Dear Greenway Park Families,
Welcome to our school! Greenway Park opened in 1995 as a neighborhood school serving the east Charlotte community. The school has changed over the years but has remained true to its core values of embracing every child with a warm sense of family and ensuring an unwavering commitment to finding each child's talent through a unique educational approach.
In 2018, Greenway Park became CMS's first creative arts and sciences magnet school. A significant update of our facilities helped us expand our offerings and maximize learning spaces. Today, Greenway Park serves more than 600 students in pre-kindergarten through grade five, offering creative arts programming in dance, chorus/music, band, orchestra, visual arts and theater. Students at Greenway Park also explore academic content in our state-of-the-art science lab and maker space.
We have a highly effective faculty well-versed in integrating arts and sciences into core curricula, as well as in differentiating learning opportunities to meet the needs of each child in a classroom. We take a standards-based approach to instructional planning, which has led to significant gains in student growth and proficiency in recent years. We also place a high priority on social-emotional learning and offer a comprehensive mindfulness program, as well as a behavior-support program called the GreenWAY. Specifically, we utilize the Caring Schools curriculum and emphasize the mantra, "Be safe, be respectful, be responsible, and show your Panther Pride the GreenWAY." We have several full- and part-time support staff members, including counselors, a social worker, a translator/interpreter, social-emotional learning interventionist, mental health therapists, and a psychologist.
We also support learning and growth opportunities beyond the classroom. Our students can participate in such clubs as Girls on the Run, Let Me Run, Club Basketball, Club Cheerleading, Club Soccer, Recycling Club, and Safety Patrol. We have strong partnerships in the community with New Charlotte Church/Church at Charlotte, Matthews United Methodist Church and St. Stephen United Methodist Church. Our school’s vision is to foster a collaborative environment in which scholars take ownership of their path to the future.
The mission of Greenway Park is to:
- Prioritize the whole child while maintaining high expectations
- Provide rigorous core instruction while integrating the arts
- Involve our entire school community, including staff, students, families, and community partners, to cultivate strong, trusting relationships
- Celebrate growth and model perseverance as students work toward their goals
In the past two academic years, our students' grade-level proficiency in math has increased more than 20 percent. Additionally, our literacy proficiency increased 6 percent last school year and our science proficiency increased by 13 percent. In the 2017-2018 school year, Greenway Park was one of the top five CMS elementary schools for student growth in literacy and in the top 10 for overall student growth. We were recognized by North Carolina as a school that exceeded expected growth in 2017-2018.
Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I have been a principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for two years and have been in education for nine years.
I grew up in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina. I attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC where I earned a bachelor's degree in politics and broadcast journalism. I worked at a couple of television stations before realizing my passion lies in equalizing educational opportunities for students. Nine years ago, I moved to Charlotte and joined CMS. I have taught high school math, worked in central administration and served as a dean of instruction and assistant principal in two CMS schools.
My experience has taught me that the best way to increase and sustain high student achievement is to nurture a strong school culture and sense of community where the principal, staff, and families work collectively to best meet the needs of individual students.On a personal note, I am married and a parent. My wife, Sarah Reeves, is the Director of Elementary Education for Cabarrus County Schools. We have one daughter, Hadley Calais, and a Pomeranian pup named Cooper. In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, spending time with friends on the lake and cooking.
Again, welcome to Greenway Park. I look forward to working with you and your student this year!
Courtlyn C. Reeves, Principal