Evergreen Community Charter School named to Expeditionary Learning’s top 17 “mentor schools”

Press release from Evergreen Charter School

The NC Honor School of Excellence Added as one of 17 Outstanding Schools for Top School Performance & Deeper Learning Practices

Asheville, NC – June 24, 2013 – Expeditionary Learning, the network of schools, teachers and students dedicated to student success through academic achievement, character development, and high quality work, added Evergreen Community Charter School to its roster of 17 exemplary schools known within their network as ‘Mentor Schools.’ Each one of these exceptional schools has shown evidence of strong, consistent, and actively contributing leadership, as well as solid student performance as measured by state assessment and/or nationally normed assessments.

Evergreen was chosen for its multiple awards and achievements including: being named NC’s Honor School of Excellence for three consecutive years (2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13) – only 8% of the schools in North Carolina earned this distinction; meeting 17 out of 17 Adequate Yearly Progress goals in the 2009-10 school year; and being named one of two schools in North Carolina and 78 nationwide to be named a 2012 Green Ribbon School by the U.S, Department of Education. Expeditionary Learning also recognizes Evergreen as a school that truly prepares students for the 21st century. This criteria includes preparation for college, jobs and a lifetime of learning and engaged citizenship. Expeditionary Learning sets a high bar for all of its schools – students must master academic content, think critically to solve complex problems, communicate effectively, collaborate, and take ownership of their own learning.

“Expeditionary Learning’s Mentor Schools set an example for the nation on what high performing schools can be, fostering their students’ academic achievement, college readiness skills, and deep engagement in learning,” said Scott Hartl, President and CEO of Expeditionary Learning. “Evergreen’s commitment to deeper learning, environmental and global stewardship and citizenship among its student body, in addition to meeting and exceeding state standards, is impressive.”

About Expeditionary Learning
Expeditionary Learning partners with school districts to open new schools and transform existing schools at all levels, pre-K–12, and in all settings-urban, rural, and suburban. The Expeditionary Learning approach is grounded in respect for teachers and school leaders as creative agents in their classrooms. We build their capacity to ignite each student’s motivation, persistence and compassion to propel growth and success in school, college, and life. Expeditionary Learning has 20 years of experience helping new and veteran teachers to strive for the expanded definition of student success – a vision that combines academic success, character and high quality work with critical higher order thinking skills that align with the Common Core State Standards. The Expeditionary Learning network includes more than 160 schools, 4,000 teachers, and 45,000 students. For more info, visit www.elschools.org.

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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