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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


12 Year Anniversary Charity Cocktail Reception

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

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

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.  

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2017-2018 Graduates

2018-2019 Graduate

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

Our Blog

Volunteer Spotlight: Sara Nofsinger

Our volunteer spotlight this week is on Sarah Nofsinger! Sarah has been with the academy since the fall helping in biology for our high schoolers. She is now working with our middle school group! Sarah first became interested in Biology herself in high school. AP...

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Intern Spotlight: Sophia Secard

This semester we were excited to welcome a new intern with us! Sophia Secard joined us from Queens University. She jumped right into helping when our kids were virtual, helping  with meals and tutoring needs. We have been so grateful to have her! Below, Sophia writes...

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Student Spotlight: Yoseif & Nahom

Student Spotlight: Yoseif & Nahom

Now that we're finally back to in-person learning, we want to get back to introducing you all to our amazing students! Today, our spotlight is on Yoseif & Nahom! Yoseif & Nahom are brothers from Eritrea, a small country in Eastern Africa. When their family...

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Student Spotlight: Giselle Uwimbabazi

Today we want to introduce another one of our wonderful students, Giselle Uwimbabazi! Giselle is in 11th grade and this is her first year at The Nest! Giselle was born in the Congo and came to the United States when she was 11 years old. Her grandmother and one of her...

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Student Spotlight: Thae & Myint Soe

The biggest part of what makes The Nest Academy so special is our amazing students! We have a lot of new students this year and we want to help you all get to know them! Over the next few months we will be sharing their stories and I'm sure you will come to love them...

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A New School Year at The Nest!

 Hey everyone! I’m back! If you’ve been involved with the Nest for a while, you might remember me, but, for those who don’t, let me introduce myself. My name is Connor Derrick and I am interning here at the Nest for the fall semester. I first got involved with the...

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