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Catching up with A+ Schools Of North Carolina

Michelle Burrows

To celebrate Arts in Our Schools Month, we’re shining a spotlight on A+ Schools of North Carolina. Established in 1995 by the Kenan Institute for the Arts, A+ Schools is the longest-running arts-based whole-school transformation model in the nation.

Governor Cooper Visits an A+ School

Governor Cooper and A+ leadership at Pinewood Elementary

In December, Governor Roy Cooper visited Pinewood Elementary in Gaston County and had a chance to see A+ practice in action.

Remembering Joan

Joan Certa-Moore

A+ Schools of North Carolina remembers and honors long-time A+ Fellow and arts education advocate Joan Certa-Moore.

A+ in Action: Summer Workshops for Teachers Yield New Experiences for Students

A+ educator stands in front of personal flags created by workshop attendees

School’s in for summer!

A+ Principal Spotlight: Marcus Edge

A+ Principle Marcus Edge

Marcus Edge, the newest principal at Clarkton School of Discovery, has a special connection to his A+ middle school in Bladen County—he was a Clarkton student from 1997 to 2000!

A+ Schools of N.C. selects 12 new apprentice fellows

A+ fellows clapping and smiling during an exercise

A+ Schools of North Carolina provides high-quality professional development to A+ educators through skilled facilitators known as A+ Fellows. Every other year, a new cohort of Apprentice Fellows is selected following a comprehensive application and training process.

A+ Schools win national honors

Blue ribbon schools 2022

Two schools in the A+ network have recently received national honors. We congratulate each school’s staff and students on their exemplary work in building a creative and engaging learning environment that helps students enjoy school while achieving success.

Nearing their 30th Anniversary, A+ Schools Of North Carolina's philosophy is as Impactful as ever

A+ School children in the classroom

Since 1995, A+ Schools of North Carolina has transformed how schools approach teaching and learning. Each school in the network teaches the state’s mandated curriculum in a collaborative, multidisciplinary way, and weaves the arts into every aspect of a child’s learning experience.

A+ Schools Of North Carolina is recruiting A+ Fellows

A+ Schools of NC is recruiting new A+ Fellows

Are you interested in becoming a learning and contributing member of a diverse network of professionals? Do you have a collaborative spirit and the ability to facilitate large and small groups of adult learners?

Welcoming new A+ School leaders

A+ teacher in a classroom with their students

The new school year has begun, and A+ Schools of North Carolina is welcoming many new A+ leaders. At each A+ school, the principal and assistant principal are supported by an A+ Coordinator or A+ coordination team who help the principals advocate A+ philosophy and practice schoolwide and serve as a liaison between the school and the A+ office.