Charleston Development Academy Public Charter School

School News & Announcements

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    Dr. Shawn Johnson, Executive Director


  • Dear Families of CDA,

                Welcome to the 2022 - 2023 school year at Charleston Development Academy! I hope you and your family have enjoyed the summer and got the chance to spend some quality time together. As we begin, I look forward to partnering with you, sharing in your journey of watching your child grow holistically. I am thrilled to welcome you back to school as we work together to create the best learning experience for our scholars.

                Charleston Development Academy is such a special place to learn and grow. We are proud of our school and have high expectations for each and every scholar.  Our scholars are kind, compassionate, and inquisitive.  Together with our dedicated staff, we strive to make connections with scholars to help them feel valued, accepted, and safe. Our motto for this year is “Inspiring Excellence and Building Character”- this will guide our mission to provide a rigorous and joyful school environment. Our goal is to encourage active student engagement to foster a lifetime love for learning.                         

                 In closing, please let me reaffirm that I know each of us want to make a difference in the lives of our children.  As we move forward with our reformed efforts, I invite you to think about something written so long ago but something that still resonates today.  Emerson said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  I am confident that we will blaze a trail filled with success and accomplishment as, together, we launch the best year yet for Charleston Development Academy.


    Yours in education,
    Dr. Shawn Johnson