The Academy at Trails Carolina is a small private school for young men and women enrolled in grades 7-12. Nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina, the Academy specializes in a Mastery-Learning driven, project learning-based college preparatory curriculum. The Academy’s team of highly experienced and licensed teachers embrace an authentic and inquiry-based pedagogical approach to education. By addressing the unique learning needs of students with a history of school avoidance and/or refusal and who were not making effective academic progress in their previous learning environment.

The small class sizes, innovative use of experiential learning investigations, emphasis on academic habits of work, and a curriculum that closely follows state and Common Core curriculum standards all coalesce to create a learning environment that maximizes a student’s academic potential. Further, the Academy’s programmatic approach prepares students for their next step, albeit public school, day school, college, or the workforce.

The Academy at Trails Carolina is accredited as a traditional private school by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-CASI/AdvancED), is a registered private school with the North Carolina Department of NonPublic Education (NC DNPE), and is accredited by the United States Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s School Exchange and Visitors Program (SEVP) to host international students.

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The Academy at Trails Carolina
500 Winding Gap Road
Lake Toxaway, NC 28747

Phone: (828) 808-0573

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