Benefits from the Parental Perspective
"...ability to complete a high level academic program while training."
"...ability to self-pace and accelerate in some courses."
"less busy work"
"self-empowerment from student' choice"
"oversight and accountability"
"flexibility of coursework and learning at own pace"
"direct supervision, instruction, and feedback"
"She is enjoying learning which she did not at public school."
"motivation to stay engaged for my child"
"ability to self-pace within reason"
"face to face instructors that make learning more than just online coursework"
"she can pursue her dream of dance and finish high school"
"Regular Feedback on student progress"
"(the) program blends in person and online instruction together seamlessly and allows for students to work at their own pace. This program allows students to pursue their dance training without giving up academic rigor."
"Thanks for loving and believing in (my child)! She needs lots of support and caring instructors as she lives, learns and dances so far away from home. Thank you for your understanding of the dance focus these students have and allowing them the flexibility in this program to pursue their passion for dance and professional training!"
"It was a great year. The transition from public school to this program was seamless. She was supported throughout the year, she was encouraged to set challenging goals, And she was positively encouraged and motivated by the faculty. She is a perfectionist and a nervous tester, which has diminished her enthusiasm about school in the past. The positive experience through the academic program has renewed her motivation and excitement for school and learning, which has been refreshing to see."
"Less emphasis on testing and meeting standards led to a more relaxing school year for a student who is a perfectionist"
"Integration with dance program and daily schedule"
The reason why I chose this program was that it is "...an onsite program that works seamlessly with the Cary Ballet Conservatory Professional Training Program that allows face to face instructors to monitor and give direct instruction along with the self-paced online courses."
"This is a great program! You are surrounded by people who have the same goals as you and (who) all want to achieve. You are also able to accelerate without unnecessary stress."
"(Faculty/teacher) ...is great at making sure every student is successful. She takes the time to keep students happy and on track with their schoolwork."
"...(Faculty/teacher) is an exceptionally kind and supportive individual who is deeply invested in her students' personal and academic needs. She has served as not only an advisor but also as a friend during a difficult year of my life."
"This program has helped me in so many ways! And I would also like to thank her for all of her guidance and support!!!"
"Thank you for being such an amazing teacher and believing in us."
"I've learned that I can be a successful student."
"It has been an amazing year! The schedule is great, I love being able to dance all day and still get a quality education. I also like that you set personal goals with Dr. Lowder to accelerate."
"It was easier than i thought to transition and i liked being able to go faster on my courses."
" I love the structure of the program."
"This program has helped me in so many ways!"
"...her support and help has been very inspiring to me, and she has encouraged me to open new doors in my life that I may have been hesitant to open before."
"Thank you for helping me so much over the years."
Our Scholars indicate program benefits to include self-pacing, one-on-one guidance, collaboration, working with peers, working a grade level ahead, help staying on track with coursework, and a love for reading!
Our scholars also shared the following perceived benefits of the program...discipline, ability to train full-time in ballet, less worry about school, time-management, confidence, advice, acceleration, and goal-setting.
The average STUDENT rating of the 19-20 Academic Program was 4.2 out of 5 stars with 100% of scholars indicating that the program met or exceeded their expectations.
The average PARENT rating of the 19-20 Academic Program was 4.5 out of 5 stars with 100% of scholars indicating that the program met or exceeded their expectations.
Keira, 11th Grade Scholar
Keira has been in Dr. Lowder's scholar since the 8th grade and is now in her second semester of earning college credits while completing her high school requirements. Keira is also taking a local pottery class as an elective. Keira has enjoyed being able to individualize her course learning plan over the four years that she has been learning with Dr. Lowder.
Victoria is now enrolled at the University of Florida as a journalism major. Victoria completed her senior year of courses while working as a trainee with the Charlotte Ballet. During this time, Victoria maintained her 4.0 grade point average and earned her first college course credits through Arizona State University.
Winell trains in dance in excess of 30 hours a week while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. After completing Spanish over the summer, to give herself a head start in the 10th grade, Winell is taking our college-prep English Language Arts with World History (modern) integrated class with Harvard graduate, Ms. Tauschinger-Dempsey, small group biology honors with Mr. Lowder, M.S. Genetics, small group geometry with Dr. Lowder (she'll finish in February), as well as self-paced US History A (she'll also finish in February) and AP World History.
Marley is a first-year scholar in the 2nd grade; learning English-Language Arts and Integrated Studies at the 3rd/4th grade level, with a small group of learners from across the country. Marley is passionate about learning and expresses herself maturely, particularly when we discuss differing perspectives in our history class.
Arina is a first-year kindergarten scholar with a vibrant personality that is contagious. Arina reads wonderfully well and is quite the scientist. Arina also learns American Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, and is learning to play the recorder in her music class. Her kindergarten teacher holds a Masters in Education from Pfeiffer University.
Emma is a first-year scholar in the fifth grade, (well, technically she is the age of a fifth grader). Emma is in a small class of seven scholars, learning at a 6th+ grade level in English-Language Arts and Integrated Studies. For math, Emma is learning algebra I (typically a class for advanced eighth graders). Emma also produces a bi-monthly blog that she shares with our elementary scholars (her passion project), has started our Scholars Running Club (leadership skills in action), & is very interested in learning about the Holocaust.
Penelope is a first-year, kindergarten scholar who spends her days learning with other 5-year-olds from California and Charlotte, NC. Her kindergarten teacher holds a Masters in Education from Pfeiffer University. Penelope has enjoyed learning to read, gaining number sense and conceptual mathematics knowledge, engages in hands-on, inquiry-based science three + days a week, studies nature as her passion project, is learning American Sign Language (ASL) and beginning recorder in music class. Penelope is thriving and her parents could not be happier with her Scholars Academy experience. :)
Katherine is in her first year at Scholars Academy and is finishing her 11th grade coursework early, in February, while training 30+ hours per week in dance. Katherine is also in her second semester of college classes with our dual enrollment partner; ranked as the #1 community college in North Carolina. Katherine has maintained an unweighted 4.0 grade point average.
Sarah is in her second year as a scholar of Dr. Lowder. Last year, Sarah completed both 7th and 8th grade requirements and has now accelerated fully into the 9th grade. Sarah trains 30+ hours a week as a dancer, is finishing up a compacted, small group geometry course with Dr. Lowder (to complete in February), a small group biology course taught by Mr. Lowder, M.S. Genetics, our integrated English Language Arts with World History (Modern) course taught by Harvard graduate, Ms. Tauschinger-Dempsey, and two self-paced courses (she'll complete in February, as well). Sarah, too, will start off her freshman year having completed a college-prep course as well as a handful of honor-level courses, with a 4.0 grade point average.
Sadie is a first-year scholar with Scholars Academy for the Gifted & Artistically Elite and is thriving!
Isabelle is a second-year scholar with Scholars Academy for the Gifted & Artistically Elite and is on track to have the option of early graduation.
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