A+ Voices

This series of unscripted one-minute videos provides a glimpse into A+ Schools of North Carolina through the voices of A+ students, teachers, principals and parents.

The videos were filmed on location at A+ schools in Columbus, Durham, Forsyth, Polk and Wake Counties.

Produced and directed by Rodrigo Dorfman
Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major performed by the Ciompi Quartet


A Student's Voice


"Integrating the arts helps me understand my subjects."

Claire, Senior, Reynolds High School


"There's really no wrong way to do art."

Harrison, 8th Grade, East Millbrook Middle School


"I love our A+ School!"

Brooke, 5th Grade, Bugg Creative Arts & Science Magnet Elementary


"I think you should try A+!"

Julia, 4th Grade, Saluda School


A Teacher's Voice

"We are always striving for internationally-minded, creative students."

Curt Carlyle, Dramatic Arts, East Millbrook Middle School


"Learning through the arts creates conversation."

Natalia Disney, 1st Grade, Douglas Creative Arts & Science Magnet Elementary


"Using A+ is like a hook."

Carolyn Florence, 2nd Grade, Douglas Creative Arts & Science Magnet Elementary


"It allows our children to grow."

Sonya Mitchiner, Kindergarten, Bugg Creative Arts & Science Magnet Elementary


A Principal's Voice

"We’ve had drastic increases in academic performance."

Deanna Shuman, Principal, Chadbourn Elementary


"Nobody remembers worksheets."

Ronette Dill, Principal, Saluda School


"Children will rise to the occasion."

Carolyn Pugh, Principal, RN Harris Integrated Arts/Core Knowledge Magnet


A Parent's Voice

"You have to be able to think out of the box."

Ali Heston, parent of 3 A+ students


"A+ Mama!"

Toya Chinfloo, Parent of former A+ student & dance educator