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

Course registration for the 2015-2016 school year is now open on Powerschool. Please use your student or parent login and password to sign in to Powerschool and click on the Class Registration icon.

Registration is open from April 21 to May 5. Please print a copy of the student schedule, sign and turn it in to the School Office by May 6. 
My presentation from the Course Registration meeting has been posted on my main webpage, NRCA College Counseling.


The NRCA Knight’s League is an instructional based Volleyball Program designed for girls in Grades 4th - 8th. It offers a unique aspect to traditional recreational leagues. The League is played in a Christ centered environment emphasizing our core curriculum and implementing the fundamental skills: pass, set, hit and serve. Each session will begin with a time of Scripture and Prayer followed by a Skill topic lecture. This league will teach each child the fundamentals and comprehension of team play.

League Highlights

  • Games emphasizing movement and skill fundamentals
  • 5 Week Program
  • Equal playing time for all participants
  • Individual Instruction and Fundamental Development
  • Volleyball T-Shirt Included
Cost: $75 per person

Questions: Please contact Varsity Volleyball Coach Chris Murray - murraychris77@yahoo.com

Registration & Payment

Middle and High School Homework Planners for 2015-16 School Year

The Armory School Store is again offering planners for next school year on a pre-order basis. Middle School and High School students do not receive a planner from NRCA (only 4th and 5th graders receive them).  These planners are great for keeping your student organized with homework assignments, tests, projects and extracurricular activities such as sports games, fine arts performances, etc.

The planners come in 2 sizes – one is a larger version (8 ½” x 11”) with subject sections and holes for storing in a three ring binder, and the other is a smaller version (5 ½” x 8 ½ “) weekly calendar. They are very affordable and a great tool to keep your student organized. Many parents use the weekly calendar as well. If you would like to order one or more for the 2015-16 school year please print the attachment, complete the order form and return it with your payment no later than April 27th to the Armory School Store or to Mrs. Tilley at the front desk. 

If you choose to have the planner delivered to your student’s homeroom at the beginning of next school year in August we will work with the office to ensure delivery to them the first week of school. If you have any questions I am here to help.

Order Form

Amy Brown
Armory Chair

1st place - Ashley Hatton

NRCA swept the 2015 City of Raleigh Environmental Awards: High School PSA Competition this year. The awards went to the following seniors:

  • 1st place ($500) - Ashley Hatton
  • 2nd place ($275)  - Jeffrey Smitherman, Nathan Pike and Genie Mason
  • 3rd place ($175) - Gabe Dickens and Ryan Miller

Last month, NRCA seniors in Mrs. Kristi Stott’s Honors and CP Ecology classes were assigned a video project for a test grade. Each student had to put together a 60-second video on stormwater runoff. The projects had to be creative and focus on the contamination of North Carolina’s streams, lakes and wetlands.

The overall goal of the project was to raise awareness of the impact stormwater runoff has on local communities. “Communicating environmental awareness is important because most people are willing to help the environment, but they just don't know practical ways to do that.  Stormwater runoff is one of those topics that few average citizens know much about. It is a challenge to communicate an effective message in 60 seconds. The students did a great job!” Stott said.

After all of the videos were submitted, the students had the chance to watch all of the videos from their class period and vote on the best three to be entered into Raleigh’s Environmental Awards: High School PSA Competition. This is the second year in a row NRCA seniors have participated in the contest and the second time an NRCA student has received first place.

“I wanted to bring awareness to how we, as a community, can pollute our stormwater runoff by innocent acts such as washing a car with soap or littering. It all ends up in our rivers and creeks,” Hatton said.  Hatton’s timelapse video displayed her creative abilities as she sketched colorful drawings and messages about environmental stewardship. Hatton said her favorite part of this project was “being able to combine my artistic ability with something that is of concern to me.”

This year the awards will be presented to the students in Downtown Raleigh at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences on Wednesday, April 22, from 6:00 to 9:00 in the evening. This is the program’s eight-year anniversary, and it is open to anyone who would like to join the celebration and participate in the fun.

By: Amanda Spence, Shield Assistant Editor

NRCA students collected 12 superior ratings, two excellent ratings, and one good rating at the ACSI regional Science Fair on February 20 in Charlotte. The young scientists traveled to Northside Christian School for the event.

A preliminary science fair took place at NRCA on January 23. This activity was a mandatory event for all freshman science students. “It was cool to go around and look at all of the designs people made,” freshman Jake Strasser said.

Projects for this year were exceptional, with some scores outpacing previous years. “I think they did very well,” biology teacher Mr. Jamie Parker said. “I like seeing the kids go through the whole process and finding something that interests them.” Parker and Mr. Mark Sandy taught freshman science students the process in class.

NRCA Science Fair winners were Alyssa McInnis, first place; Julianna Fischer and Gage Woodlief, tied for second place; Lauren Coleman and Max Woodlief, tied for third place. Alyssa McInnis’ winning project studied ethanol fuel. “I made ethanol out of cardboard, cotton gin trash, and corn husks to see which would produce the most ethanol compared to corn,” McInnis said. “I learned that there are alternative methods for using corn and learned how to conduct different experiments.”

Seeing what students in other science programs across the region did for their experiments was a highlight for those traveling to Charlotte. “I liked looking at everyone’s projects,” Andrew Weiter said. His project scored a superior. Weiter tested the bacterial levels in ice from different fast food restaurants.

Traveling with the students to Charlotte were science teachers Mrs. Cindy McInnis (Science Department Chair), Mrs. Kristi Stott, and Mr. Bill Cook. NRCA students fared well in the evaluations. “They were great. There were a lot of superior ratings,” Stott said.

Written by: Peter Breazeale, Shield Staff Writer

One hundred thirty-three NRCA high school students attended North Carolina’s 2015 Youth & Government (YAG) Conference, sponsored by the YMCA. The conference brought 1,200 students from across the state to the Convention Center, Wake County Courthouse, and the General Assembly in downtown Raleigh to act as a mock government.

Youth Governor Pierce Shipway, a senior at NRCA, challenged the delegates to “step out of their comfort zones” and make new friends as well as be brave and speak their opinions in the legislative debates. Shipway was the second NRCA student to serve as governor. Chase Edmunds (Class of 2014) was the first. At the 2015 conference, junior Mary Glenn West was elected as the third consecutive YAG governor from NRCA.

The various roles for participants were legislative, judicial, budget analyst, lobbyist, and media. Over the course of the four days, Feb. 12-15, the students engaged in both legislative debates and courtroom cases. "The delegates prepared their bills or cases for months, and their work paid off as they successfully participated in this mock government,” History Department Chair Dr. Betty Lawson said.

Several NRCA delegates were elected to leadership positions for the 2016 YAG Conference:

  • Governor--Mary Glenn West
  • Attorney General--Rebecca Lawson
  • Speaker of the Forum--Cooper Edmunds
  • Print Editor--Leah Schweibinz
  • Associate Editor--Emily Kate Wallace

NRCA students also won the following awards:

  • Best Bill--Sydney Handley, John Thorn, Amelia Bryn Cooper
  • Model Mock Trial Witness--Emily Parker
  • Winner of Mock Trial All-Star Team--Emily Parker, Graham Lowder, Isabella Garrison

"The skills that NRCA students developed at YAG--whether in creating and defending bills, arguing cases before judges, analyzing budgets or creating media projects--are skills that will benefit them the rest of their lives,” Lawson said. "The delegates successfully fulfilled the Conference's motto:  Democracy must be learned by each generation.”

Written by: Madeline Coleman, Shield Assistant Editor and Shield Staff

Students in first through sixth grades joined the Chemistry Club on Saturday, February 7, for the Elementary Science Fun Night. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., first-graders through third-graders enjoyed fun experiments set up by the high school students. Fourth-grade through sixth-grade students attended from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Some of the experiments that the Chemistry Club designed for the younger students included making a lava lamp, testing how the mind works when encountering illusions and even learning some elements from the periodic table. “I was in charge of the demonstration room. This year we taught the kids about pH and acids and bases. We did a milk of magnesia and hydrochloric acid demo that changed colors. Seeing the kids’ reactions when the solutions changed colors was really fun,” senior Sarah Page said.

The remaining experiments included testing air and water displacement with empty Coke cans, building homemade parachutes, making snow and even identifying the acidity of some common household things. “I really liked being able to lead the kids around and seeing all of the experiments,” junior Felicia Shepherd said.

Written by: Michael Houser, Shield Editor


NRCA Summer Art Camps

Art and Painting Boot Camp


Take your Skills to a New Level 

Advance your Creativity and Confidence

Monday June 8

 Tuesday June 9

 Wednesday June 10

Thursday June 11

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

Printmaking and Collage


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

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


For more information, please contact 

Christine Pecore @ 919-796-8993


The varsity girls basketball team lost a hard-fought game 27-35 against the Durham Academy Cavaliers.

Senior Kayla Shelton scored first in the game for the Knights with a quick jump shot from inside. Shelton has attended NRCA for five years and played on the basketball team for four. Crisp passes broke the Cavaliers’ defensive press. During the first half, Jordan Moore scored six points on fast breaks for the Knights. Tia Rodgers deflected passes and drove to the basket for two.   

NRCA freshman Rachel Wayne sunk long range shots to dominate the third quarter with six points. A clean look from the elbow by Wayne closed the gap 15-16 for the Knights. Jamila Jacobs and Shelton drew several fouls in the paint and made their free throws. To stop the Cavaliers inside, NRCA switched from a zone to a man-to-man defense.

In the fourth quarter, the Knights’ offense moved the ball around well and created opportunities to score. Seventh-grader Christa Dutton hit a jumper, and Shelton scored again from the block. With three minutes left in the game, Wayne tied the game at 27 all. Durham Academy pulled ahead, but NRCA fought back until the final buzzer.

The varsity girls will play away in the NCISAA state tournament.

Written by: Sabrina Zirkle, Shield Staff Writer


It is a Jolly Holiday with MARY POPPINS and BERT as they made an appearance on NBC My Carolina Today. Check it out!
NRCA studnets: Amy Blom, Cody Young, Paige England and Brent McCready.



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