Our Mission

The mission of the Socrates Academy is to work in partnership with parents and community to encourage our students to reach their full potential by developing critical, analytical thinking skills and becoming self-confident in a high achieving, multicultural, disciplined environment. Particular emphasis is placed on developing proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics both in English and Greek through the use of the Socratic Method.






Our first class graduated from Socrates Academy in 2012. We now have an Alumni Association and are proud to watch them grow and go out into the world. 


Our School Nurse

Socrates Academy has a part-time nurse who resides in our Elementary building. She supports our entire campus and provides first aid to sick and injured children and staff, serves as a resource person, provides health screening and implements health related laws.

Homebound Instruction

Students experiencing extended chronic illness may request homebound instruction.

Home/hospital instruction is designed for students who, due to injury or other medical reason as certified by a licensed physician, are homebound or hospitalized for a period of two (2) weeks or more. Homebound instruction may not exceed 3 months unless a re-evaluation and documentation from student’s treating medical provider determines a basis for continuing homebound instruction. When a student receives homebound instruction, the student may be counted for attendance purposes as if in school. Home/hospital instruction cannot replicate classroom instruction and should be of the shortest duration possible. For further information, please contact the EC Director or her designee.


The fundamental roles of school counselor and school psychologist is to assist all students in the areas of academic achievement, social emotional learning and career development. Counselors work collaboratively with school staff to foster a positive learning environment and support student growth. Through a comprehensive counseling program, school counselors.

  • Advise students, parents and staff on topics related to academic success
  • Assist students in selecting appropriate courses to support their educational and career goals. Counsel with students, individually and in groups, on normal developmental issues
  • Help students transition from different grade levels
  • Assist students and parents with attendance and behavioral concerns
  • Facilitate parent-teacher communication as necessary
  • Serve as liaisons and supports to connect students, parents and staff with community resources and opportunities
  • Serve as student advocates
  • Interpret test results and advises students based on data
  • Assist with and respond to students and families in crisis
  • Provide prevention and intervention strategies to promote student success


Mrs. Julie Merchant - School Counselor

Phone extension: 160

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Ms. Jennifer A. Cooper - School Counseling (Intern) Play Therapy

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Mrs. Tonya Murray - School Psychologist

Phone extension: 138

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Our student services deptartment encompasses our Exceptional Children's Department, which includes 3 EC Teachers, a Speech Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist. We also have a part-time school Counselor and a play therapist intern.


Please use the menu on the left to learn more about each department.






Harris Teeter VIC Card

You may link your Harris Teeter VIC card to Socrates so that we   receive a percentage of your purchase each time you shop.

Cards must be relinked each year.

Click here to relink your VIC card and use number 5911





Publix Partners

Pick up a card in either office. Each time you use your card, a   percentage of your purchase goes to Socrates.



Box Tops

Send your box tops in to your Homeroom teacher. Details on Box Top   Contests below.


Click here to download a Box Top Collection Sheet




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Lands End Uniform Purchases

Socrates receives credit each time you purchase uniforms from Land’s   End. Our school number is #900108937


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Our collections deadline is the 15th of each month. This year the winning GRADE will receive a prize each month and be recognized on Facebook and the Socrates Connection!


Our GOAL this year is $2,500! That’s $2,500 back to Socrates, back to our Kids Education!


(REMINDER:  please try to send only unexpired Box Tops, and preferably cut neatly.)

Download the Box Tops ap on your phone to and scan your receipt to earn extra box tops for the school.

During the beginning of the school year, each Homeroom elects to parents as Homeroom parents for that year. These parents help organize help when the teacher needs it, plans fun activities for the children and drives support from other class parents when needed.


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As part of a school-wide initiative, Socrates Academy has been implementing a new Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports model. PBIS was established nationally to build the behavioral and discipline systems needed for successful learning and social development of students. Our school-wide system includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. A system of recognition helps motivate students to try their best and to encourage others as well.

One important piece of PBIS is to create a set of school rules that are well known to all affiliated with our school. The PBIS team continues using the motto SOCRATES PROUD – Respect and Responsibility - to summarize the motivation for those rules. For 2015-2016 our focus has been behavior in common areas. A rubric was created to specify expected behavior in each area around the school. PBIS tickets (K-5) and SWAG Passes (6-8) are given intermittently to students and classes that are exhibiting the Socrates Proud expectations. Weekly recognitions highlight random students and classes as added incentives. Besides encouraging students to practice positive behavior, the system allows us to collect data to see how we are progressing toward making Socrates Academy a great place for learning and growing.


The rubrics that we are using for K-8 grades are here >>

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Socrates Academy 3909 Weddington Rd, Matthews, NC 28105-6673   Phone: 704.321.1711   Fax: 704.321.1714