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; however Open Door maintains waiting lists. If you would like to be added to the waiting lists, please contact the ODS office to schedule a tour.

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 particular needs of the school as they develop. 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: