NCA is a tremendous school, and my wife and I are continually impressed with the quality of instruction and leadership our children receive. We have been a part of the school for nearly ten years, and are very pleased. We are confident they will be well prepared for college and life as well. It is a very challenging, Christ-centered environment for which we are truly grateful to be a part of.
This school is fine for some kids, but the kids must fit the NCA (now called Covenant) mold. It is not a good school for kids who are very creative, highly gifted, or have any learning differences. There is also a problem with bullying in some grade levels.
The administration is disconnected from what is actually going on with its students (even though they profess to know). And while the teachers strive to teach an advanced curriculum, they fail to provide in-class enrichment when clearly needed by some students. There is no willingness to provide any accommodations for students at all; there is a strong culture of conformity and rigidity.
If your child loves sports and likes a conformist, rigid environment, then you may have luck here. If not, save yourself the time, money, and stress and send your child somewhere else.
We have been impressed with the quality of the administration and staff. Kids are challenged academically and taught from a meta-narrative that leads them to wisdom and truth instead of just giving them facts and figures. The school actively tries to instill a wonder and love for learning. They are taught to be great thinkers in the classical Christian tradition so they can be life long learners. The new campus next year for high school is fantastic and will really lend itself to the Socratic method the school utilizes. The culture is loving and behavioral issues are handled by applying biblical truth. NCA is serious about developing Christian minds in its students that have a full grasp of and love for the true, the good and the beautiful.
Northeast Christian has many excellent, dedicated faculty in the Upper School and an excellent Head of School. The instructors are qualified in their fields and actually like to teach. The classical education NCA offers is very good. The Kingwood market desperately needs an elite, classical college prep school and NCA, under current leadership, has done a good job of fitting that bill. However, if this school ever hopes to be considered an elite school, it must break with the old ways of doing things. It must enforce rules of conduct and punish those who break the rules. It must allow high-achievers to separate themselves from the rest of the class and not be dragged down by students who would rather disrupt than learn. And, finally, it must turn those students away who either cannot handle the academic rigor or who refuse to conform to the school's standards. The new location and plans for the new facility will be a big improvement for future classes. All in all, this is an excellent alternative to the huge, impersonal and overcrowded public schools in the area. If you don't want to expose yoru child to the public school, this is a good place to turn.
As a former teacher and current parent, I could not be more pleased with the improvements I have seen at NCA over the past several years. My children have received a truly excellent education. They are challenged intellectually and academically, and they have been taught the importance of honoring God in all they do. I am most impressed with the quality and commitment of the teaching faculty. The engage the students and invest in their lives. Certainly the facilities are dated and need improvement; however, I believe the leadership is working to address this and possibly purchase land to move the campus.
Horrible place to teach and the parents run the school, not the administration. It's a customer service business, not a school. The building is old, run down and moldy. The classrooms are tiny, suffocating and most the time the AH or heater doesn't work. I don't understand how the place is even still around. I wish I could rank it zero stars.
I have been associated with NCA for years as my nephews have attended for their entire school careers (with one graduating this year). Regarding SAT and placement scores, my nephew scored perfectly on the Math portion of the SAT and has been offered over $300,000 in scholarships from various universities across the country. The academics are certainly something to be proud of. As a certified teacher who has taught in, and been an advocate for, public schools, I feel I have a strong basis for comparison. I recently took some time off from teaching full-time to be with my own family more and have taken the opportunity to substitute at NCA. I have consistently been nothing but impressed with the staff, the students, and the parents at NCA. It is truly a breath of fresh air when you walk into their building on a school day.