The Open Door School

Open Door follows the Progressive philosophy of education. Progressive education is a movement that was first described by John Dewey in the beginning of the last century. Its mission is to help children grow into self-confident, ethical members of society.

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Contact Information

Office Hours: M-F, 9:00-3:00
Director: Sheila Locklear
Telephone: 704-364-1521

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Open Door School is temporarily closed.  We hope to reopen in January of 2021.   If our reopening plan is approved, we will begin a new registration period in October.

If you have enrollment questions, please email our office at  


Inclement Weather Closing Policy:
If Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is closed due to weather or road conditions, Open Door is also closed. If CMS calls for a delayed opening, Half Day will be closed and Full Day will operate on the same delay as CMS. Please check the status of CMS to determine whether Open Door is open on inclement weather/road days.

A note on navigating this site: hover over the green tabs at the top to access more pages.

There is a parent/guardian volunteer organization known as the Family Community Association (“FCA”) which plans community-building events, adult education forums, and community outreach opportunities, and coordinates fundraising efforts to generate funds for our Sue Riley Scholarship Fund. To connect with the ODS community and learn about upcoming events that are open to the public, find us at:

ODS Facebook page, where pictures, news and events are posted:
ODS Families page, where families can ask for support, resources, opinions, etc:

The Open Door School/Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte Children/Youth Religious Education event calendar is below. If you’d like to view the yearlong Open Door School closings/holidays calendar, please see the above “About” tab and select “Yearlong Calendar.”