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Wake Christian Academy

Private | K-12 | 844 students

We are best known for Bible based College Prep.
 
 

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 6 ratings
2013:
Based on 12 ratings
2012:
Based on 16 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted March 6, 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.


Posted 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


Posted February 7, 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted February 5, 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


Posted February 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 3, 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 1, 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


Posted 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..


Posted October 4, 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 53%
Black 3% 32%
Hispanic 2% 11%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1% N/A
Asian 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation North Carolina State University
Liberty University
Wake Technical Community College
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Teacher resources

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College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Mike Woods
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • AACS
Fax number
  • (919) 779-0948

Programs

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Beta Club
  • Community service
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lego Robotics
  • Marching band
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Wake Technical Community College
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
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5500 Wake Academy Dr
Raleigh, NC 27603
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Phone: (919) 772-6264

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