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.

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Photo by: PJ Ochoa, 12

The North Raleigh Christian Academy Knights hosted the Eagles from Concord First Assembly Academy for Homecoming, capping a night of festivities with a 41-27 victory.

The game began with a touchdown by Concord, but the Knights quickly answered with a rushing touchdown scored by senior Tripp Norris, tying the score at 7-7. The Eagles ran the ball on the way to another touchdown, but the Knights were able to score again just before the end of the first quarter. A missed extra point attempt brought the Knights within one point of the Eagles 13-14.

Concord threw for their third touchdown, and went up early in the second quarter. This was the last touchdown of the quarter; the Knights trailed 20-13 at the half.

Junior Mike Dunmire rushed for the first touchdown of the second half, tying the game at 20. The Eagles were unable to score, and sophomore QB Ryan Rock rushed for his first touchdown of the game, giving the Knights a 27-20 lead. The Eagles answered with their own scoring drive. However, this was the last time they were able to cross the goal-line the rest of the game. Rock scored the last touchdown of the third quarter, and Norris, the last of the game.

NRCA have an open week September 19 and will resume the regular season schedule on September 26 when they  host Victory Christian Center School.

By: Michael Houser,
Shield Editor

North Raleigh Christian Academy varsity boys soccer was ranked ninth in the state following  their second-place finish in the Ravenscroft Invitational tournament. Senior Nathan Pike and junior Ryan Killen made the All-Tournament team.

For the first time since joining the Ravenscroft Invitational tournament 15 years ago, NRCA was the runner up, the highest they have placed in the tournament. They kicked off the game by beating Grace Christian, 1A State Champs, 6-0. Pike scored two goals and had two assists. Killen scored one goal and had three assists.

The second game resulted in a 4-3 win in overtime against Charlotte Latin. Pike scored all four goals, and freshman William Welch had the winning assist.

The championship game against Fayetteville Academy resulted in a loss of 5-3. Pike scored two goals and Eli Strong scored one with Killen having an assist.

NRCA's varsity soccer resumed its regular season schedule on September 9, defeating Cary Academy 5-3. JV notched a 7-1 victory against Cary Academy.

By: Madeline Coleman,
Assistant Shield Editor

Available in: Youth Sizes (Small, Medium & Large) Adult Sizes (Small, Medium, Large & XLarge)

North Raleigh Christian Academy’s varsity boys soccer team defeated High Point Christian on August 28.  

The game started off quickly, the ball on both halves. High Point scored off a penalty kick within the first ten minutes. NRCA countered quickly with junior Brent McCready slipping the ball to senior Nathan Pike, tying the game 1-1. The ball stayed dominantly on High Point’s side, leading to aggressive play once again. A foul was called against High Point, and Pike took the penalty kick, resulting in the score being 2-1 Knights. The half ended 4-1 with junior Jon Breazeale scoring a goal and Pike scoring his third goal this game.

Knights started off strong the second half with Pike adding another goal to his first-half hat trick. Two minutes later, junior Ryan Killen scored, leaving the score at 6-1 with 30 minutes left in the game. The ball stayed on High Point's side with a couple slips to NRCA's side. With six minutes left, freshman Will Welch passed a through ball to freshman Gabe Piñon. Thirty seconds later, freshman Jonathan Hare carried the ball up field and scored the final goal. The game ended 8-1 with a victory for the Knights.

NRCA's varsity boys soccer team will play in the Ravenscroft Invitational Tournament September 4-6.

By: Madeline Coleman
Shield Assistant Editor

Due to the new year roll-over process and a new feature added to eLearn, we have been required to delete all previously created parent observer accounts. We re-enabled the parent self-registration link this morning, so you may now create a new parent observer account. The parent observer account will allow you to monitor assignments and announcements in your child’s classes. To get started, simply visit the NRCA eLearn site at NRCA eLearn and click on the banner in the upper, right corner with the link, “Click Here For an Account”. You will need to enter your name, an email address and your child’s NRCA username and password. After confirming your account, you will receive a course registration email for each course your child is enrolled in. You can safely ignore these emails and just log into the eLearn site with the account you created. If you have more than one child at NRCA in 6th-12th grade, you may add additional students after creating the initial account. To add additional students, click on the “Observing” menu item, after logging in, on the left-hand side of the screen. On the observing screen, you can add additional children by simply entering their NRCA username and password.

The videos listed below provide a great introduction to the site and how to navigate through different courses.
Canvas Overview
User Settings 
Notification Preferences 

Doug Penny
Technology Director

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 
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


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