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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 Crowder: 

It is thrilling, exciting and a pleasure to serve as the principal of First Ward Creative Arts Academy (FWCAA) for a third year in a row.  First Ward Creative Arts Academy is 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 570 students for the 2013-2014 school year.  We strive to foster students who have a creative imagination and can ultimately become successful adults. 

For the 2012-2013 school year, we were excited to open and enjoy a newly installed Sense and Science Garden and a bus lot/play area for our students.  This area provides a play area for our students and the community to enjoy.   Students, staff, parents and the community at large are asked to assist with caring for the garden and ensuring that this space remains clean and inviting to us all.  The Sense and Science Garden became possible because of the efforts and contributions of Wells Fargo and many of our Center City Partners.  The Garden will continue to serve as 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 2013-2014 school year. 




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