Caldwell Academy

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Caldwell Academy is a private school located at 2900 Horse Pen Creek Road, Greensboro, North Carolina. Caldwell provides K-12 education from a Classical Christian perspective.

Grades Enrollment Associations
K-12 680 ACSI, ACCS


In 1994 a group of families in Greensboro, North Carolina sought to establish a private school that would teach their kids from a Biblical stance. The name Caldwell Academy was derived from the life of David Caldwell, a Greensboro native, whop operated Dr. Caldwell's Academy in the late-18th and early-19th century.[1] In 1995 the school opened in the fall with 63 students ranging from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school was originally operating out of rented space at a local Church until its move to a permanent location in the summer of 1999. The permanent location started off with "Founders Hall" and "Smith Building" along with some modulars. Over the summer of 2007 a new grammar building, "Munchkin Hall" was built and K-5 was moved to the new building. Later that year they finished the construction of a new athletic facility equipped with a soccer field, multi-purpose/practice field, and a baseball diamond.

A Classical Education[edit]

Classical Education is at the forefront of Caldwell Academies desires for its students. This education is based in the biblical concept of the Trivium. Included is Grammar School (Elementary), Dialectic School (Middle School) and the Rhetoric School, more commonly known as high-school. Each division has a different focus of study and instruction with Grammar as the basis for the more sophisticated teaching to come in later years.


In a classical school, the instructional goal for grammar school students is mastery of the fundamental facts and rules of each subject. The students are to accumulate a broad core knowledge. The methodology involves memorization, repetition, songs, and chants combined with the study of Latin introduced in 3rd grade.[2]


Dialectic School is (6-8 grade) where kids learn to become used to moving around and get prepared for the outlook of high school.


Rhetoric school (grades 9-12) students learn how to express what they know and what they are learning through the use of debate, apologetics, public speaking, essay writing, and drama. Alex Watson is the current president of the Rhetoric Senate.

Graduates of Caldwell Academy have gone on to attend such institutions as Appalachian State University, Clemson University, Wake Forest University, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Belmont University, Hillsdale College, Merideth College, North Carolina State University, Wheaton University, and Virginia Tech, studying in fields ranging from Business, Social Work and Law to Philosophy, Christian Leadership and Biblical languages.[citation needed]

David Caldwell[edit]

Caldwell Academy is named after David Caldwell. He was a Revolutionary War Era minister in Guilford County as well as an educator, farmer, statesman and physician. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1725 and came to the area in order to pastor Buffalo and Alamance Presbyterian Churches.

Along with his pastoral duties David Caldwell founded the David Caldwell Log-College. This served as the first schoolhouse in Guilford County.


  • Caldwell is a member of the Triad Athletic Conference (TAC), which falls into the 2-A Varsity Division.
  • They are also a member of the Triad Middle School Athletic Conference (TMAC) providing local competition for younger students (Excluding Middle School Baseball, currently 3-3, which is not in a conference). TAC


  1. ^ John C. Baroody, Joe Mobley, and John Clauser (October 1981). "David Caldwell Log College Site" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
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Coordinates: 36°08′12″N 79°53′16″W / 36.136670°N 79.88777°W / 36.136670; -79.88777