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

 Fall Sports Tryouts 2016

Wow! Summer is in full swing! It is hard to believe that it is July already. The 2016-2017 school year is right around the corner and we need to begin planning for how rising 4th graders and all new students will receive their iPads for the fall. Students in grades 6th through 12th will use their iPad both at school and at home, while students in 4th and 5th grades will be leaving their iPad on campus. There are many ways to bring in creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication in the classroom, but NRCA believes that placing mobile technology in the hands of students who are eager to learn is an amazing way to promote 21st century teaching and learning. Join us on one of the deployment dates for students to come to NRCA, receive their iPad, and begin to learn to use them prior to the opening of school. Each parent and student will go through a brief information session along with stations that will provide a step by step process of receiving, protecting and setting up their new iPads. The entire process will take about one hour. Students at all grade levels must be accompanied by a parent in order to receive their iPad.

Tuesday, August 2nd and Thursday, August 4th

  • 9:00, 10:30, 6:00 & 7:30

  • Only need to attend 1 session

To sign-up for a deployment session please click HERE.  Each session will be limited to a certain number of students so that we can provide the assistance needed for the process to run smoothly.

All parents of rising 4th graders and new students will receive an email from Apple about setting up their students NRCA Apple ID. Please complete this process prior to arriving at NRCA on August 2nd or August 4th. Due to the limited storage provided for free in iCloud, we have found that using a new Apple ID with the school-issued iPad is most effective. Additionally, the NRCA Apple ID allows the technology department to reset the password if the need arises. Students will still be able to sign-in using a personal Apple ID if needed and the NRCA Apple ID can be connected to a family Apple ID via Family Sharing <https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/family-sharing/>.


The Parent Volunteer Association (PVA) coordinates and provides parent volunteer services that help serve our NRCA community.  We are still in the process of seeking Volunteers to fill the positions listed below for the 2016-2017 school year. As NRCA parents, you are members of the PVA!  Whether you are an existing parent, a new parent or considering volunteering for the first time, we have a wonderful mentor and support system in each area.  There is a place for you and your help is needed.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracy Rogers at tracyrogers@mindspring.com.

The PVA hopes you will prayerfully consider serving in one of our remaining positions listed below.  As you feel led to volunteer, please email Tracy Rogers at tracyrogers@mindspring.com  which position(s) you are interested in by Friday, May 27th.

The list of available positions are as follows:

  • Knight’s Café  Co-Chairpersons (One Add’l Volunteer Needed)
  • Hospitality Closet Co-Chairpersons (One Add’l Volunteer Needed)
  • 2nd Grade Level Coordinator (One Add’l Volunteer Needed)
  • 4th Grade Level Co-Coordinators (One Add’l Volunteer Needed)
  • 9th Grade Level Co-Coordinator (One Add’l Volunteer Needed)
  • 11th Grade Level Co-Coordinator (Two Volunteers Needed) 

Thanks you for your consideration!
In His Service,
Your 2015-2016 PVA Executive Officers

Seniors must turn in their iPads by Monday, May 16, by the end of the day.

If students wish to purchase their iPads instead of turning them in, the price is $210 for the iPad and its case. Then, after senior exams, the restrictions will be removed and the iPad will become property of the student.

If students do not want to buy their iPads, they must be returned May 16 between 2:00 and 3:30pm. iPads must be returned with their cases and Apple charging cord and brick to Mrs. Ciancanelli.

iPads must also be cleared of personal data. To clear the iPad, export any data you don't want to lose, and then go to settings, general, and reset. Then, erase all content and settings.

All apps that students use for notes and studying for exams can be backed up to Google Drive or iCloud and accessed with a different device. See this link for help: http://help.nrcaknights.com/

iPad turn in for students not returning to NRCA next year is on Thursday, May 26.

By: Rachel Girimonte, Shield Staff Writer 

NRCA's blood drive took place on Friday, April 29. Since the blood drive began, it has existed to honor the NRCA families impacted by necessary blood transfusions.

High school teacher and organizer of the blood drive, Mrs. Cindy McInnis said, "The blood drive was started about five years ago by Sally Pinon to honor three students who had dealt with cancer: Rebecca Simpson, who lost her battle on the day of her special graduation ceremony, and childhood cancer survivors Gabe Pinon and Harrison McKinion." 

This year the school also honored NRCA eighth-grade Bible teacher Mr. Kelvin Johns, who is battling pancreatic cancer, and Mr. Bill Keown, husband of high school math teacher Mrs. Gail Keown, with the blood drive. Mr. Keown recently underwent major heart surgery. The 2016 drive brought many donors, some of whom were giving blood for the first time.
"We had 85 individuals who showed up to donate blood," Mrs. McInnis said. "The courage of students donating for the first time was inspiring." The blood drive's results were successful, with a collection of 80 units. Those 80 units have the power to help up to 240 individuals, giving people who depend on blood transfusions extra days with their families and friends.

"Blood donations provide what money cannot," Mrs. McInnis said. "Cancer patients many times need blood transfusions to survive. Gabe experienced this firsthand. Mr. Keown had problems and needed 36 units of blood during his aorta replacement surgery along with a few extra while in [the] ICU. Without individuals willing to donate, he would not be alive today," Mrs. McInnis said.

The blood drive at NRCA not only benefits patients in the area, but it unites the NRCA community.

"The most memorable scene for me was seeing the three families that we started the blood drive for, joining together during the drive. At one point Jeff Simpson, Sally Pinon, Eddie Pinon, Coach Ed Pinon, Gabe Pinon and Ginger McKinion were together in the room waiting to donate, donating, or encouraging those donating. They understand more than most how important the donations are to the patients and their families," Mrs. McInnis said.

By: Rachel Girimonte, Shield Editor

Photo credits: Mrs. Sally Pinon

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.

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

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

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    • ThuJul28 New Parent Information Meeting 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • ThuJul28 New Student Testing 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    • SatJul30 Band Leadership Clinic 8:00 AM to 3:00 PMBand Room/SLC
    • MonAug01 Band/Guard Camp 8:00 AM to 5:30 PMBaseball Field, MP1, EL Gym
    • MonAug01 Booster Club Exec Committee Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:00 PME133
    • TueAug02 Band/Guard Camp 8:00 AM to 5:30 PMBaseball Field, MP1, EL Gym
    • TueAug02 New Student Ipad Distribution 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • TueAug02 New Student Ipad Distribution 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • TueAug02 New Student Ipad Distribution 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • TueAug02 New Student Ipad Distibution 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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