The mission of Grandfather Academy is to provide special educational opportunities for students who have been estranged by emotional, sexual, or other abuse.

Grandfather Academy is a North Carolina Public Charter School on the Grandfather Home Campus of Children’s Hope Alliance in Banner Elk, North Carolina. The school was established in the early 1990s to meet the educational needs of children in the residential program.  Grandfather Academy is accredited by the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services.

Our teachers are certified by the state of North Carolina, each in multiple areas. Many of the children attending Grandfather Academy qualify for Special Education and have Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs). Children who do not need these services are monitored closely to ensure that their individual educational needs are met. There is considerable effort expended to ensure that the development and implementation of IEPs and Service Plans are coordinated. The majority of our students make excellent academic and behavioral progress.

In 2009, the Academy expanded its educational programs to reach out to off-campus students who had similar educational needs to the children in our residential program, yet did not need to reside at Grandfather Home.  Thus, our Day Treatment program began.  The Day Treatment staff work continually in classrooms to ensure continuity in treatment programming and to assist school staff in maintaining a focus on educational activities.


Notice of Public Hearing

Meeting of the Academy Advisory Council

Date: April 12, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location: Family Support Center on the Grandfather Home Campus in Banner Elk, N.C.


2017-2018 School Calendar

2018-2019 School Calendar

Parent and Family Engagement Policy »

School Report Card – Welcome Letter »

2012-13 North Carolina School Report Card »

2013-14 School Performance Grade »

2014-15 School Performance Grade

NC Report Card 2016

NC Report Card 2016 (Spanish)

NC Report Card 2017

Prohibition of Harrassment and Bullying Policy »

Grandfather Academy Enrollment Application »

Title 1 Parent Involvement Survey »

Project Child Find

Dispute Resolution

Student Behavior and Discipline Policy

2016/2017 Student Handbook

Wellness Policy

Homelessness Education Information:

McKinney-Vento Law & Guidance

Serving Homeless Children in Charter Schools

Mckinney-Vento Parent Information

Mckinney-Vento Student Information

Grandfather Academy Advisory Council

We follow the School Nutrition Program.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Records requests may be faxed to 704-870-3707.

Candy Butner, Data Manager, 828-897-4500