North Carolina’s First Recovery High School Slated to Open Fall 2019

The Emerald School of Excellence, a 501(C)(3)  non-profit organization slated to open in the Fall of 2019, is  a community service driven organization which provides peer to peer support with the focus on educating students through faith, fitness and fellowship. The vision is to provide youths who have a substance use disorder with a quality education in a recovery friendly environment.

Emerald School will be community service driven and provide peer to peer support on a daily basis. Weekend family activities will take place in order to build a culture centered around honesty and trust. School leaders will be in regular contact with the prevention and recovery community and local Collegiate Recovery Programs to provide support for all students. This school will incorporate project and movement-based learning as well as incorporating culinary arts classes, music and the arts, and trade classes.  Creative thinking and preparing students for future goals will be at the core.

Starting with a core of 5, there are now 75 committee members, a strong Board of Directors, and thousands of supporters.  The founder is Mary Ferreri who served the past nine years as a Physical Education and Health Teacher. Her leadership roles and creative ways to keep students engaged have been her strengths. The more experience she acquired, the more she was able to assess what really helps students learn, stay motivated, and stay eager to be successful. After viewing Generation Found, an amazing documentary going into Archway Academy, the most successful recovery high school in the country, it was clear to Mary what had to be done: Create a recovery high school in North Carolina.

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