Business Membership2018-11-27T13:57:06+00:00

Business Membership

A goal of the Association is to facilitate leveraging the purchasing power of school resources to obtain quality and value in the products and services they need.    We also strive to help the business community learn and appreciate the charter culture so it can enhance its value to our schools.  See our business membership options below.  All Association memberships are annual.


Corporate Leader ($1,500 per year)

  • e-business card displayed on Association’s business directory.
  • Receive first notice for call for presentations and vendor registration along with greater vendor registration discount for our annual conference .
  • Matters of Principal e-newsletter subscription with display of company logo in e-newsletter for one year.
  • Receive exclusive email invitations with opportunities to support charters (e.g. serving as a corporate representative on a charter advisory committee that develops additional resources for charters).
  • Receive priority notice for other sponsorship opportunities for educational workshops, job fairs, school leadership luncheons, and school showcases that are held throughout the school year.

 
   

Business Partner ($500 per year)

 
 

Preferred Partners Program

Our Preferred Partners program is an extension of our Corporate Leader tier in which companies can offer Association school members discounts on products and services.   These discounts are offered through the Association’s quarterly Preferred Partners e-newsletter.  In order to become a Preferred Partner and be considered for inclusion in a future Preferred Partners e-newsletter, a business must:

  1. Have a current Corporate Leader business membership with the Association.   (Submit membership at the bottom of this page)
  2. Currently engage in business with at least two NC charter schools
  3. Offer a discount on at least one of its products or services to our school members

If your company would like to become a Preferred Partner, click the link below to apply!

Preferred Partners Application

 


FAQs

Q: What is a charter school?
 
A: Charter schools are nontraditional public schools.   One of the key differences between charter schools and traditional public schools, or district schools, is the way they are governed.   District schools are governed by a school district board while charter schools are governed by a board specifically for that school.   As a result, these schools have more flexibility in their curriculum.   This explains why you hear of some charter schools with a focus on the arts, science & technology, a certain culture, or a certain educational methodology (i.e. Classical, Montessori, Flipped Classroom).   However, because charter schools receive public funds, they are still required to meet state testing requirements.   You can learn more by viewing Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest’s video to the right differentiating the myths from the facts about charter schools.

 
 
 
   

Q: How many charter schools are in NC?
 
A: As of the 2018-2019 school year, there are 185 charter schools in the state.
 
 
 

Q: Are the number of charter schools in NC growing?
 
A: Absolutely!   Although charter schools have existed in NC since 1996, there has been significant growth since the state legislature lifted the 100-charter-school cap in 2011.   Since then, about a dozen new schools have been opening each year!   At this rate, the state expects to exceed 200 within the next couple of years.

Q: How do we pay for membership?
 
A: Credit Card
Merchant Equipment Store Credit Card LogosAt the bottom of this page, click New Member or Renewing Member.  Select Credit Card under Payment Method, select the desired membership tier, indicate whether you would like to enroll in annual recurring payment, and enter your card number in the corresponding input field.  After you have completed the necessary acknowledgement/authorization, click Submit Membership to complete payment.  You will be redirected to a successful submission page and receive a confirmation email.   Please save the confirmation email for your records.  We also recommend entering a notification of your membership expiration in your calendar to remind you of your membership renewal next year.
 
Payment by Check / eCheck
Merchant Equipment Store Credit Card LogosAt the bottom of this page, click New Member or Renewing Member.  Select eCheck or Mail a Check under Payment Method, select the desired membership tier, and indicate whether you would like to enroll in annual recurring payment.  After you have completed the necessary acknowledgement/authorization, click Submit Membership to initiate payment.  You will be redirected to a successful submission page and receive a confirmation email.   Please save the confirmation email for your records.  We also recommend entering a notification of your membership expiration in your calendar to remind you of your membership renewal next year.
 
We will email you a QuickBooks invoice within 2 business days.  Once you receive the invoice you may choose to:
 

  1. Have your check delivered to the following address no later than 2 weeks from the date you receive your invoice:
     
    North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools
    242 West Millbrook Road
    Raleigh, NC 27609
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  3. Click the Pay Now link under *** Pay this invoice online *** in the email.   On the payment site select bank check, complete the corresponding fields, and click Send Payment.   You will automatically receive a sales receipt.   Please save the receipt for your records.  

 


Submit your membership below!