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



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Staff Spotlight: Casey Darnell

To me, learning together means learning from each other whether it be peer-to-peer or from the students. We each have different training, life experie...

Trail Days Collage

Take a Hike: Academy at Elkin Recognized as North Carolina Year of the Trail School

Students at the Appalachian State University’s Academy at Elkin are used to hiking — it’s part of their motto of Honesty, Integrity, Kindness, a...

Betsy Rosenbalm and Hannah Reeder

PODCAST: School Boards and Educator Preparation Programs

Listen to this podcast interview with the NC School Board Association as Dr. Hannah Reeder, assistant dean and director of lab schools, Dr. ...

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UNC System lab schools are designed to provide enhanced educational programming to improve student performance and to plan demonstration sites for the preparation of future teachers and school administrators.