School Director / Middle Grades Principal
Jason Byrd

Elementary Principal
Dr. Lindsay Walker

CCA Families,

I am honored and excited to begin my first full year as director and middle school principal at Cherokee Charter Academy.  Many South Carolina parents are asking for a different public school option through charter schools and we are responding!  As we head into our 3rd year, CCA is excited to be growing and expanding as we live our motto each day to “Develop the next generation of American citizens.”  We are proud to offer the Core Knowledge Curriculum (, Eureka Math ( and Core Virtues (  We want parents to be able to access our curriculum and know what your child is being taught.  You are welcome to review any of the links provided and reach out with any questions.  We provide a rigorous curriculum, good citizenship values and a safe learning environment with high behavior expectations.

I have been blessed to begin my 29th year as a servant in public education. I am proud to be part of a noble profession and help shape the lives of thousands of students throughout my career.  I have spent my career as a special education teacher, elementary education teacher, assistant principal then principal for 17 years.  I was fortunate to lead three schools in Rutherford County, NC to be the top academic performing school in the county during my tenure.  I have been recognized as a top Title I performing school for student academic growth and was honored to be selected by my peers as “Principal of the Year”.

I am married and have four children ages 17 through 24. My relaxing times are spent fishing or working on the farm. I am a deacon, Sunday School teacher and active member of my church.

My vision for CCA is to partner with families in Cherokee and surrounding counties to develop students to their fullest potential.  Contact me to arrange a visit and we welcome your family to work together to shape the next generation of American citizens!

Jason Byrd

School Director / Middle Grades Principal
Cherokee Charter Academy
Phone (864) 489-7192