Recognized Schools

NCGS Schools of Excellence 

Watauga High School, Boone, NC

NC Green School of Excellence, 2016- present

Watauga School demonstrates excellence in all five areas of the Green School rubric. Teachers, staff, and leaders within our school system work with students to create a culture that promotes the values of sustainability and conservation. A recent survey of teachers at our school indicates that sustainability plays a part in the curricula of a majority of classes, and that students apply what they have learned in the classroom within the community. Notably, students have designed, researched, and implemented projects such as a rain garden and multiple water bottle filling stations.

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Salisbury Academy, Salisbury, NC

NC Green School of Excellence, 2016-present, NC green School of Promise, 2015-2016

Salisbury Academy (SA) continues to purposefully plan and seek out new green initiatives in order to expand and promote environmental literacy for students, staff, parents, and the local community. Our school community has benefited from the addition of new partnerships and an increase of outdoor learning, critical thinking and problem solving, and integration of environmental concepts across multiple grades. It is our desire to continually increase, evaluate, and expand green opportunities.

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Evergreen Community Charter School

NC Green School of Excellence, 2016- present

Evergreen Community Charter School is a leader in the Green Schools Movement. As a founding member of the Green Schools National Network, Evergreen has been involved for years in national efforts to establish networks and share best green practices. We were involved in the creation of the GSNN GreenPrint, a set of guidelines for becoming a green school. And, in 2012 we were honored as a US DOE Green Ribbon School of Excellence.


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Cove Creek School, Vilas, NC

NC Green School of Excellence, 2016-present.

The school’s guiding principles emphasize “helping each child be a responsible citizen of the world and a role model in environmental stewardship”.


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Barnardsville Elementary School, Barnardsville, NC

NC Green School of Excellence, 2016- present. Barnardsville Elementary School a small, low income school consisting of 150 students. Although the resources are limited and the size is small the school strives to make a big difference in everything it does. Barnardsville Elementary is committed to creating a culture of environmentally conscious students and adults through incorporating sustainable practices and green curriculum into everyday education, play and school wide practices.

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Queens Creek Elementary, Swansboro, NC

NC Green School of Excellence, 2014-present. NC Green School of Quality, 2013-2014. Queens Creek Elementary School is designated as an International Green School under the Onslow County School System's themed elementary school initiative.  

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C.T. Koontz Intermediate School, Asheville, NC

NC Green School of Excellent 2015-2016. NC Green School of Quality, 2013-15.  "The Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School Environmental Literacy Team (ELT) consists of staff, parents, students and business partners and has diligently collaborated to ensure our school sustains recognition as a 2013-2014 Green School.  The staff committee began meeting in 2011 to create our Shared Purpose, “Growing environmental stewards for a sustainable future.”  The group also established our vision for the Koontz ELT which is “To serve as environmental leaders by forging community partnerships  and  inspiring life-long dedication to sustainability.”  

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Carolina Day School, Asheville, NC

NC Green School of Excellence, 2014-present.  Carolina Day School students used their bodies to create a “Living Earth” in the center of the athletic field for an aerial photo. Lower School, Middle School and Key School students wore blue as they skipped out to the field to outline the Earth and its continents. 

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Rainbow Community School, Asheville, NC

The first NC Green School of Excellence in 2013-present. Rainbow Community School has, as part of its mission, an academic program that revolves around integration of nature, science, and the environment.  From outdoor physical education classes and recycling, to water conservation and consciously cultivating a wildlife habitat, Rainbow Community School actively strives to build a compassionate and environmentally sustainable school.

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NCGS Schools of Quality 

The Raleigh School, Raleigh, NC

NC Green School of Quality, 2016-present

The Raleigh School is set on 18 wooded acres on the outskirts of Raleigh, NC. The school is blessed to have a campus ideal for environmental education and currently is designated as a National Wildlife Certified Wildlife Habitat. Bounded by two streams and adjacent to a planned City of Raleigh Greenway Trail, the campus is home to a variety of wildlife and plants that serve to extend learning beyond the traditional classroom walls. Teachers and children can often be found exploring the grounds, observing the natural world, and utilizing the land to aid in experiments and provide experiential learning opportunities.


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Charles D. Owen High School, Black Mountain, NC

NC Green School of Quality, 2016- present

With the creation of an innovative Green Team this year, Owen High is building a more sustainably minded culture through the collaboration of student leaders, teachers, parents, administrators and community partners. Administrative staff support green school ideas and are committed to creating an energy efficient and healthy school environment. The hope is that the commitment of each student and staff person goes beyond the school environment to include lifestyle and life long changes. Owen High School is committed to continuous growth informed by current research as witnessed by the establishment of advocate groups and numerous community partnerships.


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Fairview Elementary School, Fairview, NC

NC Green School of Quality 2016- present, NC Green School of Promise, 2013-2015

Fairview’s garden has been featured in the school newsletter, the school’s website, and in the Fairview Town Crier. In 2016 it was a part of ASAP’s Garden Tour. PTA members fund an Americorps volunteer who plans and implements lessons in the garden. Plants are introduced and foods are grown, harvested, and eaten. In the past the school has reused plastic bottles to warm the soil of the hoop houses in the garden. A horticultural therapist has assisted students with disabilities and raised beds were built in 2014 for ease of access. The garden is certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the NWF. The school offers a garden workday on Saturdays for parents, students, teachers, and community members to help maintain the garden. Our school applied for and has received a Master Gardeners Grant through the Buncombe County Extension Office. Fairview Elementary is the site of the Fairview Farmer’s Market, held each Saturday during the season.


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Hominy Valley Elementary School, Asheville, NC

NC Green School of Quality, 2015-16 Hominy Valley Elementary School in Candler recently received a N.C. Green School of Quality Award from the N.C. Green Schools Program, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability in the state’s schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Two Rivers Community School Receives NC Green Schools Award

Boone, NC – Two Rivers Community School, a K-8 public charter school in Boone, recently received the NC Green School of Quality award from the NC Green Schools Program, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in the state’s schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. 

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Carolina International School Advances as NC Green School of Quality

NC Green School of Quality, 2015-16, NC Green School of Promise, 2014-15Carolina International School (CIS) in Concord advanced to a NC Green School of Quality, a designation of the NC Green Schools Program, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in the state’s schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. 

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Hall Fletcher Elementary, Asheville, NC

NC Green School of Quality, 2013-present Hall Fletcher Elementary (HFE) is a caring academic community that strives to produce students who are curious and lifelong stewards of the earth. Everyday in the school one can find evidence of students and staff participating in green activities from utilizing the commercial composting service, recycling, gardening and much more. Hall Fletcher is a proud producer of budding environmentalists. Hall Fletcher also has many avenues for outdoor education.

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Cane Creek Middle School, Fletcher, NC

NC Green School of Quality, 2013-present. Lead Teacher: Todd Robertson. Cane Creek’s “Green Team” is very proud of the efforts the school is making in going green and has presented the school’s efforts to the public at the 2014 Home, Garden and Green Living Show. Cane Creek is committed to this cause and is working each year to not just maintain the programs implemented in the past but to improve on them while initiating new programs each year.

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Owen Middle School, Swannanoa, NC

NC Green School of Quality, 2012-13, 2015-2016. Lead Teacher: Teresa Cowan. The school culture of “green school practices” permeates all areas of the campus. This acts to showcase for the community at-large (students, parents, guests, neighbors, etc.) that OMS strives to maintain and promote environmental awareness in all areas. The school works through lessons, activities, field experiences, campus projects and more to expose school and community stakeholders that OMS is as “green”  as “green” as can be. The Green Team (teachers, staff, students, community members and supporting agencies) works as a collaboratively to be a “GREEN SCHOOL” representative for Buncombe County.

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NCGS Schools of Promise 

T.C. Roberson High School, Asheville, NC

NC Green School of Promise, 2016-present

T.C. Roberson High School is the most socioeconomically diverse school in Buncombe County. Additionally, T.C. Roberson is the largest Buncombe County School. Such a large and diverse student body augments to the vast difficulties of becoming a NC Green School. Despite these statistics, T.C. Roberson represents a Green School that has accomplished a multitude of changes, some still ongoing. Besides these accomplishments, the primary reason that Roberson represents a Green School is because of the student body’s ideals, activism and desire for self and communal improvement.


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