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The God Story - NRCA's Timeline


Christian families and pastors in the Raleigh community began approaching now Superintendent Dr. S.L. Sherrill about starting a community, non-denominational Christian school. 

May 14
Two Raleigh area businessmen, in particular, caught the vision for a Kingdom education school.  Dr. Sherrill was asked to plan and institute the start of a Kingdom school over a 12-month period. 

May 20
After overwhelming support, interest and encouragement, plans accelerated on this date for a school to begin that very fall.  The vision was becoming reality.

May 21
The vision of a community Christian school was shared with Pastor Shannon Scott of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

May 22
The deacons of Mt. Vernon met, and were in favor of hosting a Christian school.

May 29
Through the encouragement of Pastor Scott, the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church congregation voted in favor of hosting NRCA beginning that fall.

June 2
221 families attended the first pre-enrollment meeting.  After much prayer, the decision was made to start a K4-12th grade Kingdom education school. The hiring of teachers began.  A debt of gratitude is owed to Pastors Shannon Scott of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Ron Rowe of Bay Leaf Baptist Church, Mike Garrett of Crossroads Fellowship, Kevin Sweat and David Horner of Providence Baptist Church, who all went to work and helped spread the word about the new school.

June 10
850 people attended the first registration meeting, and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church auditorium was packed to capacity.  279 students were registered, and the vision became a reality.  North Raleigh Christian Academy was born.  To God be the glory!

September 3
With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the support of many churches, and the prayers of God’s people, the doors of North Raleigh Christian Academy opened on this day to 401 students.


Enrollment grows to 527 students, and a search for a second location begins.

May 31
First NRCA Commencement Ceremony
Class of 1997, 19 graduates

Enrollment:  623

NRCA began a second K-6th grade campus at Open Door Baptist Church.  Pastor Paul Harris welcomed 140 students to the Durant Campus. Modular classrooms and a playground were installed at this church location.

Increasing enrollment spurred on the search for even more room for a growing student body.

June 5
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 1998, 37 graduates


Enrollment:  731

Dwayne Milioni embraced the school upon his arrival as Pastor of Open Door Baptist Church, and continued to encourage the growth of the school at the Durant campus.

January 27
30 acres of land was purchased on Perry Creek Road.

A school family, through a foundation, gifted the balance on the property.

June 4
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 1999, 45 graduates

August 24
Board of Governors, staff and special friends of NRCA assembled for the first capital campaign strategy meeting to discuss plans for funding the new Perry Creek campus.

November 16
School families gathered at a Victory Rally to celebrate the many parents, grandparents and friends that shared in giving to the Perry Creek campus.  Over 1,000 were in attendance and $3.1million was committed to building a new campus.


Enrollment:  777

With almost 800 enrolled, NRCA was faced again with the issue of no room.

Capital Campaign was launched to build new hub campus.

February 11-12
Very first NRCA Alumni weekend

February 23
A generous foundation anonymously donates $30 million to cover the completion of all six phases of the Perry Creek campus.

June 2
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2000, 41 graduates

October 13
The News & Observer announces to the North Raleigh community building plans for Perry Creek campus.

November 4
Ground breaking for new campus. 


Enrollment:  868

6th grade classes are held next door to the Falls campus at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church to ease overcrowding issues.

June 1
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2001, 39 graduates


Enrollment:  1,102

June 3
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2002, 58 graduates

August 17
Dedication service held for new campus.

August 19
NRCA opens the doors at the new Perry Creek campus to over 1,100 students.


Enrollment:  1,175

June 6
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2003, 51 graduates

Enrollment:  1,208

June 4
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2004, 70 graduates

Enrollment:  1,210

May 17
Purchase of adjoining 4.99 acres

June 2
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2005, 62 graduates

First NRCA charter bus purchased with funds from the Golf Classic.


Enrollment:  1,280
Perry Creek campus thriving and at maximum capacity.

April 13
.74 adjoining acres purchased.  Trailer residing on this property was donated to a local ministry.

Band Room expanded to make room for growing band program.

June 5
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2006, 80 graduates

October 23
Purchase of adjoining 2 acres.  Donated building on this property to a local church.


Enrollment: 1,282 

June 8
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2007, 94 graduates

Football practice field and storage building, rear exit, gravel lot, and 80 additional parking spaces were added. 

Restrooms were added to the baseball/softball field house.


Enrollment:  1,278

June 6
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2008, 84 graduates

Fine Arts Center mezzanine was constructed.

June 24
Purchase of adjoining 1.05 acres. 

November 6
The Next Step, educating for eternity campaign is launched at school celebration.  

Dr. Sherrill shares plans to expand the campus to make room for our continued enrollment growth.



Enrollment:  1,367
Summer construction begins on The Next Step expansion.

June 5
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2009, 97 graduates

Second NRCA activity bus purchased.

Alumni Memorial Garden created in Knights Stadium.

Second band room expansion creates more space and better technical musical acoustics.


Enrollment:  1,461

The Next Step construction continues throughout the 2009/2010 school year and into the summer months in preparation for the 2010/2011 school year.

June 4
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2010, 91 graduates  

August 16
First day of school.  New facilities open with 16 new high school classrooms, three new fine arts classrooms, a new auxiliary gym, and a new soccer complex.


Enrollment:  1,480

February 5
Approximately 60% of the Class of 2006 attended their five year reunion.

March 18
Over 600 grandparents attended the 7th Annual Grandparents Academy

June 3
Commencement Ceremony
Class of 2011, 99 graduates

October 4
Inaugural Boosterthon Launch & Fun Run for classroom technology.


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