Individuals who are between the ages of 16-18 years old on the first day of class, a legal citizen of the United States, and a resident of North Carolina.
WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL ISSUES?
If your child is prescribed medications, the medical staff will house all of the medications in a locked facility and will dispense them to your child as prescribed. Medical conditions are handled on a case by case basis.
WHAT DO CADETS EAT?
We have a cafeteria style dining facility. The meals are nutritional, tasty, and filling. Our meals follow the guidelines of the Federal Child Nutrition Program. Cadets will be served three meals and one snack per day.
CAN CADETS HAVE CELL PHONES?
No, your child will not be allowed to bring any electronic device. (Cell phones, Laptops, iPods, iPads, Tablets, etc.…) This restriction is covered in the acceptance letter that you will receive if your child is accepted for the program.
WHAT ABOUT LEGAL ISSUES
The Academy will require a certified criminal background check for your child from your county of residence. Additional documentation may be needed regarding court counselor/ probation information. An applicant with a felony conviction is not eligible for the program, there are no exceptions to this rule.
IS A MENTOR REQUIRED?
Yes. It is the responsibility of the cadet to identify a mentor in the application process. A few examples of a mentor are a teacher, coach, neighbor, co-worker, minister, etc.
WHAT ABOUT SPIRITUAL NEEDS?
Your child will have the opportunity to attend a weekly non-denominational service and Bible study, attendance will be voluntary.
CAN I MAKE MY CHILD ATTEND?
No, Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy is strictly a voluntary program, your child must have a desire to attend. You can encourage your child to enroll, but we cannot force your child to stay if they choose not to.
CAN I VISIT MY CHILD ANYTIME?
You will be allowed to see your child only during a scheduled event. Once a cadet is accepted, parents will receive a schedule outlining the days for visitation.