Druid Hills Academy

Druid Hills Academy is a year-round PreK-8 school where over 90% of its students are living with the realities of poverty. Our goal is to help offer a supportive learning environment for EVERY child to equip them will the skills they need to succeed.

WE DID IT! Our book drive exceeded our goal of 1,000 books for Druid Hills students by collecting 1,200 books! Each student will be receiving at least one new book of his or her own to take home.

MANY THANKS to parishioners who served as proctors during the recent testing period.  The school was very grateful for our help with this. Thanks also to volunteers who participated in the Wells Fargo reading program, which enjoyed another successful year.

UPDATE ON DRUID HILLS STATUS:  Under the recent student assignment program approved by the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board, Druid Hills will remain a pre-K-8 school for the foreseeable future. Our partnership committee believes this is a good result for the families of Druid Hills compared with some of the plans that had been proposed. In addition, the possibility was raised that the school could perhaps become a STEM partial magnet in the future. Thanks to all who voiced their thoughtful opinions to the school board and the school district’s  superintendent. We feel that our voices were heard.

CONGRATULATIONS are due to Druid Hills Principal Raymond Barnes and Assistant Principal Kimarcus Lockhart who were both awarded their doctorates this spring! Two teachers, Jonnecia Alford and Lara Harris, earned their master’s degrees.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for leaders for Druid Hills’ Daisy Girl Scout Troop next fall. The troop just completed a very successful first year and is growing in membership. If you are interested, please contact Joanne Shea at joannesh@carolina.rr.com.

SAVE THE DATE! On Saturday morning, Sept. 23, we will be holding a mini-retreat for Druid Hills volunteers and those interested in volunteering. The retreat will focus on the spiritual resonance of our work at the school, and will be conducted by Father John Michalowski.


We are looking for more leader volunteers as we grow the number of scouts this fall.  Girl Scout Leaders present consistent positive role models that use the Girl Scout mission to builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  For information on please contact Joanne Shea at joannesh@carolina.rr.com.

Girl Scouts led the audience in the Pledge and The GS Promise.  Lauren Eckmair, Senior Scout Troop 10
St Peter Catholic, facilitated ceremony. Each girl read the GS Law.
With support from Sharrone Powell and Natasha Boyd at Druid Hills Academy, Daisy Troop 487 meets weekly with girls from the after school program.  Read More Here

The Druid Hills-St. Peter Volunteer Partnership  embraces a three-pronged approach: reaching out to students, families and teachers to promote a strong, positive learning community. For students, we offer tutoring, mentoring and vocational guest speakers. For families we sponsor events to foster relationships with faculty and staff. For teachers, we fulfill specific requests for classroom materials and support special projects. Principal Barnes commends the contributions of St Peter volunteers for serving its community, not just its students during school hours.  Please go to this Google doc for a quick and easy way to sign up http://goo.gl/IKRG6F

We have opportunities for the school day and those for the evening hours. We offer student facing roles, as well as teacher, or even parent facing roles. Our goal is to respond to the specific needs of our outreach community’s school and the individual interests of our volunteers. Together we make a difference!  Want to get involved? please email druidhillspartnership@gmail.com, or swittebort@hotmail.com.

Lauren_Principal Barnes_CU_LendingLibrarySurprised_StudentPhotos: Principal Barnes thanking Lauren Eckmair, a parishioner and Girl Scout of Troop 10 who created and donated two Little Libraries and books for Kindergarten and 1st grade students as her Silver Award project.  This is meant to be a perpetual project, so Lauren will be continuing to collect donated books and place more Little Libraries at Druid Hills.

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CONSIDER BECOMING A TUTOR! Project 1,000 Recruitment Video

Article by Eric Frazier, Associate Editor, Editorial Pages Charlotte Observer-The Problem of Upward Mobility:

Understanding Social Mobility:


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Susanne Wittebort (swittebort@hotmail.com)
Phoebe Levine (levinepm@gmail.com)
Jean Miller (DruidHillsPartnership@gmail.com)
Gina Salvati (gsalvati@cischarlotte.org)
Martha Schmitt (schmitt.martha@gmail.com)