August 15, 2023

Chatham Park, a live, work, play, learn community, is dedicated to providing parents, future parents, students, and all with a top-tier education. Conveniently located near Research Triangle Park and the cities of Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill, Chatham Park residents get urban educational access in the comfort of a suburban community. Chatham County is the 3rd largest, fastest-growing school system in North Carolina. So, when parents choose Chatham Park, they can do so knowing their children will have access to educational opportunities in and around our community. Interested in learning more? Keep reading for a snapshot of education in and around Chatham Park. 

Chatham County Schools
Chatham County is one of the largest counties in North Carolina – its student population is expected to grow by 5,500 students in the next nine years. This growth is accompanied by new schools opening, including two additional schools that opened in 2020 and 2021. In addition, the first Chatham County Elementary School site has been identified in the North Village of Chatham Park. Currently, Chatham County Schools have 9,196 enrolled students in 20 schools. These schools offer top-tier programs, including 31 AP classes, an internationally recognized dual language program, a science and engineering early college program, and more. Just last year, Chatham County saw score improvement in every tested subject and every tested grade! In that vein, Chatham County Schools are ranked 10th out of 115 school districts for ACT scores. Students in Chatham County continue to learn and prepare themselves for their next steps. Chatham Park is currently zoned for Perry W. Harrison Elementary and George Moses Horton Middle School. This zoning also includes Northwood High School, which is ranked among the top 20% of public schools in the state. Interested in what other schools are in Chatham County? Visit Chatham County Schools for more information.

Thales Academy
In April 2022, Thales Academy, a private K-12 school with 12 campuses in North Carolina, opened its Pittsboro campus in Vineyards at Chatham Park educating kindergarten through 7th graders. Welcoming Thales Academy gives students in Chatham Park the unique opportunity to receive a high-quality education while experiencing the innovation of a constantly changing and growing community. Chatham Park donated 17 acres of land to Thales Academy in the Vineyards neighborhood to build the school. Thales Academy Founder and Chairman Bob Luddy says Thales operates with the underlying mission to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders by teaching students how to think rather than telling them what to think. We are proud to have Thales Academy just a walk or bike ride away from residents living in Vineyards at Chatham Park to provide students with an exceptional, well-rounded, high-quality education.

Amazing Explorers Academy
Coming soon to Vineyards at Chatham Park is Amazing Explorers Academy. An educational destination pioneering the STEAM curriculum for young minds from 6 weeks old to 12 years old to encourage positive, lifelong learning. The program is centered around fostering early skills like exploring, investigating, social learning, and more with integrations of science, mathematics, technology, and engineering. Unlike the curriculums of many surrounding daycares and preschools, the academy’s STEAM program takes a hands-on approach by engaging curiosity and inspiring interest in learning 21st century skills. In addition to its standard programs, Amazing Explorers Academy will also offer a variety of vacation and summer programs. These STEM-themed camps, available for ages 5-12, will provide engaging and enriching experiences for Chatham County children during the summer months. Like Thales Academy, Amazing Explorers Academy will also be located within walking and biking distance for residents living in Vineyards at Chatham Park.

Higher Education in the Triangle
Over 25 colleges, universities, and technical institutes are located within a 50-mile radius of Chatham County. Area schools include, but are not limited to, Central Carolina Community College, Duke University, NC State University, University of North Carolina, Wake Technical Community College, and so many more! Many of these schools are nationally ranked. At Chatham Park, the sky’s the limit in the nearby Triangle area. School options range from public to private, technical to liberal arts; there is something for everyone depending on your academic goals.

In Chatham Park, we are dedicated to creating the perfect community for our residents – this includes ensuring there is a school seat available to every child who lives in our community. Through our partnership with Thales Academy and Chatham County Schools, we are proud to give the children and students of Chatham Park the perfect place to learn and thrive. Interested in the Chatham Park lifestyle? Explore the 8,500 acres of our Live, Work, Play, & Learn community—and beyond here.