Now Enrolling

Now Enrolling

The Academy at Middle Fork is now enrolling for the 2024-25 school year — learn more and enroll your child today!

Welcome to the Academy at Middle Fork

Academy at Middle Fork logoThe Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork is a free, public lab school serving grades K-5.

Located in Walkertown, North Carolina, the Academy at Middle Fork is a partnership of Appalachian State University and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS). Any elementary-aged student who lives in Forsyth County, North Carolina is eligible to attend the Academy at Middle Fork. WS/FCS also operates a Pre-Kindergarten program within the school building.



Want to learn more? Register for an Open House!

Attend an upcoming Open House and discover how the Academy at Middle Fork supports students through a balanced curriculum and a positive behavior support system. Click a date to register for an upcoming Open House session. Enrollment for the 2024-25 school year opens on Feb. 1.

Do you have a Kindergartener starting school Fall 2024? Attend our Kindergarten Night to learn more!

Why the Academy at Middle Fork?

The Academy at Middle Fork is an innovative learning community that is committed to creating pathways and opportunities for lifelong learning and positive community impact.

  • A positive school culture that is focused on restorative practices and supporting the whole child

  • An innovative and flexible learning model that promotes personalized learning by meeting kids where they are

  • A robust, exploration-based academic program focused on literacy and STEM

  • Highly qualified teachers; many holding advanced degrees and certifications

  • A weekly enrichment day that engages community and university partners in the learning process

  • Students are mini-Mountaineers and see themselves as members of their "big school on the mountain" at App State

  • Special student programming, resources, and support provided by Appalachian State University


The Academy at Middle Fork provides innovative learning experiences for all students. We believe our students deserve opportunities to learn and grow together.

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