Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools' Tailored Initiative Achieves 78% Increase in Student Pathways and Agency, Paving the Way for Enhanced Real-World Preparedness.

"Dream Chaser Kids is committed to empowering youth to become better citizens of society. This learning experience truly delivers what it promises and provides students with the tools necessary to become entrepreneurs."
Stefanie McNair
Dean of Students at Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

The Background

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, a leading public school district, aims to deliver unparalleled education. Northridge Middle and Reedy Creek Elementary, with grade proficiencies of 38% and 54.7% respectively, identified a critical need for additional programs to augment their educational offerings and meet the varied needs of their student populations.

Dream Chaser Kids stepped in with a clear objective: transform students from passive recipients of information into active, skill-equipped creators ready for real-world challenges.

The Challenge

Faced with proficiency levels beneath the district average, Northridge Middle and Reedy Creek Elementary sought to equip their students with both the academic knowledge and the life skills necessary for real-world success. The goal was to develop a program that would not only enhance academic confidence but also foster individual agency and strategic thinking about future pathways.

The Strategy

Dream Chaser Kids, known for its holistic approach to education, partnered with the two campuses to provide a tailored program for grades 5-8 students.


  • Customized Curriculum: Tailoring content to meet the specific needs and demographics of the student bodies at both schools.
  • Selective Participation: Implementing the program with a focused group of 35 students to ensure impactful, personalized learning experiences.
  • Evaluation Mechanism: Pre- and post-program evaluations with the Children’s Hope Scale to quantitatively measure improvements in students’ pathways and agency thinking.

Quantifiable Outcomes

  • Significant Improvement: Post-program assessments showed a remarkable 78% increase in pathways and agency, indicating the program’s success in instilling confidence and forward-thinking in students.
  • Real-world Preparedness: Beyond the classroom, participants showed marked improvements in practical skills like problem-solving, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship, demonstrating the program’s role in preparing students for life beyond academia.