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

On Sept 27, the Marching Knights participated in the Southeast Raleigh Bulldog Band Bash where they received first place in every category. Those categories were the following:  drum major, marching and maneuvering, general effect, aux-color guard, drumline-percussion, and hornline. The Knights brought home first place overall in their class.  

On October 4 at the Wakefield Heart of Carolina competition, the Lord blessed again and allowed the Marching Knights to follow up with another award-winning week, earning once again first place in every category, including the following: drum major, visual performance, overall effect, music, color guard and percussion. NRCA's marching band won overall first place in their class.

This past weekend the Marching Knights participated in the West Johnston High School Invitational band competition and once again had a first-place weekend.  The Marching Knights earned first place in every category awarded.  First-place finishing categories were marching, general effect, and music. The Knights competed a class up this week and won not only first place in class 2A, but also outscored every band in 3A.  

This season the audience was moved by the show and its gospel message.  Both NRCA supporters and other schools’ supporters responded to the show with a range of emotions from tears to cheers.  The band would like to give God the glory for their successful competition season.

The Marching Knights’ last performance of this show will be on Senior Night, October 31, at halftime of the varsity football game against High Point Christian Academy.  

Thank you for investing in North Raleigh Christian Academy for your student’s education.  I want your student to be safe as they arrive on campus and as they dismiss from campus. Here are some friendly reminders to help us accomplish that goal together. 



Please drop off students in the car line drop off area under the canopy.  Faculty members are positioned in that location to help monitor the safety of the students.  Please do not drop off in the car line until you get to the canopy…even if the cars are stopped.  There have been some close calls of students almost being hit due to parents not paying attention for students exiting in non-designated areas. 

Please do not use the neighborhood entrance to drop off students. This is the entrance for our student drivers. Do not park in student parking areas or block students from getting into their parking spaces by not following the car line pattern, this causes the students to be late to class and prevent them from parking safely.  Please use the soccer gate entrance for entrance to the car line. Please do not use the staff parking lot to drop off by the C wing, greenhouse, or Fine Arts Center.



Please pick up your student in the designated pick up area under the canopy.  This is for the safety of the students.  Please refer to the following schedule for entering into car line (at the soccer field entrance not the neighborhood entrance) and picking up students:

  • 2:00       Dismissal for Kindergarten - Do not arrive before 1:40 or after 1:50
  • 2:20       Dismissal of Grades 1-2  - Do not arrive before 2:00 or after 2:15
  • 2:45       Dismissal of Grades 3-4 - Do not arrive before 2:25 or after 2:45
  • 2:55       Dismissal of Grade 5  - Do not arrive before 2:50 or after 3:00
  • 3:00       Dismissal of Grades 6-8  - Do not arrive before 3:00* or after 3:15
  • 3:05       Dismissal of Grades 9-12 - Do not arrive before 3:15* or after 3:30 

        *Allows time for students to go to their lockers.


  1. Please do not arrive before the above pick-up time.  This will allow the lines to move more smoothly.
  2. Please come at the arrival time of the oldest child in your family.
  3. If you arrive too early, circle through the parking lot in front of the school.  Please do not back up traffic waiting for a child in another pick-up time.
  4. Carpools should pick up at the arrival time of the oldest student in the carpool. 

Thank you for following these reminders.  I want your students to be safe while entering and exiting the campus. 


Because of Calvary,
Mr. Hassert
Assistant Elementary Principal

The Fruit and Poinsettia Fundraiser has started!

Any 9th -12th grade student desiring to raise money for their trip can participate! 

Fruit and Poinsettia Fundraising packets can be picked up from the information stand
near the front offices. 
Any questions?  Please contact Catherine Hawthorne at kcjchawthorne@nc.rr.com

Starts:  Monday, October 6, 2014
Ends:  Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Poinsettias – Friday, December 5, 2014
Fruit - week of December 8, 2014

Wake County Public Libraries “Read to Win: Teen Reading Challenge for Grades 6-10” winners from NRCA were Andrew Norman (North Regional Library) and Madison Helton (East Regional Library).

“In middle school at NRCA, students keep reading logs. This encourages and rewards reading outside of the classroom. We promoted the Wake County Public Library contest because our students were keeping reading logs for our English classes anyway, and this was one additional way to promote independent reading,” sixth-grade English teacher Melinda Comer said.

The contest ran from September 2-30. Students kept logs to track hours spent reading during that time. Once the reading logs were submitted to a local branch, students’ names were entered into a raffle. For every hour of reading, students received one raffle ticket. As raffle winners, Norman and Helton received an NC State Fair Prize pack that included two NC State Fair t-shirts and four gate passes to the State Fair.

A Driver Education class will begin at North Raleigh Christian Academy on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.  This class will be held 10 afternoons from Tuesday, October 28 through Monday, November 10 from 3:10 p.m. until 6:10 p.mThe State of North Carolina requires 30 hours of classroom instruction; therefore, students must attend all class datesPlease 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 $55.00 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 October 28, 2014, in order to take the class, so your student should have had a 14th birthday on or before April 28, 2014. 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 Monday, October 27, 2014.   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 Monday, October 27, 2014, along with the receipt of payment (instructions on how to pay online are on the back of this form).  Keep the top part of this letter for your information. 

Driver Education Form

 Fifth-graders Shelby Moorehead and Adriana Slack auditioned and were selected as members of the 2014 North Carolina Music Educators Association Elementary Honors Chorus.  Students had to learn, sing and record a Latin song by Antonio Vivaldi.  There were about 1,000 students from schools across the state of North Carolina auditioning for 200 spots in the chorus, making the competition tough.

 Moorehead and Slack will gather with the other participants during the NCMEA Conference in Winston-Salem on Nov. 8-9 to work with guest conductor/composer Mr. Tom T. Shelton from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.  Their final concert will be presented on Nov. 9 at the Stevens Center at 12:00 p.m.

 “I am excited that they will have the opportunity to sing with such a large chorus and work with a nationally renowned conductor,” Choral Director Lisa Bass said.


Third-grade teacher Donna Fussell was named HIS Radio Teacher of the Month for October.

 “I was shocked and in disbelief,” Fussell said. “[Brian Sumner] from HIS Radio came into my room with a huge bouquet of flowers, a huge Edible Fruit arrangement, a plaque (which I am proudly displaying in my classroom) and a bag of goodies, which included t-shirts, gift cards to Merle Norman, movie tickets, water bottles, etc.”

 Sumner, who hosts “The Drive Home” program weekday afternoons, interviewed Fussell and took her picture, which is now posted on the Christian radio station’s website. HIS Radio of the Triangle features a Christian school Teacher of the Month to recognize educators who “dedicate their lives to making a difference in the lives of our children.”

 “Apparently, four or five parents nominated me last year, but it took until this year for the acknowledgement. God’s timing is perfect,” Fussell said. "So many times you take things for granted, but I will never take this opportunity to pour Truth into these young people for granted."

 Among the comments HIS Radio received about Fussell was the following:  "Mrs. Fussell shows the love of Jesus to her students by the love, time and service she does. Our family is very blessed to have her in our lives."

 When she received the award, Fussell told her class, “I depend on the Lord to help me be the best in everything I do. I feel privileged to be involved in this ministry and try to lessen myself so people see more of Him in me.”

Chesson Hadley, NRCA Alumnus, is the 2014 PGA Rookie of the Year. It was announced today at 9:00 a.m. on the Golf Channel. Chesson was the #1 PGA Rookie on the tour this year with $1.7 million dollars in winnings including a major championship at the Puerto Rico Open and qualifying for the tour's FedEx Cup playoffs. Rory Mcllroy, the PGA Tour Player of the Year said of Chesson, "That's something that I wasn't able to achieve, Rookie of the Year. Very strong play for him. To get a win in his first season, as well, is always very important, and I'm sure he'll go on to bigger and better things." The Rookie of the Year is voted on by all the PGA players for the top rookies, so it is a double honor to be chosen by your peers. We couldn't be prouder. Chesson was ranked 49th among all PGA Golfers worldwide. In 29 starts, he made 13 cuts, finished in the top 5 twice, the top 10 4 times, and the top 25 8 times. He placed a respective 70th, T9 and T12 in the FedExCup Playoffs and finished 58th on the money list. Congratulations Chesson!


NRCA middle school students received two of the 171 spots in the 2014 North Carolina Music Educators Association Middle School Honors Chorus. Sixth-grader Corey Delia and seventh-grader John French auditioned with more than a thousand students from across the state of North Carolina and were selected for the honor.  

"I am thrilled that NRCA is being represented. Both kids worked so hard to get this far," said Lisa Bass, Choral Director.

Delia and French will gather with the other participants during the NCMEA Conference in Winston-Salem on Nov. 8-9 to work with guest conductor, Dr. Christopher Aspaas, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Their final concert will be presented on Nov. 9 at the Stevens Center at 1:30 p.m.

The debate team of juniors Gabe Benefeldt and Graham Lowder won first place in junior varsity public forum debate at the Pinecrest Speech and Debate tournament in Southern Pines on Saturday, September 27. Over 20 high schools participated in the tournament.

In preparation for competitive speech and debate, Lowder attended the Institute for Speech and Debate camp in Charlotte, NC, this summer; the duo also began working on their case this summer.

In addition to the team of Benefeldt and Lowder, the teams of Sarah Page and Felicia Shepherd, Deana Arbelaez and Jack Pyritz, and Brantley Cooper and Isabella Garrison participated in junior varsity public forum debate. Rebecca Lawson and Michael Houser participated in novice public forum debate, and Ben Gray participated in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate. The public forum teams debated the validity of sports subsidies, and Gray debated the moral implications of civil disobedience.

The team is attending the North Mecklenberg Speech and Debate tournament in Charlotte, NC, this weekend, where over 30 high schools are expected to participate.

By: Isabella Garrison, Shield Contributing Writer


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