A+ News

A+ Schools of NC is recruiting NEW schools. to learn more, register for one of our information sessions on  April 7 or April 19 from 3 PM - 5 PMof our information sessions on

A+ is hosting two online informational meetings for schools interested in joining the A+ network on April 7 and 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A+ Schools of North Carolina is the nation’s longest-running, most successful arts-based whole school transformation model. Recent research on A+ implementation demonstrates impressive results in school growth, student proficiency, and narrowing the achievement gap. And A+ professional development helps schools to build creative, engaging learning environments that allow students to master the state standards while developing their 21st century skills.

Apprentice Fellow Princess Johnson

Following a revised recruitment process, which focused on identifying and inviting a more diverse group of applicants, A+ Schools welcomed its most diverse Apprentice Fellows cohort yet. Every other year, A+ Schools provides a series of information and training sessions for those interested in becoming an A+ Fellow that covers the unique process of training schools in arts integration. After an evaluation process, A+ Schools staff select candidates who best match the program’s needs. Meet the nine A+ Apprentice Fellows who hit the ground running during our 2021 summer conferences.

A+ students smiling

Just as we’ve braved the uncharted waters of the pandemic, A+ Schools of North Carolina has also been part of the groundswell of the social movement demanding equity and justice in arts and education. Here are a few highlights of our Diversity Matters initiative, a commitment to diversity in recruitment, training and engagement for the past several years.

Vincent Marron speaking at a podium

A+ Schools honors and remembers the life and work of Vincent Marron, the first executive director of A+ Schools of North Carolina. Vincent died on January 22, 2021, at the age of 85.

Joseph Perez

A+ School’s newest team member, Joseph Perez, began his work as Program Administrator during the unprecedented times of a pandemic as we were navigating new ways of working and providing professional development to our schools. Learn more about Joseph’s journey to learn all things A+ and how his education and experiences led him to become a valuable member of our team.