• Camelot Grads Are Entreated to “Get Ducks” at Unique Graduation Ceremony

    Camelot Academy held its annual, one-of-a-kind, whole school graduation on Saturday, May 27th, and Founding Director, Thelma De Carlo-Glynn, had the crowd ‘quacking-up’ with her opening remarks. She recounted the lessons learned by “getting ducks” for the school's new farm property and the important reminder that the experience provided as to the role of relevance and application in meaningful learning. Several Middle Grades students and KinderMAPP student Joanna Coker assisted her in bringing the story to life for the 500+ members of the audience.

    The school tradition of underclassmen and teachers performing in skits spoofing the graduates then took over.  The skits revolved around the idea of each of the twelve graduates returning in the future to teach at the academy in a piece called “The Student Becomes Teacher.” The theme was underscored by several renditions of the Graham Nash song “Teach Your Children.”

    The real ‘handkerchief moments’ were reserved for the seniors themselves, each of whom gave a short, prepared speech about their life-journey to this point and plans for the future. International student, Simon Dong, recounted the initial stress he felt when on his first day he realized his English skills weren't good enough to read the bulletin board and the struggles of learning to write a seven page research paper – in English. He went on to recount how with much hard work and the support of friends, family and teachers he now feels prepared to take on even more rigorous classes at UCLA this fall.

    Danny Sutton spoke of a life-altering moment he had, when he realized the sarcastic, smart aleck persona he had been perfecting for years was not the person he really wanted to be. He noted how much richer his life has become since he began listening more earnestly to what others had to say and sharing his true feelings.

    Cameron Stell, who had been labelled academically gifted early in his school career, spoke of academic and emotional difficulties he faced as the curriculum became increasingly difficult.  Eventually, after a stressful period of underperforming, he came to the realization that he actually had to study to do well on tests and that it was OK to ask for help.

    Lily Wieleba gave a very light-hearted and funny speech about learning Polish (it is not a standard offering at Camelot) and assisting MAPP (Multi-Age Progressive Primary) teachers with Camelot’s youngest students. “They make be happy!” she declared.

    The twelve seniors Camelot graduated are: Richard Carruthers, Qiuyu (Simon) Dong, Elise Jelstrup-Iachetta, David McShea, Edward O’Brien, Elizabeth Provenzale, Cameron Stell, Daniel Sutton, Toyin Tosh, Lily Wieleba, Yunfan (Peter) Zhao and Xiaoran (Jeffrey) Zheng.

    Three of these graduates (Elizabeth Provenzale, Daniel Sutton and Toyin Tosh) have attended Camelot Academy from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

    All twelve graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges, and their plans for matriculation include: Guilford College, UCLA, UC San Diego, University of Illinois, NC State and UNC Chapel Hill.     


  • Our FTC Team had an incredible day at the State competition on Saturday, February 18th.  They won both the Connect Award and the 3rd Place Inspire Award.  They will now move on to the Super Regionals in Athens, Ga. later this month!

  • Camelot Robotics Hosts Hugely Successful Scrimmage
    On Saturday, Camelot Robotics hosted the 2nd Annual Bull City FLL Scrimmage for 20 area teams. The scrimmage was designed as a mock FLL competition to help prepare our fellow FLL teams for the upcoming competitive season.  The scrimmage started with teams participating in panel interviews on robot design in the morning and wrapped with robot performance runs in the afternoon. The event drew over 200 participants making it a successful community building experience. Camelot FLL Teams “RoboTofu Raptors” (Jackson McCalmon and Simon Holt) and “RoboFoxes” (Ethan Salemy, Ellie Larsen, Anna Bailiey, Patrick Ireland, Nate Hopkins, Clara Brown) graciously competed and shared their positive FLL experiences with their fellow teams.
    Many thanks to students Kathleen Stancil-Sutton, Virginia Bruhn, Abby Weber, Colin Whiteford, Christopher Radcliffe, Elias Stephens, Zachary Ireland, and Xander Lord who held vital roles of referees, team mentors, score keepers, time keepers, and judges. Their professionalism and dedication to their roles created the perfect environment for learning and laughter.  Additional thanks are due to an army of parent volunteers Sandy Bailey, Chris Larsen, David Whiteford, John Ireland, Cynthia McCalmon, Brennan Stephens, Jon Holt, and Chris Bailey who fully embraced many support roles throughout the day.  Coaches Angela Ireland, Bob Radcliffe and Robyn Stephens were extremely proud of how the robotics program represented Camelot Academy to our larger community."
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Thank you for exploring Camelot Academy.

It's a pretty daunting task to sum up the heart and soul of such a vibrant community on a website. We've worked to make these pages tell our story and we hope they will entice you to visit us in person to learn more about our very unique school.

Camelot Academy represents my life's work. As a young woman of twenty-one I had an idea of a different way to "do school." I can see now that the two prominent mentors of my youth - my dad (Chris De Carlo - a successful businessman with very high but very common sense educational standards) and my college professor (Dr Julian Stanley - the internationally renowned pioneer in gifted education who was thinking outside the educational box before it was fashionable) shaped my vision of an innovative school that was run using the best practices of both business and education. As I was filled with the naiveté and courage of youth, I set out to make this idea a reality. Read More

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