Thales Academy Knightdale announced recently that they will be expanding. The independent school, which is one of several across North Carolina in the Thales college preparatory network has to this point only been for Pre-K- Grade 5 at the Knightdale Station location. However, as first revealed on April 7, the school will be accepting students for Junior High School, grades 6 and 7 in the 2020-21 school year. They will then add 8th grade in the following 2021-22 school year.
Thales Academy Knightdale Administrator Weighs in on Addition of Junior High Students
The administrator at the Thales Academy Knightdale location, which is in the Knightdale Station community, is Hilary Herman-Pagliolo. She spoke on the day of this big announcement to Carolina Parent magazine. In that interview, Ms. Herman-Pagiolo said as follows.
“Our sixth, seventh and eventually eighth-grade students enjoy developmentally appropriate older student responsibilities and privileges.” She continues detailing the “privileges spoke of to include, “locker use, an eight period school day with class changes, and iPads for use on classwork and homework.”
She explains the great opportunity each individual child gets in the Thales network. She adds. “They also benefit from a predictable, secure environment and valuable leadership opportunities.” She concludes as follows. “We are thrilled to be growing into a full Pre-K-8 school to provide this positive, expanded educational experience for our students.”
Additional thoughts on Expansion from Raleigh Thales Administration
Much like Ms. Herman-Pagliolo, the Thales Academy Raleigh Administrator, Heather Brame, seemed thrilled to be a part of the expansion announcement. Ms. Brame also spoke with Carolina Parent, expressing similar feelings as those shown by her Knightdale counterpart.
Directing her comments to the magazine towards parents of current Thales’ students, Ms. Brame began. “We are excited to be expanding our campus to allow for continued growth and stability for our families … through students’ formative middle school years.” She adds, “The Thales Academy junior high Classical Curriculum is designed to naturally build upon our elementary Direct Instruction foundation.”
She also discusses how the Thales curriculum aids the children as they mature through the system. Brame points out how older students develop independence and critical thinking skills. She concludes, “To be able to offer this full progression for our students in a familiar and secure environment provides such value to their continued success as they mature.”