On Thursday, September 5th 2019 Envision Science Academy was officially recognized by the State Board of Education at their regular meeting as a NC Model STEM School of Distinction, the only school in the State to pass the rigorous application process in 2018-2019. Envision is 1 of 2 charter schools to hold this title and 1 of less than 10 public schools in the State to have the highest "Model" designation. Erica Prentice, Dean of the Lower School, and students Hailey Garza (grade 5) and Sia Bhatia (grade 8) spoke on behalf of the school at the presentation ceremony at the State Board. In addition, Charles Fuller, Executive Director, Bill Prentice, STEAM teacher, and several members of the Envision Board of Directors represented the school at the presentation.
On February 7th, 2022 Dr. Fuller was recognized as one of four finalists for the Wells Fargo Charter School Principal of the Year. This is a state-wide award and is a great honor to be chosen as a finalist. One of the core components that is looked for in applicants is that they "create a climate of inquiry that challenges the school community to continually re-purpose itself by building on its core values and beliefs about its preferred future and then developing a pathway to reach it." Dr. Fuller certainly embodies this characteristic and we are grateful the state is recognizing what an incredible leader we have here at ESA!
U.S. News recently published their first-ever rankings of public elementary and middle schools, and the news is good for Envision Science Academy. It placed
among the top 30% of elementary and middle schools in the state of North Carolina, making it BOTH a U.S. News Best Elementary School and a Best Middle School. Of the 80,000 U.S. public elementary and middle schools that were evaluated by U.S. News, barely 1,000 earned both awards. See the full article linked here.
On March 7, 2019, the NC State Board of Education approved a 10-year charter agreement renewal for Envision Science Academy. Ten years is the maximum renewal period any NC charter school can be granted. Envision's tremendous success is a testament to the hard work, dedication and support from our staff, students, families and community supporters.
Cigna awarded Envision Science Academy a generous grant and deployed one of their employees to serve as our Community Ambassador Fellow. The collaboration will include hands-on learning about the important role healthy food plays in everyday lives. The funds will be used to support the Envision outdoor learning space/community garden, where the school will partner with local experts such as garden designers, farmers, chefs, nutritionists, fitness trainers and others to promote and support community wellness.
Envision Science Academy was awarded the Promoting Innovation in Science and Math (PRISM) Grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The grant provides funds for materials, equipment, and supplies related to the implementation of high quality curriculum and activities in and outside of the classroom. Envision will use the funds to construct an outdoor learning center/community garden in the 2018-19 school year.
Envision Science Academy received a grant from the Action for Healthy Kids public-private partnership. The organization is dedicated to promoting school health by focusing on improved nutrition and increased physical activity for students. Envision will use the grant to support the outdoor learning center/community garden initiative that is funded through the Burroughs Wellcome PRISM Grant.