2018 Readers' Favorites: Education + Enrichment
Private School: Trinity Episcopal School. The independent school located in uptown Charlotte serves students in grades K-8. The curriculum supports difference and inclusion with a workshop approach to learning. Students participate in community service projects as an extension of classroom learning. 750 E. Ninth St. tescharlotte.org.
Preschool: Ivybrook Academy. The preschool curriculum for tots to transitional kindergarten provides intentional hands-on stimulation that sparks learning and interests for constructive knowledge. Charlotte, Weddington and Fort Mill. ivybrookacademy.com.
Tutoring Service: Kumon and Mathnasium (tie). Whether your child is looking for extra enrichment or help keeping up with important concepts in math or reading, Kumon helps students advance through programs at their own pace with individualized learning plans. For students who need the extra push in math only, Mathnasium is the favorite choice for elementary, middle or high school math help. kumon.com and mathnasium.com.
College Planning Service: WREN College Planning Resources. Locally owned and operated, WREN College Planning Resources works with families to plan ahead for the cost of college and be smart about savings at all stages of a child’s life. wrencpr.com
Music Lessons: Music Together of Charlotte. With classes described as playful, rich and engaging, Music Together brings parents and their little ones together for focused time using rhythm and new beats along with their voices, instruments and movement to boost development. Classes are available for infants to age 8. Various locations. musictogetherofcharlotte.com.
Art Lessons: Noah’s Art. Children as young as 22 months can explore their own creativity through a process-oriented art experience and lots of art supplies. Studios also host birthday parties and summer camps. Blakeney and Southpark. noahs-art.com.
Dance Studio: Miller Street Dance Academy. In addition to ballet, tap, jazz, acro and tumbling perfect for tiny dancers just starting out, students learn teamwork, healthy habits and how to think positive. 11532 Providence Road, Charlotte and Baxter Village, Fort Mill. millerstreetdanceacademy.com.
Swim Lessons: YMCA of Greater Charlotte. Children as young as 6 months can learn the basics of being in water in private or group classes. Swim teams are also available. Multiple locations in Charlotte. ymcacharlotte.org.
Drama/Theater Class: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. With a year-round calendar of drama classes for all ages and summer theater camps that serve as an introduction to stage production, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is shining a light on performance art for kids. Imaginon: The Joe and Joan Martin Center. 300 E. Seventh St. ctcharlotte.org.
Gymnastics/Cheer Program: Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading. Boasting national, regional and state championships, the gymnastics and cheering facility strives to build individual gymnastic and cheering potential with 90 classes each week. Specialized clinics and camps are also offered. 11011 Monroe Road, Matthews. charlotteallstars.net.
Martial Arts Program: Firm Foundation Martial Arts and Urban Revolution Martial Arts (tie). Both of these family friendly dojos teach karate as well as leadership and life skills. Firm Foundation Martial Arts, Mooresville, mooresvillekarate.com. URMA, Arboretum, Charlotte, urbanrevma.com.
Story Time: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Library branches throughout Mecklenburg County feature story times for all ages — from infants to children with special needs who seek a more subdued setting. Story times may include rhymes, songs, creative movement and the occasional puppet. Multiple locations. cmlibrary.org.