NCA Fact Sheet
“It is fun to learn new songs and to learn how to play the recorder.” Sam Hanson
NCA is approved by the Superintendent of the State of Washington since 1995. NCA accomplishes rigorous accreditation standards by two international private school organizations (AdvancEd and ACSI) that require regular reporting, reviews and inspections since 2004.
Our modern campus consists of four buildings, providing 162,000 square feet of learning space with 33 acres surrounded by fields and forests, overlooking the mountains and Puget Sound! Students enjoy four play areas, a 5,000 square foot covered sport court, gymnasium, auditorium, performing arts center and lunchroom. A separate engineering lab, two computer labs, science lab and robotics room enhance our STEM program. A designated drama room, Spanish room, three music rooms, and library promote learning. Classrooms employ state of the art technology equipment that ignite student learning: interactive whiteboards, audio systems, software, mobile lab top labs, etc.
Faculty are exceptional, highly qualified educators who are committed to the school’s mission of creating a challenging and nurturing environment that partners with parents to empower students in exceeding their potential. In addition to our excellent core subject instructors, our certified specialists teach Spanish, music, physical education, computers, library and engineering.
Christian Educational Philosophy
The development of faith, character, and academic agility is paramount in our program. Our spiritual programs emphasize faith, character, service and leadership training. Students participate in a yearly service project, weekly chapel and daily bible classes.
Academics at Northshore are challenging and comprehensive. We ignite learning through developmental lessons, hands-on units with many opportunities for practical application. Students in the lower grades are challenged to master fundamental skills that provide building blocks for later learning. Students in the upper grades are challenged to be creative and use critical thinking skills. For 20 years, NCA national test scores show each grade level averaging 1-2 grade levels above standard. Consequently, 8th grade average scores are at the 12th grade level equivalent in reading, writing and math. More details in K-5th Curriculum Guides and Middle School Course Catalog.
Literacy is a high priority of instruction at NCA with 90 minutes devoted to literacy each day. Literacy includes reading, writing, grammar, spelling, handwriting and communication skills. Reading instruction takes a balanced approach using strong phonics, word attack skills, comprehension strategies, differentiated learning and small group instruction. Beginning in Kindergarten, reading comprehension, cursive, computer keyboarding and writing skills are accelerated in 3rd grade. Comprehending complex texts, concepts and reading documents are mastered by 8th grade. With the strong reading and writing skills, our graduates successfully tackle advanced high school classes.
Starting in 2nd grade, our students have an opportunity to advance in math beyond their grade level. Middle School students have an opportunity to complete high school level courses in Algebra and Geometry. Many graduates qualify for advanced math classes in high school.
Engineering, Technology and Science
We place an emphasis on the STEM disciplines with classes at every grade level. Our students benefit from a designated K-5 engineering lab, two computer labs, a robotics classroom, classroom Chromebook carts and a 6-8 science lab. 5th – 8th graders have 1:1 Chromebooks available in the classrooms. We introduce basic computer use, Microsoft suite skills, keyboarding, programming, web page design, and video production. We aspire to develop our students to be digital discerners who will innovate and design technology rather than merely consume technology. Our award-winning Middle School Robotics Teams compete in state and national competitions with high awards. The program has expanded to include elementary Junior Robotics teams. Kindergarten-5th Grade students have 40 minutes of engineering class in our dedicated Engineering PLTW classroom.
Fine and Performing Arts Program
Our music program teaches music theory and musical concepts, exposes students to styles of music and composers, and spends time practicing for music performances. Students have performances at every grade level with four specialized teachers which includes 11 orchestra, band and choirs. Students also gain a wider perspective on cultural history as they are exposed to music from various cultures. Drama program includes public speaking instruction and dedicated drama class offerings. Our Art program and curriculum cultivates creative thinking skills. Students study famous artists and recreate art in the artists’ style at their grate level.
Foreign Language Instruction
Foreign languages are a vital part of a quality education. Spanish is required for all 2nd-5th grade students twice a week and is a Middle School elective class. Mandarin and German are also offered as an elective class. Afterschool class offerings include French, Spanish, and Mandarin.
Northshore School of Arts and Enrichment
A wide variety of enrichment classes are offered after school. These include music lessons and specialized classes. Classes include cooking, art, science, writing, math, music, chess and sports. Afterschool care and summer program offer many opportunities for our children.
Partnering with Parents
Each day our school is bustling with many parent volunteers helping in a multitude of areas. The PTF board has 25 lead volunteer positions who facilitate fun and beneficial programs for our children, parents and staff. Our dad’s volunteer program (Watch Dogs) is 400 strong who dedicate a full day.