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What is the key to understanding each other? What allows us to open ourselves to the diverse experience and perspectives of others? How can we create a community strengthened by our differences, rather than one divided by them? How can we engage in difficult conversations around important—and even polarizing—issues in ways that support, respect, and validate all our community members, their belief systems, and backgrounds?

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The Hub

Community has been central to the Cary Academy experience since its founding, underscored by our campus’s very design. Our open Quad, glass-walled multipurpose meeting spaces, and innovative collabolounges invite us to connect, to see each other, to look out for one another. As Entrepreneurship Director Palmer Seeley explains, The Hub – CA's new on campus cafe and store offers unique opportunities for students to strengthen the community and to learn about how to start and operate a small business. Read it on CA Curious.

Ashleigh Smith

When you’re traveling in NC this fall, be sure to look up. Billboards featuring artwork by Ashleigh Smith (’22) are going up across the state as part of the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)’s “Keep Our Air Clean” Student Art Contest.Smith’s art, a digital painting of a cyclist enjoying a mountain bike ride through a wooded trail in Cary, won the high school division of the contest, which aims to educate the public about steps to improve air quality through youth engagement.

Bella Nesbeth

The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) selected Bella Nesbeth (’22) as one of thirty Performing Arts Ambassadors for 2021-2022. Nebesth is one of thirty high school student ambassadors, hailing from across central North Carolina, are given exclusive, unique opportunities to view, interact with, and work in support of DPAC performances.

“Coach Pope taught me to be kind to my mother.”  Greg Jokl ’09 shared this with me when we were chatting about his experience on campus. I was struck by his statement. While his relationship to Coach Pope was in relation to athletics, their relationship—and Coach’s legacy—was one rooted in human kindness, in nurturing meaningful and sustaining connections.  Last year, when our […]

While it feels like we are just hitting our stride in the 2021-2022 school year, planning has already begun for NEXT year!  Specifically, we have prepared our draft of the 2022-2023 academic calendar – which includes the main start/end and vacation dates for the year.  While much is similar, there are some significant differences worth […]

Middle School lunch 2021

CA Curious

| September 30, 2021

Let talk lunch….

When it comes to creating healthy, tasty meals for more than 900 students and staff members daily, you'd be forgiven for feeling a little like you're on the set of a culinary competition show. And that was before the added challenge of COVID-safe cooking. Chief Financial Officer Debby Reichel whips up the details of how Cary Academy's meal program is a key to prioritizing student wellness and how we've adapted to the needs of our students and community during the return to full-time in-person learning. Read it on CA Curious.


Who doesn’t love an opportunity to celebrate Chargers past and present? While the last 18 months of pandemic conditions have sadly limited our capacity for in-person celebrations, CA is doubling down (literally) to make up for lost time this fall and winter. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, CA plans to offer not one, but two, separate Homecoming festivities—two chances to gather as a community, welcome alumni home, and reconnect.

CA Curious

| September 23, 2021

New year, new plan

Every five years, Cary Academy engages in a strategic planning process. In 2020, this process was upended by the COVID pandemic. As students returned to the classroom, CA could have simply established a plan to return to the way things were. However, as Dean of Faculty, Martina Greene explains, we start this school year looking resolutely and optimistically to the future. Read it on CA Curious.

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