Nine North Carolina charter schools have won 2023 Purple Star Awards, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction announced yesterday. These awards, which recognize service to military-affiliated students and their families, went to 336 public charter and public district schools across the state. The Purple Star Award program began in 2019-20, so this its fourth year of operation. Congratulations to all of these public schools for their exemplary service to military families!
The charter schools winning 2023 Purple Star awards are:
- Alpha Academy
- Anderson Creek Academy
- Northeast Academy for Aerospace & Advanced Technologies (NEAAAT)
- North Carolina Cyber Academy
- Pine Springs Preparatory Academy
- The Academy of Moore County
- Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy
- Southern Wake Academy
- Wayne Preparatory Academy
Of these nine charter schools, five are Coalition member schools (in bold).
In a Department of Public Instruction press release yesterday, State Superintendent Catherine Truitt said:
These Purple Star Awardees have gone beyond the standard call of duty to ensure their school and classroom environments accommodate military-connected students. Their dedication to these students allows them to be seen, heard, and valued in their new school and feel supported as they adjust to their new surroundings. The growth this program has seen in its few short years of existence is incredibly promising and something I am especially grateful for.
Here is how DPI summarized the requirements for the Purple Star Award:
Schools earning the Purple Star Award were required to have a staff member as a designated point of contact for military students and families, a designated central administration staff member supporting the point of contact in the school and also the provision of annual professional development addressing special considerations for military students and families. Purple Star schools also provide a dedicated page on their websites for military family resources or links to the district’s webpage with military family resources as well as a transition program to support inbound and outbound military students and families, along with a checklist for their use.
Click here to see the full list of 2023 Purple Star Award winners. Congratulations, Purple Star Award winners–and especially, to Coalition member schools!