Welcome to the Academy at Middle Fork

Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork provides a balanced education for children, teachers, principals, and families through the implementation of research-based practices, state of the art literacy instruction, and exemplary classroom instruction and administration.


About the Academy

The Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University has partnered with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to establish the Academy at Middle Fork.

Serving Grades K-5

Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork will offer services for grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade starting in the Fall of 2018.

  • Our goal is for the Academy to become a model, demonstration school, and resource for children, families, professionals, and partners
  • The Academy will foster relationships and partnerships with surrounding community organizations and educational institutions
  • The Academy will continue to partner with WSFCS under existing (and potentially new) partnerships and MOU agreements
  • WSFCS will run a PreKindergarten program within the school building and under the administration of WSFCS 


Applications will be accepted during the enrollment period November, 2018 - April, 2019. Interested families should apply during this time.

  • Children currently enrolled at Middle Fork are eligible for admission as well as students from the WSFCS who are currently enrolled in a low-performing school or did not meet expected growth in the prior school year based on one of the following indicators: grades, observations, diagnostic and formative assessments, state assessments, or other factors, including reading on grade level
  • Families with eligible children are asked to declare their intention to enroll through the completion of an application form that is available in the school office and time-stamped
  • Eligible students are accepted in the order in which the applications are received and by grade level and school capacity
  • Target enrollment for the first year is 315 pupils for grades K-5


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Core Commitments

learning togetherLearning Together

We commit to learning together through partnerships, collaboration and high-quality instructional programming.


developing the whole childDeveloping the Whole Child

We commit to developing the whole child including their social skills, emotional needs and cognitive abilities.


boosting academicsBoosting Academics

We commit to boosting academics through early literacy as well as an inclusive and integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum.


sustainabilityAmplifying Sustainability

We commit to amplifying sustainability by teaching sustainable living; civility, equity and equality; wellness; and, respect for the environment.

Academy News

Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork Students Visit Campus to Learn About College Life

Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork Students Visit Campus to Learn About College Life

More than 100 fourth and fifth-grade students, or mini-Mountaineers, from the Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork, located in Walkerto...

The Academy at Middle Fork leadership Team. Pictured from left: Dr. Amie Snow ‘06 ‘14, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Tasha Hall-Powell ‘01 ‘09, Academy Principal; Verschello M. Nelson, Academy Assistant Principal; and Dr. Robin Groce, RCOE Assistant Dean for the Academy. Photo by Rebekah Saylors

2019 Reich College of Education Award Recipients Named: Academy Leadership Team Selected for Community of Practice Award

Eight faculty and staff members of Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education (RCOE), along with the Appalachian Academy at Midd...

Boy Scout Ryan Porter with the eight picnic tables he and his troop members helped fund, build and install. Porter said Academy at Middle Fork teachers are now using the tables to have outdoor lessons in reading and writing. Photo submitted

Aspiring Eagle Scout enhances Academy at Middle Fork grounds

By Jan ToddBOONE, N.C. — Thanks to an aspiring Eagle Scout, the students, faculty and staff at Appalachian State University Academy at Mid...

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