Frequently Asked Questions
Cadet Application
1. How much does the program cost?

There is no charge, just the commitment by the cadet to grow and change!! Tuition, room and board, books, meals, and uniforms are provided at no cost. During the final portion of the Residential Phase, there may be some optional costs that the family may incur (yearbook, pictures, class ring, etc.), these are strictly optional. Candidates are required to bring a few personal items with them on the first day, and will receive a list of these items upon acceptance into the program.

2. What are the requirements for my child to attend Tarheel ChalleNGe?

Your child must be between the ages of 16-18 years old on the first day of class.  Your child must be a legal citizen of the United States, and a resident of North Carolina. You must submit a completed application as soon as possible. Certain forms require a notarized signature and can be notarized by Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy staff.  There is an application checklist that provides a brief summary of the required documents, as well any additional requirements you may have with certain forms.  If you have questions, please contact Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy New London at (704) 961-9662.

3.  Do I need to take a tour of the facility?

No. You and your child are required to attend an orientation session, at that time there may be a brief tour.

​4.  My child has a specific medication and or condition, how is that handled?

On the class start date, the parent/guardian will turn over medication to our medical staff. The medical staff will house all of the medications in a locked facility and will dispense them to your child as prescribed. Medical conditions are handled on a case by case basis. If your child has a specific medical need, you may be required to provide additional supporting documentation. Please note that all medical bills assessed to your child for treatment at a medical facility or doctors’ office, are the responsibility of parents/guardians, and will not be paid by Tarheel ChalleNGe.

5. What will my child eat while at Tarheel ChalleNGe?

We have a cafeteria style dining facility. The meals are nutritional, tasty, and filling. Our meals follow the guidelines of the Federal Child Nutrition Program. Cadets will be served three meals and one snack per day.

6. Can my child have electronic devices at Tarheel ChalleNGe?

No. Your child will not be allowed to bring any electronic device. (Cell phones, Laptops, IPods, IPads, Tablets, etc.…) This restriction is covered in the acceptance letter that you will receive if your child is accepted for the program.

7. How will my child address their spiritual/religious needs?

Your child will have the opportunity to attend a weekly non-denominational service and Bible Study which is usually on Wednesday evening. Attendance will be voluntary.

8. If my child has court documents/convictions, can they apply?

Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy will require a Certified Criminal Background Check for your child from your county of residence.  Additional documentation may be needed regarding court counselor/probation information.  An applicant with a felony conviction is not eligible for the Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy program; there are no exceptions to this rule.

9.  Am I required to have a mentor for my child?

Yes. It is the responsibility of the cadet to identify a mentor in the application process.
A few examples of a mentor are a teacher, coach, neighbor, co-worker, minister, etc.  

10. Does my son or daughter need to disenroll/transfer from school?

Yes, you will find a school release/withdrawal form in the application packet and this must be completed by the school in the district where your child resides. This form must be submitted no later than the day of in-processing. Your child should stay enrolled in his/her current school until they transfer to the Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy. Failure to obtain this form will result in your child not being processed into the upcoming class.

11. Will my child graduate with a high school equivalent diploma?

Every cadet will participate in high school equivalency coursework and must have a passing grade in order to qualify to test for their high school equivelency diploma.  A high school diploma and /or credit recovery pathway is available, in addition to HSE, for select cadets meeting the criteria for placement in this curriculum.  

12. Can I make my child attend?

No. The Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy is strictly a voluntary program, your child must have a desire to attend. You can encourage your child to give it a try, but we cannot force your child to stay if they do not want to.

13. How can my child prepare for the physical part of the Academy?

Start slowly……don’t overdo the exercise at first. They will want to start with walking, gradually increasing distance and speed, and then work up to a slow jog. Each week try to go a little further or a little faster. They should also start stretching and doing some sit-ups and push-ups every day.

14. May I visit my cadet during the residential phase of the program?

You will be allowed to see your child only during a scheduled event. Once a cadet is accepted, parents will receive a schedule outlining the days for visitation.

Mentor Application
Mentor Monthly Report
Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy
Located at:
215 N. Main Street 
New London, Nc 28127

Mailing Address:
PO Box 6
New London, NC 28127

(704) 961-9662
(844) 880-5206 - Toll Free
(704) 463-0122 - Fax

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