1500 North Harrison Avenue

Cary, North Carolina 27513

Head of School: Donald S. Berger

Head of Upper School: Mitchell W. McGuigan

Director of College Counseling

Associate Director of College Counseling

Susan P. Staggers

Laura T. Sellers

Tel: 919-228-4588 Tel: 919-228-4515

Email: Email:

Administrative Assistant to College Counselors

Darshana B. Wani

Tel: 919-228-4671

Fax: 919-677-8733


College Board Code: 340601

American College Test Code: 340-601

Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Southern Association

of Independent Schools

Member: National, Southern, and North Carolina Associations of Independent Schools

National Association of College Admissions Counseling

Southern Association of College Admissions Counseling

The College Board

The School: History and Enrollment

Cary Academy is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for grades 6-12. The school was founded in

1996. The first senior class graduated in 2000. In 2009-2010, there are 99 seniors and over 400 students in the Upper School.

100% of our graduates attend 4-year colleges or universities.

Location and Mission

The school is located on a 65-acre campus in the heart of the dynamic Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel

Hill, North Carolina. Cary Academy is committed to providing a challenging academic program that integrates the best of

traditional education with new and emerging technologies. Our mission is to create a learning community dedicated to

discovery, innovation, collaboration and excellence.

Special Programs

Tablet PCs: Cary Academy launched a tablet PC program two years ago; all students and faculty have tablet computers and

all rooms and the campus quads are wireless.

World Language Exchange Program: Our World Language Department offers instruction through the ADVANCED level in

Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish and German. The department also coordinates an exchange program for all Upper School

students, typically during students’ sophomore or junior year. The program is based upon reciprocal partnerships between

Cary Academy and schools in Argentina, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and France. Cary Academy students have the

opportunity to spend 15-20 days abroad—visiting a host school, living with a host family, and experiencing daily life in the

host community. In return, Cary Academy students and their families host groups of students from our partner schools for a

similar program in our own community.

Mentored Internship: Based on a proposal from a student in the Class of 2008, Cary Academy now offers a Mentored

Internship course. The course provides the opportunity for in-depth study, original research and active learning through

immersion as an intern with a professional in an area of the student's interest. The course is yearlong and carries 1.0 credit.

Course Credits and Trimester System

Cary Academy operates on a trimester system. Course credit is assigned as follows:

Courses which meet five class periods per week = 1/3 credit per term = 1 credit per year

Courses which meet 2-3 class periods per week = 1/6 credit per term

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must take a minimum of 5 full credits each year with a minimum of 4 credits in English; 3 credits in

Mathematics (including a minimum of Algebra II): 3 credits in History; 3 credits in Science to include biology, chemistry and

physics, and three full-year courses in one foreign language in grades 9-12. In addition to those credits in core courses,

students must take 2 credits in Fine Arts (1/2 credit in World Arts in both 9 th and 10 th grades), as well as Health in 9 th grade;

Emotional Health and P.E. in 10 th grade; and one trimester of P.E. in 11 th and 12 th grades.

Students may qualify for course-load reductions in special circumstances. Students taking two or more ADVANCED (ADV)

courses may reduce their loads to 4 full-credit courses.

Grading Scale

A+ 97-100 B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 D+ 67-69

A 93-96 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 65-66

A- 90-92 B- 80-82 C- 70-73 F Below 65

No Rank/No GPA Policy

Because our graduating classes are small, our programs highly rigorous, our range of grades narrow, and our

students almost without exception entering competitive four-year colleges, it is our policy to neither rank our

students nor compute G.P.A.

Advanced (ADV) and Honors (H) Courses

Cary Academy offers ADVANCED Courses in lieu of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. ADVANCED (ADV) courses are

taught with the rigor and expectations of Advanced Placement courses. These courses differ from AP courses in that teachers

have the ability to modify the AP course syllabus and emphasize depth of research and study or specific areas of study not

prescribed in the AP syllabus. Most Cary Academy students enrolled in ADVANCED (ADV) courses choose to sit for the

corresponding Advanced Placement (AP) exam offered by The College Board.

Normally students take no more than two ADVANCED courses as Juniors and no more than three ADVANCED courses as

Seniors, although exceptions are permitted based on performance in relevant classes and overall academic performance.

Scheduling availability can also be a factor in course selection. In 2009-2010, Cary Academy offers 22 ADVANCED courses.

Cary Academy also offers four Honors courses, as follows: Honors Geometry (H), Honors Algebra II (H), Precalculus (H),

and Honors Physics (H). These courses cover the same topics as standard college preparatory courses but with more

emphasis on depth of coverage.

Advanced Placement Exam Results

In May 2009, 162 students took 408 Advanced Placement examinations in 20 areas.

87% of the scores were 3, 4, or 5.

Examination Area 5 4 3 Percent

3, 4, 5

Biology 10 6 8 83

Calculus AB 24 6 4 94

Calculus BC 3 0 1 100

Chemistry 5 7 0 100

Economics-Macro 10 10 2 85

Economics-Micro 15 6 5 90

English Language/Composition 21 23 27 96

English Literature/Composition 4 14 3 95

Environmental Science 1 6 7 64

French Language 1 2 2 83

French Literature 1 1 0 100

German Language 0 5 1 86

Government and Politics US 5 10 4 76

History-European 7 5 0 100

History-US 17 13 5 92

Physics C-MECH 4 2 3 75

Physics C-E&M 1 0 0 100

Spanish Language 2 8 5 65

Spanish Literature 1 0 4 71

Statistics 2 4 5 73

Studio Art-Drawing 0 1 1 100

Studio Art-2D Design 0 1 1 100

World History 1 0 0 100

TOTALS 135 130 88

PERCENTAGES 33% 32% 22% 87%

SAT Results for Classes of 2008 and 2009 (2 previous years)

Class of 2009: SAT CR SAT M SAT CR+M SAT WR

Mean Scores: 644 657 1301 646

Mid 50%iles 580-700 610-720 1190-1420 580-700

Class of 2008: SAT CR SAT M SAT CR+M SAT WR

Mean Scores: 644 651 1295 647

Mid 50%iles 580-720 595-720 1175-1440 590-700

Twenty percent of the Class of 2009 was recognized by the National Merit Program

6 National Merit Semi-finalists (6 named Finalists)

15 National Merit Commended

College Acceptances and Matriculations for Classes of 2008 and 2009

(202 Total Students)

Class of 2009 Choices: The 103 members of the Class of 2009 are attending 47 different colleges and universities.

Agnes Scott College

American University*

Appalachian State University

Arcadia University

Arizona State University

Auburn University*

Babson College

Barton College

Belmont University*

Bentley College*

Boston College*

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brandeis University

Brown University*

Bryn Mawr College*

Bucknell University

Calvin College

Campbell University*

Carnegie Mellon University*

Case Western Reserve University

Clark University

Clemson University*

College of Charleston*

College of Holy Cross

College of William and Mary

College of Wooster

Columbia University*

Connecticut College*

Cornell University*

Creighton University

Dartmouth College

Davidson College*

Dickinson College

Drew University

Drexel University*

Duke University*

Duquesne University

East Carolina University*

Elon University*

Emerson College

Emory University*

Fairfield University

Florida State University

Fordham University*

Franklin and Marshall College

Furman University

George Mason University

George Washington University

Georgetown University*

Georgia Institute of Technology*

Gettysburg College

Gordon College*

Guilford College

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampton University

Harvey Mudd College*

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Haverford College*

High Point University*

Howard University*

Ithaca College*

James Madison University

Johns Hopkins University*

Kenyon College *

Knox College

Lewis & Clark College

Loyola College Chicago*

Loyola University New Orleans

Macalester College

Marquette University

Maryville University

McDaniel College

Mercer University

Meredith College*

Middlebury College

Morehouse College

Mount Holyoke College

Muhlenberg College

New York University*

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina School of the Arts*

North Carolina State University*

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Oberlin College

Oglethorpe University

Olin College of Engineering*

Oxford College of Emory University

Pennsylvania State University*

Pepperdine University

Pomona College

Princeton University*

Providence College

Purdue University*

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhode Island School of Design*

Rhodes College

Rice University

Rochester Institute of Technology*

Rollins College*

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology*

Rutgers University

Sarah Lawrence College

Savannah College of Art and Design

Sewanee: The University of the South*

Skidmore College

Soka University of America

Southern Methodist University*

St. Mary’s College, MD

St. Olaf College*

Stanford University*

Stevens Institute of Technology*

Swarthmore College*

Syracuse University

Texas A&M

The Cooper Union

Trinity University*

Tufts University*

Tulane University

University of Advancing


University of Arizona*

University of California-Berkeley

University of California-San Diego

University of California-Santa Barbara

University of Central Florida*

University of Chicago

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Delaware

University of Denver

University of Florida

University of Georgia*

University of Maryland*

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of Missouri-Kansas City*

University of North Carolina-


Chapel Hill*




University of Notre Dame*

University of Pennsylvania*

University of Pittsburgh

University of Richmond*

University of South Carolina

University of Southern California*

University of Tennessee

University of Vermont

University of Virginia

Ursinus College

Vanderbilt University*

Vassar College

Villanova University

Virginia Tech*

Wake Forest University*

Washington and Lee University*

Washington University in St. Louis*

Wellesley College*

Wesleyan University*

West Virginia University

Williams College*

Wingate University

Winthrop University

Wittenburg College

Wofford College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Oxford University, UK*

University of Edinburgh, UK

University of St. Andrews, UK

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