An “Opportunity Grant” in North Carolina is worth up to almost $6500 a year to cover (or help cover) tuition at a non-public participating school.
According to the Private School Review, there are 93 private schools in North Carolina for which that Opportunity Grant amount could cover the entire tuition for this school year alone.
The average cost of tuition at a private school in NC is almost $10,000. The most expensive has a tuition of over $55,000.
All but 10 of those 93 aforementioned schools are religiously affiliated schools. 78 of them take Opportunity Grants.
The following table lists those 78 schools, the number of vouchers each school has received this school year and the number of students according to Private School Review. The last column is the percentage of students (based on the info) who are attending with a voucher. Please note that while the tuition for these schools is based on this year, not next. But if these schools stay the the same as far as tuition, then next year it could be covered entirely by a voucher.
(And yes, there are a couple who have fewer students than vouchers awarded. It probably means students who started the year with a voucher left after the school year started).
|Nonpublic Schools – Alpha Order||All 2022-23 Recipients||All 2022-23 Students||Percentage Of Total Receiving|
|Ahoskie Christian School Ahoskie||38||231||16.4|
|Berean Baptist Academy Fayetteville||317||555||57.1|
|Bethel Christian Academy Kinston||101||347||29.1|
|C3 Concord Christian School Concord||42||42||100|
|Calvary Education Center Lemon Springs||18||36||50|
|Carolina Christian Academy Thomasville||74||142||52.1|
|Christ Classical Academy Connelly Springs||77||257||30|
|Columbus Christian Academy Whiteville||49||150||32.7|
|Community Christian Academy Bessemer City||179||233||76.3|
|Concordia Christian Day School Conover||53||267||19.9|
|Daniel Academy Concord||24||32||75|
|Elizabethtown Christian Academy Elizabethtown||53||164||32.3|
|Fayetteville Christian School Fayetteville||258||592||43.6|
|Fellowship Christian Academy Jacksonville||49||94||50.5|
|First Impressions Academy Fayetteville||84||288||29.2|
|Garnett Christian Academy Elm City||24||25||96|
|Gorman Christian Academy Durham||41||105||39|
|Gramercy Christian School Newport||147||222||66.2|
|Greater Fayetteville Adventist Academy Fayetteville||61||59||103.4|
|Greyfriars Classical Academy Matthews||1||52||1.9|
|Halifax Academy Roanoke Rapids||68||292||23.3|
|High Point Christian Academy High Point||136||681||20|
|Highlander Academy Red Springs||63||50||126|
|Hillsborough Christian Academy Hillsborough||23||53||43.4|
|Immaculata Catholic School Durham||44||532||8.3|
|Intellicor International Academy Charlotte||214||223||96|
|Jacksonville Christian Academy Jacksonville||162||236||68.6|
|Living Water Christian School Jacksonville||282||320||88.1|
|Matthews Christian Academy Matthews||67||160||41.9|
|Mintz Christian Academy Roseboro||81||263||30.8|
|Mount Calvary Christian Academy Hookerton||39||117||33.3|
|Mountain Pathways School Boone||2||76||2.6|
|New Hope Christian Academy Wallace||13||31||41.9|
|Norlina Christian School Norlina||12||19||63.2|
|Northwood Temple Academy Fayetteville||199||425||46.8|
|Opendoor School Winterville||5||84||6|
|Our Lady Of Grace Catholic School Greensboro||66||227||29.1|
|Pamlico Christian Academy Grantsboro||89||259||34.4|
|Pathway Christian Academy Goldsboro||5||53||9.4|
|Providence Preparatory Academy Wilmington||31||143||21.7|
|Quality Education Institute Durham||18||58||31.0|
|Reynolds Mountain Christian Academy Asheville||88||169||52.1|
|Rockwell Christian School Rockwell||138||311||44.4|
|Salem Baptist Christian School Winston-Salem||197||446||44.2|
|Salisbury Adventist School Salisbury||8||15||53.3|
|Scotland Christian Academy Laurinburg||102||228||44.7|
|Sheets Memorial Christian School Lexington||66||352||18.8|
|South Charlotte Baptist Academy Pineville||18||87||20.7|
|Southpoint Academy Durham||28||47||59.6|
|Southside Christian School Clayton||76||399||19|
|Spruce Pine Montessori School Spruce Pine||14||79||17.7|
|St. Catherine Of Siena Cath School Wake Forest||75||179||41.9|
|St. Egbert Catholic School Morehead City||16||117||13.7|
|St. Mark Catholic School Wilmington||38||536||7.1|
|St. Mary Catholic School Wilmington||42||190||22.1|
|St. Patrick Catholic School Fayetteville||69||221||31.2|
|St. Paul Catholic Education Center New Bern||80||170||47.1|
|St. Stephen’S Lutheran School Hickory||33||170||19.4|
|Tabernacle Christian School Hickory||170||237||71.7|
|Tabernacle Christian School Monroe||152||240||63.3|
|Thales Academy Of Apex K-5 Apex||18||507||3.6|
|Thales Academy Of Knightdale Knightdale||103||547||18.8|
|Thales Academy Of Rolesville Rolesville||34||519||6.6|
|Thales Academy Of Waxhaw Waxhaw||15||126||11.9|
|Triad Baptist Christian Academy Kernersville||68||336||20.2|
|Tri-City Christian Academy High Point||125||194||64.4|
|Trinity Christian School Of Fayetteville, Inc. Fayetteville||371||518||71.6|
|Union Grove Christian School Lexington||114||536||21.3|
|Unity Christian Academy Chocowinity||52||127||40.9|
|Veritas Christian Academy Fletcher||30||337||8.9|
|Victory Christian Academy Gastonia||143||223||64.1|
|Victory Christian School Sylva||30||86||34.9|
|Village Christian Academy Fayetteville||100||534||18.7|
|Wanchese Christian Academy Wanchese||11||33||33.3|
|Wayne Christian School Goldsboro||222||693||32.0|
|Wescare Christian Academy Troy||62||172||36|
|Wilson Christian Academy Wilson||74||460||16.1|
|Woodland Baptist Chr. School Winston-Salem||114||212||53.8|
Over one-third of the tuition costs for these 78 unaccountable religiously affiliated schools would be covered by taxpayer money.
Please remember that tuition is only one of the costs. There tend to be other fees and expenses like books, supplies, transportation, costs for extracurricular activities, and food. What a voucher can’t cover, the family must fund themselves.
Currently, NC is on pace to give well over a billion dollars to vouchers within the next few ten years.
There is even a push to extend the voucher system to home schools.
And this is a system that was considered the least transparent in the entire country in 2017. From the Children’s Law Clinic at Duke’s School of Law:
And still is in the 2020 version of the report from the same research team.
Here is some more food for thought from the NCSEAA, the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority.
Again, mostly religious schools that do not have regulations on curriculum and nothing really to enforce open admission standards. In fact, in most cases, it is hard to even measure how well voucher students do academically compared to public schools which are highly regulated and very transparent. From that most recent Duke study:
Now just view the schools in the past school year who have taken the most voucher money.
All but one of those schools is religiously based.