Gantry Academy

Gantry Academy

A Partnership in Discovery

About Us



To provide comprehensive, individualized education that enables each learner to flourish with honesty, compassion, and personal responsibility.


This is a place where littles are free to get their wiggles out every hour and bigs are free to delve into projects they design to fully investigate integrated topics with hands-on experiences.

Gantry Academy is more than a college prep school. We are a life prep school. Alongside of our rigorous STEAM focus we build Human Relations, Sustainability, and Life Skills, which allows us to support the growth of the whole child, including the whole family.


  • Fish don’t climb trees. All learners deserve an inclusive environment regardless of race, color, religion/creed, gender, gender expression, age, ancestry, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Gantry Academy aggregates international best practices, such as the top-tier Finnish school systems, that use integrated, multi-disciplinary curriculum and innovative techniques like flipped homework to provide a world-class education in the Sciences and Arts to students of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Gantry Academy encourages each student to thrive as an individual life-long learner with outstanding problem solving skills, allowing them to become confident and creative architects of their own future.

Meet the Team

This school is being built from the ground up (as in a project, not building construction!) by everyone involved. That means staff, mentors, and the families that join us will be an integral part of the team! Join us and see your name here!


Chloë Barnette

Teaching Mentor

I graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in 2017 with my Education Degree focusing in Math and English and an Art Minor. I will be graduating in May 2019 with my Master’s Degree from Lenoir Rhyne University focusing in Online Teaching and Instructional Design. I taught 7th Grade Math in Hickory, North Carolina, and have received the North Carolina Team of the Year award in 2018. I have a strong passion for helping kids reach their “light bulb” moments and become excited about learning. I also believe every child, no matter the learning style, deserves to be engaged with the content.


Jennifer Phillips, PMP

Founder & Director

I am a software developer, with my B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas. I attended Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer camps in middle school and graduated from high school at 16 years old because my parents fought to keep public school from standardizing me. As a parent and a friend, I started Gantry Academy to help as many learners as possible find their own passion.


Ali Ronder

Educational Consultant

You can view my entire electronic portfolio at for more detailed information including my resume and video documentation. Also find me for private educational consulting at

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