Philips Academy is a community of learning unlike any other in Charlotte. Designed specifically for students requiring a life-centered approach to education, our program offers a unique combination of remediation, practical instruction and community-based application.

Philips Academy

Our Mission

Philips Academy is a private non-profit school for students in middle and high school with complex language, learning and/or cognitive disabilities. Philips Academy believes that these students thrive when given a purposeful education that prepares them for all of the benefits and responsibilities of adulthood. Our mission is to provide our students with the academic, occupational and social skills needed to be self-reliant, confident and contributing members of their communities.

Meet The Team

Members of the Board

  • Becky Berolatti, Board Chair
    Senior Vice President, Park National Bank

  • Mary Beth Townley, CPA, Board Treasurer
    Accounting, Retired

  • Jane B. Blount, Board Secretary
    Co-Founder, Philips Academy

  • Phil Blount
    President, ICONS, Inc., Co-Founder, Philips Academy

  • Brian Bonewitz, CFA
    Portfolio Manager, Bragg Financial

  • Doug Bradley
    Principal, Landover Development

  • Paul G. Galentine, MD
    Horizon Eye Care, Retired

  • Raleigh Anne Gray
    Director of Business Development, DraftKings

  • Ed Imbrogno
    Managing Director, FIDUS Partners

  • Frasier Ives
    SVP, Assistant General Counsel, Bank of America

  • Matthew W. Smith
    Managing Director, The Finley Group, Inc.

School History

Philips Academy was founded in 2005 by Barbara Parrish, an educator, and Phil and Jane Blount, parents of a child with learning disabilities. The Blounts were motivated to find a school that exactly met their son’s needs.

Philips was opened in 2005 with two full-time students and two staff members. In 2009, after requests from parents, we launched Bridges, a program for young adults who have graduated from high school and still need vocational training as well as comprehensive life and social skill instruction.

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Employment Opportunities

Help us improve the Charlotte community and be a part of something impactful. We're looking for passionate team members to help empower our students and grow our organization. Contact us today to find out more about employment opportunities with Philips Academy!

Current Job Openings

Substitute Teacher

Philips Academy is looking for individuals interested in working as substitute teachers for middle & high school. To apply, please send your resume to info@philipsacademync.org.


Special Education Teacher, Fall 2022

Fall 2022 Philips will be adding a Middle/High School Special Education Teacher with experience in teaching Math. To apply, please send your cover letter & resume to afirth@philipsacademync.org. Only qualified applicants will be considered.


Philips Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religious, ethnic or national origin in the administration of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid policies, or employment practices.

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