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Welcome to the nest academy

Where we educate, empower and enrich Charlotte’s refugee,  immigrant, underprivileged and at-risk children to become first generation graduates through a faith based,  private school.

 A trauma informed, holistic approach to education, addressing the whole child: educationally,  emotionally, socially, nutritionally and experientially .   


Our why


At the Nest 

we are Bridging the Opportunity Gap

Investing in tomorrow’s Leaders for a legacy of change

Championing for the birthright of every child to have access to quality education, acceptance and hope

restoring dignity for each child to be known, loved, seen and understood 

Instilling Faith, Virtue and Knowledge

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  -Winston Churchill.

Classroom Tutors & Aides

 At The Nest Academy, we are actively filling in the educational gaps of our students. Our teachers welcome tutors and classroom aides as they strive to educate students and prepare them to advance to the next grade! We have a number of opportunities for men and women to serve in the classroom during the school day from 8:30-11:45 am and 12:30-2:00 pm. We would love your help to make our efforts go even further! You can help us educate and empower our students and make a big difference in our students educational success.


Lunch Buddies

It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child.  At The Nest, we have seen how greatly a loving support system deeply affect student success.  Commit to lunch with a student 1 day a month, or often as you would like and make a big difference and help to transform a child’s life. We’ll pair you with a student for as long as you are able to join us. You can bring your lunch,  listening ear, a smile and support a student! 

Weekly Chapel

We take great pride in the faith, virtue and knowledge our students gain at The Nest.  Our students know the we love because we were first loved.  Gaining the biblical wisdom, knowledge and truth necessary to build character, encourage service and love and acceptance of all are vital components of shaping our students hearts.  Weekly chapel allows time to refocus and recharge so our students are strengthened to step back into their,  often times very difficult worlds, with hope.  

2019-2020 Graduate

2017-2018 Graduates

2018-2019 Graduate

Ready to Become a Volunteer?

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” Elizabeth Andrews

Our Blog

Intern Spotlight: Alexander

My name is Alex Jackson and I am very grateful and excited to have the opportunity to intern with the Nest Academy this summer!  I am a rising sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill studying Business and Public Policy and I am looking forward to helping grow The Nest in any way...

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Intern Insider with Sophia!

I had an amazing opportunity to intern at The Nest Academy this semester. I had not heard of the Nest Academy before and was not sure what to expect. But from the first day, I knew that I was at the right place. Interning has developed my interest even more in working...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ariana

This week we want to spotlight another great volunteer! Ariana actually began as a virtual tutor in January and transitioned back to in person with us! She is a native Charlottean and graduated from North Carolina State University with degrees in Graphic Design and...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ella

Ella is our volunteer that has been with us since mid-semester last fall! She is a freshman at UNCC and majoring in Bachelors of Science in Biology and minoring in Chemistry, but also thinking about adding a Healthcare Management major. Her personal goal is to get...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Liddy

Liddy is one of our new volunteers this semester! She is from Huntsville, Alabama. Liddy attends Davidson College and is studying philosophy while on the pre-med track. Liddy loves the role she has as a tutor. She loves the privilege of developing relationships with...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Carter

Carter is a new volunteer with us this semester! His primary focus is on math and he works with our lower school students. He majored in Finance at NC State and since graduating has spent the last year working as an enterprise sales rep for software companies.  We...

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