Banyan Partner Schools

Schools Banyan or its Founders have served.

Lake Norman Charter School

Lake Norman Charter School is a 5th-12th grade college preparatory charter school that prepares students to be community leaders who demonstrate a life-long desire to learn, lead, and serve.

Rick Walker was the Founding Board Chair of Lake Norman Charter School. Loosely based on Robert Greenleaf’s “Servant Leadership Model” and early Covey and Gallup strengths-based leadership concepts, Mr. Walker was only one of several hundred Lake Norman community members that collectively contributed “tens of thousands of heartfelt hours” that established the founding community culture of Lake Norman Charter School. Mr. Walker now serves in a mentoring role within Banyan Strategic Partners to share advanced versions of many of the same leadership concepts that were pioneered at Lake Norman Charter School.

Lake Norman Charter School consistently ranked in the Top 3% of ALL North Carolina public middle schools in its first 5 years of operation.

Lincoln Charter School

The mission of Lincoln Charter School is to facilitate the development of college ready individuals through emphasis on rigorous academics and our community expectations: honesty, respect, empathy, responsibility, service and preparedness.


York Preparatory Academy

York Preparatory Academy is a free public charter school in our fifth year of operation. Located on our 43-acre campus in Rock Hill, South Carolina, YPA provides education to students in K5-12th grade who live in South Carolina regardless of the assigned school district.


Thunderbird Preparatory Academy

We are caring parents, educators, business leaders, and community members who believe in providing innovative, challenging, and high academics in a safe, nurturing environment for children through objective achievement standards driven by proven curriculum, empowered teachers and constructive parental involvement in a true community setting.