The mission of Grandfather Academy is to provide special educational opportunities for students who have been estranged due to 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 their individual educational needs are met. We make every effort to ensure 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.  At that point, 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

Next Meeting of the Academy Advisory Council

Date: April 22, 2020

Time: 8:45 a.m.

Location: Grandfather Home, 64 Grandfather Home Drive, Banner Elk, N.C.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of Grandfather Academy Advisory Council Meeting Dates & Minutes


2019-20 School Calendar


2018-19 Performance Grade: F, Performance Score: 3

School Report Card – Parent Letter

NC School Report Cards

2018-19 School Performance


2013-14 School Performance

2014-15 School Performance

2015-16 School Performance

2016-17 School Performance

2017-18 School Performance


School Improvement Parent Letter

Comprehensive Progress Report


2019-20 Student Handbook

Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Parent and Family Engagement Policy (Spanish version)

Parent and Family Engagement Policy (Bold version)

Title 1 Parent Involvement Survey

Title 1 Information Sheet

Title 1 School-Parent Compact Form

Prohibition of Harassment and Bullying Policy

Project Child Find

Dispute Resolution

Student Behavior and Discipline Policy

Wellness Policy  – Anyone from the public is welcome to review or comment on our wellness policy. This can be done by contacting Stephanie Knowles at 828-898-5465 or or by attending any of the regularly scheduled Grandfather Academy Advisory Council meetings as posted on our website above.


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McKinney-Vento Law & Guidance

Serving Homeless Children in Charter Schools

Mckinney-Vento Parent Information

Mckinney-Vento Student Information


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