The Open Door School

Open Door follows the Progressive philosophy of education. Progressive education is a movement that was first described by John Dewey in the beginning of the last century. Its mission is to help children grow into self-confident, ethical members of society.

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Contact Information

Office Hours: M-F, 9:00-3:00
Director: Sheila Locklear
Telephone: 704-364-1521

The registration period for each school year takes place during the preceding February. Class placements have been made for 2017/2018 and all classes are full. If you are interested in being placed on the waiting list, please contact the ODS office.

Registration for the 18/19 school year is now underway and will end on February 28, 2018. Attendance at Open House (which has already occurred), or a tour, is required prior to registration. If you are interested in enrolling your child for the 18/19 school year be sure to attend Open House or schedule a tour ASAAP as registration runs 2/6/18-2/28/18.

If you missed the first part of the Adult Education Positive Discipline Forum, you can still attend the second part on February 15 from 6:30-8:30pm! You will not have a book (unless you already own a copy) but we are confident it will still be beneficial even without the book. You may pay at the door that night or register here.

You can also use that link to purchase Silent Auction tickets! The Silent Auction is our biggest financial aid fundraiser each year. It’s a catered, adults-only party, and it’s loads of fun! Of course we hope everyone will bid on items, but even if you’re not in a position to do that, we hope you will join us to mingle with other ODS families and have a great time.

There is a parent/guardian volunteer organization known as the Family Community Association (“FCA”) which plans community-building events, adult education forums, and community outreach opportunities, and coordinates fundraising efforts to generate funds for scholarships as well as the “Wild Dreams Fund.” To connect with the ODS community and learn about upcoming events that are open to the public, find us at:
ODS Facebook page, where pictures, news and events are posted:
ODS Families page, where families can ask for support, resources, opinions, etc:

The Open Door School/Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte Children/Youth Religious Education event calendar is below. If you’d like to view the yearlong Open Door School closings/holidays calendar, please see the above “About” tab and select “Yearlong Calendar.”