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809 West Proctor Street
Durham, NC 27707

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August 07, 2015
I see from previous posts that people tend to either love or hate Camelot. It's a quirky little school and may not be for everyone, but I have to say that it was an absolute godsend to our family. Yes, it's small, but if you're willing to work hard and negotiate with the director and faculty, you will never meet a nicer bunch. They take academics very seriously, but it really is a "work-hard, play-hard " philosophy at Camelot. If your child is bright and analytical and could benefit from a safe and encouraging environment where they are allowed to work on their weaknesses but charge ahead where they are strong, then this is the school for you. Our two oldest both struggled with boredom in public elementary school. One of our 3 kids was tested upon arriving at Camelot due to poor handwriting and math skills, was recommended to a wonderful educational psychologist, was classified as "gifted and learning disabled" (Who knew you could be both? Our previous public school was never actually able to make that diagnosis, despite teacher concerns, as apparently their abbreviated test "didn't go high enough".) Camelot took the Dr. recommendations to heart, gave him extra time on math tests, encouraged use of a keyboard to type class notes on, and encouraged him to keep reading the books many grade levels ahead that he craved. He graduated a proud and confident teen, loving school. Too many great experiences for all 3 to go into, here! But if you're curious about "mastery-based" learning, I strongly encourage a visit.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 07, 2015
The teachers are amazing. Super-smart, encouraging, and passionate. They have lots of opportunities for input with the director and it shows. There is a great deal of respect among faculty members.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 07, 2015
Students are encouraged to be individuals, and social acceptance is much higher here that at other schools, particularly during those sticky middle school years.

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May 21, 2015
Camelot Academy, as many have said, is an excellent school. We have our kids there. They like it, are challenged academically, have plenty of friends, and like their teachers. What else is there to say?

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September 04, 2014
Excellent school. This is an outstanding facility with a leadership and teacher team that is first class. Our two children moved here from another very good private school and our assessment would be that Camelot is a significant step up. Most importantly, the learning environment is designed for kids to succeed and enjoy the experience all at the same time.

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February 28, 2014
This school made a big difference in our daughter's life. She had been underserved by our local elementary school, which after many months of testing could not seem to decide whether she was "gifted" or "learning disabled". Turns out she was extremely bored with English, science, and social studies, but also needed extra help learning her math facts. The individualized curriculum at Camelot easily allowed for both, with minimal testing and "labeling", and even gave her a merit scholarship based on her high test scores. The teachers are top notch, and we've found the director to be highly responsive to parent concerns and strict but fair and very observant in her assessments. A terrific experience.

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June 12, 2012
Camelot has been amazing for our children. They have each been challenged academically and taught to both love learning and to work hard at it. We have had our kids at other private and public schools in the area, but Camelot has become the standard by which we judge everyone else.

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October 20, 2011
Education is highly valued in our family and we are willing to spare no expense to ensure that our children have the best education they can possibly get. We tried Duke School, but were very disappointed in the lack of individualized curriculum - our child had almost no academic progress for the year that he went. We tried our public school, but it was barely satisfactory. We were thrilled when we found this hidden gem in the Triangle. Every day our children come home from school happy and enthusiastic. Camelot is amazingly organized. The first (partial) week of school is spent on orientation, followed by a week or so of assessment. The teachers create an individual plan for each subject for each child. I assumed the curriculum would be somewhat templated and a loose fit. However, we discovered at the 2-month conference that teachers knew exactly where each of my children were at in each topic (and subtopic) and were making sure that they were growing and being challenged in each one. Our kindergartner was started started simultaneously on multiplication, 3rd grade reading, and remedial work in telling analog time and drawing. I cannot imagine a better school.

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May 07, 2011
We had a GREAT experience at Camelot. Not only did my daughter get an outstanding education that taught her how to think critically and to write well but she was also mentored by the wonderful staff and given invaluable guidance as a person. The lessons that she learned at Camelot are serving her well at a very competitive college and will serve her well in life. We couldn t be happier with our experience at Camelot Academy.

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April 19, 2011
This was a bad experience for our family. The owner/director tends to develop an opinion about each student within the first few weeks, at which point, the child is labeled. If the label is unfavorable, their academic experience will be unhappy, leading to a poor education and a sad child. Director confirmed that we were free to withdraw - but of course, remain responsible for paying a full year tuition. (Honestly, I came to suspect this might have been intended from the start.) Before enrolling our daughter at Camelot Academy, 2 parents (different families) specifically warned that Camelot is a business first and second; being a school trails far behind in last place. We often thought about this throughout the year, regretting our failure to heed warnings - it turned out to be very true. I gradually came to realize that the director's primary focus is to make money. Although she is charming and will insist that she cares about the kids - this simply didn't seem to be the case. Our experience occurred a few years ago. Perhaps the school has improved, but. that the director/owner remains. I'll leave it at that.

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March 30, 2011
Our experience was bad. Camelot seems to have a high percentage of quirky children, and although some teachers may be good, it would be difficult to be effective in such a challenging climate. The curriculum taught to our child has not met their academic needs, and the small social cliques have only served to alienate them. After moving to a public school, our child has spent an entire year catching up on skills that were not taught at Camelot. We can not stress how dissatisfied we were with Camelot and their inability to teach grade level skills, including basic reading, writing and math. Lots of days were spent having fun, field trips, etc. but little was spent on academics. Since leaving, our child has made incredible progress academically and now has normal friends.

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October 05, 2009
Camelot is a great school. they have a caring faculty combined with small classes and more individual attention for students as well as mastery based learning

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April 07, 2009
We have not had a good experience with this school overall. Things they do well: letting kids be kids- recess for all grades- some interesting field trips- they try to involve all students in some areas of extra-curricular and teachers are very caring. That said, if you have a normal, well adjusted child this is not the school for you. They motivate by threats and have a 'one policy fits all students' philosophy- which of course works well for the unruly undisciplined child but has only served to lower the self- esteem of our child. Also this school touts a low tuition but really makes up for it in semester fees, field trip fees, extra costs here and there and before you know it it is quite an expensive education and it's hard to say exactly where your money is going.

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September 09, 2008
My daughter has attended Camelot for a number of years. As a result, she is more focused, desciplined, eager to learn and has become a first class student. Thanks Camelot!

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June 02, 2008
I just wish we had found Camelot sooner! My daughter is in the middle grades, and you couldn't ask for two more patience teachers than Ms. Michelle and Mr. Dan. In spite of her learning disabilities that can make teaching her a challenge, they have both done an incredible job getting her to understand. We cannot believe the progress she has made in just one year. They have restored a love of learning in her that the public school she was attending had nearly driven out. She loves going to school now which is something we never thought we would see. She feels safer and is much more relaxed in the smaller setting this school provides. She has found role models in the upper school children and in turn loves mentoring the younger grades. Don t let the exterior fool you, this is an amazing school!

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January 16, 2008
My child has been attending Camelot Academy for 2 1/2 years from Kindergarten. I have been pleased with his advancement in reading and mathematics to a level considered higher than his grade level. He has been receiving an excellent and broad exposure to music and has been given opportunities to work with the computer. Older students frequently work with younger students to help them acheive their goals. In the 25 years of its existance, 100% of Camelot graduates have entered college. On the downside, there seems to be a high rate of teacher turn-over for a small faculty of only 16, at least 5 have left in the two years, and the excellent music teacher is moving on to further his career. There is a small amount of extracurricular activity, and that is for the upper school students.

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December 19, 2007
A fantastic environment for learning in the true sense of the word. As a student there I am treated to class environments where analytical thinking is not only present, but strived for and awarded on a daily basis. The only drawback to this school is that it at times feels fairly intrusive, if a student falls behind there is a sense of paranoia that one needs to be aware of his every move. While the headmaster Thelma and her main cronie Lori (science teacher) mean well they can alienate or infuriate students at times with the methods used to get a student back on schedule.

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May 17, 2007
I'm glad that our son is going to this school. Being in KG he can read n write words like timbuktu. Ms. Beth is just awesome. Apart from academics, this schools has one of the best soccer coach for kids + an awesome music teacher. This place is worth the money.

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March 03, 2007
Our experience is that Camelot teachers care about the students and give every student individual attention. The school overall is a supportive environment where learning happens. Along with the advantages of personal attention a small school gives, you also get the limitations. On the whole I think Camelot offers much for its small size.

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December 12, 2006
I do not think Camelot Academy is a very good school. The teachers are underpaid, and there are not enough extracurricular activities for the students. Stay away from here!

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February 13, 2006
This school achieves much of it's success through pre-selection. It is primarily a school for gifted children. Although much is made of tailoring the curiculum to the child, this only applies in a limited fashion to gifted children. Children of normal or less than normal abilities are selected against, therefore the results claimed are somewhat invalid.

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Camelot Academy
809 West Proctor Street, Durham, NC  27707
Last modified Camelot Academy is a Private school that serves grades K-12
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