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.

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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

  • Frasier Ives, Board Chair
    Assistant General Counsel & SVP, Bank of America

  • Mary Beth Townley, CPA Treasurer
    Accounting, Retired

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

  • Becky Berolatti
    Senior Vice President, New Dominion Bank

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

  • Doug Bradley
    Principal, Landover Development

  • Dorsey Elliot
    Financial Services, Retired

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

  • Ed Imbrogno
    Managing Director, FIDUS Partners

  • Dean Jones
    SVP & Chief Development Officer, YMCA of Greater Charlotte

  • 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. 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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