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
  • Ave Maria University
  • Averett University
  • Barton College
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Belmont University
  • Berry College
  • Bluefield College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brevard College
  • Butler University
  • CUNY Baruch College
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Campbell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Catholic University of America
  • Cedarville University
  • Christendom College
  • Christopher Newport University
  • The Citadel
  • Clemson University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • College of Charleston
  • Davidson College
  • DePaul University
  • East Carolina University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Elon University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Emory University
  • Faulkner University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida Southern College
  • Florida State University
  • 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
  • Hillsdale College
  • Hollins University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Jacksonville University
  • James Madison University
  • Keene State College
  • Kenyon College
  • The King's College
  • LIM College - New York
  • Le Moyne College
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Liberty University
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Long Island University
  • Longwood University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Loyola University - Chicago
  • Loyola University - Maryland
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Marymount University
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • Michigan State University
  • Mount St. Mary's University
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Norwich Military Academy
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Pace University
  • Penn State Behrend
  • Penn State Hazleton
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Radford University
  • Randolph College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Roanoke College
  • Rocky Mountain College
  • Rowan University
  • Salem College
  • San Diego State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Seton Hall University
  • Shenandoah University
  • Smith College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Andrew’s College
  • St. John’s University
  • St. Mary's College Indiana
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Temple University
  • Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Tulane University
  • United States Military Academy at West Point
  • University of Alabama at Huntsville
  • University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Denver
  • 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 San Francisco
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • 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
  • Vassar College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Washington & Lee University
  • Webber International University
  • Webster University at Vienna, Austria
  • Wellesley College
  • Western Carolina University
  • Whitman College
  • William & Mary
  • 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: 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.