HOLLY SPRINGS — Thales Academy, a college preparatory network of K-12 independent schools based in North Carolina, is expanding its campus in Holly Springs to build a new junior high/high school building and a standalone gymnatorium building as it prepares to become a full K-12 campus.
The new buildings are slated to open for the 2024-2025 school year. Serving grades Pre-K through 7th grade this school year, the campus is adding 8th grade for the 2023-2024 school year.
It will continue to add grades through 12 grade in the future, contingent on adequate interest and enrollment for staffing.
"Holly Springs and Southern Wake County at large are experiencing tremendous growth, and we have had strong demand for our Thales Academy Holly Springs campus," said Bob Luddy, founder and chairman of Thales Academy. "I am so happy to announce the expansion of this campus to allow for us to accommodate more students and more grades and offer additional buildings and amenities to enhance their learning environment."
Mirroring the new construction taking place at the recently announced Thales Academy at Flowers Plantation campus expansion in Clayton, North Carolina, Thales Academy Holly Springs will add two new buildings to its campus: A second two-story school academic building similar in style to the existing building but with enhanced columns and features, as well as a standalone gymnatorium.
Both buildings will reflect a modern, yet classical, aesthetic modeled after beauty and order, and will offer large floor-to-ceiling glass windows that provide an abundance of natural light.
The expansion will add new campus facilities and amenities as well: a chemistry lab, a STEM/robotics/vocational arts lab, a weight room, and indoor volleyball and basketball courts. All facilities will boast a beautiful, secure design outfitted with the latest safety and security features, including controlled-access doors, security cameras, and background check systems for all visitors, as well as advanced HVAC units that provide up to 100% outdoor air for superior indoor air quality.
"I have worked at Thales Academy Holly Springs since its founding when much of our inaugural year of classes was held at another campus while we waited for our own campus building to be completed," remarks Molly Thomas, Administrator, Thales Academy Holly Springs. “So to see our Thales Academy Holly Springs campus experiencing such wonderful growth and expansion just a handful of years later is so exciting.”
The Junior High and High School programs at Thales Academy follow a classical curriculum — A systematic, rigorous program that develops a student's ability to think critically and deeply. Students in grades 6 through 12 benefit from the regular incorporation of the Socratic method of dialogue and discussion in the classroom, which encourages engagement beyond a traditional teacher-delivered lecture.
The classical curriculum includes an emphasis on humanities, science and math, foreign language (including Latin), grammar/logic/rhetoric, and a strong focus on character and virtue along with a personalized, high-caliber college advising program.
This curriculum creates a firm foundation for Thales Academy graduates who move on to attend top colleges and universities, often receiving generous scholarships, and serve in various professions.
This year, Thales Academy is particularly proud to celebrate a 2023 Truman Scholar honor amongst its recent graduates.
Tuition at Thales Academy Holly Springs for 2023-2024 is currently $5,300-$6,300 per year (varying by grade level). Scholarships, a Full Pay Discount, and payment plans are available. Limited spaces are still open in 4th, 5th, and 7th grades for the coming school year, and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Interested families can learn more and apply online at: www.ThalesAcademy.org.