Two Enrollment Options for 2020-2021
You Pick the Option that is Best for Your Student!
Northshore Christian Academy provides a dynamic, Christ-centered, forward-thinking education. This year we are offering two enrollment options:
- NCA Traditional – On-campus learning, Monday through Friday, face-to-face education for students (with robust distance learning from same classroom teachers and curriculum if necessary due to safety precautions).
- 100% Virtual Academy – NCA Virtual Academy offers 100% off-campus learning for families who prefer to have their student learn from home. NCA teachers facilitate high quality engaging virtual learning with parent support. Provides increased learning flexibility while remaining a part of the NCA community. Please note that students who are 100% virtual do not participate with on-campus learning or activities during the school day. For details for, see our new NCA Virtual Academy webpage>
Both NCA enrollment options are within our shared unified school community, are guided by NCA teachers, and contain our high academic excellence standards, solid biblical integration and meaningful student discipleship.
Summer Parent Communications
We are closely monitoring and working to implement health guidelines as directed by our Federal, State, and County Government, the State Board of Education, the Department of Health, and the American Association of Pediatrics. We will continue to communicate these details with our families as we move towards Fall classes.
Here are links to communications sent to current families this summer by Superintendent Holly Leach, and a link to our traditional school calendar.
- NCA Parent Letter by Holly 7.23.20
- NCA Parent Letter by Holly 7.10.20
- NCA Parent Letter by Holly 6.25.20
- NCA Parent Letter by Holly 6.12.20
- NCA Traditional School Parent Calendar 2020-2021
Fall Planning Video
We have provided a short video here with details on our plans for serving families and students in the coming year:
Fall Programs / FAQ
What is NCA doing to comply with government requirements?
We are closely monitoring and are implementing health guidelines as directed by our Federal, State, and County Governments and are being directed by the:
- State Board of Education
- Department of Health
- American Association of Pediatrics
We will continue to communicate these details with our families as we move towards our Fall classes.
Guiding Principles for Reopening
What is NCA’s focus for reopening campus and the first days of school?
Our guiding principles for reopening will be to:
- Provide a healthy and safe standard of care for students, faculty and staff
while utilizing State and County health guidelines
- Establish effective use of spaces to support physical distancing
- Provide students with familiarity of school routines for maximizing learning
- Cultivate our classrooms as families that are loving, supportive, positive, friendly, and caring
Academic Continuity – Scholastic Excellence and Agility
What is NCA prepared to do if Snohomish County experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases?
If an interruption of our on campus learning actually occurs, we will:
- Shift to remote learning immediately and effectively with the implementation of our enhanced technology platform
- Make this transition for students as seamless as possible
- Make returning back to our classrooms as quickly and safely as possible will be our ultimate goal
On Campus Learning
How will ‘On Campus Learning’ work this year, and what will be provided?
Our regular programing will maintain foundational learning goals for each grade, provide modified programming for healthy classrooms, and offer scheduled specialist and elective classes each day. There will be ample time for lunch and outside recess, and family chapels held on Fridays. Additionally, we are working to provide after school care, athletics and Northshore School of Arts and Enrichment classes.
Our on campus learning provides a classroom community, as a school family. Spiritual, social and emotional needs are paramount in the fall. Students are eager to make deep friendships and participate in new grade level activities. We are ready to build the loving, nurturing and friendly fall classrooms that are so enjoyed by students. We are also ready to provide consistency between on campus learning and remote learning should the need arise.
Remote Learning for Interruptions
How will remote learning be different than distance learning used this past year?
The new remote learning model provides improved delivery based on what we’ve learned that has worked well through distance learning this past year and more. It will include:
- A combination of synchronous live instruction and asynchronous instruction videos
- Daily live instruction
- Spiritual growth
- Social engagement
- Personalized support
- Continuity of learning
NCA Virtual Academy
What is NCA’s Virtual Academy and who can be in this program?
This brand new and unique program will provide the opportunity to meet academic standards for a seamless transition back and forth between both our
traditional and 100% virtual enrollment options each given school year, and includes:
- NCA teachers will facilitate learning and meet virtually every week with students
- Teachers will be available to advise during school hours
- A specific teacher is assigned to each student
- Curriculum is selected to meet NCA learning standards
- Pacing of lessons and learning can be individualized
- NCA school activities are available in the form of virtual opportunities including virtual attendance and recognition in weekly chapel, yearbook inclusion and graduation ceremonies
- NCA graduation diploma, report cards and preparation for advancement.
- Virtual Academy provides the opportunity to meet academic standards for a seamless transition back and forth between both our
traditional and 100% virtual enrollment options each given school year.
NCA’s Virtual Academy will allow us to support students who are unable to physically be on campus, and will require at-home support and open lines of communication. Families who are interested should contact NCA’s Registrar or Admissions for more information.
Physical Campus - Health and Wellness
How will NCA make the campus safe and healthy for our students?
We will rely on official guidelines and medical recommendations to operate as safely as possible. Measures for classroom safety will include the use of:
- Daily systems for sanitizing the campus
- Health room staffed by a registered nurse
- 7 large indoor spaces: Auditorium, Lunchroom, Performing Arts Center, Gym, Olympic Pavilion, and Rooms A-2 & B-108
- 5 outdoor play areas throughout the day
- Large, spacious classrooms
Specific strategies are being developed over the summer in the following areas including, but not limited to:
- Sanitizing and cleaning processes
- Screening and monitoring
- Changes to campus access for visitors, vendors and volunteers
- Preparing for all possible scenarios and interruptions
- Training for all employees on health and safety protocols
- Modification of programs and events in compliance with government orders
Requirements for Face Coverings
Will face masks be required for our students?
Currently the Washington State Governor and the Department of Health is mandating that:
- All K-12 students wear a cloth face covering or face shield at school
- If changes are made to requirements, we will evaluate and inform parents
- Exceptions under advisement of a physician
We understand concerns regarding face masks and difficulty for younger students, and we hope to provide flexibility while meeting criteria mandated.
Healthy Children at School
What can we do as families to make NCA safe for students?
Your partnership in following health policies will positively impact school attendance and keep our school healthy.
Families can show support of NCA’s health and wellness goals by keeping children at home if:
- They are not feeling well
- They have Covid-like symptoms
- They have potentially been exposed to Covid-19
We will endeavor to be the heart of our community in this area into the new school year.
Leadership and Communication
What answers can we expect from NCA and how will specific questions be answered?
Flexibility, transparency and integrity are of the utmost importance and we want to encourage you to contact us if you have any questions.
We are committed to providing clear and continuous communication of essential information and updates for our families throughout the summer. Please look for communication through emails, newsletters, NCA social media and our website updates. Specifically, you will be sent:
- Back to school email to include many resources, welcome videos and messages in mid-August
- Classroom assignments and a teacher welcome letter email in August
NCA is a strong, safe and vibrant learning community for your entire family. We enjoy partnering with you to do the best that we can together!
Additional Reopening Information
What additional information will families receive this summer?
Throughout the summer NCA will email families about a variety of topics including:
- Academic Programming
- After School Care Program
- Arrival and Dismissal
- Athletics and the Arts
- Back to School Info & Supply Lists
- Calendar and Event Updates
- Extracurricular Activities
- Health and Wellness Detailed Info
- Parent Orientation Schedule
- Parent Support and Volunteering
- Student Life
- Teacher Assignments
- Uniform Sales and Exchange
Please stay tuned to your email and our website for updates.
NCA’s 2019-2020 Distance Learning Program Successes
During the 2019-2020 school year, we successfully transitioned to a Distance Learning platform without interruption, providing our NCA families and students with:
- NCA Distance Learning Parent Portal
- Extended teacher hours to support students and families
- Weekly Zoom meetings with our Principals for K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6-8th grades
- Weekly Newsletters sent out by our Principals
- Weekly Interactive Online Family Chapels
- Parent Training Webinar and Q&A for online classes
- Safety and security measures and instructions for Zoom online classrooms.
- Distance Learning Sharing – slides and photos of distance learning photos from families
- Support for Family Challenges including Prayer with Counselors, Pastors and Principals
- Financial help through our deferred tuition program or our tuition assistance program
- NCA Family Hardship Fund providing grants for families with tuition support
- Care-A-Thon fundraising event and card making for health care workers
- Food Box Ministry: Feeding the Five Thousand by donating food or by sending us the name of someone who needed a food box.
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