Awards

Robotics Awards & Grants

  • 2018-2019: Robogator Team Blue attended State and received. Robogator Team Yellow went to semi-finals.
  • 2017-2018: Robogators Team Blue was invited to the North American Open Championship 2018 in LEGOLAND, CA. They were the only team to receive the Inspiration Award for Core Values. The team placed 7th place out of 79 teams around the world in the Robot Competition. All 3 of our teams made it through to the Semi-finals, where 2 of our teams continued onto State.
  • 2016-2017: Team Blue won the top award: Regional Champion Award, placed 2nd in the Robot Games, and was invited to compete at Semi-Finals.
  • Team Green was nominated for the Core Teamwork Award and placed 3rd in the Robot Games.
  • Team Yellow received the Innovation Solution Award, placed 3rd in the Robot Games, and was invited to Semi-Finals.
  • 2015-2016: NCA’s 6th, 7th & 8th Robotics Teams competed in the F.I.R.S.T. Lego League (FLL) local Qualifying Challenge, Western WA Semi-Finals, & WA State Championships. Team 2 finished 3rd and Team 1 finished 6th in State Championships! Team 1 won the Global Innovation Award and a chance to submit an idea to the World Championships for a $20K project grant.
  • 2014-2015: Microsoft Grant, K-12 Education Program—Robotics Engineering Program: Robogators Team.
  • 2014-2015: NCA’s 6th, 7th & 8th Robotics Teams competed in the F.I.R.S.T. Lego League (FLL) local Qualifying Challenge, Western WA Semi-Finals, & WA State Championships. Team 2 finished 4th and Team 1 finished 9th in the State Championships. Team 2 received the Robot Innovation Award and was invited to compete in the 2015 FIRST® World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.

Math Olympics Honors

2019 Math Olympics Results

  • The top 3 students from reasoning and top 3 students for computation were selected from each grade level to compete in the Math Olympics by mail. (3rd-8th grades)
  • NCA had 36 students compete from 3rd-8th grade.
  • 11 different schools participated this year. (255 students).
  • 1st-5th place winners received a ribbon for a total of 76 ribbons given out. NCA earned 30 of those ribbons.
  • We also earned ten out of the fifteen 1st place ribbons awarded for entire competition. 3 of our 1st place winners scored 85% or higher and received a medal. (The 1st place students in each grade level category who scored a grade of 85% or higher on their individual test, earn a medal in addition to their first place ribbon).

2018 Math Olympics Results

  • The top 3 students from reasoning and top 3 students for computation were selected from each grade level to compete in the Math Olympics by mail. (3rd-8th grades)
  • NCA had 36 students compete from 3rd-8th grade.
  • 11 different schools participated this year. (245 students)
  • 1st-5th place winners received a ribbon for a total of 60 ribbons given out. NCA earned 26 of those ribbons.
  • We also earned eight out of the twelve 1st place ribbons awarded for entire competition. 6 out of 8 our 1st place winners scored 85% or higher and received a medal. (The 1st place students in each grade level category who scored a grade of 85% or higher on their individual test, earn a medal in addition to their first place ribbon).

2017 Math Olympics Results

  • The top 3 students from reasoning and top 3 students for computation were selected from each grade level to compete in the Math Olympics by mail. (3rd-8th grades)
  • NCA had 36 students compete from 3rd-8th grade.
  • 11 different schools participated this year. (245 students)
  • This years’ competition was up 3 schools and 90 students from 2016.
  • 1st-5th place winners received a ribbon for a total of 60 ribbons given out. NCA earned 26 of those ribbons. (Last year we earned a total of 13 ribbons for 3rd-8th grade)
  • We also earned seven out of the twelve 1st place ribbons awarded for entire competition. All of our 1st place winners scored 85% or higher and received a medal. (The 1st place students in each grade level category who scored a grade of 85% or higher on their individual test, earn a medal in addition to their first place ribbon). (Last year NCA earned a total of two 1st place ribbons)

A Seven-Time National Award Winning School

Northshore Christian Academy (NCA) received the following Association of Christian Schools International ‘Exemplary School Awards’ from 2004 until 2011. NCA was also the last school to receive an ACSI award before ACSI discontinued the awards in 2012.

Accreditation for a Stronger School

For many years, the Underwriter’s Laboratories has offered their approval and disapproval on electric appliances so consumers can know when they are buying safe devices. Accreditation offers the same type of assurance for consumers, only in the area of education. Many K-12 Christian schools are approved by the state, but very few summit themselves to the rigors of accreditation. Less that 15 Christian schools in the state have completed the ACSI accreditation process.

NCA was accredited in May of 2003 by two educational agencies: ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and NAAS (Northwest Association of ______ Schools). The process took three years and it involved numerous steps and projects that all faculty worked many hours to complete. The process was completed by a three day visit by a team of school administrators from across the region.

What schools are accredited and why did Northshore Christian Academy pursue accreditation when Washington State approval was already granted?

Accreditation is a process more associated with colleges than elementary and secondary schools. In fact, most people will not even consider attending an unaccredited college for fear that their work may not be accepted at another school. For elementary and secondary schools, however, it is an optional exercise and most schools don’t pursue accreditation because it is time and labor intensive. Instead, the state board of education regulates all K-12 schools and tells them if they are approved, or not approved. A school that is approved meets the state’s guidelines for elementary and secondary schools and grants a diploma that is recognized by all colleges and universities. Northshore Christian Academy has been annually approved since its inception of 1995. Initially, there was not a push to pursue accreditation since our school meets and exceeds state requirements.

Accreditation in 2003

The three year process reviews such issues as philosophy, finance, admissions, personnel, curriculum, student activities, facilities, and the media center. In all, there are sixteen categories to review. Committees were formed around specific areas to complete the review process by a specific deadline. The complete accreditation process took three years.

Why did we complete accreditation when we were already approved by the State of Washington?

Scrutinization by an outside organization lends credibility to our program. every aspect of the school is thoroughly studied and documented so that the accreditation team from ACSI can study it. The team is composed of school administrators from across the region who were familiar with excellent schools. Their job was to point out outstanding components of our program and any weaknesses in our program and make recommendations for improvement. They have the power to deny schools they feel are not up to par. When we completed the process, we received the confirmation that we were an excellent program.

At the completion of our accreditation, the board commended our school in many areas. We are proud of our fine teaching staff and our programs. Our accreditation demands an annual report submitted to the national accreditation body reporting our school performance. In 2009, the accreditation process requires another review of the entire program in order to continue accreditation.

Grants and Honorable Mentions

NCA has received funding through Grants listed below. Honorable Mentions are also noted here:

  • 2014-2015: Intermec Foundation Grants, K-12 Education Support Program—1. IXL Math Program for 3rd Grade, and; 2. Library Books for 2nd-5th Grades.
  • 2014-2015: NCA’s Pre-K Teacher, Mrs. Sarah Leighow, was chosen as Educator of the Month, recognizing excellence in education in Snohomish County by the Law Offices of Rick H. Merrill and KRKO and KKXA Radio Stations.
  • 2013-2014: NCA’s 6th, 7th & 8th Robotics Teams competed in the F.I.R.S.T. Lego League local challenge, Western Washington Semi-Finals, and finally the WA State Championships. Team 2 finished 3rd place and Team 1 finished 14th in the State Championships. Both teams won awards for innovation and spirit through the competitions.
  • 2013-2014: Intermec Foundation Grants, K-12 Education Support Program—1. Study Skills Curriculum; and 2. English Language Curriculum for ELL Students NCA’s Matching Gift Program.

Companies supporting NCA through matching gift funds include, but are not limited to: Boeing Company, Intermec, Microsoft, Bank of America, Expedia, Hewlett Packard, BNY Mellon and RealNetwork.

  • 2011-2013: Murdock/Seattle Pacific University Grant to: 1) Impact student learning through a professional development model, sustainable beyond grant funding; and 2) Develop Professional Learning Communities as a vehicle to develop professional capacity to impact student learning. The end student focused outcome was a collaborative practice of continual improvement in student learning.
  • 2012-2013: Intermec Foundation, K-12 Education Support Program
  • 2011-2012: King 5 Evening Magazine’s “Best of Western Washington”—Public participants voted Mrs. Holly Leach as (public and private schools) ‘Best Principal’ of Western Washington!

NCA would like to thank the Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation in Seattle

NCA would like to thank the Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation in Seattle for the awarding us the $20,000 grant towards the cost ($87,000) of our newly constructed Pavilion elevator. We appreciate their assistance in helping to make this project a reality for all NCA students, faculty and families.

NCA's Non-Discrimination Statement

Northshore Christian Academy admits students of any color, race, national and ethnic origin. NCA does not discriminate based on color, race, national or ethnic origin.

Family Partnership

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Employment Opportunities

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