Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy is accepting applicants

Photo courtesy of Tarheel Challenge Academy

NEW LONDON – Students who aren’t doing well in the traditional school environment are being asked to take on a challenge.

The Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy, a “quasi-military program for at-risk teens,” in New London (Stanly County) is accepting applications for the July 2024 class, according to Angelina Wilson, central North Carolina recruiter.

The mission of the Tarheel Challenge Academy, according to its website, is: “To provide intervention and recovery to 16-18 year old high school dropouts, producing graduates with the values, life skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens .”

The educational program, free for accepted applicants ages 16-18, includes a 5.5-month residential program in which students work on the core components of academic excellence, life-saving and vocational skills, leadership and followership, responsible citizenship, and community service. physical fitness and health and hygiene, the website said.

There is also a twelve-month post-residential phase.

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe opened for its first class in 1993 in Salemberg (Sampson County) and the 62nd class began in January. Since its inception, more than 6,000 students have graduated from the program.

The Stanly County site opened in 2015 after data from the National Center for Education Statistics showed North Carolina had a 1 in 5 dropout rate.

For more information or to refer a student, contact Wilson at 704-960-9347 or [email protected], or visit

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