Our school is the result of many long hours spent over the course of 18 months by its founding members. Evergreen would not exist without the unswerving perseverance and love of these people and of the many others who have since joined us.
1998: Maureen Motley called a meeting of educators and parents to discuss the notion of starting a charter school committed to hands-on learning, parental involvement, and community-based education. Teachers Dori Drachman, Robbie Spiegel, and Lisa Garrett stepped forward to begin that journey. The summer of 1998 was spent reviewing “best practices” and creating the charter application that is the backbone of our school. We were joined along the way by parents Bob Williams, Eleanor Ashton, Mary Ann Watjen, and community member Deborah Buchanan.
1999: We received our final approval to open a charter school for up to 400 students in grads K-8 in Buncombe County. The school began with a faculty of 20 teachers operating under the leadership of Executive Director Maureen Motley and the oversight of a fifteen-member Board of Directors.
2001: After two years of operation, Evergreen adopted a school design called Expeditionary Learning Schools Outward Bound (now called EL Education) because this philosophy supports our mission and provides a framework that guides our efforts to improve our program.
2003: Evergreen expanded into a permanent 10-acre campus in the Haw Creek Valley. That fall, Dr. Jackie Williams started as Executive Director. Evergreen was designated by the state as a "School of Distinction.”
2003-2007: The Board and faculty built an infrastructure to support our school and employees and established a number of new programs—both core and enrichment. Some of the highlights of these years included the following: strategic planning and an action plan for school improvement; improvements in literacy programs; the acquisition of new technologies and software for diagnostic assessment and intervention for students with learning/language disabilities; additional enrichment and elective programs; a library; EverAfter clubs and care; and an Environmental Education Coordinator to lead our efforts regarding environmental responsibility. All of these efforts and significant improvements to our campus were supported by successful fiscal management and stability, as well as expanded fundraising efforts.
2007: With the retirement of Jackie Williams, Dr. Susan Mertz became the Executive Director. In the ensuing years, the Program for Advanced Learners and the Crew program were implemented. Evergreen became a founding member of the Green Schools National Network.
2009: The school achieves full SACS CASI accreditation through AdvanceEd, an organization that advances excellence in education worldwide. We were re-accredited in 2014.
2009: Evergreen's charter was renewed for 10 years. We became a national model for EL Education by hosting Site Seminars for participants across the country.
2010: Received the Exceptional Environmental Education Center award from the Environmental Educators of North Carolina for commitment to creating an environmentally literate student body and encouraging students to educate the general public about important environmental issues.
2009-2012: The NC Department of Public Instruction awards Evergreen the designation of Honor School of Excellence for superior academic performance.
2012: Evergreen was awarded the first ever National Green Ribbon School recognition, an honor bestowed on only 78 schools across the nation for excellence in environmental education and green practices. Evergreen unveiled its outdoor classroom and climbing wall in the fall.
2013: Awarded the U.S. Green Building Council, Charlotte Chapter Sustainability award in the K-12 Schools and Higher Education category for being in the forefront of teaching sustainability and allowing students to graduate aware and prepared to advocate for and to create environmental change. We also became an EL Mentor School.
2015: Evergreen named one of 41 most innovative schools in America by Noodle. We also became an EL Credentialed School and opened our ropes courses.
2016: In line with adventure programming, we began our mountain bike program.
2017: Evergreen named a North Carolina Green School of Excellence.
Today: Evergreen has grown its faculty and staff to 78 and enrolls 443 students. The school continues to thrive on research-based methods and innovative community partnerships that prepare students for successful lifelong learning, environmental responsibility, and service.
Evergreen in The NEWS
August 9, 2015: A Walk on the 'wild' side: what this Asheville math teacher did on her summer vacation , p.2
March 10, 2015: Kids' contributions
March 1, 2015: Watering the Sprouts
May 3, 2014: Evergreen school holds Luca Day to honor sick classmate
May 3, 2014: Evergreen Community Charter School rallies for recently hospitalized middle schooler
May 1, 2014: Earth Day at Evergreen builds community through service
April 2014: A School for Deeper Learning
April 2014: Heroes Night Celebrates Making a Difference
February 10, 2014: From Weaverville to Madison Square Garden
November 25, 2013: Evergreen Community Charter School third grader London Garrity ..
November 19, 2013: Students to plant American chestnut seedlings at Biltmore Estate
November 6, 2013: Evergreen Charter staffer receives Duke certificate
November 1, 2013: Halloween Holiday Parade
October 25, 2013: Evergreen Rock Hounds
September 28, 2013: Educators excited about new learning approach
September 25, 2013: Kindergarteners at MANNA
September 15, 2013: School Kudos: Evergreen Fifth Graders
September 2013: The ABCs of LOL
August 11, 2013: Young Entrepreneurs: Business is booming for savvy kids in WNC
August 1, 2013: Student Art Brightens Up Zoes Kitchen
May 6, 2013: During a two-day Site Seminar, Evergreen Community Charter School showcased how it uses "The Natural World" in its curriculum model.
August 21, 2012: Pizza Making
August 20, 2012: Evergreen dedicates the new climbing wall
June 17, 2012: Evergreen receives Green Ribbon
June 10, 2012: Evergreen gets outdoor classroom
June 10, 2012: Students compete in Wordslam
April 25, 2012: Asheville-area school celebrates national Green Ribbon award
April 24, 2012: Photos from the Citizen-Times about the Green Ribbon celebration
April 24, 2012: Evergreen charter school in Asheville wins 'Green Ribbon' award
April 18, 2012: Letter from State Superintendent June St. Clair Atkinson, Public Schools of North Carolina
Jan. 13, 2012: Asheville's Evergreen school hosts auction featuring works by local artists
Jan. 1, 2012: Evergreen Hosts Cyber Auction to Benefit Environmental Programs
Monday, Nov. 7, 2011: Evergreen Charter School honors veterans
Monday, Nov. 7, 2011: Schools receive grant to go green
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011: Asheville-area schools build reduce, reuse, recycle into culture
October 27, 2011: State Superintendent visits Evergreen Community Charter School
October 5, 2011: Evergreen wins Best School for 2011, and Tony Mele and Chris Weaver are the top teachers
October 28, 2010: Evergreen receives EENC Award
August 30, 2010: Tammy Watford visits Evergreen
August 29, 2010: Evergreen Offers Authentic Learning and Posts High Achievement Data
August 7, 2010: Evergreen Designated Honor School of Excellence
August 2010: Asheville, Buncombe schools become energy efficient, green
May 14, 2008: Evergreen students go sky high
January 11, 2008: Evergreen Community Charter School kids win national recognition
November 7, 2007: Beyond PE