Students enrolled 60
School leader Dr. Peter Vande Brake
Type Religious

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2777 Knapp St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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(616) 365-0525
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4 stars
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September 11, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
March 28, 2008
Mike Huckabee spoke @ the NHCA annual banquet last night and re-affirmed for me why I have my children in this school. In his words 'most high school graduates could not do what these 6th graders did here tonight.' There in NO school in Grand Rapids that does education as well as North Hills.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
There isn't a better Classical Christian school in Grand Rapids! Our children have thrived here for years. We love it that they are surrounded by staff members who love them, love God and are experts in their craft! The gifts and talents of each of our children have been drawn out and embraced.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
Love the staff, love the teachers and we are so very thankful for the education our children are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
Our family has been so impressed with the loving, caring teachers our children have learned under. Each teacher has nurtured God's gifts in each of child...and they are all different! What a blessing. We have been very impressed with the strength of administrative leadership and their steadfast commitment to Biblical truth. Our family has been blessed and our children have been very successful here, academically and spiriturally. We love the respect and discipline that is expected and encouraged in children. Come here if you truly want Classical-Christian education for your family.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2008
As the author of the very first Parent Review for NHCA I thought it fair to check in. While still enamored of the significant virtues of classical educaton, we have come to understand that classical education is a component in the upbringing of a child rather than that the child is a necessary component in the execution of classical education. If one prefers the latter, NHCA is the place to be. With overwhelming conviction, NHCA is singularly dedicated to classical education and the pursuit of perfection thereof. When educational methodology so subordinates those it presumes to help, however, high turnover results, and turnover at NHCA is disproportionately high. Providentially, classical Christian education has begun to flourish in the GR area and alternatives exist. We continue to HIGHLY recommend classical Christian education and and its virtues extolled in my original post. We wish those well who decide to stay at NHCA!

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2008
We feel so blessed that our child is now attending his second year at NHCA. We have found classical education to be at best stellar but we feel even more impressed by the character the student are encouraged to display during their school days. The staff has loved on our family in and out of the school and we feel that God is present at NHCA. We couldn't ask for better models for our child and we strongly encourage everyone to come in and see the blessings God is giving to children in the halls and classrooms of NHCA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2007
I attended North Hills from fourth grade through 12th grade. I knew when I got to college that I had been more prepared academially than my peers but, as each year of college passes, I am more and more thankful for my education at North Hills. Most importantly, I am thankful for the example that my teachers and Dr. Vande Brake set for me as a Christian. Take some time to visit North Hills and really get to know the staff, you won't find a better education or a stronger Christian community for your children.

- submitted by a student
July 17, 2007
After some years of involvement in this school, I decided to take my children out. I believe that the school can work very well for other families, though. There are several resources you can check out and questions you can ask to get a fuller understanding of this school: You should definitely visit the school yourself at least once to see what they offer.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
Though the teachers were qualified, they were often required to do things that were just not possible. For instance, teaching three different grades all in one period. Unfortunately, the children suffer. The headmaster was arrogant, and difficult to talk to. Overall, it was just a bad experience; which is sad because I truly like the classical method.

- submitted by a former student
April 06, 2007
As a parent of a kindergartner, I can tell you that I have nothing but wonderful things to say about NHCA. I had agonized over so many aspects of my child's education. I wanted excellent academics, but more importantly, Christian character development. After much research, prayer, analysis, and visitation, I could not shake the pull I felt toward Classical education, in general, and North Hills, in particular. My husband and I have had not one moment's regret at our decision. Our child is thriving, the staff and families are beyond wonderful and caring. We love that our child is reading, adding, subtracting, memorizing Scripture and the Nicene Creed. We have five teachers in our extended family, and not one can believe the kind of work our child is doing. He is not only being exposed to concepts far beyond what most kindergartners learn, but mastering them as well.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
It is great to work at a school that has high academic standards but also teaches a love of learning in a nurturing environment, all fromm a Christian worldview!

- submitted by a administrator
February 16, 2007
We love the junior high and highschool at NHCA. We came for the classical-Christian model but were delighted to find the headmaster had included an 'outward bound' type component to the school experience. Our children are proficent at orienteering with a compass, rustic camping, high ropes courses and skiing. The program not only has fabulous academics unmatched in this area but, gives the students outdoor opportunities and leadership opportunites to stretch themselves to that very important 'learning zone' when you reach beyond your comfort level. Our children have camped rustically on North Manitou Island(and other sites in MI, sailed on a tall ship, learned to ski and snowboard,learned to canoe and have successfully run a 10K. Students are challenged academically, physically and spiritually. They work really hard in class and they play really hard outside of class. What more could you ask for? The secondary...ROCKS!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2007
North Hills is a wonderful school! Families benefit from a challenging curriculum within an encouraging and nurturing environment. Children learn to examine all subjects within a Christian world view under the guidance of caring and knowledgeable teachers. Any family willing to make a truly classical and Christian education a priority cannot find a better school to partner with in Grand Rapids. In addition to a challenging curriculum, we offer several extracurricular activities including sport teams, gardening club, chess club and ski club. In my five school years as a teacher at NHCA, I can honestly say that the 2006-2007 school year has been the best one. We have a very close and committed school community, including strong, united and biblical leadership from the school board and administration.

- submitted by a teacher
February 16, 2007
For a 13 year old school, staff retention is high. Teachers have been at the school on average of 5.2 years, administration averaging 8 years. Our headmaster has been at the school 12 years because he loves the school and is committed to its misson. All three of our children were able to have all the same teachers as they progressed througout their respective grades. We love it that the teachers (at all grade levels)and administrators know our children on a first name basis. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2007
My children have attended NHCA since Kindergarten and are thriving. In classes limited to 19 students per teacher, NHCA follows the Classical tradition of the trivium, teaching children how to learn via the three stages of grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. Eschewing relativism for Truth, each child is steeped in the tenets of Western Civilization, humankind's history being learned within the context of Biblical precepts. Our children began learning Latin in the third grade and understand how this 'lost' language undergirds contemporary vocabulary. Witnessing a thriving student body that is taught how to learn, critically think, civilly behave, and loved in Christianity is truly a remarkable experience. Rather than attempting to supplant parenthood or goad parents into a moral tug-of-war for their children's futures, NHCA complements parents efforts in raising their children and encourages parental involvement at all levels. Investigate Classical education, and check out NHCA at www.classicaled.org.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2007
I have been with NH for 7 yrs and it has been wonderful for my family. I have 3 children in the school and they are all thriving, socially and academically. I would just encourage anyone to look into things for yourself. Trust your own judgment after experiencing NH on your own. You would be welcome to sit in on any class if you just let them know to expect you.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2007
As a former student, I was challenged both academically and spiritually. I was well prepared for my college years. I still keep in touch with my teachers, they were wonderful mentors in my life.

- submitted by a former student
February 15, 2007
Our children attended NHCA and we had to move. We have never found any school as good, as well organized or as loving since we left. This is a very well run school. We miss the family feeling we experienced at NHCA.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2007
We love the classical model of education. Although we were sold on 'a love of learning' we found that difficult to find amidst the 2 plus hours of homework for our 2nd and 4th grader. Frequent teacher and student turnover was also a problem. This combined with 2 boards leaving the school and a lot of bad politics made it a very uncomfortable place for our children to be. We still love the classical model, but believe it's possible to have a stellar academic environmen - without losing your sanity!

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2006
Our children's academic progress was limited by the lack of resources in the school and the inconsistency of the teaching methods. Our oldest child felt a lot of disappointment because each school year, some of his friends would leave. There has also been some tension in the school between some individual adults, and my son was able to notice the tension. We feel as if it disrupted his academic performance. Our younger child had a very kind teacher who unfortunately had a difficult time controlling the classroom. He was connected to the teacher but he did not like the school and called it 'boring' because of the small amount of recess equipment and hands-on classroom learning resources. Our children were also not able to adjust to the 'classical' method, partly maybe because the method was not used in the classrooms every day.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2006
Classical education is a great idea, and this school features classical education. The curriculum is challenging. While our student learned a lot here we were troubled by the lack of student and staff retention. We also came to feel that an attitude prevailed in the school that was not consistent with the religious nature of the education.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
North Hills can get students in the door thanks to Classical education, but once you are there you will begin to see things that are not right. The families are wonderful but the environment is not a desirable place.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2006
As a graduate, I can tell you the clearly classical education will more than prepare you for college. I have had a great advantage over my peers in most disciplines. The distincly Christian teaching has helped me stand in my Christian faith in a thoroughly post-modern enviornment (the world), and for this, I am MOST greatful. This is a school for academic and spiritual growth. I thank God everyday that my parents loved me enough to give me the gift of this school and its loving staff and administration.

- submitted by a former student
June 09, 2006
What a total let down. I was enamored at the classical education and discovered many of the families here as wonderful christians. In time, however, you will discover the poor leadership and disturbing relationships that are inappropriate at best. My recommendation is to find a similar education without the control, pride and relationship issues at the top. I wish it could have been different. Consider yourselves warned.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
My family has been at North Hills for ten years and we love it. North Hills provides excellent teaching in the classical method and every class has Christ integrated in the subject matter. Our graduates are very well prepared for college and score significantly higher than the national averages on the ACT and SAT. As a family we particularly like the small class sizes (max 19) and that the teachers personally know the children and genuinely care about them. The children have daily worship, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and are taught to respect their teachers and peers. Teachers are trained very well and discipline is loving and relevant to an offense. Secure campus, some sports, drama, yearbook, camping . Secondary students participate in a great monthly activity/outing. Parental involvement strongly encouraged. This is a special school unlike any in the area, where children's spiritual and academic growth are taken seriously.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
Our family has been so impressed with the loving, caring teachers our children have learned under. Each teacher has nurtured God's gifts in each of child...and they are all different! What a blessing. We have been very impressed with the strength of administrative leadership and their steadfast commitment to Biblical truth. Our family has been blessed and our children have been very successful here, academically and spiriturally. We love the respect and discipline that is expected and encouraged in children. Come here if you truly want Classical-Christian education for your family.

- submitted by a parent
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North Hills Classical Academy
2777 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49525
(616) 365-0525
Last modified North Hills Classical Academy is a Private school that serves grades K-12
North Hills Classical Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top