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CTE-minded learners have access to multiple resources

After-school program offers kids a path to success

11 THE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Explore private school

RESOURCES 22 HISTORIC FIELD TRIPS AND EDUCATIONAL GETAWAYS Discover history-themed destinations not far from the Triangle

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EXCEPTIONAL CHILD SPECIAL SECTION FEATURES 52 UNDERSTANDING BIPOLAR DISORDER IN CHILDREN AND TEENS How to identify the signs

62 FROM DREAM TO REALITY How one Triangle teen’s

58 AN AUTISM DIAGNOSIS SURVIVAL GUIDE Expert advice from parents

66 SPOTLIGHT ON ACCESSIBILITY A guide to local theater

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56 Developmental Delays and Disabilities 57 Learning Disabilities and Challenges 61 Special Education Programs and Schools 64 Mental Health/ Behavioral Counseling 65 Therapy

60 HOW TO APPROACH AN IEP MEETING 10 tips from an experienced mom

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Career and Technical Training Options for Triangle Students CTE-minded learners have access to multiple resources — and can even get a jump-start on college BY CHRISTA C. HOGAN

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riangle students have a wide variety of schooling choices. As they enter middle and high school, they can add two more options to the menu: the NC Career & College Promise partnership; and career and technical education, or CTE, programs. While many middle and high schools in the area already offer their own slate of CTE classes, there are now additional options that enhance the resources already available to students interested in these subjects. NC CAREER & COLLEGE PROMISE NC Career & College Promise, often referred to as CCP, is a partnership between local high schools and community colleges throughout North Carolina. High school students can begin taking college courses during their junior and senior years, either on campus or online — tuition free. CCP courses lead to industry certificates and credentials, or transferrable college credits, at 16 participating UNC institutions. Lisa Mabe Eads, program coordinator with NC Career & College Promise, says that while earning tuition-free college credits appeals to parents, they should make sure their students are ready to undertake the rigorous challenge of college-level work. “A student who enrolls in CCP and expects the coursework to be ‘easy’ — or for class policies to be like high school — would likely experience challenges,” Eads says. She recommends that students talk to an adviser and choose a pathway before enrolling to avoid taking unnecessary courses.

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Students in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools get hands-on education in a career and technical education classroom.

For those motivated students who already know what they want to do after high school, NC Career & College Promise courses offer a tuition-free head start on their career. “Many students do not just earn credits toward a certificate,” Eads says. “Many earn the full associate degree while in high school.” NC Career & College Promise courses are offered through 58 community colleges in North Carolina. The courses are available to all high school juniors and seniors, and offerings and availability vary by institution. COOPERATIVE INNOVATIVE HIGH SCHOOLS Another option available through NC Career & College Promise is what is known

as Cooperative Innovative High Schools. Students enrolled in one of these high schools and attend classes on their own campus, but have access to college courses as early as their freshman year. These high schools have formed cooperations with local community colleges, as well as four-year institutions such as North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University. Eads says Cooperative Innovative High Schools are specifically designed to serve students at risk for dropping out before graduation, students whose parents did not complete high school or students who benefit from accelerated academic instruction. As a result, eligibility requirements and application processes vary by school.

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Triangle residents can choose from one of 10 different Cooperative Innovative High School campuses — six in Wake County and four in Durham County. WHICH STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM CTE PROGRAMS? Middle and high school students who are drawn to technical fields but aren’t yet ready to decide on a career path yet, or who prefer a hands-on learning environment, might consider a CTE program since these programs work closely with local businesses to train students in technical skills that meet industry needs. In place of a traditional “sit and get” model of education, CTE courses offer students hands-on and collaborative learning opportunities. Students choose courses from more than a dozen career clusters, including business administration, marketing, STEM and health sciences. Evan Waldron is a Chapel Hill High School graduate who participated in his school’s CTE program. Now a sophomore at NCSU studying aerospace engineering, his goal is to become a commercial pilot. In high school, Waldron studied network engineering, web design, video production, and game art and design. His CTE classes led to three summer internships, including a networking systems internship with Cisco.

Although the courses and internships were outside the field of aeronautics, Waldron says his experience with CTE was beneficial. “CTE courses have given me an incredible skill set that enables me to be marketable across many industries,” he says. CTE students gain more than technical skills, says Kathi Breuwer, career and technical education director for Chapel Hill-Carrboro middle and high schools. “Students come into some of our engineering courses and earn certifications that will help them get a job right out of high school,” she says. “But they also get hands-on experience with internships at local businesses. These experiences provide them with transferrable, real-life skills” — such as problem-solving, and the ability to communicate and collaborate with a team. Despite the many benefits, CTE programs face a certain amount of stigma. Once referred to as vocational training, CTE programs have long been associated with low-performing students. Breuwer says struggling students still benefit from CTE courses; however, higher-performing students can, too, because they can be challenged by honors and advanced placement CTE courses. Breuwer also points out that 98 percent of those students who took four or more

Wake County Cooperative Innovative High Schools: North Wake College and Career Academy Vernon Malone College and Career Academy Wake Early College of Health Sciences Wake STEM Early College High School Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy Durham County Cooperative Innovative High Schools: City of Medicine Academy Hillside New Tech High School Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College

CTE courses in one concentration have gone on to two- or four-year schools. In the end, CTE training is not just about getting into the right college. It provides an opportunity for students to try new things and find their passion, before they or their parents are paying college tuition for it. Christa C. Hogan is a freelance writer in Raleigh and an at-home-mom to three busy boys.

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Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools students met and worked with professionals at Lenovo as part of their CTE curriculum.

NC Career and College Promise: nccommunitycolleges.edu/academic-programs/ career-college-promise Cooperative Innovative High Schools: www.ncpublicschools.org/advancedlearning/cihs (“www” is required in the URL) Durham Technical Community College: durhamtech.edu/ccp/index.htm Wake Technical Community College: waketech.edu/admissions-aid/career-and-collegepromise Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools CTE: chccs.org/page/1133 Durham County CTE: dpsnc.net/domain/293 Wake County CTE: wcpss.net/domain/60

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS There are six public school systems with more than 400 public schools operating in the Triangle. These school systems consist of magnet and alternative schools, as well as traditional elementary, middle and high schools. Two application-based statewide schools — the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem — are also available to public school students across North Carolina. Learn more about each school system and the schools within them by visiting the websites below. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 750 S. Merritt Mill Rd., Chapel Hill 919-967-8211 chccs.org Total Enrollment: 12,339 Elementary Schools: 11 Middle Schools: 4 High Schools: 4 Magnet Schools: 1 Specialty Schools: 2 Hospital Schools: 1 Average SAT Score: 1231* Graduation Rate: 91.6 percent**

Chatham County

Durham County

P.O. Box 128; 369 West St., Pittsboro 919-542-3626 chatham.k12.nc.us Total Enrollment: 8,835 Elementary Schools: 10 (five have grades K-8; four have grades K-5; one has grades K-4) Middle Schools: 3 (two serve grades 6-8 and one serves grades 5-8) High Schools: 4 Magnet Schools: 0 Alternative Schools: 1 Average SAT Score: 1063* Graduation Rate: 85.9 percent**

P.O. Box 30002; 511 Cleveland St., Durham 919-560-2000 dpsnc.net Total Enrollment: 33,078 Elementary Schools: 29 Middle Schools: 9 K-8: 1 6-12: 2 High Schools: 11 Magnet Schools: 23 Alternative Schools: 1 Specialty Schools: 2 Average SAT Score: 1027* Graduation Rate: 81.5 percent**

Johnston County

Beginning October 1, 2018, Durham Public Schools students who participate in this new and exciting initiative will have automatic access to all Durham County Library resources. Using only their DPS Student ID number, students will be able to check out print materials, access the library’s online digital collections, and much more! Check out our website for more details!

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P.O. Box 1336; 2320 U.S. 70 Business Hwy. E., Smithfield 919-934-6031 johnston.k12.nc.us Total Enrollment: 37,077 Elementary Schools: 23 (one servesK-8) Middle Schools: 14 (one serves K-8, one serves 6-12) High Schools: 10 (one serves 6-12) Magnet Schools: 0 Alternative Schools: 0 Average SAT Score: 1080 Graduation Rate: 91.8 percent**

Orange County 200 E. King St., Hillsborough 919-732-8126 orangecountyfirst.com Total Enrollment: 7,400+ Elementary Schools: 7 Middle Schools: 3 High Schools: 3 Magnet Schools: 0 Alternative Schools: 1 Average SAT Score: 1133* Graduation Rate: 85.8 percent**

Wake County 5625 Dillard Dr., Cary 919-431-7400 wcpss.net Total Enrollment: 161,000+ Elementary Schools: 115 Middle Schools: 39 High Schools: 30 Magnet Schools: 52 Alternative Schools: 5 Average SAT Score: 1130* Graduation Rate: 89.1 percent**

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics P.O. Box 2418; 1219 Broad St., Durham 919-416-2600 ncssm.edu Total Enrollment: 680+ Grades: 11-12 Average SAT score: 1410* NCSSM recruits statewide to educate academically talented students who show promise of exceptional development and/or special interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem 336-770-3399 uncsa.edu Total Enrollment: 1,300+ Grades: 9-graduate school Average SAT score: 1205* UNCSA offers programs in dance, design and production, drama, filmmaking, music and visual arts in a conservatory environment. The school operates on a semester schedule.

*SAT scores are from 2017 and are the sum total of math plus critical reading scores only (totals excludes writing scores). **Graduation rates reflect 2014-15 entering 9th graders graduating in 2017-18 or earlier. Data supplied by the individual school systems and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website: ncpublicschools.org.

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Drive4Success Teaches Life Lessons Through the Game of Golf The First Tee of the Triangle’s after‑school program gives kids a path to success BY MANDY HOWARD

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essica Rice would not have classified her third grade son, Langston, as a die-hard athlete. Most sports he tried had never piqued his interest. But when Drive4Success, a pilot afterschool golf program run by The First Tee of the Triangle, came to his school, he decided to give it a try. The results astounded Rice. “He blew our minds after the first day because this was all he talked about. He wanted to play more, he wanted to learn more,” she says. An athlete herself, she loved that he found a sport he could enjoy, but what moved her the most was how he grew as a person. “It gave him a different type of confidence,” she says. “His self-esteem grew. It wasn’t about competition — it was more, ‘Do the best you can do and we’re all going to encourage each other.’” That personal growth is precisely the mission of The First Tee, a national nonprofit that strives to teach character development through the game of golf. Of the 150 First Tee chapters throughout the U.S., the Triangle chapter is the first to partner with schools to create an on-site, after-school program. Originally pitched to principals at the 12 elementary support model schools within Wake County Public School System in 2016,

Fox Road Magnet Elementary agreed to host the pilot program in spring 2017. Eleven children were part of that first six-week program. One year later, in spring 2018, the number of participants jumped to 351 unique registrants in the 12 schools. “We had so many girls who weren’t confident in PE class, and I saw this program develop their confidence,” says Jeanna Gatten, then a P.E. teacher at Fox Road Magnet Elementary and also the teacher of that first after-school program. “There were kids who didn’t feel like they had too many friends, and now they’re in a group, and they took ownership of it.” The program made such an impression on her that, as the program grew the following year, Gatten applied for and accepted the position of director of school programs for The First Tee of the Triangle. She now oversees Drive4Success and is excited to help the initiative grow and increase its impact on children. Each week of the program focuses on a core value, a healthy habit, etiquette and a golf fundamental, such as club grip or putting form. The nine core values that are highlighted nationally through all The First Tee programs are confidence, courtesy, respect, responsibility, judgment, sportsmanship, perseverance, integrity and honesty.

Healthy habits are divided into three categories of wellness: physical (play, energy and safety); emotional (vision, mind and family); and social (friends, school and community). Drive4Success prides itself on bringing everything the program will need, including training and equipment, to the schools. More importantly, though, the cost of the program is relatively small to begin with (generally $50 at most schools), and no child has ever been turned away for the inability to pay. “And no child ever will,” Gatten emphasizes. “Our goal is to help the kids succeed in life,” Gatten says. She describes the image of a child standing on a tee, looking out at that tiny flag so far away. “In life, starting at the tee, or thinking of your goal, you might think, ‘I’m never going to get there.’ But, with persistence and perseverance, eventually, you will get there,” she says. “Drive4Success provides the tools, which is the character-building, to help [kids] believe in themselves and stick with whatever their goal is. So they can eventually reach that point where they can turn around and say, ‘I made it — and it wasn’t as far away or as unattainable as I thought.” Mandy Howard is a freelance writer and mother of three in Raleigh.

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS Hill Learning Center NOTE: Highlighted listings are advertisers in this edition of the Education Guide and/or on our website.

3200 Pickett Rd., Durham hillcenter.org; 919-489-7464 Grades K-12. Enrollment 175; teacherto-student ratio 1:4; $19,875/year, financial aid available; only serves students with special needs; SACS, SAIS; approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as an alternative school for children with learning disabilities.

DURHAM COUNTY Bethesda Christian Academy 1914 S. Miami Blvd., Durham bcacrusaders.org; 919-598-0190 Grades K-8. Enrollment 200; teacherto-student ratio 1:12; $6,717/year, elementary school; $7,411/year, middle school, financial aid available; ACSI, SACS, AdvancED accredited; Southern Baptist affiliation; faith-based school.

Ages 18 months-grade 6. Enrollment 150; kindergarten and before- and after-school care offered; fees vary, financial aid available; accredited and independent school providing a Montessori education for over 40 years. Southpoint Academy 7415 Fayetteville Rd., Durham southpointacademy.org; 919-544-5652

Hope Creek Academy 4723 Erwin Rd., Durham hopecreekacademy.org; 919-932-0360

The Studio School of Durham 1201 W. Woodcroft Pkwy., Durham studioschooldurham.org; 919-967-2700

Immaculata Catholic School

Triangle Day School 4911 Neal Rd., Durham triangledayschool.org; 919-383-8800 Grades TK-8. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; transitional kindergarten and kindergarten offered; before- and after-school care provided; $12,775$16,060/year, financial aid available; NCAIS, NAIS, SACS, SAIS accredited.

Cresset Christian Academy 3707 Garrett Rd., Durham cressetchristian.org; 919-354-8000

721 Burch Ave., Durham immaculataschool.org; 919-682-5847 Grades preK-8. Enrollment 530; $6,708$8,755/year for grades K-5; $6,870$8,905/year for grades 6-8, financial aid available; serves each student as a whole person academically, socially and spiritually; also serves students with special needs; National Blue Ribbon School, AdvancED STEMcertified middle school program; CASI, NCEA, NCAIS, SACS accredited; Catholic affiliation.

Duke School

International Montessori School

3716 Erwin Rd., Durham dukeschool.org; 919-416 -9420 Age 3-grade 8. Enrollment 491; teacher-to-student ratio 1:8-1:17; $3,878-$19,388/year, grades K-4; $4,137$20,683/year, grades 5-8, financial aid available; project-based school that emphasizes problem-solving, critical thinking and active inquiry; CASE, NAIS, NCAIS, NCMLE and SAIS accredited.

3001 Academy Rd., Durham imsnc.org; 919-401-4343 Toddlers-grade 6. Enrollment 110; teacher-to-student ratio 1:6-1:13; $9,400$16,000/year, financial aid available; American Montessori Society accredited; offers French, Spanish and Chinese immersion for a global education.

Camelot Academy 809 Proctor St., Durham camelotacademy.org; 919-688-3040 Grades K-12. Enrollment 135; teacherto-student ratio 1:11; $10,900-$14,850/ year, financial aid available; has provided a unique path for each student since 1982; NIPSA accredited.

Montessori Community School 4512 Pope Rd., Durham mcsdurham.org; 919-493-8541

Five Oaks Adventist Christian School 4124 Farrington Rd., Durham fiveoaksschool.org; 919-493-5555

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4011 Pickett Rd., Durham trinityschoolnc.org; 919-402-8262 Grades TK-12. Teacher-to-student ratio 1:8-1:10. Hours vary. $5,680- $21,550/ year, financial aid available; help students grow in their faith and gain the skills that are crucial for success in their educational journey and in life; NCAIS, SAIS accredited; Christian affiliation.

ORANGE COUNTY Carolina Friends School

The Lerner School 1935 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham lernerschool.org; 919-286-5517

Durham Academy 3501 Ridge Rd., Durham da.org; 919-493-5787

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4809 Friends School Rd., Durham cfsnc.org; 919-383-6602 Grades preK-12. Enrollment 510; teacher-to-student ratio 1:9; see website for fees, financial aid available; SAIS accredited; Quaker affiliation.

Emerson Waldorf School Montessori School of Durham 2800 Pickett Rd., Durham msdurham.org; 919-489-9045

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programs; fees vary; provides an integrated Waldorf curriculum and environment that encourages and promotes independent thinking and social responsibility, as well as academic and artistic excellence; AWSNA, SAIS accredited. Hillsborough Christian Academy 121 Orange High School Rd., Hillsborough hillsboroughchristian.org; 919-732-0888 Montessori Day School 1702 Legion Rd., Chapel Hill mdsch.org; 919-929-3339 Pinewoods Montessori School 109 Millstone Dr., Hillsborough pinewoodsmontessori.com; 919-644-2090 St. Thomas More Catholic School 920 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill stmcsnc.org; 919-929-1546

OTHER COUNTIES Haw River Christian Academy 2428 Silk Hope Gum Springs Rd., Pittsboro hawriverchristian.org; 919-533-4139 Jordan Lake School of the Arts 1434 Farrington Rd., Apex jordanlakesa.com; 919-387-9440 True Light Shines Academy 7428 Pearces Rd., Louisburg truelightshines.com; 919-720-2864

WAKE COUNTY Accelerator School 210 Soccer Park Dr., Cary accelerator.school; 773-733-3262 Atlas International School 4112 Garland Dr., Raleigh atlasinternationalschool.com; 919-623-2323

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Cary Academy 1500 N. Harrison Ave., Cary caryacademy.org; 919-677-3873

Cary Christian School 1330 Old Apex Rd., Cary carychristianschool.org; 919-303-2560 Grades K-12, $5,148-$7,563/yr.; ACCS accredited; provides a classical Christian education.

Cathedral School 204 Hillsborough St., Raleigh cathedral-school.net; 919‑832‑4711 Grades preK-8; enrollment 233; 7:45 a.m.-2:35 p.m., before- and after-school care offered; teacherto-student ratio varies depending on grade level and a teacher’s aid is provided in each classroom; see website for fees, financial aid available; AdvancED accredited; National Blue Ribbon School award recipient; NCEA member; Catholic affiliation. Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School – Cary 130 Towne Village Dr., Cary chesterbrookacademy.com/ elementary/raleigh-durham/cary; 919-319-9622 Chesterbook Academy Elementary School – Raleigh 10200 Strickland Rd., Raleigh chesterbrookacademy.com/ elementary/raleigh-durham/northraleigh; 919-847-3120

The Fletcher Academy

GRACE Christian School

Lucy Daniels School

400 Cedarview Ct., Raleigh tfaraleigh.org; 919-782-5082 Grades 3-12. Enrollment 140; teacherto-student ratio 1:5 for language arts/English/math, 1:10 ratio in other courses; $11,000-$22,000/year, financial aid available; only serves students with special needs and fosters exceptional achievements in students with learning differences; SAIS accredited.

801 Buck Jones Rd., Raleigh gracechristian.net; 919-747-2020 Grades TK-12. Enrollment 780; teacherto-student ratio 1:12; $7,880-$10,550/ year, financial aid available; provides a loving community that spiritually and academically equips, challenges and inspires students; ACSI, AdvancED accredited; independent Christian affiliation.

9003 Weston Pkwy., Cary lucydanielsschool.org; 919‑677‑1400 Grades preK-grade 5. Enrollment 40; teacher-to-student ratio 1:5; fees vary according to grade; serves children with emotional and behavioral difficulties; 5 stars; tree nut-free environment; licensed mental health facility; license 92000206.

Follow the Child Montessori School 3601 Harden Rd., Raleigh followthechild.org; 919-755-1150 Ages toddler-grade 6. Enrollment 197; teacher-to-student ratio varies by grade level; fees vary, financial aid available; offers high-quality Montessori education and Spanish, art, physical education, French, music, and more license 92002669.

Hopewell Academy 101 Preston Executive Dr., Cary hopewellacademy.org; 919‑481‑2123 Iron Academy (All-Male School) 3510 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh ironacademy.org; 919-977-8811 Learn With the Best School 559 Jones Franklin Rd., Suite 164 A & B, Raleigh learnwiththebestschool.com; 919‑303‑1255

The Franciscan School 10000 Saint Francis Dr., Raleigh franciscanschool.org; 919‑534‑4837 Grades K-8. Enrollment 645; fees vary, financial aid available; also serves students with special needs; AdvancED and Commission on International and Trans-Regional accredited; Catholic affiliation; approved by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh a member of the National Catholic Education Association.

The Montessori School of Raleigh 408 Andrews Chapel Rd., Durham msr.org; 919-848-1545 Neuse Christian Academy 7600 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh neusechristian.com; 919-844-6496 North Raleigh Christian Academy 7300 Perry Creek Rd., Raleigh nrcaknights.com; 919-573-7900 Oak City Academy 1308 U.S. 70 Garner oakcityacademy.org; 919‑815‑7742

Learning Together 568 E. Lenoir St., Ste. 204, Raleigh learningtogether.org; 919‑856‑5200

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Cardinal Gibbons High School 1401 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh cghsnc.org; 919-834-1625

Friendship Christian School 5510 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh friendshipchristian.net; 919‑872‑2133

Country Garden Montessori School 1418 Mount Pleasant Rd., Willow Spring countrygardenmontessori.net; 919‑639-8388 Easter Seals UCP Child Development Centers 314 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh easterseals.com/NCVA; 919‑773‑2020

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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School 2710 Overbrook Dr., Raleigh olls.org; 919-861-4610 Peace Montessori School 2190 N. Salem St., Ste. 103, Apex peacemontessorischool.com; 919-363-2461

Ravenscroft School

Saint Raphael Catholic School

St. Timothy’s School

7409 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh ravenscroft.org; 919-847-0900 Grades preK-12. See website for details; $14,730-$24,500/year, financial aid and sibling discount available; independent, private, coeducational day school; SACS, SAIS accredited.

5815 Falls of the Neuse Rd., Raleigh saintraphaelschool.org; 919-865-5750 Grades preK-8. Enrollment 435; teacher-to-student ratio 2:26 for kindergarten-grade 5 and 1:26 for grades 6-8; $6,206-$8,546/ year, financial aid available; also serves students with special needs; AdvancED accredited; Catholic affiliation; follows the Diocese of Raleigh curriculum.

4523 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh sttimothys.org; 919-787-3011 Grades preK-8. Enrollment 515; teacher-to-student ratio 1:18; $4,705-$15,938/year, financial aid available; NCAIS, SACS, SAIS accredited; Episcopal affiliation.

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School 520 W. Holding Ave., Wake Forest scswf.org/preschool; 919-556-7613

Thales Academy Locations in Apex, Knightdale, Raleigh, Rolesville and Wake Forest thalesacademy.org

St. David’s School

The Trilogy School

3400 White Oak Rd., Raleigh sdsw.org; 919-782-3331 Grades preK-12. Enrollment 618; teacher-to-student ratio 1:7; $9,500-$21,950/year, financial aid available; prepares students for college and life, and challenges them to excel in faith, virtue and knowledge; CASI, SACS, SAIS accredited; Episcopal affiliation.

3810 Merton Dr., Raleigh trilogyschool.com; 919-781-7804 Grades 2-12. See website for details; provides specialized instruction in small group settings for students with learning disabilities; SACS, AdvancEd accredited.

Resurrection Lutheran School

Raleigh Christian Academy 2110 Trawick Rd., Raleigh raleighchristian.com; 919-872-2215

100 Lochmere Dr., W. Cary rlpcary.org; 919-851-7271 JK-grade 8. Enrollment 160; teacher-tostudent ratio 1:16; $7,200-$7,800/year; $525 fee for the first child, $162.50 fee for subsequent student; financial aid available; AdvancED accredited; National Lutheran Schools accredited; Lutheran affiliation.

The Raleigh School 1141 Raleigh School Dr., Raleigh raleighschool.org; 919-546-0788 Grades preK-5. Enrollment 264; teacher-to-student ratio 1:11; $12,900/year for grades K-5, financial aid available; provides a child-centered, developmentally appropriate approach to teaching and focuses on a child’s social and emotional development in an inclusive community; SACS, AdvancED accredited.

Saint Mary’s School 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh sms.edu; 919-424-4000

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School 625 Magdala Pl., Apex school.stmm.net; 919-657-4800

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810 High House Rd., Cary stmcary.org; 919-468-6150 Grades preK-8. Enrollment 523; $6,776-$9,257/year, financial aid available; provides a Catholic education with a focus on reverence, service and leadership; AdvancED accredited; Catholic affiliation.

Tammy Lynn Center School 739 Chappell Dr., Raleigh tammylynncenter.org; 919-832-3909

Trinity Academy 10224 Baileywick Rd., Raleigh trinityacademy.com; 919-786-0114 Wake Christian Academy 5500 Wake Academy Dr., Raleigh wakechristianacademy.com; 919-772-6264 White Plains Children’s Center 313 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary whiteplainschildrenscenter.org; 919-469-2217

St. Thomas More Academy 3109 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh stmacademy.org; 919-878-7640

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The Opportunity Scholarship Program Private school funding options for low-income students in NC BY ELIZABETH BRIGNAC

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arents should know about a state-funded scholarship that can help low-income families afford tuition and fees at private schools. The Opportunity Scholarship, implemented in 2014 and administered by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, offers money that low‑income families who are dissatisfied with their current educational situations may use to attend participating private schools. For families who receive the award, the state pays up to $2,100 per student, per semester ($4,200 per year), directly to participating schools on behalf of the students. The money is designated specifically for tuition and fees at private schools but does not cover books, uniforms or other expenses.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Students applying to receive an Opportunity Scholarship must meet the following criteria: • They must be North Carolina residents between the ages of 5-22 at the beginning of their scholarship year. • They must not have graduated high school. • Students new to the program must either be entering kindergarten or first grade, or have attended a North Carolina public school during the preceding school year. (Exceptions to this rule exist; for details, read the program overview at ncseaa.edu/pdf/ops_overview.pdf.) • Their families must be financially eligible. The chart to the right, produced by NCSEAA, can help you determine whether your family is financially eligible for the scholarship.

$4,200 Award Limit

Maximum Household Gross Income for 2017

Number in Household

To receive full tuition up to $4,200

To receive 90% of tuition*

2

$30,451

$40,500

3

$38,443

$51,129

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$46,435

$61,759

5

$54,427

$72,388

6

$62,419

$83,017

7

$70,411

$93,647

8

$78,403

$104,276

* The Opportunity Scholarship covers 90 percent of the required tuition and fees or $4,200, whichever is less.

Within the pool of eligible families, students who are already receiving an Opportunity Scholarship receive first priority. The next priority goes to first-time

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PREVIOUS PAGE: An Opportunity Scholarship student browses the library. ABOVE: Opportunity Scholarship families. All photos courtesy of Stephen J Coppedge

applicants who submit their applications by the March 1 deadline. Those students are put into a lottery. Any money that remains, once all the priority applicants have received their funds, goes to eligible students who apply after March 1. HOW TO APPLY The Opportunity Scholarship application is available on the scholarship’s website: ncseaa.edu/osg.htm. The 2019-20 school year application comes out on Feb. 1, 2019. The application is online only, and families should fill it out on a computer. Applying families need to have an email address and be prepared to check it regularly. The document asks families to report their household income based on their most recent income tax returns, so families should have those documents available when filling out the application. Kathryn Marker, director of grants, training and outreach for NCSEAA, emphasizes that applying for enrollment for the Opportunity Scholarship is a separate process from applying to attend the private school itself. “Many of the families going for the first time don’t realize what a [private school]

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enrollment process might entail,” she says. “They might wait to apply to the school, and then the school doesn’t have room.” She cautions families to stay on top of the private school’s application timeline, as well as that of the Opportunity Scholarship application. WHAT SCHOOLS CAN STUDENTS ATTEND? Students can use the Opportunity Scholarship at any school registered with the North Carolina Division of Nonpublic Education, as long as that

school has agreed to participate in the program. A list of participating schools can be found at www3.ncseaa.edu/cgibin/schoolroster/nps500.pgm or on the Opportunity Scholarship website. If a student wishes to attend a school that is not on the list to receive Opportunity Scholarships, families should talk to the school about contacting NCSEAA and being added to the list. Elizabeth Brignac is a freelance writer and mother of two adventurous boys in Cary.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES • You can get in touch with the NCSEAA through the Opportunity Scholarship via ncseaa.edu, call 855‑330‑3955 (toll-free) or email opportunityscholarships@ncseaa.edu. • Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a private advocacy group, helps families navigate the process of applying for the Opportunity Scholarship. You can get in touch with PEFNC by visiting pefnc.org, emailing the organization at info@pefnc.org or calling 919‑871‑1084. • PEFNC also offers ncschoolsaroundme.com, which helps parents find and evaluate schools in their neighborhoods.

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PRESCHOOLS Cresset Christian Academy 3707 Garrett Rd., Durham cressetchristian.org; 919-354-8000

NOTE: Highlighted listings are advertisers in this edition of the Education Guide and/or on our website.

DURHAM COUNTY

Crossroads Preschool 1615 Bahama Rd., Durham bahamacrossroads.com; 919-477-4296

Aldersgate Weekday School 1320 Umstead Rd., Durham aldersgatewds.org; 919-479-8686

Duke Memorial Weekday School 504 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham dmws.org; 919-688-5130

Beth El Preschool 800 Watts St., Durham bethelpreschooldurham.org; 919-824-4673

Duke School 3716 Erwin Rd., Durham dukeschool.org/page; 919-416-9420 Ages 3-4. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., before- and after-school care offered; $3,575$17,875/year, financial aid available; project-based school that emphasizes problem-solving, critical thinking and active inquiry; CASE, NAIS, NCAIS, NCMLE and SAIS accredited.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions Locations in Apex, Cary, Durham, Raleigh and RTP brighthorizons.com; 877-624-4532 Calvary Child Care Ministry 1204 Lynn Rd., Durham calvarychildcare.com; 919-596-4861

Durham Academy 3501 Ridge Rd., Durham da.org; 919-493-5787

Carolina Friends School Durham Early School

Durham Community Preschool 304 E. Trinity Ave., Durham durhamcommunitypreschool.org; 919-688-7667

404 Alexander Ave., Durham cfsnc.org; 919-286-7795 Ages 3-6; teacher-to-student ratio 1:6; 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 8:15 a.m.3:15 p.m. or 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m.; fees vary; provides highly trained and experiences educators who bring purposeful attention to what helps children best grow and develop; Quaker affiliation.

Erwin Road Montessori School 735 Erwin Rd., Durham erwinroadmontessori.com; 919-265-7809 Family Preschool 4907 Garrett Rd., Durham familypreschool.org; 919-402-1500

Childcare Network Various Triangle locations childcarenetwork.com/find-a-school; 866-521-5437

First Environments Early Learning Center 109 TW Alexander Dr., Durham firstenvironments.org; 919-541-1361

Children First 1211 Carroll St., Durham childrenfirstschool.org; 919-489-6837

Global Montessori Academy 6453 Global Montessori Lane, Durham globalmontessori.org; 919-361-6275

Children Our Heritage Daycare P.O. Box 392, Durham 919-824-2378

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Infants-grade K; hours and fees vary; focuses on helping children hone valuable life and career skills, such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Locations in Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Raleigh and Wake Forest. Grey Stone Preschool and Kindergarten 2601 Hillsborough Rd., Durham greystonepreschoolandkindergarten. org; 919-354-6173

Immaculata Catholic School 721 Burch Ave., Durham immaculataschool; 919-682-5847 Ages 3.5-5. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., kindergarten and before- and after-school care offered; $8,031-$8,415/year; serves each student as a whole person academically, socially and spiritually; also serves students with special needs; National Blue Ribbon School; AdvancED STEM-certified middle school program; NCEA, NCAIS, CASI, SACS accredited; Catholic affiliation.

La Petite Academy Locations in Cary, Durham, Garner, Morrisville and Raleigh lapetite.com; 844-252-1773 The Lerner School 1935 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham lernerschool.org/academics/preschool; 919-286-5517 McMannen UMC Preschool 4102 Neal Rd., Durham mcmannenumc.org; 919-383-1263 Montessori Academy of Chapel Hill 103 Laurel Ave., Carrboro montessoriacademychapelhill.com; 919-883-9050 Montessori Community School 4512 Pope Rd., Durham mcsdurham.org; 919-493-8541 Montessori Farm School 2400 Broad St., Ste. 2, Durham montessorifarmschool.com; 919-732-5026

International Montessori School 3001 Academy Rd., Bldg. 300, Durham imsnc.org; 919-401-4343 Toddlers-grade 6. Enrollment 110; teacher-to-student ratio 1:6-1:13; $9,400$16,000/year, financial aid available; American Montessori Society accredited; offers French, Spanish and Chinese immersion for a global education.

Kids R Kids RTP Learning Academy 2502 Presidential Dr., Durham kidsrkidsrtp.com; 919-544-5050 Ages 6 weeks-12 years Enrollment 185; 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; before- and after-school care offered; $260-$355/ month, provides quality learning in a secure, nurturing and educational environment; 5 stars. Lakewood Avenue Children’s School 1701 W. Lakewood Ave., Durham lakewoodavenue.com; 919-493-5882

Montessori School of Durham 2800 Pickett Rd., Durham msdurham.org; 919-489-9045 Ages 18 months-grade 6. Enrollment 150; kindergarten and before- and after-school care offered; fees vary, financial aid available; accredited and independent school providing a Montessori education for more than 40 years. Our PlayHouse Preschool and Kindergarten 2400 University Dr., Durham ourplayhousepreschool.com; 919-967-2700 Primrose Schools Locations in Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Raleigh and Wake Forest primroseschools.com

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St. Paul’s Preschool and PMO 1200 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham stpaulspreschooldurham.weebly.com; 919-489-3214, ext. 28

White Rock Child Development Center 3400 Fayetteville St., Durham whiterockbaptistchurch.org; 919‑683‑1649

experiences educators who bring purposeful attention to what helps children best grow and develop; Quaker affiliation.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Preschool 82 Kimberly Dr., Durham ssesdurham.org; 919-489-6789

Wildflower Cottage for Children 1200 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham wildflowercottage.org; 919-891-3597

Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Pre-K Head Start 125 W. Main St., Carrboro chccs.org/prek; 919-918-2153, ext. 20291

TAPC Weekday School 927 W. Trinity Ave., Durham trinityave.org/weekday-school; 919‑530-8163

Yates Baptist Child Development Center 2819 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham yatescdc.org; 919-489-5760

Temple Baptist Preschool 2121 Umstead Rd., Durham tbcdurham.org; 919-309-0050

ORANGE COUNTY

Triangle Day School 4911 Neal Rd., Durham triangledayschool.org; 919-383-8800 Grades TK-8. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; transitional kindergarten and kindergarten offered; before- and after-school care provided; $12,775$16,060/year, financial aid available; NCAIS, NAIS, SACS, SAIS accredited. Triangle Grace Preschool 5001 Tudor Place, Durham tppk.org; 919-544-2872

Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill 4011 Pickett Rd., Durham trinityschoolnc.org; 919-402-8262 Grades TK-12. Teacher-to-student ratio 1:8-1:10. Hours vary. $5,680-$21,550/ year, financial aid available; help students grow in their faith and gain the skills that are crucial for success in their educational journey and in life; NCAIS, SAIS accredited; Christian affiliation.

Bible Church Preschool 260 Erwin Rd., Chapel Hill biblechurchpreschool.org; 919‑408‑0310, ext. 114

Carolina Friends Campus Early School 4809 Friends School Rd., Durham cfsnc.org; 919-383-6602, ext. 238 Ages 3-6; teacher-to-student ratio 1:6; 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 8:15 a.m.3:15 p.m. or 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m.; fees vary; provides highly trained and experiences educators who bring purposeful attention to what helps children best grow and develop; Quaker affiliation.

Chapel Hill Day Care Center 401 Kildaire Rd., Chapel Hill chapelhilldaycarecenter.com; 919‑929‑3585 Children’s Cooperative Playschool 2025 Ephesus Church Rd., Chapel Hill childrenscooperativeplayschool.com; 919-403-0121 Christ Church Preschool 800 Market St., Chapel Hill christchurchpreschoolnc.com; 919‑969‑1690

6211 New Jericho Rd., Chapel Hill emersonwaldorf.org; 919-967-1858 Infant-grade 12; full- and half-day programs; fees vary; provides an integrated Waldorf curriculum and environment that encourages and promotes independent thinking and social responsibility, as well as academic and artistic excellence; AWSNA, SAIS accredited. Estes Children’s Cottage 200 N. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill esteschildrenscottage.com; 919-942-8485

The Goddard School Locations throughout the Triangle goddardschool.com Infants-grade K; fees vary; focuses on academic essentials to help children hone valuable life and career skills, such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

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Toddlers Academy 2811 Beechwood Dr., Durham toddlersacademyinc.com; 919‑489‑4777

Afton Nature School 109 Hillcrest Ave., Carrboro aftonnatureschool.com; 919-636-2836

Chapel Hill Cooperative Preschool 106 Purefoy Rd., Chapel Hill chapelhillcoop.com; 919-942-3955

Emerson Waldorf School

Carolina Friends School Chapel Hill Early School 531 Raleigh Rd., Chapel Hill cfsnc.org; 919-929-7080 Ages 3-6; teacher-to-student ratio 1:6; 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 8:15 a.m.3:15 p.m. or 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m.; fees vary; provides highly trained and

Westminster School for Young Children 3639 Old Chapel Hill Rd., Durham wsycdurham.com; 919-489-8432

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Kehillah Jewish Preschool

The Preschool at Chestnut Ridge 4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Rd., Efland campchestnutridge.org/preschool; 919-304-2178

1200 Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill kehillahjewishpreschool.org; 919‑942‑0233 Ages 6 weeks-5 years. Enrollment 60. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; fees vary, financial aid available; provides a nurturing and developmentally appropriate learning environment where children develop socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically; 5 stars; Jewish affiliation, all faiths welcome.

Preschool at the Chapel of the Cross 304 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill pcc-ch.org; 919-932-5074 Primrose Schools Locations in Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Raleigh and Wake Forest primroseschools.com

Legacy Academy for Children 515 E. Winmore Ave., Chapel Hill lachapelhill.com; 919-929-7060

Sounds and Colors at Hillsborough 200 Davis Rd., Hillsborough soundsandcolors.net; 919-621-0182

The Lupine School at 1870 Farm 1224 Old Lystra Rd., Chapel Hill thelupineschool.com; 919-428-4448

Spanish for Fun Academy 1001 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill spanish-for-fun-academy.com; 919‑969‑9055

Mi Escuelita Spanish Immersion Preschool 405 B Smith Level Rd., Chapel Hill miescuelitanc.org; 919-969-7949

St. Thomas More Catholic School 920 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill school.st-thomasmore.org; 919‑929‑1546

Montessori Academy of Carrboro 103 Laurel Ave., Carrboro montessoriacademync.com; 919‑869‑7368

United Church Preschool 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill unitedchurchpreschool.com; 919‑338‑7916

Montessori Day School 1702 Legion Rd., Chapel Hill mdsch.org; 919-929-3339

University Presbyterian Preschool 209 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill upps-ch.com; 919-929-8658

Orange United Methodist Preschool 1220 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill orangepreschool.org; 919-942-3495

University United Methodist Preschool 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill universityumc.church/preschool; 919‑967-8867

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Pinewoods Montessori School 109 Millstone Dr., Hillsborough pinewoodsmontessori.com; 919‑644‑2090

Waypoint Preschool 6804 Farrington Rd., Chapel Hill waypointpreschool.org; 919-489-5889 Weaver Dairy Community Preschool 124 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill weaverdairypreschool.com; 919‑932‑1300 Wildflower Learning Community 3100 Damascus Church Rd., Chapel Hill wildflowerlearningcommunity.org; 919-260-6859

WAKE COUNTY A.E. Finley YMCA Discovery Kids Preschool 101 Keybridge Dr., Morrisville angelzfuntime.com; 919-386-1078 Al-Manara Preschool 432 E.Williams St., Apex apexpeakschools.com; 919-749-0237

Asbury Preschool 6612 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh asburyraleigh.org/preschool; 919‑846‑4773 AsheBridge Children’s Academy of Apex 3901 Kildaire Farm Rd., Apex ashebridge.com; 919-303-7767 AsheBridge Children’s Academy of Fuquay 916 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina ashebridge.com; 919-762-0605 Atlas International School 4112 Garland Dr., Raleigh atlasinternationalschool.com; 919‑623‑2323 Babes and Kids Creative Learning Center 4309 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex babesandkidspreschool.com; 919‑362‑0052

All Starz Children’s Academy – Cary 7240 O’Kelly Chapel Rd., Cary allstarzchildrensacademy.com; 919‑237-2445

Beacon Learning Academy 109 Ward St., Cary beaconlearningacademy.com; 919‑463‑0406

All Starz Children’s Academy – Morrisville 6410 McCrimmon Pkwy., Morrisville allstarzchildrensacademy.com; 919‑467-3339

Benson Memorial UMC Preschool and Kindergarten Prep 4706 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh bensonmemorial.org/preschool; 919‑781‑3310

Angelz Funtime 101 Keybridge Dr., Morrisville angelzfuntime.com; 919-386-1078

Beth Meyer Preschool 504 Newton Rd., Raleigh bethmeyerpreschool.org; 919‑870‑6477

Apex Peak Montessori 432 E.Williams St., Apex apexpeakschools.com; 919-749-0237

Bridges and Beyond Inclusive Preschool 1340 Wall Rd., Ste. 100, Wake Forest bridgesandbeyond.com; 919-562-6433

Arts Together 114 Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh artstogether.org; 919-828-1713 Ages 3-5. 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. $260-$495/month, registration fee $285; financial aid available; uses an arts-integrated curriculum developed to meet Head Start outcomes.

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Cary Presbyterian Preschool 614 Griffis St., Cary carypresbyterian.org/preschool; 919‑469‑2229 Cary First Baptist Church Weekday Preschool 218 S. Academy St., Cary weekday.caryfbc.org; 919-415-1480 Casa Esperanza Montessori 2600 Sumner Blvd., Ste. 130, Raleigh cemcs.org/private-preschool; 919‑855‑9811

Children’s Discovery Center 5511 Avent Ferry Rd., Raleigh casparpark.com; 919-851-0630 Christ the King Preschool 600 Walnut St., Cary ctkpreschoolcary.org; 919-460-0950 Children’s Lighthouse of Raleigh 13401 Leesville Church Rd., Raleigh childrenslighthouse.com; 919‑758‑8574 Church of the Holy Cross Preschool 2301 W. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh chcpreschool.net; 919-906-0619 Clubhouse at Bright Horizons 2500 Highstone Rd., Cary brighthorizons.com/clubhouse; 919‑380‑2003

Cathedral School 204 Hillsborough St., Raleigh cathedral-school.net; 919-832-4711 Grades preK-8; enrollment 233; 7:45 a.m.-2:35 p.m., before- and after-school care offered; teacherto-student ratio varies depending on grade level and a teacher’s aid is provided in each classroom; see website for fees, financial aid available; AdvancED accredited; National Blue Ribbon School award recipient; NCEA member; Catholic affiliation. Chesterbrook Academy Preschool and Elementary School – Cary 130 Towne Village Dr., Cary chesterbrookacademy.com/ elementary/raleigh-durham/cary; 919-319-9622 Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School – Raleigh 10200 Strickland Rd., Raleigh chesterbrookacademy.com/ elementary/raleigh-durham/ north-raleigh; 919-847-3120 Childcare Network Various Triangle locations childcarenetwork.com/find-a-school; 866-521-5437

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Carolina Chinese Academy 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh carolinachineseacademy.com; 919‑889‑3703

Construction Kids Preschool 9801 Durant Rd., Raleigh opendoorlife.com/weekday-preschool; 919-703-0409 Country Garden Montessori School 11000 Lake Grove Blvd., Morrisville discoverychilddevelopmentcenter.com; 919-234-0735 Creedmoor Road Baptist Church Preschool 6001 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh sites.google.com/site/ creedmoorrdbaptistpreschool; 919‑571‑8376 Discovery Child Development Center 11000 Lake Grove Blvd., Morrisville discoverychilddevelopmentcenter.com; 919-234-0735 Easter Seals UCP Charlie Gaddy Child Development Center 314 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh easterseals.com/NCVA/our-programs/ childrens-services/charlie-gaddychildrens.html; 919-773-2020 Fellowship Preschool 1788 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary fellowshippreschool.org; 919-380-0533

First Baptist Weekday Preschool 99 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh fbcraleigh.org/ weekdaycareforchildren/ weekdaypreschool; 919-832-4485

Follow the Child Montessori School 3601 Harden Rd., Raleigh followthechild.org; 919-755-1150 Ages toddler-grade 6. Enrollment 197; teacher-to-student ratio varies by grade level; drop-off is between 8:10 and 8:30 a.m., the school portion of the morning is until 11:50 a.m. for Toddler House and noon for 3- and 4-year-olds in Children’s House. Kindergarten and after-school care offered; fees vary, financial aid available; offers high-quality Montessori education and Spanish, art, physical education, French, music and more. License 92002669. Frankie Lemmon School and Development Center 3311 Carl Sandburg Ct., Raleigh frankielemmonschool.org; 919‑821‑7436 Friendship Christian School 5510 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh friendshipchristian.net; 919-872-2133 Global Montessori Academy 6453 Global Montessori Ln., Durham globalmontessori.org; 919-345-5896

Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool 7000 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh gslchurch.org/preschool; 919‑846‑5060

GRACE Christian School 801 Buck Jones Rd., Raleigh gracechristian.net; 919-747-2020 Grades TK-12. Enrollment 780; teacherto-student ratio 1:12; $5,995/year for transitional kindergarten, $7,880 for kindergarten, financial aid available; provides a loving community that spiritually and academically equips, challenges and inspires students; ACSI, AdvancED accredited; Independent Christian affiliation. Grade Power Learning 1229 N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary gradepowerlearning.com; 919‑462‑3330 Greenwood Forest Children’s Center 110 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary gfcccary.com; 919-469-0140 Greystone Baptist Church Preschool 7509 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh greystonechurch.org/?page_id=16; 919-870-0040 The Grove School of Cary 2590 Laura Duncan Dr., Cary groveschool.com/cary; 919-467-6494

Guidepost Montessori The Goddard School Locations throughout the Triangle goddardschool.com Infants-grade K; fees vary; focuses on academic essentials to help children hone valuable life and career skills, such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

12600 Spruce Tree Way, Raleigh guidepostmontessori.com/spruce‑tree; 919-825-1771 Ages 10 weeks-6 years; call for fees; Montessori program emphasizing freedom and responsibility; also offers a Spanish immersion program.

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Hayes Barton Baptist Preschool 1800 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh hbbc.org/hbbpreschool; 919-833-4617

focused on cognitive, social and emotional development. Ivybrook Academy 201 Wellesley Trade Ln., Cary ivybrookacademy.com; 919-636-3602

Hayes Barton Methodist Preschool 2209 Fairview Rd., Raleigh hbumc.org/weekday-preschool; 919‑832-6435

Johnson Pond Learning Center 6523 Johnson Pond Rd., Fuquay-Varina johnsonpondlc.com; 919-557-9448

Heartwood Montessori School 112 Byrum St., Cary heartwoodmontessori.com; 919‑465‑2113

Kiddie Academy Locations in Brier Creek, Cary, Holly Springs, Morrisville and West Cary kiddieacademy.com; 800-554-3343

Heather Park Child Development Center 932 Heather Park Dr., Garner heatherpark.com/index; 919-779-2126 Holly Springs Academy 116 Quantum St., Holly Springs hollyspringsacademy-nc.com; 919‑552‑8331 Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Preschool 5000 Leadmine Rd., Raleigh holytrinityraleigh.org/ministries/ preschool; 919-861-8171

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1519 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh millbrookbaptistpreschool.org; 919‑876‑4030 Ages 1-5. 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., beforeand after-school care offered; $215$350/month; provides an educational setting to help each child become a secure individual; Christian affiliation.

Kids R Kids Cary Learning Academy

Little Dreamers Preschool of Holly Springs 114 Hyannis Dr., Holly Springs littledreamershollysprings.com; 919‑303‑3434

Montessori Children’s House of Wake Forest 802 Mill St., Wake Forest mchofwf.com; 919-556-2360

Little Lambs Learning Center 12200 Bayleaf Church Rd., Raleigh bayleaf.org/littlelambs; 919‑847‑4477, ext. 252

Montessori Creative Learning School 402 Upchurch St., Apex montessoricreativelearningschool.com; 919-372-8181

Little Treasures 2117 Piney Plains Rd., Cary littletreasurescary.com; 919-859-0041

The Montessori School of Raleigh 7005 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh msr.org; 919-848-1545

Lucy Daniels School

New School Montessori Center 5617 Sunset Lake Rd., Holly Springs montessoricenter.org; 919-303-3636

The Kinder Garden Preschool 8849 Ray Rd., Raleigh thekindergardenraleigh.com; 919‑805‑0479 Knightdale United Methodist Church Preschool 7071 Forestville Rd., Knightdale knightdaleumc.org/preschool; 919‑266‑2373

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Learning Together Developmental Day Center 568 E. Lenoir St., Ste. 204, Raleigh learningtogether.org; 919-856-5200

International Preschool of Raleigh 2730 Godley Ln., Raleigh ipraleigh.com; 919-957-7249 Ages 2-5; 8:55 a.m.-12:35 p.m., half-day; 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., full day; $480/ month, half day; $1,270/month, full day and includes breakfast, snacks and lunch; internationally accredited with Mornwind Education Company in Beijing, China; provides an international learning experience

Maracas Montessori 12401 Strickland Rd., Raleigh maracasmontessori.com; 919‑745‑1359

Kids R Kids kidsrkids.com Locations in Cary, Clayton, Durham/ RTP and Wake Forest

6010 McCrimmon Pkwy., Morrisville kidsrkidsmorrisville.com; 919-460-1500 Infant-age 5 and ages 5-12 for beforeand after-school care. Enrollment 260; 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; fees vary; provides a brain development curriculum; 5 stars; AdvancED accredited.

International Montessori School of North Raleigh 8604 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh imsnr.com; 919-414-6479

La Petite Academy Locations in Cary, Durham, Garner, Morrisville and Raleigh lapetite.com; 844-252-1773

M.A.G.I.C. Preschool (Movement and Gestures Improve Communication) 141 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina capitolcityspeechtherapy.com/magicpreschool.html; 919-577-6807

Kids Educational Centers Inc. Various Triangle locations kidseducationalcenter.com

Kids R Kids Morrisville Learning Academy

Hudson Memorial Preschool 4921 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh hmp-preschool.org; 919-787-1792

5510 Munford Rd., Raleigh lecoleraleigh.org; 919-790-1219 Ages 2-5. Fees vary. Full French immersion preschool that uses proven academic methods for children to become bilingual. Also offers after-school classes for all ages and levels of French.

Learn With the Best School 559 Jones Franklin Rd., Suites 164 A & B, Raleigh learnwiththebestschool.com; 919‑303‑1255

150 Towne Village Dr., Cary kidsrkidscary.com; 919-467-1112 Infant-age 5 and ages 5-12 for beforeand after-school care. Enrollment 235; 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; fees vary; provides a brain development curriculum; 5 stars; AdvancED accredited.

Hope Lutheran Preschool 3525 Rogers Rd., Wake Forest hopelutheranwf.org/preschool; 919‑453‑0388

L’Ecole French School of Raleigh

9003 Weston Pkwy., Cary lucydanielsschool.org; 919-677-1400 Ages 3-6. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; fees vary according to grade; serves children with emotional and behavioral difficulties, and provides an alternative for children unable to meet the demands of a mainstream classroom; 5 stars; tree nutfree environment; license 92000206. Macedonia UMC Preschool 2700 Jones Franklin Rd., Cary macedoniaumc.org/preschool; 919‑859-9488

Millbrook United Methodist Preschool 1712 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh millbrookumc.org/preschool; 919‑876‑8023

North Raleigh Christian Academy 7300 Perry Creek Rd., Raleigh nrcaknights.com; 919-573-7900 North Raleigh United Methodist Preschool 8501 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh nrumpreschool.org; 919-870-6616

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Oak City Academy 1308 U.S. 70, Garner oakcityacademy.org; 919-815-7742 Octopus Learning and Development Center 8440 Louisburg Rd., Ste. 160, Raleigh facebook.com/pages/category/ tutor-teacher/octopus-learning-anddevelopment-center-709158852459780; 919-255-9596 Peace Montessori School 2190 N. Salem St., Ste. 103, Apex peacemontessorischool.com; 919-363-2461 Peace Preschool 1777 W. Chatham St., Cary peace-preschool.com; 919-415-1733

financial aid available; provides a child-centered, developmentally appropriate approach to teaching, and focuses on a child’s social and emotional development in an inclusive community; NAEYC accredited.

Preschool for the Arts 844 Perry Rd., Apex apanc.com/programs/preschool; 919-367-7210 Preston Children’s Academy 551 James Jackson Ave., Cary prestonacademy.com; 919-297-0007 Primrose Schools Locations in Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Raleigh and Wake Forest primroseschools.com

7409 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh ravenscroft.org; 919-847-0900 Ages 4-5; kindergarten and afterschool care offered; $10,395$14,730/year, financial aid available; independent, private, coeducational day school; SACS, SAIS accredited. Renaissance Montessori School 610 Nottingham Dr., Cary renaissancescholars.com; 919-439-0130

100 Lochmere Dr. W, Cary rlscary.org; 919-851-7271 Ages 2-6. 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m., transitional kindergarten offered; $185-$360/ month, $180 for first child, $165 each subsequent child; provides Christcentered, academically focused education; Lutheran affiliation. Ridge Road Baptist Church Weekday Preschool 2011 Ridge Rd., Raleigh rrbch.com/preschool.php; 919-787-5707 Saint Francis UMC Preschool 2965 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary saintfrancisumc.org/preschool; 919-362-4107

Saint Raphael Catholic School Raleigh Christian Academy 2110 Trawick Rd., Raleigh raleighchristian.com; 919-872-2215 Raleigh Moravian Preschool 1816 Ridge Rd., Raleigh raleighmoravianpreschool.org/ wordpress; 919-616-8873

The Raleigh School 1141 Raleigh School Dr., Raleigh raleighschool.org; 919-546-0788 Ages 18 months-5 years. After-school care offered; $3,200-$11,500/year,

The School of Grace 5010 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh schoolofgrace.com; 919-787-4740

St. David’s School 3400 White Oak Rd., Raleigh sdsw.org; 919-782-3331 TK-K, before- and after-school care offered; $9,500-$11,000 year, financial aid available; CASI, SACS, SAIS accredited; Episcopal affiliation.

Ravenscroft School

Resurrection Lutheran School Precious Lambs Early Learning Center 1100 Newton Rd., Raleigh preciouslambs.us; 919-847-2650

Salem Baptist Preschool 1205 Salem Church Rd., Apex salem-bc.org/preschool; 919-387-3400

5815 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh straphaelpreschool.org; 919-865-5750 Ages 2-5. 9 a.m.-noon, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., or 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for extended day program, transitional kindergarten and before-school care offered; $206-$529/ month, financial aid available; Catholic affiliation, accredited by the Diocese of Raleigh and follows the Diocese of Raleigh curriculum.

Soapstone Preschool 12837 Norwood Rd., Raleigh soapstoneumc.org/preschool; 919-870-7727 Sounds and Colors at Carpenter Village 400 Gathering Park Circle, Cary soundsandcolors.net; 919-462-6288 Sounds and Colors at Cary 201 High House Rd., Cary soundsandcolors.net; 919-678-3178 Spanish for Fun! Locations in Cary, Raleigh and Wake Forest spanishforfun.com St. Andrew’s Early Childhood Center 3008 Old Raleigh Rd., Apex saintandrew.org/learn/ecc/ecc; 919-387-8656 St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Preschool 520 W. Holding Ave., Wake Forest school.scswf.org/preschool; 919-556-7613

St. Francis of Assisi Preschool 11401 Leesville Rd., Raleigh preschoolatstfrancis.com; 919-847-8205, ext. 262 Ages 2-5; 9 a.m.-noon, option to extend available after the winter break; transitional kindergarten and beforeand after-school care offered; see website for fees, financial aid available; Diocese of Raleigh affiliation. St. Francis UMC Preschool 2965 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary saintfrancisumc.org/preschool; 919-362-4107 St. James Preschool 3808 St. James Church Rd., Raleigh stjameskids.org; 919-867-5122 St. John’s Preschool 830 Durham Rd., Wake Forest stjohnswf.org/preschool; 919-556-3656 St. Mark’s Preschool 4801 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh stmarksraleigh.org/content. cfm?id=3094; 919-787-1832 St. Mary Magdalene Preschool 625 Magdala Pl., Apex school.stmm.net/academics/ preschool.cfm; 919-657-4800

School Year: September - May 9:15 am - 12:15 pm With an optional Early Birds 8:15-9:15 or Lunch Break 12:15-1:15 Ages 1 - 5 Dedicated to providing an educational setting for preschool children which will facilitate their development in the physical, social/emotional, cognitive, language, and Spiritual domains.

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810 High House Rd., Cary stmcary.org; 919-468-6150 Ages 4-5. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., kindergarten and before- and after-school care offered; $6,776-$9,257/year, financial aid available; provides a Catholic education with a focus on reverence, service and leadership; AdvancED accredited; Catholic affiliation.

Sun Star Farm Preschool & Kindergarten 2092 Marthas Chapel Rd., Apex sunstarfarmpreschool.com; 919‑699‑4429

Wake Forest Montessori 231 Capcom Ave., Wake Forest wakeforestmontessori.com; 919‑827‑1148

St. Philip Lutheran Preschool 7304 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh st-philip.org/preschool; 919-818-9585

Westminster MMO/Preschool 301 E. Whitaker Mill Rd., Raleigh facebook.com (search for “Westminster Presbyterian MMO/Preschool”); 919‑832‑8888

St. Timothy’s School 4523 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh sttimothys.org; 919-787-3011 Grades preK-8. Enrollment 515; teacher-to-student ratio 1:18; $4,705$15,938/year, financial aid available; NCAIS, SACS, SAIS accredited; Episcopal affiliation.

White Memorial Weekday School 1704 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh whitememorial.org/wds; 919-834-4637 White Plains Children’s Center 313 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary whiteplainschildrenscenter.org; 919‑469-2217

Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities 739 Chappell Dr., Raleigh tammylynncenter.org; 919-832-3909

Windborne United Methodist Preschool 9121 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh windbornepreschool.org; 919‑342‑6075

Taylor Family YMCA Preschool 590 Westhigh St., Cary ymcatriangle.org (search for “Taylor Family YMCA”)

OTHER COUNTIES

Temple Beth Or Preschool 5315 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh tbopreschool.org; 919-781-4895, ext. 4

Casa Club Spanish Immersion Preschool 41130 Moring Dr., Chapel Hill casaclub-si.com; 919-929-6019

Thales Academy Preschool locations in Knightdale, Raleigh and Wake Forest thalesacademy.org

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Triangle Montessori Academy 540 E. Chatham St., Cary trianglemontessori.org; 919-463-7770

Trinity Presbyterian Preschool 3120 New Hope Rd., Raleigh trinitypresbyterianpreschool.com; 919-805-3593

St. Paul’s Preschool 221 Union St., Cary stpaulscary.org/preschool; 919‑467‑3788

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Country Garden Montessori 1418 Mount Pleasant Rd., Willow Spring countrygardenmontessori.net; 919‑639‑8388

Trinity Academy 10224 Baileywick Rd., Raleigh trinityacademy.com; 919-786-0114

St. Michael’s Parish Day School 1520 Canterbury Rd., Raleigh holymichael.org/parish-day-school; 919-782-6430

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Time to Shine Preschool 1867 Lake Pine Dr., Cary timetoshinepreschool.com; 919‑291‑3802

Childcare Network Various Triangle locations childcarenetwork.com/find-a-school; 866-521-5437

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Willow Oak Montessori Children’s House 886 Hamlet Chapel Rd., Pittsboro childrenshouse.willowoakmontessori.org; 919-240-7787

SPECIAL NEEDS Aspen Center 1050A N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary aspencenter.net; 919-981-6588 Bridges and Beyond Inclusive Preschool 1340 Wall Rd., Ste. 100, Wake Forest bridgesandbeyond.com; 919-562-6433 Easter Seals UCP Charlie Gaddy Child Development Center 314 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh easterseals.com/NCVA/our-programs/ childrens-services/charlie-gaddychildrens.html; 919-773-2020 Frankie Lemmon School and Development Center 3311 Carl Sandburg Ct., Raleigh frankielemmonschool.org; 919‑821‑7436

Governor Morehead Preschool 303 Ashe Ave., Raleigh governormorehead.net; 919-733-6192 Learn With the Best School 559 Jones Franklin Rd., Suites 164 A & B, Raleigh learnwiththebestschool.com; 919‑303‑1255 Learning Together Developmental Day Center 568 E. Lenoir St., Ste. 204, Raleigh learningtogether.org; 919-856-5200 M.A.G.I.C. Preschool (Movement and Gestures Improve Communication) 141 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina 1530 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 201, Raleigh capitolcityspeechtherapy.com/magicpreschool.html; 919-577-6807 The Mariposa School for Children with Autism 203 Gregson Dr., Cary mariposaschool.org; 919-461-0600 Success4School 2425 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary success4school.com; 919-491-2904 Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities 739 Chappell Dr., Raleigh tammylynncenter.org; 919-832-3909 White Plains Children’s Center 313 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary whiteplainschildrenscenter.org; 919‑469‑2217

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Historic Field Trips and Educational Getaways BY MYRA WRIGHT

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hether you’re a public, private or home-school teacher — or just want to make your next day trip, weekend getaway or vacation a learning experience for your kids — you’ll find multiple historical sites near the Triangle to explore. From presidential homes to living history museums, these destinations will enrich, inspire and provide hands-on learning opportunities for all ages. CHEROKEE visitcherokeenc.com Cherokee, North Carolina Hours and admission: Varies according to museum or attraction. Learn about the Cherokee people and nation through a variety of educational, outdoor and family activities. Explore the Oconaluftee Indian Village, a living-history museum of an 18th-century Cherokee village. See the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills,” which entertains audiences with its portrayal of the Cherokee people’s past and present. And, with both the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway nearby, you’ll find no shortage of hiking, camping, fishing and sightseeing opportunities in the area. Don’t miss: Visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian for exhibits, hands-on activities and special events. COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG colonialwilliamsburg.com Williamsburg, Virginia Hours and admission: $20.49-$40.99 for a single-day ticket. Imagine what life was like in Colonial Virginia during the Revolutionary War. Visit dozens of restored and re-created buildings at this living history museum. Guests are

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welcomed with costumed interpreters, re-enactments and demonstrations. Don’t miss: Tour the historic area by horse-drawn carriage for $20. DUKE HOMESTEAD STATE HISTORIC SITE dukehomestead.org Durham, North Carolina Hours and admission: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Guided tours are offered daily, as schedule and staffing allows. Typically, the tours leave at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. daily. Free. What was life like on a North Carolina tobacco farm after the Civil War? Explore this historic farm, home and property to find out. Take a 45-minute guided tour or visit on your own. Don’t miss: Before your tour, be sure to watch “Legacy of the Golden Leaf,” a documentary that highlights the Washington Duke family and how their tobacco manufacturing business began. FORT RALEIGH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE nps.gov/fora Manteo, North Carolina Hours and admission: The grounds are open daily, sunrise to sunset, but Lindsay Warren Visitor Center hours are seasonal. See the website for more information. Free. Take a step back in time to learn about one of the country’s longest and most intriguing mysteries — The Lost Colony. In the visitor center, watch a 17-minute video that explores this mystery and see artifacts discovered by archeologists. Check the calendar for children’s programming, such as educational walks and arts and crafts.

Don’t miss: Visit Waterside Theatre where the outdoor drama “The Lost Colony” is performed. HISTORIC JAMESTOWNE historicjamestowne.org Jamestown, Virginia Hours and admission: Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ages 16 and older, $14; 15 and younger, Free. Walk the same grounds of the men and women who settled England’s first permanent colony in North America. Explore the site of the 1607 James Fort, see artifacts in the museum, and learn about what life was like for the English and Powhatan people. See the calendar for living history tours and children’s programming. Don’t miss: Visit the Ed Shed, an interactive space where kids can examine artifacts and take part in hands-on activities, such as pottery mending or artifact screening. KINGS MOUNTAIN NATIONAL MILITARY PARK nps.gov/kimo Blacksburg, South Carolina Hours and admission: Open daily 9 a.m.5 p.m. Free. Learn about the battle of Kings Mountain on Oct. 7, 1780, a significant victory during the Revolutionary War. Explore the visitor center, exhibits and the 1.5-mile battlefield trail. Visit nearby Kings Mountain State Park for camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing and a 19th-century living history farm. Don’t miss: Check the events calendar and time your visit to see demonstration groups, such as the Kings Mountain Backcountry Militia. Learn about life in the 1700s with displays of blacksmithing and woodworking.

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MONTICELLO monticello.org Charlottesville, Virginia Hours and admission: Open daily, except Christmas Day. Hours are seasonal and vary. $10-$26. Visit Thomas Jefferson’s estate, tour the original home and explore the grounds where the third U.S. president once lived. Explore Mulberry Row, where Monticello’s slaves lived and worked, and enjoy the carefully landscaped flower, vegetable and fruit gardens. Don’t miss: Visit the Mountaintop Hands‑on Activity Center to write with a quill pen or enjoy 18th-century games. Parents, teachers and home educators will also find a wealth of information in the Monticello Digital Classroom, including virtual tours, quizzes and guides for young learners.

9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m.; closed Monday. $11-$27 Explore the life of Moravians and early Southerners living in the 18th and 19th centuries by touring the historic town of Salem and its surrounding gardens. Visit the town’s buildings to see historic trades, such as gunsmithing, pottery making and gardening. Demonstrations include quilting, 18th-century games, hearth cooking, food preservation and more. Don’t Miss: Celebrate the holidays with the Candle Tea, held on select dates in November and early December. $1-$5. Sing Christmas carols, see how the Moravians make beeswax candles, sip on Moravian coffee and eat sugar cake, and listen to the Christmas story.

NORTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM nctrans.org Spencer, North Carolina Hours and admission: Hours are seasonal. $4-$12. Children under age 2 are free. The museum is located on what was once Southern Railway Company’s largest steam locomotive repair facility. Explore exhibits that include antique cars, a train depot, a 37‑bay roundhouse, locomotives and rail cars. Don’t miss: Schedule your visit to include a 25‑minute train ride, pulled by an antique diesel engine. Rides are seasonal. See the website calendar for the schedule.

RALEIGH visitraleigh.com Hours and admission: Hours vary according to attraction or museum, but admission is free to those listed below. Curious about North Carolina’s government and its history? Visit the North Carolina State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark that has been restored to its 1840-1865 appearance. Small groups can also schedule tours of the North Carolina Executive Mansion, North Carolina Legislative Building, North Carolina Museum of History, and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Don’t miss: Learn about North Carolina’s ecosystem and wildlife in the “Mountains to Sea” exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

OLD SALEM MUSEUMS & GARDENS oldsalem.org Winston-Salem, North Carolina Hours and admission: Tuesday-Saturday,

REED GOLD MINE nchistoricsites.org/reed Midland, North Carolina Hours and admission: Tuesday-Saturday,

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free. The first documented gold find in the U.S. was right here in North Carolina. The Old North State also led the nation in gold production until the California Gold Rush in 1848. Today, you can tour portions of the underground tunnels of the Reed Gold Mine, see mining equipment in the visitor center and learn more about that first gold find. Don’t miss: For $3, you can pan for gold, April through October, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. TOWN CREEK INDIAN MOUND nchistoricsites.org/town Mount Gilead, North Carolina Hours and admission: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Monday. Free. In 11th century A.D., a new culture emerged known as Pee Dee, and inhabitants constructed mounds in the earth for their spiritual and political leaders. Town Creek Indian Mound commemorates that American Indian culture. Browse exhibits in the visitor center and take a self-guided tour of re-created structures and mound. Don’t miss: Savor the scenery and native plants with a nature walk along the river. Myra Wright is a writer and mother of three who lives in King, North Carolina. ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT: Waterside Theater; Manteo, North Carolina Photo courtesy of the National Park Service Colonial Williamsburg; Williamsburg, Virginia Photo courtesy of Myra Wright Old Salem Museum & Gardens; Winston Salem, North Carolina Photo courtesy of Old Salem Museum & Gardens Oconaluftee Indian Village; Cherokee, North Carolina Photo courtesy of Visit Cherokee Monticello; Charlottesville, Virginia Photo courtesy of Myra Wright

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CHARTER SCHOOLS DURHAM COUNTY

Research Triangle High School 3106 E. NC 54, Research Triangle Park researchtrianglehighschool.org; 919‑998‑6757

Carter Community Charter School 1955 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham carterschool.org; 919-797-2340

Voyager Academy Elementary school – 4210 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham; Middle school – 101 Hock Parc, Durham; High school – 4302 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham voyageracademy.net; 919-433-3301

Central Park School for Children 724 Foster St., Durham cpscnc.org; 919-682-1200 Excelsior Classical Academy 4100 N. Roxboro St., Durham excelsior.teamcfa.school; 919-213-8585

ORANGE COUNTY

Global Scholars Academy 311 Dowd St., Durham globalscholarsacademy.org; 919‑682‑5903

Eno River Academy K-8 campus – 1212 NC Hwy. 57 N., Hillsborough; High school – 1100 NC Hyw. 57 N., Hillsborough noriveracademy.org; 919-644-6272

Healthy Start Academy 807 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham healthystartacademy.com; 919‑956‑5599

The Expedition School 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd., Ste. 33, Hillsborough theexpeditionschool.com; 919‑245‑8432

The Institute for the Development of Young Leaders 4300 S. Miami Blvd., Durham facebook.com/theidylschool; 919-224-1240

WAKE COUNTY

Kestrel Heights School 4700 S. Alston Ave., Durham kestrelheights.org; 919-484-1300

Cardinal Charter Academy 1020 St. Charles Place, Cary cardinalcharter.org; 919-653-5000

KIPP: Durham College Prep Public School 1107 Holloway St., Durham kippenc.org; school-details/kippdurham-college-prep-public-school; 919-973-0285

Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter School 2600 Sumner Blvd., Ste. 130, Raleigh cemcs.org/private-preschool; 919‑855‑9811 Central Wake High School 1425 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh centralwakehs.com; 919-521-5067

Maureen Joy Charter School 107 S. Driver St., Durham joycharter.org; 919-493-6056 RAM (Reaching All Minds) Academy 2703 Holloway St., Durham reachingallminds.com; 919-596-1899 Research Triangle Charter Academy 2418 Ellis Rd., Durham nhaschools.com/schools/researchtriangle-charter-academy/en; 919‑957‑7108

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Franklin Academy Grades K-2 – 604 S. Franklin St., Wake Forest; Grades 3-8 – 1127 Chalk Rd., Wake Forest; High school – 648 Flaherty Ave., Wake Forest franklinacademy.org; 919-554-4911 Hope Charter Leadership Academy 1116 N. Blount St., Raleigh hopecharterschool.org; 919-834-0941 Longleaf School of the Arts 322 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh longleafschool.org; 919-896-8164 Magellan Charter School 9324 Baileywick Rd., Raleigh magellancharter.org; 919-844-0277 PAVE Southeast Raleigh Charter School 3420 Idlewood Village Dr., Raleigh paveschools.org; 919-446-4777 Peak Charter Academy 1601 Orchard Villas, Apex nhaschools.com/schools/peak-charteracademy/en; 919-377-1552 Pine Springs Preparatory Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy 220 Rosewood Centre Dr., Holly Springs pspa.teamcfa.school; 919-439-9448

East Wake Academy 400 NMC Dr., Zebulon eastwakeacademy.org; 919-404-0444

PreEminent Charter School 3815 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh nhaschools.com/schools/preeminentcharter-school/en; 919-235-0511

Endeavor Charter School 4879 One World Way, Wake Forest endeavorcharterschool.com; 919‑848‑0333

Quest Academy 10908 Strickland Rd., Raleigh questcharter.org; 919-841-0441

Envision Science Academy 590 Traditions Grande Blvd., Wake Forest esaeagles.com; 919-435-4002

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The Exploris School Elementary campus – 17 S. Swain St., Raleigh; Middle school campus – 401 Hillsborough St., Raleigh exploris.org; 919-715-0333

Raleigh Charter High School 1307 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh raleighcharterhs.org; 919-715-1155

Raleigh Oak Charter School 9400 Forum Dr., Raleigh raleighoakcharter.org; 919-424-7626 Rolesville Charter Academy 908 Eagle Scholars Dr., Wake Forest nhaschools.com/schools/rolesvillecharter-academy/en; 919-263-1422 Southern Wake Academy 5801 Old Powell Rd., Holly Springs swake.org; 919-567-9955 Sterling Montessori Academy and Charter School 202 Treybrooke Dr., Morrisville sterlingmontessori.org; 919-462-8889 Torchlight Academy 3211 Bramer Dr., Raleigh tlaedu.org; 919-850-9960 Triangle Math and Science Academy 312 Gregson Dr., Cary tmsacademy.org; 919-388-0077 Wake Forest Charter Academy 1851 Friendship Chapel Rd., Wake Forest nhaschools.com/schools/wake-forestcharter-academy/en; 919-263-8673

OTHER COUNTIES Willow Oak Montessori Charter School 50101 Governors Dr., Ste. 170, Chapel Hill (located in Chatham County) charter.willowoakmontessori.org; 919-240-7787 Woods Charter School 160 Woodland Grove Ln., Chapel Hill (located in Chatham County) woodscharter.org; 919-960-8353

VIRTUAL CHARTERS North Carolina Connections Academy 2800 Meridian Pkwy., Durham connectionsacademy.com/northcarolina-virtual-school; 919-224-4040 North Carolina Virtual Academy 4220 NC Hwy. 55, Durham ncva.k12.com; 919-346-0121

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Darlington School 1014 Cave Spring Rd., Rome, Georgia darlingtonschool.org; 800-368-4437

Ben Lippen School 7401 Monticello Rd. and 500 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, South Carolina benlippen.com; 803-807-4000

Riverside Military Academy 2001 Riverside Dr., Gainesville, Georgia riversidemilitary.com; 800-462-2338

MARYLAND Oldfields School 1500 Glencoe Rd., Sparks Glencoe, Maryland oldfieldsschool.org; 410-472-4800

MASSACHUSETTS Stoneleigh-Burnham School 574 Bernardston Rd., Greenfield, Massachusetts sbschool.org; 413-774-2711

NORTH CAROLINA Arthur Morgan School 60 AMS Circle, Burnsville, North Carolina arthurmorganschool.org; 828-675-4262 Asheville School 360 Asheville School Rd., Asheville, North Carolina ashevilleschool.org; 828-254-6345

Camden Military Academy 520 Hwy. 1 North, Camden, South Carolina camdenmilitary.com; 800-948-6291

TENNESSEE The Baylor School 171 Baylor School Rd., Chattanooga, Tennessee baylorschool.org; 423-267-5902

Hargrave Military Academy 200 Military Dr., Chatham, Virginia hargrave.edu; 434-432-2481

Stuart Hall School 235 W. Frederick St., Staunton, Virginia stuarthallschool.org; 888-306-8926

Miller School of Albemarle 1000 Samuel Miller Loop, Charlottesville, Virginia millerschoolofalbemarle.org; 434-823-4805

Virginia Episcopal School 400 VES Rd., Lynchburg, Virginia ves.org; 434-385-3600

Oak Hill Academy 2635 Oak Hill Rd., Mouth of Wilson, Virginia oak-hill.net; 276-579-2619

Woodberry Forest School 898 Woodberry Forest Rd., Woodberry Forest, Virginia woodberry.org; 540-672-3900

Randolph-Macon Academy 200 Academy Dr., Front Royal, Virginia rma.edu; 540-636-5484

VIRGINIA Blue Ridge School 273 Mayo Dr., St. George, Virginia blueridgeschool.com; 434-985-2811 Chatham Hall 800 Chatham Hall Circle, Chatham, Virginia chathamhall.org; 434-432-2941 Christchurch School 49 Seahorse Ln., Christchurch, Virginia christchurchschool.org; 804-758-2306

Lake House Academy 447 Lily Pad Ln., Flat Rock, North Carolina lakehouseacademy.com; 877-267-5888

Episcopal High School 1200 N. Quaker Ln., Alexandria, Virginia episcopalhighschool.org; 703-933-3000

Oak Ridge Military Academy 2317 Oak Ridge Rd., Oak Ridge, North Carolina oakridgemilitary.com; 336-643-4131

Fishburne Military School 225 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro, Virginia fishburne.org; 800-946-7773

Saint Mary’s School 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, North Carolina sms.edu; 919-424-4000

Fork Union Military Academy 4744 James Madison Hwy., Fork Union, Virginia forkunion.com; 800-462-3862

Salem Academy 500 E. Salem Ave., Winston-Salem, North Carolina salemacademy.com; 336-721-2643

Foxcroft School 22407 Foxhound Ln., Middleburg, Virginia foxcroft.org; 540-687-5555

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Triangle Day School Founded in 1991 with a mission to provide an excellent education in a warm, welcoming environment, Triangle Day School is a place where every child feels known, connected, valued and loved. We are small by design, and everyone’s talents matter here. In small classes, creative, dedicated teachers develop a wonderful rapport with our children, set the bar high and then support students as they strive to reach their goals. With their hearts, minds and hands engaged, our students find joy in learning and discovery, take pride in

achievements and develop healthy self-confidence that fuels them to lead lives of purpose. At TDS, we focus daily on our five core values: respect, responsibility, compassion, integrity and resilience. Held to high standards, students understand the importance of integrity, respect and responsibility. Presented with opportunities to lead and to serve, students develop resilience and learn the significance of selflessness, empathy and compassion. We invite you to visit our campus in Durham. You’ll

be greeted by a fifth-grader, shake the principal’s hand, witness a sixth-grader walk a kindergartner to class, and perhaps even see who wins

the weekly estimation jar – all before school officially starts in the morning. Come experience why our students love coming to school!

Be who you are... Discover who you can be.

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Carolina Friends School Empowering students leads to motivated learners who are not only able but eager to gain a progression of critical intellectual, social, and physical skills. Fostering courageous conversations enables children to fully explore and analyze realworld problems and to become agents of change as near as their neighborhood and as far as the other side of the world. Creating purposeful classroom environments allows safe spaces to learn how to disagree, how to be in community, and how to

Established in 1962 as one of the state’s first purposefully integrated schools, Carolina Friends School is a learning community led by radical respect, intellectual curiosity, and an appreciation of the sacredness of individuality. Students ages 3-18 are guided by our highly experienced staff and rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum to create purposeful connections and experiences of their own making. Teachers and students learn and grow together, equally encouraged to be continual truth-seekers.

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Emerson Waldorf School “All wisdom begins in wonder.” Socrates knew what he was talking about. And the 90-year-old track record of Waldorf education, with 1080 schools spanning 80 countries, has proven this. The core of Waldorf education begins with instilling wonder in children as early as ages 0-3 in our Parent/ Child classes and preserves this vital core through 12th grade, when students are released into the wider world as poised, aware, thinking individuals who lead lives that are both successful and fulfilling. The Emerson Waldorf School rests on a 54-acre

wooded campus within 20 minutes of Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Durham and RTP. We offer a unique atmosphere of intellectual, creative and practical excellence. Our time-tested curriculum is designed to bring interdisciplinary and multi-sensory learning in response to the needs of the child at each stage of development. Since the Emerson Waldorf School opened its doors in 1984, our woodland campus has provided safe and ample space for creative play and for exploring the natural

sciences, while specially designed buildings have encouraged a sense of beauty in harmony with the natural surroundings. Waldorf education is committed to academic excellence in the

subjects today’s child needs to meet an uncertain, complex and challenging future. Contact admissions@ emersonwaldorf.org for a tour today!

Inspired Learning. A school where students are engaged, encouraged & enriched. PRE-K THROUGH GRADE 12

VISIT TO LEARN WHY FAMILIES HAVE MOVED ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO ENJOY OUR AMAZING LITTLE CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE.

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GRACE Christian School inspire students to become lifelong learners. At GRACE, we encourage our students to enhance academic opportunities with participation in fine arts, athletics and community outreach. All elementary students have the opportunity to participate in enrichment classes throughout the week led by specialized faculty in physical education, art, vocal music, instrumental music, Spanish, technology and library skills. Middle and high school students have extensive elective class options as well as the opportunity to join one of GRACE’s 33 sports teams.

GRACE is intentional in creating opportunities for our students to acquire essential life skills while participating in a strong academic program. Our integration of technology, faith and learning enables students to develop a biblical worldview and apply it to their ideas, thoughts and actions. GRACE’s incorporation of technology advances student learning and increases opportunities for creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Our academic program leverages technology tools to challenge students in higher-level thinking and to

We provide all students with ample opportunities for self-advocacy, collaboration, creative expression and critical analysis. Our instructional programs emphasize resolving conflicts respectfully,

...TO READ, THINK, SPEAK, AND WRITE

learning to prioritize, and investigating the application of academic subjects to world issues. GRACE students graduate spiritually mature, academically prepared and mentally confident.

...FOR EVERY GOOD WORK

...TO IMAGINE, EXPLORE, AND CREATE

...FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS

For more than 30 years GRACE has been equipping students with relevant skills that go beyond the classroom. Come to an Informational Open House to learn more about how you can become a part of the GRACE community.

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7th-12th Campus 1101 Buck Jones Rd Raleigh, NC 27606 Tel 919-747-2020

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Immaculata Catholic School Founded in 1909, Immaculata has a long history of serving a diverse student body. With a campus conveniently located just steps from Duke University and the heart of downtown Durham, the school has established impactful community partnerships that benefit its 530 students in Pre-K through eighth grade. Immaculata has been a National Blue Ribbon School since 2012 for exemplary teaching practices and student performance. It is also the first school in North Carolina to have

an AdvancED STEM Certified middle school program. The school supports its challenging curriculum with enrichment and resource programs and full-time instructional aids in each Pre-K-Grade 5 classroom. Teachers at Immaculata are trained to differentiate instruction to students’ abilities, learning styles and interests. An integral aspect of Immaculata’s curriculum is character development and faith formation. All members of the school community proudly follow the Immaculata Way of Life:

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Respect God, self, and others. Be a person of integrity. Live a life of service. Produce quality work. By educating both the mind and spirit, Immaculata fosters an environment of personal responsibility and kindness

toward others. Experience Immaculata for yourself by attending an information session and tour. Visit immaculataschool.org for dates and to learn more about everything Immaculata has to offer.

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International Preschool of Raleigh school location in Beijing, China! Together with IPR Beijing, students are able to participate in a global collaboration that allows them the opportunity to engage in various liberal arts curricula, science, technology, cooking, music therapy and more! We are the first Preschool for Mornwind Education and are excited about spearheading the future multi-site vision of this educational institution. We have the daily mission of inspiring curiosity, building confidence and instilling a foundational love of learning

The International Preschool of Raleigh is dedicated to creating a global awareness for our students with a solid, multicultural academic foundation. We are passionate about education and have had the pleasure of providing a quality preschool learning experience to the families in our community. We follow a learningbased curriculum that enables our children to achieve the highest scores upon entering kindergarten anywhere around the world. In strategic partnership with Mornwind Education, we have opened our second

in all our students. We believe our words have power, and we adhere to a growth mindset. We focus on second language acquisition and the study of

world cultures to hone our children’s ability to reason and to enhance their emotional, social, and cognitive development. Visit our campus today to learn more!

Learning looks different at the International Preschool of Raleigh!

Full and Half Day educational programs for ages 2-5 yrs old. We are not just preparing our children for kindergarten; we are introducing them to the world!

Spanish & Chinese • Reading, Math, & Writing • Global Arts • STEM • Yoga • Cooking • Music Therapy • Diversity • Smartboards • Coding • Science • OSMO • International Assessments, iPads

Afterschool clubs: Basketball, Soccer, Arabic, Dance, and Young Engineers Schedule a Tour Today and Join the Learning Fun!

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Montessori School of Durham Montessori School of Durham is an accredited independent Montessori school for children ages 18 months through sixth grade bringing authentic Montessori education to families in Durham and surrounding areas for over 40 years. Montessori School of Durham is committed to the joy of learning and seeks to educate the “whole child,” addressing each aspect of development: physical, intellectual, social, practical and spiritual. Montessori School of Durham was the first school

in North Carolina accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Montessori School of Durham welcomes a diverse, inclusive community and celebrates the uniqueness of all of its members as part of our hope for a peaceful world. Now enrolling children for next school year. Call today to schedule your personal campus tour and classroom observation. Applications are available at msdurham.org.

Igniting Passion and Curiosity for Lifelong Learning Since 1977 2800 PICKETT RD • DURHAM 919-489-9045 • MSDURHAM.ORG

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Ravenscroft Growth-minded. Collaborative. Communicative. Strategic. Resourceful. Resilient. Accountable. Adaptable. At Ravenscroft, we wondered: Why wait to teach leadership skills to children? Why not integrate leadership learning into the academic education and everyday classroom experience for all children? And then teach children to use those skills to be better students, artists, athletes and community members? We do. We call it Lead From Here. Through Ravenscroft’s innovative partnership with

Center for Creative Leadership — one of the world’s topranked executive education providers — we teach leadership skills that hundreds of business, government, nonprofit and education leaders have identified as crucial, but frustratingly rare, in today’s workforce. As early as pre-kindergarten, students learn fundamental skills they can apply to academic, social, creative and athletic challenges. These leadership skills include being accountable, adaptive, growthminded, empathetic, inclusive, communicative, strategic,

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resourceful and more. The result? High-achieving students with a leg-up on both academics and the real-world leadership skills needed to succeed in the future.

At Ravenscroft, learning is a journey of wonder and joy. How do we do it? The best way to understand how we teach it is to experience it yourself. We invite you to visit and learn more!

Introducing the Keim Center for Innovation and Research

STEM+ takes center stage at Ravenscroft with 15 science labs, 9 innovation spaces, 2 makerspaces and one outdoor learning center. The new Keim Center for Innovation and Research includes modern classrooms, robotics and technology labs, library resources and collaboration spaces where students can explore entrepreneurship and real-world projects.

Discover the future of STEM+ and innovation today! Visit www.ravenscroft.org to learn more and call our Admissions Office at 919.848.6470 to schedule a tour.

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Wake County Schools Magnet Program Wake County’s award-winning magnet schools create well-rounded students by challenging them with programs tailored to their strengths and exposing them to new experiences. Innovative and pioneering programs encourage students to think creatively and analytically to solve problems, while diverse student populations enable students to explore their world from different perspectives. Wake County magnet schools provide students the tools they need to “See things differently.” Since 1982, magnet programs have offered unique educational

choices in the Wake County community. Magnet programs range from Engineering to Museums, Entrepreneurial Design to Language Immersion, Gifted and Talented to International Baccalaureate. Our newest programs include Environmental Connections, and Center for Design and Computer Sciences for elementary students. High schoolers can participate in the new University Connections: School of Design, Arts and Engineering. To learn more about magnet schools, early colleges and

year-round calendar schools, plan to attend the Magnet and Early College Fair on Nov. 3, 2018, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. All schools will be represented at this event.

Applications to magnet and year-round calendar schools will be accepted January 4-30, 2019. For more information, visit wcpss.net/magnet, call 919-533-7289 or email magnetcenter@wcpss.net.

WCPSS magnet schools create well-rounded students by challenging them with programs tailored to their strengths and exposing them to new experiences. Innovative and pioneering programs challenge students to think creatively and analytically to solve problems, while diverse student body populations enable students to learn and see things from a different perspective. Wake County magnet schools provide students the tools they need to see things differently.

Phone: (919) 533-7289

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North Carolina Zoo • School Programs: Pre-K12th grade formal school and homeschool groups can schedule programs at the Zoo, or we can bring the Zoo to you! Biofacts, live animals and themed activities make learning a blast. • Scout Badges: Through hands-on educational activities, make-and-take crafts, and a live animal or two, scouts can work towards earning a variety of badges at the Zoo. • Zoo Snoozes - Looking for a fun, educational overnight experience for your group, ages 7 and up? The Zoo offers exciting overnight programs

Did you know that the North Carolina Zoo offers a wide range of educational programs? Let us help make your next visit to the Zoo fun, educational and something to remember. Below are some of the onsite programs we offer. Please check out our website (https://www.nczoo.org/ education) to learn more about each program below and about our other educational offerings. • Birthday Parties: Celebrate your child’s birthday at the Zoo! Your family and friends will join our educational team for a fun, educational and hassle-free party.

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The Raleigh School Here at The Raleigh School, we believe without any doubt: Children need to play. Children are curious. Children like challenges. Children respond to respect. When children, teachers and parents come together, amazing things happen. That is The Raleigh School. Everything we do is designed for one purpose: to allow children to learn the way they learn best. Since the 1950s, we’ve embraced the concept of education based on what’s best for the child.

We engage a child’s innate curiosity and sense of wonder each and every day. Using an inquiry-based approach, our teachers help students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively. Our students love to come to school. Each child is known and respected as an individual member within the school community. Our parents choose The Raleigh School because they value our passionate, experienced faculty and treasure the many opportunities they have to be engaged in their own children’s education. The Raleigh School is a secular, independent school

educating children from preschool through fifth grade. The school is nestled on 18 beautiful, wooded acres in West Raleigh near the PNC

Arena. We are passionate about nurturing children’s natural inclinations to inquire, explore and discover — all in a safe and creative environment.

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The Fletcher Academy Fletcher Academy A School of Achievement

A School of Achievement The Fletcher Academy is North 65 percent of TFA’s teachers Carolina’s oldest school for students hold graduate degrees, and over Exceptional Teachers: The Fletcher Academy is with learning differences. Fletcher uses 75 percent possess certification North Carolina’s oldest school for Our faculty contains some of an individualized curriculum, consistent in the field of special education. students with learning differences. the most highly trained and structure, exceptionally small class sizes, Individualized Approach: experienced teachers in the Fletcher uses an individualized and a wholeconsistent school approach to help We offer an 5:1 field. Over 65 percent of outstanding TFA’s curriculum, structure, children and adolescents fl ourish. average student to teacher exceptionally small class sizes, and teachers hold graduate degrees, Unique We serve and over 75 ratio. Our students learn percent possess a whole schoolLearners: approach to help certificationresponsible in the field of children and adolescents flourish. and students with learning disabilities work habits, which special education. Unique Learners: We ADHD challenges. These unique learners are reinforced by daily teacher interpersonal development. We Inclusive Environment: Approach: serve students with learning receive individualized instruction andIndividualized feedback and homework help. interpersonal development. invite you to learn more about Fletcher students have access We offer an outstanding disabilities and ADHD leadership opportunities that develop Inclusive Environment: Fletcher We invite you to learn more about TFA TFA by visiting our website at to a variety of community 5:1 average student-to-teacher challenges. Th ese unique academic, artistic, athletic, social and students have access to a variety of by visiting our website at tfaraleigh.org. tfaraleigh.org. activities. TFA’s wide variety of ratio. Our students learn learners receive individualized technical skills for life. community activities. TFA’s wide variety Please direct inquiries inclusive clubs, events, athletics, responsible work habits, instruction and leadership Please direct inquiries and tour requests Exceptional Teachers: Our faculty of inclusive clubs, events, athletics, fine and tourDean requests to Tiffany at fine arts and leadership to Tiffany Gregory, which are reinforced by opportunities that develop of Admissions, contains some of the most highly trained arts and leadership endeavors provide Gregory, Dean of Admissions, endeavors provide nourishment daily teacher feedback and academic, artistic, athletic, 919-782-5082. and experienced teachers in the fi eld. Over nourishment for intrapersonal and at 919-782-5082. for intrapersonal and social and technical skills for life. homework help.

The Fletcher Academy A School of Achievement

Believe • Achieve • Explore • Soar “Fostering exceptional achievements in students grades 3-12 with learning differences, our goal is each child’s success.” tfaraleigh.org

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Cary Christian School Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting and stressful process. There are so many options. Cary Christian School believes that education is more than imparting information. Instead, school is a place where parents work in partnership with staff and where teachers inspire their students and hold them to high standards. We believe that an educational environment should be a place equal to a child’s capacity for wonder. Students should feel encouraged, strengthened, supported, and loved when they make mistakes.

If you’re looking for an academic community where kids are taught to love Christ, work hard and balance life with fun and laughter, then CCS is a place you should explore. Schedule your visit at www.carychristianschool.org or contact Erica Spivey at 919-303-2560, ext. 252. Weekly Campus Tours: Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. Open Houses: Oct. 25, 2018 and Jan. 24, 2019, 6-8 p.m.

Fast Facts about CCS: • 40 sports teams for men and women • 2018 Graduates - three appointments to U.S. Military Academies • K-12 school

• 20:1 student-teacher ratio • Average SAT: 1247 /ACT: 27 • Third-largest classical Christian school in the U.S. • Integrated curriculum with a biblical worldview

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The Trilogy School – Celebrating Its 20th Year The Trilogy School, founded by Dr. Laura Wyatt and Judy Williams, strives to meet the academic needs of all students. Our curriculum incorporates varied instruction and parallels North Carolina graduation requirements. Accredited by AdvancEd, Trilogy’s mission is to provide specialized, small group instruction that addresses individual needs. Trilogy has an experienced faculty, each holding a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in a specialized area. Classes of three to five students provide a positive, nurturing environment, focusing on students’ strengths

to ensure success. Trilogy also offers summer programs, summer school, credit recovery, and online courses. Trilogy’s Newest Additions: • A MakerSpace interactive approach that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) plus art and design into the curriculum. • After School Electives: Coding and Game Design, MakerSpace, Art, Social Skills, and Yoga Trilogy is committed to creating an environment where “Every Child Can Learn.”

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Every Child Can Learn in our positive learning environments.

The Trilogy School

Triangle Learning Consultants

Serving the Triangle since 1999

Serving the Triangle since 1989

• Small Group Instruction for Students with Learning Differences • Grades Two-Twelve / 3-5:1 ratio • Full and Part Day Instruction • Supervised Online Courses • High School Program fulfills NC graduation requirements • Specialized Summer School • Credit Recovery Courses • AdvancED Accredited

• One-on-One Tutoring for Grades K – College • All subjects-academic to AP/IB, including SAT/ACT • Flexible Scheduling • Common Core Reading and Math Tutoring • Intensive Orton-Gillingham instruction • Wilson Reading Instruction • Summer Tutoring program • Betty Woodson, Director

www.trilogyschool.com

www.trianglelearningconsultants.com

Judy Williams, M.A.T., M.S.A., Laura Wyatt, Ph.D., Co-founders, Ann Ashby and Virginia Seigler, Upper and Lower School Directors 3810 Merton Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609 919-781-7804

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1200 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Website: www.kehillahjewishpreschool.org Email: preschool@kehillahsynagogue.org

READY. SET. GOddard! We help children explore and discover their interests through play in a safe environment. We provide ample opportunities for fun learning experiences, promoting a lifelong love of learning in literacy, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

NOW ENROLLING! 12 LOCATIONS IN THE RALEIGH AREA GoddardSchool.com The Goddard Schools are operated by independent franchisees under a license agreement with Goddard Systems, Inc. Programs and ages may vary. Goddard Systems, Inc. program is AdvancED accredited. Š Goddard Systems, Inc. 2018

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The Town of Cary has camps, classes, and programs for all ages and all interests!

LEARN. LAUGH. PLAY.

We’ve got you covered during track-out, teacher workdays, traditional school breaks, and holidays. Choose from a variety of activities including sports, music, arts, drama, nature, science, dance, history, skateboarding, and more! We also offer Cary residents the opportunity to apply for scholarships and/or reduced fees for Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources programs through the Play It Forward Scholarship Fund. Visit www.townofcary.org/scholarships to learn how to apply for or donate to the fund. Register now! Online registration is available at classweb.townofcary.org or visit any Town of Cary community center to register in person.

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ADDITIONAL EDUCATION RESOURCES NOTE: Highlighted listings are advertisers in this edition of the Education Guide and/or on our website.

teacher-to-student ratio 1:6-1:13; $9,400$16,000/year, financial aid available; American Montessori Society accredited; offers French, Spanish and Chinese immersion for a global education.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

International Preschool of Raleigh

Apex Peak Montessori 432 E.Williams St., Apex apexpeakschools.com; 919-749-0237

2730 Godley Ln., Raleigh ipraleigh.com; 919-957-7249 Ages 2-5; 8:55 a.m.-12:35 p.m., half-day; 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., full day; $480/month, half day; $1,270/month, full day and includes breakfast, snacks and lunch; internationally accredited with Mornwind Education Company in Beijing, China; provides an international learning experience focused on cognitive, social and emotional development.

Apex Peak Schools Language 432 E. Williams St., Apex apexpeakschools.com; 919-267-8557 Atlas International School 4112 Garland Dr., Raleigh atlasinternationalschool.com; 919-623-2323 Carolina Chinese Academy 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh carolinachineseacademy.com; 919-889-3703 Casa Club Spanish Immersion Preschool 41130 Moring Dr., Chapel Hill casaclub-si.com; 919-929-6019 CHICLE Language Institute 109 Conner Drive, Ste. 2200, Carrboro chi-cle.com; 919-933-0398

Japan Culture Exchange P.O. Box 31582, Raleigh japance.com

Immersion Island P.O. Box 9332, Chapel Hill immersionisland.org; 919-259-2843

The Home School Legal Defense Association P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, Virginia hslda.org; 540-338-5600

TheraPlay Bilingual Solutions 1033 Bullard Ct., Ste. 207, Raleigh theraplaycares.com; 919-559-1385

Homeschool Alliance of North Carolina/HA-NC 2014.ha-nc.org

HOME SCHOOLING

The Homeschool Gathering Place 5204 Hollyridge Dr., Raleigh homeschoolgatheringplace.com; 919-571-8106

American Academy National Home School 5350 S. Western Ave. #318, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma nationalhomeschool.com; 405-634-7777 APlus Test Prep 5501 Fortunes Ridge Dr., Durham aplushigherscores.com; 919-824-3912

Johnston County Home Educators of N.C./JCHE jchenc.org

Chapel Hill Homeschoolers chapelhillhomeschoolers.com Christian Home Educators Association of Greater Durham homeschool-life.com/nc/cheagd

N.C. Homeschool Loop groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ ncloop/info

Citizens High School: Textbook-based Curriculum for Home-Schoolers citizenshighschool.com

N.C. Secular Homeschool Network groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ ncsecularnetwork/info

Raleigh French Instruction 7329 Brighton Hill Ln., Raleigh raleighfrenchinstruction.com; 919-830-4355

Colonial Homeschoolers homeschool.colonial.org; 919-233-9100

NATHHAN National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network P.O. Box 310, Moyie Springs, Idaho nathhan.com; 208-267-6246

Renaissance Montessori School 610 Nottingham Dr., Cary renaissancescholars.com; 919-439-0130

Deerstream Learning Center 260 Erwin Rd., Chapel Hill deerstream.org; 919-672-4954

The Spanish Corner 231 Bickett Blvd., Raleigh thespanishcorner.org; 919-656-1992

Gifted Home Scholars groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ GHSNC/info

Spanish For Fun! Locations in Cary, Raleigh and Wake Forest spanishforfun.com

Home School Foundation homeschoolfoundation.org

L’Ecole French School of Raleigh 5510 Munford Rd., Raleigh lecoleraleigh.org; 919-790-1219 Grades preK-12. Fees vary. Offers French language afterschool classes and more for students in preK-grade 12. Mi Escuelita Spanish Immersion Preschool 405 B Smith Level Rd., Chapel Hill miescuelitanc.org; 919-969-7949

Cary Homeschoolers caryhomeschoolers.org/main/summary

International Montessori School 3001 Academy Rd., Bldg. 300, Durham imsnc.org; 919-401-4343 Toddlers-grade 6. Enrollment 110;

Homeschoolers of Color groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ homeschoolersofcolor/info

N.C. Division of Non-Public Education 116 W. Jones St., Raleigh ncadmin.nc.gov/about-doa/divisions/ division-non-public-education; 919-733-4276

Guidepost Montessori 12600 Spruce Tree Way, Raleigh guidepostmontessori.com/ spruce-tree; 919-825-1771 Ages 10 weeks-6 years; call for fees; Montessori program emphasizing freedom and responsibility; also offers a Spanish immersion program.

Spanish for Fun Academy 1001 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill spanish-for-fun-academy.com; 919-969-9055

NCarolina Homeschool groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ ncarolinahomeschool/info North Carolinians for Home Education/NCHE 4441 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh nche.com; 844-624-3338

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North Wake Homeschoolers groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ northwh/info

Bridges Tutoring 919-836-1228 Capitol City Speech Therapy: Magic Preschool 141 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina capitolcityspeechtherapy.com/magicpreschool.html; 919-577-6807

PTBoard ptboard.com/index.html Spice-line of Raleigh groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ spice_line/info

Duke Talent Identification Program 300 Fuller St., Durham tip.duke.edu; 919-668-9100

Triangle Homeschoolers trianglehomeschoolers.wordpress. com/about-contact

Easter Seals UCP Charlie Gaddy Children’s Center 314 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh easterseals.com/NCVA/our-programs/ childrens-services/charlie-gaddychildrens.html; 919-773-2020

SPECIAL NEEDS Absolute Speech & Language Therapy 186-104 Wind Chime Ct., Raleigh absolutespeech.com; 919-870-1280

Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf 1311 Hwy. 301 S., Wilson encsd.net; 252-237-2450

Apex Peak Schools 432 E. Williams St., Apex apexpeakschools.com; 919-749-0237 The Arc of the Triangle 1709 Legion Rd., Ste. 100, Chapel Hill; 919-942-5119 5121 Hollyridge Dr., Ste. 100, Raleigh; 919-832-2660 arctriangle.org

Educational Services Division of Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates 1400 Crescent Green, Ste. 120, Cary fppa.com; 919-233-4131

The Fletcher Academy 400 Cedarview Ct., Raleigh tfaraleigh.org; 919-782-5082 Grades 3-12. Enrollment 140; teacher-tostudent ratio 1:5 for language arts/English/ math, 1:10 ratio in other courses; $11,000$22,000/year, financial aid available; only serves students with special needs and learning differences; SAIS accredited.

Aspen Center 1050A N.W. Maynard Rd., Raleigh aspencenter.net; 919-981-6588 Brain Balance Achievement Center of Chapel Hill 1728 Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill brainbalancecenters.com; 919‑391‑6100

Forgione Tutoring 3820 Merton Dr., Ste. 215, Raleigh forgionetutoring.com; 919-800-8663

Brain Balance Achievement Center of Wake Forest 13600 New Falls of Neuse Rd., Ste. 110, Raleigh; 919-554-4426

Governor Morehead Preschool 319 Ashe Ave., Raleigh governormorehead.net; 919-733-6192

Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cary 8204 Tryon Woods Dr., Ste. 114, Cary; brainbalancecenters.com; 919-851-2333

Huntington Learning Center Various Triangle locations huntingtonhelps.com; 800-226-5327

Bridges and Beyond Inclusive Preschool 1340 Wall Rd., Ste. 100, Wake Forest bridgesandbeyond.com; 919-562-6433

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LearningRx Raleigh 8305 Six Forks Rd., Ste. 207, Raleigh learningrx.com/raleigh; 919-232-0090

TUTORING AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT DURHAM COUNTY

Lion ABC Tutoring 615 Wellwater Ave., Durham lionabctutoring.com; 984-289-0223 Mariposa School for Children With Autism 203 Gregson Dr., Cary mariposaschool.org; 919-461-0600 Maximum Test Prep Chapel Hill maximumtestprep.com/index.html; 917-701-5558 Next Stage Drumming and ADHD Coaching 4933 Allanbrooke Ln., Fuquay-Varina rockthenextstage.com/drumming; 919-906-7842 PAGE of Wake County: Partners for the. Advancement of Gifted Education wakepage.org Reading Solutions Raleigh P.O. Box 861, Fuquay-Varina readingsolutionsraleigh.com; 919‑986‑0665 Student Learning Recovery Tutoring 6917 Cass Holt Rd., Holly Springs waketutoring.com; 919-557-4727 Success4School 2425 Kildaire Farm Rd., Ste. 106, Cary success4school.com; 919-491-2904

Triangle Learning Consultants 3810 Merton Dr., Raleigh trilogyschool.com/triangle-learningconsultants.aspx; 919-789-8989 Grades 2-12. Provides specialized instruction in a small group setting for students who have learning difficulties and/or attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Tutor Doctor of Raleigh and Wake Forest raleigh-waketutors.com; 919-634-6488

Cresset Christian Academy WINGS Enrichment and Tutoring 3707 Garrett Rd., Durham cressetchristian.org/academics/wings; 919-354-8000 Developmental Therapy Associates 3514 University Dr., #8, Durham developmentaltherapy.com; 919‑493‑7002 Emerge-A Child’s Place 3905 University Dr., Durham emergeachildsplace.com; 919‑928‑0204

Hill Learning Center Tutoring 3200 Pickett Rd., Durham hillcenter.org/student-programs/ hill-tutoring; 919-489-7464 Grades K-12. Fees vary; focuses on reading, math and written language; content tutoring is offered in specific subject areas. Mindspire Tutoring and Test Prep 3622 Lyckan Pkwy., Ste. 5002, Durham mindspire.com; 844-537-7737 Shodor 807 E. Main St., Ste. 7-100, Durham shodor.org; 919-530-1911 Triangle Therapy Inc. 3602 Trail Twenty Three, Durham triangletherapy.com; 919-489-7771 ORANGE COUNTY Class Half Full Tutoring classhalffull.com; 919-951-7676 Clinical Teaching Tutors 1829 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill clinicalteachingtutors.com; 919‑967‑577 College Counseling With Proven Results! Jane S. Gabin, Ph.D. Educational Consultant 118 Standish Dr., Chapel Hill janesgabin.com; 919-452-9287

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WAKE COUNTY Academic English Assistance for Foreign/ESL or Native Speakers 112A Hunter St., Apex facebook.com/ thequeenofenglishtutoring; 919‑272‑5370 Advanced Placement Academy 6406 McCrimmon Pkwy., Morrisville morrisville.aopsacademy.org; 919‑234‑1503

College Nannies + Tutors 1244 N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary collegetutors.com; 919-896-7227 Destination STEM 202 Davis Grove Cir., Ste. 104, Cary destinationstem.us; 919-244-4436 Developmental Therapy Associates 875 Walnut St., Ste. 100, Cary developmentaltherapy.com; 919‑465‑3966

Advantage College Planning 8480 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh advcp.com; 919-601-7000

Dr. Tracy Brown – Instructor North Carolina State University, Raleigh linkedin.com/in/tracy-whitted-brownphd-34a7ab55; 252-548-7359

Aspen Center 1050A N.W. Maynard Rd., Raleigh aspencenter.net; 919-981-6588

Grade Power Learning – Cary 1229 N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary gradepowerlearning.com; 919‑462‑3330

Atlas International School 4112 Garland Dr., Raleigh atlasinternationalschool.com; 919‑623‑2323

GradePower Learning – Raleigh 4701 Creedmoor Rd., Ste. 107, Raleigh gradepowerlearning.com/locations/ raleigh-tutoring; 919-615-1363

Brain Balance Achievement Center of Wake Forest 13600 New Falls of Neuse Rd., Ste. 110, Raleigh brainbalancecenters.com; 919‑554‑4622

GradePower Learning – Raleigh 13200 Strickland Rd., Raleigh gradepowerlearning.com/locations/ raleigh-tutoring; 919-615-1363

Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cary 8204 Tryon Woods Dr., Ste. 114, Cary brainbalancecenters.com; 919‑851‑2333 The Burke Learning Center Various Triangle locations theburkelearningcenter.com; 919‑906‑8429 Champion Learning Academy 106 Pheasant Wood Ct., Morrisville champion-education.com; 919‑388‑1739 Club Z In-Home Tutoring clubztutoring.com/cary; 919‑659‑0004 College Choice Today Fuquay-Varina collegechoicetoday.com; 844-412-6224

Jane S. Gabin, Ph.D. 118 Standish Dr., Chapel Hill janesgabin.com; 919-452-9287 JEI Learning Center 2775 Hwy. 55, Cary cary.jeilearning.com; 919-655-5300 Katie Flynn Tutoring and Academic Support 1212 Kimberly Dr., Raleigh 919-802-1218

L’Ecole French School of Raleigh 5510 Munford Rd., Raleigh lecoleraleigh.org; 919-790-1219 Fees vary. Full French immersion preschool that uses a combination of proven academic methods for children ages 2-5 to become bilingual. Also offers after-school classes for all ages and all levels of French.

Learn With the Best ABA Clinic 559 Jones Franklin Rd., Ste. 64 A & B, Raleigh learnwiththebest.com; 919-303-1255

Triangle Education Assessments 5512 Merion Station Dr., Apex triangleeducationassessments.com/ main; 919-387-7004

Lifetime Academy for Math, Science and English 3647 S.W. Cary Pkwy., Cary lifetimeacademy.com; 919-468-1721

Troy Brengle, Math Tutor 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh troymath.com; 919-233-3807

Lifetime Academy for Math, Science and English 620 Holly Springs Rd., Holly Springs lifetimeacademy.com; 919-557-5010 Pediatric Possibilities 7209 Creedmoor Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh pediatricpossibilities.com; 919‑844‑1100 Project Enlightenment 501 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh projectenlightenment.wcpss.net; 919‑856‑7774 Raleigh French Instruction raleighfrenchinstruction.com; 919‑830‑4355 Reading Solutions Raleigh P.O. Box 861, Fuquay-Varina readingsolutionsraleigh.com; 919‑986‑0665 The Sensation Nation Multiple Raleigh locations thesensationnation.com; 866-292-5290 STEMxl Tutoring and Camps P.O. Box 1101, Morrisville stemxl.com; 919-601-9551 Sylvan Learning Center of Cary and Morrisville 1040 Darrington Dr., Ste. 101, Cary locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/cary-nc; 919-238-6367 Sylvan Learning of Knightdale 1008-E Big Oak Ct., Knightdale locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/ knightdale-nc; 919-261-6490

Wade Edwards Foundation & Learning Lab (WELL) 714 St., Mary’s St., Raleigh wade.org; 919-856-9233 Wake Tutors Raleigh waketutors.com OTHER COUNTIES AND MULTIPLE COUNTIES College Transitions P.O. Box 49006, Athens, Georgia collegetransitions.com; 706-389-9936

The Institute of Math and Computer Science 5738 Dillard Dr., Cary imacs.org; 919-786-0246 Grades K-12. Fees vary depending on class; after-school program offering advanced math, computer science and analytical reasoning enrichment courses for bright students. Kumon Math and Reading Centers Various Triangle locations kumon.com; 800-222-6284 Mathnasium mathnasium.com; 877-601-6284 The Princeton Review princetonreview.com; 800-273-8439 Sylvan Learning Center of Johnston County 11459 US Hwy. 70 Bus. W. Clayton Crossing Shopping Center, Clayton locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/ clayton-nc; 919-585-4159

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Help Your Home‑schooler Get a Jump-start on College, and Save Money! BY CATHERINE BROWN

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hen you home-school your high school student, you benefit from the flexibility of choosing your child’s curriculum. Why not maximize your student’s time and help him or her get a jump-start on college?

Photos courtesy of Michelle Lair, Carol Cross and Karen Mellendorf

DUAL ENROLLMENT, OR COLLEGE AND CAREER PROMISE One popular option for home-schooled high school students is dual enrollment, which allows students to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. North Carolina has made dual enrollment easier to navigate with its NC College & Career Promise program (see page 4 for more information on this). “The purpose of CCP is to offer structured opportunities for qualified North Carolina high school students to dually enroll in community college courses,” says Lisa Mabe Eads, program coordinator with NC Career & College Promise. “These pathways can lead to a certificate, diploma, degree and state/industry-recognized credentials, as well as provide entry-level job skills — tuition free.”

their load or consider possible majors. Carol Cross’ son, 19-year-old Madison Cross Sugg, earned 21 credits from his community college courses, but has decided that he wants to experience a typical freshman year rather than entering college as a transfer student. When he attends Guilford College this fall, the extra Home-schooler credits will enable him to study abroad and Madison Cross Sugg explore his interests. “The earned credits certainly give him much more flexibility and freedom to do what he wants because he got his prerequisites out of the way,” Cross says. PREPARING FOR AND TRANSITIONING TO COLLEGE In addition to saving money and having more flexibility, there are other positive benefits for home-schoolers who take community college courses. In particular, it helps them transition smoothly from learning at home to the college environment — while staying in close contact with their parents. “Madison has gotten experience in dealing with all the things you deal with in college, including going to the bookstore to buy books, checking online for assignments and talking to professors,” Cross says. “His courses have prepared him academically and gotten him credit, but they have also prepared him for college life.” Karen Mellendorf ’s youngest child, Kayla, who has always been homeschooled, has also grown from the experience of taking community college courses. “She has found confidence in her abilities, and she’s learning to become her own advocate,” Mellendorf says. “The program has given her the opportunity to Home-schooler Kayla Mellendorf meet other students outside her smaller home-schooling sphere.”

SAVING MONEY ON COLLEGE COSTS With free tuition, high school students can save substantial money on the general education courses they will need if they decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college. Michelle Lair, director of admissions services at Wake Tech, explains that her school — Michelle Lair, director of along with many other North Carolina admissions services for Wake Tech community colleges — participate in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, which assures admission to one of the 16 UNC institutions and enables students to transfer with junior status. “CCP is a great, economic way to take care of college requirements,” Lair says. Students who wish to transfer to a four-year university as a junior only need to pay for two years of college tuition. They will, however, need to cover the costs of textbooks and student fees while participating in CCP.

EARNING CREDIT WITH ADVANCED PLACEMENT Parents who home-school always have the tried-and-true option of incorporating Advanced Placement courses into their student’s curriculum to help them earn credits. “Taking challenging AP courses is essential for college and career readiness, and is an important factor in college admission decisions,” says Jaslee Carayol of The College Board. Because students cannot begin CCP until their junior year, some take AP courses the first two years and then move into community college courses. That way, they earn college credit and demonstrate college readiness while also easing the transition to college — all worthwhile goals.

EXPLORING OPTIONS AND CREATING FLEXIBILITY While some students focus on earning enough credits to save money on college tuition, others use the credits earned to lighten

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APPLYING TO COLLEGE? GET AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE UNC SYSTEM BY MICHAEL TRIVETTE, PH.D.

Interested in learning more about what it takes to earn admission into any one of the 16 public University of North Carolina institutions? Look no further than the list below, which highlights the most up‑to‑date admission statistics for the entire UNC system. Tuition fees are not included, as these rates change frequently. Please check the schools’ websites for the most updated tuition fee information. Data sources for this information include the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, institutional websites, COLLEGEdata and the College Board. Each institution is listed below and schools are presented in alphabetical order.

42 percent • High school class rank top half: 78 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests • Class rank • State residency

ELIZABETH CITY STATE UNIVERSITY APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY Location: Boone Type of school: Large university Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 15,542 • Freshman class size: 3,124 • Four-year graduation rate: 49 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 69 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 72 percent • Freshman retention rate: 87 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: admissions.appstate.edu • Total applicants: 13,202 • Acceptance rate: 68 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.17 (weighted) • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 510 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 620 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 520 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 620 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 23 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 27 • High school class rank top 10th: 19 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 57 percent • High school class rank top half: 92 percent

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EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Location: Greenville Type of school: Large university Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 19,754 • Freshman class size: 4,270 • Four-year graduation rate: 34 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 56 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 61 percent • Freshman retention rate: 83 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: ecu.edu/cs-acad/admissions • Total applicants: 17,099 • Acceptance rate: 70 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.76 • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 480 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 560 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 490 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 570 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 20 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 24 • High school class rank top 10th: 14 percent • High school class rank top quarter:

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Location: Elizabeth City Type of school: Medium-sized liberal arts college Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s Special designation: Historically Black College and University QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 1,197 • Freshman class size: 202 • Four-year graduation rate: 16 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 34 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 37 percent • Freshman retention rate: 68 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: ecsu.edu/admissions/index.html • Total applicants: 1,566 • Acceptance rate: 57 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.19

• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 390 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 470 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 400 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 480 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 21 • High school class rank top 10th: 2 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 5 percent • High school class rank top half: 33 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests • Level of applicant’s interest • State residency

FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY Location: Fayetteville Type of school: Medium-sized university Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral Special designation: Historically Black College and University QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 4,141 • Freshman class size: 640

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NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY Location: Durham Type of school: Medium-sized university Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral Special designation: Historically Black College and University QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 5,342 • Freshman class size: 1,128 • Four-year graduation rate: 20 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 38 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 43 percent • Freshman retention rate: 81 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: nccu.edu/admissions • Total applicants: 8,613 • Acceptance rate: 67 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.20 • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 400 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 470 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 410 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 470 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 19 • High school class rank top 10th: 8 percent • High school class rank top quarter:

NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY Location: Greensboro Type of school: Medium-sized university Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral Special designation: Historically Black College and University QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 8,747 • Freshman class size: 1,957 • Four-year graduation rate: 18 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 37 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 43 percent • Freshman retention rate: 75 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: ncat.edu/ admissions/undergraduate • Total applicants: 10,367 • Acceptance rate: 54 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 2.48 • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 420

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18 percent • High school class rank top half: 46 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests • Class rank

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• High school class rank top 10th: 50 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 87 percent • High school class rank top half: 100 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests • Class rank

Location: Raleigh Type of school: Large university Degrees available: Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 20,951 • Freshman class size: 4,376 • Four-year graduation rate: 48 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 74 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 78 percent • Freshman retention rate: 93 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: admissions.ncsu.edu • Total applicants: 26,451 • Acceptance rate: 48 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.72 • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 570 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 660 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 600 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 690 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 26 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 31

Location: Asheville Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 3,222 • Freshman class size: 663 • Four-year graduation rate: 39 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 59 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 62 percent • Freshman retention rate: 78 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: admissions.unca.edu • Total applicants: 3,523 • Acceptance rate: 76 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.48 • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 530 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 640 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 510 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 610

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• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 500 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 430 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 510 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 18 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 22 • High school class rank top 10th: 11 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 34 percent • High school class rank top half: 74 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests • Class rank • State residency • Geographic residence

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• Four-year graduation rate: 17 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 27 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 32 percent • Freshman retention rate: 67 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: uncfsu.edu/fsu-admissions • Total applicants: 4,611 • Acceptance rate: 59 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.29 • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 390 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 480 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 400 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 470 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 21 • High school class rank top 10th: 9 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 26 percent • High school class rank top half: 62 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Standardized tests


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• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 23 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 28 • High school class rank top 10th: 20 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 54 percent • High school class rank top half: 92 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests • Class rank • Recommendations • Essay • Level of applicant’s interest • Particular talent/ability • Character/personal qualities

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Location: Chapel Hill Type of school: Large university Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 17,869 • Freshman class size: 4,224 • Four-year graduation rate: 84 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 90 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 91 percent • Freshman retention rate: 96 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: admissions.unc.edu • Total applicants: 34,889 • Acceptance rate: 27 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.66 (weighted)

• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 600 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 700 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 610 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 720 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 28 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 33 • High school class rank top 10th: 73 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 91 percent • High school class rank top half: 94 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests • Class rank • Recommendations • Essay • Extracurricular activities • Volunteer work • Particular talent/ability • Character/personal qualities • State residency • Work experience

UNC CHARLOTTE

UNC GREENSBORO

Location: Charlotte Type of school: Large university Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 20,263 • Freshman class size: 3,439 • Four-year graduation rate: 29 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 52 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 57 percent

Location: Greensboro Type of school: Large university Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 14,116 • Freshman class size: 2,852 • Four-year graduation rate: 30 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 50 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 54 percent • Freshman retention rate: 76 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: admissions.uncg.edu • Total applicants: 9,038 • Acceptance rate: 74 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.81 • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 480 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 570 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 470

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• Freshman retention rate: 82 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: admissions.uncc.edu • Total applicants: 17,518 • Acceptance rate: 62 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.97 (weighted) • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 510 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 590 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 520 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 610 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 26 • High school class rank top 10th: 22 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 59 percent • High school class rank top half: 90 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests

• SAT Math 75th percentile: 560 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 21 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 25 • High school class rank top 10th: 4 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 23 percent • High school class rank top half: 77 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests

UNC PEMBROKE Location: Pembroke Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 4,510 • Freshman class size: 1,069 • Four-year graduation rate: 20 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 33 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 36 percent • Freshman retention rate: 67 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: uncp.edu/admissions/ undergraduate-admissions • Total applicants: 4,573 • Acceptance rate: 74 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.45 • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 420 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 520 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 420 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 490 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 18 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 21 • High school class rank top 10th: 11 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 32 percent • High school class rank top half: 70 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests

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• Academic GPA • Standardized tests • Class rank • Recommendations • Essay

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Winston Salem State University

UNC SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

• Interview • Extracurricular activities • Particular talent/ability • Character/personal qualities

Location: Winston-Salem Type of school: Small college of art and performing arts Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s Special designation: Arts conservatory QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 883

UNC WILMINGTON Location: Wilmington Type of school: Medium-sized university Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 12,023

• Freshman class size: 213 • Four-year graduation rate: 63 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 64 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 65 percent • Freshman retention rate: 85 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: uncsa.edu/admissions/index.aspx • Total applicants: 667 • Acceptance rate: 54 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.70 • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 540 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 630 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 490 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 610 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 28 • High school class rank top 10th: 16 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 43 percent • High school class rank top half: 79 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests • Class rank • Recommendations

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• Freshman class size: 2,218 • Four-year graduation rate: 53 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 70 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 72 percent • Freshman retention rate: 85 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: uncw.edu/admissions • Total applicants: 10,443 • Acceptance rate: 72 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.13 (weighted) • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 560 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 630 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 570 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 630 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 26 • High school class rank top 10th: 20 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 61 percent • High school class rank top half: 94 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record

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Location: Cullowhee Type of school: Medium-sized university Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 7,871 • Freshman class size: 1,912 • Four-year graduation rate: 37 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 53 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 57 percent • Freshman retention rate: 80 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: wcu.edu/apply/ undergraduate-admissions • Total applicants: 18,297 • Acceptance rate: 41 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.78 (weighted) • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 450 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 560 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 460 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 560 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 20 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 25 • High school class rank top 10th: 14 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 38 percent • High school class rank top half: 76 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests • Class rank • Recommendations • Essay • Level of applicant’s interest • Extracurricular activities • Particular talent/ability • Character/personal qualities • Work experience

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY Location: Winston-Salem Type of school: Medium-sized university Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral Special designation: Historically Black College and University QUICK FACTS • Total full-time undergrads: 4,117 • Freshman class size: 940 • Four-year graduation rate: 20 percent • Five-year graduation rate: 41 percent • Six-year graduation rate: 47 percent • Freshman retention rate: 767 percent • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1 APPLYING • Admissions website: wssu.edu/admissions/index.html • Total applicants: 5,128 • Acceptance rate: 63 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.01 • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 400 • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 470 • SAT Math 25th percentile: 400 • SAT Math 75th percentile: 470 • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17 • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 19 • High school class rank top 10th: 1 percent • High school class rank top quarter: 5 percent • High school class rank top half: 32 percent IMPORTANT FACTORS • Rigor of student’s high school record • Academic GPA • Standardized tests • Class rank Michael Trivette, Ph.D., is a co-founder of College Transitions and co-author of “The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process.” Learn more at collegetransitions.com. For College Transitions’ profiles of private colleges and universities in North Carolina, search “NC private universities” at carolinaparent.com.

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THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD We created this Exceptional Child special section for those of you whose lives are touched by special needs children. Their accommodations vary, and it isn’t always easy to find the resources you need to improve their lives. We hope this special section answers some of the questions you may have. Turn the page to explore the signs, symptoms and treatment of bipolar disorder. Find out how to move forward if you have a newly diagnosed autistic child. Read tips for how to handle your child’s next individualized education program (IEP) meeting. Learn about employment opportunities in the Triangle for special needs teens. And discover Triangle theaters offering special needs access. In addition to these features, you’ll find directories listing a variety of special needs resources — from developmental delays and disabilities to mental health specialists. We offer an even wider selection of special needs resource listings online at carolinaparent.com/cp/special-needs-resources, so be sure to browse those as well.

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens How to identify the signs and symptoms BY CAITLIN WHEELER

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ood disorders are difficult to diagnose in children. Neither a middle-schooler nor a preschooler has the communication tools to fully express his emotional needs as he goes through the mind-boggling process of growing up. It’s a rare 3-year-old who never has a temper tantrum or gets overexcited. And it’s a rare teen who — with hormones flaring and self-awareness emerging — never gets moody or sad. But what if your daughter’s tantrums are severe and unprovoked? What if your son keeps you awake all night, bouncing off the walls? What if your teen’s mood swings wreak havoc on your daily routine and her work at school? Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme and atypical shifts in mood and behavior, often from manic highs to major depressive lows. Bipolar disorder is uncommon among children and teens, but not insignificant. According to the National

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Institutes of Health, bipolar disorder affects 2.9 percent of adolescents, although this number varies depending on the study. It is a serious and chronic mental health disorder, and for individuals who are on the bipolar “spectrum,” it needs to be identified, addressed and treated. Early detection can help get symptoms under control, and help prevent dangerous addictive behaviors from developing. CONTROVERSY Bipolar disorder is at least as old as the terms the ancient Greeks came up with — “mania” and “melancholia” — to describe and link opposing extremes of emotional behavior. Despite this long history of awareness, only during the last 20 years has the psychiatric community concluded that bipolar disorder can be identified in childhood, and that early identification and treatment can potentially reduce symptoms and negative outcomes later in life. Even having identified pediatric bipolar disorder, experts have struggled with how

to properly define it in children, and have disagreed on whether a child with bipolar disorder would present the same symptoms as an adult with the disorder, according to Melissa Brotman, an assistant clinical investigator in the Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit of the Emotion and Development Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health. Some psychologists originally assumed it would look different, and diagnosed children who showed symptoms of bipolarity but expressed less precise timing of episodes than what was laid out in the classic adult definition. Often, these children demonstrated constant irritability and hyperactivity, rather than the periodic mood swings typically associated with bipolar disorder. Other psychologists believed young patients were being over-diagnosed with bipolar disorder and worried that bipolar-specific drugs would exacerbate unrelated symptoms.

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EXCEPTIONAL CHILD SPECIAL SECTION To resolve this dispute, the NIMH conducted an in-depth study of children who presented the classic, episodic features of bipolar disorder alongside children who presented a more persistent show of symptoms, and determined that only children with the classic symptoms had bipolar disorder as they reached adulthood, while the second group of children with the constant irritability tended to develop unipolar depression. To clarify the difference for professionals, the NIMH worked with the board of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition” 9 (DSM-5) to come up with a definition — not for bipolar disorder, but for a new disorder: disruptive mood dysregulation disorder — to address the needs of the children with chronic symptoms. Thus, for both children and adults, bipolar disorder is associated with episodic manic and depressive moods. In contrast, a child with DMDD would demonstrate constant irritability along with occasional angry outbursts. “It was an important change, as there are profound implications for treatment,” Brotman says. “If a child has chronic irritability, that child needs completely different medication from one with manic symptoms.” Brotman feels confident that the new definitions are “specific enough” so that overdiagnosing bipolar disorder can be prevented. DIAGNOSIS bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of mania, periods of depression and periods of relatively “normal” function. In children and teens, these mood swings last at least a week and are severe enough to critically interfere with daily life, sometimes requiring hospitalization. The DSM-5 describes a manic episode as including at least three or more of these symptoms: • Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity. • Decreased need for sleep. • More talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking. • Flight of ideas or subjective experiences causing racing thoughts. • Distractibility. • Increase in goal-directed activity or psychomotor agitation.

• Excessive involvement in activities that have a high potential for painful consequences. A depressive episode includes five or more of these symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic: • Depressed mood, such as feeling sad, empty, hopeless or tearful (in children and teens, a depressed mood can appear as irritability). • Marked loss of interest or feeling no pleasure in all — or almost all — activities. • Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite. • Either insomnia or sleeping too much. • Either restlessness or slowed behavior. • Fatigue or loss of energy. • Feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt. • Decreased ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness. • Thinking about, planning or attempting suicide. Based on these symptoms, there are four levels of bipolar disorder, with bipolar 1 being the most severe, while bipolar 2, cyclothymic disorder and “bipolar not otherwise specified” cover cases in which symptoms exist but are progressively less severe. Eric Youngstrom, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill, sees these gradients as a “spectrum,” similar to how autism is viewed as a spectrum. “There are no sharp lines between these diagnoses,” he says. A TRICKY DIAGNOSIS While the DSM-5 has clarified pediatric bipolar disorder, it is still a tricky diagnosis for at least three reasons. First, children are children. Any child can experience intense moodiness or display silly behavior. “There’s some confusion about bipolar disorder because the term has become a part of pop culture,” says Dr. Bettina Bernstein, D.O., a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “You occasionally hear a teen say, ‘OMG, I’m totally bipolar today,’ In truth, having

a typical teenage mood swing, or getting irritable with a friend, is nothing close to being bipolar.” She describes a true manic episode as something that “goes over the line.” “They run into street, they strip off their clothes, they might be standing on the roof and think they can fly because they feel invincible, their speech is rapid and agitated, they think highly of themself but are not really doing that well. If they’re able to calm down, then it’s not bipolar disorder.” Second, bipolar disorder has characteristics that are similar to those of other disorders. The mania associated with bipolar disorder can be similar to the hyperactive manner of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The depressive state of bipolar disorder can be mistaken for major depression or anxiety. In addition, bipolar disorder is sometimes confused with substance abuse. (See page 54 for tips on distinguishing bipolar disorder from other disorders.) Third, BPD is often “comorbid” with other mood disorders. That is, a child with BPD has a high likelihood (80 percent, according to Brotman) of having another mood disorder, like ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, depression or an addiction. When comorbidity exists, it is important, says John Curry, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, to diagnose and treat the most serious disorder. “The clinician has to make a full diagnosis, but then has to decide the order of treatment; that is, which disorder is causing the most trouble, and treat that first,” he says. “If there’s a suicidal tendency, you’ve got to treat that first. If there’s substance abuse, you’ve got to treat that upfront. Treat depression before anxiety, etc.” In order to receive an appropriate diagnosis, you will need to get a full psychiatric report from a professional for your child. Sara Salter, a child and teen psychologist at Wynns Family Psychology in Cary, recommends keeping a detailed log of your child’s behavior. Experts look carefully at time span and frequency of episodes, compared with your child’s baseline behavior, to distinguish bipolar disorder from other disorders.

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EXCEPTIONAL CHILD SPECIAL SECTION Genetics also play a large role in mood disorders, so if there’s a family member who suffers from bipolar disorder, or even a family member who has been suicidal, experienced serious depression or addiction, or been hospitalized for symptomatic episodes, it is important that the evaluating doctor know this. “Cast a wide net,” Youngstrom says. “Your information provides the analyst an important context for evaluating your child.” Brotman points out that a child’s teacher is an important source of information as well. “We have to see that this is not just a failure to get along with a parent,” she explains. “A child must display symptoms in other settings: at home, at school and in a social context. It must be an impairment across settings.” A child’s pediatrician is a great place to start. He or she can provide perspective and recommend a psychologist for a detailed evaluation. TREATMENT Mood stabilizers and intensive therapy are, Curry says, the “mainstay of treatment” for bipolar disorder. “However, many of these medications have only recently begun to be used in children with the condition, so not a lot of data about their use in childhood bipolar disorder exists.” This lack of long-term data, along with the fear of stigma of “labeling” a child as bipolar, may make a parent hesitant to seek treatment for his or her child. On the other hand, BPD is a chronic, lifelong disorder, which can be life-threatening if left untreated. “There is a higher rate of suicide among those with BPD,” Brotman says. “And often the comorbidities — drug addiction, extreme risk-taking, failure to engage in society, depression — can be devastating.” Brotman is hopeful that the DSM-5 provides the right level of specificity in helping professionals properly diagnose mood disorders. She encourages parents to seek help. “Don’t make your criteria as high as ‘really serious,’” she says. “Lower the threshold for seeking help. It can’t hurt to get an expert’s opinion, even if it’s just talking with your pediatrician.” While Salter points out that there is limited research about using mood-stabilizing drugs with pediatric patients, she agrees that parents should seek help. “In general, therapists are very careful when prescribing medication to children,” she says.

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According to April Harris-Britt, a psychologist at the AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness in Durham, when a child is diagnosed with a mood disorder, he will benefit the most by having a team of treatment providers who are all collaborating to support his needs. The team should include: a psychologist to provide therapeutic support and skill-building for the child and parents; a psychiatrist if medications are warranted; the child’s pediatrician to monitor his overall medical health in regard to nutrition, sleep and illness, which can impact symptoms; and finally, school personnel to provide emotional, social and academic support in his educational environment. Harris-Britt also recommends that parents engage in “parent coaching” to learn more about their child’s diagnosis, and to discuss a long-term plan for parenting strategies. Salter describes parent coaching as a form of behavioral therapy. “Parents learn effective strategies for dealing with a mood disorder, such as setting up a predictable environment for the child, and establishing effective and positive boundaries.” LOOKING AHEAD While there is not a lot of data yet, more is coming. Indeed, when Youngstrom started out in this field 20 years ago, there was no research on pediatric bipolar disorder. Now, he says, there are over 10,000 scholarly articles on the subject. “It’s coming so quickly it’s hard for even practitioners to keep up with it,” he says. At the NIMH, Brotman is working on new treatments for pediatric mood disorders, including a cognitive behavioral

therapy specific for bipolar disorder, as well as computer-based treatment trials. Bernstein is also seeing some “very exciting” uses of technology in treatment, such as apps that track phone use and text messages to help identify when someone is starting to cycle into mania. “This cycling is not something the person is aware of, so it can be incredibly helpful to have that information,” Bernstein says. Technology has also been used as a diagnostic tool. “We have a program that takes family history data along with a diagnostic checklist, and combines them into a risk score that reveals the probability that an individual will have bipolar disorder,” Youngstrom says. In addition to the high-tech aids, there are some back-to-basics, low-cost lifestyle changes that have been shown to help manage symptoms. “We are learning that it’s likely that improvement in diet — like adding fish oil — along with regular exercise and sufficient sleep combine to have a measurable, positive effect on heart heath and brain health,” Bernstein says. Youngstrom applauds this research as being good “both for children diagnosed with a disorder as well as for a child or teen who shows mood symptoms but doesn’t meet criteria for bipolar disorder. Now we can work to improve their sleep and other lifestyle choices to help them develop good habits, and hopefully decrease their chances of developing a full-blown mood disorder. … It’s a hopeful time to be bipolar.” Caitlin Wheeler is a writer and mom in Durham.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder Contrasted With Similar Mood Disorders BIPOLAR

DMDD

ADHD

CONDUCT DISORDER

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

SOCIAL INTERACTION

Often good

Often poor

Often poor

Often poor

Varies; focus is on obtaining substance

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Often good; may decline during manic episode

Varies

Often poor

Often poor

Declines as substance effects performance

PSYCHO-MOTOR ACTIVITY

Agitated during mania, retarded during depression

Easily irritated

Increased

Easily irritated

Varies; may decline as substance effects performance

SELF-ESTEEM

Inflated

Deflated

Deflated

Inflated or deflated

May be low

HYPERACTIVITY

Goal-directed

Goal-directed

Unproductive

Source: Medscape

Hyperactivity Unproductive

DMDD = disruptive mood dysregulation disorder; ADHD = attention hyperactivity mood disorder

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DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS AND DISABILITIES AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness 3326 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Building D, Durham ahbwellness.com; 919-401-8090

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Abilitations Children’s Therapy

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare 414 E. Main St., Durham alliancebhc.org; 800-510-9132

11030 Raven Ridge Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh 6845 Knightdale Blvd., Ste. 102, Knightdale actwc.com; 919-844-6611 Provides occupational, physical, speech and feeding therapy for infants-age 21. Since 2008, Abilitations Children’s Therapy has addressed the needs of the individual and focused on the abilities of every child.

The Arc of North Carolina 343 E. Six Forks Rd., Ste. 320, Raleigh arcnc.org; 800-662-8706 The Arc of the Triangle 1709 Legion Rd., Ste. 100, Durham; 919-942-5119 5121 Hollyridge Dr., Raleigh; 919-832-2660 arctriangle.org;

Aspen Center 1050-A N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary aspencenter.net; 919-981-6588 Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) 101 Renee Lynne Ct., Carrboro cidd.unc.edu; 919-966-5171 Community Connections Healthcare Services 5816 Creedmoor Rd., Ste. 104, Raleigh cchs-nc.com; 919-665-4673 Cornerstone Family Services Wake Forest cfskids.com; 919-630-4191

Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 300, Durham autismcenter.duke.edu; 888-681-7148 Provides diagnostic and intervention services for individuals with autism and related disabilities and their families so that each individual will realize his or her fullest potential. Dynamic Therapy for Kids 3100 N.C. Hwy. 55, Suite 102, Cary dynamictherapyforkids.com; 919-363-5000 Easter Seals UCP Charlie Gaddy Children’s Center 314 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh easterseals.com/NCVA/our-programs/ childrens-services/charlie-gaddychildrens.html; 919-773-2020

North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities 3125 Poplarwood Ct., Suite 200, Raleigh nccdd.org; 800-357-6916 North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program/DHHS 5605 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh beearly.nc.gov; 919-707-5520 Pediatric Therapy Associates & Sports Medicine Multiple Triangle Locations pedtherapy.com Project Enlightenment 501 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh wcpss.net/projectenlightenment; 919-856-7774 Raleigh Neurology Associates 1540 Sunday Dr., Ste. 209, Raleigh raleighneurology.com; 919-782-3436 RHA Health Services 4700 Homewood Ct., Ste. 300, Raleigh rhahealthservices.org; 919-803-2960 Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities 739 Chappell Dr., Raleigh tammylynncenter.org; 919-832-3909 Triangle Down Syndrome Network 7951 Monument Lane, Ste. 101, Raleigh tdsn.org; 984-200-1193

Learning Together Inc. Developmental Day Center 568 E. Lenoir St., Suite 204, Raleigh learningtogether.org/developmentalday-center; 919-856-5200 Life Experiences, Inc. 260 Towerview Ct., Cary lifeexperiences.org; 919-467-1973

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LEARNING DISABILITIES AND CHALLENGES AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness 3326 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Building D, Durham ahbwellness.com; 919-401-8090 Alliance Behavorial Healthcare 5000 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh alliancebhc.org; 800-510-9132 Brain Balance Achievement Centers 8204 Tryon Woods Dr., Ste. 114, Cary; 919-851-2333 1728 Fordham Blvd., Ste. 161, Chapel Hill; 919-391-6100 13600 New Falls of Neuse Rd., Ste. 110, Raleigh; 919-554-4622 brainbalance.com Bridges Tutoring 713 Barksdale Dr., Raleigh 919-836-1228 The Cardinal Center for Behavioral Analysis 956 W. Chatham St., Ste. 100, Cary thecardinalcenterforbehavioranalysis.com; 919-234-1546 Carolina Behavioral Care 209 Millstone Dr., Ste. A, Hillsborough carolinabehavioralcare.com; 919-245-5400 Carolina Partners in Mental Healthcare Various Triangle locations carolinapartners.com; 919-929-9610 Clifton Corner cliftoncorner.com; 347-394-4209

Hill Learning Center 3200 Pickett Rd., Durham hillcenter.org; 919-489-7464 Grades K-12. Enrollment 175; teacherto-student ratio 1:4; $19,875/year, financial aid available; only serves students with special needs; SACS, SAIS; approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as an alternative school for children with learning disabilities. Also provides tutoring services for grades K-12 that focus on reading, math, and written language; content tutoring is offered to students in many specific subject areas. International Dyslexia Association – N.C. Branch nc.dyslexiaida.org; 410-296-0232 Learn With the Best 599 Jones Franklin Rd., Ste. 164 A&B, Raleigh learnwiththebestschool.com; 919-303-1255 Learning Disabilities Association of America 4156 Library Rd., Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania ldaamerica.org; 412-341-1515 LearningRx Brain Training 8305 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh learningrx.com/raleigh; 919-232-0090 Life Experiences, Inc. 260 Towerview Ct., Cary lifeexperiences.org; 919-467-1973

Clinical Teaching 1829 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill 919-967-5776

Lifetime Learning Academy 3647 S.W. Cary Pkwy., Cary; 919-468-1721 620 Holly Springs Rd., Holly Springs; 919-557-5010 lifetimeacademy.com

Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates 1400 Crescent Green, Ste. 120, Cary fppa.com; 919-233-4131

The Mackowsky Visual Learning & Rehabilitation Clinic 4505 Fair Meadow Ln., Ste. 207, Raleigh drmackowsky.com; 919-787-7600

Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities smartkidswithld.org

instruction in a small group setting for students who have learning difficulties and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Student Learning Recovery Tutoring 6917 Cass Holt Rd., Holly Springs waketutoring.com; 919-557-4727 Success4School 2425 Kildaire Farm Rd., Ste. 106, Cary success4school.com; 919-491-2904 Success In Mind 318 Blackwell St., Ste. 130, Durham 919-680-8921

Triangle Psycholeducational Consultants 3820 Merton Dr., Raleigh trilogyschool.com/triangle-learningconsultants.aspx; 919-789-8989 Provides evaluation and assessment services to children, adolescents and adults. Clients may receive a variety of services to diagnose and accommodate their educational, emotional and psychological needs.

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2. TAKE A BREATH. “I would say, the first step is to take a deep even-year-old Nolan Harder of Charlotte was always a little different. As a toddler, he would lick the carpet and walls. breath and recognize the freedom that comes with a diagnosis,” says He’d bang his head on doors. He didn’t speak until well after Sara Passey, Apex mother of 12-year-old Max, who has autism. “I his peers. know that sounds strange, but when you know what it is, you have And yet, when Nolan was diagnosed with autism at age 2, an idea of where to go. Getting a diagnosis lets you say, ‘OK. This is his mother Christa says the news still felt staggering. a new adventure. Let’s go.’” “The beginning is awful for anybody,” Harder says. “I felt very It’s important to remember that your child is the same individual alone. People kept saying, ‘He’s just a kid, he’ll grow out of it.’ But he he or she was before being diagnosed, Laxton advises. Your child didn’t. It was like, is my child ever going to talk? Is he ever going to will continue to grow and develop, even if it’s at a different pace have friends?” than his or her peers. Harder’s experience is common. “It is not something that is the According to experts at the Autism end of the world, but you have to Society of North Carolina, many pace yourself,” Laxton says. “It’s parents feel overwhelmed, alone not a sprint. It’s a marathon.” and anxious about the future during 3. START WITH EVIDENCEthe first months after their child is BASED RESEARCH. “You could diagnosed with autism. spend all day and all night for “It’s like you’re running a years and not be able to scratch gauntlet on a daily basis and it the surface of what’s out there wears you down physically and (regarding autism advice),” emotionally,” says David Laxton, Lorenzi says. “When you’re trying director of communications to find a few things that will for the Autism Society of work, it’s quicker to narrow down North Carolina. “Each person’s to evidence-based resources LEFT: Christa Harder of Charlotte with her three children, two of whom have autism. Her 7-year-old experience is different, but you first. Anchor yourself to an son Nolan, left, was diagnosed in 2013 when Harder was pregnant with now 5-year-old twins Neil don’t have to feel like you have to organization like Autism Speaks and Nora, center and right. Neil was diagnosed with autism two years later. RIGHT: Max Passey, 12, figure it out on your own.” or the Duke Center for Autism was diagnosed with autism when he was almost 2 years old. His mother Sara, also pictured, To help, we’ve compiled a (and Brain Development).” encourages self-care and celebrating every small victory. Photos courtesy of Christa Harder and Sara Passey few tips. 4. REACH OUT. Remember, 1. GET A MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS. A medical diagnosis is you are not alone. Reaching out to other autism parents can be critical, says Jill Lorenzi, a medical instructor at the Duke Center for enormously beneficial, says Brenda Candland of Holly Springs, Autism and Brain Development. Not only will a diagnosis pinpoint whose son, Franklin, has autism. your child’s needs, but without it, it may be difficult to access many “Find other parents who have children with autism,” she says. “You’re of the services that will help your child the most. “We know that not alone. Even though all autistic children are different, you all share a individuals with autism learn differently, so focused help for the common goal: You love your child and want what’s best for your child.” child’s needs are important,” Lorenzi says. Laxton suggests finding a social media support group for tips A comprehensive assessment includes a thorough evaluation and moral support, or connecting with the Autism Society of North of the child’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as screenings for Carolina, which offers workshops throughout the year for parents additional medical conditions. and grandparents of the newly diagnosed.

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“Just being able to talk to somebody — to share what your fears are, your questions — having somebody you can talk to who’s been down that path is so much better than googling all night long,” he says. 5. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Many autism parents say it’s hard for them to find the right way to include self-care in their everyday lives. Some autistic individuals rarely sleep. Others become violently upset by anyone new, making finding a babysitter a distinct challenge. The idea of “taking some time for yourself ” can seem laughably unrealistic, Passey says, but it’s important to try. “That kid needs you to be your best, and you can only do that if you’re taking care of yourself,” she says. “You don’t have to be removed from the situation. You don’t have to go anywhere. You just have to find something that fills you, and give yourself permission to do it.” Self-care could mean meditating for five minutes, taking the time to eat well, exercising, or writing a quick journal entry. Laxton says he knew one parent who recommended using a paper shredder for stress relief. “You have to figure out what you can do so that you can be the best parent for your child,” Laxton says. 6. HAVE HOPE. “It’s not always doom and gloom,” Harder says. “It might feel that way initially, but it gets better. It’s still hard, and it isn’t fun to see your child struggle, but you figure out how to work around things. You’ll adapt. It does get easier.”

While an autistic child’s developmental process will be different from a neurotypical child’s, she will continue to develop. “Continue to hope and dream for your child,” Lorenzi says. “You might have to tweak your goals or think about them a little bit differently, but there are so many strengths to be utilized and so many great things about people with autism.” 7. TRUST YOURSELF. Since every child with autism is different, you are your child’s best advocate. Your child will respond to some settings or therapies better than others. Trust yourself to know what makes the most sense for you and your child to try. For Bridget Palys and her daughters Emma and Lily, who both have autism, the online classrooms of North Carolina Virtual Academy made more sense for them than a traditional school. “With online school, they learn in a comfortable atmosphere where they both absorb their lessons without the distractions they experienced in the traditional school setting,” Palys says. 8. IDENTIFY RESOURCES. As autism awareness has grown, so have the resources available to families. Find out what’s available in your area, including autism specialists, autism-friendly summer camps, workshops and other information, by visiting autismspeaks.org or autismsociety-nc.org. Autumn Linford works as a freelance journalist in and around the Triangle. She has a master’s degree in journalism and is the mother of three children, including a son with autism. carolinaparent.com | EDUCATION GUIDE 2018-19

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How to Survive an IEP Meeting 10 tips from an experienced mom BY ADRIAN H. WOOD

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or those of us who have kids with special needs, educating them sometimes feels like navigating a tangled web of barbed wire. The individualized education program meeting day is when it’s time to scale the fence. Here are my best tips for not only surviving, but embracing the IEP meeting. 1. FEEL THE FEELINGS. As a special needs family, we get used to a crazy life. However, as the date for the big IEP meeting approaches, I grieve once again. Rather than unsuccessfully convincing myself not to acknowledge the sting, I’ve learned to accept the heartache, shed a few tears and then, rise up. 2. TAKE THE TIME TO READ THROUGH LAST YEAR’S REPORT. I was amazed to see, in print, how much Amos had accomplished. Sometimes, it’s hard to see the trees because the forest seems never ending.

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3. MAKE A LIST OF YOUR CHILD’S BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS (AT HOME OR AT SCHOOL) AND YOUR CHILD’S BEST PERSONALITY TRAITS. We did this as a family after dinner one evening, and it was nice to hear how we define success so differently. My oldest son was happy that Amos could hold a cup with one hand, while my daughter was proud that he would come with her when she told him to. 4. IF YOU CAN, MEET WITH THE PSYCHOLOGIST OR ANY OTHER TEAM MEMBER AHEAD OF TIME, SO YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. Granted, I live in a small district, but when our psychologist requested a time to talk, I suggested lunch. She readily agreed and the informal setting made for a nice way to share my fears and hopes for the coming year.

5. SHARE YOUR WANTS BEFORE MEETING DAY. I began to talk about pre-K placement months ahead of our meeting. I think being honest about what you think will work best for your child can’t happen in one day. For me, I wanted to see Amos move to an inclusive setting, so I shared my thoughts well in advance so team members could also ponder how to make that happen. 6. BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. My geneticist told me the best thing I could do for my son was to be PTA president. Truly, I try to give twice as much as I ask for, and being in and out of school allows for our family to be more than a number. 7. WRITE QUESTIONS, CONCERNS AND COMMENTS DOWN BEFORE THE MEETING. You will forget, if not. Also, number them in order of priority, because I think everyone listens more in the beginning. 8. DO NOT TAKE YOUR CHILD. You want to have on your best listening ears, and any child, even one that is typically developing, can throw a wrench in what should be a fruitful conversation. 9. ASK A FRIEND OR SOMEONE YOU ADORE TO COME TO THE MEETING WITH YOU. My husband can rarely make it, so this year, I took my mom. We had lunch beforehand and it made the meeting seem a little more lighthearted. 10. FIRMLY REQUEST A COPY OF THE MOST RECENT IEP REPORT AND ANY TESTING PRIOR TO THE MEETING. This is a biggie and schools struggle with this request, but it is imperative that you have some time to read through details and testing related to your child. BONUS: Expect the best. As I tell my typical kids, you decide if your glass is half full or half empty. Adrian H. Wood, Ph.D., is a writer who lives in Edenton with her husband and four children, the youngest of whom has extra-special needs. Read more of her writing at talesofaneducateddebutante.com.

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Advocates for Children’s Services 201 W. Main St., Ste. 400, Durham 866-219-5262 Assistive Technology for Infants and Preschoolers Project North Carolina Central University, Durham durham.nc.networkofcare.org; 919-530-7473 Bridges & Beyond Preschool 1340 Wall Rd., Ste. 100, Wake Forest bridgesandbeyond.com; 919-453-6433 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 750 S. Merritt Mill Rd., Chapel Hill chccs.k12.nc.us; 919-967-8211 Chatham County Schools 369 West St., Pittsboro chatham.k12.nc.us; 919-542-3626 Cresset Christian Academy WINGS Program 3707 Garrett Rd., Durham cressetchristian.org/academics/wings; 919-489-2655

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center 4601 Lake Boone Tr., Ste. G, Raleigh ecac-parentcenter.org; 919-571-8092

The Fletcher Academy 400 Cedarview Ct., Raleigh tfaraleigh.org; 919-782-5082 Grades 3-12. Enrollment 140; teacherto-student ratio 1:5 for language arts/English/math, 1:10 ratio in other courses; $11,000-$22,000/year, financial aid available; only serves students with special needs and fosters exceptional achievements in students with learning differences; SAIS accredited. Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center 3311 Carl Sandburg Ct., Raleigh frankielemmonschool.org; 919-821-7436 Governor Morehead School for the Blind 303 Ashe Ave., Raleigh governormorehead.net; 919-733-6192

Hill Learning Center 3200 Pickett Rd., Durham hillcenter.org/hilltutoring; 919-489-7464 Grades K-12. Enrollment 175; teacher-to-student ratio 1:4; $19,875/ year, financial aid available; offers an intensive remediation program for students with learning/attention differences; programs are built upon research and individualized instruction. Johnston County Schools 2320 U.S. 70 Business E., Smithfield johnston.k12.nc.us; 919-934-6031 Jordan Lake School of the Arts 1434 Farrington Rd., Ste. 100, Apex jordanlakesa.com; 919-387-9440 M.A.G.I.C. (Movement and Gestures Improve Communication) Preschool 1520 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 201, Raleigh 141 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina capitolcityspeechtherapy.com/magicpreschool.html; 919-577-6807

Orange County Schools 200 E. King St., Hillsborough orangecountyfirst.com; 919-732-8126 Step Ahead Gifted Academy 2220 High House Rd., Cary stepaheadacademy.org; 919-469-0920

Trilogy School 3810 Merton Dr., Raleigh trilogyschool.com; 919-781-7804 Grades 2-12. See website for details; provides specialized instruction in small group settings for students with learning disabilities; SACS, AdvancEd accredited. Wake County Public School System 5625 Dillard Dr., Cary wcpss.net; 919-431-7400 White Plains Children’s Center 313 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary whiteplainschildrenscenter.org; 919-469-2217 The Wright School 3132 N. Roxboro St., Durham wrightschool.org; 919-560-5790

Durham Public Schools 511 Cleveland St., Durham dpsnc.net/pages/Durham_Public_ Schools; 919-560-2000

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From Dream to Reality How one Triangle teen’s quest for employment turned into an entrepreneurial triumph BY LAURA LACY

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ver since she was a little girl, Gabi Angelini of Raleigh, now 20 years old, dreamed of running a restaurant. She began saving her money to make it a reality. Her goals were well-known among her loved ones, according to her mother Mary Angelini. “People would mail her checks for Christmas and birthdays, and would even write a memo line ‘for your restaurant,’” Mary recalls. As she got older, Gabi — who was born with Down syndrome — began working a few hours each week bagging groceries. When she wanted to increase her hours, the grocery store declined, so

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Gabi went on a job hunt. She prepared diligently for a couple of interviews, only to be disappointed when those companies hiring weren’t interested in employing her. “She was devastated. I was devastated,” Mary says. The pair came to the conclusion that they could make Gabi’s dream job a reality rather than waiting for it to come along. They visited Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in Wilmington, which also has a Charleston location and will soon open another one in Savannah, since the coffee shop advocates for and employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“What do you think about this?” Mary asked her daughter. She thought a coffee shop would be a more scalable project than a full-service restaurant. Gabi agreed it was a good fit and, thus, Gabi’s Grounds was born. Mary posted a video of Gabi on GoFundMe. Over the course of a few months, supporters pledged $2,000. Then the team at GoFundMe saw Gabi’s story. The company filmed its own video and featured it on GoFundMe.com. “Within a matter of days, she had $40,000 in the bank,” Mary says. “It just exploded.” The Angelinis leveraged this enthusiasm into a burgeoning coffee empire. Local roaster Larry’s COFFEE made a special blend for Gabi, and she’s been selling it at corporate offices and pop-up events in the region. Gabi’s Grounds also participated in Packapalooza, an annual street festival at North Carolina State University, and will be at Riverfest in Wilmington, a festival that usually takes place in October but was postponed to November due to Hurricane Florence. Soon, Gabi’s Grounds will release coffee pods of Gabi’s blend, too. The ultimate goal, however, is to raise enough money for a brick and mortar coffee shop that employs other individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In fact, Mary says she already has 20-30 people interested in working if and when the shop opens. Some already volunteer at Gabi’s Grounds events. Mary also envisions a space in the shop where creators with intellectual and developmental disabilities can sell their wares to customers. She estimates that they’ve raised about half the funds necessary to open a storefront. As for other employers, Mary hopes they see the potential in giving opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Interview them. See what they can do,” she urges. “See if they’re willing and able to do what you’re asking … They should be given a chance. They’ll be [your] best employee, I promise.”

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EXCEPTIONAL CHILD SPECIAL SECTION A TRYING TREND Gabi’s frustrating job search prior to Gabi’s Grounds is not unique. According to the “Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports” report by The ARC, a national nonprofit committed to advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, 36 percent of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities were employed in 2017, compared with the 60-plus percent of the general population that the Bureau of Labor statistics documented as employed in 2017. (The Bureau of Labor also reports that 21 percent of persons with a disability were employed during 2017, a smaller number than The ARC reported.) Additionally, 45 percent of the respondents in The ARC survey who weren’t employed wanted paid jobs.

Barbara Germiller, employment specialist at The ARC of the Triangle, works to improve upon those statistics. Individuals are referred to Germiller or The ARC’s other employment specialists by the state’s vocational rehabilitation offices, which provide training and counseling, among other services, to people with disabilities. The potential workers meet with Barbara and complete a “supplemental eval,” during which they volunteer at three different locations. The ARC strives to vary the volunteer experiences — maybe one at a thrift store and another at a food service location, for instance — in order to see if the individual is ready to work and help participants identify jobs they might like to try. Germiller then speaks with managers, helps participants prepare for interviews and accompanies them to their first few shifts, among other things — all to help make sure that the participants end up in jobs that are a good fit. Once the participant is employed, a job coach from The ARC takes over, helping the participant work on goals specific to his or her new gig. The entire process

is individualized, designed to help participants get not just any job, but a job he or she wants. “It is important to all of us [at The ARC] to see the people we serve as individuals and help them achieve their personal goals,” Barbara explains. Gabi Angelini is already on her way to her personal goal. And she’s having a great time getting there. “My favorite part is actually working with my friends,” she says. Even more fun is in store if Gabi’s longterm plans come to fruition. What will be a coffee shop by day very well may be hopping enterprise at night as well. Her vision? “Disco night. And a karaoke party. And breakdancing. And a dance party,” she says. Luckily, Gabi’s friends and customers will know just where to get the caffeine that will help them stay bright-eyed for all of the merriment. Laura Lacy is a freelance writer based in Chapel Hill. Visit gabisgrounds.com to learn more about how to buy Gabi’s Grounds coffee, as well as how you can help her reach her goal.

How to Help Your Special Needs Child Prepare for Work Advice from Barbara Germiller, employment specialist at The ARC of the Triangle Start with chores at home. “You know, laundry, folding clothes, sweeping the floors, doing dishes,” Germiller says. Knowing how to fold clothes, for example, can help expedite the learning process for a job at a clothing store. Encourage your child to volunteer. “[Get your child] used to the idea of working,” she says, especially when they have to be at the same place at the same time multiple times a week. Vocational Rehabilitation is often the first step. The ARC gets all of its referrals through the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. For more information, visit ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dvrs. Working isn’t a good fit for every person with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. “There’s no shame in that,” Germiller emphasizes. Families needn’t put Gabi Angelini sells her coffee blend at events such as Packapalooza, an annual street festival at NCSU. Photo courtesy of the Angelini family

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MENTAL HEALTH/BEHAVORIAL COUNSELING 3-C Family Services 1901 N. Harrison Ave., Ste. 100, Cary 3cfamilyservices.com; 919-677-0101

Chapel Hill Pediatric Psychology 205 Sage Rd., Ste. 201, Chapel Hill chppnc.com; 919-942-4166

exchangefamilycenter.org/ professionals/early-childhoodoutreach-for-providers/919-403-8249

AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness 3326 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Building D, Durham ahbwellness.com; 919-401-8090

Community Connections Healthcare Services 5816 Creedmoor Rd., Ste. 104, Raleigh cchs-nc.com; 919-665-4673

Greenleaf Psychological & Support Services, PLLC 5850 Fayetteville Rd., Ste. 211, Durham turntogreenleaf.com; 919-294-8981

Cornerstone Family Services cfskids.com; 919-630-4191

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare Multiple Triangle locations alliancebhc.org; 800-510-9132

Create a Healthy Mind 1829 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill drsjparks.com; 919-918-1014

Carolina Behavorial Care 2102 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham; 919-972-7700 209 Millstone Dr., Ste. A, Hillsborough; 919-245-5400 carolinabehavioralcare.com

Developing Minds of North Carolina developingmindsnc.com; 919‑794‑3919

Carolina Partners in Mental Healthcare Multiple Triangle locations carolinapartners.com; 919-792-3938

Durham Child Development and Behavioral Health Clinic 411 Trent Dr., Durham dukehealth.org/locations/duke-childdevelopment-and-behavioral-healthclinic; 919-668-5559

Center for Child & Family Health 1121 W. Chapel Hill St., Ste. 100, Durham ccfhnc.org; 919-419-3474

Early Childhood Outreach Program (EChO) of the Exchange Family Center 3400 Croasdaile Dr., Ste. 206, Durham

Johnston County Mental Health Center 521 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield johnstonnc.com (search for “mental health center”); 919-989-5500 Learning Together Inc. 5876 E. Lenoir St., Ste. 204, Raleigh learningtogether.org; 919-856-5200 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) North Carolina 309 W. Millbrook Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh naminc.org; 919-788-0801 North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services/DHHS ncdhhs.gov/divisions/mhddsas; 919‑733‑7011 OPC (Orange, Person, Chatham) Community Operations Center 201 Sage Rd., Ste. 300, Chapel Hill cardinalinnovations.org; 800‑939‑5911

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Orenstein Solutions 1100 N.W. Maynard Rd., Ste. 140, Cary orensteinsolutions.com; 919-428-2766

Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas 101 Cloister Ct., Ste. A, Chapel Hill carolinapsychoanalytic.org; 919‑490‑3212 Resilient Counseling (Angela S. McLean, LMFT) 515 Keisler Dr., Ste. 101, Cary resilientfamilies.com; 919-868-6242 Therapeutic Partners 208 Premier Dr., Ste. 104, Holly Springs 7408 Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. F, Raleigh therapeuticpartners.com; 919‑233‑7360 UNC Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 101 Manning Dr., Chapel Hill med.unc.edu/psych/patient-care/ child-adolescent; 984-974-2199 Wake Family Psychology 6512 Six Forks Rd., Ste. 302, Raleigh smootpsychology.com; 919-518-0390 Wynns Family Psychology 130 Preston Executive Dr., Ste. 202, Cary 9207 Baileywick Rd., Ste. 203, Raleigh wynnsfamilypsychology; 919‑467‑7777 Wright School 3132 North Roxboro St., Durham ncdhhs.gov/divisions/state-operatedhealthcare-facilities/wright-school; 919-560-5790

Perkins Counseling & Psychological Services, PLLC 10520 Ligon Mill Rd., Ste. 210, Wake Forest perkinscps.com; 919-263-9592 Positive Parenting Solutions positiveparentingsolutions.com

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Triangle Therapy 3602 Trail Twenty Three, Durham triangletherapy.com; 919-489-7771

Cary Speech Services 875 Walnut St., Ste. 252, Cary caryspeech.com; 919-460-0113

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY

Developmental Therapy Associates Inc. 875 Walnut St., Ste. 100, Cary; 919-465-3966 3514 University Dr., #8, Durham; 919-493-7002 developmentaltherapy.com

Abilitations Children’s Therapy Abilitations Children’s Therapy 11030 Raven Ridge Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh 6845 Knightdale Blvd., Ste. 102, Knightdale actwc.com; 919-844-6611 Provides occupational, physical, speech and feeding therapy for infants-age 21. Allied Rehab 900 S. Franklin St., Ste. 201, Wake Forest alliedrehab.net; 919-556-1700 CareFirst Rehab 100 Cornerstone Dr., Cary carefirstpt.com; 919-460-1921 A Child’s Way Therapy LLC Achildswaytherapy.com; 919-324-1881 Developmental Therapy Associates Inc. 875 Walnut St., Ste. 100, Cary; 919-465-3966 3514 University Dr., #8, Durham; 919-493-7002 developmentaltherapy.com Emerge: A Child’s Place 3905 University Dr., Durham emergeachildsplace.com; 919-928-0204 Pediatric Possibilities 7209 Creedmoor Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh pediatricpossibilities.com; 919-844-1100 Pediatric Therapy Associates & Sports Medicine Multiple Triangle locations pedtherapy.com

11030 Raven Ridge Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh 6845 Knightdale Blvd., Ste. 102, Knightdale actwc.com; 919-844-6611 Provides occupational, physical, speech and feeding therapy for infants-age 21. Absolute Speech & Language Therapy 186-104 Wind Chime Ct., Raleigh absolutespeech.com; 919-870-1280 Allied Rehab 900 S. Franklin St., Ste. 201, Wake Forest alliedrehab.net; 919-556-1700

Duke Voice Care Center Multiple Triangle locations dukehealth.org/treatments/ voice-therapy; 919-680-1899 Dynamic Therapy for Kids 3100 N.C. Hwy. 55, Cary dynamictherapyforkids.com; 919-363-5000

Emerge: A Child’s Place 3905 University Dr., Durham emergeachildsplace.com; 919-928-0204 Pediatric Therapy Associates & Sports Medicine Multiple Triangle locations pedtherapy.com Speech Therapy Solutions 1780 Heritage Center Dr., Ste. 204, Wake Forest speech-ts.com; 919-219-5277 The Stuttering Foundation P.O. Box 11749, Memphis, Tennessee stutteringhelp.org; 901-761-0343 UNC Hospitals Hearing and Voice Center 2226 Nelson Hwy., Chapel Hill rexhealth.com/rh/hospitals-locations/ profile/?id=906; 984-974-2141

Access Speech Therapy accessspeechtherapy.com; 919-618-2982 Assistive Technology for Infants and Preschoolers Project (ATIPP) North Carolina Central University, Durham durham.nc.networkofcare.org; 919-530-7473 BD Therapy 600 Market St., Chapel Hill bdtherapy.com; 512-789-3389 Capitol City Speech Therapy 141 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina 1520 Glenwood Ave. #201, Raleigh capitolcityspeechtherapy.com; 919-577-6807

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CareFirst Rehab 100 Cornerstone Dr., Cary carefirstpt.com; 919-460-1921

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SPOTLIGHT ON ACCESSIBILITY A guide to local theater access for guests with disabilities BY DUSTIN K. BRITT

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hanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, most public places are legally required to provide all individuals — regardless of disability — access to services, seating areas, elevators, restrooms and paths of travel. A few theaters in central North Carolina have gone above and beyond to involve individuals with disabilities in the creation and enjoyment of the performing arts. Here are some of the supplemental accessibility services offered at Triangle theater venues for special needs audience members.

(Home of North Carolina Theatre, North Carolina Opera, Carolina Ballet and North Carolina Symphony) nctheatre.com/page/planningyour-visit • Assisted listening devices (FM, T-Coil) • Audio description services • Courtesy wheelchairs • Parking shuttle service • Related social stories (on website)

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townofcary.org/recreationenjoyment/facilities/cary-artscenter/accessibility • American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters • Assisted listening devices (FM, T-Coil) • Audio description • Large print and Braille programs • Pre-performance script checkout

dpacnc.com/plan-your-visit/ accessibility • Aisle seating for service animals • Assisted listening devices (FM, T-Coil) • Audio description services • Bariatric and large-sized seating • Braille concessions menus

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS “Sensory-Friendly” This is an umbrella term several local companies use. It applies only to select performances (often once per run) that are prescheduled. This showing typically includes a “lights up, sound down” model that decreases the likeness of sensory overload. Staff and patrons are also typically given a heads-up that some patrons may react to the performance in unexpected ways and families might be moving back and forth to the lobby as needed. Some theaters openly permit audience talking during these performances. Making Requests Most venues require between two- and four-weeks’ notice for requests for ASL interpreters and/or audio description services (unless these services are already on the theater’s performance calendar). Theaters will typically accommodate all the needs they can, so never assume that your family’s needs cannot be met. Always contact the theater well in advance to discuss other potential accommodations or services. Ordering Tickets Some ticketing sites have ADA seating listed as a ticketing option, but most do not. Always contact the box office to attach this information to your ticket order.

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• Inclusive/adapted camps and education programs • Pre-show walking path and set tours • Read-along scripts • Sensory-friendly performances

THEATRE IN THE PARK – RALEIGH • Open captioning • Parking shuttle service • Sensory-friendly performances

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY’S UNIVERSITY THEATRE – RALEIGH arts.ncsu.edu • Assisted listening devices • Audio description services • Large print programs • Live captioning (smartphone/ tablet access) • Pre-show descriptions

PLAYMAKERS REPERTORY COMPANY – CHAPEL HILL playmakersrep.org/visitor-info/ accessibility-and-special-needs • ASL interpreters • Assisted listening devices: FM • Audio description services • Courtesy wheelchairs • Large-print and Braille program • Open captioning (live, screen provided) • Tactile set tour

RALEIGH LITTLE THEATRE – RALEIGH raleighlittletheatre.org/visit-us/ accessibility • ASL interpreters • Assisted listening devices (infrared, T-Coil) • Audio description services • Inclusive/adapted camps and classes • Pre-performance script checkout • Sensory-friendly performances

SEED ART SHARE – GARNER seedraleigh.org • Alternate child educational program during performances • Alternate/adapted paths (for moving productions) • ASL interpreters • Audio description services • Cued speech transliterators

theatreinthepark.com/visit/ accessibility.html • Audio description services • Large print programs • Sensory-friendly performances

WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL – RALEIGH womenstheatrefestival.com • Limited sensory-friendly performances

ARTS ACCESS artsaccessinc.org This North Carolinabased nonprofit provides live audio descriptions for patrons with visual impairments at no cost to the patron. In anticipation of patron requests, the organization typically schedules and announces audio-described performances well in advance. Most theaters mark this date on their ticket purchase web pages. Arts Access serves professional and community theaters, large-scale touring shows, youth productions and film screenings across central North Carolina. Dustin K. Britt holds an M.A. in special education from East Carolina University. In addition to classroom teaching, he is the performing arts editor for Chatham Life & Style and his writing has been featured in IndyWeek and Triangle Arts & Entertainment.

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Trinity’s Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs provide a warm, loving, rich foundation for our youngest learners. In both TK and K, our class sizes are small. With just 12–14 students in each of our homerooms, each class is able to offer a strong, age-appropriate curriculum. Come visit and learn what makes our TK and K classes so exceptional and why your child will be known and loved at Trinity.

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