Philips Academy of NC

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Deborah Hofland
Public Contact Name
Deborah Hofland
Main Address

3115 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
United States

What We Do

We think the whole world could learn from our school about overcoming obstacles... creating a hopeful way forward... standing on your own two feet as well as the necessity of a strong support system... the happiness of having a friend and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Since 2005, Philips Academy is all about "Real Learning For Real Life".  We are an independent middle and high school for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our curriculum is a unique combination of academics, job training, and social/ life skills. Bridges, our post-secondary program, supports young adults to achieve independence, like finding a job, riding the bus, and cooking a meal. 

This purposeful education prepares our students for the responsibilities and benefits of adulthood. Our mission is to provide our students with the academic, occupational and social skills needed to be self-reliant, confident and contributing members of their communities. 

Interesting Info
  • 80% of our graduates are employed, compared to the 17% state average for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Students volunteer about 2000 hours per school year at local nonprofits as part of the job training curriculum.
  • We have two on-campus student-led enterprises: Flavor House Coffee & Teachers Pet Dog Treats
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