Asheville P.E.A.K. Academy is a tuition-free public charter school. At P.E.A.K. we strive to close the achievement gap through personalized instruction and character education to ensure youth from all demographics and backgrounds receive a quality educational experience that will allow them to achieve success in their academics and in life.



Through dynamic, culturally relevant instruction and limitless expectations, students at P.E.A.K. Academy will be empowered with the academic excellence, character traits, and love of learning necessary to become life-long scholars, leaders, and community stewards.


P.E.A.K. Academy will:

PREPARE students to become confident leaders, problem solvers, effective communicators, and life-long learners.

EMPOWER students to view themselves as change agents and community stewards, making real change in their community in partnership with local organizations.


Ensure all students ACHIEVE academic excellence and obtain the KNOWLEDGE, skill set, and virtuous character to reach their unlimited potential.


Principal's Message

Welcome to Asheville P.E.A.K. Academy!

I am honored and excited to be the School Leader for P.E.A.K. Academy.  My goal is to inspire staff, families, and the community to work together to provide students with a rich learning experience that supports academics and nurtures social growth.  P.E.A.K. Academy is committed to delivering high-quality academic excellence in an environment strengthened by diverse life experiences, embracing those differences, and serving all of our students and parents with equity.

We believe literacy is crucial for academic success.  At P.E.A.K. Academy, students will develop a love for reading.  Our dedicated, talented, and professional teachers will help your child transition from learning how to read to reading to learn.

Each new school year brings possibilities and opportunities to create new energy and a new purpose.  As we embark on this new journey, P.E.A.K. will establish a legacy of developing young minds through an engaging, fun, and challenging curriculum.  Nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina, I sincerely believe that what starts here at P.E.A.K. Academy can change the world.  Through creativity and problem-solving skills taught at an early age, we will ensure that students reach their highest potential.

On behalf of our children, I look forward to an exciting first year at P.E.A.K. Academy and building collaborative relationships with our parents, school community, and community partners.  Every student and parent who walks through our doors will always feel welcomed, respected, and appreciated.  Together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish for our children.

Thank you for visiting our website. 


Dr. Sherry Whitesides Poole

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Dr. Sherry Whitesides Poole
Founding School Director