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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First Semester Exams Schedule 

Middle School/High School

December 12, 13, 14, 15, 2016

Exam Exemptions:  To be exempt from a semester exam, the student must have an A in the class for both the 1st and 2nd nine weeks.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Exam Days:  Middle and high school students only come at the designated times of their exams.  Parents should make arrangements for arrival and departure.  Students arriving or departing other than designated exam times, must report to the cafeteria (no exceptions).  Middle or high school students with elementary siblings should go to the elementary classroom immediately following their exam, pick up their sibling, then proceed to the carline.  Middle and high school students should exit the school by 11:30 on exam days.

Dress Code as follows:

**All students (including student drivers) must remain in the exam room for the entire exam period.  Teachers should not dismiss students prior to the conclusion of the exam period.**


Tuesday, December 13

  • 8:30-9:45 - 2nd period exam
  • 10:00-11:15 - 4th period exam

Wednesday, December 14

  • 8:30-9:45 - 7th period exam
  • 10:00-11:15 - 1st period exam

Thursday, December 15

  • 8:30-9:45 - 3rd  period exam
  • 10:00-11:15 - 6th  period exam (7th & 8th)
                          5th  period exam (6th)


Monday, December 12

  • 8:55-10:10 - 2nd period exams  -  Proctor room C106 (Mr. Dean’s room)

Tuesday, December 13

  • 8:30-9:45 - 1st period exam
  • 10:00-11:15 - 4th period exam

Wednesday, December 14

  • 8:30-9:45 - 7th period exam
  • 10:00-11:15 - 5th period exam

Thursday, December 15

  • 8:30-9:45 - 6th period exam
  • 10:00-11:15 - 3rd period exam

NRCA's annual Book Fair took place at the beginning of November, offering books to people of all ages.

"[The] Theme was Under the Sea for a second year," Book Fair Committee member Amy Brown said. Committee members were also able to incorporate the theme with souvenirs for Pre-K students. "This year we also gave an ocean pencil, with 'Dive into God's Word' on it, to each Pre-K student to visit the Book Fair with their parents on Wednesday," Brown said.

Also on Wednesday, author Jerel Law taught writing seminars for fifth through seventh grades during the day. "He also sold and signed his four-book ’Son of Angels’ series along with those seminars, as well as at the Book Fair after school on Wednesday," Brown said.

Another author who made an appearance was NRCA parent Felicia Bridges. "We enjoyed a surprise visit on Thursday, Family Night, from Felicia Bridges, author and wife of eighth-grade math teacher Randy Bridges. She was offering her new book, ‘CzechMate,’ the first in her International Mission Force series," Brown said.

The Book Fair has been a successful fundraiser for several years. "We have hit $20,000 or more the last five years. We continued to offer second semester required reading novels for English classes and those sales were over $3,500 for over 360 books. We offer books for first, third and fifth through twelfth grades. Our parents love this opportunity to support the Book Fair and get their students' second semester books all at once," Brown said.

One great feature of the Book Fair is that there is something for everyone in the family. "The Book Fair brings together our NRCA families, from the youngest babe in a stroller looking at a board book to our wonderful grandparents buying books for their grandkids or an adult Christian title or cookbook for themselves," Brown said.

The best part of the Book Fair, though, is the kids, who get to explore different genres of books. "The best part is always the kids. We love seeing them get excited looking at the books, reading the books and hoping their parents will purchase them books," Brown said.

By: Rachel Girimonte, Senior Editor

On Career Day 2016, parents, alumni, and community friends came to NRCA to share details of their professions. Careers represented at the event ranged from molecular genetics to entrepreneurship to military to writing.

“My favorite presentation was finance,” senior Lyndon Stacy said. “The presentation from the Edward Jones people was entertaining and it reflected my preferred career path.”

Representatives from various careers provided information about the qualifications needed to enter a field, paths people can take to advance in those careers, and what a typical day looks like.

Van Eure, owner of the Angus Barn, gave students a glimpse into the restaurant industry. “I taught them that hospitality is about making memories,” she said. “I felt very welcomed, and two students even asked about applying for an on-call position.”

Many students discovered career options in fields they had not considered before. Junior

Casey Justus said, “I never knew about genetic engineering, but I learned that it’s basically the future of healthcare.”

Students and members of the NRCA community made valuable connections at Career Day. “I hope the students realized that whatever you do, in order to do it right, it is hard work, but when you are serving others you are ‘giving back,’” Eure said.

By: John Thorn, Senior Editor

ACT Math Prep Class

Winter 2017 Sessions

Session Concepts:


  • Session 1: Pre-Algebra & Algebra Review
  • Session 2: Geometry & PreCalculus Review
  • Session 3: Strategies for the ACT Math section 


Group Session Dates & Times: 

  • Session 1: Saturday, January 28              9:00 am – noon
  • Session 2: Saturday, February 4              9:00 am – noon
  • Session 3: Saturday, February 25            9:00 am – noon


$100 per session
(plus $23 for the ACT Prep book)
Email kdeim@nrcaknights.com for more info

Registration Deadline: December 7, 2016

Make checks payable to:

Kristin Deim

Registration Form


Four volleyball seniors opened the NLI signing period at NRCA on Wednesday, November 9. Setter Faith Murray signed to play at Campbell University, libero Kincey Smith will join the Duke University volleyball program, middle hitter Ali Thanhauser will play at High Point University, and setter Amaya Williams signed to play for the Liberty Flames.

Having all four players sign together was a logical choice for these teammates, who took seriously their roles as family leaders in the volleyball program this year. At the signing, Head Coach Chris Murray challenged the players to remain committed to their faith as they pursue their dreams on the college court. She left them with the challenge of the Great Commission in Matthew 28.

While the seniors will all play on Division 1 teams, Murray, Thanhauser and Williams will play in the Big South Conference. “The Big South Conference is really competitive and it will be fun and challenging to play each other. I’ll miss being on the same side with my best friends, but it'll be awesome to watch each other succeed.”

Athletic Director Steve Lykins was proud to see all four seniors signing to play in college. “ I'm not surprised at all, as this is a testimony to Chris Murray and her vision to develop our volleyball program here at NRCA. These girls have been in our school since elementary school. The Lord has blessed these girls with a gift and they have worked hard to develop that gift. We are so pleased and proud that they have decided to play at the college level and take the principles they learned here at NRCA to their respective schools,” Lykins said.



Cassidy Young signed to play softball for the Liberty University Flames. Surrounded by family, friends, teammates and coaches on November 10, Young thanked everyone who had helped her develop as a softball player.

Young came to NRCA her sophomore year. “Two years ago we had news that a girl was coming from Colorado and was a really good softball player. I looked all over to figure out who she was,” said Jon Mitchell, Head Coach of the NRCA softball team. Mitchell said that Young has been a key leader on the team thus far. “Cass has lead by example and embodied all we hope for our program.”

Athletic Director Steve Lykins credited Young with helping NRCA softball make a state playoff run last year. “She led us to be a state title contender, and we are looking forward to this year’s season as we drive for another conference title and contend for a state championship.”

Young, who plays first base, chose to sign with Liberty University for a variety of reasons. “It’s the best Christian school in the country. It has the best program and the best coaches. I felt like God led me there,” she said.



Morgan Spence signed with Western Michigan’s women’s gymnastics team on November 9. Spence, who competes with Raleigh School of Gymnastics, has been a gymnast for 12 years. She competes all-around. Her favorite event is beam.

“I practice five days a week for four hours and 45 minutes each day, Monday through Friday,” Spence said. Competitive gymnastics is not offered at NRCA, so Spence trains and competes with a local gym. Morgan has had three surgeries, on both ankles and her elbow, and has bounced back from all of them. She is looking forward to competing in the NCAA.

During Spence’s junior year, the Western Michigan coach visited Raleigh School of Gymnastics and invited her to visit the school and attend their camp. Spence liked the campus, with modern style glass buildings. She was drawn to its valley location in Kalamazoo, and she liked the coach. When they offered Spence a full scholarship, she accepted.

Western Michigan is part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Collegiate gymnastics teams compete in the winter sports season. “I really want to compete all-around for my school--vault, bars, beam, floor. I want to do all four events. Most gymnasts do two events or even specialize in one. It’s really rare to have someone do all four in college,” Spence said.

Juniors at NRCA had a Monday filled with Mole Day fun on October 24, 2016. Each chemistry class travelled to the track to play games that related to the mole, a measuring unit. "A molecular mole is a unit of measure that is a collection of 6.02 X 1023 particles,” Natalie Dehaan said.

Traditionally, Mole Day runs from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. on October 23, but this year October 23 fell on a Sunday, so chemistry students celebrated Mole Day on Monday.

Games on Mole Day included a relay to see who could fill their graduated cylinder with 18 mL of water first, corn hole, and filling a trash bag with balloons before popping them.

Students who sit at the same tables in the chemistry classroom formed teams to compete for a prize on Mole Day. Some teams were highly successful in these games. "My table and I won almost every activity. I really liked the teamwork aspect and had a great time,” Peter Breazeale said,

Other teams were not as successful, but all of the teams did their best. "My team and I participated in the Mole Day games and lost all of them, but we still had a lot of fun," Lindsay Sitton said.

In addition to Mole Day games, students made posters explaining the unit and crafted stuffed animal moles, which embodied distinct styles determined by their creators.    

By: Lindsey Humphrey, Junior Editor, and Shield Staff

Lightning struck twice for NRCA athletics, when the soccer and volleyball teams won NCISAA state championships on the same day. On Saturday, October 29, in High Point, the varsity boys soccer team upended Wesleyan Christian Academy 3-1 in overtime. At home in Raleigh, the varsity girls volleyball team defeated High Point Christian Academy in straight sets to capture their second consecutive state title.

For complete coverage of both contests, visit the Raleigh News and Observer.

Soccer championship article and slideshow: North Raleigh Christian boys soccer rallies for NCISAA championship win

Volleyball championship article and slideshow: North Raleigh Christian repeats NCISAA 3A volleyball title



On October 25, the varsity boys soccer team faced Charlotte Country Day. The Knights started out strong, with solid offense and defense, yet no goals were scored until junior Daniel Brackett scored with an assist by William Welch in the middle of the first half.

"I'm very happy to be able to get on the score sheet on a tournament game. I'm even happier to get the win and to be going to the finals. The only thing that could make me happier is getting s ring for being a state champion. I'm very proud of this team and the things we have accomplished without seniors," Brackett said.

NRCA continued their scoring streak near the end of the first half. After a Charlotte Country Day player tripped over the ball, junior William Welch dribbled the ball down the field and scored on a breakaway.

Welch said, "It was a great fight from the boys. Love being a part of this team. So proud of the effort they put in last night and throughout the entire season and I am very excited that we are headed to the state championship."

The Knights entered the second half with continued strong defense, allowing no goals from Charlotte Country Day and clinching the win with a final score of 2-0.

Junior Jake Strasser said, "Our defense did a great job covering for each other, and we did a good job on our one-on-one defending situations."

This win placed the varsity team in the finals at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point.

By: Cristina Arbelaez, Junior Editor



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