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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On Wednesday, February 3, senior Jackson Hawthorne signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at the University of Kentucky. "I chose Kentucky because of the great soccer program growing there and the great academics," he said.

The University of Kentucky is in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a Division I school. They compete in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Hawthorne has played soccer for 14 years, most recently for the Capital Area Railhawks Academy. Before the Railhawks Academy, he played a total of four years at NRCA--three seasons of middle school soccer and one season of varsity--while also playing for various club teams.

“I fell in love with playing soccer at an extremely young age. Since then, it has become a passion, and I strive to become better every day. My favorite part about soccer has to be making big time saves to keep my team in the lead or keep us in the game, ” Hawthorne said.

Hawthorne credits his family for their impact on his success. “I have had a lot of influential people help me in my journey to becoming a college athlete, but I couldn't have done it without my wonderful parents and little brother. They were always by my side through the good and the bad.”

He also cites the influence of his coaches as helping him develop into a Division I soccer player. “I also couldn't be where I am today without my wonderful coaches, including Dave McCready (club coach), John Pascarella (Sporting Kansas City goalkeeping coach), and Nic Platter (Carolina Railhawks goalkeeping coach).”

College soccer is a new adventure, and Hawthorne is relying on his faith as he leaves NRCA. “I am really excited to see what God has in store for me these next four years, but I'm really going to miss my family and friends that have always been by my side.”

By: Madeline Coleman, Shield Senior Editor

On February 2 the kindergartners marked their 100th day of school. Ecstatic about coming this far, they did many activities to celebrate.

Mrs. Dawn Roberts' class decorated 100-themed headbands, coloring them before wearing their headbands proudly on parade. To complete their attire, they made necklaces out of Fruit Loops. They also decorated a cupcake-shaped paper craft with 100 pieces of colorful foil. The last fun activity they did before they traveled around the school was make a treat box.

Other classes performed other activities involving 100 items. All the kindergarten classes paraded through the building, celebrating their day throughout the school.

Students then said the favorite part of the year. "I like numbers. My papa works with math. I also like the playground," said JD from Mrs. Roberts’ class.

Several of the students said their favorite part of 100th Day was not having to write or work. Others argued that the snacks and activities are the best part, but all agreed that the day was fun.

"As a teacher, the most important part of my job is to teach the whole child, spiritually, academically, emotionally, and in their friendships," Mrs, Roberts said.

By: Nicole Riggs, Shield Staff Writer

Sophomores Tori Cordero and Gabi Piercy and freshman Alex Clark were chosen to participate in the All-Carolina Select Choir. The All-Carolina Select Choir is comprised of ninth- and tenth-grade students from both North Carolina and South Carolina public and private schools and is part of the High School Choral Educators Summit, sponsored by the Wingate University Music Department.  Over 450 singers submitted audition recordings for this choir and 150 singers were accepted.  

These students will gather at Wingate University on Jan. 29-30, 2016, to sing under the direction of choral director Dr. Jefferson Johnson, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Kentucky. They will also attend a concert given by Cantus, the "premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States."

The Knights varsity girls basketball team fell to the Forsyth Country Day School Furies on January 18, although not without a fight.

The minute the ball was thrown into action the girls pushed for an offensive advantage. The starters -- Christa Dutton, Emma Finster, Jordan Moore, Kailyn Middleton and Tia Rogers -- played well offensively. Rachel Weyne and Dutton both scored 6 points in the first half and Moore added 5 points to the tally. Jamila Jacobs and Rogers both maintained their aggressive defense, grabbing all rebounds that went their way and allowing nothing get past them.

The Furies retaliated by outscoring the Knights. By the end of the first half, the score was 42-19 in favor of the Furies.

In the second half, the girls continued to strike offensively. Dutton scored another 6 points. Jacobs and Moore scored as well. Emilee Mahl, Moore, and Rogers maintained a tight defense, fighting for the rebound. As the game came to a close, the Lady Knights lost 71-28.

Although the girls lost, they showed excellent teamwork. "I enjoy being part of the team and playing with the girls," freshman Morgan Edwards said.

By: Nicole Riggs, Shield Staff Writer

On Friday, January 15, the Pre-K classes hosted Circus Day in the Elementary Gym. Performers of all kinds were part the circus, including many animals and clowns.

Lead Pre-K teacher Mrs.Jody Overton said, “Pre-K Circus Day is a fun event where students get to dress as a circus performer and entertain parents and visitors. It is an impromptu performance where we see lions, tigers, elephants, acrobats, tightrope walkers, strongmen and of course clowns.”

The gym was decorated with bright colors and featured activities for the students to do to entertain their parents and enjoy themselves. There were hoops for lions, tigers and elephants to jump through.The students roared ferociously as they battled the great hoop of fire. There was also a part of the gym for the strongmen to show off their strength and balls in the middle of the gym for the clowns and acrobats to use for their part of the show.

One clown named London said, “I'm a clown today!” She said she was excited to perform. Caleb, another clown, said, “I'm a clown too! I'm going to dance!”

Parents and younger siblings were excited to see the children as they performed their circus acts. “Circus Day is a great event for parents to see their students in a school environment. It is also a great opportunity for Pre-K students to have a fun day where they are allowed to dress up,” Overton said.

Parents volunteered their time to decorate the gym and provide food, making the event a huge success.“During Circus Day, Pre-K students love dressing up. They also really enjoy that the day has a different structure, filled with engaging activities. The Circus-themed lunch is another highlight of their day. Students enjoy hot dogs, pizza, popcorn and even cotton candy during their lunch time.”

By: Rachel Girimonte, Shield Junior Editor

New date :  Feb 20th same times. (date moved up due to Winter Break)
Parents who have enrolled their child do not need to enroll again.

Register today!

On Monday, January 11, NRCA will be holding two meetings to review PSAT test scores for sophomores and juniors. One meeting will take place during first period for the students, and the other will be held for parents at 7:00 p.m.

These meetings will cover the scoring system of the PSAT and give an overall understanding of each student’s scores and how their PSAT scores compare to the SAT they will take. College Counseling Director Mrs. Debbie Monahan said, “[At the meeting] Brian Manchester, from MindSpire, will present how the SAT is changing and what the new PSAT scoring system looks like. He will help us understand all the changes and how it affects us as students and parents.”

Then Mrs. Monahan will share what the PSAT scores and subscores look like and how to interpret them. It is important that both students and their parents understand their PSAT scores so that, as a team, they can make a plan to succeed in the remaining time before the college admissions process starts. “Sophomores will want to evaluate their results to determine weaknesses and utilize free resources, such as Khan Academy, to practice and complete test prep before they take the PSAT again in October,” Mrs. Monahan said. Juniors, having less time, “will want to also evaluate their results” before taking the SAT and ACT.

The PSAT is an important tool because it reveals students’ strengths and weaknesses in different areas, and it allows opportunity for improvement when the standardized test scores count for college admissions. At the evening meeting, NRCA will distribute the students’ test booklets. These booklets can be used as a resource for honing strengths and remediating weaknesses.

Mrs. Monahan said, “They will be able to quickly analyze what groups of concepts they answered incorrectly and use the resources of teachers, the online Khan Academy, and other online test resources, as well as outside tutoring and test prep companies, to help them improve their scores for the coming SAT and ACT tests that must be taken by each student applying to college.”

By: Rachel Girimonte, Shield Staff Editor

Dear Parents, Staff, Alumni, and Grandparents,

Praise 1:  More than 250 parents, staff, alumni, and grandparents have given to the Legacy Annual Fund Drive thus far.  We have exceeded our goal of $150,000 with gifts of $166,000.  IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GIVE!  Let me encourage you to be a part of this blessing that helps keep tuition down.  You can mail your gift today, drop it by the school office, or give online.

Praise 2: NRCA had a good number of new students joining us January 4 making our 20th ANNIVERSARY YEAR an attendance record with 1473.  To God be the Glory! 

Praise 3:  Reenrollment is underway with great success.  Some grade levels will be full by the end of the month.  Praise the Lord! God is good!

As I think of closing out our 20th Anniversary Year in June, I am so thankful for the legacy of Kingdom education that continues at NRCA.  We are committed to passing on the intentional gift of Kingdom education with great faithfulness and to the glory of God.  Thank you for the privilege of serving your family.

Be sure to post on your calendars the Founder’s Day Annual Celebration on August 27 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. with blow-ups, horse and pony rides, rock-climbing walls, petting zoo, and great family fun.  I will save a snow cone for you!

In closing, again, I say, “To God be the Glory” and share a verse:

“Give, and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, running over, and will be put in your lap.  For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).


Yours for Kingdom education,


Senior football player Mike McHale played in the Diamond Sports Group’s Marcus Dixon McInerney High School All American Bowl on January 2 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Seventy of the nation’s top football players were selected by scouts who either attended high school games or watched film to narrow the field of nominees. “I think that the scouts looked at over 5,000 athletes when they were deciding who to choose for the game,” McHale said.

The players were split into two teams according to what the scouts thought would make the most competitive game. “I played center in this game instead of guard, which I really enjoyed,” said McHale. “This experience has made me want to play collegiate football even more. I would like to play either Division 1 or Division 2, but I do not have a specific university in mind.”

McHale was one of only two athletes at the bowl game to receive the prestigious Academic All-American award, sponsored by The Sports Farm.

“Hopefully, this will bring more recognition to our own football program, for both players and coaches, as well as bringing more scouts watch to our games,” McHale said.

By: Michael Houser, Shield Senior Editor


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