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American Leadership Academy Monroe is a K-8 tuition-free public charter school coming to Monroe, North Carolina in Fall of 2024! ALA combines academic excellence and character development to create an exceptional educational experience for its students where they can thrive as leaders in the classroom and in their community. 

New Charter School Coming to Monroe, NC

We have heard your requests for more choice in education. ALA is ready to serve the families of Monroe by providing the best educational experience to as many students as possible in a moral and wholesome environment. At American Leadership Academy, you are not just a number, you are a member of our family! In its first year, ALA Monroe will serve grades K-8.

Time-Proven Academics & Curriculum

We take our responsibility to educate your child seriously. ALA’s highly qualified teachers and staff work hard to engage our students through Core Knowledge (not Common Core) curriculum for comprehensive, in-depth learning.

Education Based on R.A.I.S.E. Leadership Values

To us, education is more than a textbook and reading lesson. Education is an experience that nurtures our students' natural talents and helps them become a well-rounded individual and active member of their community. Through our R.A.I.S.E. (respect, accountability, integrity, service, and excellence) values, we're able to help reinforce the values you teach at home in our classrooms.

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Meeting the Needs of Monroe, NC students

Choosing your child’s school is one of the most important decisions you will make during their lifetime. At ALA, we are happy to be a partner in your child’s educational journey. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best learning environment to the families in or around the Monroe, NC area. So what can your family expect when they attend ALA?

  • An environment where students respect themselves, others and their country
  • A program of rigorous academics with a values-based curriculum
  • A supportive school family where students are encouraged to be themselves and express their talents
  • A well-rounded educational experience where students can thrive in the classroom and on the field through sports, specials and other extracurricular activities

School Leaders

Deyonta Thacker, Director

Ms. Thacker is originally from the beautiful state of Virginia. She obtained her master's degree in educational leadership & administration from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication with a minor in English from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Ms. Thacker holds professional educator certifications in School Principal (K-12), Educational Leadership (K-12), and English Learner (EL) certification.

With over sixteen years of educational experience, Ms. Thacker has taught in various district and charter school settings, teaching English in general and inclusion secondary classrooms. In addition, Ms. Thacker has previously taught at the collegiate level for several years as an adjunct English professor. Throughout her tenure as an educator, she has served in various positions, from English Department Chair, (K-12) Dean of Culture & Instruction, Director of Academic Programs, Testing, Section 504, MTSS, English Language Coordinator, and Vice Principal. 

On a personal note, Ms. Thacker loves dancing, interior design, traveling, and testing her skills in the kitchen. Ms. Thacker enjoys spending time with her daughter Trinity and serving as a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Ms. Thacker is a dedicated lifelong learner, and her vision is to serve ALA Monroe wholeheartedly by establishing trust and meaningful relationships. Her fervent goal is to cultivate a moral and wholesome environment at ALA Monroe by providing effective leadership that will both shift and increase student performance and teacher self-efficacy—ultimately, making an impact that allows staff, students, and community partners R.A.I.S.E. to academic excellence!

Why Choose ALA Monroe?

North Carolina charter schools are coming to life with numerous options such as Bonnie Cone Classical Academy, Bonnie Cone Leadership Academy, ALA Charlotte, ALA Coastal, ALA Johnston, Wake Preparatory Academy and more. American Leadership Academy is where families have come to recognize our school as a leader in education. ALA’s “A”  Rated schools provide students with a well-rounded educational experience through elementary-high school sports, award-winning fine arts programs, and innovative classes and programs such as financial literacy and entrepreneurship for high school students. 


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Interested in working at ALA Monroe? Follow the link below to find positions and opportunities. Help teach the future generation in a moral and wholesome environment.

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