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The John Crosland School
by the Numbers

In its 45-year history, the school has educated and nurtured over 3,500 students. Our graduates go on to succeed in a variety of post-secondary settings, including 4-year universities, community colleges, vocational training, and entering the workforce or public service. We believe, as our alumni do, that The John Crosland School has provided and will continue to provide the educational foundation to support our children’s curiosity, talents, character, humanity, and dreams.


Percent of Students Receive Financial Aid


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Percent of Students with Multiple Diagnoses


Percent of Seniors Accepted into College in the Past Two Years

Celebrating over 45 years of excellence in education!

When Dr. Mary Dore established North Carolina’s first comprehensive school for students who learn differently in 1978, she envisioned an environment where students could gain self-confidence in their ability to learn and to succeed in life after graduation. Since the beginning, our faculty have taught students using an individualized, multi-sensory approach. The Dore Academy grew over the next 35 years, and in 2012 the school was renamed The John Crosland School and relocated to the 6-acre property on Parkway Plaza Blvd. John Crosland, Jr., for whom the school is named, was a prominent Charlotte developer and philanthropist, who knew from personal experience how difficult a traditional school environment could be for students who learn differently.

We celebrate and embrace every child’s unique needs when it comes to education. We would love to speak with you more about your child and find out if The John Crosland School is the right choice for you and your family!