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

As you are aware, beginning in the 2014-15 school year, each NRCA student in 4th through 12th grades will have a school-issued iPad. 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, July 29th and Thursday, August 7th

  • Grades 4 - 8
  • 9:00, 10:30, 6:30 & 7:30
  • Only need to attend 1 session

Thursday, July 31st and Tuesday, August 5th

  • Grades 9 - 12
  • 9:00, 10:30, 6:30 & 7:30
  • Only need to attend 1 session

If you have students in 4-8 AND in 9-12, please just pick one day and bring all of your students.

To speed up the process please have an Apple ID created for each of your students. If you do not currently have an Apple ID, you can click here to create one: 

Students who will not be 13 by July 29th will receive an additional email in the coming weeks with instructions on setting up their Apple ID.


I wanted to send a note of thanks to each of you for your service to NRCA this year in extending your support of Retail & Redemption's efforts to collect, cut and submit Box Tops for Education. For the 2013-2014 school year, we collected 40,406 box tops! As a result, the school should collect over $4000! That's fantastic!
Over the last 2 days, we've celebrated with the top 3 classes for the winter/spring count. As you may recall, each class wins an ice cream party at the end of a lunch period and the winning teach receives a gift certificate to The Teach Me Store.  The winners for winter/spring are:
  • 1st place: Mrs. Ewart 4th grade - 2754 box tops
  • 2nd place: Mrs. Kennedy 4th grade - 1732 box tops
  • 3rd place: Ms. Rasmussen 2nd grade - 1013 box tops
It's a true blessing to have you all give of yourselves and your time to this effort. Thank you so much for your assistance!
As we wind down the school year and we look to 2014-2015, if you feel led to assist with this effort again please let me know and we will keep you informed as we kick off counting in early October, 2014.
Wishing you and your families a safe and enjoyable summer.
Susan Boyette & Joy Lathan
NRCA PVA, Retail and Redemption


GRADE 5-12

2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR

NRCA is excited to announce the appointment of Mrs. Lisa Bass as its new Choral Director for Grades 5-12 for 2014-2015.  Mrs. Bass is a graduate of James Madison University, Class of 1988, with a Bachelor’s of Music Education with a major in piano and a minor in voice and a graduate of Florida State University, Class of 2005, with a Master of Music Education with a major in choral conducting.

Mrs. Bass taught Grades 5-12 for 22 years at the prestigious Collegiate School of Richmond, Virginia (www.collegiate-va.org), one of Virginia’s oldest private schools. She was the Music Director for Upper and Middle School Music from 1990-2012, planned and directed local and out of state performing arts trips, and served both as an accomplished conductor and accompanist.  Her experience with both Upper and Middle School will be invaluable. The Fine Arts Director at Collegiate School said, “She was a rare and exceptional talent, the full package.”

Upon her marriage to Jeff Bass two years ago, Mrs. Bass moved to the area and is currently teaching music at Corinth Holders Elementary in Zebulon.  Her husband is an employee of Bobby Murray Chevrolet.

Her educational credentials, depth of twenty-four years of experience, and obvious musical giftedness will bring great value to our Academy.  Mrs. Bass was President of the Virginia Choral Directors Association from 2010-2012, Treasurer of the Virginia Chapter of American Choral Directors Association and State Music Representative for the Virginia Association of Independent Schools from 1995-2000 and from 2008-2010. 

She is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Director’s Association. 

We welcome her to the NRCA family!


NRCA Congratulates, Joshua Gray and Sawyer Pollock on being chosen as SBACS's Outstanding Scholar & Musician Scholarship winners!

Forty-five high school seniors from the Class of 2014, enrolled in twenty-one SBACS member Christian schools, were selected to compete in a national awards program for their outstanding scholarship and/or musical achievements (see attached lists). Out of the forty-five finalists, fourteen shared the spotlight as national, regional or state award winners, dividing $8,000 in college grants, $1,000 to each of the four national winners, $500 to each of the six regional winners and $250 to each of the four state winners. National and regional scholar winners' schools also received awards of $250 and $100 for each winner they nominated.

Each fall, SBACS member schools nominate candidates in two groups, scholars and musicians.  Nominees must then complete an application process to compete for the scholarships.  Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements become finalists.  In the spring, a panel of judges chooses the winners in each of the two categories.


Attached is the Student Policy for our new NRCAPlus Virtual Academy. It outlines the options and fees for the online courses that will be offered at NRCA through Sevenstar. Students will be able to register for these online classes as part of their 2014-2015 course registration which opens Monday, April 28 and closes Tuesday, May 6
Here are a few highlights of the NRCAPlus Virtual Academy:
  • Options to take courses not offered by NRCA faculty
  • One class per period will meet in the Media Center Computer Lab (25 seats available)
  • Summer courses available in Summer 2015 for remediation and course tracking
  • Additional fee of $499-699 with $35 one time application fee
  • Full payment is due on August 1, 2014 for 2014-2015 courses

NRCAPlus Virtual Academy

Four high school math students went to Wake Tech to compete in the State Math Qualifying Regional Contest. The four students were Kevin Lin, Mia Cui, Josh Gray and Aria Huang.  Cui placed 12th out of over 100 students.  She qualified to go to the state finals. Huang came in 26th, and our team was eighth out of 12. Lin's team (randomly assigned by the organizers)  came in third in a math sprint contest, for which he won a cash prize.

Fifteen NRCA elementary and middle school students placed in the 2014 Math Olympics, held at NRCA on March 14. Gold Medal Winners (GMW) received a score of 85% or higher.

Computation Category:

3rd Grade:

  • 1st: NRCA- Madison Powell (GMW)
  • 2nd: NRCA- Hannah Elder
  • 4th: NRCA- Spencer Shelton

4th Grade:

  • 3rd: NRCA- Ashby Munn
  • 4th: NRCA- Brooklyn Holt

5th Grade:

  • 1st: NRCA- Emma Holt
  • 3rd: NRCA- Josh Lendach

7th Grade:

  • 4th: NRCA- Caleb Downs

8th Grade:

  • 4th: NRCA- Alyssa McInnis
  • 5th: NRCA- Caroline Crockett

Reasoning Category:

3rd Grade:

  • 3rd: NRCA- Grant Bologna
  • 4th: NRCA- Lucas Martin

4th Grade:

  • 1st: NRCA- Kailey Tweed

5th Grade:

  • 2nd: NRCA- Paul Ibrahim

7th Grade:

  • 5th: NRCA- John Bailey

The Lady Knights soccer team headed down to take on the Wake Christian Bulldogs Thursday night in the first conference game for the Knights this year. This year’s girls soccer team is lead by senior captains Mabry Griffin, Nicole Day, and Whitney Keever. The head coach is Mr. Ed Pinon who was the 2013 NCISAA 3A boys soccer coach of the year and is coming off a state title in the boys division.

The matchup between the Knights and the Bulldogs turned out to be fairly one-sided. Even with a stellar performance from the Bulldogs keeper, the Knight’s offense was too much for Wake. Only 2:30 into the game Haley Gibson scored off the assist from Autumn Esposito.  Wake Christian countered with a goal just 30 seconds later which tied the score at 1-1. Defense dominated the remainder of the first half until Olivia Giresi scored off a rebound 29 minutes into the game. With this score the Knights went into halftime up 2-1.

The Knights came out strong in the second half scoring at 13 minutes on a pass from Whitney Keever to Autumn Esposito, ending in a walk-in goal. The Knights led 3-1. Finally 33 minutes deep into the second half Michelle Day lobbed a corner kick up to Bailey Redecker who finished with an impressive header for the goal. With this score the Knights expanded the lead to 4-1, a score that would hold for the remainder of the ball game.

Junior Bailey Redecker said, “I felt like the team played really hard tonight and we played well but we still need to work finishing the ball.” If this game is a sign of things to come, look for a strong campaign from the Lady Knights this season.

By Christian Vinson
Shield Staff Writer 

Emily Holland, an NRCA eighth-grader, placed second at the ACSI Southeast Regional Spelling Bee in Atlanta this past weekend. As a top-5 finisher, she advances to the ACSI National Spelling Bee in Dallas on May 3.

“It was a nail-biter down to the end in Atlanta as she spelled down with a boy [from Tennessee] whom she had met, competed against and joined her at nationals last year. They went head to head, word for word until Emily finally missed and he got his word, which made him first and her second,” said Emily’s mother, Margret Holland, who traveled to Atlanta with Emily for the spelling bee.

Vanessa Williams, also in eighth grade at NRCA, participated in the regional event too. She made it to the third round of the bee.


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