Advertisement

North Raleigh Christian Academy

Private | K-12 | 1430 students

Quality Academics and Staff with Biblical Worldview and Outstanding Facilities
 
 

 

Living in Raleigh

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $155,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $970.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 12 ratings
2012:
Based on 17 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

Sweep tile
No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on April 1, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 on April 30, 2014 (the “Promotion Period”). Open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C., 13 years and older. Each school that receives a new, published review will get one (1) entry into the sweepstakes, up to ten (10) entries throughout the Promotion Period. See the Official Rules for details. Sponsor: GreatSchools, 1999 Harrison St., Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612.

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

46 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted March 19, 2014

I have been a student at this school for three years. The students at this school are very extreme. They are either kind and sweet, or vicious and backstabbing. From the first week I was enrolled, I was called names and made fun off consistently. There is SO much hypocrisy going on. Kids will nod, smile, and say the right things in Bible class, and then go and gossip, lie, cheat, and steal. The teacher quality is also spotty and inconsistent. Some of my teachers were awesome and made me want to pay attention and really learn about what they were saying. On the other hand, some teachers are absolutely TERRIBLE. The Bible department at NRCA is awful. While the teachers have the knowledge to teach Bible, they lack the empathy to effectively teach this sensitive subject. In general, the teachers are hypocritical, and don't have the ability to discern between hard-working students and suck ups. Additionally, the administration, while having some amazing staff members, has a general aura of self-righteousness. Basically, don't send your child here if they don't have a thick skin, high self-esteem, and are grounded in their faith.


Posted January 25, 2014

NRCA is a liberal's worse nightmare. The school is deeply rooted in faith and biblical principles. The parents are wealthy, married, college educated, Christian, and totally intolerant of the liberal agenda prevalent in Wake County Public Schools. I'm so blessed that I can send all three of my kids to this school. I love it and I love being totally insulated from liberal public school politics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

NRCA is an outstanding school that has provided a biblically, challenging education for my children. I have a graduate of NRCA and she is doing outstanding in her college courses due to the dedicated teachers that prepared her. I highly recommend this school and thank the administration for following the mission and vision of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

Talk to parents who have been here awhile. Watered down curriculum provides little to no challenge to students academically. Biblical teaching is to the far right extreme- fundamental and authoritative - truly turns children and parents away from embracing God's word. We need to have our children enrolled in a school that will prepare them well for college and life. NRCA is not accomplishing this and we will not return next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

They played music in chapel with axis like miley cyrus, pit bull, and kesha . It was really fun!


Posted December 10, 2013

I have 1 child at this school and I'm ready to put my 2 other children in this fantastic school. The teachers are very accepting and the education is awesome. They believe the Bible and teach it. Most teaachers keep to the basic points of salvation in Christ so the kids can feel free to worship in their own churches without any judgement of style etc. Love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Tremendous school, with outstanding resources and teachers. No school is perfect but NRCA is tough to beat. What makes this school different his the quality and level of involvement of the parents. We're blessed to have all 3 kids here. I do wish they had an accelerated or gifted program for the truly academically gifted children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

North Raleigh Christian Academy has been a true blessing to our family academically, relationally and spiritually. Academically, our children have been challenged to pursue excellence and reach for new heights in each of their subjects. Relationally, they have been guided in the long process of developing good, solid, healthy relationships that not only reflect the love of Christ but include respect and genuine care and concern for their well being. Spiritually, they have been challenged to stand firm in what they believe, share Christ with others in a loving, non-confirtational way and make it a daily commitment to do everything to please Christ. Our family is grateful for the impact the administration, faculty and staff has on our children and pray the Lord will continue to bless the school and their teacher's classrooms!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

Our family has been blessed by the NRCA teachers, staff, coaches, and administration. One of the reasons for our choice is that the school has definite standards of conduct and academic rigor. It is clearly communicated and every effort is made to be as consistent as possible. We have appreciated the biblical principles of accountability and good conduct. Our expectations have been met and our children are thriving. We look forward to great things for our children and are thankful for the assistance NRCA provides. Blessings to all that make it such a success and afford our children such wonderful experiences. In fact, our son is on the Grandfather Mountain trip today. and our daughter leaves for Atlanta on Friday. As you can see, we highly recommend NRCA to all our friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

We had 2 children in NRCA. We removed them after middle school even though they had attended NRCA since k-5. We will not return our kids to NRCA. Like any school NRCA has good and bad attributes but it was time to move the kids when the bad outweighed the good. There are many wonderful teachers at NRCA who have blessed our kids lives, however the administration of the school is holding the school back and their policies and Pharisee like behavior is not the Christianity we want our children to see. NRCA is very concerned with image over the heart of children. The version of Christianity that is embodied by administration and some others does not reach 90% of the student body and instead turns kids off to a relationship with God. NRCA will tell you that financial struggles are the reason most people leave. This is not true and if you are considering the school we urge you to speak with many current and former families to get a true sense of the school before enroll ing. There is no doubt that if a competing school existed that had NRCAs facilities and price point, a least 60% of the families would leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

It is hard to believe another year has gone by for our students at NRCA. Our oldest will be entering Middle School at NRCA and our youngest will continue in elementary. What can I say? NRCA has great teachers who care. My children continue to have a wonderful experience. Each are excited to be at school. Not only do we have great academics, but the Bible classes and chapels challenge our children spiritually. What a joy to see our belief in God extended to the school. I know my children are safe spiritually and physically. That is a blessing! My oldest is looking forward to becoming involved in sports. How pleased we were to see our children's test scores at the end of the year. They continue to grow and thrive in this wonderful and challenging environment. I want to praise the elementary for the monthly character traits that have been emphasized in chapel over the years. These have been incredibly impactful on my children. We continue to highly recommended NRCA if you are looking for a strong academic environment where Christ is honored and firm but loving discipline is administered. We are at peace every day with our children at NRCA. Thank you to the NRCA staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2013

NRCA has long been the number one choice among all private and Christian schools in Wake county and surrounding areas. At 1430 students, NRCA has a reputation for strong academics, outstanding fine arts, and championship athletics in a Christ-centered environment. The academic rigor is evident when you see the achievement tests batteries for kindergarten through ninth grade that are above average with stanines of 7 to 9. The average SAT score for the Class of 2012 was 1159, 148 points above the national average. The top 25% scored 1330 and the top 10% of scored 1390. The Class of 2012 was offered $3,669,268 in college merit scholarships with 71% of the merit recipients earning $50,000 or greater, several in six figures. Of the sixteen graduation classes and 1,064 graduates from 1997-2012, 97% have attended colleges and universities with 99% of the Class of 2012 attending. Over $24 million in scholarships have been offered to NRCA graduates since 1997. NRCA graduates have attended more than 129 different colleges and universities. NRCA offers 13 AP (Advanced Placement) classes and 30 honors classes. NRCA will give your child the best in education, a Kingdom education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 11, 2013

I spent all four years of high school at this school. The academics are very good compared to local public schools. The rules for students are absurd. If a certain teacher does not like you, they can give you a detention at their discretion with no question by administration, leaving no defense for the student. Administration says the school is non-denominational, but there is a strong stench of southern baptist. Administration is very hell-stone and brim fire-ish. I did have some good teachers but the bad teachers outweighed the good. Some of the good teachers left after the 2012 school year. As parents have stated, there are difficulties coming into this school later than elementary school. Most moms are stay-at-home moms and have very little else to do besides living vicariously through their children. Parents were more involved in cliques than the students it seemed. Students here tend to be very sheltered and do not know how to handle the freedom and culture shock of college. I have seen many fellow alumni go crazy when they taste the freedom of college. In conclusion, my parents and I both agree that if we could go back we would change schools. 2 stars due to academics.


Posted March 30, 2013

I am a student from this school, and I know what it is really like. It's awful. I regret everyday I wake up and go to this wasteland. The education is very biased, and teachers grade on opinions. Hypocrisy is fluent throughout the staff and student body. Students are backstabbing and cruel. I have been outcasted and called many names for my personal beliefs and physical features I cannot help. Don't get me wrong, there are a few good students and teachers here that actually care. They are few and far between. Don't come here. Don't waste your money. Once you get sucked in, it's nearly impossible to leave.The administratives have been making drastic changes lately, but that is just because they need more people to stay so they can finance a lavish vacation or make a down payment on a new house. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME, MONEY, OR SANITY.


Posted March 21, 2013

This my first year experiencing NRCA. At first it seemed the teachers would not be accepting of him for reasons but academically he is growing. Their curriculum is set and isn't flexible for different levels. Some teachers have one style of teaching which could be broadened. How parent involvement depends on the parent being pro-active for their child and not accepting the failure of some teachers not wanting to respond. Our family has not had much of a problem with communication because we look for it and expect it. As with any school there are many great teachers. Teachers are human beings. Our concerns have been addressed. Elementary level could have higher expectancies but middle school has plenty of homework. NO school is perfect. As a parent you have to know what your expectations are and reach for them. They are strict about things but have recently down graded their dress rules. Overall, I can't say much negative about the school. Academics are there. Parent involvement is what parents put out. My one negative is that other than sports and the arts there are no after school activities for the students. Don't rely on the opinion of one person.


Posted March 5, 2013

We have the greatest appreciation for NRCA having had two of our children graduate from this great institution. Both were actively engaged in academics and athletics at NRCA. The academic challenge was outstanding. The balance of academics with age appropriateness was appreciated in elementary and middle school. The honors and AP classes on the high school level rival any of the schools in the area. The scholarship dollars they received for college were significant. They have been actively engaged in alumni activities since graduation. They love returning to visit with their teachers and attend Homecoming and Alumni Weekend events. NRCA has a tried and proven record for balance and excellence between academics, fine arts, and athletics and allow students to have a life as well. More importantly, the school is an extension of our values. Our daughters have been able to defend their faith and they love Jesus and the USA. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We could not have had a better partner in the education of our children. We highly recommend NRCA. No school is perfect but NRCA comes close.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

This is our child's first year at NRCA (upper elementary) and while we are pleased academically, we are discouraged by how unwelcoming both the parents and students have been to our family. If you start school here in kindergarten then you will likely be happy but don't expect a warm welcome if you enter later. The parents are nice enough but they do not try to get to know you or let you get to know them. And sadly that is the same attitude that their children reflect. Admissions let us down because they indicated a buddy would be assigned to our child to help him become acclimated and meet people and he never received that companion. Unsure if we will return next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2012

We are enjoying our eighth year at this wonderful Christian school. Our children have thrived spiritually, academically, and mentally. The staff is top-notch and take the time to listen to our children. Every opportunity is made available to our children in extra-curricular activities: you can choose from a variety of sports and fine arts activities. This school is a God-send with a God-story behind it. We highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2012

My family is very pleased with this school. We just moved from another state and our children always attended private schools. Our children love the school. They are challenged. The staff and teachers are wonderful. They are always kind, and the teachers are very loving to the children. I highly recommend this school if you want your children to be challenged and want a great Christian environment. We are blessed to have our three children attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2012

I have thoroughly enjoyed me experiences at NRCA. I am so thankful that the Lord called me to this ministry. Every year my heart is blessed to see the Lord working in students lives. It is truly an honor to be a part of NRCA and the fulfillment of Luke 2:52 in students lives that they might grow physically, academically, spiritually, and socially all for the glory of God.
—Submitted by a teacher


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 53%
Black 4% 32%
Asian 1% N/A
Hispanic 1% 11%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 2%
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 4% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 96% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation UNC, Chapel Hill
NC State, Raleigh
Appalachian State, Boone
Read more about resources at this school
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)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

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
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • IT support
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing 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
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

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 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. S. L. Sherrill
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
  • SBACS
Fax number
  • (919) 573-7901

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
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
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • CNA, Domestic Arts
  • Computer programming
  • IT support

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • 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
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Flag girls
  • Forensics club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Marching band
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

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
  • Monitor Lunchroom
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • NRCA is a college-preparatory institution that is distinctly Christian where we seek to education the whole child (Luke 2:52): academically, physically, spiritually, and socially, so they will not only know how to make a living, but they will know how to make a life. Our students are prepared to impact their society for Christ; they aspire to be world-changers.
School leaders can update this information here.

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
 

What are your chances?


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


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
1430
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
1500

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$6000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
UNC, Chapel Hill
NC State, Raleigh
Appalachian State, Boone
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 4%
4 year college - 96%
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

7300 Perry Creek Rd
Raleigh, NC 27616
Website: Click here
Phone: (919) 573-7900

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools



All Sts. Academy
Raleigh, NC





ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT