CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's the first day of school here at Our Lady of Assumption and at eight other Catholic schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, and students and staff say they're really excited to get the year off to a great start.
"Very excited, a little nervous," said 6th grader Jaida Johnson.
First day nerves aren't dampening the enthusiasm for twins Jaida and Jenei Johnson.
"Different teachers, I love new teachers, that's the most important thing about school is new teachers," said Jenei.
And finally it was time this morning, teachers and staff greeted kids and their parents here and at the other Catholic schools including six elementary, one middle and two high schools.
Four years after opening its doors, Christ the King High School in Huntersville welcomed its first senior class this year. Diocese officials say enrollment is up one to two percent at all Catholic schools including Charlotte Catholic High School, even with Christ the King growing from 50 students to 140 now in four years.
At Assumption, they've added a new outdoor garden learning center and are focusing more on a new program to monitor student progress.
"We can calculate things like the rate of improvement. We can also see what strategies we need to take a child from A to B and the data is all given to the teachers ready to use," said Our Lady of Assumption Principal Allana Rae Ramkissoon.
There are about 5,000 students in the entire Catholic school system, most of them all Catholic, but you don't have to attend one of the schools and the buses will be out like the CMS buses next week.