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Bonnie Cone Leadership Academy (BCLA), equips elementary and middle school students with the tools of learning to thrive within a classical environment. The key is that we teach our students HOW to think, not what to think, and HOW to learn, not what to learn. Visit our brand new K-12 campus in Huntersville, NC to learn more about our school model, classrooms designed for learning, and steps to apply.

What is a Charter School?

Welcome Event

School leaders and staff were thrilled to welcome Bonnie Cone Leadership Academy families to the area's newest tuition-free public charter school. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting and celebrating with the families we will serve for the 23-24 school year! 

Parents' Corner

Preview upcoming school events, fundraisers, and important dates by visiting our school calendar. Our school works hard to keep this information up-to-date. 

Parent Resources

School Calendar

Learn more about the potential opportunities to teach at Bonnie Cone Cone Leadership Academy

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Explore Careers at BCLA

Classical education, or traditional education, is language-focused and designed to train students how to think and learn, not what to think and learn. Preview our K-12 classical curriculum and apply for enrollment online.

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Classical Education

Bonnie Cone Leadership Academy aims to provide all students with a well-rounded education, nurturing the academic, social, and emotional needs of each child. Our Leadership & R.A.I.S.E. Values support our mission and aides us in the effort to create a well-rounded environment. 

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R.A.I.S.E. - A values based curriculum

School Leaders

Natalie Legra, Director K-6

Natalie Legra is an educational specialist with over fourteen years of combined experience in classroom instruction and program development. She began her career as a Spanish teacher in Cabarrus County and has since served in various K-12 leadership roles, both in public and private schools. Originally from Miami, Florida, Ms. Legra has dedicated her life’s work to equipping students for success in a moral and wholesome learning environment.
She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she obtained her post-graduate certification in School Administration. She holds a master’s in education and bachelor’s degrees in communications and Spanish with concentrations in public relations and translation studies. Mrs. Legra enjoys spending time with family and sipping on a strong cup of Cuban coffee.

 

Ramon Richardson, Director 7-12

Mr. Ramon Richardson is a highly dedicated Director with extensive experience in school leadership. He is known for fostering organizational growth and enhancing educational outcomes. He creates student-centered learning environments and implements strategic initiatives that align with state and network goals.

Mr. Richardson holds a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, graduating with honors and receiving the CALI Award for Highest Grade in Election Law. His commitment to education began with a Bachelor of Arts in History from UCLA, where he served as Chapter President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and was actively involved in student governance.

In his recent roles as Principal Resident and Assistant Principal at KIPP Academy Charlotte, Mr. Richardson mentored teachers to develop high-quality lesson plans and assessments, resulting in significant student achievement gains. He also served as Head of School at Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School, leading initiatives that increased student performance and secured substantial grants for school enrichment programs.

 

Life at Bonnie Cone Leadership Academy

Take part in our virtual Upper School tour

Explore our brand new, state-of-the-art campus and curriculum online to see why so many families choose classical education.

Take a virtual tour of our Lower School

Take a brief journey through the unique elements of our Lower School's culture in this Virtual Tour Video with our Director, Natalie Legra.