The new North K-8 Language Academy is under construction at 12201 Hambright Road, Huntersville, with expected completion in August 2021. This school, whose final name has not been chosen, will serve the Violet transportation zone. It will be an option in the School Choice Lottery for the 2021-2022 school year.

North K-8 is now on social media!


It has been decided through our meetings, community engagement, surveys and executive staff discussion to open the North K-8 Language Academy with the following:

  • The school will open with grades K-4, 6 & 7.
  • The primary languages will include Chinese, French, and German.
  • Grades K-1 will offer immersion in the areas of Chinese, French, and German.
  • Grades 2-4, 6 & 7 will provide language exploration experiences through elective areas and enhanced language classes. 
  • Rising 1st, 6th and 7th graders who live in the Violet zone will be assigned to North K-8 Language Academy.
  • Rising 2nd-5th graders currently enrolled at Waddell will stay at Waddell with transportation.
  • All students in the Japanese program will be grandfathered to South Academy of International Languages (Waddell).
  • Students currently enrolled at Waddell Language Academy who will be assigned to North K-8 for the 2021-2022 school year will have the option to remain at Waddell (recently named South Academy of International Languages.) They can select this option without transportation in this year’s lottery. 

Click here for the latest construction updates: https://cmsbondconstruction.com/projects/k8-north-language-immersion-school/


Projected Timeline


Role of Planning Committee Members

Magnet Office Learning CommunityLanguage & Learning AcquisitionAdvisory Group
Primary RolesFacilitate community engagement & guide all parties Work with community with developing a principal profileDevelop an RFI process to identify and the appropriate curricular resourcesSolicit continuous feedback of thoughts and concerns, examine unintended consequences

Committee/Community Engagement Dates

November 14, 2019 – Construction Update & Engagement Session

  • Shared construction updates and building design for North Language K-8 at JM Alexander Middle
  • Shared projected timeline of identifying a planning committee
  • Responded to questions and solicited additional feedback

December 17, 2019 – Identified Criteria North K-8 Committee

  • Waddell teachers
  • Waddell families living in the Violet Transportation Zone
  • CMS central office language specialists
  • Community partners in language immersion

January 27-29, 2019 – Waddell Program Evaluation

  • Dr. Thomas Sauer, external evaluator provided Waddell Feedback
  • Areas reviewed included program structure, curriculum, instruction, Assessment & Accountability, Professional Development, Family and Community, and Resources

February 10, 2020 – North K-8 Committee Meeting

  • Identified the charge of the committee
  • Shared projected timeline of task
  • Responded to questions and solicited additional feedback

March 5, 2020 – Review with Evaluation with Waddell

  • Reviewed Program Evaluation
  • Identified the need for a timeline of tasks for improvement
  • Responded to questions and solicited additional feedback

June 2, 2020 – Committee Meeting

  • Ideas and discussion around feasibility of languages offered
  • Identified the need for a timeline of tasks for improvement
  • Responded to questions and solicited additional feedback

August 24 & September 28, 2020 – Update Emails

  • Communication that we are focused on opening of schools and North K-8 will still open Fall 2021
  • Doodle Poll for Planning Meeting

October 5, 2020 – Committee Meeting

  • Discussion of possible grade level configurations
  • Clarification on feasibility of language offerings
  • Planning for community engagement session

October 20, 2020 – Parent Survey

  • Sent to Waddell families who live in the Violet transportation zone

November 4, 2020 – Community Engagement Session

Join us for a community engagement work session to discuss the New North K-8 Language Academy. We are looking for your feedback in some specific areas and invite you to take part in a work session. The session will take place November 4th starting at 6 PM via Zoom.

On November 4th at 6 PM, use this Zoom link to access the work session.

Meeting: ID 883 0530 1689
Password: NorthK8 

Compiled Notes from the North K-8 Community Engagement Session


December 3, 2020 – Principal Profile Meeting

Join us for a community engagement meeting to identify the qualities and attributes for the new North K-8 Language Academy Principal. Our planning committee and teams have worked over the past few months organizing the development of this new school that will open August 2021. We will work with the Northeast Learning community, and Superintendent, Dr. John Wall.  Their role is to support the principal and leadership of the school. 

We invite you to participate in the principal profile process which will take place December 3rd @ 6 PM via Zoom.

On December 3rd at 6 PM use this Zoom link to access the work session.
Meeting ID: 927 6200 7094
Password: 036911

Principal Profile Survey: Want to share thoughts about what is important in choosing a principal for the new North K-8 Language Academy? Click here to take the competencies survey and to ask any additional questions you have about the school.

¿Quiere aportar ideas sobre lo que es importante para elegir un director para la nueva escuela North K-8 Language Academy? Haga clic aquí para realizar la encuesta sobre las habilidades y calificaciones que debería tener el nuevo director.

هل تريد مشاركة أفكارك حول ما هو مهم في اختيار مدير أكاديمية اللغة North K-8 الجديدة؟ انقر هنا لإجراء استبيان عوامل الكفاءة وطرح أي أسئلة إضافية عن المدرسة.

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Quý vị muốn chia sẻ suy nghĩ của mình về yếu tố quan trọng trong việc chọn hiệu trưởng cho Học viện Ngôn ngữ Bắc K-8 mới? Nhấn vào đây để tham gia bài khảo sát năng lực và đặt thêm câu hỏi nếu có về trường. K-8 (Học sinh từ 5 -14 tuổi, tức hết lớp 8)

Vous voulez partager vos réflexions sur les aspects importants dans le choix d’un directeur pour la nouvelle école de langues  North K-8 ? Cliquez ici pour répondre à l’enquête relative aux compétences.


December 21, 2020 – Community Engagement Meeting

Join us on Monday, December 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. to ask questions regarding the new North K-8 Language Academy. Join the meeting at https://cms-k12-nc-us.zoom.us/j/97824155590?pwd=dzg0enBxOVY0K1BZWUJnSXJlL2JIQT09.


January 12, 2021 – North K-8 Language Academy Principal Named

Lydia Fergison was named as the new principal of the North K-8 Language Academy during the CMS Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. She has been serving as the principal at Newell Elementary since 2015. Before that, she was the Assistant Principal at Albemarle Road Elementary from 2012 to 2015, an instructor at CPCC from 2012 to 2014, and a Spanish teacher at McClintock Middle School from 2003 to 2012. See more about Principal Fergison here.


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