Tryon Elementary School has again received Purple Star recognition from the Department of Public Instruction for its support of military students and families.

North Carolina has long been home to a large population of active duty, guard, reserve and veteran armed service members. In recognition of the state’s rich military history, the Department of Public Instruction has honored almost 300 schools as part of its Purple Star Award Designation initiative, which first launched in the 2019-20 school year.

For the 2020-2021 school year, 288 schools, including five charter schools and seven Department of Defense Education Agency (DODEA) schools, will receive the Purple Star recognition. These schools hail from 13 districts across North Carolina and represent an increase from the 10 districts in which schools earned the recognition in the prior school year.

It marks the second consecutive year that Tryon Elementary has received the Purple Star recognition.

Additionally, eight districts will be honored with the State Superintendent’s Purple Star District Award, as all of the schools in the eight districts qualify for the Purple Star designation. These districts include: DODEA Camp Lejeune Schools, Carteret County Schools, Cumberland County Schools, Harnett County Schools, Moore County Schools, Pender County Schools, Wayne County Public Schools and Whiteville City Schools. The schools who have earned this recognition will be honored at a virtual ceremony on April 14.

Of the 288 schools awarded, 156 were new applicants, demonstrating how much this program has grown since it first launched back in 2020. Notably, seven of the eight districts receiving the State Superintendent’s Purple Star Districts Award are also first-time award recipients for being military-friendly districts.

The department is proud to continue this initiative as a way to honor the schools that demonstrate military-friendly practices and a commitment to military students and families. Schools across the state applied for the special designation, and schools deemed as Purple Star Schools are those that completed several required activities, plus an optional activity, aimed at ensuring strong support for students of military families.

Schools earning the Purple Star Award were required to have a staff member as a designated point of contact for military students and families, a designated central administration staff member supporting the point of contact in the school and also the provision of annual professional development addressing special considerations for military students and families.

In addition, Purple Star schools provide a dedicated page on their websites for military family resources or links to the district’s webpage with military family resources as well as a transition program to support inbound and outbound military students and families, along with a checklist for their use.

For the optional activities, awarded schools selected from one of five activities with many of the schools opting for more than one. These include a school-hosted annual military recognition event such as Month of the Military Child, Month of the Military Family, Purple-Up! For Military Kids!, Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day. Schools may also have conducted a support project connecting the school with the military community, such as adopt-a-school, letters or care package collections for troops, a staff common-read book about military students or a school video or slideshow of pictures to highlight certain aspects of the school facility (i.e. gym, cafeteria, media center, typical classroom, playground) on its website as a way to help orient new students transitioning to the area.

After review of all applications, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is proud to award the following schools with the 2020-21 Purple Star Award Designation:

Charter Schools

Alpha Academy, Fayetteville

NEAAAT, Elizabeth City

Anderson Creek Academy, Spring Lake

Wayne Preparatory, Goldsboro

Peak Charter Academy, Apex

DODEA Camp Lejeune Schools

Bitz Intermediate School

Brewster Middle School

DeLalio Elementary School

Heroes Elementary School

Johnson Primary School

Lejeune High School

Tarawa Terrace Elementary School

Carteret County Schools

Bogue Sound Elementary School

West Carteret High School

Bridges School

Broad Creek Middle School

Newport Middle School

Beaufort Middle School

Morehead City Primary School

Beaufort Elementary School

Atlantic Elementary School

Harkers Island Elementary School

White Oak Elementary School

Newport Elementary School

Marine Science and Technologies Innovative High School

Morehead City Middle School

Morehead Elementary School

Down East Middle School 

Croatan High School

East Carteret High School

Smyrna Elementary School

Craven County

Havelock High School

WJ Gurganus Elementary School

Tucker Creek Middle School

Creekside Elementary School

Bridgeton Elementary School

Havelock Elementary School

Oaks Road Academy

Grover C. Fields Middle School

Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School

West Craven Middle School

Early College EAST High School

Roger Bell New Tech Academy

Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School

New Bern High School

Ben D. Quinn Elementary School

Havelock Middle School

JT Barber Elementary School

Trent Park Elementary School

Graham A. Barden Elementary School

West Craven High School

Brinson Memorial Elementary School

Cumberland County

Cumberland International Early College High School 

Teresa C. Berrien Elementary School

Cumberland Academy 6-12

Howard Learning Academy

Ashley Elementary School

Ed. V. Baldwin Elementary School

Cumberland Academy K-5

New Century International Elementary School

Cliffdale Elementary School 

Cumberland Polytechnic High School

JW Seabrook Elementary School 

Glendale Acres Elementary School

Max Abbott Middle School 

Morganton Road Elementary School

Ponderosa Elementary School 

Westarea Elementary School

Howard Hall Elementary School

William T. Brown Elementary School

E E Miller Elementary School

Brentwood Elementary School

Melvin Honeycutt Elementary School

Hope Mills Middle School

E.E. Smith High School

Vanstory Hills Elementary School

Cumberland Mills Elementary School

Rockfish Elementary School

District 7 Elementary School

Pine Forest Middle School

Lillian Black Elementary School

Long Hill Elementary School

Douglas Byrd Middle School

Lewis Chapel Middle School

Pine Forest High School

Seventy-First Classical Middle School

Luther Nick Jeralds Middle School

Cumberland Road Elementary School

Alger B Wilkins High School

Montclair Elementary School

Anne Chestnut Middle School

Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary School

Raleigh Rd. Elementary School 

Alma Easom Elementary School

Ferguson-Easley Elementary School

Lake Rim Elementary School

William H Owen Elementary School

New Century International Middle School

Stoney Point Elementary School

John Griffin Middle School

Benjamin J. Martin Elementary School

Stedman Elementary School

Anne Chestnutt Middle School

Jack Britt High School

Massey Hill Classical High School

Mary McArthur Elementary School

College Lakes Elementary School

Margaret Willis Elementary School

South View High School 

Westover Middle School

Sherwood Park Elementary School

Lucile Souders Elementary School

Armstrong Elementary School

Cape Fear High School

Terry Sanford High School

Mac Williams Middle School

Stedman Primary School

Sunnyside Elementary School

Gallberry Farm Elementary School

South View Middle School

Eastover-Central Elementary School of Arts

Douglas Byrd High School

Beaver Dam Elementary School

J.W. Coon Elementary School

Gray’s Creek Elementary School

Ramsey Street High School

Loyd Auman Elementary School

Alderman Road Elementary School

Spring Lake Middle School 

Manchester Elementary School

Ireland Drive Middle School

Wayne Collier Elementary School

Cross Creek Early College High School

Warrenwood Elementary School

Bill Hefner Elementary School

The Walker Spivey Elementary School

Reid Ross Classical School

Westover High School

Gray’s Creek High School

Seventy-First High School

Gray’s Creek Middle School

Harnett County

Harnett County Early College High School

Wayne Avenue Elementary School 

Anderson Creek Primary School

Harnett Central High School

Western Harnett Middle School

Coats Erwin Middle School

Coats Elementary School

Boone Trail Elementary School

LaFayette Elementary School

Benhaven Elementary School

Overhills Middle School

Lillington Shawtown Elementary School

Triton High School

Buies Creek Elementary School

Dunn Middle School

Overhills Elementary School

Western Harnett High School

Overhills High School

North Harnett Primary School

STAR Academy

Harnett Primary School

Highland Middle School

Harnett Central Middle School

Angier Elementary School

South Harnett Elementary

Highland Elementary School

Erwin Elementary School

Johnsonville Elementary School

Hoke County Schools

Scurlock Elementary School

West Hoke Elementary School 

Upchurch Elementary School

West Hoke Middle School

East Hoke Middle School

Hawk Eye Elementary School

J.W. McLauchlin Elementary School

Sandy Grove Middle School

Don Steed Elementary School

Rockfish Hoke Elementary School

Sandy Grove Elementary School

Sand Hoke Early College High School

Johnston County

Smithfield-Selma High School 

Moore County Schools

North Moore High School 

Elise Middle School

West Pine Middle School

West Pine Elementary School

Aberdeen Elementary School 

Vass-Lakeview Elementary School

Southern Middle School

Cameron Elementary School

Southern Pines Elementary School

Pinecrest High School

West End Elementary School

Carthage Elementary School

McDeeds Creek Elementary School

Robbins Elementary School

Crain’s Creek Middle School

New Century Middle School

Pinehurst Elementary School

Highfalls Elementary School

Westmoore Elementary School

Sandhills Farm Life Elementary School

Union Pines High School

The Community Learning Center at Pinckney

Onslow County

Swansboro High School

Hunters Creek Middle School 

Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School

Northwoods Elementary Magnet School of Technology and Innovation

Dixon Elementary School

Dixon Middle School

Heritage Elementary School of Richlands

Trexler Middle School

Richlands High School 

Carolina Forest International Elementary School

Swansboro Middle School

Blue Creek Elementary School

Northwoods Park Middle School

Southwest elementary school

Swansboro Elementary School

Parkwood Elementary School

Jacksonville Commons Elementary School

Meadow View Elementary School 

Sand Ridge Elementary School

Pender County

Surf City Middle School

Cape Fear Elementary School

West Pender Middle School

Rocky Point Elementary School

Surf City Elementary School

Penderlea School

South Topsail Elementary School 

Heide Trask High School

C.F. Pope Elementary School

Topsail High School

Topsail Elementary School

North Topsail Elementary School

Cape Fear Middle School

Topsail Middle School

Burgaw Middle School

Malpass Corner Elementary School

Pender Early College High School

Pender High School

Polk County

Tryon Elementary School

Wayne County

Norwayne Middle School

Grantham Middle School

Wayne Early/Middle College High School

Mount Olive Middle School

Charles B. Aycock High School

Southern Wayne High School

Rosewood Middle School

Spring Creek Middle School

Grantham Elementary School

Tommy’s Road Elementary School

Greenwood Middle School

Northwest Elementary School

Edgewood Community Developmental School

Spring Creek High School

Rosewood Elementary School

Eastern Wayne High School

Eastern Wayne Elementary School

Carver Elementary School

Brogden Middle School

North Drive Elementary School

Spring Creek Elementary School

Eastern Wayne Middle School 

Carver Heights Elementary School

Fremont Stars Elementary School 

Meadow Lane Elementary School

Northeast Elementary School

Brogden Primary School 

Goldsboro High School

Wayne Middle High Academy

Wayne School of Engineering

Dillard Middle School

Rosewood High School

Whiteville City Schools

Whiteville Primary School

Edgewood Elementary School

Central Middle School

North Whiteville Academy

Whiteville High School