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 six UNC lab schools in North Carolina.
What makes the Academy different from other schools?
The Academy promotes whole child development through the use of restorative practices, social and emotional learning with literacy connections, a 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, Interim Principal
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.
- Collaboration occurs across classrooms and grade level teaching teams to ensure 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 university 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.