A new charter school, known as The Expedition School, is opening its doors in Hillsborough this Saturday, July 19th.

Director of Education and Curriculum at The Expedition School, Tammy Finch, describes the basics of what the school is all about and their mission statement, which is “to embrace the natural curiosity of children and empower them to become innovative problem solvers and community builders,” and “to provide excellent education through an experiential, project based, and STEM focused curriculum.”

“The Expedition School is a public charter school,” says Finch. “The focus of our school is hands-on, project-based learning. We also have a STEM focus, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.”

The school offers classes for Kindergarten through sixth grade, but plans to expand up to eighth grade within next two years. Any student in North Carolina is allowed to enroll, and all students will attend without charge.

In addition to the progressive curriculum, Finch says that they are pleased with the location of the school, as well as how it is set up to allow for effective learning for the young students.

“We are very fortunate to be working with Hedgehog Holdings, who has helped to renovate a portion of the old Eno River Mill in Hillsborough for our school,” says Finch. “It has been beautifully renovated into classrooms, and a multi-purpose room, and a music room, and beautiful spaces for children to learn with large windows and natural lighting.”

Those interested are encouraged to attend the grand-opening ribbon cutting ceremony from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the opening Saturday. Following the ceremony, the facility will open for tours.

For more information on The Expedition School, click here.