Who We Are


A+ Schools of North Carolina is transforming education with the philosophy that the arts are fundamental to teaching and learning. A+ supports schools in several extraordinary ways:



Whole-school transformation

Since 1995, A+ has transformed how schools approach their work. Our network of schools teaches the state’s mandated curriculum in a collaborative, multi-disciplined way, with the arts woven into every aspect of a child’s learning experience. Through professional development, technical support and mentoring, each A+ school develops a unique and creative school identity that elevates student engagement and student achievement.  



Customized professional development

Our staff collaborate with arts organizations and other partners in the field of education to support arts-based projects and strengthen arts-integrated practice. We customize professional development based on the unique needs of individual partners.



Network of Schools

The A+ network includes schools of all grade levels in rural, suburban, and urban communities across the state, many of which have been A+ since the program began in 1995. Schools in the network benefit from peer learning and sharing experiences, resources, and ideas. As a collective, the network shapes the programs, services, and trainings that are provided by A+ Schools of North Carolina.
See our A+ network.



Our Staff

Michelle Burrows
A+ Schools Director
(919) 814-6503
Jennifer Huggins
A+ Schools Program Coordinator
(919) 814-6520
Tom Nevels
A+ Schools Professional Development Manager
(919) 814-6521
Joseph Perez
A+ Schools Program Administrator
(919) 816-6509