North Raleigh Christian Academy

Our Mission Statement

North Raleigh Christian
Academy is a community
Christian school assisting
families by providing
excellence in academics,
fine arts and athletics,
while instilling Biblical
principles in students’ lives
that they might impact
their society for Christ.

Prospective Families

The NRCA varsity girls tennis team hosted St. David's School on Friday, August 15. The Lady Knights knew that they were in for a challenge, coming off a 2013 season record of 6-10. St. David’s was the two-time defending 2A state-champions, with a record of 19-1 last season. Four of the six starting players for the Warriors’ lineup are ranked among the top 75 players statewide in their respective age groups.

NRCA’s top three -- senior Lauren French, freshman Tiffany Pyritz, and seventh-grader Brooke Gruber -- won handily. Winning three out of six singles matches was good, but winning four would almost seal the victory because NRCA’s No. 1 doubles was favored to win.

Juniors Bailey Robling and Madeline McElveen were unable to close out their matches with a W, but eighth-grader Katie Houser stole the fourth win in the best way possible: a comeback. Having lost the first set 1-6, Houser won the second 6-4, as well as the tiebreak 10-8. At No. 1 doubles, French and Pyritz won 8-1, giving NRCA the team victory.  

Just days after dethroning the defending state champs, the Lady Knights went on to play Cape Fear Academy in their second match of the season. With unparalleled confidence, the Knights won the match 7-2. There were several great matches, but the most impressive performance by far came from the hands of Robling. After sitting on the bench with a shoulder injury much of last season, Robling was still competing in the first set while most of her teammates had finished their matches. She won the set 7-6, and was doing well in the second when she developed bad cramps in her right leg. Despite the injury, Robling continued to play and won 7-5.

By: Michael Houser
Shield Editor 

Thank you for being patient with us as we continue to work through the iPad roll-out. As you might imagine, bringing over 1000 iPads onboard is no simple task. We spent countless hours over the summer testing different scenarios and working through issues as they arose. Unfortunately, with this number of devices and students, we could not test everything. We were quickly made aware of various challenges students were encountering when trying to sign into the Canvas app, download the school-provided apps, and even simply using some of the apps. I apologize for the frustration and confusion this might have caused.

We have been working throughout the day to resolve as many issues as we can and have been making good headway. We will continue to fine tune the parts we have control over and work with the students to resolve any remaining issues over the next several days. Teachers are aware of the issues and should be sensitive to those when assigning homework. If your child is still having problems downloading the school-issued apps, please have them see Mrs. Ciancanelli before or after school in room B237.

This is truly a learning experience for all of us. Our Apple representative commented that no two 1:1 programs work the same; each one has it's own challenges to overcome. We appreciate your continued patience and support as we tackle these challenges and look forward to great things as the year gets under way.

PowerSchool Access
All PowerSchool accounts created last year are still functioning correctly. If you have forgotten your password, you can click on the link labeled, "Having trouble signing in?". You will need to know your username and the email address you associated with your account when you created it last school year. If you don't know your username, you can click the tab labeled, "Forgot Username?", to retrieve the username.

If you are a new family to NRCA, welcome! We are thrilled that you have chosen NRCA to partner with you in your child's education. You will be receiving a letter in the mail with the information needed to create your PowerSchool account.


I wanted to send a note of thanks to each of you for your service to NRCA this year in extending your support of Retail & Redemption's efforts to collect, cut and submit Box Tops for Education. For the 2013-2014 school year, we collected 40,406 box tops! As a result, the school should collect over $4000! That's fantastic!
Over the last 2 days, we've celebrated with the top 3 classes for the winter/spring count. As you may recall, each class wins an ice cream party at the end of a lunch period and the winning teach receives a gift certificate to The Teach Me Store.  The winners for winter/spring are:
  • 1st place: Mrs. Ewart 4th grade - 2754 box tops
  • 2nd place: Mrs. Kennedy 4th grade - 1732 box tops
  • 3rd place: Ms. Rasmussen 2nd grade - 1013 box tops
It's a true blessing to have you all give of yourselves and your time to this effort. Thank you so much for your assistance!
As we wind down the school year and we look to 2014-2015, if you feel led to assist with this effort again please let me know and we will keep you informed as we kick off counting in early October, 2014.
Wishing you and your families a safe and enjoyable summer.
Susan Boyette & Joy Lathan
NRCA PVA, Retail and Redemption


GRADE 5-12

2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

NRCA is excited to announce the appointment of Mrs. Lisa Bass as its new Choral Director for Grades 5-12 for 2014-2015.  Mrs. Bass is a graduate of James Madison University, Class of 1988, with a Bachelor’s of Music Education with a major in piano and a minor in voice and a graduate of Florida State University, Class of 2005, with a Master of Music Education with a major in choral conducting.

Mrs. Bass taught Grades 5-12 for 22 years at the prestigious Collegiate School of Richmond, Virginia (www.collegiate-va.org), one of Virginia’s oldest private schools. She was the Music Director for Upper and Middle School Music from 1990-2012, planned and directed local and out of state performing arts trips, and served both as an accomplished conductor and accompanist.  Her experience with both Upper and Middle School will be invaluable. The Fine Arts Director at Collegiate School said, “She was a rare and exceptional talent, the full package.”

Upon her marriage to Jeff Bass two years ago, Mrs. Bass moved to the area and is currently teaching music at Corinth Holders Elementary in Zebulon.  Her husband is an employee of Bobby Murray Chevrolet.

Her educational credentials, depth of twenty-four years of experience, and obvious musical giftedness will bring great value to our Academy.  Mrs. Bass was President of the Virginia Choral Directors Association from 2010-2012, Treasurer of the Virginia Chapter of American Choral Directors Association and State Music Representative for the Virginia Association of Independent Schools from 1995-2000 and from 2008-2010. 

She is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Director’s Association. 

We welcome her to the NRCA family!


NRCA Congratulates, Joshua Gray and Sawyer Pollock on being chosen as SBACS's Outstanding Scholar & Musician Scholarship winners!

Forty-five high school seniors from the Class of 2014, enrolled in twenty-one SBACS member Christian schools, were selected to compete in a national awards program for their outstanding scholarship and/or musical achievements (see attached lists). Out of the forty-five finalists, fourteen shared the spotlight as national, regional or state award winners, dividing $8,000 in college grants, $1,000 to each of the four national winners, $500 to each of the six regional winners and $250 to each of the four state winners. National and regional scholar winners' schools also received awards of $250 and $100 for each winner they nominated.

Each fall, SBACS member schools nominate candidates in two groups, scholars and musicians.  Nominees must then complete an application process to compete for the scholarships.  Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements become finalists.  In the spring, a panel of judges chooses the winners in each of the two categories.


Attached is the Student Policy for our new NRCAPlus Virtual Academy. It outlines the options and fees for the online courses that will be offered at NRCA through Sevenstar. Students will be able to register for these online classes as part of their 2014-2015 course registration which opens Monday, April 28 and closes Tuesday, May 6
Here are a few highlights of the NRCAPlus Virtual Academy:
  • Options to take courses not offered by NRCA faculty
  • One class per period will meet in the Media Center Computer Lab (25 seats available)
  • Summer courses available in Summer 2015 for remediation and course tracking
  • Additional fee of $499-699 with $35 one time application fee
  • Full payment is due on August 1, 2014 for 2014-2015 courses

NRCAPlus Virtual Academy

Four high school math students went to Wake Tech to compete in the State Math Qualifying Regional Contest. The four students were Kevin Lin, Mia Cui, Josh Gray and Aria Huang.  Cui placed 12th out of over 100 students.  She qualified to go to the state finals. Huang came in 26th, and our team was eighth out of 12. Lin's team (randomly assigned by the organizers)  came in third in a math sprint contest, for which he won a cash prize.

Fifteen NRCA elementary and middle school students placed in the 2014 Math Olympics, held at NRCA on March 14. Gold Medal Winners (GMW) received a score of 85% or higher.

Computation Category:

3rd Grade:

  • 1st: NRCA- Madison Powell (GMW)
  • 2nd: NRCA- Hannah Elder
  • 4th: NRCA- Spencer Shelton

4th Grade:

  • 3rd: NRCA- Ashby Munn
  • 4th: NRCA- Brooklyn Holt

5th Grade:

  • 1st: NRCA- Emma Holt
  • 3rd: NRCA- Josh Lendach

7th Grade:

  • 4th: NRCA- Caleb Downs

8th Grade:

  • 4th: NRCA- Alyssa McInnis
  • 5th: NRCA- Caroline Crockett

Reasoning Category:

3rd Grade:

  • 3rd: NRCA- Grant Bologna
  • 4th: NRCA- Lucas Martin

4th Grade:

  • 1st: NRCA- Kailey Tweed

5th Grade:

  • 2nd: NRCA- Paul Ibrahim

7th Grade:

  • 5th: NRCA- John Bailey


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