Mission and Vision
Mission Statement: The Public School Partnership (PSP) provides a beneficial collaboration between Appalachian State University and P-12 public schools in Northwest North Carolina.
Vision Statement: The Public School Partnership aspires to sustain educational excellence in Northwest North Carolina and better prepare all P-12 students to succeed in and out of the classroom.
Since 1987, the Appalachian State University Public School Partnership has developed and maintained a strong collaborative program between the university and area public schools to improve education. Members have agreed to work closely as equals for the purpose of making educational improvements in areas that are of mutual concern to the Partners. Attention is given to enhancing the preparation of teachers as well as to the continuing professional development of teachers. Shared decision making exists as members work toward educational initiatives and improvements within the Partnership schools. Members of the partnership include 14 school districts and three independent schools: Alexander County, Alleghany County, the Appalachian Academy at Elkin, the Appalachian Academy at Middle Fork, Ashe County, Avery County, Burke County, Caldwell County, Catawba County, Hickory Public, Elkin City, Mount Airy City, Newton-Conover City, NC School for the Deaf, Watauga County, Wilkes County, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The Partnership also consists of Appalachian’s Reich College of Education, Appalachian's College of Arts and Sciences, and the Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance (NWRESA). The Public School Partnership also partners with Appalachian's Mathematics and Science Education Center, Office of International Education and Development, and College Access Programs/Partnerships (now housed in the RCOE).
Spring 2023: Get on the Bus!
Aug 2, 2023
Our theme this year in the Public School Partnership is "Innovations in Action".
Winter 2023: Making Connections!
Feb 13, 2023
I love attending events across our state and making visits to local schools in our Public School Partnership di
Public School Partnership Members
- Alexander County
- Alleghany County
- Ashe County
- Avery County
- Burke County
- Caldwell County
- Catawba County Schools
- Elkin City Schools
- Hickory Public Schools
- Mount Airy City Schools
- Watauga County
- Wilkes County
- Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
- NC School for the Deaf
- Newton-Conover City Schools
- Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork
- Appalachian State University Academy at Elkin
- NWRESA: NW Regional Educational Service Alliance
- Reich College of Education
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Mathematics and Science Education Center
- College Access Programs/Partnerships
- Office of International Education and Development