"We are best known for producing students who will be life-long learners… "
Students enrolled 695
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Tony Fajardo
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4 stars
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May 11, 2014
The administration does not follow the principles outlined in Matthew 18. IPad use is for marketing purposes, no research was conducted in it being a superior method of instruction. Better curricula sit on the shelves while this is being implemented. Alumni and relatives are hired over candidates with higher levels of experience and qualifications. Money is spent on a student activity center while teachers lack the basic school supplies they need. There are no support services for students with academic struggles, because the athletic program receives all of the resources. Planning is for this school to service only the elite in academics, athletics, and fine arts. Once enrollment marks are hit, if you don't fit into one of those 3 categories, or know someone on the inside, don't plan on being accepted.

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2014
Northside Christian Academy is a fantastic school for any family seeking to instill a marriage of strong academics with a biblical world view. Having graduated from Northside in the 2000s, I was provided with every tool needed to succeed at the collegiate level. Although AP courses were offered, I was not an AP caliber student. Regardless, my first two years of University were not as difficult or rigorous as my years spent at NCA at the high school level. I do understand that NCA may not be for all families, but personal accountability and effort are an integral part of each student's success. Upon entry to NCA, students are evaluated regarding where they are academically, and are advised to course work fitting to their academic level and experience. Parents, if you are considering NCA, take my advice. An average student at NCA is a fantastic College/University student anywhere. The fact that over 90% of NCA graduates go on to colleges of their choices is a very strong indicator of where they are with regard to academic strength. - graduate

- submitted by a community member
December 23, 2013
At the behest of the school my former post will be removed. Thanks Great Schools for allowing me to post. It was not my intention to rate the school at this jucture but I had to choose something.

- submitted by a community member
December 19, 2013
NCA has provided my children the opportunity to study at a school where they are taught who they are in Christ and they have gone on to top rated Universities all while receiving many academic accolades and scholarships. It is unfortunate that some find it necessary to tear down, but I hope many will come and see for themselves that just like most things in life, you get out what you put in to it. My children excelled academically as they did what they needed to do. Most students can get in to any number of excellent colleges and universities, but the economic environment and high cost of higher education has caused some to make the decision to spend the first year or two at home to get some of the basics out of the way...I think this is an admirable decision as these students do not want $100,000 in debt upon graduating college. Whatever their reason for choosing CPCC, I do not think anyone should judge; but I do want others to know that my children and so many others had the opportunity to attend some of the highest rated universities in the country.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 19, 2013
At Northside Christian Academy we are committed to helping children meet individual challenges, explore individual interests and develop individual talents. This is our goal, not only in the classroom, but also on the athletic field, on stage, in after-school clubs, on school trips, and working together on service learning projects. Our Christ-centered education is based on innovative teaching and genuine concern for the well being of each child. Northside Christian Academy is here to partner with Christian families to provide a Christ-centered, biblically based education in pursuit of excellence.

- submitted by a principal
September 20, 2013
My family has spent many hours undoing the damage this school did to our child. At his current school, he thrives, is learning, has great relationships with friends and teachers....at Northside our family experienced the horror of finding out that our child was being told by his teacher he was "not smart" and was "bad". The school has no respect for diversity of learning styles or the uniqueness of children as individuals. We had planned on being NCA'ers for life but following learning about what was going on in our son's classroom, removed him immediately and he has thrived ever since. We know all schools aren't a fit for everyone but using your position as a teacher and almost destroying a child's spirit is inexcusable.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
Northside Christian Academy is a wonderful school for any family that wants their child to get a great education but more importantly learn how to live according to God's word. Our three children graduated from NCA after attending 5K-12th grade. We have been connected with Northside in some way for over 35 years and are so very thankful for the many teachers, coaches and administration who made NCA a really special place. It means so much to hear our 3 grown kids speak of those who made and continue to make an impact on their life. The size of the classes in elementary are an extra plus to learning and one on one attention.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
I would not place my family anywhere but Northside Christian Academy. I ve had my children there for five years. My oldest, a graduate, is now in her second year at UNC. She will tell you firsthand, that Northside Christian Academy fully prepared her for college, and that she has confidence in her future career pursuits. She is maintaining an A average in college, and is in their leadership program. I have two sons, one going into 7th grade and one going into 1st grade. They would tell you that Northside Christian Academy is a place where they feel loved, and where they feel a healthy balance between academics, spiritual development, character development, and extracurricular opportunities. In short, it is a group of people that I trust to live up to their goal to provide a Christ-centered, biblically based education in pursuit of excellence.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2012
Northside Christain School is wonderful. I love it ,my child love it and my husband and that is saying a lot. My child has been at Northside for 5 years. We have an older child who graduated from another Christian School where we paid almost triple what we are paying in tuition at NCA and we can't see any difference academically. The Coffee meeting we attend every month with the Head of The School is very informative. Love NCA!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2011
My children attend the elementary school at Northside and we are very happy with our experience thus far. I did a lot of research on four area Christian schools prior to choosing Northside and I was thankful I had several options. The Northside teachers are excellent and my children are thriving academically, socially and spiritually. Having a new leadership team that is willing to listen to parent feedback is phenomenal and I believe great things are on the horizon for this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
My child attended Northside a few years before she was pulled out. When she started at Northside, she wanted to be a Doctor. By the time she left, her only aspiration was just to graduate from a school, any school! The atmosphere may be great for families, I guess! But what happened to my daughter speaks more to an environment that doesn't really promote, at least not to any significant level, hard work. Its about keeping families happy. My daughter was already happy! She lost her drive to want to be more and started settling for simply becoming a CPCC graduate like many of the kids who graduate from Norhtside. Simply far too many of them end up at CPCC. Why?

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2011
My son is at another local Christian school so I believe in Christian Education but not at the expense of academic excellence. Northside decided much later than other institutions like it that it was necessary to upgrade it's curriculum, a curriculum that currently lacks sufficient AP doused to be considered competitive, no scoop year academic internships, concurrent enrollment programs with colleges and universities. These are just a few areas that must be addressed that other Christian institutions are addressing. There is a need for Christian doctors and other Christian professionals all over the world and in this country. Some countries, this included, women will not see a doctor unless the doctor is female. Christian institutions can serve a much needed role by preparing these and other professionals very early on to assume some of these professional gaps. You can't effectively prepare students to meet this and other academic and spiritual goals when you are constantly in survival and self preservation mode. Other local (Christian) schools are filled to capacity while this one is not. Please pray for Northside. I hope it is not too late.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
I graduated from Northside Christian Academy in the 90's. At the time I didn't realize all the advantages I was getting from a Christian education. I have seen the things that I was taught help me in my life today so much that my wife and I now make the sacrifice to send my two oldest kids to the school. I know they will benefit from the same things that I did.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
This has been the most amazing year for my child at NCA. NCA is a great, Bible teaching, character building, and academically challenging school. The students are encouraged to be a living Bible & they are held accountable for the choices they make, both good & bad. I'm thankful that they accept students where they are and they help them to grow...spiritually & academically. I know the school lost some athletes this year but God took the students that remained and He used them in incredible ways. Every team did great including soccer, volleyball, wrestling, and basketball. The boys basketball team had a very successful year placing 2nd in the state. We have spring sports underway and I know that God will use them too! It was great to watch each team play as a team, where everyone could share in the game. This year was amazing as we watched each team's character on the playing field/court, a great testimony for the athletes. I'm proud that my child attends NCA and has had a great opportunity in sports, fine arts, education, and character building. When paired with lessons learned at home, NCA helps to create a strong Christian young person for which I'm thankful! Thank you NCA!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2011
I can see each of the faces as they wrote the negative reviews. My child has been at NCA several years and even when this small group was most vocal, I couldn t see what they saw and I tried for the sake of my child. I was at the school quite often.The teachers and the staff that I have encountered are great! Regardless, in my opinion this school year has been totally awesome!!!! I feel like the school (and the church) is on the verge of going through an old timey revival. I am constantly in awe of the time, committement, prayers, and communication the teachers, staff and school master provides. Over the holidays, my child was w/ other kids from other private schools and public schools and all I could do was beam w/ pride. I want to thank God for the passion the new school master and the wonderful pastor has for the school. (Maybe the passion comes because both of these Godly men having small children in the school/AEL and they both walk the walk they talk.) The couple of families that left NCA last year are in my prayers daily. I hope they found what they were looking for in other schools. I know that I know, my child is in the right school!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
The parents at Northside Christian Academy are great. The school has strong parent participation and involvement. We love the teachers and the challenging academic programs.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
Northside Christian Academy is a great school. We are a strong school academically and spiritually. We have very involved parents and wonderful families who attend our school.

- submitted by a teacher
September 13, 2010
Northside Christian Academy pairs academics with a Christian world view. If you are looking for a perfect school, there are none; but NCA strives to produce life-long learners, pursuing Christ-likeness in every aspect of life. I have two sons who are graduates of NCA. After college both moved on to careers in full-time ministry. I appreciate the positive impact NCA's coaches, teachers and staff made in their lives.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2010
Northside sucks! The school is shrinking. Went from 2 buildings to one, not because of conservation. The lifers who have been there for many years are trying desperately to hold on to a legacy while unable to meet the current demands of modern education. By the way, to the parent who stated that the school had students to graduate and attend Harvard, Northside lists schools their graduates attend after graduation on their website. Harvard is not listed. Keep dreaming! I discovered that for 2010-2011 AY the entire football team withdrew from the school. For longtime members of the church and school it has been a great ride. Your refusal to update your curriculum coupledf with no parent teacher org to date is resulting in your irrelevance.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2010
My children are at NCA and have attended since 5K. I have been affiliated with NCA for 13 years. I feel my children have and are receiving an excellent education. The administration and teachers have always been available whenever I need them. I am very pleased with education my children are receiving. It seems that perhaps some of the negative comments come from the fact that the people were not at NCA for the purpose it was started and has continued. NCA is a christian school that gives a wonderful education with a biblical worldview. The education is top notch.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2010
As the parent of three Northside graduates, I have no hesitation commending Northside to any parents seeking a Christian school for their child. While not perfect (after all, what institution is?), Northside seeks to offer a Christ-centered education that prepares young people to enter the world of higher education and/or the work force. Our children did well in college having been prepared by the top-notch English department as well as the Science department.. High expectations in the area of research and composition helped our children handle the demands of college English classes. Likewise, a college anatomy professor commented on our child's abilities in the dissection lab - which is directly attributable to the training received in NCA's science lab. Teachers that impacted our children's lives still stay in touch and encourage them on their way. You can't pay for that kind of quality.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2010
I am a parent who proudly has three very successful children who graduated from Northside Christian Academy. We were involved with the school for 16 years until my youngest graduated. All three graduated from very respected colleges and had no problems with their Northside education. Northside had graduates attend the Citadel, Harvard and other institutions (including UNCC) without problems. Maybe the problem some of the parents had with Northside is that they thought it was only a private school and not chrisitan school. I would find it easy to say you can trust your childs' education to Northside. I believe the school has been training children for 40 years or more and I don't recall a time when there was a problem with a child's safety.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2010
NCA is a school stuck in time, the past. Failure of the school to balance spiritual instruction with the public need for excellence in education is resulting in a dying school. The administration just fired another headmaster (oh I mean he resigned!) I got it!The discovery of some guy out in texas with a miraculous marketing plan is supposed to turn the school around. Parents, for those of us who want to balance spiriual instruction with academic excellence, NCA is not it! God is excellence! But for this instituion, because of it's need to continue to be a haven for founding family members, they are missing the boat. Everyone else is simply noise to Northside. Look at SAT scores posted to their website. What they consider as "excellent" cant even get your average student into UNCC. Parents dont listen to me go benchmark! Do your homework!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
Northside is not worth the $6525 tuition. As a parenet and consumer I feel cheated with no recourse or opportunity to voice my opionion. For instance, there isn't a PTA association that encourages parent involvement. It is clear that they are not willing to adapt to change. Maybe it's because the school is church affilliated and all decisions are made by the Deacon board or the still still operate by the late Jack Hudson's principles. For those of you who don't know he authored a book called, 'What Segregation can not do'. I agree with an earlier post that the administration is rigid and not nurturing. For those who are seeking a private school education look elsewhere. Per stats in Charlotte Magazine Nortside ranks among the lowest with only 6 AP courses compared to at least 25 by other top tier schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 31, 2010
I have two children who attend NCA in Kindergarten & 3rd grade. I love to be able to send my kids to this school. The teachers strive to teach leadership, good Christian values and high academics. They offer terrific specials classes & teachers who really shine . Unlike the parent who said the communication was poor amongst teachers to parents, it's quite the opposite. Most teachers prefer face to face conversation, phone calls and weekly newsletters. As a parent and a room mom I can say that the communication is superb. There's never a question about what the children are learning or how they are progressing. The teachers praise their students, show an individual concern and caring for each student and promote learning. They are ahead of the public school curriculum. There is also fair & prompt discipline. This school has longevity and for good reasons. Great investment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 25, 2009
Im in the 9th gradeat nca and havebeen going there since 6th grade. I love noorthside th teachers really care about the student and i still cant get over thefact that we can pray in school. Just yesterday wehad our thanksgiving chapel and got together as a whole school to give thanks to god. Also the sports teams are awsome our softball team won states last year our varsity boys soccer team went to states this year our football team went to the play offs for the1st time this year n our cheerleading team (which im on) is awsome n tons of fun.

- submitted by a student
June 25, 2009
Administration is very rigid and does not seem to push for higher academic standards from its staff. I would categorize this school as a lower tier private school. If you have options, I would send to a school that has a better reputation academically. I agree with the previous comments in that the school does an extremely poor job of administering their standards fairly and communicating with parents (outside of email). You would think from the responses you get when requesting a meeting that they are running a small country and just too busy.

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June 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2008
This school is a great bible based school. The teachers there are very nice and caring. I would reccomend this school to anybody and everybody.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2008
This school was founded on Biblical standards and has not changed since. My children attended the school and are now upstanding Christians with children of there own. Northside is a place where children are taught the Bible just like it should be taught and are grounded and established in the word of God.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
We are new to this school coming from a much smaller private Christian school. My children are used to a warm loving environment. So far they have not experienced this at Northside. Children in younger grades need to be nurtured not riddled with excessive rules. The only time my child is permitted to talk is on the playground. I have offered to volunteer in my childrens classrooms and have been told I'm not needed. So much for parent involvement. The school is in a crime ridden area but administration assured us they have no problems. All I know is that in the middle of the day my husband (unknown by the school) was walking the halls (doors weren't locked) and wasn't stopped by anyone. Scary. We hope things improve as the year progresses as we really hate to switch schools again.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2008
My child has attended NCA for several years. Like the previous reviews, I feel that my child is safe there. I do too agree with the previous reviewers that the administration can be a bit rigid and legalistic. Also has very conservative political views that are also imposed on children. I also agree that as the students get to higher grades that the expectation of excellence and 'push' needed to make them competitive with their counterparts at other schools isn't there. Would also like to see a bit more diversity on the staff, in addition to more investment in the athletic program to continue to open up opportunities for college choices for kids. Surprised that the graduating classes go to more local/lesser known schools vs Ivy League, UNC, etc. Great school for lower grades, but may want to revaluate for middle/high school if you are targeting top tier schools for college.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2007
This is one of the best schools that my daughter has attended and she has attended several. This is a Christian based education that is outstanding. I would recommend this school without hesitation. My daughter has blossomed since attending and we are both looking forward to great things in the future. I can sing nothing but praises for the faculty and staff of this school. They truly are involved in the day-to-day lives of their charges and their enthusiasm for teaching and sharing Christ shows every day!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2007
Great School! Not only has it been around over 45 years, but it continues to strive for excellence. The school teaches a Biblical Wordview

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2006
Northside is a big, traditional Christian school in the University City area of Charlotte. Not in a great neighborhood, but I always felt my kids were safe there. My children spent only a short time at Northside. Not a good fit for our family: too legalistic and unfriendly. But they do have a clear, consistent gospel presentation. They are Christ-centered and offer lots of teriffic extracurricular programs! Very nice campus. Fun playground. Well-structured admissions process. Solid education from a Baptist perspective. Great alternative to local public schools. I think it might be ideal for families looking for a Christian high school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 03, 2006
I think Northside christian Academy is a beautiful school. I wish that they were more conversational with parents. Some teachers there do not even speak when you speak to them. I also think they can put more time into their students and go the extra mild to make a child come out of a hold that holds them back. Its a private school and thats what we pay them to do. I would also like to see them send children to the restroom with a monitor but not alone.

- submitted by a teacher
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Northside Christian Academy
333 Jeremiah Blvd, Charlotte, NC  28262
(704) 599-9015
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Northside Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews.