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Emerald School of Excellence

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Mary Ferreri
Main Address:
4012 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205

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 first year retention rate was 80% and the average GPA for students is 3.30!

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