The Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork was established in July 2018 in partnership with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS). It is one of nine UNC Lab Schools in North Carolina.

What makes the Academy different from other schools?

The Academy provides a balanced education and so much more! The school promotes whole child development through the use of restorative practices, social and emotional learning with literacy connections, our Care and Hope Room, and school-wide morning meetings.

“Success for us is that kids enjoy coming to school and are happy. When families and community members visit and tell us that they can tell that the environment supports children and teachers and families: that, to me, is a big success for us.” — Dr. Amie Snow, Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

  • Located in Walkertown, NC
  • Serving Grades K-5
  • Able to enroll 300+ mini-Mountaineers
  • All Academy teachers are licensed educators and many hold advanced degrees in education
  • The integrated curriculum and positive behavior support system fosters student success

Balanced education and a supportive environment

The Academy provides a balanced education

The Academy provides a balanced education through:

  • the implementation of research-based practices; 
  • state-of-the-art literacy instruction; and,
  • exemplary classroom instruction and administration. 

The Academy supports students

  • Students learn and explore the world around them through engaging, hands-on lessons and activities along with interactive online instruction.
  • Collaboration occurs across classrooms and grade level teaching teams to make sure students receive continued support throughout each of their academic years at the Academy.
  • Students benefit from ongoing literacy instruction including a summer reading clinic that focuses on individual student needs determined by research-based literacy assessments.
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBIS) programs promote a positive, safe school.
  • The school models social justice through sustainable practices, global education and responsible living.
  • Students have opportunities for leadership through clubs and organizations including the student council, student ambassadors, dance team, and the junior rangers safety team. 

The Academy supports families

  • The Parent Teacher Organization supports special school-themed events and classroom reward initiatives.
  • Families receive individualized support as they navigate the school environment and learn how to best support their child(ren) academically and socially.

The Academy supports teachers

  • Professional development for teachers and staff is prioritized and lifelong learning is encouraged.
  • Teachers and staff receive instructional, curriculum, and administrative support from professors, pre-service teachers, and other colleagues at App State.
  • Staff have opportunities to continue their education through App State as they pursue bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level degrees — nearly 50% of Academy teachers and staff have advanced degrees or are working towards advanced degrees from App State.

The Academy fosters community 

  • App State faculty and students work and learn with teachers and students at the Academy. 
  • The school builds and sustains relationships and partnerships with surrounding community organizations and educational institutions.
  • The Academy continues to partner with WS/FCS under existing (and potentially new) partnerships and agreements.

Learn how the Academy provides a balanced education and enroll your student(s) today!


  • Appalachian State University was selected as one of nine institutions within the University of North Carolina system charged with establishing a laboratory school in districts with more than 25 percent of schools identified according to state guidelines as “low performing.” The University of North Carolina Board of Governors selected Appalachian State University because of the quality of its educator preparation program.
  • The lab school, mandated by the state legislature and executed by the UNC Board of Governors in compliance with North Carolina House Bill 1030, will operate for a minimum of five years.