Appalachian Magazine 2019

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The Academy at Middle Fork — opening a gateway to college

By Alex Jansen

In December 2018, 282 mini-Mountaineers completed their first semester at the Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork. The academy — a partnership between Appalachian’s Reich College of Education (RCOE) and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools — offers services for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and is one of nine University of North Carolina System laboratory schools. The UNC Board of Governors selected Appalachian to establish the academy because of the quality of its educator preparation program.

Melissa Boyd ’15, first-grade teacher: “Even though we are separated by a few miles or a mountain, (Appalachian has) made us a part of the university and the children feel that, too. They feel like they are a part of Appalachian. They are, even in first grade, talking about how that is where they are going to go to college.”

Photo by Marie Freeman ’85

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