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Grace Christian School

Private | K-12 | 620 students

GRACE is a loving community with strong academics and a biblical worldview.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $175,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $790.

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2012:
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2011:
Based on 9 ratings

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Posted December 7, 2011

GRACE Christian School is a non-denominational K-12 college prep program. GCS has a five-year accreditation from ACSI and AdvancED. Loving community, Christian worldview, academic excellence and 21st century technology are hallmarks of our wonderful school. Our SAT scores average 1783, higher than all but one of the public schools in the Raleigh area. We are currently conducting a one to one Macbook program for grades 4-12 and have SMARTBoards in all K-3 classrooms.

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Posted November 1, 2013

Since your students are going to be spending a great portion of their day with adults, it is these adults (the teachers at GRACE) that you would want influencing their lives. As GRACE grows and adds resources year by year, the teachers are still their greatest assets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

I have been teaching at GRACE for 11 years, and I hope to teacher here until I retire or die. I'm encouraged to have high expectations of my students but am also allowed to support them and give grace to them where I deem it appropriate. In my capacity as yearbook adviser, I get to observe all grade levels at work, and I am constantly thrilled that I work here. After three years in the public school system, I know the blessing it is to be at GRACE Christian School.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 29, 2013

Highly organized and Pro-Active with the students and parents. Consistent communication provided through email to keep parents in the loop on any and all events, goings on, etc. Staff and faculty are very in tune with curriculum, kids progress and welfare and are energetic and friendly. Quite a change coming from public schools just last year. We are very excited to see our 2 kids progress to broadening their knowledge, whom care about others, provide volunteer work for the community, become more independent and confident in their abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

Top notch school! My daughter transitioned in to Grace in 7th grade and it was seamless. Her experience here has been completely positive -- she loves the environment, the staff, the curriculum, and loves being part of a Christian school. Thank you, Grace, for making this such a special school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

GRACE is a safe, loving environment for my children to learn and grow in. The academics are fantastic, the staff is loving and the students are kind, eager learners. I highly recommend GRACE Christian School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

Just a great school. Our son has been there since Kindergarten (in 11th grade now). We feel so blessed that he has been part of this nurturing but still challenging environment all this time. He has thrived at Grace Christian and we think he's very well prepared for college. The teachers, staff, administration, anbd board have established a school, that first and foremost, develops Christian character in the young people. As parents, we love seeing the other kids our son has in his peer group. The school has great Advanced Placement opportunities; great athletic opportunities; as well as great community service opportunities. The teachers are outstanding. Every single one our son has had ... has gone above and beyond the instruction (which is superlative) to be models of what it means to be a Godly person. We could not be more pleased w/ our experience at GCS (& the tuition has stayed flat over the past 3 years which is amazing).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

We are pleased our grandson is a member of the Kindergarten class at Grace Christian. We enjoy the attitude they teach of putting others first and helping others, being kind, considerate, mannerly ... saying "yes mam, thank you, and please" and learning to share. We are amazed at how much he has learned in such a short period of time. His vocabulary and pronunciation were outstanding before his parents enrolled him at Grace, but each time we interact with him now, we are hearing words and phrases and just general conversation that is all new to him and us! He is so eager to share what he learns everyday and has greatly improved in ways that he was not before comfortable. We also are pleased with the Bible verses he is learning each week and Bible stories he is being taught. We like that he is happy and has a desire to know more and to always be in school. He reminds me of a sponge ... soaking it all in! His teacher has instigated a real desire in him to learn. She knows how to boost his confidence. We are comfortable he is in a safe environment. Everybody at Grace Christian is so nice and cooperative. We feel he is being blessed everyday and we are grateful.


Posted October 25, 2013

I am a grandparent with two grandchildren at Grace. I have been very impressed with the curriculum and what my grandchildren learn. Most of all, I'm impressed with the caring, compassionate, very able teachers and principal. They have been wonderful working through problems my grandchildren have had with school work as well as emotional problems and my grandchildren are just doing great. We had one very difficult year with one of the children and I know she would not have made it through at year at public school. The teachers were so kind and understanding and worked with her and her parents and now she is just doing great. I love Grace!


Posted October 25, 2013

Great school! We just moved to the area and have been here 3 months. We enrolled our child into the 6th grade. We were looking for a school that had good academics, an athletic department with variety, and was up to date in todays society with electronics. We have to move around a lot because of jobs so this is the 3rd elementary school she has been enrolled in. This school by far surpasses all our expectations! Everyone is so friendly and helpful! We have thoroughly enjoyed our experience so far. This is our first time attending a private school but I can honestly say that I will never go back to public! What a difference it has made in my child. She has always been a great student who made good grades, but since attending this school her "spirit" or "guard" is finally let down. She is not afraid to just be herself. Middle school is such a hard age to figure out who you are and where you belong. I am beyond thrilled that she will be in this school during these challenging years. I am rating it 4 stars out of 5 because there is always room for improvement with anything!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Grace Christian is a wonderful school to be a part of. The teachers are outstanding in knowledge, character, and grace. Technology is at the forefront of education and many teaching styles are implemented, reaching students of varying learning types. The leadership (office staff, principals, and head of school) is constantly striving for excellence and seeking the Lord in all areas of serving the school. We are blessed to be part of the Grace Christian Family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I have been so grateful for the impact this school has had on my sons' lives. My oldest went to a public high school. It fit his personality and he did fine, though it wasn't challenging or character-forming. At Grace, the teachers and coaches have develop meaningful relationships with my sons, encouraging them to learn to their best ability, to grow in their leadership skills, and to take their faith seriously. One son is doing exceptionally well at UNC-CH, and the other hopes to attend their next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This school is very inviting and welcoming. The academics are first rate. We as grandparents, along with the parents, chose this school for a lot of reasons. The first reason being because of the Christian values they bring to our young and impressionable grand daughter. The second being the kind and caring staff that provide excellent academic learing experiences. There are many opportunites for the children to be involved in activities, sports and clubs. I think this is important for a well rounded experience. Overall, this school tops most in the state of North Caroling.


Posted October 24, 2013

My 12th-grade daughter entered GRACE in 10th grade after homeschooling her whole life. She has had some of the same teachers for several years, is able to take advantage of the extensive offerings of AP courses, and enjoyed being involved in drama and choir, service projects, academic group projects. Since everyone uses the school-issued laptops, they are able have assignments to make video presentations. She has had lots of homework and a rigorous program, creatively implemented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

GRACE provides a safe, loving, and caring place for my children. I love this school and so do my kids. The facilities are wonderful and the teachers are great. We tried the public schools for 3 months and it was not a positive experience. I am so thankful that we found GRACE. I have a child that has some challenges with learning and the LEAP Program has helped him overcome them with dignity. It is a wonderful place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

We are new to GRACE this year and couldn't be happier. The school is very organized and inviting. My child's teacher is talented, organized, committed, and faith-filled. We receive constant communication and know exactly what is happening in the classroom and elsewhere on the school campus. The curriculum is appropriate and taught in creative ways. The children in my child's third grade class are sweet and well-behaved. There are many events that happen outside of school hours, such as tailgates, talent shows, plays, and moms night out. We are so happy that we made the switch to GRACE Christian School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

This school is academically challenging with teachers that will help the children succeed. We came from the public school system and the teachers helped my kids catch up! The students care about learning and help each other be successful. This school helps them become great students and wonderful individuals. They provide many ways for the kids to be involved whether in sports, clubs, etc. The caring, loving atmosphere is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

Grace Christian in Raleigh is a wonderful school. The teachers are very loving and care about our children's eduation and well-being. It feels like a big family. I highly recommend this school to family and friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

We chose Grace for our daughter for the loving Christian environment, strong academics and smaller class sizes. We could not be any happier with our choice. We visited several schools including public options and have not regretted it once. The teachers and staff are incredibly friendly and professional. Our daughter started kindergarten and is now in first grade and the friendships with not only her but as a family has been wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

Grace Christian School is an unbelievable academic environment! Both our daughters have been there since kindergarten and are enrolled in high school currently. Grace is always on the cutting edge as Mac Books are issued to the students for the entire school year. The teachers and leadership at the school are the best. Not only are they academically prepared to handle classroom teaching, they are true teachers who instill in the students the highest standard of ethics and morals that will be with them a lifetime. The entire Grace family supports one another and truly has each student's best interest at heart, whether in the classroom or on the sports field or elsewhere. Grace is a not just a school, a but true Christian based learning experience through preschool, middle school, and high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

I have been nothing but impressed with the teacher quality and willingness to give students all that they need. The principal is terrific as is the headmaster of the lower school. The class size is terrific and the teachers push the students to learn all they can.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 53%
Black 1% 32%
Hispanic 1% 11%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 2%
Asian 0% N/A
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 96% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of North Carolina
N. Carolina State University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Dual accreditation with AdvancED (SACS-CASI) and ACSI (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: International Club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Don Payne- Head of School
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • tsaenz@gracechristian.net
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • AACS
  • ACSI
  • CSI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • IT support

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language club: International Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • GRACE has SmartBoards in every elementary classroom and MacBook Airs are provided to every student in 4th-12th grade as part of annual tuition and fees. Experiential learning is emphasized. We are accredited by ACSI and AdvancEd. In athletics, GCS has 24 athletic teams in middle and high school. The Boy's Cross Country team won back to back 2A State Championship in 2011 & 2012. The Girl's Volleyball team won Runner-up State Championship in 2011.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
144
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
156

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$5000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of North Carolina
N. Carolina State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 2%
4 year college - 96%
Military - 2%
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801 & 1101 Buck Jones Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606
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Phone: (919) 783-6618

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