"We are best known for Bible based College Prep."
Students enrolled 844
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Mr. Mike Woods
Transportation options None
Type Religious
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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5500 Wake Academy Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603

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4 stars
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March 06, 2014
As an alumna from WCA, a 13 year one at that, I can easily attest to the Biblical morals to which the institution adheres. My 5 star rating does not say that the school is perfect, but that I gained valuable lessons concerning my faith, ethics, morals, and character that I believe I would not have gained elsewhere. However, I cannot promise that sending your child here will turn them into a Bible-thumping Christian, it will only attempt to instill values that are mimicked in the home. I am so thankful for the relationships with friends, families, and teachers that I made at this school which have lasted to this day.

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2014
We have 2 kids in elementary school at Wake Christian. We are more than pleased about our experiences with this school! Our youngest struggled in 1st grade. The alert, well-qualified teacher recognized the signs of Dyslexia, and it was confirmed with outside testing. Obviously we were concerned about how the needs would be met in 2nd grade. The love, compassion, and attention to meet the extra needs, reconfirmed our decision to send our kids to WCA. The self esteem of this child has increased dramatic as a direct result of the interaction with the 2nd grade teacher. Since we began at WCA, we have always felt welcome and included in all activities. Every year I continue to see the school thrive and move forward. Beginning this year, the summer activities/camps have increased to meet the needs of working parents. For us, it is a financial struggle to send our kids to WCA, but it is WORTH IT!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2014
We have a second grader at WCA and we have been very happy at the school. Are the buildings brand new? No, but what this school may lack in aesthetic appeal is made up for in quality of learning environment and education. Our second grader is challenged to stretch each week. The class is moving at a remarkable pace and bringing him along with them. I like that I can send our son to school and know that he is learning about the world around him AND things of the Lord. When needed, both teachers and administration have had an open door policy with us for meetings and/or conferences. WCA has a great formula when it comes to a loving family atmosphere. They are not RIGID, but they do have high expectations of the kids that are reinforced through a variety of discipline systems. Parents are welcomed most any time and there are lots of volunteer opportunities if you like to get involved in your child's class. We considered 2 other private schools, and I can say that we haven't regretted the choice we made. WCA is made up of great people who really do put their hearts into the children.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
We are completely happy with our WCA experience over the past 3 years (K - 2nd). Our sons are more than well cared for and well educated. The environment is completely loving and safe. WCA has been the best decision we could have made for our family.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
Our family is not very wealthy. We make sacrifices to send our children to a private school. However, we feel that it is most definitely worth it! We cannot say enough wonderful things about Wake Christian Academy. We have a son currently in the second grade. He has been attending Wake Christian since kindergarten. We have loved all his teachers! Our son comes home with class projects like tomahawks, pueblos, snowflakes, bean plants, etc. that he has made in class. He talks about the exercises they do and games they play in the classroom when it rains and they can t go out for recess. They went on a pond study fieldtrip, performed a second grade Christmas play, and had a bowling trip. I walked my son in one morning and saw his teacher praying at her desk for her students as they came in. No school is perfect, but I can promise one thing. The teachers and staff here at Wake Christian truly love the Lord, and they truly love these children. The elementary principal and staff are excellent! They are always upbeat and positive, and they take the time and effort to get to know each child and family. We love our school!!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
We have had a wonderful experience with WCA since moving to Raleigh. My son's teacher has been great about communicating with us throughout the year on his progress. She has really helped him with his confidence both in and out of the classroom. The school offers a wide range of programs for students to learn outside of the classroom through various clubs. The school has a competitive athletic program also, which is important to us. WCA is a very positive and encouraging school with a Christ-driven philosophy. You can tell the staff and teachers at every level truly care about the students and parents. There is a strong parent-teacher-student connection at the school. Now, by no means are the kids that attend WCA "perfect", including mine. There are still your normal everyday "kid problems" with behavior and such, but the school does a fantastic job at working with the kids to guide them and develop them through the rough patches. WCA is truly a Godly school and we couldn't be more pleased with our experience at WCA and look forward to many, many more years!

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
We have 2 children in elementary school and we are very happy with the support and care given to them. This is our first year at WC and so far so good. Our kids are learning at WC and at times the homework assignments can be long; but parents who place their children at WC are committed to a Christ-centered education. WE also understand that WE are part of the success of our children's academic career and that takes our time and effort. There are pros and cons, but we knew that we wanted our kids here after the tour. The staff was fantastic at answering our questions and concerns. The open door policy relieved our anxiety. It's not just lip service, we have found that the school REALLY does have an open door policy. Parents are encouraged to participate and get involved with the school. Unlike our experience in public school where parents have no rights, WC has continued to commit itself to the building up of each family. Is WC perfect?......of course not. Are the people who work in the building perfect?....no. But when you walk through the halls and kids are working hard and STILL SMILING, you feel you're witnessing something special. We're glad we're here.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
Kindergarten and First Grade were fantastic years; however, Second grade needs an overhaul considering their teacher quality. Concerns have been floating around about teachers who "bully" their students and our family believes it's happening in Second Grade. Our child's teacher really concerns us. One student in her class describes her as MOODY. He doesn't trust her. Our child stays in a state of fear. We tried to talk to the teacher and Principal; however, neither see anything wrong with the culture of the classroom as the response is WE WANT TO GROW YOUR CHILD UP. WE want our child to feel loved, safe and excited about learning (not bullied by the teacher). Our child's love for learning has faded this year. This teacher may be a more appropriate teacher in Middle School. One more thing, YOU can't change the terrible problem of the curriculum fed teacher in Second Grade. Be warned, there are very little opportunities for hands on learning in 2nd. It's all worksheet based. We wanted another year like K and 1st-great teachers who have JOY and who TEACH, not TELL. Second grade earns an F; which makes this once supportive family of WC very, very sad. Our future is unclear at WC.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2013
It's AWFUL. SAVE YOUR MONEY IM BEGGING YOU! Everyone is cliquey, judgemental, or just rude. School is old. Chapel worship is very bland.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2013
I was there from kindergarten all the way to Senior year, and let me tell you, this school is a joke. They do not prepare you whatsoever for the real world, and my first year of college has been very challenging because of that. They shelter kids way too much here. They don't prepare you educationally either. The math department here is the biggest joke I've ever seen, and even though multiple people have complained about it, they have done nothing about it. The teachers do not care at all, and sometimes are bigger bullies than the kids are. Everything was fine until I hit middle school. That's when I realized what this school was really about. If you have a lot of money and fit the mold of the typical preppy rich kid, you'll do fine. But if you're just an average kid like I was, prepare for the worst, or better yet, just get out of there. This school is not worth your money, trust me, I was there.

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2013
We have a daughter in the 5th grade at Wake Christian. She has attended WCA since Kindergarten. We have been greatly please with all aspects of her education. Each of her teachers have been passionate about education, their Faith and our daughter's development. We highly recommend WCA to any parent looking to enroll their child in a quality Christian environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
Wake Christian Academy continues to be a blessing to our family. The faculty, staff and families of Wake Christian Academy create a caring atmosphere where students' are challenged to develop and utilize their God given gifts in academics, athletics, missions, music and leadership, with the goal of bringing glory to God in all that they do.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
It's hard to believe that with four children raging in age from 7-12 that I could find a school that was right for all of them-but I was so blessed to find WCA. It has been our home now for 8 years and will be until they all graduate. Stop in and visit and you will see what makes a school a home and second family!!

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
Wake Christian Academy has done a great job improving every aspect of the school in recent years. As a graduate of WCA and the parent of two graduates I have seen the school transform in the last few years. WCA has done an excellent job preparing students for college while providing them with a Christ centered education. My children were accepted into every college in which they applied including NC State, Appalachian, and UNC-Wilmington. Students of WCA have the opportunity to play on competitive sports teams, play in the marching band, the orchestra or handbells. They also have an outstanding art department. The administrators, faculty, staff, and coaches genuinely care about the students and make the school feel like a family. In addition WCA reaches out to the community and teaches their students to "give back". I'm so proud of what WCA has become.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
Wake Christian is a great choice for an education based on Christian beliefs. The school's staff and teachers care about their students and create a positive learning environment. As with any school situation, it is not perfect, however, the school's staff and admnistration continue to focus on making improvements. They are open to constructive feedback from students and parents and act appropriately on suggestions offered.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2013
Wake Christian is an excellent school in all aspects. The curriculum is academically strong, (including the upgraded math curriculum introduced in the 2012-2013 school year); the teachers are top-notch and genuinely concerned for each and every student; subjects are taught from a Biblical worldview; and the campus continues to be upgraded and improved upon each and every year. The sports program is competitive and offers a variety of options for students of all interests. The Fine Arts department, likewise, offers a wide-selection of classes. Every year I am thankful for how the adminstration, faculty, and staff strive for excellence in teaching and helping our students to become the people God needs them to be. I currently have children in the high school and the middle school and they have attended Wake Christian throughout their school careers.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2013
Our child transferred out of a local public high school setting. The administration, teachers and students all made us feel welcome and very much a part of the WCA family even though we were moving in at a much older age. A smaller academic setting was the biggest benefit as well as having rules that were actually enforced and fair to all. Teachers and administration was consistent and truly cared about each student achieving their highest potential. Individual respect, drive and committment towards success in all aspects of life were evident at every level. These are priceless returns on the sacrifice of the tuition investment. Nothing is more valuable than the investment in our child's future! Wish we would have moved to WCA years ago!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2013
My children (3) have gone to WCA for the past 6 years. I have one who recently graduated and is in nursing school. WCA does a great job of educating my children. The oldest was prepared for her college classes and is doing very well. WCA is like any other school, you get out of it what you put into it. Students who want to excel can. My oldest got into every school she applied too except one.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
Honestly, having attended Wake Christian from Kindergarten through Senior year, I can tell you that although this school is not what some (what I believe to be slighted students) reviews have been saying, there is some truth there. The biggest problem with Wake Christian is the education. The math department is very poor in quality, and I was not prepared when taking the ACT or SAT. In fact, I didn't even know how to do geometry because of how poor the teaching was in this area. The teachers do care. It is a loving environment. Bullying IS NOT a issue, and the admin is very prompt in addressing bullying if so, but altogether the education DID NOT prepare me for college. I have several friends who did much better than me on the ACT and SAT that attended public school (for free). If you send your child here you will most likely waste some money on education. Not on care and devotion but on solid education. If your child is planning on attending college, do not send them here. Other than that, the teachers are great, staff is great, and it was a good atmosphere, I just didn't learn properly..

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2012
I am a former teacher and student in the Wake County Public School System. In recent years, I have kept a close watch on the turmoil and changes that are constantly occurring within the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). With that being said, my wife and I would have elected to send our child to Wake Christian Academy even without all the turmoil and constant shifting of school assignments within the WCPSS. We have found that the teachers sincerely care about the children and the small class size allows for much more individual attention. The smaller class sizes and the expectations of the teachers have enabled our son to read and do math well above grade level. Wake Christian Academy does have a dress code and a code of conduct that are not found in most other schools today. Perhaps most importantly, it is a Christian School. They reinforce the Christian teachings and the Biblical world views that our son receives at church and at home. They Pray, and have Bible study while giving our son an outstanding education. These are several of the things that we LOVE about the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
I have a chid who is on her third year at WCA and while I started with some trepdation, I can only echo the sentiments of the "not so happy other rating"; "Please, just come and visit". It is one of the best school experiences I have ever had. The administration is attentive, the teachers are well prepared, experienced, loving, kind, firm and caring. Mrs. Bowers, (kindergarten) was my child's first favorite teacher and then Ms. Gore (first grade) and now her new favorite, Mrs. Ramsey (second grade). She can be a bit reserved and so dreads moving up each year, but then ultimately exclaims that she just loves her new grade. If your heart is with Christ, or you just want a solid foundation with a basic moral compass being instilled in your child, than WCA, is certainly the right place. Just one last thought, I would much rather my child be in a school where she is loved, seen as an individual, and given proper instruction (superior), then have to deal with the attitudes, bullying, bad language etc. of the alternative. This environment makes my job as a parent, Simply Enjoyable! Bless you WCA! Thank You God for christian character!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
My son is a new student at Wake Christian and loves it so much. We have attended two other private schools in Raleigh and to us nothing has been better than Wake Christian. I wished I would have put him in Wake Christian a long time ago. The teachers I just can't say enough about. My son is soaring academically and he just loves learning so much this year. He is getting homework done a head of time and this shows me how much he loves the environment at Wake Christian. I would recommend it to all my friends and family. We are having a great year. I know there are many more blessing to come to this school for the good they do with the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
My children have been going to this school for over 7 years, and I am very impressed with the administration and staff. I know that my children are cared for and loved, as well as taught on a highly academic level. I've personally witnessed teachers taking time to pray with children, as well as seen senior administration pick up trash or fill in wherever needed. I recall many upgrades done in the past few years to the buildings, grounds and technology department to bring them current. It is a well-established, spiritually growing, and academically challenging school that I am proud to send my children to each day. I can't imagine them going anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2012
This is a very safe place for a child to learn and grow. The teachers care about your child and their success. The administration in my experience is very responsive and puts the students first. I never have had an issue with the buildings being older. They are all very well kept and clean. It is hard to name a campus that is more beautiful in the fall season. The Wake Christian families are all very familiar with each other from an active campus life. Not only is the education top notch, so are the values that they teach.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
I would like to tell you about our experience at Wake Christian Academy. Both of my children attended Wake from early middle school to graduation. Being a public school teacher myself, I know the opportunities in public and private education and I could not have been more pleased with what Wake Christian had to offer. It was a balanced Christian environment, with caring, qualified teachers. Not only did they offer all the major sports but also a top notch music program. The AP classes prepared them very well for college. I highly recommend Wake Christian Academy!

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
As an alumni and a parent of 2 alumni, as well as many other family members we have all come out of WCA prepared for college. I believe the number of doctors, lawyers, and especially the number of alumni in Christian service would show that WCA is doing its job in preparing and educating students. No, the school is not for everyone, but to say the classes are out of control, when I personally know of children who have been dismissed from attending the school for bad behavior in the classroom, seems rather extreme.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
Wake Christian Academy is a great school. My husband and I have only been pleased with the Christian worldview the teachers proclaim. The academics are above par, which can be seen in the annual test scores. Students who graduate are accepted at many of the top colleges and universities. I am proud to be a WCA parent and to have our daughter enrolled in their program.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2012
Wake Christian is an AWESOME school! Both of my children have attended since kindergarten and love it. We gave them a choice to attend public school and they chose to stay at WCA. No school is perfect, not even WCA, but the comments here are extreme. Our experience has been a good one. There is always room for improvement, but I don't understand trashing the school's reputation by saying it's 'horrible.' This year's class has students attending UNC (3 students accepted), NC State, Campbell University, Liberty University Appalachian State University and multiple others. Those universities would not have accepted those students if they were not prepared. WCA is not for everyone, but it is a great experience if you come in with the right attitude.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2012
This is by far the worst school ever. All they do is baby the kids and the classes are way out of control. Much worse then public school. And as someone else said the roof leaks all the time and you would think that paying all the money you pay to go there they could afford a roof. And the whole building is falling apart. The walls have cracks in the everywhere. And they especially do NOT prepare you for the real world.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2012
This is not a christian school at all. the building are terrible and the kids are not christian. if you think this is a good christian school then go and check it out for a day. the classes are out of control and the building is terrible the gym leaks when it rains. you would expect if you had to pay six grand a year they could afford a roof on the gym. but no the teachers are terrible and i dont believe in some of the teachings.

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2012
As an alumni of both WCA and UNC, I placed out of some courses thanks to AP exams, and while I wouldnt want a HS that was academically at the same level of college I felt prepared for college and gained valuable life lessons while at WCA. I felt my teachers cared not just about my academics, but me.

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2012
I was there from kindergarten all the way to Senior year, and let me tell you, this school is a joke. They do not prepare you whatsoever for the real world, and my first year of college has been very challenging because of that. They shelter kids way too much here. They don't prepare you educationally either. The math department here is the biggest joke I've ever seen, and even though multiple people have complained about it, they have done nothing about it. The teachers do not care at all, and sometimes are bigger bullies than the kids are. Everything was fine until I hit middle school. That's when I realized what this school was really about. If you have a lot of money and fit the mold of the typical preppy rich kid, you'll do fine. But if you're just an average kid like I was, prepare for the worst, or better yet, just get out of there. This school is not worth your money, trust me, I was there.

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2012
This school HORRIBLE. The kids get bullied even more than public school. i highly don't recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
My daughter has attended k-11 and loves it. My grandson has attended k-4 and loves it. Christ-centered education and a family atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2011
Teachers wouldn't do anything to stop bullying and didn't help or support hardly any of the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
Education, Discipline, and Faith. What more could you ask for when the mission of this school is to truly build Godly character thru every aspect of life. This is shown by the academic expectations, thru out reach, on the play ground, and just building long last friendships. Small community that supports one another. Older campus but they spend their money wisely. k-12 campus with sports, fine arts, high academics and so much more. Very Blessed to have this school in our lives.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
I love this school. While growing up I attended schools in an area where the teachers didn't care. Bullying ran rampant and the programs were awful. I was very nervous for my son to start school. I was recommended to Wake Christian by fellow church members. My son could not have a better set of Kindergarten teachers. They have great patience and wonderful interaction with the children. They teach of the love of Jesus and have no tolerance for bullying. Your child feels loved and appreciated for being exactly who Christ made them to be. I couldn't ask for a better blessing. Nothing is more important to me than having my child be able to feel loved and cared about in his learning environment. He has excelled greatly because of this. Thank You Jesus!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
I think Wake Christian Academy is the best school of all schools. The students get one on one if they need it. Thestaff and teachers ar the best.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2010
As an alumni of WCA, I can proudly say that the lessons I've learned and taken with me through my college years have helped me to develop one thing that everyone should have: character.

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2008
We transferred our son to WCA last year. We regret not doing so earlier. He has learned so much and loves going to school now. The teachers first priority is the success of the student and they do what ever it takes to see it happen. We could not be happier!!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
This is a great school no matter what grade you are going to be attending. They have awesome programs in art, music, academics, sports, and so much more.

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Wake Christian Academy
5500 Wake Academy Drive, Raleigh, NC  27603
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Wake Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews.