Seniors - Class of 2024
Creating a lifetime of memories in one academic year, our seniors pack fun into every month on the calendar. Traditions run deep at NRCA, with notable senior events like the senior rock-signing, fall field trip, Powderpuff, Valograms, Senior Week, and the annual senior trip highlighting the year.
Coordinated by Tiffany Benson, NRCA’s senior events maximize senior fun in almost every moment of their final year of high school.
NRCA’s Sabre yearbook staff coordinates photography for documenting each year’s graduating class. Below are the annual deadlines for this year’s senior class.
Senior Slide Show & Yearbook Photo Upload 2024
Please upload your baby, child, and senior photos for the yearbook and slide show for graduation. The same photo submitted for the yearbook will also appear in the slide show. If a senior does not submit a portrait photo by the deadline, we will use the senior’s formal composite photo.
Photo Deadline: December 1, 2023
1996 - The Journey BeginsIn 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 LocationGrowing 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 CampaignIn 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 DevelopedIn 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 OpensIn 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 RoomIn 2006, a much-needed band room expansion was completed to accommodate a growing band program and marching band.
2007 - Football Practice FieldIn 2007, the football practice field with storage facilities was completed, and restrooms were added to the baseball field house.
2009 - Alumni Memorial GardenIn 2009, the Alumni Memorial Garden was created to honor staff, alumni, coaches, and board members.
2010 - The Next StepIn 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 ProgramNRCA 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 PreschoolIn 2012, NRCA added its Little Knights Preschool for four- and five-year-olds who plan to transition into kindergarten the next year.
2013 - Storage FacilitiesIn 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 ProgramIn 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 ProgramIn 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 ProgramIn 2016, after fielding a club lacrosse team the previous school year, NRCA officially launched a varsity boys lacrosse program.
2017 - Fitness CenterIn 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 retiresAfter 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 SuperintendentDr. 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 EducationWith 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 retiresIn 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 growNRCA’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.
Yearbook Senior Recognition Ads
Deadline: December 1, 2023
Senior families have the opportunity to purchase space in the back of the yearbook to honor their graduates. Each senior family will receive information about purchasing this space during the senior parent information meeting at the beginning of the school year. Information will also be emailed to all senior parents in the fall.
Cap and Gown Orders – October 1, 2023
Jostens is the company that will be handling NRCA’s senior graduation orders. They will be at the senior parent meeting to explain the order process and deadlines. All seniors must order a cap and gown, but other graduation items are at the family's discretion. Orders are due October 1, 2023.
Representative: Jubal Stagner
Phone number: 919-789-8500
May 5, 2024, at 3:00 pm at North Raleigh Christian Academy (HS Gym)
Information: Girls need to be in white dresses and white shoes (no flip-flops or tennis shoes). Guys need to be dressed in a white shirt and tie or bowtie with dark slacks and dress shoes.
Students need to be in their PRESSED graduation gown.
May 30, 2024, at 10:30 am at Richland Creek Community Church
Information: Students need to be dressed appropriately; they are still under handbook rules.
May 31, 2024, at 7:00 pm at Richland Creek Community Church
Graduation ceremony information will be communicated at a later date.