New Thales Academy Pittsboro campus now accepting applications for 2021-22 school year

Pittsboro, NC – Thales Academy, a college preparatory network of K-12 independent schools, will be opening its newest campus in the Vineyards neighborhood of Chatham Park in July 2021–the first school to open in the Chatham Park community–and is now accepting applications for grades K-4 for the 2021-2022 school year. Subsequent grades will be added in the future to ultimately serve grades K-12.

Teacher conducting class at Thales Academy School in Holly Springs

Applications are first-come, first-served and will be open until seats are filled and a waitlist is created. Enrollment is open to all area families, not just Chatham Park residents. Tuition at Thales Academy Pittsboro will be $5,300 per year, and scholarships, discounts, and payment plans are available to further reduce this cost.

Hilary Herman-Pagliolo talks about Thales Academy coming to Chatham County.

“Our campuses typically fill up quickly due to our reasonable price, strong curriculum, and safe, wholesome environment, so interested families should reserve their space by applying early,” explains Bethany Bateman, Admissions Counselor. “Families can apply right from our website­–, and if they have any questions, they may contact .”

Thales Academy has named Johanna Murphy as the Campus Administrator for the new Pittsboro campus. Murphy has most recently served as Assistant Administrator at Thales Academy Raleigh and brings over a decade of elementary-level teaching experience across many grades as well as specialized educational work with elementary-aged children.

“I am thrilled to be a part of introducing our wonderful Thales Academy education model to the Pittsboro community and am so honored to help lead the first school opening in Chatham Park,” Murphy comments. “I cannot wait to welcome students to our newest campus in July!”

Hallmarks of Thales Academy include: rigorous, college-prep academics that emphasize learning to mastery; character formation; real world skills development; personalized attention and affordable tuition with no extra fees or fundraising. In addition to the low cost, other tangible benefits include: a stable, proven educational approach, a consistent calendar, and a simple dress code. 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 confident leaders with strong character.

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The Thales Academy Pittsboro campus will be similar to existing Thales Academy facilities with an emphasis on beautiful, natural-light-rich, secure design and outfitted with the latest safety and security features, including controlled-access doors, security cameras, and background check systems for all visitors. The facilities will feature a modern, yet classical aesthetic, which will allow students to learn in an environment modeled after beauty and order, and large floor-to-ceiling glass windows will flood classrooms with natural light. Ensuring students are well-versed in technology, the new campus will have Apple TVs in every classroom as well as shared iPad carts for student use.

Thales Academy currently operates ten campuses across North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, instructing over 3,500 students, and continues to add campuses as demand for its successful school model grows. For more information on Thales Academy and to apply for admission online, visit