Emerald School of Excellence

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Mary Ferreri
Main Address

4012 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205
United States

What We Do
Emerald School of Excellence is a new private, non-profit recovery high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, the first of its kind in the region. Emerald delivers a whole-person, student-centered education for students of all means, aged 13-21, who are in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The school serves students from throughout surrounding areas in both North and South Carolina. Emerald is more than a school; it is a professionally-led, peer-to-peer support community. Emerald School of Excellence's mission is to be a community service driven organization that provides peer-to-peer support with the focus on educating students through faith, fitness, and fellowship. Our vision is to provide quality education in a recovery friendly environment to youth with SUD. Through providing self-paced, individualized instruction and recovery support, Emerald School of Excellence aims to assist students with reaching long-term recovery, obtaining their high school diploma, and preparing for their next step after secondary education. The school hopes to reduce the burden on public systems (e.g., healthcare system, justice system, etc.) and combat the SUD epidemic through providing youth with SUD with early intervention that supports them in reaching sustained recovery.
Interesting Info
  • The return to use rate for traditional high schools is 70%. For recovery high schools like Emerald, it’s 30%.
  • Our year three retention rate was 90% and the average GPA for our 2022 graduating class is 3.28!
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