Niner University Elementary will develop lifelong learners and responsible, caring citizens through authentic and meaningful curriculum enacted through research-validated practices. Niner University Elementary is a public school developed, supported and operated by top education experts at UNC Charlotte. The program is intended to support students from high needs, low-performing schools and improve educational outcomes while employing research- based teaching methods.

We Will

  • Provide all learners equitable access to a high quality education
  • Offer a specially-designed curriculum created by faculty at the Cato College of Education
  • Respond to your child’s personal and educational strengths and needs
  • Create an environment that encourages joy in the pursuit of learning
  • Follow principles of culturally sustaining instruction
  • Integrate arts and culture into the academic curriculum
  • Listen. The students, school, and community will work together towards success.
  • Provide job-embedded coaching and support to future teachers, in-service teachers, and aspiring school principals


In 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly approved the development of nine laboratory schools across the UNC System. Niner University Elementary will be a free, non-traditional public school serving students currently assigned to specified schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. It will be developed, supported and operated by UNC Charlotte.