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School CultureKindness Seal 2022

TES’s school culture is built on community. Strong communities have members who have shared goals and experiences, who feel empowered to contribute, who trust in one another, and who feel understood and capable as individuals. TES’s safe, positive and caring classrooms enable respect, compassion, teamwork, cooperation, kindness, enthusiasm, and more. TES implements Responsive Classroom schoolwide, an evidence-based approach to building and maintaining positive school culture. 

In addition to our Responsive Classroom approach, TES helps children learn about important character building traits. In the 2019-23 school years, The Expedition School earned the distinction as a Kindness Certified School for its commitment to creating a culture of kindness.


Press & Media 

U.S News and World Report:  The Expedition School has been ranked #2 in North Carolina Charter Middle Schools, and #7 in North Carolina Middle Schools.  Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare their students for high school.

News & Observer: The Expedition School turns a missing emu into fun learningFrom attention to TES’s creative implementation of Project Based Learning, to the school’s commitment to engaging with the surrounding community to enhance real world learning, the school often finds itself in the news for the great work of its students and staff. Check out a few of our recent features!

Chapelboro: Orange County Embraces “Eno the Emu” Craze

Greensboro News & Record: Freebird: Since late June, an 'errant emu' has proven elusive to catch in Orange County

CBS 17: Emu madness takes over social media, classrooms in Orange County

WRAL Chanel 5:  Hillsborough Elementary Students Remember Eno the Emu

Daily Tar Heel: 'From Slavery to Freedom: The Power of Music' explores the emotions of Black history

WUNC: Why Learning Is So Much Bigger Than School