New London and Salemburg
844-880-5206 or 800-573-9966


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Tarheel Challenge Academy conducts four classes per year beginning in January, April, July and October. If you would like to apply, you must complete the following steps:

Step 1:
       Individuals must first meet eligibility requirements.

Step 2:
       Complete the online or paper application.

Step 3:
       Complete and return ALL supporting documents.

Step 4:
       The applicant MUST attend an orientation and interview session with a parent or guardian.

Once you have completed the above steps, the “acceptance process” begins. The Academy will review all applications and contact each applicant with a decision on whether they have been accepted or not. You will receive an acceptance or denial letter via US mail shortly before the next class begins with instructions on what you will need to complete before day 1.  If you have questions about the admissions process, email

2024 classes are scheduled to begin January 6 – Salemburg; April 13 – New London; July 13 – Salemburg; October 12 – New London.

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Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy follows the child nutrition guidelines set forth by the state of North Carolina.  We require a completed lunch application as part of the admissions documents.  You can get started with the application for the academies below.

Online Lunch Application