Rendering of Thales Academy at West New Bern. (subject to changes and refinement)

July 15, 2022 | New Bern, NC—Thales Academy, a college preparatory network of K-12 independent schools headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, is expanding to include its first eastern North Carolina campus, with a new location slated to open in the New Bern area in 2025. The school will be located just six miles west of New Bern, North Carolina’s historic downtown, in the planned community, West New Bern. West New Bern is a Weyerhaeuser Community with residences, amenities, retail, dining, medical facilities, office spaces and light industry.

Thales Academy New Bern will initially offer grades Pre-K–3rd for the inaugural school year, with plans to add a grade each year to grow to a full kindergarten through eighth grade campus (and perhaps eventually through twelfth grade, given adequate enrollment interest).

“We are honored to have the opportunity to bring our high quality, affordable private school education model to the New Bern community,” says Bob Luddy, Founder and Chairman of Thales Academy. “We pride ourselves on offering a rigorous, classical education that incorporates character formation in all grades and maintains affordable tuition. We are thrilled to share Thales Academy with families in eastern North Carolina.”

The Thales Academy New Bern campus will feature a modern, yet classical, aesthetic, allowing students to learn in an environment modeled after beauty and order. Large floor to ceiling glass windows will flood classrooms with natural light, colorful murals of the Founding Fathers and famous inventors will adorn the hallways, and a spacious playground with artificial turf will welcome students each day. The campus will be outfitted with excellent safety and security features, including controlled access doors, security cameras throughout all areas of the school, and background check systems for all visitors. Advanced HVAC units that supply up to 100% outdoor air will provide superior indoor air quality. Ensuring students are well-versed in technology, the new campus will have Apple TVs in every classroom, as well as shared iPad and MacBook carts. The Thales Academy New Bern campus will be open to all students and is not limited to West New Bern residents.

“We are very thrilled, not just for West New Bern but, for the Greater Craven County children who will have an outstanding educational choice in Thales Academy,” comments Rosemary Fagler, Economic Development Manager for Weyerhaeuser. “Thales is going to do well in Craven County, and so many children’s lives will be changed at Thales Academy New Bern through the power of education.”

Thales Academy currently operates fourteen campuses in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, instructing around 6,000 students, and continues to add campuses as demand for its successful school model grows, including its first South Carolina campus coming in 2024. Student formation is designed to develop the entire person, which is achieved through a research-based teaching method, best-in-class instructors, and a culture that embodies traditional values. Tuition varies slightly by campus location and grade levels, ranging from around $5,000 to just over $6,000 per year, and scholarships and payment plans are available.

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. Families interested in Thales Academy may learn more and submit an interest form for the New Bern location at Applications for the New Bern campus’s inaugural year will open in September 2024.

About Thales Academy

Thales Academy is a K-12 college preparatory network of schools that assists parents in cultivating virtuous, critical thinking, compassionate individuals. Thales Academy fosters high standards of accountability, academic achievement, and civic responsibility through the use of a rigorous curriculum, character development, and technical and non-cognitive skills development. Thales Academy seeks to deliver the highest quality education at the lowest cost to parents and the community. Students are well-prepared for success in college and beyond, consistently outranking nationwide peers on objective, standardized tests and mastering skills that last a lifetime.

 About West New Bern

West New Bern, A Weyerhaeuser Community, is a mixed-use, master-planned destination located at the highly desirable U.S. Highway 70 (future I-42) and N.C. Highway 43 corridor, just six miles west of New Bern, North Carolina’s historic downtown. The community is planned for up to 1,500 residences in a variety of styles, along with amenities, retail, dining, medical, office spaces and light industry. With approximately 540 acres in its first phase, West New Bern may expand an additional 1,000 acres south of U.S 70. Current onsite partners include Comet West New Bern Apartments, D.R. Horton Homes, New Bern Aesthetic Center and the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and Driver’s License Office.

About Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. Weyerhaeuser owns or controls approximately 11 million acres of timberlands in the U.S. and manages additional timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. Weyerhaeuser manages these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. They are also one of the largest manufacturers of wood products in America. The company is a real estate investment trust. In 2021, Weyerhaeuser generated $10.2 billion in net sales and employed approximately 9,200 people who serve customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser Company’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WY.