It would be easy to dismiss some of the negative reviews of the school as outliers of just a few people who have had bad experiences. However as a parent whose children spent kindergarten through part of high school at NRCA and a parent who was actively involved with both academics and athletics I can tell you from experience that the most of the issues in the negative reviews I or my children have also witnessed or experienced first hand. NRCA is great from the outside with it's fantastic facilities and talk of kingdom education. Unfortunately a great deal of what is good about NRCA is undermined by an administration more concerned with religion than Christianity, more concerned with the length of a child's hair, or the that their tank top is only two fingers wide instead of three than they are with the nature of the kids heart. Kids that can talk the talk for the most part do well, even though their outward composite does not reflect their heart in any way. In so many ways NRCA is fake. From some of the kids, to the parents, to a pretend commitment to athletics, to a very weak overall academic system, and especially to the administration NRCA is just not what it seems, or what they would have you believe when you walk in the front door. I cant tell you the number of times I overheard or was part of a conversation with parents where they lamented that they felt stuck at NRCA. They didn't want their kids at public school, but no other private school in the area offers the facilities of NRCA at the price point of NRCA. I absolutely believe that if a private school focused on true Christianity rather than religion, with a similar price point and facilities, opened its door tomorrow NRCA would immediately lose over 3/4 of its student body to that school. But for now they have the niche and because of that hypocrisy, favoritism, and Pharisee like behavior can run amuck. It took us many years to finally say we had enough but as the kids got older NRCA's shine quickly wore off and the good was no longer outweighed by the bad. It truly is a shame that NRCA is not better, there are many great families and teachers there, and the framework for a great school exists, but as long as it continues to sit under the direction of it's current administration I don't see things improving. It is neither an academic, athletic, or community leader among schools.
I believe NRCA can be best summed up by quoting a recent conversation I had with one of the high school faculty. "The administration here is more concerned with appearance than with the heart of the kids. As long as a kid looks and acts the part of "Christian" it doesn't matter how fake they are on the inside. It's all about what "kingdom education" looks like to the outside world, not about reaching kids where they are and being there to lift them up when they stumble." I believe this teachers words are spot on and describe the most dissaponting part of NRCA. With their facilities, quality of some of the teaching staff, location and price point they could Really Impact families and turn out strong Christian leaders to universities and our community. Instead, the administration through their rule by religion instead of Christianity turns so many families and kids off to a true relationship with Christ. My kids began their schooling at NRCA and I had hoped for them to finish there but the longer they were there and the older they got the more hypocritical and dissapointing the school became and we just felt we had to move them somewhere else. My kids are also athletes and NRCA does not make athletics a priority. They are something that is required to complete the picture of the school. I believe that NRCA is a very difficult school for boys and attempts to neuter their competitive and strong spirit and I'll never forget the time they told my daughter in middle school that she couldn't play touch football with the boys because it wasn't lady like despite the fact my daughter was one of the best athletes male or female in her grade. I was also dissapointed in NRCA for only having one way to teach, never reaching kids with different learning styles and not having a program or being willing to address kids who needed an alternative to the way info was presented. NRCA is not all bad and there are many great families and teachers there but I can not speak highly of the school after experiencing it for 10 years. My kids wil not return there even if they desired to because I don't think it is in their best interest for their relationship with Christ, their view of themselves and their peers, and for their preparation for college.
What a blessing NRCA has been in our first year! We have 2 girls in elementary, and their teachers have been amazing! They truly care not only about the academic success of the students but also about their relationship with God. When my 2nd grader accepted Jesus in chapel and told her teacher about it, her teacher got teary eyed and it blessed me that her teacher cared that much. The administration cares deeply that the children be strong in their faith. We are hoping that we will be able to stay in the area until all 3 of our girls graduate from high school because we can't imagine ever being at another school. We love NRCA!
The teachers are great, hardworking, and caring. The facility is second to none. We have been there for three years now and the only issue that we have had is with bullying. It happens in every school, but this a private institution and the issue is completely ignored and dismissed by the administration. It is typically the same children (name calling, tripping, harassing). The administration has done NOTHING to deal with these individuals---just talk. I love this school, but I fear that they are more concerned about the tuition money/growing numbers than creating a quality school. Be prepared to advocate for your own child because the administration (elementary in particular) will do nothing.
Our daughter started at this school in the second grade. We were happy with the school and staff, or should we say blinded by the image of the outer layers. The problem like started in the middle school. Our kid was bullied, by not only students but also the staff. Our daughter was told she did not belong there due to her clothing.( just a trendy kid), and was told she was not holy enough. The staff and some of the other kids are extremely judgmental. This lasted for 2 years and then we decided to pull her out of the school. We are now going thru therapy with our daughter due to the damage this school has done. The staff here is so caught up in the image that they forgot what the school was supposed to be about. True people of faith I would like to think would not judge people based on clothes, hair, or income. As parents we regret the day we started our daughter here. If you are a student and are suffering here please have your parents read some of these reviews. If you are a parent and thinking about sending your child here please do some investigating on your own. Ask people in the community about the place. I have met so many people who have the same story as ours.
nrca is probably the worst school ever created. Lack of effort from students to try and be nice. Racism is non stop. If you go to nrca expect to be made fun of for having one flaw. It has been the worst experience of my life. Teachers care if your shirt tale is tucked in but could care less if you are making fun of another kid or failing there class. honestly it is a waste of money and i would not recommend it to anyone. makes your child a weaker christian. Went there through middle school and had to leave in high school. It will drive you insane.
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.
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.
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.