Tomorrow's Mountaineers Today

Collaboration is key to success at Appalachian’s lab school
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Our youngest Mountaineers — those who attend our lab school in Walkertown — are doing very well. The Appalachian Academy at Middle Fork is one of nine schools in North Carolina selected to partner with a state university to advance literacy. The academy is approaching the close of its first full year with positive reports all around.

Dr. Robin Groce, our director of planning and implementation for the lab school, reports the academy’s fifth-graders achieved an 81% increase from their fourth-grade scores on their “winter check-in” pre-assessments for the North Carolina End-of-Grade Reading Comprehension Test.

The support and engagement of the students’ families, the surrounding community and the academy’s staff are major factors for these impressive outcomes. Kudos to every individual who touches the lives of these young learners.

From the outset, parents and families have been visibly supportive — high attendance at the August 2018 Open House has continued through the First Academy Curriculum Night in October 2018, the Fall Festival in November 2018, Parent Night in February and a Family Literacy Night in March that included storytelling, read alouds and student presentations.

The academy features a full faculty of 29, including eight Appalachian graduates — seven of whom hold master’s degrees. Additionally, one faculty member holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and 15 are currently enrolled or are enrolling in advanced degree programs at Appalachian. The academy also receives expertise and guidance from an on-campus team and advisory board.

Collaboration with the Winston-Salem community includes partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Winston-Salem State University, and many community churches, banks and businesses.

The collective enthusiasm for learning at the academy is evident in this short video. These mini-Mountaineers are tomorrow’s leaders, and many of them have their eyes on Appalachian.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor