Welcome to the Academy at Elkin

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The Appalachian State University Academy at Elkin is a free, public lab school located on the campus of Elkin Elementary School.

The Academy at Elkin will open in August 2022 and will be one of nine UNC System lab schools in North Carolina.  A partnership between Appalachian State University and Elkin City Schools, the Academy at Elkin will serve students in grades 2-4.  



A learner-centered community

The Academy at Elkin will be a learner-centered community that promotes exploration-based learning. Students will be encouraged to think deeply and critically about learning that is meaningful and relevant to their culture, lives, and future. Exploration-based learning will promote:

  • Curiosity
  • Exploration
  • Discovery
  • Inquiry
  • Integrated content
  • Growth mindset
  • Constructivism

 An emphasis on early literacy will also be a primary focus of the school. This includes the implementation of a literacy workshop approach where students receive adaptive, guided, small group instruction. The goal is to improve and enrich literacy via immersive reading and writing instruction.

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Jennifer Nelson

Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Nelson

I am building connections with students and the local community to bring those two stakeholders together for the benefit of our school community. I am...

The ribbon is cut to celebrate the opening of the App State Academy at Elkin.

App State opens Academy at Elkin, its second lab school

Six classrooms are trimmed in black and gold and 25 motivated teachers and support staff are ready to guide classes of mini-Mountaineers in exploratio...

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Advisory Board Meeting Announcement - September 7, 2022

The Elkin Advisory Board of Appalachian State University will meet at the Academy at Elkin.The meeting will be held according to the followi...