Business Membership 2018-02-27T12:46:01+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:

 

Corporate Leader ($1,500 per year)

  • Receive discounted conference registration fee.
  • Logo, website and company description displayed on Association’s Business Directory.
  • One-year Matters of Principal e-newsletter subscription and other notices with display of company logo in e-newsletter for one year.
  • Receive exclusive email invitations containing 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 call for presentations and vendor registration for future conferences.

 

Business Partner ($500 per year)

  • Receive discounted conference registration fee.
  • Logo, website and company description displayed on Association’s Business Directory.
  • One-year Matters of Principal e-newsletter subscription and other notices.

 

Preferred Partners Program

Our Preferred Partners program is an extension of our business membership in which business members can offer Association school members discounts on products and services.   These discounts are offered through the Association’s Preferred Partners e-newsletter.   This quarterly e-newsletter serves as an up-to-date quick and convenient listing that highlights those discounts.

In order to apply to become a Preferred Partner and be considered for inclusion in a future Preferred Partners e-newsletter, a business must:

  1. have a current 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 business / company would like to become a Preferred Partner, click the link below!

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 and 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 2017-2018 school year, there are 173 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: Payment by Credit Card
Merchant Equipment Store Credit Card LogosAt the bottom of this page, select Pay by Credit Card, and proceed to complete and submit your membership through two pages.   On the first page, answer the questions related to your current membership status with the Association and enter your business name, title, company description, and desired membership tier.   Click Submit and you will be directed to a second page where you enter your contact and billing information.   Click Finalize to complete payment, and you will receive a confirmation message and email.   Please save the confirmation email as a receipt for your records.
 
Payment by Check / eCheck
Merchant Equipment Store Credit Card LogosAt the bottom of this page, select Pay by Check / eCheck, and proceed to complete and submit your membership.   We will email you a QuickBooks invoice within 1 business day.   When you receive the invoice you may choose to:
 

  1. Have your check delivered to the following address no later than 10 business days (2 weeks) from the date you receive your invoice:
     
    North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools
    242 West Millbrook Road
    Raleigh, NC 27609
  2.  

  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!

 

Pay by Credit Card

Pay by Check / eCheck

Interested in learning about advertising and sponsorship opportunities? Click here to start!   You may also contact Executive Director Rhonda Dillingham (336) 669-9996 rhonda@ncpubliccharters.org.