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.

Latest News

Staff Spotlight: Holly Russell

I am absolutely thrilled to be a teacher at the brand new Academy at Elkin as it creates a path for unforgettable learning opportunities for students ...

Willow Larson

Staff Spotlight: Willow Larson

I am impacting education by helping to create a community of lifelong learners. Also, I am working with my grade-level team to implement new core valu...

Gilly Hill

Staff Spotlight: Gilly Hill

I am so excited to be a part of the ground-breaking work we will be doing at the Academy at Elkin. Our mini-Mountaineers deserve the best and I know e...