Chatham County has schools throughout that offer specialty programs. Each school specializes in a specific academic area. It allows children of similar interests to come together. So not only do they get the basics, they are challenged in an area that interests them.
Butler Elementary School specializes in Microsociety and Communications Technology. Students create their own society complete with businesses. This allows students insight into becoming entrepreneurs. For more information on this school, see School Matters.
Ellis Elementary School has the Montessori Magnet Program. Children learn using the Montessori method where the teacher is just a facilitator. Children will challenge themselves in the right environment is the key to the method. There are multi age classes and parent-teacher conferences replace report cards. For more information, see School Matters.
J.G. Smith Elementary School specializes in the traditional teaching methods. Emphasis is placed on communication between parents and teachers. They also offer Latin as a foreign language. For more information, see School Matters.
Spencer Elementary School specializes in engineering. It’s the first elementary school to focus on engineering, science, and technology. Student have the chance to explore things like robotics and rockets. For more information on this school, see School Matters.
Thunderbolt Elementary School specializes in Marine Science. Being close to the Wilmington River, students can learn about marine science, oceanography, and ecology. They place a strong emphasis on Science and Math to do so. For more information, see School Matters.