Fletcher's Upper School has a variety of academic programs and offerings for students in 8th through 12th grades. Fletcher's holistic academic model also provides practice and exposure to a variety of disciplines, which we believe are essential to student development.
Our AdvanceEd/SACS accredited programs prepare students for a variety of independent pathways, including college, vocational training, and public service. We emphasize the following areas of academic development and growth:
21st century learning skills are practiced every day in the Upper School. Each of our students are assigned a Chromebook so they may organize themselves digitally, practice independent research, and express what they have learned in a variety of formats.
High school students may pursue one of two course of study diploma tracks - college prep or technical prep. Diploma track declarations are usually made sophomore year in consultation between the administration, parents and students.
Fletcher's college prep course of study is designed to meet the minimum admission standards required by all North Carolina university system schools, while helping students develop work habits and academic fundamentals required for success at the next level.
We believe exposure to a variety of technical education classes can help students attain increased confidence in their ability to meaningfully contribute at home and in the workplace. Technical classes are offered in the areas of technology, skills for life and culinary arts.
Upper school students study the fields of visual arts, drama and kinesthetic expression. Our course offerings in the creative arts are designed to inspire creativity, teach and decode techniques, and apply creative effort in ways that thoughtfully engage and inspire students.
TFA's health and physical education department offers a variety of courses that nurture student awareness of physical health and personal fitness. Our students grow to value these qualities while practicing measures that promote good health and self care.
Our holistic approach to learning and small school environment helps students actively practice and develop social-emotional skill-building. Co-learning alongside peers develops social awareness, responsible decision making, self awareness, relationship, and self management skills.
Upper school students become student leaders. They explore ways to believe in themselves, achieve to their potential, explore the world with curiosity, and soar as a community leader. Students learn how to publicly present ideas, lead assemblies, organize events and support community initiatives.
Community service is an integral part of becoming a contributing, responsible, and community-oriented adult. Myriad service learning opportunities are integrated into course curriculums so TFA students may discover ways to apply their newfound knowledge and skills in service to others.
Upper School students engage in hands-on, project based learning across all subjects. Student projects are undertaken and refined within the classroom, following an exploratory process where students learn to inquire, research, publish, critique, revise and publicly share what they learn.
High school intersession courses create powerful, hands-on learning, leadership, and service experiences outside the classroom. Multiple course options are offered each year where students explore locales throughout North Carolina, across the United States, and around the world.
The final period of each day is committed to Homework hall, where students may get a jump-start on homework. Homework Hall provides students with a structured, teacher-supervised space to concentrate and work. In the event specific help is required, it's a perfect time to check-in with a specific teacher before heading home.
There's more to student life at TFA beyond social time with friends. Each academic day at Fletcher is filled with structured activities and social events that provide joyful, successful, and collaborative experiences within a warm, tight-knit community.
We intentionally design a variety of extracurricular activities that enhance the student experience, ensuring they develop a positive, team-oriented mindset, commitment to community and sense of personal responsibility. These activities also stimulate intellectual curiosity and nurture self-confidence.
Student life experiences at TFA include, but are not limited to, the following:
A great tradition at TFA is the Red and White Games, in which every student and employee participates. Over the course of a full academic year, the games unfold as a variety of athletic, service and spirit-based competitions where students work together to achieve a common goal within an environment that promotes fun and healthy competition.
Throughout the school year we schedule a variety of special assemblies for the benefit of our students. Examples include student-led assemblies, spirit day assemblies, Veteran's Day assemblies, and other gatherings where students and teachers may present special thematic content.
The Academy plays host to a number of special events, including all-school picnics, Fall Festivals, student performances and presentations, and special presentations by guests. We have recently hosted performances by Tyler Butler Figeroa, Borromeo Quartet, Raleigh Concert Band, Willa Brigham, Burning Coal Theatre, Fletcher Opera, and Cary Ballet.
At the end of the school day every Friday, students have the opportunity to relax and participate in a variety of fun school clubs. These include athletic clubs, challenge-based clubs, gaming clubs, and a plethora of special interest clubs.
A favorite high school rite of passage, the prom, is alive and well at Fletcher. Each enrolled high school student is eligible to attend this fun, well-organized, and safe event. Students dress up and enjoy this celebratory evening together where they may dance, socialize and hang out with friends and their favorite teacher chaperones!
TFA offers a wide range of sports programs, including co-ed soccer, co-ed cross country, women's volleyball, co-ed basketball, and co-ed ultimate frisbee.
As a proud member of the Central Carolina Athletic League, we're able to provide quality competitive opportunities for our middle and high school student-athletes. Our teams are coed and inclusive regardless of experience or ability level. Our 'no-cut' policy allows all students to enhance their skills and contribute to a collaborative team experience.
Our athletic department provides opportunities centered on developing the student-athlete's character, fundamental skills, knowledge of the game, and commitment to the team. Our student-athletes strive to balance academic and athletic responsibilities while modeling strong, confident leadership within the school community.