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Thales Academy Franklin to hold grand opening in July

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Thales Academy, a college preparatory network of Pre-K-12 independent schools, will have its grand opening for its new Thales Academy Franklin campus on July 20 for the first day of its year-round calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

The new Franklin campus joins Thales Academy's eight existing North Carolina campuses as well as its other new out-of-state campus in Glen Allen, Virginia. Thales Academy Franklin is preparing the campus to be a safe, in-person learning environment and will initially offer grades K-3, with more grades to come in future years.

"We are thrilled to open the doors to our first campus in Tennessee and provide our newest Thales Academy students with our high-quality education at an affordable price in a safe environment," said Bob Luddy, Founder and Chairman of Thales Academy.

Tuition at Thales Academy Franklin is $5,300 per year (or $5,000 annually if paid in full upfront), and scholarships, discounts and payment plans are available to further reduce this cost.

The school will be following all required health practices that are known at this time in addition to adopting many recommended practices, based on necessity and feasibility for the campus. All procedures will be subject to change based on the most up-to-date information available throughout the school year, and Thales Academy will continue to monitor conditions and adjust accordingly.

"In this time of uncertainty for many school districts, we are glad to be able to offer educational strength and consistency for families at Thales Academy. Seats are filling fast, but we do still have a few spaces available at our new Franklin campus if anyone is still looking for a school option for their child for this school year," said Bethany Bateman, Admissions Counselor.

Thales Academy educators are eager to begin teaching again in the classroom, academy officials said.

"We strongly believe that providing an in-person educational experience is of utmost importance for the wellbeing of our students and families," said Josh Herring, Dean of Students. "Returning to school will help students to continue progressing academically and socially, will promote positive mental health, and will allow our working parents to focus on their obligations to their employers."

Hallmarks of Thales Academy include: rigorous, college-prep academics that emphasize learning to mastery; character formation; real world skills development; personalized attention and affordable tuition with no extra fees or fundraising. In addition to the low cost, other tangible benefits include: a stable, proven educational approach, a consistent calendar, and a simple dress code. The school strives to cultivate critical thinkers by teaching how to think, not what to think; fostering often forgotten skills such as writing and grammar; and developing confident leaders with strong character. 

"I cannot wait to get the 2020-2021 school year started and meet everyone on the first day of school," said Rachael Bradley, Administrator of Thales Academy Franklin.

Bradley can be a reached at and is available to answer questions. A prospective parent information session is also being held on Wednesday, July 8 at 3 p.m. at the Franklin Mercantile Deli, located at 100 4th Ave N in Franklin. Those interested in attending can sign up at

For more information on Thales Academy and to apply for admission online, visit

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