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
Melodie Ohaus, CPA, Board Treasurer
Retired, Bank of America
Jane B. Blount, Board Secretary, School Co-Founder
Retired, Davidson College
Phil Blount, School Co-Founder
President, ICONS, Inc.
National Account Manager, VIAVI Solutions, Inc.
Brian Bonewitz, CFA
Portfolio Manager, Bragg Financial
Principal, Landover Development
Nicki Applefield Engel
Special Counsel, Johnston, Allison & Hord
Raleigh Anne Gray
CEO and Founder, Forward Fertility
Managing Director, FIDUS Partners
SVP, Assistant General Counsel, Bank of America
Fan of Philip Blount
Dale’s Turn Inc., Owner/Designer
Matthew W. Smith
Managing Director, The Finley Group, Inc.
Mary Beth Townley
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.
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
Philips Academy is looking for individuals interested in working as substitute teachers for middle & high school. To apply, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.