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About Cadence Academy Ballantyne

If you’re looking for daycare services for your infant or preschool programs that are proven to prepare young children for success in elementary school, you’ve come to the right place! And, as elementary schools are altering schedules, we are here to serve your needs and the needs of your school-aged children with enhanced programs to help with virtual learning sessions and more. We also participate in the Meck Pre-K program which provides quality preschool education for qualified families. To learn more and to apply for the Meck Pre-K program, click HERE.

Previously a Gateway Academy location, the nurturing teachers and skill-based curriculum offered at Cadence Academy Preschool, Ballantyne work together to create a series of educational experiences that help children reach important developmental milestones within 9 different subject areas. Our Ascend Curriculum starts in our Infant and Toddler classrooms and we progressively build skill sets throughout all of our preschool programs so our students feel ready and confident when they start kindergarten.

Our Preschool’s Programs

5 Star Rating

The Great Seal of the State of North CarolinaThe state of North Carolina recognizes that choosing quality child care is one of the most important decisions a parent makes and started issuing star rated licenses to eligible daycare centers and child care facilities in September 2000. Facilities are evaluated on program standards and staff education and Cadence Academy Ballantyne is proud to have a Five Star Center License, which is the state’s highest rating.

Ascend Curriculum

Ascend Curriculum LogoOur Ascend Curriculum enables teachers to individualize instruction to accommodate the interests and learning styles of each child and ensures that your child is engaged, supported, and challenged at every stage of their development. Each month, our teachers focus on developing age-appropriate skills in areas such as Literacy, Language, Creative Expression, and Physical Fitness.

The Ascend Curriculum recognizes that young children need much more than academic development in their first educational experiences and takes a balanced approach that allows us to focus on the social, emotional, creative, and physical development of your child too.

Getting to Our Preschool

There are six Cadence Academy Preschools in Charlotte, NC and Cadence Academy Preschool Ballantyne is one of three schools located in South Charlotte. We’re happy to call the neighborhood of Ballantyne home and our preschool center is less than a mile west of US 521 at the northeast corner of Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Ballantyne Meadows Drive. Our street address is 14325 Ballantyne Meadows Dr, Charlotte, NC 28277.

Need before or after school care for your elementary school student? We offer transportation to and from Ballantyne Elementary, Endhaven Elementary, and Pineville Elementary, which is in nearby Pineville, VA.

Our Team

Lisa Horton

Lisa Horton


For the past 34 years, I have worked on behalf of children and families in the education field both as a teacher as well as a Senior Director/Field Director, Regional/Financial Manager, and Trainer. I have also been involved in volunteer work in the community including co-chairing the Mecklenburg area Early Education Leaders Association, participating in the local Directors Leadership Academy, and working with the early childhood students at CPCC.

I am committed to providing only the highest quality of care and education for children and families. I have led three early childcare centers through the NAEYC Accreditation process as well as the North Carolina Star Rating process. I have also been a validator for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). I have conducted faculty trainings as well as presented workshops at many early childhood conferences.

I believe that learning is a lifelong process; therefore, my vision is for the center to become, together, a community of learners and educators. I also believe that ongoing training is vital to maintaining quality and that parents are our partners in the education of children.

Julie Wilkinson

Julie Wilkinson

Assistant Director

Julie has been an Assistant Director at Cadence Academy since 2003. She has over 22 years of experience in early childhood. She makes everyone who walks into the school feel like family. Julie believes, “a smile or a hug from a child has the power to brighten someone’s whole day.”

Preparing Your Child To THRIVE

Your child is unique, and we are happy to provide an educational, fun, and nurturing environment where each child can develop and thrive in order to build a bright future with unlimited possibilities.