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First Ward
Creative Arts Academy
715 North Caldwell Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Courier #: 368
P: 980-343-5485  |  F: 980-343-5587 
LC: East Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: K-5
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Principal's Corner


A note from the principal, Selestine Young Adams: 


It is a pleasure to introduce our school and serve as the principal of First Ward Creative Arts Academy (FWCAA); located in the heart of uptown Charlotte.  Our school has existed since the 1900s with the current facility opening in August 2003.  FWCAA is a full magnet school offering Visual and Performing Arts on a daily basis.  Our mission is to create student leaders to be globally competitive through 21st century learning and by integrating arts across the core curriculum.  FWCAA has a rich historical culture, currently serving 540 students.  We strive to foster students who have a creative imagination and use their gifts and talents to learn and grow into becoming successful adults. 

A few years ago, we welcomed a newly completed Sense and Science Garden and a bus lot/play area for our students.  The students of First Ward had not had a play area for about 10 years and this campus enhancement continues to be a highlight for many of our students.  The garden continues to be an interactive outdoor classroom and we are excited and hope you will visit to enjoy this experience with us. 

Our school, like all CMS schools, is committed to increasing educational opportunities for students.  The creative arts magnet and other magnet programs are designed to offer a unique educational learning environment that enhances student’s abilities, interests and talents. Researchers have noted that magnet programs promote innovation in teaching and learning, increase parental involvement, foster greater student engagement, and encourage a diverse student body that can lead to higher student achievement. 

We are proud of our students and look forward to the 2016-2017 school year. 



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