Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the tuition rate for students at Thales Academy?

Pre-K: Base Tuition Rate - $4,800 (less applicable deposit and application fees).

Elementary (grades K-5): Base Tuition Rate – $5,300 (less applicable deposit and application fees).

Junior High / High School (grades 6-12): Base Tuition Rate – $6,000 (less applicable deposit and application fees).

It is our mission to make Thales a viable option for all families. Be sure to take advantage of all possible discounts, check to see if you are eligible for a NC Opportunity Scholarship, and apply for financial aid from the Luddy Schools Scholarship Fund.

What are the school hours?

Visit our Bell Schedule page for school hours.

How is transportation handled at Thales Academy?

Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school each day. We do not have buses to transport children and rely solely on parent involvement for transportation. Each family is given a carpool tag and faculty members escort students to and from cars each morning and afternoon. Any changes in pick-up arrangements must be documented by Thales Academy. Every effort is made to ensure that the carpool process is quick and efficient.

What are the options for lunch at Thales Academy?

Our families provide both lunch and snack from home each day. We do not have a cafeteria but we offer an optional school lunch program through My Hot Lunchbox. Students are responsible for having a healthy snack and lunch from home daily. Students eat within their classrooms (K-5) and in the mezzanine (JH/HS) with their peers. Parent lunch volunteers are utilized to oversee the class during lunch to give the classroom teacher a break during this time. All volunteers have undergone a background check for safety.

Is there a dress code/uniform at Thales Academy?

Yes, please refer to our Uniform Page for detailed information.

Does Thales Academy offer before school care or after school care?

Yes. Before School Care is offered at most campuses; the rate is $5 per day. After School Care is offered at all campuses; please see our After School Care page for information and pricing. For hours of operation of Before School Care and After School Care at each campus, please visit our Bell Schedule page. For additional information, contact your local campus.

What standardized tests are required for students at Thales?

Thales Academy employs the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the PSAT/NMSQT to measure student performance. Please refer to our Standardized Testing Performance page for our most recent score reports.

What curriculum and/or methodology is used in instruction at Thales?

Please refer to our Academics section for information about our exceptional academic curriculum.

What is the average class size at Thales?

In order to provide high quality, low cost education, we do not limit class sizes but do observe guidelines appropriate to the grade level, teaching staff, and content. Direct Instruction in grades Pre-K-5 utilizes skill level grouping, ensuring that all children in a classroom are learning at the same speed and degree of difficulty. Continual one-on-one checks for retention ensure that all students in the classroom receive a highly personalized learning experience. In the upper grades, the Socratic Method of discussion allows for personal engagement within the group and ensures that all students have the opportunity to actively participate in classroom learning.

Is Thales Academy college preparatory?

Thales Academy is fully college prep. With our rigorous classical curriculum, wide range of electives, multiple extracurricular opportunities, the Luddy Institute of Technology, and personalized college application advising, students are extremely well prepared for post-secondary learning upon graduation.

How does the Thales curriculum compare to other alternatives?

Thales Academy’s curriculum far exceeds the UNC system base requirements for college admission. Compared to other high schools in the area, our offering is very competitive, preparing students with a rich content knowledge and impressive critical thinking and reasoning skills. Some standout courses that are unique to the Thales Academy experience include: Logic, Rhetoric, Philosophy & Ethics, Senior Seminar and the Senior Thesis, Latin, and the Luddy Institute of Technology. These courses in particular show colleges and universities that Thales students are excellent thinkers and are far ahead of their peers in college preparation. Most students do not take these courses until college (if even then), but Thales students are required to take all of them except for the Luddy Institute of Technology (an elective program) as part of the standard curriculum. The optional Luddy Institute of Technology introduces students to college level engineering concepts and specialized training years ahead of their peers.

Why is classical education valuable?

Classical education develops strong thinking and reasoning skills. History and literature are studied chronologically from the beginning of civilization to the present day, and are repeated twice during the JH/HS sequence to allow for greater learning potential and advanced analysis. Latin is studied because it is the foundational language of modern civilization and contributes to a vast number of fields including English and all of the Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, etc.), the modern sciences and medicine, law and government, grammar and writing, and others. Latin helps students to be strong thinkers and writers and ultimately serves as the foundation of all other learning. Grammar, logic, rhetoric, philosophy, and ethics prepare students to formulate ideas, communicate ideas clearly, and discern truths and falsehoods when examining others’ ideas.

Classical education is a systemized approach to comprehensive learning and is based on 3000 years of human civilization. The rigor encountered through classical learning fosters a strong work ethic as well as perseverance. Students who learn through the classical method are excellently prepared for any endeavor faced in the modern world.

For more information, visit our Classical Education page.

Does Thales Academy offer AP classes?

Thales Academy offers AP classes in the high school grades: AP Calculus, AP Latin, AP Spanish Literature, and AP Physics. Beyond these courses, Thales has opted not to offer any other AP classes because they require time consuming and expensive teacher training and can often lead to teaching to the test. The standard Thales curriculum is designed to far exceed the rigor and scope of AP coursework. Students may always choose to take the AP test without taking an official AP course, and many will likely qualify for AP college credit this way. In addition, students may opt to take blended learning AP courses online from school-selected 3rd party providers during the regular school day in addition to their standard course load.

A small offering of AP coursework does NOT disadvantage a student’s college application. The rigor of the Thales curriculum is impressive in itself to colleges and universities. As long as colleges and universities see that applicants have challenged themselves to the best of their ability within the context of the Thales curriculum, Thales seniors will compete very well with students from other high schools.

Does Thales offer electives and extracurricular activities?

Thales Academy offers a wide range of electives and extracurricular activities that continues to grow each year, even in the elementary grades. When evaluating student resumes, quality, not quantity, matters most to colleges. If a student has opted to participate in one or two primary extracurricular activities throughout their high school career, and can speak very passionately about those involvements, colleges will be impressed, despite the low quantitative number of activities. Thales Academy plans to continually re-evaluate the electives offered and add new courses as demand and staffing can support them. Students are always welcome to start their own extracurricular involvements as well (which is even more impressive to colleges if they establish the group themselves!).

Is Thales Academy accredited?

Thales Academy chooses to opt out of accreditation; please refer to our Accreditation page for a full explanation. Essentially, the accreditation process is extremely time consuming, limiting, and expensive. Accreditation is NOT required for college admission. When examining applicants for admission, colleges and universities evaluate the overall rigor of the high school and the student’s academic performance, standardized test scores, extracurricular involvement, recommendations, and essays. Accreditation is NOT a factor in post-secondary institutions’ decision-making process. Last year, Thales students received college acceptances to Davidson College, Virginia Tech, NC State University, and UNC Chapel Hill. Our sister schools, which are not accredited, have received hundreds of acceptances to top tier schools for many years.

In order to provide the highest quality education for our students, focus our time exclusively on our students’ needs, and maintain an affordable tuition, Thales Academy has opted to refrain from applying for accreditation.

How is student safety and security addressed at Thales Academy?

Student and faculty safety is our highest priority at Thales Academy. In the wake of recent safety concerns throughout the world, we have greatly strengthened our security measures to ensure every student is protected and safe from harm. All doors at our campuses are electronically locked at all times. Visitors may enter through the front door after being buzzed in, and must check in at the office before being allowed entry to the school. In the case of emergencies, all campuses are outfitted with the CRS Notify System, an electronic panic button that immediately notifies the entire school, Thales Academy management, and local authorities of an emergency situation. All campuses practice monthly school-wide fire and code red drills.

What is the parent/teacher communication process at Thales?

One of the elements parents love most about Thales is our commitment to parent/teacher communication. In the lower grades, communication is frequent, with student folders, emails, phone calls, notes to parents, classroom websites, newsletters, and parent/teacher conferences informing families of school events and individual student progress. In the upper grades, students are expected to organize necessary information on their own, but families also receive frequent emails and newsletters as well as a mid-year parent/teacher conference. At all grade levels, academic grades, homework assignments, and classroom specific information is distributed via Canvas, our learning management system. Families may log in at any time to view academic progress through the year. In cases of inclement weather or emergencies, information is distributed via social media, text, and Canvas. All parent inquiries receive a prompt and thorough response, usually within 24 hours.

How is bullying handled at Thales Academy?

Bullying in any form is not tolerated at Thales Academy. Any disruption of the learning environment that interferes, impedes, or distracts from students’ learning or hampers the climate of the learning environment will be disciplined swiftly and appropriately. Families are encouraged to report any incidences of bullying to campus administration so that issues can be addressed immediately.

Are students permitted to bring food containing nuts to school?

We do not maintain nut-free campuses, but accommodations for individual homerooms and grade levels are made as needed. Campus staff will advise on the nut policy for each class.

What is my return on investment with Thales?

Thales Academy offers a comprehensive education and preparation that is unmatched on rigor, scope, and affordability. Excellent academics, character formation, a safe and wholesome environment, life skills development, personalized attention, and the fostering of a lifelong love of learning all make Thales an excellent choice that is worth far more than the tuition price.

I am continually impressed with the faculty at Thales. I’m certain there isn’t a better group of adults that I would like teaching our child. Every faculty member we see knows each child by face and name.
- Thales Parent