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.

The annual Open House event, which kicks off the registration period for the 18/19 school year, will be February 6, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm. It is for adults only and it is a scheduled program (rather than a drop-in). No RSVP is necessary. Attendance at Open House, 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 for January or February, as registration will run 2/6/18-2/28/18.

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” which is earmarked for larger-ticket items to enrich the school. 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.”