North Carolina’s Push To Expand The Least Transparent Financing Of Religious Schools With Taxpayer Money In The Nation

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 OrderAll 2022-23 RecipientsAll 2022-23 StudentsPercentage Of Total Receiving
Ahoskie Christian School Ahoskie3823116.4
Berean Baptist Academy Fayetteville31755557.1
Bethel Christian Academy Kinston10134729.1
C3 Concord Christian School Concord4242100
Calvary Education Center Lemon Springs183650
Carolina Christian Academy Thomasville7414252.1
Christ Classical Academy Connelly Springs7725730
Columbus Christian Academy Whiteville4915032.7
Community Christian Academy Bessemer City17923376.3
Concordia Christian Day School Conover5326719.9
Daniel Academy Concord243275
Elizabethtown Christian Academy Elizabethtown5316432.3
Fayetteville Christian School Fayetteville25859243.6
Fellowship Christian Academy Jacksonville499450.5
First Impressions Academy Fayetteville8428829.2
Garnett Christian Academy Elm City242596
Gorman Christian Academy Durham4110539
Gramercy Christian School Newport14722266.2
Greater Fayetteville Adventist Academy Fayetteville6159103.4
Greyfriars Classical Academy Matthews1521.9
Halifax Academy Roanoke Rapids6829223.3
High Point Christian Academy High Point13668120
Highlander Academy Red Springs6350126
Hillsborough Christian Academy Hillsborough235343.4
Immaculata Catholic School Durham445328.3
Intellicor International Academy Charlotte21422396
Jacksonville Christian Academy Jacksonville16223668.6
Living Water Christian School Jacksonville28232088.1
Matthews Christian Academy Matthews6716041.9
Mintz Christian Academy Roseboro8126330.8
Mount Calvary Christian Academy Hookerton3911733.3
Mountain Pathways School Boone2762.6
New Hope Christian Academy Wallace133141.9
Norlina Christian School Norlina121963.2
Northwood Temple Academy Fayetteville19942546.8
Opendoor School Winterville5846
Our Lady Of Grace Catholic School Greensboro6622729.1
Pamlico Christian Academy Grantsboro8925934.4
Pathway Christian Academy Goldsboro5539.4
Providence Preparatory Academy Wilmington3114321.7
Quality Education Institute Durham185831.0
Reynolds Mountain Christian Academy Asheville8816952.1
Rockwell Christian School Rockwell13831144.4
Salem Baptist Christian School Winston-Salem19744644.2
Salisbury Adventist School Salisbury81553.3
Scotland Christian Academy Laurinburg10222844.7
Sheets Memorial Christian School Lexington6635218.8
South Charlotte Baptist Academy Pineville188720.7
Southpoint Academy Durham284759.6
Southside Christian School Clayton7639919
Spruce Pine Montessori School Spruce Pine147917.7
St. Catherine Of Siena Cath School Wake Forest7517941.9
St. Egbert Catholic School Morehead City1611713.7
St. Mark Catholic School Wilmington385367.1
St. Mary Catholic School Wilmington4219022.1
St. Patrick Catholic School Fayetteville6922131.2
St. Paul Catholic Education Center New Bern8017047.1
St. Stephen’S Lutheran School Hickory3317019.4
Tabernacle Christian School Hickory17023771.7
Tabernacle Christian School Monroe15224063.3
Thales Academy Of Apex K-5 Apex185073.6
Thales Academy Of Knightdale Knightdale10354718.8
Thales Academy Of Rolesville Rolesville345196.6
Thales Academy Of Waxhaw Waxhaw1512611.9
Triad Baptist Christian Academy Kernersville6833620.2
Tri-City Christian Academy High Point12519464.4
Trinity Christian School Of Fayetteville, Inc. Fayetteville37151871.6
Union Grove Christian School Lexington11453621.3
Unity Christian Academy Chocowinity5212740.9
Veritas Christian Academy Fletcher303378.9
Victory Christian Academy Gastonia14322364.1
Victory Christian School Sylva308634.9
Village Christian Academy Fayetteville10053418.7
Wanchese Christian Academy Wanchese113333.3
Wayne Christian School Goldsboro22269332.0
Wescare Christian Academy Troy6217236
Wilson Christian Academy Wilson7446016.1
Woodland Baptist Chr. School Winston-Salem11421253.8

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:

Duke study

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.