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

NRCA’s varsity softball continued its undefeated run of the spring season with a victory over St. Mary's School 22-6.  Senior Sidney Shepheard bolted two home runs in the contest and set the school record at 11.  

Local media coverage of Shepheard’s record-breaking performance appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer.

A Driver Education class will begin at North Raleigh Christian Academy on Monday, May 16, 2016.  This class will be held 10 afternoons from Monday, May 16th through Friday, May 27th from 3:10 p.m. until 6:10 p.m.  The State of North Carolina requires 30 hours of classroom instruction; therefore, students must attend all class dates.  Please note that there will not be a makeup day at NRCA.  If your child misses a session, he/she will need to make up that session at an area high school where a Driver's Education class is being taught.  Mr. Lister will have that information should you need it.  There has been a $65.00 fee imposed by the State of North Carolina, but there must be a minimum of 25 students in order to have the class.  Students must be 14½ by May 16, 2016, in order to take the class, so your student should have had a 14th birthday on or before April 16, 2015. See instructions on back of application for how to pay for Driver Education online through Jordan Driving School. A receipt of payment must be attached to the Parent Verification when you turn the form in.

The State of North Carolina limits the class size to 45 and requires that students be accepted to the class based on age.  Therefore, the roster will be set from oldest to youngest.  Please note that there is no need to confirm whether your student has been enrolled in the class.  If the class fills, we will contact you.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 13, 2016.   However, if you have any questions about the class, please do not hesitate to call Mrs. Parrish at 573-7937.  

Please complete the form below and return it to Mrs. Parrish by Friday, May 13, 2016 , along with the receipt of payment.  Keep the top part of this letter for your information.  Students are to bring their iPads (charged) to this class.

In His Service, 

Danny O. Watkins
HS Principal 

On Thursday, April 14, senior Sidney Shepheard signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Glenville State College. “I fell in love with West Virginia and the mountains last year and really enjoyed the small campus. They have great facilities,” Shepheard said.

Glenville State College is located in Glenville, West Virginia, and is a Division II school. The Pioneers compete in the Mountain East Conference.

Shepheard has played softball for ten years, five of which have been spent as a part of the varsity softball team at NRCA. Outside school, two of the main teams that she has played for are Carolina Storm Surge, a travel team, and Triangle Lightning, which had a foundational impact on her. With Carolina Storm Surge, Shepheard won 15 tournaments and placed fifth out of 18 teams in the Florida World Series. However, Triangle Lightning was most influential because her father, Davis Shepheard, was the coach, along with Joe Lee, and that was when she learned the fundamentals of the sport.

“I love to play softball because of the competition and all of the relationships that have come from playing. But, I will miss playing with all these great girls,” Shepheard said.

Her teammates, wins and coaches at  NRCA have created a lasting impact on Shepheard. “I really enjoyed beating Wake [Christian] and having my best friend, Amy Brosnahan, catch me during that game. That was the first time we had beaten them in a long time.”

Shepheard credits her NRCA coach with growing her in the sport and in her faith. “Coach [Jon] Mitchell has helped me a lot over the last five years. He has taught me so much about softball but also about the Christian aspect of it. He has always told us, ‘Do what you can and He'll do what you can't.’ That has really played a large part in my life.”

As her final high school chapter comes to a close, Shepheard’s looks to the future with optimism. “I am looking forward to the higher level of competition and fulfilling a dream I have always had.”

By: Madeline Coleman, Shield Senior Editor

The Technology Department at NRCA is always looking for ways to improve the use of the iPad in the classroom. The most recent version of iOS, released in March, is iOS 9.3.1. When Apple releases an update it includes many security and bug fixes along with new features. We need all students to keep their iPads updated with the latest version of iOS unless they are told otherwise. If your student has not updated to iOS 9.3.1 they need to do so as soon as possible. All students should have their iPads updated to iOS 9.3.1 by April 20th. Any student who has not updated or has issues updating will be called to the technology office to assist the student with updating.

Along with the release of iOS 9.3, Apple released a new app for teachers called Classroom. We have had an app through our management system (Casper Focus) since day one that offered similar functionality, however at times there have been issues with reliability. We would like to take a moment to let you know what Classroom app will and will not do. When students are in a teacher’s classroom a teacher can direct a student or group of students to a chapter of an iBook, pages on the Internet, and apps on their iPad. This will greatly cut down on class time that might be missed by a student navigating to the correct location on their iPad. Classroom app will also allow teachers, at a quick glance, to view that students are on the correct app. This will hopefully cut down on some distractions for a few students who tend to navigate elsewhere (games, homework for other classes, etc.) during valuable class time. If needed, the teacher can “lock” a student into a particular app. For example, if a teacher is giving a test on Canvas, the students can be locked into Canvas so that they cannot go into another app. Teachers can also lock students onto a blank screen to quickly gain the attention of everyone in the class. In addition, teachers can view the student’s iPad and display their screen via the Apple TV to assist students or to show exemplary work.

The technology of Classroom app works via Bluetooth. Therefore, all students will be asked to turn Bluetooth on while in class. The faculty and staff at NRCA values student privacy, so we want to make it perfectly clear that no one can view what is on the student’s iPad while they are at home. Bluetooth has a maximum range of about 30 feet, so a teacher can only use these features when the student is sitting in their classroom. Rest assured we are not “spying” on your student at home.

Middle School teachers began to use Classroom app on Tuesday. We have already heard from some students how they are excited that this will cut down on some distractions from a few classmates. Likewise, we had students that spent some time today trying to figure out how to work around the system. We see that Classroom app adds value to what the teachers are already doing in class and will potentially cut down on lost class time and distracted students. If students are found to be 'working around' security settings and management protocols that we have in place, then per Mr. Cook, they will be written up for a violation of the Student Computer/iPad Acceptable Use Policy and the iPad Handbook policies.

We continue to be amazed at the work students are producing on the iPads and look forward to finishing the year strong.

Thank you,
NRCA Technology Department

Take your Skills to a New Level 

Advance your Creativity and Confidence

Monday, June 6

 Tuesday, June 7

 Wednesday, June 8

Thursday, June 9


Art camp  9:00 to 12:00 am 

for rising 4th 5th 6th and 7th graders 


Camp will be held at North Raleigh Christian Academy

7300 Perry Creek Rd. Raleigh NC - Room B 209


Sessions will include:

 Acrylic Painting

Water Color Painting

A Variety of Media and Techniques


Fee for the Camp is $95 and includes all materials.

For the break, students are encouraged to bring a drink and snack.

 Registration Form

For more information, please contact 

Christine Pecore @ 919-796-8993


Seniors Ryan Killen and Eli Strong signed their National Letters of Intent to play soccer at Hampden-Sydney College, a Division III school in Virginia. The Tigers compete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

“I chose Hampden-Sydney because I really like the coach there and the feel of the campus. I think that I will enjoy it there and could make an impact right away,” Strong said. Strong has played since the third grade, moving up to play premier league since eighth grade.

Killen has played since the age of four, and at the classic level for eight years. Both played seven years at NRCA. “Picking a favorite part about soccer is hard because I love all of it. I love playing it, watching it, talking about... pretty much everything. Having fun has always been my main passion for soccer. Also I've just always wanted to play at the college level,” Killen said.

The memory that both boys will treasure most is the state championship win in October 2013. “At NRCA, my favorite memories are beating Ravenscroft on Senior Night both my sophomore year and my senior year. Of course the state championship my sophomore year is the most memorable. I'll also always remember the different trips with the team and just enjoying the time I got to spend with them,” Strong said.

Ed Pinon, varsity head coach for both boys and girls soccer at NRCA, anticipates success for Killen and Strong.  “I wish them the best as they continue their playing careers at Hampden-Sydney. God is going to use them and they are going to make an impact at the next level,” Pinon said.

By: Madeline Coleman, Shield Senior Editor

Published on Mar 21, 2016

Kelvin Johns, suffering late stage metastatic pancreatic cancer, gathers with family and friends in the chapel of Transitions HospiceCare of Raleigh, NC. Kelvin is a former pastor, an 8th grade Bible Teacher at North Raleigh Christian Academy, Sunday School Teacher at Faith Baptist Church of Knightdale, NC, founder and director EMWE (Educational Ministries for Worldwide Evangelism), and a founding co-director of FBC Video Ministry. This is not a complete list of all the ways in which Kelvin has ministered to the needs of countless souls. While he had the strength, he desired time with family and friends to share 2 Bible lessons; Psalm 37:23-40 and the story of Jesus & Lasarus, John 11.
The guitar music is a cover of "When God Ran", written by Craig Philips - and performed and produced here by John Armstrong

Sixth-graders Dylan Kirk and Payne Thomas and seventh-graders Mary Stanford Austin and Brooke Denton were chosen to represent NRCA at the 2016 Middle School All-State Choir Festival. 

This event, sponsored by the North Carolina Music Educators Association, will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum on April 15-16 and will bring together about 600 students from around the state. Kirk and Thomas will perform with the Sixth-Grade Choir, Austin will perform with the Women's Choir and Denton will perform with the Mixed Choir. 

These students are learning a wide variety of music in foreign languages, from different countries and cultures, as well as traditional American folk music and spirituals.

The All-State Choir participants will work with guest conductors throughout the weekend and present a finale concert for family and friends. NRCA's Choral Department is proud to have these students representing the academy. 

The high school Math Department celebrated Pi Day on March 14 by making food, singing songs and telling jokes about the mathematical term. All food had to be circular or in a circle-shaped container.  During math class, students went to the Student Life Center to eat the food that they have made.

“Pi Day was an amazing experience where I got to explore an abstract mathematical concept and have fun with my friends,” senior Graham Lowder said.

In addition to baking, singing and joke-telling, student also made posters and t-shirts to represent the number that they have used for years to find the radius and diameter of circles in various math classes.

“Pi Day was great. I ate too many sweets, but it was still fun,” senior Ally Williams said.

By: Megan Bissette, Shield Staff Writer

NRCA international high school students visited the N.C. State University campus to get acquainted with the American university system and begin to get a feel for what makes a college a good fit.

When they arrived on campus, they watched an introductory video about the school. Following the video, a student from N.C. State led them on a tour of the campus. One of their stops was the Talley Student Union. “The building was awesome. It had a variety of restaurants, places to study, and even an ice cream place,” sophomore June Son said.

While walking around, the NRCA students saw dorms, the swimming facility, and the basketball gym. Finally, they went to the main library. “It was a great experience for me, getting to see how American colleges work and getting to learn about campus life,” Son said.

By: Daniel Brackett & Shield Staff


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