Changing the way children are educated


AAC's board of directors is comprised of proven thought leaders in the education community. Our CEO, Tony Helton, began his career as a teacher of sixth grade geography and high school government AP. He went on to lead a charter school in Brevard, NC increasing test scores from 40.7 percent to 71 percent school wide. With the board and CEOs wealth of knowledge and leadership abilities, AAC advances schools from mediocre to exemplary using proven methods.


A rigorous cross-curricular approach is the only path to academic success. Achievement for All Children believes that research and implementation with fidelity proves that Core Knowledge, Core Knowledge Language Arts (CLKA) and Singapore Math are the bedrock of education.


AAC strives to turn mediocre schools into exemplary schools in the areas of compliance, finances, staffing, academics and facility.

We Innovate.

To improve academic achievement for all students, families and community members must support and be involved in the school.  Family and community participation is crucial in improving individual student achievement and overall school success.  AAC will help schools clearly communicate its mission and vision with staff, parents, and the community at large to ensure an academically rigorous school.


The Core Knowledge Sequence is so much more than standards.  It lays out content and skills to be taught in every subject including history, language arts, visual arts, math, science, and music. This across-the-board approach ensures a complete education.

Students must have background knowledge to be successful in any endeavor. Most people are familiar with the saying: “Three strikes and you’re out.” Imagine if you have no background knowledge of baseball. Without that background knowledge, even the Mensa member struggles to comprehend this simple saying.

The Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) program used in Kindergarten through 5th  grade is an all-encompassing reading program that not only provides much needed background knowledge, but also opens students to multiple, wide-ranging topics such as from Shakespeare's, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," "Native Americans," "What’s in our Universe," "The War of 1812," and immigration.

Singapore Math is a world-renowned program recognized as the leader in mathematics education. The results are staggering when used in its entirety in any setting. Schools struggling to see results have sudden shifts upward and schools already near the top see instant gains. Singapore Math is designed to teach for mastery not merely passing a test.


We Have a Passion for Success

The mission of Achievement for All Children (AAC), a North Carolina not-for-profit corporation, is to support the public schools in the State of North Carolina in achieving better outcomes for all children by focusing on our most socioeconomically and academically challenged K-5 public schools. Although rigorous coherent cumulative curricula is vitally important, we believe true success, however, must also have strong community support working together with an army of talented and committed educators in each of our public schools.

Click to read our Letter of Support from Core Knowledge President, Linda Bevilacqua

Achievement for All Children Applauds Innovative School District’s Recommendation of AAC

Superintendent Dr. Hall recommends AAC to manage Southside Ashpole

Charlotte, NC (March 19, 2018) – Achievement for All Children (AAC) is extremely pleased that Dr. Eric Hall, superintendent of the Innovative School District, has recommended AAC to manage Southside Ashpole Elementary to the State Board of Education.  

“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact on education in the state of North Carolina and very much look forward to working with the ISD and the State Department of Education,” said Tony Helton, CEO.  “In addition, we are committed to partnering with the community, parents, and staff at Southside Ashpole.”

AAC’s mission is to support the public schools in the state of North Carolina in achieving better outcomes for all children by focusing on our most academically challenged K-5 public schools. Although rigorous, coherent, cumulative curricula is vitally important, we believe true success must also have strong community support working together with an army of talented and committed educators in each of our public schools.

We will only succeed if we work as a team for the betterment of the children. When children are given high expectations along with the professionals and learning tools that will motivate, engage, and empower them to reach those high goals, children soar past those goals—every single time.  We look forward to serving the community of Rowland, North Carolina. 

Achievement for All Children Approved by State Board of Education to Operate Southside Ashpole Elementary

Charlotte, NC (April 6, 2018) – The State Board of Education (SBE) approved Achievement for All Children (AAC) to be the Innovative School Operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. Dr. Eric Hall, Superintendent for the Innovative School District (ISD), recommended AAC to be the operator and the SBE approved his recommendation on April 5, 2018.

“We are extremely grateful for Dr. Hall’s and the State Board of Education’s confidence in AAC to make an impact in the lives of the scholars at Southside Ashpole,” said Tony Helton, CEO.  “We are committed to not only impacting the lives of the scholars, but the Rowland community as a whole.”
AAC is ready and excited to partner with the ISD and to begin the selection and hiring process of the school director.  In addition, work will begin immediately on building relationships in the community to support Southside Ashpole.  With our proven curriculum and instructional model, committed staff, parents, and community partners, we are confident Southside Ashpole will soar to new heights.
We applaud SBE, ISD, and the state of North Carolina for their forward thinking and becoming true pioneers in education to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn, grow, and reach their full potential.