About Us

NCCAE is one of the newest additions to the Charleston County School District.  A Title I School, we were established in 2011 to complete the vision of an integrated arts school in every zone of the county.  We serve the students of North Charleston, or District 4, as a partial magnet school.   
We are located in the Oak Terrace Preserve community, in our new state-of-the-art facility.  Our address is 5200 Lackawanna Blvd., right across the street from the School of the Arts and Academic Magnet High Schools. 

With our directive in arts-integration, our students are presented with a format of learning that supports the profile of the 21st Century Graduate (World Class Skills such as Creativity and Innovation, Collaboration and Teamwork and Life and Career Characteristics such as Integrity, Self-Direction, Work Ethic, and Interpersonal Skills).  The staff at NCCAE is 100% highly qualified, and is continually trained in the concept of arts-integration through ongoing professionaldevelopment, and on-site arts training, which is done "in-house" with our full-time arts staff, and academic teachers.  As our students transition from early elementary into the upper elementary grade levels, they are accustomed to, and continually developing in the basicconcepts of the arts, specifically in the content areas of the visual arts, drama, music, and dance.  Our students also have the opportunity to participate in a flourishing Suzuki Violin program, from the age of 5.  As students grow through to third grade, they have the option of choosing to continue with violin, or transition into our newly established strings program, as well.

Since it's beginning, NCCAE has been a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) school.  Through common school-wide practice and verbiage, teachers, and staff practice the SOAR (Safe, Organized, Always Respectful, and Responsible) expectations throughout the day, as well as after school, as students transition to the bus or to Kaeidoscope.  This PBIS concept is modeled and practiced daily, and students are encouraged and recognized by their daily behavioral and social choices.  Students at NCCAE are recognized for this success through the morning news with our daily Positive Office Referrals, and with our monthly OWL celebrations.  Our PBIS model is shared with families to assist with the transition of concepts within the home, as well.

Continuous efforts to increase parental involvement include weekly communication in order to cultivate and nurture a strong volunteer initiative.  Parents are invited to assist in the weekly task of stuffing Wednesday folders, as well as assisting our PBIS team to run our monthly events for students, and assisting in the school library media center.  Our SIC/Title 1 team meets several times a year to assist in the development of programs and improvements for our school, and we have a steering committee comprised of parents, teachers, and community stakeholders.

If you would like more information, please contact the school at 843-529-2831.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Mr. Eric Hansen, Principal
"Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul"
-Bruce Lee