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

Starts Monday, November 3

Samuel Sparrow (NRCA class of 2013) recently participated in the United Nations International Youth Orchestra. Samuel was featured as a soloist in the ensemble's performance which took place at the UN Headquarters on October 24th. Some may remember that following his graduation, Samuel was also honored as a participant and soloist for the inaugural season of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Samuel is currently a performance student at the Manhattan School of Music and, among other achievements and honors, has been recently been added to the substitute musicians list for the NC symphony.

A UN produced video about the ensemble features Samuel among other participants, artists and the conductor can be found here:

NRCA's middle school volleyball A team won the Capital Area Middle School Conference tournament on October 16.  The Knights, led by Coach Jenny Buckley, finished the season 15-1.  

Due to the Knights’ outstanding performance during the regular season, the team earned a first round bye in the tournament.  In their first tournament game the Knights played East Wake Academy on Monday, October 13. The Knights won the first two sets 25-15 and 25-9 in order to move to the semifinal round on Tuesday.  

On Tuesday, October 14, the Knights took on Wake Christian Academy and again won  the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-19.  

On championship Thursday, the Knights faced St. David’s.  After their 25-14 win in the first set, the Knights would lose their only set of the entire tournament, 14-25.  During the tie-breaker set, the Knights pulled away and won 15-9.  

This year was a building year with all new players to the team except one returner, so our success was a pleasant surprise.  I attribute our success to solid teamwork and exceptional play from all of the team,” Coach Buckley said.

The contribution of several standouts also helped anchor the successful season. “Our go-to players this year were Natalie Young for serving and overall leadership, Megan Janok and Olivia Stowe for offense and Taylor Thomason for outstanding defensive performance and excellent communication and leadership.”

The recent shift to A and B team formats at the middle school level gave many of this year’s A team athletes the opportunity to gain in-game experience in the early middle school grades, developing basic skills they needed to advance through the NRCA volleyball program.

By: Brooks Hill, Shield Staff Writer

Through the years the Annual Fund Drive, Golf and Tennis Classic, and Boosterthon have met needs beyond the general budget.  Examples are things like a Fine Arts Center grand piano, greenhouse, charter bus, playground canopies, iPads/iPad carts, technology infrastructure, 70” HD Televisions, and SmartBoards as well as supporting the Next Step Capital Campaign that gave us the soccer park, three-story academic J-Building, and elementary gym. 

The 2014-2015 Annual Fund Drive, Golf and Tennis Classic, and Boosterthon fundraising endeavors will serve to provide an additional and much needed 40-passenger activity bus, additional iPad carts with iPads for Preschool through 3rd grade, 20th Anniversary festivities, and dollars for needs-based scholarships.  Please support these three important events.  These events will benefit our students and help keep tuition costs down.

  • Annual Fund Drive-Fall of 2014
  • Boosterthon Rock’n Town Live Fun Run-March 26, 2015
  • Golf and Tennis Classic-May 4, 2015

Please know that we are conscious of the concerns that parents may have about the Ebola issues.  Knowledge is beneficial and may be life-saving. Please take time to review the links in this email.
Information regarding The Ebola Virus and Enterovirus D68:
The health and safety of your child(ren) is of vital concern to the staff at North Raleigh Christian Academy.  For this reason NRCA has been following the information and guidelines laid out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the Ebola Virus and the Enterovirus D68 very closely.  While we at NRCA have no reason for immediate concern, we would like to pass on some information to you from the CDC. 
The Ebola Virus:
Enterovirus D68:
We will continue to monitor these situations closely and will keep you apprised of any pertinent information.  We would like to remind you to refrain from bringing sick children to school.  Please join us in prayer for the people around the world affected by these diseases and that the Lord will bring a quick end to any further outbreak. 
Yours for Kingdom education,
NRCA Administration

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.

 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.


    • FriOct31 Drivers Ed Week MP2
    • FriOct31 Senior Night
    • FriOct31 Band 7:00 AM to 7:45 AMTrack
    • FriOct31 MS FCA 7:15 AM to 7:45 AMSLC
    • FriOct31 Book Fair setup 8:00 AM to 4:00 PMSLC
    • FriOct31 Band 3:15 PM to 10:00 PMMP1
    • FriOct31 Guards Practice 3:15 PM to 5:00 PMFootball Practice Field
    • FriOct31 Football Supper 3:30 PM to 5:00 PMCafeteria
    • FriOct31 FAC Set Build 4:00 PM to 10:00 PMFAC

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