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.

2017-2018 School Calendar

Parental Involvement 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)

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

Future Meeting Dates

August 19, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. – East Wing Conference Room

October 7, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. – East Wing Conference Room

October 21, 2016 – 12:30 p.m. – Grandfather Academy Gym

November 18, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. – East Wing Conference Room

December 16, 2016 – 12:30 p.m. – Grandfather Academy Gym

March 17, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – East Wing Conference Room

April 1, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – East Wing Conference Room

May 19, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – East Wing Conference Room

Previous Meeting Minutes

January 16, 2014

December 12, 2014

September 19, 2014

June 6, 2014

December 5, 2014

March 13, 2015

May 29, 2015

August 14, 2015

September 11, 2015

October 9, 2015

December 11, 2015

March 11, 2016

April 3, 2016

May 27, 2016

August 19, 2016

October 7, 2106

November 18, 2016

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

Records requests may be faxed to 828-897-4591.

Michelle Griffin, Principal 828-897-4581

Data Manager