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NRCA desires for our students to have a heart for the nations and a desire to share the truth of the gospel beyond our local community and throughout the world. Jesus calls his followers to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). To encourage this heart for missions, NRCA requires each high school student to complete at least one mission trip prior to graduation. Students may meet this requirement by going on a mission trip with their local church (our first choice for our students), a parachurch organization, their family, or NRCA. Mission trips completed during the summer before ninth grade or later count toward the graduation requirement.   

Mission trip qualifications 

  • Three consecutive days with eight hours of work each day 

  • Outside the local community (100+ miles away from NRCA’s campus) 

  • Partnered with a gospel-centered ministry 


Our program consists of three levels of mission trips: 


Missions 101  

This mission trip takes place within the continental United States for at least three consecutive days of ministry. NRCA offers at least one trip to a domestic location each year that would qualify for this level of mission trip. Missions 101 trip locations have included Florida, Kentucky, and the coast of North Carolina. 


Missions 201  

The second level of NRCA missions is a cross-cultural trip outside the continental United States. The NRCA-sponsored trip provides opportunities to work in orphanages, perform church services, and conduct street evangelism. Missions 201 trip locations have included Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. 


Missions 301  

The last tier of the missions program is the most extensive international mission trip NRCA offers and is geared toward those who show a heart for missions and ministry. The trip lasts approximately 6 to 10 days. Missions 301 trip destinations have included China, Africa, and Russia.  


Honors Credit Option 

Students can earn honors credit for their senior Bible course by completing one trip within each level of our missions program and submitting an 8- to 10-page paper on their experience and how their trips shaped their worldview on missions.   



Upon completion of any mission trip, a student must complete a Mission Trip Form, signed by their trip leader, and submit it to the Campus Life office.   

Mission Trip


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Mission Trip Opportunities 

Our first choice for NRCA students is that they join a team from their local church on a mission trip. When that is not possible, NRCA offers two additional categories of mission trips that will also fulfill the graduation requirement: NRCA-led mission trips and independent mission trips.  

  • 1996 - The Journey Begins
    In May of 1996, Christian families and pastors from the Raleigh community approached Dr. Sherrill about starting a community Christian school that had a vision to minister to the whole body of Christ. Several area businessmen, parents, and local pastors encouraged Dr. Sherrill and his wife, Debbie, to prayerfully consider establishing a non-denominational Christian school. Two key businessmen leading were Danny Cox and Bruce Battle. Pastor Shannon Scott, Danny Cox’s pastor, allowed them to meet with their deacons and have a church vote to host a Christian school within a matter of a week. Dr. Sherrill, who founded NRCA, presented the vision of being a lighthouse of Kingdom Education for North Raleigh. There was immediate and overwhelming support throughout the community. On June 10, 1996, NRCA had its first registration night with almost 900 in attendance and registered 279 students. In three short months, God opened the school’s doors on September 3, 1996, housed at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, with an enrollment of 401 students K4 through 12th grade and a staff of 28. NRCA will forever be indebted to Pastor Shannon Scott and the Mt. Vernon congregation for opening their doors and being the birthplace of NRCA. Area pastors Mike Garrett (Crossroads Fellowship), Ron Rowe (Bay Leaf), David Horner (Providence), and Kevin Sweat (Providence) were instrumental through their prayers and support. There were countless stories of God’s provision and guidance during this first year!
  • 1998 - Second Location
    Growing by another 100 students for its second year of operation, the school was out of space. In 1998, Dwayne Milioni, Pastor of Open Door Baptist Church, welcomed NRCA to its second campus, Kindergarten-6th grade. Between the two locations, the enrollment was over 600. In 1999, with enrollment at 777, the school purchased 30 acres of land on Perry Creek Road with its availability and full payment, both miracles of God.
  • 2000 - Capital Campaign
    In 2000, we began a capital campaign to raise $5.8 million. This was very exciting because enrollment was full at both campuses with 850 students. On November 16, a Victory Rally with over 1,000 in attendance was held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Christian artist Phil Driscoll to celebrate the generosity of many parents, grandparents, and friends who had given and continued to give to this ministry. Over $3 million was pledged at this one event.
  • 2001 - Site Plans Developed
    In 2001, a master site plan for Perry Creek was developed by Design Development that proposed five phases over twenty years. The first phase was a high school campus with ball fields and parking. Over time with additional phases, the elementary and middle school could move to the new campus. The day we received the architect’s master site plan, a foundation contacted us and stepped forward with a gift of $30,000,000. This made it possible to build the entire master site plan so all our students, Kindergarten-12th grade, could move to the Perry Creek campus.
  • 2002 - Perry Creek Opens
    In 2002, the Perry Creek campus opened with 1,150 students. Over the next few years, three additional purchases of property adjacent to the Perry Creek campus increased our site to almost 40 acres (4.99 acres in 2005, 2.74 acres in 2006, 1.05 acres in 2008).
  • 2006 - Band Room
    In 2006, a much-needed band room expansion was completed to accommodate a growing band program and marching band.
  • 2007 - Football Practice Field
    In 2007, the football practice field with storage facilities was completed, and restrooms were added to the baseball field house.
  • 2009 - Alumni Memorial Garden
    In 2009, the Alumni Memorial Garden was created to honor staff, alumni, coaches, and board members.
  • 2010 - The Next Step
    In 2010, a $9 million expansion project added a three-story academic building, elementary gymnasium, and soccer park. The Next Step Capital Campaign was launched. Over $4 million was donated, and the balance was paid in full in 32 months, another God story. This expansion made an enrollment of 1,500 possible.
  • 2011 - International Student Program
    NRCA began an International Student Program. The school also had the opportunity to purchase 20 acres next door with the passing of our neighbor, Mr. Leslie Stell. The price was at tax value, an unexpected and miraculous gift, because of Mr. and Mrs. Stell’s love for our ministry. This was also our first year of the annual Boosterthon. In addition, NRCA began a wrestling program.
  • 2012 - Little Knights Preschool
    In 2012, NRCA added its Little Knights Preschool for four- and five-year-olds who plan to transition into kindergarten the next year.
  • 2013 - Storage Facilities
    In 2013, NRCA built two storage facilities between the baseball and softball fields to house equipment for athletics, marching band, fine arts, and maintenance.
  • 2014 - 1:1 iPad Program
    In 2014, NRCA began its 1:1 iPad program in kindergarten–12th grade. NRCAplus Virtual Academy was added to the academic program which made it possible for students to take courses online through Sevenstar. This expanded course offerings beyond NRCA’s college preparatory program.
  • 2015 - Dual-Enrollment Program
    In 2015, we began our junior varsity lacrosse program. The Alumni Memorial Garden was relocated to its permanent home. We also began a dual-enrollment program with the fully accredited Southeastern College in Wake Forest. High school students can enroll in select courses taken under the teaching of our staff and receive college credit.
  • 2016 - Lacrosse Program
    In 2016, after fielding a club lacrosse team the previous school year, NRCA officially launched a varsity boys lacrosse program.
  • 2017 - Fitness Center
    In 2017, the new state-of-the-art fitness center was opened for our student athletes. The previous fitness center was also renovated, giving NRCA two excellent facilities.
  • 2018 - Dr. Sherrill, founder retires
    After seeking the Lord’s guidance and wisdom, Dr. Sherrill made the decision to officially retire in 2018, and Dr. Kevin Mathes was appointed as interim superintendent for the 2018–2019 school year.
  • 2019 - Dr. Mathes named Superintendent
    Dr. Mathes officially became the new superintendent of NRCA in the fall of 2019 and launched anew tradition of choosinga biblical virtue each year to highlight as a schoolwide theme. Kindness was the inaugural theme. Spring of 2020marked the official start of the COVID-19 global pandemic. NRCA was one of the few schools in the country to hold a safe, socially distanced, in-person outdoor graduation.
  • 2020 - NRCA launches Flexible Education
    With continued uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, NRCA launched Flexible Education providing the best educational experience possible, both on-campus and virtually, as we celebrated 25 years of ministry throughout the school year.
  • 2021 – High School Principal Mr. Danny Watkins retires
    In the fall of 2021, NRCA returned to full in-person instruction on campus and resumed field trips. Beloved principal and founding team member Mr. Danny O. Watkins announced that he would retire after completing his 26th year of service at the helm of NRCA’s high school division.
  • 2022 - STEM programs grow
    NRCA’s STEM programs experienced significant growth as robotics students swept the podium at the inaugural North Carolina ACSI STEM competition, won their first FIRST® Robotics Competition, and qualified for states in the FIRST® Lego® League Challenge. The robotics programreceived NASA Program Growth grants, implemented a cross-divisional energy education plan, and increased corporate and educational partnerships.
Meet NRCA's Student Life Director
Mr. Josh Leonard

(919) 573-7900, x7956

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