Accreditation

accreditation

The accreditation process does not align with Thales Academy’s mission and would prevent Thales from maintaining our standard of the highest quality education. Too often, accreditation burdens staff and teachers with bureaucratic requirements, forces harmful changes to core policies and curricula, and does not correlate positively with student performance (this is evidenced by low graduation rates in accredited schools).

At Thales Academy, we prefer to concentrate our full efforts on student achievement, academic excellence, and character and skills development.

Parents are often concerned that secondary school accreditation affects college placement. It is important to note that college and university admissions are based on student achievement, SAT/ACT test scores, and high school transcripts, not accreditation. Colleges make independent evaluations on the rigor and quality of each high school’s grading system and programs, regardless of accreditation status.

Thales Academy students have gained acceptance to the following colleges and universities:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Averett University
  • Barton College
  • Brevard College
  • Campbell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Clemson University
  • The Citadel
  • Davidson College
  • East Carolina University
  • Elon University
  • Fordham University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Guilford College
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • High Point University
  • Long Island University
  • Longwood University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Penn State Behrend
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Rocky Mountain College
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Tulane University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Kansas
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Western Carolina University
  • William Peace University
  • Wingate University

Thales Academy offers excellent academic preparation and our test scores prove repeatedly that Thales students are far ahead of their peers nationally in all subjects and on the PSAT. Colleges across the US make no requirements that their applicants must graduate from accredited schools, but they do look for students, like those found at Thales Academy, who excel academically and are well formed to succeed in college and beyond.

For those with further concerns about accreditation, consider the following:

  • From the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education: "Most colleges accept students from a non-accredited high school (public or private) as long as: (a) The school is in compliance with the school laws of the state in which it is located; (b) The prospective college student achieves a certain minimum score on either the ACT (American College Test) or the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)." Thales Academy is in full compliance with North Carolina school laws, which can be viewed here.
  • The UNC Code/Policy Manual contains Special Consideration 5: "The University of North Carolina and its constituent institutions are committed to equality of opportunity. There will be no discrimination on the part of the constituent institutions of the University against applicants for admission, regardless of whether they attended a public or non-public high school."
  • Headmaster Brad Watkins of our sister school, St. Thomas More Academy: "We send all of our graduates to four-year colleges. There isn't…a place on any part of the college application that asks if the student attended an accredited school." St. Thomas More Academy maintains a consistent record of impressive college acceptances and scholarship awards each year.
  • Homeschooling: Currently, there are nearly 100,000 homeschool students in NC and nearly 2,000,000 across the US. These students are not associated with any accredited institution, yet they still successfully apply and gain admission to colleges and universities each year.
  • Recent events concerning Wake County Public Schools show that accreditation companies can go beyond their primary purpose of evaluation and attempt to change major policies and curricula, which is completely counter to Thales Academy's insistence on independence.

Thales Academy is dedicated to providing the best possible opportunities to every student.

[My daughter] will be going into 2nd grade next year and she will be starting the year in the 3rd grade mathematics and reading curriculum…I know [she] is being better prepared for college and life in general than she would be at any other school.
- Thales Parent