Thales Academy - Accreditation

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:

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Alleghany College
  • American University
  • Appalachian State University
  • Auburn University
  • Averett University
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont University
  • Berry College
  • Barton College
  • Bluefield College
  • Boston University
  • Brevard College
  • Butler University
  • Campbell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Catholic University of America
  • Cedarville University
  • The Citadel
  • Clemson University
  • College of Charleston
  • CUNY Baruch College
  • Davidson College
  • DePaul University
  • East Carolina University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Elon University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Emory University
  • Faulkner University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Fordham University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Guilford College
  • Gwynn and Mercy University
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • High Point University
  • Hollins University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Jacksonville University
  • James Madison University
  • Le Moyne College
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Liberty University
  • LIM College - New York
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Long Island University
  • Longwood University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Loyola University - Chicago
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Norwich Military Academy
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Penn State Behrend
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Radford University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Roanoke College
  • Rocky Mountain College
  • Salem College
  • Santa Clara University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Shenandoah University
  • St. Andrew’s College
  • St. John’s University
  • Temple University
  • Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Tulane University
  • University of Alabama at Huntsville
  • University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of New Haven
  • 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 Pembroke
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Tampa
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • University of Virginia
  • Utah Valley University
  • Valparaiso University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Webber International University
  • Webster University at Vienna, Austria
  • Western Carolina University
  • William Peace University
  • Wingate University
  • Xavier 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.
  • 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 over 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