Non-Cognitive Learning

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At Thales Academy, we believe in educating the Whole Student. Equally important to academics are an ethical character, real world skills, and the traits necessary for performing at a level of excellence. Our mission is to help students fulfill their potential, and we know we cannot succeed without fully preparing students for all aspects of college, career, and life in general. As a result, our curriculum encompasses a variety of non-cognitive learning opportunities - character formation, skills development, the Top 15 Outcomes of a Thales Academy Student, and numerous extracurricular activities - allowing our students to take their learning beyond the textbook.

It is fantastic that Thales has high academic standards that prepare the minds of the students for their future, but it is the safe and upright environment that makes an intangible impression that will have far reaching impact.
- Thales Parent

Non-Cognitive Learning

high-school

At Thales Academy, we believe in educating the Whole Student. Equally important to academics are an ethical character, real world skills, and the traits necessary for performing at a level of excellence. Our mission is to help students fulfill their potential, and we know we cannot succeed without fully preparing students for all aspects of college, career, and life in general. As a result, our curriculum encompasses a variety of non-cognitive learning opportunities - character formation, skills development, the Top 15 Outcomes of a Thales Academy Student, and numerous extracurricular activities - allowing our students to take their learning beyond the textbook.

It is fantastic that Thales has high academic standards that prepare the minds of the students for their future, but it is the safe and upright environment that makes an intangible impression that will have far reaching impact.
- Thales Parent

Top 15 Outcomes of a Thales Academy Student

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We have an exceptional culture of civility, fairness, and respect at Thales Academy. In all classroom lessons and teacher/student interactions, we incorporate our Top 15 Outcomes to encourage students to better themselves and reach new heights. By graduation, each of our students will have mastered all fifteen of these Outcomes.

  1. Unfailing Integrity compels a person to follow a strong code of ethics with honesty in all situations.
  2. A Cooperative and Contributive Team Member knows how to collaborate to achieve successful results.
  3. A Virtuous Leader with Well-Developed Judgment combines thinking skills and traits such as humility, generosity, and courage.
  4. A Strong Work Ethic links perseverance, reliability, and honesty.
  5. Self-Reliance creates confidence to depend on one's own powers and resources to meet all of one's needs.
  6. Dreams and Aspirations to Change the World help us remember that directed efforts bring us closer to our goals.
  7. A Truth Seeker searches for the correct, right, or accurate explanation of reality, following the scientific method.
  8. Traditional American Values and Entrepreneurialism drive a leader to build and sustain a thriving economy.
  9. A Critical Thinker discerns the truth of a statement or observation through questioning and examination.
  10. Well-Developed People & Communication Skills promote effective sharing with a clear message.
  11. A Continuous Learner takes lessons from all aspects of life and work, learns from mistakes, and adapts to change.
  12. Gratitude acknowledges the gifts one has been given and the contributions of others.
  13. Competent Technical Skills allow individuals to join modern technological industries and navigate modern life.
  14. A Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit offer the freedom to operate at an optimal level and achieve a higher sense of fulfillment.
  15. Astute Problem Solving leads one to identify the solutions to a problem, evaluate likely outcomes, assess risk, and choose correctly.
It makes us proud to be part of an educational institution which partners with us, not only in the child’s educational needs, but in stressing traditional values and growth in virtue.
- Thales Parent

Character Development

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Character education is a critical element in the Thales formation model. We strive to form individuals with high moral standards, encouraging students to confidently serve as leaders of integrity throughout all aspects of life and eventual career. We incorporate character development into our classroom lessons, school culture, and facilities. Character traits and their definitions are inscribed on our hallway walls, and students use transparent lockers without locks to encourage a spirit of honesty and respect. Some of the traits we foster include:

  • Good Judgment
  • Integrity
  • Self-Discipline
  • Ethics
  • Perseverance
  • Humility
  • Pride in Work
  • Respect
  • Creativity
  • Responsibility
  • Curiosity
  • Vision
  • Amiability
  • Love of Learning
  • Assertiveness
  • Intuition
  • Enthusiasm
  • Empathy
  • Confidence
  • Courage of Conviction
  • Self-Motivation
  • Commitment
  • Positive Attitude
  • Wisdom
  • Virtue
  • Generosity
Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.
- Thales of Miletus

Skills Development

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Crucial to preparing students for careers in today’s fast-paced world is the development of skills necessary for success. At Thales, we foster a multitude of technical and non-cognitive skills, equipping our students to be successful in any field they choose - not just academia. Many of these skills have been identified directly through our founder’s experiences in interviewing candidates for employment. Mr. Luddy interviews recent college graduates from all over the US, and often finds that they are lacking in a number of skills. Thales aims to remedy this problem, ensuring that our students are well-prepared to stand out as top-notch candidates following graduation. Some of the skills we teach include:

  • Persistence in learning
  • Finding correct and excellent information and having the courage to defend it
  • Assimilation of information
  • Critical thinking
  • Visualization
  • Using logic to engage in legitimate debate and make significant contributions
  • Clarity of thinking
  • Perspective
  • Clarity of written expression
  • Public speaking
  • People management
  • Using innovation and thinking skills to move beyond problems or failure
  • Initiative
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Developing good study habits
  • Alertness and involvement
  • Prudent risk-taking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Time management
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Kaizen: Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement
  • Adapting to change, rather than fearing it
The skillful man is superior to the strong man.
- Thales of Miletus

Extracurricular Activities

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Thales Academy supports a healthy balance of extracurricular activities in math, science, foreign language, athletics and other areas. These activities, which vary by campus, provide an opportunity for students to exercise leadership skills and expand their horizons, learning concepts and skills not commonly reviewed in the classroom.

Below is a sampling of extracurricular offerings at Thales Academy. Please note that not all options may be offered at all campus locations. Parents and students are always welcome to suggest additional activities to their local school administrators.


K-5 Activities:

  • Lego Club
  • Chess Club
  • Art Club
  • Golf Club
  • Drama Club
  • Book Club
  • Glee Club
  • STEM Club
  • Girls on the Run
  • Science Olympiad
  • Math Team
  • KidzArt
  • Bricks4Kidz
  • Chess Achieves
  • Olympians
  • Piano Academy
  • Hip Hop
  • Girl Scouts
  • Abrakadoodle

JH/HS Activities:

  • Chemistry Club
  • Cycling Club
  • Fencing Club
  • Technology Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Crochet Club
  • Lego Club
  • Key Club
  • Art Club
  • Book Club
  • Shakespeare Club
  • Code Club
  • German Club
  • History Club
  • Forensics Club
  • Needleworks
  • Junior Classical League
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spelling Bee
  • MATHCOUNTS
  • CarolinaKinder collaboration
  • Lunchtime French
  • Cary Chinese School collaboration
  • Youth & Government
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook
  • Pep Band
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Intramural Basketball
  • Rec League Soccer
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Co-ed Cross Country
  • Yoga
By fostering a spirit of generosity in our students now, I am confident that they will grow up to be energetic contributors in their communities…without expecting anything in return.
- Thales Teacher