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ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Sandy Ridge • Visual and Performing Arts Burton • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) Club Boulevard • Humanities R.N. Harris • Integrated Arts/Core Knowledge Morehead • Montessori School W. G. Pearson • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) George Watts • Montessori School Holt • Year-Round, Language Academy Easley • Year–Round Pearsontown • Year-Round

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Lakewood • Montessori School Shepard • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) Rogers-Herr • Year-Round Neal • STEM Academy of Engineering and Design Lowe’s Grove • STEM School of Technology

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Josephine D. Clement Early College • Located at North Carolina Central University, Grades 9-12

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The School for Creative Studies (Grades 6-12) • Year-Round Durham School of the Arts (Grades 6-12)) • Visual and Performing Arts

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City of Medicine Academy • Health Sciences, Grades 9-12 Hillside IB • International Baccalaureate MYP and Diploma Programmes Southern School of Energy and Sustainability • Grades 9-12 New Tech High School • Located at Hillside High School, Grades 9-12


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Gaining STEA ing STEAM BY SUZANNE M. WOOD

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or most parents, the growing prevalence of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs makes sense. After all, our economy is driven by high-tech companies, and these companies have a high demand on employees with backgrounds in engineering, programing, data analysis and other STEM-related disciplines. It makes sense that schools would respond by taking a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching children these disciplines, mirroring how they’re integrated within many job functions in the real world. In recent years, parents may have noticed a twist to the STEM acronym: the addition of an “A” to create “STEAM.” The A stands for “arts.” Advocates of the STEAM framework say the arts, especially visual art and design, can enhance STEM programs in a number of ways, including making these disciplines more attractive to students who don’t think they’re strong science and math students. They also note that art — especially design — with its problem-solving approach, is just as integral to creating and running high-tech companies as is math and science. Think of Apple.

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Making STEAM But just how do STEAM programs or schools work, and how do they benefit children? Although STEAM programs are too few and too young to have produced much data, many education experts believe the concept has the potential


to not only engage more children, but to help them become better critical thinkers and problem solvers — skills that companies prize. “Children will learn based on the context in which information is presented,” says Paola Sztajn, associate dean for research and innovation at the North Carolina State University College of Education. “When the disciplines are presented separately, they may learn only one way to address a question, and they may not see the connections (among the disciplines).” But if students are exposed to subject matter via popular STEM and STEAM approaches, such as problem- or projectbased learning, Paola says they can make connections that enable them to answer questions or address challenges using math, computer code, design, engineering or a combination of disciplines. “We want students to develop the ability to say, ‘I’m a doer, I’m a thinker, I can solve this problem,’” she says. Several schools in the Triangle, from pre-K through middle school, offer STEAM programs or approaches — or plan to in the near future. The longest-running such program is offered at W.G. Pearson S.T.E.A.M. Elementary School, a gifted and talented magnet school in Durham. “Our students obtain an understanding of all components of STEAM at higher levels and are exposed to knowledge that can even be applied to help enhance their career pathways, as opposed to the traditional methods of

learning that you would find in a traditional elementary school,” says Principal Christy Boykin of the school, which evolved from STEM to STEAM during the 2012-13 school. Boykin says the school supplements the state’s standard course of study — which, for elementary school, already includes art/ music and science — through a combination of STEAM electives and special programs. For example, an engineering elective on robotics previously offered to students identified as academically and intellectually gifted in grades three through five will now be offered to all of the school’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. A technology elective that teaches kids the basics of computer coding is also offered. And all students are given an iPad to help them work as engaged, connected learns. The STEAM approach to education is paying off for W.G. Pearson S.T.E.A.M. Elementary School’s students. In addition to meeting growth targets on end-of-grade assessments, “We have seen so many students totally change their perspective and outlook toward school because of our S.T.E.A.M. program,” Boykin says.

Building STEAM Meanwhile, on Durham’s Orange Factory Road, work continues on Discovery School, scheduled to open as a STEAM charter middle school in August 2018. The school, which will occupy five buildings on 60 acres, will revolve around four daily “blocks,” three of

which will address the STEAM disciplines of humanities (social studies and English language arts), math and science, and arts and technology, according to Toni Shellady, the school’s founder and board vice chairman. The fourth block will be called Passion Hour, giving students 60 minutes each day to explore — on their own or with a small group — an activity, subject or discipline that sparks their interest, whether it’s yoga, knitting, chess — anything they can practice and master, Shellady notes. Shellady was motivated to create the school after teaching for 10 years, most of those at Voyager Academy, a STEM charter school in Durham. Observing how technology served to engage students and drawing on her love of dance, Shellady felt a STEAM middle school would be appealing to a wide variety of students and parents. She, like other advocates of the arts and STEAM, points to a number of studies that show students who take four years of high school arts-related classes have higher grade point averages and higher SAT scores, including in math, than their peers who take one or fewer years of arts programming. “Communication, collaboration and creativity — emphasizing these skills, as well as teaching kids how to think outside the box, will lead to improved student outcomes,” Shellady says. Such an approach will also prepare students for the multidisciplinary environment of the workforce, she says. And in downtown Raleigh,

a new school is providing a STEAM-focused approach to the youngest of learners, as well as older students who might otherwise be bored during their track-out periods. Little Makers Academy, which includes a preschool, pre-K program and track-out classes for kids up to age 12, is based on the “makerspace” movement, says Alice Nelson, the school’s owner and director. Makerspaces provide individuals with access to tools and supplies to create, fabricate and produce crafts and goods that they wouldn’t have the resources or space to do on their own. At Little Makers, a large space filled with STEMrelated toys, tools and games also features art supplies and flexible seating to encourage creativity, Nelson says. A former schoolteacher, Nelson was driven to create Little Makers in part to celebrate “the doodlers” — those students in her classes who, while often drawing in the margins rather than paying rapt attention, were her favorites. Young urban parents — creative types and those working for high-tech, downtown-based companies such as Red Hat and Citrix — have been quick to embrace Little Makers, according to Nelson. “We’re emphasizing the same things that companies are: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication,” she says. Suzanne Wood is a mother of three and Raleigh-based freelance writer.

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ORANGE COUNTY 200 E. King St., Hillsborough 919-732-8126 orange.k12.nc.us Total enrollment: 7,433 Elementary schools: 7 Middle schools: 3 High schools: 3 Alternative schools: 1 Average SAT score: 1,043* Graduation rate: 89.1 percent**

WAKE COUNTY 5625 Dillard Dr., Cary 919-431-7400 wcpss.net Total enrollment: 161,000 Elementary schools: 113 Middle schools: 38 High schools: 29 Magnet schools: 51 Alternative schools: 5 Average SAT score: 1,070* Graduation rate: 88.5 percent**

PUBLIC SCHOOLS The Triangle consists of six public school systems that operate well over 400 schools. These school systems offer magnet schools and alternative schools, in addition to traditional elementary, middle and high schools. Triangle students can also apply to two 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. To learn more about each school system, visit the websites listed below.

CHAPEL HILLCARRBORO CITY 750 S. Merritt Mill Rd., Chapel Hill 919-967-8211 chccs.k12.nc.us Total enrollment: 12,082 Elementary schools: 11 Middle schools: 4 High schools: 4 Magnet schools: 2 Specialty schools: 1 Average SAT score: 1205* Graduation rate: 89.6 percent**

CHATHAM COUNTY P.O. Box 128; 369 West St., Pittsboro 919-542-3626 chatham.k12.nc.us

Total enrollment: 8,784 Elementary schools: 11 (three serve grades K-8; one serves grades pre-K-4; four serve grades pre-K-5; three serve grades pre-K-8.) Middle schools: 8 (three serve grades K-8 and one serves grades 5-8) High schools: 3 Specialty schools: 2 Average SAT score: 1001* Graduation rate: 87.7 percent**

DURHAM COUNTY P.O. Box 30002; 511 Cleveland St., Durham 919-560-2000 dpsnc.net Total enrollment: 33,035 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: 941* Graduation rate: 81.4 percent**

JOHNSTON COUNTY P.O. Box 1336; 2320 U.S. 70 Business Hwy. E., Smithfield 919-934-6031 johnston.k12.nc.us Total enrollment: 36,306 Elementary schools: 23 (one serves K-8) Middle schools: 14 (one serves K-8)

NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS P.O. Box 2418; 1219 Broad St., Durham 919-416-2600 ncssm.edu Total enrollment: 1,410 Grades: 11-12 Average SAT score: 1372* NCSSM recruits academically talented students who show promise of exceptional development and/or special interest in science or math.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem 336-770-3399 uncsa.edu Total enrollment: 1,305 Grades: 9-graduate school Average SAT score: 1,134* UNCSA offers semester-based programs in dance, design and production, drama, filmmaking, music and visual arts in a conservatory environment.

*SAT scores are from 2016 and are the sum total of math plus critical reading scores only (totals exclude writing scores). **Graduation rates reflect 2013-14 entering ninth graders graduating in 2016-17 or earlier. This data is from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS

High schools: 11 (one serves 6-12) Average SAT Score: 1,013 Graduation Rate: 92.1 percent**


PRIVATE SCHOOLS DURHAM COUNTY

Acton Academy

PRIVATE SCHOOOLS

1201 Woodcroft Pkwy., Durham actonacademydurham.org; 919-241-3411

Bethesda Christian Academy 1914 S. Miami Blvd., Durham bcacrusaders.org; 919-598-0190

Camelot Academy

Immaculata Catholic School

Triangle Day School

721 Burch Ave., Durham immaculataschool.org; 919-682-5847 Grades preK-8; enrollment 500; teacher-to-student ratio 1:13; $6,544-$8,687/year, financial aid available; CASI, SACS accredited; National Blue Ribbon School; Catholic affiliation.

4911 Neal Rd., Durham triangledayschool.org; 919-383-8800 Grades TK-8; enrollment 202; teacher-to-student ratio 1:9; $12,295-$15,580/year, financial aid available; serves students with some special needs; NCAIS, NAIS, SACS, SAIS accredited.

International Montessori School

809 Proctor St., Durham camelotacademy.org; 919-688-3040 Grades K-12; enrollment 140; teacherto-student ratio 1:11; see website for fees, merit-based scholarships and sibling discount available; NIPSA accredited.

3001 Academy Rd., Bldg. 300, Durham imsnc.org; 919-401-4343

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

6211 New Jericho Rd., Chapel Hill emersonwaldorfschool.org; 919-967-1858 Grades preK-12; $5,099-$17,891/year, financial aid and sibling discount; NCAIS, NAIS, SACS, SAIS, AWASNA, WECAN accredited; offers 54-acre woodland campus.

Montessori Children’s House of Durham

Hillsborough Christian Academy

2800 Pickett Rd., Durham mchdurham.org; 919-489-9045 Ages 18 months-grade 6; $3,475$16,100/year, financial aid available; SACS, SAIS accredited.

121 Orange High School Rd., Hillsborough hillsboroughacademy.org; 919-732-0888

The Lerner Jewish Community Day School

Carolina Friends School 4809 Friends School Rd., Durham cfsnc.org; 919-383-6602 Grades preK-12; enrollment 514; teacher-to-student ratio 1:9; see website for fees, financial aid available; SAIS accredited; Quaker affiliation.

Cresset Christian Academy

Montessori Community School

3707 Garrett Rd., Durham cressetchristian.org; 919-4354-8000

4512 Pope Rd., Durham mcsdurham.org; 919-493-8541 Grades preK-8; enrollment 220; teacher-to-student ratio 1:8-1:12; $14,398-$17,664/year, financial aid available; AMS, SACS accredited.

Duke School 3716 Erwin Rd., Durham dukeschool.org; 919-286-1866 Age 3-grade 8; enrollment 485; teacher-to-student ratio 1:12; fees vary, financial aid available; NAIS, NCAIS, SAIS accredited.

ORANGE COUNTY Emerson Waldorf School

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

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

Durham Academy

The Montessori School of Raleigh

St. Thomas More Catholic School

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

408 Andrews Chapel Rd., Durham msr.org; 919-848-1545

Five Oaks Adventist Christian School

Southpoint Academy

920 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill stmcsnc.org; 919-929-1546 Grades preK-8; enrollment 365; teacher-to-student ratio 1:24; $7,950$10,340/year, financial aid available; AdvancED accredited.

7415 Fayetteville Rd., Durham southpointacademy.org; 919-544-5652

4124 Farrington Rd., Durham fiveoaksschool.org; 919-493-5555

The Hill Center

Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill

3200 Pickett Rd., Durham hillcenter.org; 919-489-7464 Grades K-12; enrollment 270; teacherto-student ratio 1:4; see website for fees, financial aid available; serves special needs students; SACS, SAIS accredited.

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4011 Pickett Rd., Durham trinityschoolnc.org; 919-402-8262

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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Boundless Achievement Academy by Success4School 2425 Kildaire Farm Rd., Ste. 106, Cary success4school.com/boundlessacademy.html; 919-491-2904

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

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

Cathedral School 204 Hillsborough St., Raleigh cathedral-school.net; 919-832-4711 Grades preK-8; enrollment 243; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. before- and after-school care offered; $6,300-$6,700/year, 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 cary.chesterbrookacademy.com; 919319-9622

Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School – Raleigh 10200 Strickland Rd., Raleigh cbaelementarynorthraleigh.com; 919-847-3120

The Fletcher Academy 400 Cedarview Ct., Raleigh tfaraleigh.org; 919-782-5082 Grades 3-12; teacher-to-student ratios vary; $11,000-$22,000/year, financial aid available; dual SAIS accreditation; serves students with learning and attention difficulties.

Follow the Child Montessori School 3601 Harden Rd., Raleigh followthechild.org; 919-755-1150 Ages 14 months-12 years; fees vary, financial aid available; all teachers are AMI- and/or AMS-certified.


The Franciscan School 10000 Saint Francis Dr., Raleigh franciscanschool.org; 919-534-4837 Grades K-8; enrollment 645; fees vary, financial aid; fully accredited; also serves students with special needs; Catholic affiliation.

New School Montessori Center

Saint Raphael Catholic School

5617 Sunset Lake Rd., Holly Springs montessoricenter.org; 919-303-3636

5815 Falls of the Neuse Rd., Raleigh saintraphaelschool.org; 919-865-5750

North Raleigh Christian Academy

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School

5510 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh friendshipchristian.net; 919-872-2133

Oak City Academy

520 W. Holding Ave., Wake Forest scswf.org/school; 919-556-7613

GRACE Christian School

1181 Haynes St., Raleigh oakcityacademy.org; 919-815-7742

St. David’s School

801 Buck Jones Rd., Raleigh gracechristian.net; 919-747-2020 Grades TK-12; enrollment 785; teacher-to-student ratio 1:8; $5,875-$10,250/year, financial aid available; serves special needs students; ACSI, AdvancED accredited; Christian affiliation.

Peace Montessori School

3400 White Oak Rd., Raleigh sdsw.org; 919-782-3331 Grades preK-12; enrollment 608; teacher-to-student ratio 1:9; $9,500-$21,200/year, financial aid available; SACS, SAIS accredited; Episcopal affiliation.

2190 N. Salem St., Ste. 103, Apex peacemontessorischool.com; 919-363-2461

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School

112 Byrum St., Cary heartwoodmontessori.com; 919-465-2113

Raleigh Christian Academy

625 Mandala Pl., Apex stmm.net/school; 919-657-4800

Hopewell Academy

The Raleigh School

101 Preston Executive Dr., Cary hopewellacademy.org 919-481-2123

1141 Raleigh School Dr., Raleigh raleighschool.org; 919-546-0788 Grades preK-5; teacher-to-student ratio 1:11; $3,200-$12,200/year, financial aid available; SACS, AdvancED accredited.

Heartwood Montessori School

Learn with the Best School 559 Jones Franklin Rd., Ste. 164 A & B, Raleigh learnwiththebestschool.com; 919-303-1255

Lucy Daniels School 9003 Weston Pkwy., Cary lucydanielsschool.org; 919-677-1400 Preschool-grade 5; enrollment 50; teacher-to-student ratio 2:8; fees vary; serves children with emotional/ behavioral difficulties; 5 stars.

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

Neuse Christian Academy 7600 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh neusechristianacademy.com; 919-844-6496

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School 2710 Overbrook Dr., Raleigh olls.org; 919-749-0953

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

Ravenscroft School 7409 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh ravenscroft.org; 919-847-0900 Grades preK-12; enrollment 1,150; teacher-to-student ratio 1:8; see website for fees, financial aid available; SACS, SAIS accredited.

Resurrection Lutheran School 100 Lochmere Dr. W., Cary rlscary.org; 919-851-7270, ext. 35 Grades K-8; fees vary; National Lutheran Schools Association and AdvancED accredited.

Saint Mary’s School

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School 810 High House Rd., Cary stmcary.org; 919-468-6150

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

St. Timothy’s School 4523 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh sttimothys.org; 919-787-3011 Grades preK-8; enrollment 505; teacher-to-student ratio 1:16; $5,000-$15,310/year, financial aid available; SACS, SAIS accredited; Episcopal affiliation.

739 Chappell Dr., Raleigh tammylynncenter.org; 919-832-3909

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

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Friendship Christian School

7300 Perry Creek Rd., Raleigh nrcaknights.com; 919-573-7900

Tammy Lynn Center School

The Trilogy School 3810 Merton Dr., Raleigh trilogyschool.com; 919-781-7804 Grades 2-12; offers instruction for students with learning disabilities; SACS, AdvancedED accredited.

Trinity Academy 10224 Baileywick Rd., Raleigh trinityacademy.com; 919-786-0114 Grades TK-12; after-school care available; enrollment 380; student-toteacher ratio 1:12; fees vary, financial aid available; AdvancED, NCAIS, SACS accredited; non-denominational Christian affiliation.

Wake Christian Academy 5500 Wake Academy Dr., Raleigh wakechristianacademy.com; 919-772-6264

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

A Step Ahead 2220 High House Rd., Cary stepaheadacademy.org; 919-469-0920 Ages 6-10; teacher-to-student ratio 1:8; offers an advanced curriculum tailored to gifted learners.

7428 Pearces Rd., Louisburg truelightshines.com; 919-720-2864

900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh sms.edu; 919-424-4000

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Bee Downtown Multiple hive locations throughout the Triangle beedowntown.org/tours Learn about the importance of pollinators in our environment and taste honey fresh from a comb. Bee Downtown tours are offered spring through fall at a variety of community apiary locations such as the Community Apiary on the North Carolina State University Centennial Campus. Tours are two hours long and offer participants the opportunity to put on an official bee suit to see the inner workings of a hive. You can also take home a small jar of local honey. Tours are typically scheduled two Saturdays each month. Tickets are $40, or $32 each for groups with six or more participants. For ages 8 and older.

Great Harvest Bread Company 1240 N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary greatharvestcary.com Learn about the bread-making process with a tour of Great Harvest Bread Company. Peek inside the huge oven, knead your own bread dough and learn how the company grinds wheat kernels into fresh ground flour. You’ll also enjoy delicious bread, fresh from the oven. Free tours are held Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 919-460-8158 to schedule a tour.

Factory Field Trips y Field Trips Larry’s Coffee

10 educational tours for students in the Triangle BY MYRA WRIGHT

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ield trips are a great way to teach your kids about real-world experiences and for them to learn more about their surrounding community. Whether it’s a trip to your local grocery store or tour of a museum, field trips help shape your child’s understanding of how the world works.

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Through community outreach programs, many Triangle businesses and factories offer educational tours for all ages. These experiences often feature hands-on learning and broaden your child’s curiosity. Here are 10 tours at factories or businesses to consider — or suggest — for your school’s or home-school group’s next field trip.

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1507 Gavin St., Raleigh larryscoffee.com Larry’s Coffee is a distributer of high-quality coffee with a focus on sustainable business practices. Learn about its “green-o-vated” plant, solar energy, rainwater harvesting, composting and the company’s vermiculture program. Participants will also learn about the company’s roasting and fair trade practices with farmers.


Opposite page: Learn about pollinators and taste honey fresh from a comb during a Bee Downtown tour. Above left: Learn about recycling at a Sonoco Recycling Education Center. Above right: Watch fabric being printed during a Spoonflower tour. Photos courtesy of Bee Downtown, Shutterstock and Spoonflower Group tours are available. Call 919-828-1234 to schedule a tour.

National Weather Service 1005 Capability Dr., Suite 300, Raleigh weather.gov/rah/tours One day each month, the National Weather Service in Raleigh conducts 1.5-hour tours for the public. A meteorologist guides participants on a tour of the operations area and discusses how the National Weather Service works and how forecasts are created. Tours are for individuals or groups (school groups must consist of students in fifth grade or higher). Visit the website to see upcoming tour dates and to register.

Tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. and must be scheduled at least one week in advance.

Publix 1441 Kelly Rd., Apex 1020 Bradford Plaza Way, Cary 3480 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary 1030 Forestville Rd., Wake Forest publix.com Group tours are available at most locations by calling the local store manager. Participants will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of various departments — dairy, bakery and produce, for example. Guests will also learn about recycling and the Publix philosophy.

North American Bayer Bee Care Center

Sonoco Recycling Education Centers

2 TW Alexander Dr., RTP beehealth.bayer.us/bayer-bee-care/ north-american-bee-care-center/ bayer-bee-care-center-tour Learn about honeybees, nectar, pollen, queen bees, and the difference between worker and drone bees. Participants will have the opportunity to see a hive from the safety of an observation porch. During warmer months, participants can get a close look at the honeybee hive demonstration at the center. However, hive demonstrations are weatherdependent and not guaranteed.

111 S. Rogers Lane, Raleigh 4619 Industry Lane, Durham sonocorecycling.com/ educationresources.aspx Want to know what happens once you put items in your recycling bin? Learn how cardboard, plastic and other materials are sorted, baled and shipped. Tours are free for groups of five or more. Visit the Sonoco website for scheduling information.

Spoonflower 2810 Meridian Pkwy. #176, Durham grow.spoonflower.com/field-tripsand-tours

Learn about Spoonflower, which designs, prints and sells custom fabric. Tours offer participants the chance to see how art and technology converge. Get a behindthe-scenes glimpse at how fabric is printed and orders are processed. “Allowing local folks to see that something like this exists in their own backyard can be really magical and inspiring,” says Katie Berman, a Spoonflower event coordinator.

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Videri Chocolate Factory

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327 W. Davie St., Raleigh viderichocolatefactory.com/ faq#tour-our-factory Videri offers free, self-guided tours during business hours. There are educational signs up throughout the factory, so it’s easy to navigate as you learn about the chocolate-making process. Groups of 10 or more should call ahead for scheduling. Tours are offered to groups for $10 per person. A guide describes each step of the chocolate-making process, and participants receive free samples at the end of the tour. Email roxanne@viderichocolatefactory.com for scheduling information.

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours raleighnc.gov/home/content/ pubutiladmin/articles/ treatmentplanttourguidelines.html Where does the water go when you

to your kitchen or bathroom faucet? Visitors ages 10 and older can take a free tour of Raleigh’s water and wastewater treatment plants to get answers to these questions. Submit your request for a tour at least two weeks in advance via online registration. Tour are available at the following locations:

Treatment Plant 2301 Benson Rd., Garner Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility (formerly Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant) 8500 Battlebridge Rd., Raleigh Smith Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant 8505 Ligon Mill Rd., Wake Forest Little Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant 1419 Highway 39, Zebulon Wrenn Road Wastewater Treatment Plant 8828 Wrenn Rd., Garner Myra Wright is the digital editor for Carolina Parent and Charlotte Parent.

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

La Petite Academy

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

Locations in Cary, Durham, Garner, Morrisville and Raleigh lapetite.com; 844-252-1773 Educational programs for infants-kindergarteners, beforeand after-school programs, camps and more.

Beth El Preschool

Durham Community Preschool

1004 Watts St., Durham bethelpreschooldurham.org; 919-688-8704

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

Calvary Child Care Ministry

Erwin Road Montessori School

1204 Lynn Rd., Durham calvarychildcare.com; 919-596-4861

735 Erwin Rd., Durham erwinroadmontessori.com; 919-265-7809

Carolina Friends School

PRESCHOOLS

Durham Academy

Family Preschool

404 Alexander Ave., Durham cfsnc.org; 919-383-6602 Ages 3-6; see website for fees; kindergarten and after-school care offered; financial aid available; SAIS accredited; Quaker affiliation.

4907 Garrett Rd., Durham familypreschool.org; 919-402-1500

First Environments Early Learning Center 109 TW Alexander Dr., Durham firstenvironments.org; 919-541-9152

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

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

Children’s Cooperative Playschool

The Goddard School

2025 Ephesus Church Rd., Chapel Hill childrenscooperativeplayschool.com; 919-403-0121

Locations across the Triangle goddardschool.com

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

Crossroads Preschool 1605 Bahama Rd., Bahama bahamacrossroads.com; 919-477-4296

504 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham dmws.org; 919-688-5130

3716 Erwin Rd., Durham dukeschool.org; 919-286-1866 Ages 3-4; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; kindergarten and before- and after-school care offered; fees vary, financial aid available; NAIS, NCAIS, SAIS accredited.

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

Temple Baptist Preschool

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

4504 Sterling Dr., Durham tbcdurham.org; 919-309-0050

McMannen UMC Preschool

Toddlers Academy

4102 Neal Rd., Durham mcmannenumc.org; 919-383-1263

2811 Beechwood Dr., Durham toddlersacademyinc.com; 919-489-4777

Montessori Children’s House of Durham

Triangle Day School

2800 Pickett Rd., Durham mchdurham.org; 919-489-9045 18 months-grade 6; hours vary.; before- and after-school care ; $3,475-$16,100/year, financial aid available; AMS, SACS accredited.

Montessori Community School

4911 Neal Rd., Durham triangledayschool.org; 919-383-8800 Transitional kindergarten (age 4)-kindergarden offered; 8:30 a.m.3 p.m.; $11,935/year, financial aid available; NCAIS, NAIS, SACS, SAIS accredited.

Triangle Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten

2601 Hillsborough Rd., Durham greystoneschool.org; 919-354-6173

Montessori Farm School

Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill

Immaculata Catholic School

2400 Broad St., Ste. 2, Durham montessorifarmschool.com; 919-732-5026

4011 Pickett Rd., Durham trinityschoolnc.org; 919-402-8262

Our PlayHouse Preschool and Kindergarten

White Rock Child Development Center

2400 University Dr., Durham ourplayhousepreschool.com; 919-967-2700

3400 Fayetteville St., Durham whiterockbaptistchurch.org; 919-683-1649

Resurrection Preschool

Wildflower Cottage for Children

3001 Academy Rd., Bldg. 300, Durham imsnc.org; 919-401-4343

Lakewood Avenue Children’s School 1701 W. Lakewood Ave., Durham lakewoodavenue.com; 919-493-5882

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Grey Stone Preschool and Kindergarten

International Montessori School

Duke School

82 Kimberly Dr., Durham ssesdurham.org; 919-489-6789

4512 Pope Rd., Durham mcsdurham.org; 919-493-8541 Ages 18 months-5 years; $10,977-$13,917/year; AMS, SACS accredited.

721 Burch Ave., Durham immaculataschool.org; 919-682-5847 Age 3.5-5; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; $8,031$8,415; before- and after-school care offered; serves special needs students; AdvancED accredited; Catholic affiliation.

Duke Memorial Weekday School

The Lerner Jewish Community Day School

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Preschool

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4705 Old Chapel Hill Rd., Durham rumcpreschool.org; 919-489-6552

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

5001 Tudor Pl., Durham tppk.org; 919-544-2872

1200 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham wildflowercottage.org; 919-891-3597

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


ORANGE COUNTY 1870 Farm 1224 Old Lystra Rd., Chapel Hill 1870farm.com/preschool; 919-590-4120

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

Bible Church Preschool 260 Erwin Rd., Chapel Hill biblechurch.org/preschool; 919-408-0310, ext. 114

Carolina Friends School

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

Chapel Hill Day Care Center 401 Kildaire Rd., Chapel Hill chapelhilldaycarecenter.com; 919-929-3585

Christ Church Preschool 800 Market St., Chapel Hill christchurchpreschoolnc.com; 919-969-1690

Emerson Waldorf School 6211 New Jericho Rd., Chapel Hill emersonwaldorfschool.org; 919-967-1858 Ages 3-6 years; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; kindergarten offered; preschool and kindergarten after-school care also offered; $5,099-$11,492; NAIS, SACS, SAIS, AWASNA, WECAN accredited.

200 N. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill esteschildrenscottage.com; 919-942-8485

The Goddard School Locations across the Triangle goddardschool.com

Kehillah Jewish Preschool 1200 Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill kehillahsynagogue.org/education/ preschool; 919-942-8914

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

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

Pinewoods Montessori School

Weaver Dairy Community Preschool

109 Millstone Dr., Hillsborough pinewoodsmontessori.com; 919-644-2090

124 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill weaverdairypreschool.com; 919-932-1300

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

Preschool at the Chapel of the Cross 304 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill; pcc-ch.org; 919-932-5074

Al-Manara Preschool

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

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

103 Laurel Ave., Carrboro montessoriacademync.com; 919-869-7368

St. Thomas More Catholic School

1510 E. Franklin St., #500, Chapel Hill montessoriacademychapelhill.com; 919-883-9050

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

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

A.E. Finley YMCA of the Triangle Preschool Imago Dei Church 9200 Strickland Rd., Raleigh ymcatriangle.org (search for “Finley Preschool”); 919-845-3875

Montessori Academy of Carrboro

Montessori Academy of Chapel Hill

WAKE COUNTY

733 Center St., Apex almanarapreschool.com; 919-579-0383

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

All Starz Children’s Academy - Morrisville

920 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill stmcsnc.org; 919-929-1546 Ages preK-4; kindergarten offered; $6,760/year, financial aid available; AdvancED accredited; Catholic affiliation; license 56-0196617.

6410 McCrimmon Pkwy., Morrisville allstarzchildrensacademy.com; 919-467-3339 Apex Peak Montessori 432 E. Williams St., Apex apexpeakschools.com; 919-267-8557

United Church Preschool

Arts Together

1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill unitedchurchpreschool.com; 919-794-5013

114 Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh artstogether.org; 919-828-1713 Ages 3-5; 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.; $250-$480/month, financial aid available; arts-based curriculum encompassing visual arts, dance and drama in an inclusive and collaborative environment ; also offers a tree nut-free environment.

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

Our PlayHouse Preschool

University United Methodist Preschool

Asbury Preschool

3501 Hwy. 54 W., Chapel Hill ourplayhousepreschool.com; 919-967-2700

150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill universityumc.church/preschool; 919-967-8867

6612 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh asburyraleigh.org/preschool; 919-846-4773

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531 Raleigh Rd., Chapel Hill 4809 Friends School Rd., Durham (Durham address but located in Orange County); cfsnc.org; 919-383-6602 Ages 3-6; kindergarten and after-school care offered; financial aid available; SAIS accredited; Quaker affiliation.

Estes Children’s Cottage


AsheBridge Children’s Academy - Apex

Cary Presbyterian Preschool

Christ the King Preschool

3901 Kildaire Farm Rd., Apex ashebridge.com; 919-303-7767

614 Griffis St., Cary carypresbyterian.org/preschool; 919-469-2229

600 Walnut St., Cary ctkpreschoolcary.org; 919-460-0950

AsheBridge Children’s Academy - Fuquay-Varina

Casa Esperanza Montessori Preschool

Church of the Holy Cross Preschool

First Baptist Weekday Preschool

916 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina ashebridge.com; 919-762-0605

2600 Sumner Blvd., Ste. 130, Raleigh cemcs.org/private-preschool; 919-855-9811

2301 W. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh chcpreschool.net; 919-906-0619

99 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh fbcraleigh.org; 919-832-4485

Cathedral School

The Clubhouse at Bright Horizons

Atlas International School

204 Hillsborough St., Raleigh cathedral-school.net; 919-832-4711 Grades preK-K; 8 a.m.-3 p.m., beforeand after-school care available; teacherto-student ratio varies; $6,700/year; AdvancED accredited; National Blue Ribbon School award recipient; NCEA member; Catholic affiliation.

4112 Garland Dr., Raleigh atlasinternationalschool.com; 919-623-2323

PRESCHOOLS

Babes and Kids Creative Learning Center 4309 Ten Ten Rd., Apex babesandkidspreschool.com; 919-362-0052

Chesterbrook Academy Preschool and Elementary School - Cary

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

130 Towne Village Dr., Cary cary.chesterbrookacademy.com; 919-319-9622

Benson Memorial UMC Preschool and Kindergarten Prep

Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School Raleigh

4706 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh bensonmemorial.org/preschool; 919-781-3310

10200 Strickland Rd., Raleigh cbaelementarynorthraleigh.com; 919-847-3120

Beth Meyer Preschool

Bridges and Beyond Inclusive Preschool 1340 Wall Rd., Ste. 100, Wake Forest bridgesandbeyond.com; 919-453-6433

Bright Horizons Family Solutions brighthorizons.com; 866-854-1958

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

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Follow the Child Montessori School 3601 Harden Rd., Raleigh followthechild.org; 919-755-1150 Ages 14 months-grade K; afterschool care; fees vary, financial aid available; peanut-free environment.

Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center

9801 Durant Rd., Raleigh opendoorlife.com/weekdaypreschool; 919-703-0409

3311 Carl Sandburg Ct., Raleigh frankielemmonschool.org; 919-821-7436

Creedmoor Road Baptist Church Preschool

Friendship Christian School

6001 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh sites.google.com/site/ creedmoorrdbaptistpreschool; 919-571-8376

Discovery Child Development Center

5511 Avent Ferry Rd., Raleigh casparpark.com; 919-851-0630

Children’s Lighthouse of Raleigh

Easter Seals UCP Charlie Gaddy Children’s Center

13401 Leesville Church Rd., Raleigh childrenslighthouse.com; 919-758-8574

314 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh easterseals.com/NCVA/ourprograms/childrens-services/ charlie-gaddy-childrens.html; 919-773-2020

Christ Baptist Weekday Preschool

Fellowship Preschool

400 Newton Rd., Raleigh christbaptist.org/children; 919-573-5454

1788 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary fellowshippreschool.org; 919-380-0533

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218 S. Academy St., Cary caryfbc.org; 919-415-1480

Construction Kids Weekday Preschool at Open Door Church

11000 Lake Grove Blvd., Morrisville discoverychilddevelopment center.com; 919-234-0735 Ages 2-6 years; half-day mornings or 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; transitional kindergarten offered; fees vary, sibling discount available; AdvancED, SACS, CASI accredited.

Children’s Discovery Center

504 Newton Rd., Raleigh bethmeyerpreschool.org; 919-870-6477

2500 Highstone Rd., Cary brighthorizons.com/clubhouse; 919-380-2003

First Baptist Church Preschool

5510 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh friendshipchristian.net; 919-872-2133

Global Montessori Academy 6453 Global Montessori Ln., Durham globalmontessori.org; 919-345-5896

The Goddard School Locations across the Triangle goddardschool.com

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 Ages 4-5; 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m.; transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and before- and after-school care; $5,875-$7,710/ year, financial aid available; ACSI, AdvancED accredited; independent Christian affiliation.


Grade Power Learning Little Readers

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Preschool

1229 N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary gradepowerlearning.com; 919-462-3330

5000 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh holytrinityraleigh.org; 919-861-8171

1941 Heritage Branch Rd., Wake Forest wakeforestkidsrkids.com; 919-453-2543

Hope Lutheran Preschool

Kids ‘R’ Kids of West Cary

3525 Rogers Rd., Wake Forest hopelutheranwf.org/preschool; 919-453-0388

7580 Carpenter Fire Station Rd., Cary kidsrkidswestcary.com; 919-461-2202

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; 919-870-0040

The Grove School of Cary

Guidepost Montessori School 12600 Spruce Tree Way, Raleigh sprucetree.guidepostmontessori. com; 919-825-1771 Ages 10 weeks-6 years; call for fees; Montessori program emphasizing freedom and responsibility.

Hayes Barton Methodist Preschool 2209 Fairview Rd., Raleigh hbumc.org/weekday-preschool; 919-832-9535

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

Heather Park Child Development Center 932 Heather Park Dr., Garner heatherpark.com; 919-779-2126

Holly Springs Academy 116 Quantum St., Holly Springs hollyspringsacademy-nc.com; 919-552-8331

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

The Kinder Garden Preschool

International Montessori School of North Raleigh

8849 Ray Rd., Raleigh thekindergardenraleigh.com; 919-805-0479

8604 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh imsnr.com; 919-414-6479

International Preschool of Raleigh 2730 Godley Ln., Raleigh ipraleigh.com; 919-957-7249 Ages 2-5 years; half-day; see website for fees; curriculum organized around weekly themes such as technology and arts; includes Spanish and Chinese immersion.

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

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

Kids Educational Centers Various Triangle locations kidseducationalcenter.com; 877-532-5439

Kids R Kids kidsrkids.com Locations in Cary, Morrisville and Durham/RTP Contact centers for times, ages and fees as these vary by location; before- and after-care, trackout camp, summer camp and sibling discount available; 5 stars, AdvancEd accredited.

Knightdale United Methodist Church Preschool 7071 Forestville Rd., Knightdale knightdaleumc.org/preschool; 919-266-2373

L’Ecole French School of Raleigh 5100 Lacy Ave., Ste. 104, Raleigh lecoleraleigh.org; 919-790-1219 Fees vary; full French immersion preschool for children to become bilingual using a combination of proven academic methods; afterschool classes offered for all ages and levels of French.

La Petite Academy Locations in Cary, Durham, Garner, Morrisville and Raleigh lapetite.com; 844-252-1773 Educational programs for infantskindergarteners, before- and afterschool programs, camps and more.

Learn with the Best School 559 Jones Franklin Rd., Ste. 164 A&B, Raleigh learnwiththebestschool.com; 919-303-1255

Learning Together Inc. 568 E. Lenoir St., Raleigh learningtogether.org; 919-856-5205

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

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

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

Little Makers Academy 2801 S. Wilmington St., Ste. 103, Raleigh facebook.com/ittlemakersacademy; 919-615-2288

Lucy Daniels School 9003 Weston Pkwy., Cary lucydanielsschool.org; 919-677-1400 Ages 3-6; 9 a.m.-noon; transitional kindergarten and kindergarten offered; fees vary, financial aid available; serves children with emotional and behavioral difficulties; 5 stars.

Macedonia UMC Preschool 2700 Jones Franklin Rd., Cary macedoniaumc.org/preschool; 919-859-9488

M.A.G.I.C. Preschool 141 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina capitolcityspeechtherapy.com/ magic-preschool.html; 919-577-6807

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

Millbrook Baptist Preschool 1519 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh millbrookbaptistpreschool.org; 919-876-4030 Ages 1-5; 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Early Birds 8:15-9:15 a.m.; optional lunch bunch 12:15-1:15 p.m.; financial aid and sibling discount available; Baptist affiliation.

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2590 Laura Duncan Dr., Cary groveschool.com/cary; 919-467-6494

Hudson Memorial Preschool

Kids ‘R’ Kids of Wake Forest


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

Ravenscroft School

Sounds and Colors Cary

1777 W. Chatham St., Cary ppchildrenscenter.org; 919-415-1733

7409 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh ravenscroft.org; 919-847-0900 Ages 4-5; kindergarten and afterschool care available; see website for fees, financial aid available; SACS, SAIS accredited.

201 High House Rd., Cary soundsandcolors.net; 919-678-3178

Precious Lambs Early Learning Center

Montessori Children’s House of Wake Forest

1100 Newton Rd., Raleigh preciouslambs.us; 919-847-2650 Ages 3-5; 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; extended care available; $199/week; Christ-centered education; 5 stars.

802 Mill St., Wake Forest mchofwf.com; 919-556-2360

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

Preschool for the Arts 844 Perry Rd., Apex apanc.com; 919-367-7210

The Montessori School of Raleigh

PRESCHOOLS

Peace Preschool

Preston Children’s Academy

7005 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh msr.org; 919-848-1545

551 James Jackson Ave., Cary prestonacademy.com; 919-297-0007

New School Montessori Center

Primrose Schools

5617 Sunset Lake Rd., Holly Springs montessoricenter.org; 919-303-3636

primroseschools.com; 770-529-4100 Infant-grade K; locations in Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park and Wake Forest National system of accredited private preschools emphasizing a “360 Parenting” strategy; see website for fees, schedules and Triangle locations.

North Raleigh Christian Academy 7300 Perry Creek Rd., Raleigh nrcaknights.com; 919-573-7900

North Raleigh United Methodist Preschool

Raleigh Christian Academy

8501 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh nrumpreschool.org; 919-870-6616

Oak City Academy

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

1181 Haynes St., Raleigh oakcityacademy.org; 919-815-7742

Raleigh Moravian Preschool

Octopus Learning and Development Center

1816 Ridge Rd., Raleigh raleighmoravianpreschool.org; 919-616-8873

8440 Louisburg Rd., Ste. 160, Raleigh facebook.com (search for business name); 919-266-9596

The Raleigh School 1141 Raleigh School Dr., Raleigh raleighschool.org 919-546-0788 Ages 2-4; $3,200-$11,200, financial aid available; see website for schedule; NAEYC accredited.

Peace Montessori School 2190 N. Salem St., Ste. 103, Apex peacemontessorischool.com; 919-363-2461

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

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; 919-387-8656

Resurrection Lutheran Preschool

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Preschool

100 Lochmere Dr. W., Cary rlpcary.org; 919-851-7270 Ages 2-5; 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; transitional kindergarten offered; see website for fees; Christ-centered education; National Lutheran Schools Association and AdvancED accredited; Lutheran affiliation.

520 W. Holding Ave., Wake Forest scswf.org/preschool; 919-556-4104

Ridge Road Baptist Weekday Preschool 2011 Ridge Rd., Raleigh rrbch.com; 919-787-5707

Saint Francis of Assisi Preschool

St. David’s School 3400 White Oak Rd., Raleigh sdsw.org; 919-782-3331 Grades preK-12; enrollment 608; teacher-to-student ratio 1:9; $9,500$21,200/year, financial aid; SACS, SAIS accredited; Episcopal affiliation.

St. Francis UMC Preschool 2965 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary saintfrancisumc.org/preschool; 919-362-8657

11401 Leesville Rd., Raleigh preschoolatstfrancis.com; 919-847-8205 Ages 2-5; 9 a.m.-noon; transitional kindergarten, kindergarten; beforeand after-school care offered; see website for fees, financial aid available; Catholic affiliation.

St. James Preschool

Salem Baptist Preschool

St. Mark’s Preschool

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

4801 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh stmarksraleigh.org; 919-787-1832 Ages 3 months-6 years; 9:15 a.m.1 p.m. Monday-Friday, SeptemberMay; sibling discount available; weekly music and motion yoga classes; Christian environment.

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

Soapstone Preschool 12837 Norwood Rd., Raleigh soapstoneumc.org/preschool; 919-870-7727

3808 St. James Church Rd., Raleigh stjameskids.org; 919-867-5122

St. John’s Episcopal Church Preschool 834 Durham Rd., Wake Forest stjohnswf.com; 919-562-8619

St. Mary Magdalene Preschool 625 Magdala Pl., Apex school.stmm.net/academics/ preschool.cfm; 919-657-4800


St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School

Time to Shine Preschool

Childcare Network

810 High House Rd., Cary stmcary.org; 919-468-6150

1867 Lake Pine Dr., Apex timetoshinepreschool.com; 919-916-9700

Various Triangle locations childcarenetwork.com; 866-521-5437

St. Michael’s Parish Day School

Triangle Montessori Academy

Country Garden Montessori School

Learn with the Best School

1520 Canterbury Rd., Raleigh holymichael.org/parish-day-school; 919-782-6430

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

1418 Mount Pleasant Rd., Willow Spring countrygardenmontessori.net; 919-639-8388

559 Jones Franklin Rd., Ste. 164 A, Raleigh learnwiththebestschool.com; 919-303-1255

Kids ‘R’ Kids Clayton

Learning Together Developmental Day Center

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

St. Philip Lutheran Preschool

Trillium Montessori School 10120 Green Level Church Rd., #210, Cary school.trilliummontessori.org; 919-467-8569

Trinity Presbyterian Preschool

St. Raphael Preschool

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

5801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh straphaelpreschool.org; 919-865-5728

St. Timothy’s School 4523 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh sttimothys.org; 919-787-3011 Grades preK-8; enrollment 505; teacher-to-student ratio 1:16; $5,000$6,760/year, financial aid available; SACS, SAIS accredited; small classes and child-centered environment with attention to differenitated learning; Episcopal affiliation.

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

Taylor Family YMCA Preschool 590 Westhigh St., Cary ymcatriangle.org/programsservices/childcare/preschool/ cary-family-ymca; 919-653-2371

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

Thales Academy Locations in Knightdale and Wake Forest thalesacademy.org

Wake Forest Montessori 231 Capcom Ave., Ste. 180, Wake Forest wakeforestmontessori.com; 919-827-1148

Lions and Lambs Preschool 120 Weathers St., Youngsville lionsandlambspreschool.com; 919-741-7201

Willow Oak Montessori Children’s House 865 Hamlet Chapel Rd., Pittsboro childrenshouse.illowoakmontessori. org; 919-240-7787

SPECIAL NEEDS

Westminster MMO/ Preschool

The Aspen Center Building Blocks Preschool

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

1050-A N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary aspencenter.net; 919-981-6588

White Memorial Weekday School

1340 Wall Rd., Ste. 100, Wake Forest bridgesandbeyond.com; 919-453-6433

1704 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh whitememorial.org/wds; 919-834-4637

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

OTHER COUNTIES Casa Club Spanish Immersion Preschool 41130 Moring Dr., Chapel Hill facebook.com/ casaclubspanishimmersion; 919-929-6019

Bridges & Beyond Preschool

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

303 Ashe Ave., Raleigh governormorehead.net; 919-733-6192

568 E. Lenoir St., Ste. 204, Raleigh learningtogether.org/ developmental-day-center; 919-856-5200

Lucy Daniels School 9003 Weston Pkwy., Cary lucydanielscenter.org; 919-677-1400

M.A.G.I.C. (Movement and Gestures Improve Communication) Preschool 141 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina capitolcityspeechtherapy.com/ magic-preschool.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

Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center

White Plains Children’s Center

3311 Carl Sandburg Ct., Raleigh frankielemmonschool.org; 919-821-7436

313 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary whiteplainschildrenscenter.org; 919-469-2217

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7304 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh st-philip.org/preschool; 919-870-5841

307 Tew Ct., Clayton kidsrkidsclayton.com; 919-550-8864

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

Central Park School for Children

North Carolina Virtual Academy

Endeavor Charter School

4220 Hwy. 55, Ste. 130, Durham ncva.k12.com; 919-346-0121

4879 One World Way, Wake Forest endeavorcharterschool.com; 919-848-0333

Reaching All Minds Academy

Envision Science Academy

2703 Holloway St., Durham reachingallminds.com; 919-596-1899

590 Traditions Grande Blvd., Wake Forest envisionscienceacademy.com; 919-435-4002

724 Foster St., Durham cpscnc.org; 919-682-1200

Research Triangle Charter Academy

Excelsior Classical Academy

2418 Ellis Rd., Durham nhaschools.com/schools/ researchtriangle; 919-957-7108

The Exploris School

4100 N. Roxboro St., Durham excelsior.teamcfa.school; 919-213-8585

Research Triangle High School

Franklin Academy

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

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

1305 W. Club Blvd., Durham theidylschool.org; 919-973-4178

Kestrel Heights School 4900 Prospectus Dr., Durham cometokestrel.com; 919-484-1300

KIPP Durham College Preparatory 1107 Holloway St., Durham kippenc.org/school-details/ kipp-durham-college-prep-publicschool; 919-973-0285

Maureen Joy Charter School 107 S. Driver St., Durham joycharter.org; 919-908-1600

North Carolina Connections Academy 2700 Meridian Pkwy., Ste. 300, Durham connectionsacademy.com/northcarolina-virtual-school; 919-224-4040

Voyager Academy 4210 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham voyageracademy.net; 919-433-3301

ORANGE COUNTY Eno River Academy 920 Corporate Dr., Hillsborough orangecharterschool.org; 919-644-6272

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

WAKE COUNTY

648 Flaherty Ave., Wake Forest franklinacademy.org; 919-570-8262

Hope Charter Leadership Academy 1116 N. Blount St., Raleigh hopecharterschool.org; 919-834-0941

Longleaf School of the Arts 9400 Forum Dr., 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/schools/ our-schools/southeast-raleighelementary; 919-446-4777

Cardinal Charter Academy

Peak Charter Academy

1020 St. Charles Pl., Cary cardinalcharter.org; 919-653-5000

1601 Orchard Villas Ave., Apex nhaschools.com/schools/peak/en/ pages/default.aspx; 919-377-1552

Casa Esperanza Montessori Preschool and Charter School 2600 Sumner Blvd., Ste. 130, Raleigh cemcs.org; 919-855-9811

Central Wake Charter High School 1425 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh centralwakehs.com; 919-521-5067

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

Pine Springs Preparatory Academy 104 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs pspa.teamcfa.school; 919-228-8573

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

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/ wakeforest; 919-263-8673

OTHER COUNTIES Willow Oak Montessori Charter School 50101 Governors Dr., Ste. 170, Chapel Hill (in Chatham County) willowoakmontessori.org; 919-240-7787

Woods Charter School 160 Woodland Grove Ln., Chapel Hill (in Chatham County) woodscharter.org; 919-960-8353

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PreEminent Charter School

North Carolina Connections Academy

3815 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh nhaschools.com/schools/ preeminent; 919-235-0511

connectionsacademy.com/northcarolina-virtual-school; 919-224-4040

Quest Academy

North Carolina Virtual Academy

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

CHARTER SCHOOLS

The Institute for the Development of Young Leaders

3106 Hwy. 54 E., RTP researchtrianglehighschool.org; 919-998-6757

401 Hillsborough St., Raleigh exploris.org; 919-715-3690

Raleigh Charter High School

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Saint Mary’s School is located in downtown Raleigh. Photo courtesy of Saint Mary’s School lists of what they are looking for in a school. Considerations may include single sex vs. coed, geographical location, extracurricular activities and educational philosophy. Once parents and students have narrowed

Attending a Boarding School

down their lists, they should take every opportunity to visit a school while it’s in session, paying close attention to interactions that students have with peers and faculty. The most important thing to listen to, Slade says, is instinct. “There will likely be one school that your child feels is the best fit, though they may not be able to articulate why,” Slade says. “Listen to their gut reaction; it is often spot-on.”

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Understanding the process and preparation

Skills like budgeting, time management and

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but parents can give their kids a head start by

laundry are taught and reinforced at school, encouraging independence. Sleepaway camps

Despite the common misconception that boarding schools are for parents who want to “ship their kids away,” campus-based high schools have become increasingly competitive centers of holistic learning, offering rigorous academics and opportunities for enrichment.

Why Boarding School? Proponents of boarding school recognize many advantages for students — including the gift of time. “When the school day ends, students can move right from the classroom to an athletic practice or extracurricular activity,” says Jacob Geiger, director of strategic communications for Woodberry Forest School, an all-boys boarding school in Woodberry Forest, Virginia. “There’s no wasted time on commuting.” Hobbies and studying are encouraged and time killers, like TV-watching, are often restricted. Kim Slade, director of enrollment and financial aid for Saint Mary’s School, an all-girls boarding school in Raleigh, says students there have a two-hour supervised study hall each night, during which time phones are gathered to

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prevent them from becoming a distraction. Slade and Geiger agree that the greatest advantage to attending a boarding school is the on-site faculty. When a student’s neighbor is his or her English teacher and he or she eats lunch with a coach, that student experiences a college-like atmosphere with vigilant support and supervision. Educators strive to walk every step of this educational journey with students.

Applying to a School Most families begin looking at boarding schools in the fall, about one year prior to enrollment. Schools host open houses, ‘student shadow’ days and personalized visits. Applications are often due in January of the year of enrollment. The application requires involvement from both the student and parent(s). Students will likely have to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) and are asked to provide an essay and letters of recommendation.

Choosing a School Slade suggests that before parents and students start touring, they should make their own

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are a great way to introduce time away from parents. “Woodberry, like most boarding schools, knows that boys will come from a wide range of academic and personal backgrounds, and that everyone arrives with a different level of preparation,” Geiger says. “The school helps everyone get onto common ground academically and socially in the first few weeks.”

Making a Packing List Each school will provide a recommended packing list, and touring the campus will give students a feel for additional needs. Uniforms and dress codes are common at boarding schools, so students should give themselves enough time to order any necessary apparel. Also, almost every boarding school requires that all medications are registered and administered by the school nurse. So if your child takes regular medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, acquaint him or her with the school’s policy. Mandy Howard is a freelance writer and mother of three in Raleigh.


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BOARDING SCHOOLS NORTH CAROLINA Arthur Morgan School 60 AMS Cir., Burnsville, N.C. 28714 arthurmorganschool.org; 828-675-4262 Grades 7-9; enrollment 27; call for rates, financial aid available; Quaker values.

Asheville School

235 W. Frederick St., Staunton, Va. 24401 stuart-hall.org; 888-306-8926 Grades 8-12; $49,500/year, financial aid available.

1014 Cave Spring Rd., Rome, Ga. 30161 darlingtonschool.org; 800-368-4437 Grades 9-12; enrollment 463; $49,690/year, financial aid available.

447 Lily Pad Ln., Flat Rock, N.C. 28731 lakehouseacademy.com; 877-267-5888 Ages 9-14; all-girls; call for rates; provides a therapeutic environment for students to reconnect with their families and maintain academic success.

Riverside Military Academy 2001 Riverside Dr., Gainesville, Ga. 30501 riversidemilitary.com; 800-462-2338 Grades 7-12; all-boys; $36,235/year, financial aid available.

Oak Ridge Military Academy

VIRGINIA

2317 Oak Ridge Rd., Oak Ridge, N.C. 27310 oakridgemilitary.com; 336-643-4131 Grades 7-12; $32,200/year, tuition assistance available.

Blue Ridge School 273 Mayo Dr., St. George, Va. 22935 blueridgeschool.com; 434-985-2811 Grades 9-12; all-boys; enrollment 185; $47,000/year, financial aid available; special needs programs offered; VAIS accredited.

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BOARDING SCHOOLS

Stuart Hall School

225 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro, Va. 22980 fishburne.org; 540-946-7700 Grades 7-12; all-boys; $32,900/year, plus $2,000 for required uniform in the first year and $1,500 for student service account.

Darlington School

Lake House Academy

900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, N.C. 27603 sms.edu; 919-424-4000 Grades 9-12; enrollment 264; $25,750/year for day, $53,350/year for boarding; financial aid available.; NCAIS, NAIS, NAES, NCGS, SACS, SAIS, TABS accredited; Episcopal affiliation.

500 E. Salem Ave., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101 salemacademy.com; 336-721-2643 Grades 9-12; all-girls; $46,200/year, financial aid available.

SOUTH CAROLINA Ben Lippen School 7401 Monticello Rd., Columbia, S.C. 29203 benlippen.com; 803-807-4000 Grades 6-12; $36,470-$46,470/year; Christian affiliation.

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Fork Union Military Academy 4744 James Madison Hwy., Fork Union, Va. 23055 forkunion.com; 800-462-3862 Grades 7-12; $32,000/year, plus $3,300 for uniforms, $250 for technology, $500 for incendentals and $500 for administrative fees; financial aid available.

Foxcroft School 22407 Foxhound Ln., Middleburg, Va. 20118 foxcroft.org; 540-687-5555 Grades 7-12; all-girls; $51,900/year, financial aid available.

Hargrave Military Academy 200 Military Dr., Chatham, Va. 24531 hargrave.edu; 434-432-2481 Grades 7-1 year post-graduate; all-boys; $12,900-$38,650/year, financial aid available; Baptist Affiliation; VAIS, SACS, CASI, AdvancED accredited.

Miller School of Albemarle

800 Chatham Hall Cir., Chatham, Va. 24531 chathamhall.org; 434-432-2941 Grades 9-12; all-girls; enrollment 145; $50,500/year, financial aid available; Episcopal affiliation.

1000 Samuel Miller Loop, Charlottesville, Va. 22903 millerschoolofalbemarle.org; 434-823-4805 Grades 8-12 and post-graduate; enrollment 185; $45,500/year, financial aid available; VAIS, NAIS accredited.

Christchurch School

Oak Hill Academy

49 Seahorse Ln., Christchurch, Va. 23031 christchurchschool.org; 804-758-2306 Grades 9-12; $48,500/year, financial aid available; Episcopal affiliation.

2635 Oak Hill Rd., Mouth of Wilson, Va. 24363 oak-hill.net; 276-579-2619 Grades 8-12; enrollment 160; $30,756/year.

Episcopal High School

Randolph-Macon Academy

1200 N. Quaker Ln., Alexandria, Va. 22302 episcopalhighschool.org; 703-933-3000 Grades 9-12; $54,250/year, financial aid available.

200 Academy Dr., Front Royal, Va. 22630 rma.edu; 540-636-5484 Grades 6-12 and post-graduate; enrollment 274; $36,156/year, financial aid available.

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Fishburne Military School

520 Hwy. 1 N., Camden, S.C. 29020 camdenmilitary.com; 803-432-6001 Grades 7-12; enrollment 300; allboys; $25,000/year, financial aid available, special needs programs offered; SACS, AdvanceED, NAIS, SAIS, ICEF accredited.

GEORGIA

360 Asheville School Rd., Asheville, N.C. 28806 ashevilleschool.org; 828-254-6345 Grades 9-12; enrollment 288; $32,375-$54,900/year, financial aid available, SACS, SAIS accredited.

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Virginia Episcopal School 400 VES Rd., Lynchburg, Va. 24503 ves.org; 434-385-3600 Grades 9-12; enrollment 245; $48,720/year, financial aid available.

Woodberry Forest School 898 Woodberry Forest Rd., Woodberry Forest, Va. 22989 woodberry.org; 540-672-3900 Grades 9-12; $53,500/year, financial aid available; SACS, VAIS accredited.

TENNESSEE Baylor School 171 Baylor School Rd., Chattanooga, Tenn. 37405 baylorschool.org; 423-267-8505 Grades 9-12; $48,842/year, financial aid available.

MARYLAND Oldfields School 1500 Glencoe Rd., Sparks Glencoe, Md. 21152 oldfieldsschool.org; 410-472-4800 Grades 8-12; all-girls; $56,400/year, financial aid available.

MASSACHUSETTS Stoneleigh-Burnham School 574 Bernardston Rd., Greenfield, Mass. 01301 sbschool.org; 413-774-2711 Grades 7-12 and post-graduate; allgirls; enrollment 155; $57,950/year, financial aid available.


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Five moms who home-school share how they make it work BY MYRA WRIGHT

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f you are new to home schooling or considering it, you already know that learning at home can have a positive outcome on a child’s education and, ultimately, adulthood. You might also be curious about how best to ensure your child’s success. We asked four experienced homeschooling moms to share their best advice, and here’s what they said.

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If you are new to home schooling, seek out community resources or other moms who can offer support. “Get involved with real people,” says Danielle Papageorgiou of Rockwell, North Carolina, a mom of three. “It is a wonderful thing to be part of online Facebook groups and virtual conferences, but we all need real human contact, and support groups are very important if you want to be successful.” Papageorgiou also suggests finding a mentor. “Veteran homeschool moms usually have a deep passion for home schooling and are eager to share their wisdom,” Papageorgiou says. Magda Levin of Indian Trail, North Carolina, and author of “Homeschooling Beyond Definitions: A Family Journey” agrees that finding support is an important first step. “You are not alone. The home-school community continues to grow every year,” Levin says. “If you don’t know anyone who is home schooling, do some research and find your local home-schoolers and meet them. Also, other home-schoolers come in handy if you are not comfortable


The Stokey (top) and Papageorgiou (bottom) families balance home-schooling responsibilities with parenting. Photos courtesy of the families with teaching a subject. Sharing knowledge and trading skills is a great way to be part of the homeschool community.”

CREATE A SCHEDULE THAT WORKS FOR YOU

Flexibility with your schedule is crucial for success. Learning doesn’t just occur between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. “When I had a toddler and a baby, the balancing act of parenting and home schooling began,” Levin says. “Making sure I met the physical and emotional needs of both was hard because their schedules did not always match to mine or to either one of them. For example, when the baby wanted to eat, the toddler wanted to play with a ball. ... I had to learn that basic needs had to be met first, and that was OK,” Levin says. Once you have a system that works, kids grow and needs change. Home-schooling parents say they constantly need to adjust. “I have had to learn to keep adapting to those needs and interests,” Levin says. “These do not always match to academic lessons. Rather than striving to complete a curriculum, I have found it best to strive for them to grow a love of learning that will last.”

UNDERSTAND YOUR ROLE AS MOM AND TEACHER

Don’t try to switch gears between being a mom and teacher. You are both. “Learning is always ongoing, so we often intermix learning and life so some days you really don’t switch,” says Cyndi McKinish Sparrow of Clayton, a mom of three. “It’s just our life.” Aimee Stokey of Matthews,

a mom of 12- and 15-year-old daughters, says she really doesn’t switch gears from mom to teacher. “It wouldn’t be any different than if my child went to a school and had three hours of homework I had to help with at night,” she says. “The only difference is we do the work during the day and don’t have to do homework (at night).” Papageorgiou agrees. “As a mom, I am a teacher already,” she says. “I believe it is important not to divide myself into separate roles. I have been teaching my children since they were babies, and there is nothing that suddenly changed when they turned 5 and became what we know as ‘school age.’” Papageorgiou adds that it’s important to integrate learning with everyday experiences, such as cooking and baking to practice math skills. “Approaching school in this way frees up time significantly and allows us to build and strengthen the family bonds naturally as mother/child, rather than as teacher/student,” she says.

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS

If you are considering home schooling, you’ll rely heavily on your parental instincts. For Sparrow, who has three kids, that also means relying on her faith. “Be prayerful,” Sparrow says. “Know that if you are called to this, God will equip you.” Katherine Williams of Chapel Hill, who has two homeschooled children, ages 17 and 18, says parental guidance is all the teaching most kids need. “Given enough sleep, freedom and time most kids will learn everything they need to know,

including math and language arts, by themselves,” Williams says. “If this seems impossible, consider that human beings are hardwired for curiosity and learning. Your two biggest jobs are to empower their curiosity and feed them well.”

AVOID BURNOUT

Don’t try to do too much. You’ll end up overwhelmed. “Most moms who suffer ‘home-school burnout’ are moms who have mistakenly tried to mimic a school classroom,” Papageorgiou says. “Modern school was created for large classrooms of singular age groups, not a family.” Keep in mind that your child might learn best on the couch or outside rather than at a desk. Be flexible and adapt to your child’s learning style.

RELAX AND HAVE FUN

Don’t stress about mastering the curriculum or whether your child is ahead in one area but behind in another. Fear is the biggest enemy in home schooling, Papageorgiou says. “If you can learn to let go of fear and simply enjoy the process with your child, then you will be successful,” she says. Remember the importance of play and give kids freedom to explore their interests. “We are not only educating our children in academics, but also in themselves,” Papageorgiou says. “Children need to discover their unique gifts to figure out what direction they should go in life.” Myra Wright is the digital editor of Carolina Parent and Charlotte Parent.

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interact with them – do the teachers create a loving, secure environment for children to learn? Ask to see the daily schedule, and if there are different classrooms for various age levels, ask to see the rooms your child will grow into so you can get a full picture of the experience. Parent Communication: Being away from your child is difficult, so ask about the tools and processes the provider uses to keep parents informed each day. Do they send a daily overview of your child’s activities? Will you receive pictures throughout the day? Good parent communication will help give you peace of mind each day. Safety: Ask about the safety precautions in place (locks, placement of dangerous materials, etc.), as well as whether the provider has an emergency plan for various situations. You’ll also want to know how they will communicate with you in the event of an emergency.

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• Accountability: Many providers are accredited, but not all are held accountable for meeting certain standards on a regular basis. If quality is a must-have for you, ask how the school or provider measures continuous improvement and whether a third-party holds it accountable. Primrose Schools in the RaleighDurham area accept children from 6 weeks old through pre-K, with select schools offering private kindergarten as well as before- and after-school programs and summer camps for schoolage children. The Primrose Balanced Learning® approach nurtures children’s intellectual, creative, physical and social-emotional development through a balance of purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers. More than 1,800 children are currently enrolled at Primrose Schools in the Triangle region. To learn more about the 10 schools in the Raleigh-Durham area, visit PrimroseSchools.com/RDU.


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Carolina Friends School At Carolina Friends School, we believe in the intellectual and creative capacity of every student. From ages 3-18, CFS students are active explorers, regularly examining open-ended questions, crafting their own projects of real relevance, experiencing the natural world, and engaging in service learning in the Triangle and around the globe. Our talented and devoted teachers bring experience and expertise to help learners at all levels gain the critical skills necessary to engage thoughtfully and positively in the world. The dynamic, experiential and interactive curriculum encourages both active learning and the importance of mindful reflection

through project-based learning and direct instruction. Each and every CFS student is known and valued as a unique individual, met where they are, and guided forward. Creativity and collaboration thrive on our campuses. Our main campus’s wooded, 126-acre setting— with its athletic courts and fields, nature trail, gardens, greenhouse and beloved creek—and our Durham and Chapel Hill Early School campuses allow for rigorous exploration of the natural world surrounding our bright, open, and inviting indoor learning spaces.

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Emerson Waldorf WaldorfSchool School Emerson “All wisdom begins in wonder.” Socrates knew what talking “All wisdom beginsheinwas wonder.” about. And thewhat 90-year old track Socrates knew he was talking record of Waldorf education, about. And the 90-year old track with record 1080 schools spanning countries, of Waldorf education, with801080 schools spanning 80 this. countries, has proven this. has proven The core of Waldorf The core of Waldorf education begins education begins with instilling wonder with instillingaswonder in ages children in children early as 0-3 as inearly our as ages 0-3 in our Parent/Child classes Parent/Child classes and preserves and vital core through this preserves vital corethis through 12th grade,12th grade, when students are released into when students are released into the the wider world as poised, aware, thinking wider world as poised, aware, thinking individuals who lead lives that are both individuals who lead lives that are both successful and fulfilling. successful and fulfilling. The Emerson Waldorf School rests Emerson School20rests on a The 54-acre woodedWaldorf campus within on a 54-acre wooded campus within 20 minutes of Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, minutes and of Chapel Durham RTP. WeHill, offerHillsborough, a unique Durham and We offer a unique atmosphere of RTP. intellectual, creative and

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The Fletcher Academy A School of Achievement The Fletcher Academy is North Carolina’s oldest school for students with learning differences. Fletcher uses an individualized curriculum, consistent structure, exceptionally small class sizes, and a whole school approach to help children and adolescents flourish. Unique Learners: We serve students with learning disabilities and ADHD challenges. These unique learners receive individualized instruction and leadership opportunities that develop academic, artistic, athletic, social and technical skills for life. Exceptional Teachers: Our faculty contains some of the most highly trained and experienced teachers in the field. Over

65 percent of TFA’s teachers hold graduate degrees, and over 75 percent possess certification in the field of special education. Individualized Approach: We offer an outstanding 5:1 average student to teacher ratio. Our students learn responsible work habits, which are reinforced by daily teacher feedback and homework help. Inclusive Environment: Fletcher students have access to a variety of community activities. TFA’s wide variety of inclusive clubs, events, athletics, fine arts and leadership endeavors provide nourishment for intrapersonal and

interpersonal development. We invite you to learn more about TFA by visiting our website at tfaraleigh.org. Please direct inquiries and tour requests to Tiffany Gregory, Dean of Admissions, at 919-782-5082.

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Immaculata Catholic School Founded in 1909, Immaculata Catholic School in Durham has a long history of serving a diverse student body— and with a campus conveniently located just steps from Duke University and the heart of downtown, we have established impactful community partnerships that benefit our 500 students in PreK-Grade 8. Immaculata has been designated a National Blue Ribbon School since 2012 for exemplary teaching practices and student performance. The school’s challenging curriculum is accompanied by individualized attention and handson, STEM-based learning. We offer enrichment programs and student resources, instructional assistants in PreK-Grade 5 classrooms, and qualified

teachers who are trained to differentiate instruction to each student’s ability, learning style and interests. An integral part of Immaculata’s curriculum is character development and faith formation. All members of the school community proudly follow the governing principles of the Immaculata Way of Life: 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, we foster an environment of personal responsibility and kindness toward others. Experience Immaculata for

yourself by attending one of our Information Sessions and Tours. Visit immaculataschool.org for dates and to learn more about everything Immaculata has to offer!

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The Raleigh School At The Raleigh School, we know these things 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 here is designed for one purpose only — 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 children’s hands, hearts and minds 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 valued as an individual member within the school community. Our parents choose The Raleigh School because they appreciate our passionate veteran faculty and value the many opportunities to be engaged in their own child’s education. The Raleigh School is a secular, independent school educating children from preschool through 5th 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 wonder, explore and discover — all in a safe and creative environment. Schedule a tour at raleighschool.org or contact us at admissions@raleighschool.org or 919-546-0788.

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Ravenscroft School 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 top-ranked executive education providers — we offer an innovative academic curriculum that also teaches the 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, growth minded, empathetic, inclusive, communicative, strategic, resourceful, and more. The result? High-achieving students with a leg-up on 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!

Learners Become Leaders At Ravenscroft, students not only learn to think, they learn to do. We pair a stimulating curriculum with collaboration, hands-on learning, and leadership skills. We graduate confident, well-rounded students who are prepared to thrive in our complex world as educated citizens and leaders. Learn more about our community!

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St. Thomas More Catholic School Expands Preschool The 2018-19 academic year will be a new year with new beginnings at St. Thomas More! We are expanding our campus with a new preschool facility and extending the program to a full or partial day experience with the option of before and after school care. The preschool building will house five large classrooms to accommodate both three- and four-yearold classes and has a vast, fully equipped playground. The curriculum will revolve around a child’s natural tendency to “learn through play,” allowing them to approach new concepts in a “hands on” manner. Children will have the opportunity to follow their interests within the classroom

community and be recognized as a special and unique individual. We believe it is important that each child feels respected, loved and valued. We focus on the development of the whole child in all areas of domain: spiritual, fine motor, cognitive, physical, social, emotional, mathematical and critical thinking. Through this nurturing and stimulating environment that embodies Catholic beliefs and values, children will build a strong foundation for further

learning. We invite you to experience St. Thomas More Catholic School today by visiting stmcsnc.org or scheduling a tour.

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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 and 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 achievement and develop a healthy selfconfidence that fuels them to lead a life of purpose. At TDS, we focus daily on our five core values. 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

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The Franciscan School and St. Francis of Assisi Preschool Located in North Raleigh on the campus of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, The Franciscan School and St. Francis of Assisi Preschool are committed to developing compassionate lifelong learners who incorporate faith into their education. We offer a nurturing environment where children can grow academically through an innovative and challenging curriculum, while providing kindness and service to others. The Franciscan School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Academic Excellence since 2011, is a fully accredited elementary and middle school for students in K-8th grade. We offer advanced math classes, before/

after school care, Spanish, service learning programs, competitive athletics, and enrichment opportunities for students. We integrate high-tech educational tools and high academic standards into the classroom, providing educational excellence inclusive of the diverse learning styles of all children. The St. Francis of Assisi Preschool offers programs for children ages 2-5, including before- and after-school care, specials (music and movement, Spanish, service, and science), plus a Preparatory Kindergarten class. The preschool emphasizes improving developmental

skills in all five areas of a child’s development: spiritual, social, emotional, cognitive and physical. Leaders in education recognize immense benefits from beginning the school experience in preschool and how it translates into lifelong learning success.

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Montessori Community School Montessori Community School, located near the border of Durham and Chapel Hill, is the home away from home to students from 18 months to 8th grade. Set on nearly 14 acres of beautiful, natural landscape, the MCS campus makes an ideal Montessori learning environment, offering toddler to middle school students wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces to work, play, discover and learn. The highly dedicated and experienced faculty guide each child’s progress through a challenging, integrated curriculum.

MCS educates children according to Dr. Maria Montessori’s scientificallydeveloped educational philosophy, instilling in them independence, peace, perseverance and a love of learning. Students leave MCS well prepared for a successful transition to secondary school. MCS is the Triangle’s only fully accredited AMS

toddler through 8th grade Montessori school. To learn more about Montessori Community School, please contact the Director of Admissions at 919-493-8541 or admissions@ mcsdurham.org.

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SMILE Camp: Science and Math Interactive Learning Experience SMILE is a true STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program where the emphasis is on interactive learning experiences. We teach the science, AND we teach the fun. SMILE began 8 years ago in the NCSU Materials Science and Engineering Department as a hands-on opportunity for WCPSS AIG students. SMILE’s programs start at 2nd grade and go through college. SMILE participants enjoy a collaborative, highly interactive laboratory environment. We acquired our current 15,000-square-foot facility for the purpose

of making it the Triangle’s STEM destination. We offer track out, summer camp, evening, weekend, scouting, in-school fieldtrips, birthday parties and more. Check our online calendar for the event schedule. Campers create, design, build, grow, problem-solve and take home what they create. Participants are mentored by highly knowledgeable and engaging instructors with a 4-to-1 camper to staff ratio. Our experiments are differentiated to meet the needs of different ages and stages. Our

programs span the continuum of STEM fields with experiments to explore the world and underlying principles of mathematics, engineering, physics, chemistry, biology and beyond. Give your child the opportunity to reach their full potential and experience the best of STEM.

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Montessori Children’s House of Durham “The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.” – Maria Montessori A Montessori education is highly individualized to each child’s unique growth and development path. Modern neuroscience confirms that Montessori methods promote problem solving, independent thinking, creativity and collaboration. Children find delight in discovery and appreciation of nature. We see our school as a joyful, peaceful, respectful educational community. Montessori Children’s House of Durham has been serving Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas for over 40 years. Teachers with decades of

experience arrange a dynamic experience of rich interactions in the classroom, on the playground and at social events, allowing our students to learn about each other, their community and the world. We focus on the whole child within a community built on respect and trust, nurturing children into academically strong, capable, caring human beings.

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The Trilogy School Triangle Learning Consultants “Where Every Child Can Learn” The Trilogy School, founded by Dr. Laura Wyatt and Judy Williams, strives to meet the academic needs of all students. Our curriculum incorporates a variety of 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 specialized area. Classes are in groups of three to five students, providing a positive, nurturing environment, focusing on students’ strengths to ensure success.

Triangle Learning Consultants provides positive academic support for students enrolled in various area schools. Our mission is to provide and prepare students with independent study skills, test-taking strategies, organizational techniques and confidence, so they can

succeed in high school and college. We provide individual tutoring programs for students in grades K-12 in all subjects. We also offer summer programs, which include summer school, credit recovery, and online courses.

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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 student to explore their world from different perspective. 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, Art 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. 4, 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 10-31, 2018. 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.

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WCPSS Magnet Schools Welcome You Come Explore Three of Our Great Magnet Programs

Fox Road International Baccalaureate/ Primary Years Programme Magnet Elementary

WONDER www.wcpss.net/foxroades Contact Magnet Coordination Martha Hayes (919) 850-8845 ext. 23938

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TrinityAcademy Academy Trinity Trinity Academy integrates authentic withTrinity superior On ourChristianity 38-acre campus, Academy integrates authentic academics. We focus on the classical Christianity with superior academics. arts and sciences, and offer a full We focus on the classical arts and sciences array of high-quality, competitive and offer aand full award-winning array of high-quality, athletics fine competitive athletics and award-winning arts. Trinity rivals the best schools fine arts. Trinity rivals the best schools in in the region, boasting 100 percent the region, boasting 100 percent collegecollege-acceptance and generous acceptance and generous per-student per-student college scholarship college scholarship offers. offers. At Trinity, we begin with the end At Trinity, we begin in view, asking, “What skills,with whatthe end in view, asking what knowledge, what “what virtues skills, must our graduates possess?” We then craft a knowledge, what virtues must our “top-down, to TK” curriculum. We are graduates 12 possess?” We then craft innovative in our teaching techniques, a “top-down, 12 to TK” curriculum. while using methods that have stood the We are innovative in our teaching test of time. Our approach to education techniques, while using methods that

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North Carolina Zoo It’s a family tradition to enjoy a visit to the North Carolina Zoo! Centrally located in Asheboro, the zoo is an easy drive from anywhere in North Carolina. Guests to the zoo can discover hundreds of animals in natural habitats and thousands of plants transporting you to another place. Educational programs and encounters are available for all types of groups and budgets. Onsite and offsite programs are available for schools, homeschools, Scouts and other groups looking for unique, interactive programs. Rising first- through sixth-graders can participate in themed summer day camps, and specifically

designed summer day camps are available to children with autism. Older campers can take part in Wildlife Science Camps that provide campers the chance to work with zoo researchers to discover how we are protecting wild animals. Our animal ambassadors, live animals that help engage guests with content, help personalize any program. This memory-making encounter adds a wow-factor to birthday parties, overnight events or other educational opportunities. Visiting the North Carolina Zoo offers a variety of unique learning experiences. We are happy to help you plan your visit! Ticket orders 336-8797700. www.nczoo.org/education

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

Options for everyone! Cary is growing, and it’s important that all Cary residents have access to quality camps, classes and events. That’s why we offer a variety of programming at convenient locations throughout Cary including community centers, arts centers, parks, schools, and other facilities.

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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And Their Parents Too. Camelot Academy continues to sponsor talks that bring area resources to bear on the unique issues facing parents today.

Thursday, November 9 “Failing: Friend or Foe?”

Grades K-12 • 10:1 Student/Teacher Ratio Differentiated Instruction • Mastery-based Learning Merit Scholarships Available • Drop-in Visits Wednesdays 9:15am 809 Proctor St. Durham, NC 27707 (919) 688-3040 www.camelotacademy.org

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Dr. Jason Cho Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at Duke University


ADDITIONAL EDUCATION RESOURCES FOREIGN LANGUAGE Apex Peak Language

International Montessori School

432 E. Williams St., Apex apexpeakschools.com; 919-267-8557

3001 Academy Rd., Bldg. 300, Durham imsnc.org; 919-401-4343

Atlas International School

International Preschool of Raleigh

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 facebook.com/ casaclubspanishimmersion; 919-929-6019

Casa Esperanza Montessori Preschool and Charter School

2730 Godley Ln., Raleigh ipraleigh.com; 919-957-7249 Ages 2-5 years; half-day; see website for fees; curriculum organized around weekly themes such as technology and arts; includes Spanish and Chinese immersion.

Japan Culture Exchange www.japance.com; (www required in website address; no phone number)

L’Ecole French School of Raleigh

CHICLE Language Institute

5100 Lacy Ave., Ste. 104, Raleigh lecoleraleigh.org; 919-790-1219 Fees vary; offers French language afterschool classes and more for grades preK-12.

109 Connor Dr., Ste. 2200, Chapel Hill chi-cle.com; 919-933-0398

Lango Kids RTP

2600 Sumner Blvd., Ste. 130, Raleigh cemcs.org; 919-855-9811

Ecole2France - French Immersion Programs

langokidsrtp.com; langokidsrtp@gmail.com

132 Crest Rd., Cary www.ecole2france.com (www required in website address); 888-326-5321

Mi Escuelita Spanish Immersion Preschool

Guidepost Montessori School

Raleigh French Instruction

12600 Spruce Tree Way, Raleigh sprucetree.guidepostmontessori. com; 919-825-1771 Offers a Spanish immersion program and Montessori program for students that encourages freedom and individual responsibility.

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

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

Renaissance Montessori School of Cary

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

angelfire.com/home/ENCEH

Generations Homeschool Group

Spanish for Fun!

generationshomeschool.weebly.com

Locations in Cary, Raleigh and Wake Forest spanishforfun.com

Gifted Home Scholars in N.C.

HOME SCHOOLING American Academy National Home School nationalhomeschool.com

Association of Roman Catholic Homeschoolers – Raleigh arch-raleigh.com

Cary Homeschoolers caryhomeschoolers.org

Chapel Hill Homeschoolers

groups.yahoo.com/group/GHSNC

The Home School Gathering Place homeschoolgatheringplace.com

Home School Foundation homeschoolfoundation.org

Home School Legal Defense Association hslda.org

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

Homeschoolers of Color

chapelhillhomeschoolers.com

groups.yahoo.com/group/ homeschoolersofcolor

Christian Home Educators Association of Greater Durham

Johnston County Home Educators of N.C./JCHEnc

cheagd.org

Citizens High School: Accredited, DistanceEducation High School citizenshighschool.com

Class Half Full Tutoring

jchenc.org

Lighthouse Christian Homeschool Association lighthousehsa.com/index2014.php

N.C. Division of Non-Public Education

109 Bolinwood Dr., Chapel Hill classhalffull.com

ncadmin.nc.gov/about-doa/ divisions/division-non-publiceducation

Colonial Homeschoolers

N.C. Homeschool Loop

homeschool.colonial.org

Common Threads Kids

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

commonthreadkids.weebly.com

The Spanish Corner

deerstream.org

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

East North Carolina Early Homeschoolers/ENCEH

Deerstream Learning Center

groups.yahoo.com/group/ncloop

N.C. Secular Homeschool Network groups.yahoo.com/group/ ncsecularnetwork

Dimensions Family School

NATHHAN National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network

dimensionsfamilyschool.org

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Immersion Island

405 Smith Level Rd., Chapel Hill miescuelitanc.us; 919-969-7949

Spanish for Fun Academy


NCarolina Homeschool groups.yahoo.com/group/ ncarolinahomeschool

New Life Camp newlifecamp.com

North Carolinians for Home Education/NCHE

Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf

5121 Hollyridge Dr., Ste. 100, Raleigh arctriangle.org; 919-832-2660

1311 Hwy. 301 S., Wilson encsd.net; 252-237-2450

Autism Learning Partners 107 New Edition Ct., Cary autismlearningpartners.com; 703-314-6903

nche.com

North Wake Teen Homeschoolers

Brain Balance Achievement Centers

bigtent.com/groups/nwteens

ptboard.com

Southeast Triangle Area Resources and Support for Homeschoolers/STARS groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ NCSTARS/info

Spice-line of Raleigh Triangle Homeschoolers trianglehomeschoolers.wordspress.com

Triangle Teens Homeschool Network groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ triangleteenshomeschoolnetwork/info

Jordan Lake School of the Arts 1434 Farrington Rd., Apex jordanlakesa.com; 919-387-9440

919-836-1228 (no website)

The Cardinal Center for Behavior Analysis

Governor Morehead Preschool

Learning Rx Raleigh

1230 S.E. Maynard Rd., Ste. 103, Cary thecardinalcenterforbehavior analysis.com; 919-604-2427

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

Class Half Full Tutoring

GradePower Learning – Cary

Absolute Speech & Language Therapy

Clinical Teaching Tutors 58 N. Serenity Hill Circle, Chapel Hill clinicalteachingtutors.com; 919-967-5776

343 E. Six Forks Rd., Ste. 320, Raleigh arcnc.org; 919-782-4632

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Cresset Christian Academy WINGS Program 3707 Garrett Rd., Durham cressetchristian.org/academics/ wings; 919-354-8000

Heather Forgione Tutoring and Test Prep

300 Fuller St., Durham tip.duke.edu; 919-668-9100

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1229 N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary gradepowerlearning.com; 919-462-3330

4701 Creedmoor Rd., Ste. 107, Raleigh gradepowerlearning.com; 919-615-1363

Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP)

1709 Legion Rd., Ste. 100, Chapel Hill arctriangle.org; 919-942-5119

4723 Erwin Rd., Durham justrightacademy.org; 919-932-0360

400 Cedarview Ct., Raleigh tfaraleigh.org; 919-782-5082 Grades 3-12; teacher-to-student ratios vary; $11,000-$22,000/year, financial aid available; dual SAIS accreditation; serves students with learning and attention issues.

SPECIAL NEEDS

The Arc of North Carolina

Emerge A Child’s Place

Hope Creek Academy (formerly Just Right Academy)

The Fletcher Academy

109 Bolinwood Dr., Chapel Hill classhalffull.com; 919-571-7676

186-104 Wind Chime Ct., Raleigh absolutespeech.com; 919-870-1280

1400 Crescent Green, Ste. 120, Cary fppa.com/educational-services; 919-233-4131

3200 Pickett Rd., Durham hillcenter.org/hilltutoring; 919-489-7464 Grades K-12 students who are struggling academically through school year, summer and tutoring programs.

Huntington Learning Center

Bridges Tutoring Raleigh

groups.yahoo.com/group/spice_line

Educational Services Division of Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates

The Hill Center

3905 University Dr., Durham emergeachildsplace.com; 919-928-0204

8204 Tryon Woods Dr., Ste. 114, Cary; 919-851-2333 1728 Fordham Blvd., Ste. 161, Chapel Hill; 919-391-6100 brainbalance.com After-school program helping children overcome academic, behavioral and social struggles by focusing on the root issue, the brain.

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The Arc of the Triangle – Wake

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3820 Merton Dr., Ste. 215, Raleigh 1340 S.E. Maynard Rd., Ste. 102, Cary forgionetutoring.com; 919-800-8663

Various Triangle locations huntingtonhelps.com; 800-226-5327

Learn with the Best ABA Clinic 559 Jones Franklin Rd., Ste. 164 A&B, Raleigh learnwiththebestschool.com; 919-303-1255

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

Lion ABC Tutoring 615 Wellwater Ave., Durham lionabctutoring.com; 984-289-0223

Lucy Daniels School 9003 Weston Pkwy., Cary lucydanielsschool.org; 919-677-1400 Ages 3-6; 9 a.m.-noon; transitional kindergarten and kindergarten offered; fees vary, financial aid available; serves children with emotional and behavioral difficulties; 5 stars.

Mariposa School for Children With Autism 203 Gregson Dr., Cary mariposaschool.org; 919-461-0600

Maximum Test Prep Chapel Hill maximumtestprep.com; 917-701-5558


Next Stage Drumming and ADHD Coaching

Atkins Community Education Center

Sylvan Learning Center of Durham and Chapel Hill

Fuquay-Varina rockthenextstage.com/drumming; 919-906-7842

2410 Presidential Dr., Suite 114, Durham atkinscommunitycenter.weebly.com; 919-519-5466

5117 Highgate Dr., Ste. 100, Durham sylvanlearning.com; 919-937-9363

Partners the Advancement of Gifted Education (PAGE) ncagt.org/nc-page/about-page

Sage Tutelage of Chapel Hill/Carrboro sagetutelage.com; 919-542-2956

A Step Ahead 2220 High House Rd., Cary stepaheadacademy.org; 919-469-0920 Ages 6-10; teacher-to-student ratio 1:8; offers an advanced, curriculum and learning opportunities tailored to the needs of gifted learners.

Cresset Christian Academy WINGS Program 3707 Garrett Rd., Durham cressetchristian.org/academics/wings; 919-354-8000

Developmental Therapy Associates

432 E. Williams St., Apex apexpeakschools.com; 919-267-8557

The Aspen Center

Triangle Therapy

1050-A N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary aspencenter.net; 919-981-6588

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

Autism Learning Partners

ORANGE COUNTY Brain Balance Achievement Center

Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP)

1728 Fordham Blvd., Ste. 161, Chapel Hill brainbalance.com; 919-391-610 After-school program that helps children overcome academic, behavioral and social struggles by focusing on the root issue, the brain.

300 Fuller St., Durham tip.duke.edu; 919-668-9100

Class Half Full Tutoring

3514 University Dr., #8, Durham developmentaltherapy.com; 919-493-7002

Apex Peak Schools

109 Bolinwood Dr., Chapel Hill classhalffull.com; 919-571-7676

107 New Edition Ct., Cary autismlearningpartners.com; 703-314-6903

Brain Balance Achievement Center 8204 Tryon Woods Dr., Ste. 114, Cary brainbalance.com; 919-851-2333 After-school program that helps children overcome academic, behavioral and social struggles by focusing on the root issue, the brain.

Brain Balance Achievement Center

Student Learning Recovery Tutoring

The Hill Center Tutoring Connection

6917 Cass Holt Rd., Holly Springs waketutoring.com; 919-557-4727

Clinical Teaching Tutors

2425 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary success4school.com; 919-491-2904

3200 Pickett Rd., Durham 6500 Falls of Neuse Rd., Ste. 130, Raleigh hillcenter.org/hilltutoring; 919-489-7464 Grades K-12; $55/class session, $70/ individual session; provides individual sessions and tutoring classes for students who struggle academically.

Chapel Hill maximumtestprep.com; 917-701-5558

Champion Learning Academy

TheraPlay Bilingual Solutions

Lion ABC Tutoring

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

615 Wellwater Ave., Durham lionabctutoring.com; 984-289-0223

Sage Tutelage of Chapel Hill/Carrboro

106 Pheasant Wood Ct., Morrisville cier-cla.com; 919-388-1739

sagetutelage.com; 919-542-2956

College Choice Today

Tutor Doctor

3622 Lyckan Pkwy., Durham mindspireprep.com; 919-335-8378

Success4School

raleigh-waketutors.com; 919-634-6488

Mindspire Tutoring and Test Prep

The Princeton Review

TUTORING AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT APlus Test Prep 5501 Fortunes Ridge Dr., Durham aplushigherscores.com; 919-824-3912

Shodor Education Foundation 807 E. Main St., Ste. 7-100, Durham shodor.org/succeed/workshops/ current; 919-530-1911

Maximum Test Prep

WAKE COUNTY AoPS (Art of Problem Solving) Academy 6406 McCrimmon Pkwy., Ste. 100, Morrisville advancedplacementacademy.org; 919-234-1503

Advantage College Planning 1196 Stone Kirk Dr., Raleigh advcp.com; 919-601-7000

Bridges Tutoring Raleigh; 919-836-1228

1735 Maizefield Ln., Fuquay-Varina collegechoicetoday.com; 919-961-8141

College Transitions Covers Triangle area collegetransitions.com; 706-389-9936

College Nannies + Tutors of Cary 1244 N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary collegenanniesandtutors.com; 919-896-7227

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princetonreview.com; 800-273-8439

1829 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill clinicalteachingtutors.com; 919-967-5776

13600 New Falls of Neuse Rd., Ste. 110, Raleigh brainbalancecenters.com; 919-554-4622


Developmental Therapy Associates 875 Walnut St., Ste. 100, Cary developmentaltherapy.com; 919-465-3966

Educational Services Division of Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates

GradePower Learning – Cary 1229 N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary gradepowerlearning.com; 919-462-3330

GradePower Learning – Raleigh

Wake County raleigh-waketutors.com; 919-634-6488

LearningRx

STEMxl Tutoring and Camps

Student Learning Recovery Tutoring

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

6917 Cass Holt Rd., Holly Springs waketutoring.com; 919-557-4727

Next Stage Drumming and ADHD Coaching rockthenextstage.com/drumming; 919-906-7842

Sylvan Learning Center

Locations in Cary, Garner, Raleigh and Wake Forest pedtherapy.com

The Hill Center Tutoring Connection

Project Enlightenment

3200 Pickett Rd., Durham 6500 Falls of Neuse Rd., Ste. 130, Raleigh hillcenter.org/hilltutoring; 919-489-7464 Tutoring for students who need academic support with reading, writing and math.

JEI Learning Center 2775 Hwy. 55, Cary cary.jeilearning.com; 919-655-5300

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

Triangle Developmental Services 4904 Waters Edge Dr., Ste. 100, Raleigh triangledevelopmentalservices.com; 919-890-5533

Reading Solutions Raleigh

Triangle Learning Consultants

P.O. Box 861, Fuquay-Varina 919-986-0665; readingsolutionsraleigh.com Fees vary; offering academic support to people ages 4-adult who experience difficulties with reading.

3810 Merton Dr., Raleigh trilogyschool.com/triangle-learningconsultants-services.aspx; 919-781-7804 Homework management program; individualized tutoring program in multiple subject areas; helps students who have learning disabilities.

Multiple Raleigh locations thesensationnation.com; 866-292-5290

1212 Kimberly Dr., Raleigh 919-802-1218

Locations in Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Raleigh and Wake Forest sylvanlearning.com

501 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh projectenlightenment.wcpss.net; 919-856-7774

The Sensation Nation

Katie Flynn Tutoring

Success4School 2425 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary success4school.com; 919-491-2904

Pediatric Therapy Associates

3820 Merton Dr., Ste. 215, Raleigh 1340 S.E. Maynard Rd., Ste. 102, Cary forgionetutoring.com; 919-800-8663

Available in Morrisville stemxl.com; 919-601-9551

Lifetime Learning Academy for Math, Science and English

7209 Creedmoor Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh pediatricpossibilities.com; 919-844-1100

Heather Forgione Tutoring and Test Prep

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION RESOURCES

Tutor Doctor

781 Bright Creek Way, Raleigh 971 Harp St., Raleigh smartacademy.ciswake.org; 919-525-2849

Pediatric Possibilities

4701 Creedmoor Rd., Ste. 107, Raleigh gradepowerlearning.com; 919-615-1363

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559 Jones Franklin Rd., Ste. 164A, Raleigh learnwiththebestschool.com/tutoring; 919-303-1255

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

1400 Crescent Green, Ste. 120, Cary fppa.com/educational-services; 919-233-4131

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Triangle Math Tutors 106 Glenstone Ln., Cary 919-413-7649

Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL) 714 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh wade.org; 919-856-9233

Wake Tutors waketutors.com

OTHER COUNTIES AND MULTIPLE LOCATIONS College Counseling With Proven Results/Dr. Jane S. Gabin Ph.D. Educational Consultant janesgabin.com; 919-452-9287 Independent college counselor who helps students prepare for the college admissions process.

Consultant Huntington Learning Center huntingtonhelps.com; 800-226-5327

IMACS of NC Various Triangle locations imacs.org; 919-786-0246 Grades K-12. Fees vary. Provides interactive programs and camps in logical reasoning/mathel thinking. Designed for gifted students but also appropriate strugglng students.

Kumon kumon.com; 800-222-6284

Mathnasium mathnasium.com; 877-601-6284

Sylvan Learning Center of Johnston County 11459 US-70 Bus. sylvanlearning.com; 919-553-8009


APPLYING TO COLLEGE? An inside look at 21 private NC colleges BY MICHAEL TRIVETTE, PH.D.

To help your student prepare for the college application process, the College Transitions team has compiled data from the sources listed at the end of this article to create objective profiles of 21 private institutions in the Tarheel state. Tuition is not included because fees change frequently and don’t account for merit and needbased financial aid. SAT scores marked with an asterisk (*) indicate test-optional institutions, where students are not required to submit scores for admission. Learn more at collegetransitions.com/dataverse.

BELMONT ABBEY COLLEGE Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Belmont) Degrees available: Bachelor’s • Total undergraduates: 1,495 • belmontabbeycollege.edu/ admissions • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: N/A • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 1,967 • Acceptance rate: 68 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.16 • *SAT math average: 509 • *SAT critical reading average: 510 • *ACT composite average: 22

BREVARD COLLEGE Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Brevard) Degrees available: Bachelor’s • Total undergraduates: 729 • brevard.edu/apply-for-admission • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: N/A • Entrance difficulty: Minimal • Total applicants: 3,215 • Acceptance rate: 41 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.07 • *SAT math average: 483 • *SAT critical reading average: 507 • *ACT composite average: 20

CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY

Type of school: Medium-sized private university and liberal arts college (Buies Creek) Degrees available: Associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral • Total undergraduates: 4,455 • campbell.edu/admissions • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: N/A • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 6,626 • Acceptance rate: 73 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.4 • SAT math average: 545 • SAT critical reading average: 541 • ACT composite average: N/A

CATAWBA COLLEGE Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Salisbury) Degrees available: Bachelor’s, master’s • Total undergraduates: 1,270 • catawba.edu/admissions • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: N/A • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 3,117 • Acceptance rate: 32 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.66 • *SAT math average: 500 • *SAT critical reading average: 490 • *ACT composite average: 21

DAVIDSON COLLEGE Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Davidson) Degrees available: Bachelor’s • Total undergraduates: 1,784 • davidson.edu/admission-andfinancial-aid • Regular decision deadline: Jan. 5 • Early action deadline: N/A • Early decision I deadline: Nov. 15 • Early decision II deadline: Jan. 2 • Entrance difficulty: Very • Total applicants: 5,382 • Acceptance rate: 22 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen

(4.0 scale): 4.0 • SAT math average: 675 • SAT critical reading average: 672 • ACT composite average: 30

DUKE UNIVERSITY Type of school: Medium-sized university (Durham) Degrees available: Bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral • Total undergraduates: 6,639 • admissions.duke.edu • Regular decision deadline: Jan. 3 • Early action deadline: N/A • Early decision deadline: Nov. 1 • Entrance difficulty: Most • Total applicants: 31,220 • Acceptance rate: 11 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A • SAT math average: 740 • SAT critical reading average: 715 • ACT composite average: 33

ELON UNIVERSITY Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college (Elon) Degrees available: Bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral • Total undergraduates: 5,903 • elon.edu/e/admissions/ undergraduate/index.html • Regular decision deadline: Jan. 10 • Early action deadline: Nov. 10 • Early decision: Nov. 1 • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 10,256 • Acceptance rate: 57 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.97 • SAT math average: 601 • SAT critical reading average: 597 • ACT composite average: 27

GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college (Boiling Springs) Degrees available: Associate,

bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral • Total undergraduates: 2,636 • gardner-webb.edu/admissionsand-financial-aid/undergraduateadmissions/index • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: N/A • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 3,866 • Acceptance rate: 53 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.78 • SAT math average: 495 • SAT critical reading average: 485 • ACT composite average: 21

GUILFORD COLLEGE Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Greensboro) Degrees available: Certificate, bachelor’s • Total undergraduates: 1,917 • guilford.edu/admissions • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: Dec. 1 • Early decision: Nov. 1 • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 2,782 • Acceptance rate: 63 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.19 • *SAT math average: 515 • *SAT critical reading average: 523 • *ACT composite average: 22

HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college (High Point) Degrees available: Bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral • Total undergraduates: 4,371 • highpoint.edu/admissions • Regular decision deadline: March 15 • Early action deadline: Nov. 14 • Early decision I deadline: Nov. 2 • Early decision II deadline: Feb. 1 • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 10,910 • Acceptance rate: 72 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen

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(4.0 scale): 3.23 • SAT math average: 556 • SAT critical reading average: 552 • ACT composite average: 24

(4.0 scale): 3.29 • *SAT math average: 470 • *SAT critical reading average: 480 • *ACT composite average: 21

• SAT math average: 515 • SAT critical reading average: 510 • ACT composite average: 23

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LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY

Type of school: Small university and liberal arts college (Charlotte) Degrees available: Bachelor’s, master’s • Total undergraduates: 1,375 • jcsu.edu/admissions • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: N/A • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 4,346 • Acceptance rate: 46 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 2.78 • SAT math average: 396 • SAT critical reading average: 394 • ACT composite average: 17

Type of school: Small university and liberal arts college (Hickory) Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s • Total undergraduates: 1,587 • lr.edu/admission/undergraduate • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: Nov. 7 • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 3,994 • Acceptance rate: 84 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.29 • SAT math average: 498 • SAT critical reading average: 485 • ACT composite average: N/A

Type of school: Small university and liberal arts college (Misenheimer) Degrees available: Certificate, bachelor’s, master’s • Total undergraduates: 917 • pfeiffer.edu/admissions/ undergraduate-admissions • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: N/A • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 1,627 • Acceptance rate: 47 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.20 • *SAT math average: 479 • *SAT critical reading average: 458 • *ACT composite average: 19

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY Type of school: Medium-sized university (Charlotte) Degrees available: Associate, bachelor’s • Total undergraduates: 2,218 • jwu.edu/campuses/charlotte/ admissions-and-aid/index.html • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: N/A • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 4,537 • Acceptance rate: 72 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.19 • SAT math average: N/A • SAT critical reading average: N/A • ACT composite average: N/A

LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Banner Elk) Degrees available: Bachelor’s • Total undergraduates: 1,033 • lmc.edu/admissions/index.htm • Regular decision deadline: April 10 • Early action deadline: Dec. 1 • Early decision deadline: Nov. 1 • Entrance difficulty: Minimal • Total applicants: 1,400 • Acceptance rate: 67 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen 56

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MARS HILL UNIVERSITY Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Mars Hill) Degrees available: Bachelor’s, master’s • Total undergraduates: 1,395 • mhu.edu/admissions • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: N/A • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 3,010 • Acceptance rate: 61 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.24 • SAT math average: 453 • SAT critical reading average: 462 • ACT composite average: 20

MEREDITH COLLEGE Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Raleigh) Degrees available: Bachelor’s, master’s Special designation: All female • Total undergraduates: 1,679 • meredith.edu/admissions • Regular decision deadline: Feb. 15 • Early action deadline: Dec. 1 • Early decision deadline: Oct. 30 • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 1,721 • Acceptance rate: 60 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.35

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QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE Type of school: Small university (Charlotte) Degrees available: Bachelor’s, master’s • Total undergraduates: 1,641 • queens.edu/admissions-andfinancial-aid.html • Regular decision deadline: March 1 • Early action deadline: Dec. 1 • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 2,111 • Acceptance rate: 67 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.71 • SAT math average: 524 • SAT critical reading average: 529 • ACT composite average: 23

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY Type of school: Medium-sized university (Winston-Salem) Degrees available: Certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral • Total undergraduates: 4,871 • admissions.wfu.edu • Regular decision deadline: Jan.1 • Early action deadline: N/A • Early decision I deadline : Nov. 15 • Early decision II deadline: Jan.1 • Entrance difficulty: Very

• Total applicants: 13,281 • Acceptance rate: 29 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A • *SAT math average: 665 • *SAT critical reading average: 640 • *ACT composite average: N/A

WARREN WILSON COLLEGE Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Asheville) Degrees available: Bachelor’s, master’s Special designation: Work college • Total undergraduates: 753 • warren-wilson.edu/admission • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: Nov. 15 • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 809 • Acceptance rate: 84 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A • *SAT math average: 530 • *SAT critical reading average: 585 • *ACT composite average: 25

WINGATE UNIVERSITY Type of school: Medium-sized university (Wingate) Degrees available: Bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral • Total undergraduates: 2,023 • wingate.edu/office-of-admissions • Regular decision deadline: Rolling • Early action deadline: N/A • Entrance difficulty: Moderate • Total applicants: 8,018 • Acceptance rate: 70 percent • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.41 • SAT math average: 517 • SAT critical reading average: 502 • ACT composite average: 22 Sources include the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, institutional websites, COLLEGEdata and the College Board. Michael Trivette, Ph.D., is a co-founder of College Transitions. Learn more at collegetransitions.com.


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wo decades ago, opening a college guidebook made you feel like the ultimate insider — suddenly, you were holding data in your hand data that felt like classified information. Only fellow purchasers of these phonebook-sized texts were privy to these “secrets” of the college application process. Prior to the advent of the modern internet, data-starved applicants had to head over to Barnes & Noble or another, now-defunct retailer (like Borders and Waldenbooks) to find insights beyond those contained in the official glossy brochures that arrived in the mail. The internet has made some of these extra-thick volumes a bit less essential. After all, finding basic admissions data like a college's SAT range, average GPA,

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tuition fee and acceptance rate can be done through a fast and free Google search. Yet, guidebooks remain quite relevant as their benefits and insights go well beyond sheer basic stats. What follows are College Transitions’ reviews of some of the most popular college guidebooks on the market, with some of the pros and cons of each text. It’s important to note that our “cons” are not necessarily criticisms (although sometimes they are). Rather, this is our analysis of what each source lacks so that your student can properly identify the correct complementary source to fill in the gaps. After all, your student’s own learning process for a subject this expansive and important should involve more than one book.

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“The Princeton Review: The 381 Best Colleges” Since 1992, The Princeton Review has annually released its “Best Colleges” editions based on surveys of more than 140,000 students at institutions across the country. Cost: $23.99. PROS: This guide is an excellent starting point for any college-bound high school student. It covers many, but not all, of the finest institutions in the U.S., placing a spotlight on top programs, popular majors and notable campus attributes. Its wealth of lists will also help students looking to find like-minded peers by highlighting schools that are known for their LGBT friendliness, religious student bodies, intramural sports, quality college towns,


study abroad opportunities, Greek or nonGreek-dominated social scene, and so on. CONS: Anecdotes and generalizations of a less-than-helpful nature abound in this guidebook. Examples include statements such as “hard liquor is popular on campus” and “no one cheats.” In reality, there are students at every school who are more focused on illicitly purchasing bottles of hard lemonade than attending class, and it’s likely that someone at even the allegedly most honest campus is plagiarizing a term paper on the resurgent popularity of Alexander Hamilton as we speak.

“Fiske Guide to Colleges” Now in its 33rd edition, this annual guide, authored by a former education editor of The New York Times, Edward Fiske, highlights institutions Fiske deems to be the “best and most interesting” schools in the U.S. Typically, around 320 colleges and universities make the cut. Cost: $24.99. PROS: "Fiske Guide to Colleges" is extremely well-written and the school profiles are a pleasure to read. Incisive quotes from students and professors are interspersed throughout each school profile. Rich descriptions of the overall academic milieu, program offerings and notably unique extracurricular/ recreational opportunities give the reader an excellent overview of the strengths of each school. In addition to detailed profiles of hundreds of colleges and universities, there are also some helpful lists breaking down the included schools by cost as well as by graduate debt load. CONS: Do you care that Brown University has “a building that resembles a Greek temple and buildings in the Richardsonian tradition”? There is a healthy dose of space devoted to campus architecture, as well as the same type of generalizations about the student body that are spewed by the Princeton Review (i.e. students are happy, preppy, leaders, world citizens, etc.) that may or may not be helpful to your student’s college search.

“Colleges That Change Lives”

return on investment by undergraduate

Loren Pope, another New York Times education editor, penned this classic book as well as other worthy reads such as “Looking Beyond the Ivy League.” Pope’s was the first national voice to popularize the idea that what actually takes place on campus and in classrooms is far more important than name recognition and prestige. In advocating for small, liberal arts schools, he highlighted 40 schools that are not highly selective but still provide students with a superior educational experience. Cost: $18.

institution and major? How can teenagers,

PROS: There are two groups of students who can benefit from this book — those with Ivy League tunnel vision who can be enlightened about amazing schools that have been off their radar, and solid but not spectacular students who may be unaware of the incredible and one-of-akind educational opportunities that are actually within their reach.

their college decisions more “rationally and

CONS: While this book is undoubtedly a worthy read and was groundbreaking in leading the charge encouraging highschoolers to consider less prestigious but excellent colleges, there are some negatives. Many of the school profiles are purely observational and some of the anecdotes get a bit repetitive. For example, Pope will stroll by the library at night, see a pack of students studying and conclude that this affirms an atmosphere of serious scholarship. One other important note is that some of the material is outdated, and was so even at the time of publication. Most egregiously, Antioch College, included in the 2006 edition, actually shut down for a four-year period due to financial difficulties just months after the book’s release.

even those unsure about their future, make decisions about college that will keep their lives flexible enough to pursue their dreams, as they begin to take form? $18.20. PROS: Since we wrote this book, we’ll let the national book critics speak to its worthiness. As “Kirkus Reviews” stated, our book is a “destressing trove of data that will help readers make more well-rounded college decisions.” It arms families and students with research-based advice to help make reasonably,” to quote The American Library Association (Booklist). We think our text should be the first college book you read, as it will provide you with a framework and philosophy to guide your search for an undergraduate home. Publisher’s Weekly agrees that “The Enlightened College Applicant” is “a voice of reason” that will “provide comfort and direction to those starting the application process.” CONS: None, because we wrote it! Just kidding. Our guidebook does highlight colleges that excel in particular areas (i.e. top feeders to medical schools) but is not a comprehensive list of hundreds of schools with institution-specific admissions data. For that, we recommend “Fiske Guide to Colleges,” “The Princeton Review: The 381 Best Colleges” or any number of free internet sites.

Other Helpful Books About College Admissions “The College Solution” by Lynn O’Shaughnessy “How to Raise an Adult” by Julie

“The Enlightened College Applicant”

Lythcott-Haims

We authored this book to fill what we saw as huge gaps in the available guidebook literature: What can academic research in the field of higher education tell us about college selection? How can we measure

“The Gatekeepers” by Jacques Steinberg “Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Easy Steps” by Alan Gelb

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A promising development in diagnosing inherited diseases BY CAITLIN WHEELER

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ic Volker spent much of his first four years in a hospital bed. Every time he ate, his immune system attacked his digestive tract, creating holes in his intestines that led to infection and extreme malnutrition. After dozens of tests and operations, his doctors remained mystified as to the cause of the illness, and many gave up hope. The Washington Post covered this case in its April 20, 2016 issue and reported that, at the time Nic was experiencing these problems (2004-2010), DNA sequencing was costly (around $100,000), untested and unchartered technology. But with little to lose, a bold team of doctors, scientists and the boy’s parents pushed to have portions of his genome sequenced. With lots of theoretical knowledge (the key DNA researcher had worked only with rats) and a little luck, the team identified the mutation that caused the disease and were able to target it with treatment. Dubbed by Forbes in January 2011 as “The first child saved by DNA sequencing,” Nic Volker’s story made national news and served as an inspiration to both researchers and families looking for answers — including those who parent special needs children. Since then, DNA sequencing has become cheaper and more widely available. One private company, Illumina, claims it will soon be able to provide customers with whole genome sequencing for $100, though the National Institutes of Health has reported that the quality of genome sequencing varies greatly, and producing a high-quality sequence remains labor-intensive and expensive. Still, universities and private companies operate research and sequencing labs throughout the country, and the Triangle boasts major research labs at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, as well as numerous biotech companies with a focus on DNA sequencing.

Doctors and scientists are still trying to determine how this sudden wealth of information translates and should be used in a case-by-case basis. “There’s still a lot we don’t know,” says Dr. Laurie Smith, Ph.D., M.D., a member of the Department of Pediatric’s Division of Genetics and Metabolism at the UNC School of Medicine, adding that DNA sequencing technology is not “ready for prime time.”

THE SCIENCE The Human Genome Project took 11 years and required $2.7 billion dollars. It was completed in 2003 and produced the first map of all the hereditary information encoded in human DNA. This map is known as a “genome.” By reading or “sequencing” the DNA of any individual (using a blood sample or saliva), then comparing it to the map, scientists can identify differences or “mutations” that may or may not cause diseases or developmental delays. Whole genome sequencing (WGS), which was used during the project, reveals the most complete picture of an individual’s DNA. There are about three billion nucleotides (DNA building blocks) in a complete genome, and scientists are still working to determine the significance of much of this information. By contrast, whole exome sequencing (WES) looks only at the “exons” or protein-coding regions of genes. The exome, about 1.5 percent of the total genome, represents portions of the genome. Since much less DNA is sequenced, WES is cheaper than WGS and easier to interpret. However, WES provides less information to researchers than potentially available through WGS. Most scientists anticipate that as technology improves and more is learned about the whole genome, WES will give way to WGS.

THE RESEARCH Niko Katsanis runs what he calls an “intellectual hotel” — the Duke University Department of Cell Biology Center for Human Disease Modeling, which brings together a dream team of experts in various fields to solve genomic puzzles. As an extension of his research, he also leads the Duke Task Force on Neonatal Genomics, which is focused on faster diagnosis and improving the care and treatment of neonates (newborns less than a month old) and infants with genetic conditions. The core challenge for Katsanis and his lab is trying to define success. “It’s different for everybody,” he says. For the parents of an afflicted child, he hopes to offer a molecular diagnosis. While there is often no clear treatment, he says a diagnosis offers “a modicum of help” and relief from uncertainty. Determining a diagnosis allows a family to end the “diagnostic odyssey” (or search for a diagnosis) of repeated testing and searching for answers, and gain access to social services that may not otherwise be available. The whole family can benefit from the medical and emotional support of connecting with other families affected by the same condition. And there’s always the slight chance a diagnosis will lead to treatment of or, more likely, better management of symptoms. For Katsanis and his peers, a diagnosis is not enough. “The intellectual goal is to move from prescription to prediction. ‘Take two and call me in the morning’ is a fantasy in these cases,” Katsanis says. “Therapeutic access for these patients is very low and will take a long time to develop for each disease. Compared with finding cures, sequencing the human genome was a walk in the park, and that took 10 to 15 years. It will take the same amount of time for each therapeutic drug.”

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EXCEPTIONAL CHILD SPECIAL SECTION Despite these challenges, Katsanis finds his work, which includes extensive testing of human DNA on zebrafish, thrilling. (According to the National Institutes of Health, 70 percent of human genes are found in zebrafish.) “Every day we learn something,” he says. “Genomics is like a huge fire hose spewing out stuff, and right now we just have a little bucket.”

THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE Most clinics and labs claim between a 20-30 percent rate of “positive results” with WES and WGS cases, which means they find a direct connection between a gene mutation and a child’s disease. UNC’s Smith says her positive results are closer to 70 percent. “We are very picky with the patients we take for WES,” she says. All of her patients are referred to her through pediatricians or genetic counselors, and she is selective about which referrals she accepts. “By the time we’ve screened for clinical features and reviewed the child’s medical history and performed some testing, we are relatively confident that the child has a genetic disorder that might be found with sequencing. And we don’t want to just look at the patient’s DNA,” she says. “We won’t perform sequencing unless we can get both parents sequenced as well.” Smith is quick to point out the drawbacks of genomic sequencing: A high price tag often not covered by insurance, and the likelihood that the best-case scenario is just a diagnosis. “Families need to understand the limitations,” she says. In addition, Smith takes the ethical treatment of her patients very seriously. WGS and WES involve several unresolved moral issues, such as a patient finding out something he or she may not want to know about. While sequencing a child’s genome, for example, a doctor may find genetic mutations that are unrelated to the disorder in question. Smith says this

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happens in 3-5 percent of cases. These “incidental findings” include adult-onset disorders and an increased risk for certain cancers that may or may not affect the individual’s health, and may or may not have health ramifications for family members or future children. “There is the possibility of receiving information you might not want to hear,” Smith cautions. “You have to figure out how comfortable you are with the knowledge you will gain.” She notes that parents are asked beforehand whether they want to hear incidental findings, though the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics recommends that doctors disclose any “actionable” incidental findings that might be alleviated or prevented with lifestyle changes or preventive medicine. (Currently, there are about 60 findings listed at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/clinvar/docs/acmg.).

THE CLINICAL TRIAL One way for a family to avoid the high cost of WES and WGS is to participate in a clinical trial. One such trial is run by the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, which is funded by the NIH and available through seven clinic locations around the country. Dr. Vandana Shashi, M.D., is a professor of pediatrics and the principal investigator for the Undiagnosed Diseases

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Network at Duke University. Like Smith, Shashi and the Undiagnosed Disease Network only see children who have been thoroughly evaluated and recommended by a pediatrician or geneticist. “Patients (adults and children) from all over the country apply,” Shashi says. “We’ve come to recognize that we can’t help some patients with a diagnosis, so we review very carefully the workup by a patient’s physician or geneticist, and we look for signs of an undiagnosed disorder that we can help resolve.” The Duke University location ends up taking about half of the patients who apply and, like Smith’s office, the Undiagnosed Diseases Network lab has a diagnosis rate that is higher than average — around 35 percent. Shashi says working with the Undiagnosed Disease Network gives her access to researchers there and at research cores across the country. In addition, modern technology facilitates the comparison of DNA modification cases so that physicians and researchers around the world can determine if they can work together to diagnose previously unknown diseases. One of Shashi’s favorite resources is GeneMatcher, a freely accessible online database of genes and associated disease characteristics.


EXCEPTIONAL CHILD SPECIAL SECTION calls direct-to-consumer genetic testing “a very exciting area for LabCorp and for consumers as they look for more information about their health.” However, like Detweiler and Smith, McDowell is thinking carefully about what constitutes too much information. “Is it good for a child or their parent to know that he is at greater risk for developing a cancer that may not affect him until well into adulthood, or which may never develop?” she asks. “Does that create an obligation to notify potential spouses or partners, or employers, or insurers? How much to know and when to know it is a big question that we’re in the early stages of grappling with.” “It’s the ‘match.com’ for genes,” she says. “It allows me to compare notes on specific genes with any clinician or researcher in the world. It’s fantastic.”

THE DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER OPTION As DNA sequencing technology becomes faster and less expensive, companies are starting to provide direct-to-consumer testing, like 23andMe, which has a strong brand name and some staying power (it won the Time Magazine “Product of the Year” award in 2008). 23andMe offers DNA reports on various topics, from ancestry to health to family planning, but it does not provide WGS or WES — rather, it is a “genotyping” service that looks only at specific points in the genome known to vary among individuals. The company is very forthcoming about its products’ limitations. “The 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service is not diagnostic, and should not be used to address concerns regarding a suspected genetic disorder,” says Stacey Detweiler, a licensed and certified genetics counselor for 23andMe. “It is important for families with an ill child to work with their health care providers, such as a geneticist or a genetic counselor, to determine appropriate testing options.” The 23andMe services are designed

for people who are curious about their ancestry, or who want to know whether they have genetic traits that could lead to a greater risk of developing certain diseases in the future. Currently, 23andMe tests for 10 diseases, including late-onset Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Detweiler says the company’s DNA test could also be helpful for family planning purposes. “Individuals planning for a pregnancy can benefit from knowing and sharing their carrier status with their health care providers,” she says. Detweiler adds that there are factors, including “family history, lifestyle and environment, as well as a number of genetic variants, that are not covered by the test that can also play a role in one’s health.” She says clients should only use the 23andMe results as supplemental information to discuss with a genetic counselor or health care provider. LabCorp, Inc., a private company headquartered in Burlington with an office in Research Triangle Park, provides genetic testing for doctors in hospitals and private practices across the country. LabCorp also has a longstanding relationship with 23andMe. Geraldine McDowell, senior technical director for LabCorp’s Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology,

THE FUTURE Despite the ethical qualms, most scientists agree that universal WGS for newborns will be standard in the near future. Other countries are already pursuing it. Smith recently gave a talk in Estonia, a country poised to implement DNA sequencing for all newborns. The U.S. is trying to approach DNA sequencing carefully. The NIH has sponsored Genomic Sequencing for Childhood Risk and Newborn Illness (“The BabySeq Project”) to study the effect of knowing the makeup of a child’s genome on the child’s health and health care costs. Scientists, who can’t move forward without data, tend to be more willing to sacrifice privacy issues in order to gain access to a variety of genomes. Katsanis says he struggles with this at Duke University. “There is a disagreement about who owns the data — the families or the researchers,” he says. “We try to engage families and patients as collaborators, and sometimes it’s wonderful, sometimes it’s trying. We hope the families will be forthcoming, and that they’ll understand it’s the best way for all of us to move forward.” Caitlin Wheeler is a freelance writer living in Durham.

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DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS AND DISABILITIES Abilitations Children’s Therapy

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

11030 Raven Ridge Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh 6845 Knightdale Blvd., Ste. 102, Knightdale actwc.com; 919-844-6611 Specialized clinic for children ages birth-21, offering occupational, physical, speech and feeding therapy.

The Cardinal Center for Behavior Analysis 1230 S.E. Maynard Rd., Ste. 103, Cary thecardinalcenterforbehavior analysis.com; 919-604-2427

Carolina Behavioral Care

Adapted Recreation and Inclusion: Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation

Locations in Durham and Hillsborough carolinabehavioralcare.com

Various locations in Chapel Hill townofchapelhill.org/register; 919-968-2813

Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities 101 Renee Lynne Ct., Carrboro cidd.unc.edu; 919-966-5171

AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness

Community Connections Healthcare Services

3326 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Building D, Durham ahbwellness.com; 919-401-8090

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

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare 414 E. Main St., Durham 500 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh alliancebhc.org; 800-510-9132

Cornerstone Family Services

The Arc of the Triangle

Dynamic Therapy for Kids

Locations in Chapel Hill and Raleigh arctriangle.org

3100 N.C. Hwy. 55, Ste. 102, Cary dynamictherapyforkids.com; 919-363-5000

cfskids.com; 919-630-4191

The Arc of North Carolina 343 E. Six Forks Rd., Ste. 320, Raleigh arcnc.org; 800-662-8706

Easter Seals UCP Charlie Gaddy Children’s Center

North Carolina InfantToddler Program/DHHS

314 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh easterseals.com/NCVA/ourprograms/childrens-services/ charlie-gaddy-childrens.html; 919-773-2020

5605 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh beearly.nc.gov; 919-707-5520

Exceptional Children Preschool Program/N.C. Office of Early Learning ncpublicschools.org/earlylearning; 919-218-8384

Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates

Project Enlightenment 501 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh projectenlightenment.wcpss.net; 919-856-7774

Raleigh Neurology Associates 1540 Sunday Dr., Ste. 209, Raleigh raleighneurology.com; 919-782-3456

RHA Howell Inc.

1400 Crescent Green, Ste. 120, Cary fppa.com; 919-233-4131

4700 Homewood Ct., Ste. 300, Raleigh rhahealthservices.org; 919-803-2960

Johnston County Mental Health Center

Speech Therapy Solutions

521 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield johnstonnc.com; 919-989-5500

Move to Grow 3325 Durham-Chapel Hill Rd., Bldg. D, Durham movetogrow.com; 919-401-8090

North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities 3125 Poplarwood Ct., Ste. 200, Raleigh nccdd.org; 800-357-6916

1780 Heritage Center Dr., Ste. 204 Wake Forest 919-219-5277; speech-ts.com

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; 919-803-0515

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9 Things Special Needs Families Want You to Know BY ADRIAN H. WOOD I am that parent. The one I never wanted to be. The one who is the squeaky wheel but just wants enough grease to move through the day like anyone else. I can’t help that one of my bicycles is exceptional and requires a little more grease than the average bike. I’m not really talking about my bike. I’m talking about my special needs son, Amos, and what I want you to know about us.

1. We are not just like you. Many of us were just like you but that time seems surreal and uncomplicated to our hardened minds. Life, as we all know but often forget, is often relative and the grass is greener, or not, depending on whether we wear our rose-colored lenses.

2. We are really tired. Maybe it’s just me but I am exhausted most days — virtually wiped out. Having a special needs child has been physically trying for me. Many of us feel like we are parenting on a stage.

3. We feel lonely. There are way more of you than there are of us, and it’s hard not having many friends who understand. I find myself clinging to people who may have some notion of

what it feels like to have a child you really don’t know.

4. We are isolated. Although we know it is our responsibility to reach out, it’s hard to ask for a kind word or a funny joke when we are often trying to convince ourselves not to cry while our little person is having a fit.

5. We loathe sympathy. I don’t need to be encouraged to feel depressed or cry at the playground or over lunch. You can bet I am an easy target, but I just don’t go there. Your radiant smile doesn’t fool me, but I’m thankful for it because I need to be reminded of joy when the going gets tough. 6. We are really busy. The time required for doctors’ appointments includes phone calls, gathering information from the latest assessments, visiting rooms full of records, cajoling insurance companies, scheduling and rescheduling therapy visits and more. I had no idea there was so much behind-the-scenes work for special needs children — and that doesn’t even include our journey of seeking a diagnosis, the specialists we see regularly and the surgeries that have taken place.

Amos, the youngest of Wood’s four children, has special needs that the family is learning more about each day. Photo courtesy of ADrian H. wood

7. We need a break. Though we need it on our terms — no pressure, please. We want to see you, too, and we want to get out of our situation more often than you can imagine, but it is hard. Our special needs child can make fun events incredibly stressful, so we’re limited to relying on babysitters for a night out, and when we go out together as a family, those outings can quickly turn sour.

8. We are thankful for the person who has designated our family as “special needs.” We know you are secretly relieved the child is not yours because we once were you and thought special children only got placed with special families. That kind of talk is annoying, and even if you feel the need to say it, please do not. We understand our guardianship

role better than anyone. We also understand the fierce love that attaches to the child who did not land perfectly on this earth.

9. We are just like you. We have good days and bad days, and sometimes we want to talk about the hardships. Other days we just want to hear a tidbit of gossip, some bad language and community issues that spark debate. We need to get outside of ourselves and we count on you to hold the line steady and strong, ready to pull us to safety when we need it. Adrian H. Wood, Ph.D., is a North Carolina 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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LEARNING DISABILITIES AND CHALLENGES

LEARNING DISABILITIES AND CHALLENGES Abilitations Children’s Therapy

Carolina Behavioral Care Clinic

Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

11030 Raven Ridge Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh 6845 Knightdale Blvd., Ste. 102, Knightdale actwc.com; 919-844-6611 Offers occupational, physical, speech and feeding therapy for ages birth-21.

Locations in Durham and Hillsborough carolinabehavioralcare.com

1400 Crescent Green., Ste. 120, Cary fppa.com; 919-233-4131

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The Cardinal Center for Behavior Analysis

3200 Pickett Rd., Durham hillcenter.org/hilltutoring; 919-489-7464 Grades K-12. Assists students who are struggling academically through school year, and offers summer and tutoring programs.

1230 S.E. Maynard Rd., Ste. 103, Cary thecardinalcenterforbehavior analysis.com; 919-604-2427

AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness

Carolina Partners in Mental HealthCare

3326 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Building D, Durham ahbwellness.com; 919-401-8090

carolinapartners.com; 919-929-9610 Offering 120 clinicians in 35 statewide locations; provides mental health counseling and treatment.

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare 5000 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh alliancebhc.org; 800-510-9132

Clifton Corner cliftoncorner.com; 347-394-4209

Brain Balance Achievement Centers

Clinical Teaching Tutors

8204 Tryon Woods Dr., Ste. 114, Cary 919-851-2333 1728 Fordham Blvd., Ste. 161, Chapel Hill 919-391-6100 brainbalance.com After-school program helping children overcome academic, behavioral and social struggles by focusing on the root issue, the brain.

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2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 300, Durham autismcenter.duke.edu; 888-691-1062 Offers diagnostic and consulation services including learning disabilities, behavorial challenges, anxiety, depression and more in relation to diagnosing autism spectrum disorder.

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559 Jones Franklin Rd., Ste. 164 A&B, Raleigh learnwiththebestschool.com; 919-303-1255

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

Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development

713 Barksdale Dr., Raleigh 919-836-1228

Learn with the Best

Club Z In-Home Tutoring

2607 Erwin Rd., Ste. 300, Durham sites.duke.edu/adhdprogram; 919-681-9185 Services include ADHD, therapy and psychoeducational evaluations.

Bridges Tutoring

nc.dyslexiaida.org

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Duke ADHD Program

13600 New Falls of Neuse Rd., Ste. 110, Raleigh brainbalancecenters.com; 919-554-4622

International Dyslexia Association – North Carolina Branch

58 N. Serenity Hill Circle, Chapel Hill clinicalteachingtutors.com; 919-967-5776

clubztutoring.com/cary; 919-659-0004

Brain Balance Achievement Centers

The Hill Center

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ldaamerica.org; 412-341-1515

LearningRx Brain Training

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

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

Student Learning Recovery Tutoring 6917 Cass Holt Rd., Holly Springs waketutoring.com; 919-557-4727

Success4School 2425 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary success4school.com; 919-491-2904

Triangle Learning Consultants 3810 Merton Dr., Raleigh trilogyschool.com/triangle-learning-consultants.aspx; 919-789-8989 Provides specialized instruction in a small group setting for students who have learning difficulties and/ or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in 2nd-12th grade.

Triangle Psychoeducational Consultants 3820 Merton Dr., Raleigh trilogyschool.com/triangle-psychoeducational-consultants.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.


EXCEPTIONAL CHILD SPECIAL SECTION

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND SCHOOLS Easter Seals UCP Charlie Gaddy Children’s Center

Jordan Lake School of the Arts

1050-A N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary aspencenter.net; 919-981-6588

314 Chapanoke Rd., Raleigh easterseals.com/NCVA/ourprograms/childrens-services/ charlie-gaddy-childrens.html; 919-773-2020

1434 Farrington Rd Ste. 100, Apex jordanlakesa.com; 919-387-9440

700 Cecil St., Durham durham.nc.networkofcare.org (click on “services” and search for “ATIPP”); 919-530-7473

Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf

4723 Erwin Rd., Durham justrightacademy.org; 919-932-036

Bridges & Beyond Preschool

Exceptional Children Preschool Program/North Carolina Office of Early Learning

Assistive Technology for Infants and Preschoolers Project (ATIPP)

1340 Wall Rd., Ste. 100, Wake Forest bridgesandbeyond.com; 919-453-6433

1311 Hwy. 301 S., Wilson encsd.net; 252-237-2450

ncpublicschools.org/earlylearning; 919-218-8384

Cary Speech Services

The Fletcher Academy

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

400 Cedarview Ct., Raleigh tfaraleigh.org; 919-782-5082 Private school serving students in grades 3-12 with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools 750 S. Merritt Mill Rd., Chapel Hill chccs.k12.nc.us; 919-967-8211

Chatham County Schools

Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center

369 West St., Pittsboro chatham.k12.nc.us; 919-542-3626

3311 Carl Sandburg Ct., Raleigh frankielemmonschool.org; 919-821-7436

A Child’s Way Therapy LLC

Governor Morehead School for the Blind

achildswaytherapy.com; 919-324-1881

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

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

303 Ashe Ave., Raleigh governormorehead.net; 919-733-6192

The Hill Center 3200 Pickett Rd., Durham hillcenter.org/hilltutoring; 919-489-7464 Grades K-12. Assists students who are struggling academically through school year, and offers summer and tutoring programs.

Hope Creek Academy (Formerly Just Right Academy)

Learn with the Best School 559 Jones Franklin Rd., Ste. 164 A, Raleigh learnwiththebestschool.com; 919-303-1255

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

Orange County Schools 200 E. King St., Hillsborough orangecountyfirst.com; 919-732-8126

A Step Ahead 2220 High House Rd., Cary stepaheadacademy.org; 919-469-0920 Ages 6-10; teacher-to-student ratio 1:8; offers an advanced, individualized curriculum and nonacademic learning opportunities in a supportive environment tailored to the needs of gifted learners.

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

Trilogy School 3810 Merton Dr., Raleigh trilogyschool.com; 919-781-7804

Lucy Daniels School

The Trilogy School

9003 Weston Pkwy., Cary lucydanielsschool.org; 919-677-1400 Ages 3-6; 9 a.m.-noon; transitional kindergarten and kindergarten offered; fees vary, financial aid available; serves children with emotional and behavioral difficulties; 5 stars.

3810 Merton Dr., Raleigh trilogyschool.com; 919-781-7804 Grades 2-12; provides instruction for students with learning disabilities; SACS, AdvancedED accredited.

M.A.G.I.C. (Movement and Gestures Improve Communication) Preschool

5625 Dillard Dr., Cary wcpss.net; 919-431-7400

Wake County Public School System

141 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina 1520 Glenwood Ave. #201, Raleigh capitolcityspeechtherapy.com/ magic-preschool.html; 919-577-6807

White Plains Children’s Center

The Mariposa School for Children with Autism

The Wright School

203 Gregson Dr., Cary mariposaschool.org; 919-461-0600

313 S.E. Maynard Rd., Cary whiteplainschildrenscenter.org; 919-469-2217

3132 N. Roxboro St., Durham wrightschool.org 919-560-5790

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ete Rich, director of The Wright School in Durham, declines to discuss individual success stories at his school. He explains why. “Our families come and are overwhelmed, in crisis,” he explains. “They are grasping for easy fixes. We’ve had great outcomes, but if I give examples, it reinforces the idea that there’s a magic pill.” He adds, “Families can learn the skills to manage — to help their kids be happy and successful. I want parents to have a real hope in their ability to help themselves and their kids’ lives.” Helping families find authentic hope rather than a magic pill is The Wright School’s business, and the business of Hope Creek Academy (formerly Just Right Academy), another Durham school that serves struggling children. Most families who need these schools’ services have tried everything they can imagine to help their special needs kids live successfully in the world. The students who attend these schools often have multiple diagnoses of mental, social and/or behavioral challenges. Their experiences at traditional schools have been disastrous. Many have been hospitalized for their problems. “We are very empathetic to parents,” Rich explains. “The situation they’re in, trying to navigate this world with high-needs kids … They’re trying to help their child. We’re just trying to help them get to the next step.” Both schools use Project Re-ED’s “Re-Education” principles, developed by renowned psychologist, educator and university administrator Nicholas Hobbs, as the basis for

their methods of reaching out to students. The Re-Education Approach Hobbs’ approach treats children as parts and products of their ecosystems. He believes troubled kids can be trained to make changes — but their environments should adjust to support them as they learn the skills they require to be successful. To help students achieve their goals, Re-Education programs provide leaders so kids have reason to trust in environments designed to promote success. Instead of removing children from their day-to-day lives for treatment, both The Wright School and Hope Creek Academy emphasize helping students develop skills within the context of ordinary activities: academics, chores and, of course, fun. This approach emphasizes the core Re-Education principle that all children should live rich, enjoyable lives in the present rather than merely training for the future. “A lot of these kids don’t experience joy because they’re in trouble all the time,” says Linda McDonough, director of Hope Creek Academy. “We try to build in daily opportunities for joy.” Re-Education schools emphasize community-building as part of their curricula because school communities help students learn to interact productively with others. Many troubled students struggle for inclusion in social groups, and these schools offer them opportunities to belong. For example, Rich describes how The Wright School’s student groups welcome new members with intricate rituals. One group,

called the Royals, uses a round table and “dubs” new kids in like knights. “[The rituals] make them feel like they’re part of something – because many of these kids never have been before,” he says. Both The Wright School and Hope Creek Academy emphasize building students’ sense of competence in handling challenges. The schools celebrate students’ achievements. A child at The Wright School who learns to tie his or her shoes after weeks of effort, for example, is encouraged to demonstrate this ability to multiple enthusiastic staff members. “We not only want kids to have success, but to celebrate their success,” Rich says. McDonough agrees. “Competency matters,” she says. “We make the kids feel competent.” The Wright School 3132 N. Roxboro St., Durham 919-560-5790 wrightschool.org The Wright School is a free, state-run residential school and mental health facility for children ages 6-13 years. It operates under the aegis of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Students attend for an intense six-month training period, after which the children transition back into their home environments. Students spend five days a week at school and weekends at home so they and their families can practice the skills they are learning. While in residence, students learn in a structured environment about handling personal conflicts, academics, basic life skills, anxiety and other skills or issues. Goals vary for each child.

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environments that will help these children succeed. “The goal is to get them into their home public schools and their homes,” Rich says. “For about 75 percent of our kids, that’s what happens.”

A Hope Creek Academy student dressed as an eagle for Constitution Day prepares to take flight. Photo courtesy of Ge Jin Photography

Hope Creek Academy 4723 Erwin Rd., Durham 919-932-0360 Hope Creek Academy is a private day school that accepts children from kindergarten through 12th grade and offers a long-term option for families who have struggling kids. Each student’s length of stay depends on that student’s individual needs. “Some stay through high school,” McDonough says. “Some we nudge out of the nest … Sometimes our accommodations are enough to reduce anxiety enough that a child can be successful in the outside world.” Work at Hope Creek

Exterior of The Wright School Photo courtesy of imagesbyalex.com

“The big work we do is really with the parents,” Rich says. “We have liaisons who go into homes and help [families] develop the skills to support the kids in what they’re learning.” Families receive extensive training in how to manage their children’s special needs, as well as gain access to outside support services. School liaisons work with the children’s regular schools as well, interacting with teachers and individual education program (IEP) teams to help them create academic

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Academy is structured toward supporting each student’s goals. Students earn rewards for achieving short-term goals, while school activities are structured around their long-term goals. If the family wants the child to function independently, for example, McDonough says, “we focus on teaching him how to do things for himself — how to fix his own lunch, how to ride a bike.” The school also offers guidance on how to improve academic abilities. “If a child says they want to go back to public school, we will start working for that goal,” McDonough says. “We start upping the pressure on them, and our kids who have gone on have generally been successful.”

Next Steps McDonough hopes to start attracting younger children to Hope Creek Academy in the coming years because

her program works especially well for children who are still forming behavioral habits. “You have to work harder with older kids with behavior problems, because the behaviors are more ingrained,” she says. As for The Wright School, Rich hopes it will be able to keep growing as it has for the past 50 years. He says the school’s goal is “continuing to evolve in the field while continuing to serve hard-toserve kids. Over 25 years, our philosophy hasn’t changed, but we’ve grown with the mental health field. We’d like to continue on that trajectory — learning what is the most effective way to help these kids get back home and be successful.” Elizabeth Brignac is a freelance writer and mother of two boys. She lives in Cary.


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

Community Connections Healthcare Services

Johnston County Mental Health Center

Perkins Counseling & Psychological Services, PLLC

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

521 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield johnstonnc.com (search for “mental health center”); 800-273-8255

10580 Ligon Mill Rd., Ste. 210, Wake Forest perkinscps.com; 919-263-9592

Learning Together Inc. Child Mental Health Initiative

positiveparentingsolutions.com; 844-307-0700

AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness

Cornerstone Family Services

3326 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Bldg. D, Durham ahbwellness.com; 919-401-8090

cfskids.com; 919-630-4191

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

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

Multiple Triangle locations carolinapartners.com; 919-792-3938 Private practice offering individual, group and family therapy for children and adults with mental health needs.

Cascade Counseling and Consulting

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

Developing Minds of North Carolina 820 Broad St., Durham developingmindsnc.com; 919-794-3919

Duke Child and Family Study Center 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 300, Durham dukehealth.org/locations/dukechild-and-family-study-center; 919-681-1100

Durham Child Development and Behavioral Health Clinic

9003 Weston Pkwy., Cary lucydanielsschool.org; 919-677-1400 Ages 3-6; 9 a.m.-noon; transitional kindergarten and kindergarten offered; fees vary, financial aid available; serves children with emotional and behavioral difficulties; 5 stars.

North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services/DHHS ncdhhs.gov/divisions/mhddsas; 919-733-7011

The Early Childhood Outreach Program (EChO)

309 W. Millbrook Rd., Ste. 121, Raleigh nami.org (search for “North Carolina”); 919-788-0801

2685 Siler City Glendon Rd., Siler City cascadecounselingandconsulting. com; 919-810-0770

Center for Child & Family Health

Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates

1121 W. Chapel Hill St., Ste. 100, Durham ccfhnc.org; 919-419-3474

1400 Crescent Green, Ste. 120, Cary fppa.com; 919-233-4131

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

Lucy Daniels School

411 Trent Dr., Durham dukehealth.org/locations/dukechild-development-and-behavioralhealth-clinic; 919-668-5559

3708 Lyckan Pkwy., Ste. 103, Durham exchangefamilycenter.org/ professionals/early-childhoodoutreach-for-providers; 919-403-8249, ext. 233

Chapel Hill Pediatric Psychology

5876 E. Lenoir St., Ste. 204, Raleigh learningtogether.org; 919-856-5200

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

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) N.C.

OPC (Orange, Person, Chatham) Community Operations Center

Positive Parenting Solutions

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

Smoot Psychological Associates 6512 Six Forks Rd., Ste. 302, Raleigh smoottest.wordpress.com; 919-518-0390

Therapeutic Partners 7406 Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. F, Raleigh 208 Premier Dr., Ste. 104, Holly Springs 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

201 Sage Rd., Ste. 300, Chapel Hill cardinalinnovations.org (search for “OPC”); 919-913-4000

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

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THERAPY PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Abilitations Children’s Therapy 11030 Raven Ridge Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh 6845 Knightdale Blvd., Ste. 102, Knightdale actwc.com; 919-844-6611 Offers occupational, physical, speech and feeding therapy for ages birth-21.

Allied Rehab

Dynamic Therapy for Kids

7209 Creedmoor Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh pediatricpossibilities.com; 919-844-1100

900 S. Franklin St., Ste. 201, Wake Forest alliedrehab.net; 919-556-1700

3100 N.C. Hwy. 55, Ste. 102, Cary dynamictherapyforkids.com; 919-363-5000

Assistive Technology for Infants and Preschoolers Project (ATIPP)

Emerge: A Child’s Place

Pediatric Therapy Associates & Sports Medicine Multiple Triangle Locations pedtherapy.com

Allied Rehab 900 S. Franklin St., Ste. 201, Wake Forest alliedrehab.net; 919-556-1700

Triangle Orthopedic Associates

North Carolina. Central University, Durham durham.nc.networkofcare.org (click on “services” and search for “ATIPP”); 919-530-7299

Multiple locations triangleortho.com; 800-359-3053

BD Therapy

Triangle Therapy

600 Market St., Ste. 100, Chapel Hill bdtherapy.com; 512-789-3398

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

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

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY

A Child’s Way Therapy LLC

Abilitations Children’s Therapy

achildswaytherapy.com; 919-324-1881

Developmental Therapy Associates

11030 Raven Ridge Rd., Ste. 101, Raleigh actwc.com; 919-844-6611 Offers occupational, physical, speech and feeding therapy for ages birth-21.

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

3100 N.C. Hwy. 55, Ste. 102, Cary dynamictherapyforkids.com; 919-363-5000

Emerge: A Child’s Place 3905 University Dr., Durham emergeachildsplace.com; 919-928-0204

Capitol City Speech Therapy, LLC - Fuquay Varina 141 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina 1520 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh capitolcityspeechtherapy.com; 919-577-6807

CareFirst Rehab

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

Developmental Therapy Associates Inc. - Cary

186-104 Wind Chime Ct., Raleigh absolutespeech.com; 919-870-1280

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

Access Speech Therapy

Duke Voice Care Center

109 Professional Ct., Ste. 109, Garner accessspeechtherapy.com; 919-618-2982

Multiple Triangle locations dukehealth.org/treatments/voicetherapy; 919-642-3063

Absolute Speech & Language Therapy

Dynamic Therapy for Kids

THERAPY

Pediatric Possibilities

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, NC 919-219-5277; speech-ts.com

The Suttering Foundation P.O. Box 11749, Memphis stutteringhelp.org; 800-992-9392

UNC Hospitals Hearing and Voice Center at Carolina Crossing 2226 Nelson Hwy. Ste. 102, Chapel Hill rexhealth.com/rh/hospitalslocations/profile/?id=342; 984-974-4479 Find more special needs listings online at carolinaparent.com/cp/ special-needs-resources.

Check Out Carolina Parent’s Online Directories From schools to camps to special needs resources, our online directories offer access to thousands of local resources that make life a little easier for Triangle parents.

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Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Feeding Therapy

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6845 Knightdale Blvd, Suite 102 Knightdale, NC 27545

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COMPREHENSIVE, COMPASSIONATE, INDIVIDUALIZED CARE FOR YOUR CHILD FROM BIRTH THROUGH THE TEEN YEARS.

We strive to provide the highest quality healthcare for each child that enters the door. We work with compassion and joy as a people determined to make a positive impact on our world, one child at a time. Hours M-F 8am- 5pm, Walk in hours from 7:30am- 8:00am, We are accepting new patients

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FROM THE FIRST DAY TO THE DAY THEY WALK.

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From day one to graduation day, WakeMed Children’s is there for them. With the only children’s hospital in Wake County. The only children’s emergency department in Wake County. Surgeries from the common to the complex. The most sophisticated technologies. Specialists, nurses and therapists who specialize in kids. And a patient and family experience that’s second to none. To learn more, visit wakemed.org/kids. Who knows? It could turn out to be quite an education.

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