually accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


130 students from 2 states, 8 counties, and 21 cities

Class size

The maximum class size is 10, with 5 students per reading class. The teacher/student ratio is 1 to 7.

Faculty / Staff

30 total • 20 teachers • school counselor • 1 nurse • 6 administrative staff

Faculty credentials

Faculty members are certified in their specific academic areas. In addition, all are trained in the theory and treatment of learning disabilities and attention disorders.


College preparatory

Other Programs

Tutorials, summer sessions, extended day program, and extended day enrichment activities

Academic Achievements

The majority of Dore graduates go on for post secondary study. Two 1997 graduates were named National Merit Scholars. The school's founder was named the 1998 Special Educator of the Year by the Learning Disabilities Association of North Carolina. Two 1998-1999 high school students were published in A Celebration of Carolinas' Young Poets.


Recent Dore alumni have been accepted for admission to Appalachian State University, Brevard College, Campbell University, Central Piedmont Community College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Gardner Webb University, Lees McCrae College, Lenoir Rhyne College, Montreat College, Pfeiffer University, Queens College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Wingate University.


2.332 acres on Providence Road in the heart of the Myers Park residential neighborhood


Educational buildings; 19 classrooms; 4 computer labs, 1 multipurpose room with stage area, 2 basketball courts, 2 playing fields, a wooded picnic area, and a playground designated for younger children.

Tuition (2007-2008)

  • Kindergarten --------$13,161
  • Lower School ------- $15,140
  • Middle School--------$15,943
  • Upper School ------- $15,943

    Additional Expenses:

    Upper School Textbooks: $500-$750
    Extended Day Program
    Enrichment Classes

Operating Budget

$1.7 million

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