Thales Academy plans Apex expansion

aramos@newsobserver.comDecember 31, 2013 

Thales Academy’s first high school in Rolesville is under construction. The new high school in Apex will follow the same design.

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— Thales Academy, a chain of private schools with a location in Apex, is building a new middle school and high school facility that is set to open in 2015.

Currently, the academy serves about 390 students in kindergarten to ninth grade in one building at its Ambergate Station campus.

The school is close to reaching its 450-student capacity, said Kent Misegades, director of development for Thales.

With student enrollment growing by about 15 percent to 17 percent a year, the academy decided it was time to build a separate building for its secondary school and add grades 10 through 12, he said.

The school plans to break ground on a $10 million, 55,200-square-foot building for the middle school and high school in the next three months at 1200 N. Salem St.

The addition will allow Thales to serve about 500 students in grades six through 12, Misegades said.

Thales Academy has continued to grow in the Triangle because of its reasonable tuition, high academic performance and school-calendar stability Misegades said.

Tuition costs about $5,300 for elementary school students and up to $6,000 a year for higher grades, he said.

“That’s less than people pay for daycare, and we have no additional fees,” he said. “Parents like the stability in our school calendar. We have a single track year-round. People can plan their schedules. They know what to expect.”

Thales also has sites in Raleigh and Wake Forest. There are plans to open a high school in Rolesville by April; it will be Thales’ first high school.

Construction is set to begin soon on a new elementary school in Knightdale.

The high school curriculum focuses on critical-thinking skills, entrepreneurship and classical languages such as Latin and Spanish. Students must prepare a senior thesis and perform 100 hours of community service.

Each high school student will get an iPad, which is included in tuition.

The Thales High School on Salem Street will be the second private high school in Apex. The other is St. Mary Magdalene School in the Scotts Mill neighborhood.

Ramos: 919-460-2609; Twitter: @AlianaCaryNews

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