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.

General Info

Private  Trauma-Informed

K-12 School

Head of School: MC Hildreth


Quick Info

Registration and Enrollment

Coming Soon

News & Events

Our community partners, Elevation Church have scheduled events to bless The Nest Academy again this year for us host ‘Love Week’ events on our campus, and WE NEED YOU at as many of these events you can schedule to attend.


We will host a Coffee & Conversations/ Prayer Walk on 7/30, a Paint and Cider on 8/3, and a Moving Day on 8/1 on our new campus, and we would love to have you!

Programs & Facilities

Coming Soon


The Nest partners with Eagle Bus Service and Movement School Eastland to provide convenient cluster meeting points.  We do not provide door-to-door service. Cluster meeting points are preferable because they minimize the time students spend on the bus and the pick-up and drop-off times are consistent each day. To Learn More Visit Transportation Portal Here.

Career Opportunities

We are currently fully staffed check back for openings.

Staff Directory

Coming Soon

give to the Nest

The Nest Academy’s annual campaign program is the easiest and most impactful way to support The Nest Academy. All funds raised during this annual campaign support the operating budget, allowing us to offer competitive salaries to faculty, sustain and update existing curricula, offer scholarships and financial assistance to every student, food, transportation, and all operating aspects.

Our students come to The Nest from area public schools and would never be able to attend a private school like The Nest. Your gift to the scholarship fund will help those students who want and need to be at The Nest Academy.

An outright cash gift or payment on a multi-year pledge can be made by check or by donating online with a credit card. This gives the donor an income tax charitable deduction in the year each gift or pledge installment is paid.

Send Check to: The Nest at The Simmons YMCA 6824 Democracy Drive Charlotte, NC 28212

A gift of stock may provide a significant tax advantage for a donor. stocks that have significantly increased in value are excellent gifts to make to The Nest Academy. The school realizes the stock’s total market value, and the donor receives a charitable deduction for the total fair market value of the stock. Please discuss the potential benefits with your tax advisor before making the gift. To complete the transaction, please get in touch with us for necessary information.

Many companies sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions their employees make. Contact your Human Resources department to determine if your company will match your gift. 

Making a planned gift is an excellent way to show your support and appreciation for The Nest Academy and its mission while accommodating your own personal, financial, estate-planning, and philanthropic goals. Don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance or to discuss your ways to give.

Gifts toward endowment support the long-term sustainability of the school. While the principal is kept intact, a portion of interest income is utilized to support operations yearly. Continued endowment growth helps the school maintain reasonable tuition levels while providing excellent programs and exceptional faculty and staff. If you would like to talk about this gift further, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our New Nest Home

Champions of The Nest… I am so proud to share the most incredible news in our history…I know you will be so proud!! I have been bursting at the seams with excitement and gratitude to share the most trajectory-changing news in the life of The Nest Academy.

Celebrating Milestones: Our First-Generation Graduating Class Achieves Success

The Class of 2024 has flown from our Nest and we couldn’t be more proud of all four of our graduating first-generation seniors, the amazing Nest Academy students and our DREAM TEAM faculty.

2023 Charlotte Hornets Foundation

 $25,000 Education Grant Recipient

Congrats to The Class of 2023!

Good Luck at University!

The Nest Pillars

Our students come from all over the world and now call East Charlotte home.  We understand that diversity is what makes our city so special. Honoring diversity is vital to strengthening our community. Our students and their families’ cultural and ethnic diversity is honored and celebrated at The Nest.

Every child has the right to be seen, heard, understood and belong. When children feel a sense of belonging in a safe, inclusive, and loving community, they have the freedom to live their true and authentic selves.

At The Nest, we have seen how greatly a loving support system deeply affect student success.

We believe that respect is essential in building the relationship necessary to educate a child.  When in an authentic, safe environment students’ sense of confidence, security and trust grow, fostering the power to teach and for them to learn. We model and encourage respect, trust and acceptance and honor.

We believe that true learning is a liberatory practice. We encourage curiosity, connection, and foster an appreciation and love of learning in all our students. We are actively filling in the educational gaps of our students. 

at the nest

Wings are repaired. Hope is restored. Dreams are reimagined. Courage and strength are rebuilt to take flight onto new horizons. 

Our Why


The Nest Academy at

Albermarle Road Presbyterian Church 

6740 Albemarle Road 

Charlotte NC, 28212

School Hours

M-TH: 7:45am – 3pm

Friday 7:45am -12:00pm

volunteer information

Phone & Email

[email protected]

Our Founder & Head of School


July 30, 2024

Coffee & Conversations/Prayer Walk

August 1, 2024

Moving Day

August 3, 2024

Paint & Cider at our New Campus

Keep up with us!



Dearest Champions of The Nest... I am so proud to share the most incredible news in our history...I know you will be so proud!! I have been bursting at the seams with excitement and gratitude to...

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SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Rachel Musongela, a first-generation refugee from Zambia, has come a long way in her journey at The Nest in three years. After graduating she is planning to go to CPCC to pursue a...

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Senior Spotlight: Patrick Gohozo

Senior Spotlight: Patrick Gohozo

  PATRICK GOHOZO. Born in a refugee camp in Rwanda to the promise of a brighter future in the United States, Patrick's journey is a testament to resilience, transformation, and the power of...

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Senior Spotlight: Thomas Nshimiyiman

Senior Spotlight: Thomas Nshimiyiman

     Thomas Nshimiyiman is a first-generation refugee born in Uganda. He, his mom, and his sister came to the United States 5 years ago. He was scared of coming to the U.S. and didn’t know what to...

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WE need you. the children we serve need you.
together we make a bigger difference.

ways to give to the nest AND MAKE AN IMPACT

Years of Academic Excellence

Students Enrolled

First Generation Graduates

Volunteers Serve weekly



The Nest Academy at Albermarle Road Presbyterian Church 

6740 Albemarle Road Charlotte NC, 28212

School Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7:45am - 3:00pm 

Friday : 7:45am - 12:00 pm

Weekends: Closed

Phone & Email

[email protected]