Thales Academy, a college preparatory network of Pre-K-12 independent schools, plans to open its 10 campuses, including its Waxhaw campus, for the first day of school on July 20, 2020 as scheduled for the first quarter of its year-round calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

Thales Academy’s eight North Carolina campuses — as well as its two new out-of-state campuses in Glen Allen, Va. and Franklin, Tenn. — are preparing each campus to be a safe, in-person learning environment for the 2020-2021 school start.

“We are committed to ensuring our students are able to continue to receive a high-quality education, so we are thrilled to be opening for the 2020-2021 school year,” said Bob Luddy, Founder and Chairman of Thales Academy, in a statement. “As always, Thales Academy will provide a strong education in a safe environment for all students.”

Thales Academy students in North Carolina completed their final quarter of the 2019-2020 school year virtually after Governor Cooper’s mandate shut down the schools last March, and the schools report receiving positive feedback on their virtual approach to continuing education during those months.

However, administrators, staff and families recognize the intangible benefits that the return to a traditional model of in-person instruction offers to students and their families.

“We strongly believe that providing an in-person educational experience is of utmost importance for the well-being of our students and families,” Josh Herring, Dean of Students, said in the statement. “Returning to school will help students to continue progressing academically and socially, will promote positive mental health, and will allow our working parents to focus on their obligations to their employers.”

Thales Academy reports it will be following all required practices that are known at this time. All procedures will be subject to change based on the most up-to-date information available throughout the school year, and Thales Academy will continue to monitor conditions and adjust accordingly.

“We are so proud to be able to serve students back on campus this quarter so that they and their families feel confident in their continued academic and educational progress,” said Bethany Bateman, Admissions Counselor, in the statement. “In this time of uncertainty for many school districts, we are glad to be able to offer educational strength and consistency for families at Thales Academy, and we do have limited openings at some of our campuses if anyone is still looking for a school option for their child for this school year.”

Tuition at Thales Academy is between $5,000 and 6,000 per year depending on grade and campus; scholarships, discounts and payment plans are available.

Thales Academy is offering a free modified version of its online K-5 coursework in a virtual trial, available as a supplemental educational resource. Students do not have to commit to enrolling at a Thales Academy campus to take advantage of this free educational offering.

Interested families can submit a short request form at to gain access to the program.

Thales Academy’s college-prep academics emphasize learning to mastery; character formation; real world skills development; and personalized attention.

The school strives to cultivate critical thinkers by teaching how to think, not what to think; fostering often forgotten skills such as writing and grammar; and developing leaders with high character.