Selected ISD Schools

The ISD oversees the transfer and operation of select public elementary schools and puts them under the management of qualified Innovative School Operators. The State Board of Education expects to select five qualifying schools for transfer to the ISD over the next few years. The ISD will start with one school in the initial 2018-2019 academic school year. Additional schools are expected to be selected and transferred to the ISD in the coming years.


Southside Ashpole Elementary

Southside Ashpole Elementary school in Rowland, NC  (Watch video)

The Innovative School District’s inaugural school is Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC, a rural community in southern Robeson County. The school has approximately 215 students enrolled in kindergarten through 5th grade. In coordination and cooperation with the local community and the Public Schools of Robeson County, the ISD launched its 5-year intervention at Southside Ashpole beginning in the 2018/2019 school year.

ISD’s intervention strategies include instructional coaching and monitoring to ensure that school lesson plans align to NC Standard Course of Study standards—with a strong focus on reading and math achievement; conducting staff development training to build teacher capacity in instructional best practices; and providing comprehensive family and community engagement programs and activities to maximize human and financial support. These efforts and others, will help foster improved student growth and achievement.

School Handbooks

2020-2021 School Calendar



Kicking Off the 2019-20 School Year with a Community Block Party!

Southside Ashpole Elementary held an Open House/Community Block Party for parents, families, students and the local community to kick off preparations for the 2019-20 school year.