NCA Fact Sheet
NCA Received ASCI Accreditation
NCA is a ministry of Northshore Christian Church. The school is approved by the State of Washington and accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancEd.
ASCI Certified Teachers
All Kindergarten through 8th grade classroom teachers are State or ACSI certified. Many have, or are working toward, advanced degrees. Specialists teach technology, music, engineering, physical education, and foreign language classes.
Our students can receive more attention in our small and moderate-sized classes. We provide an educational assistant to many of our elementary classes for part of each day.
Testing Above Grade Level Average
Three times a year 1st – 8th grade students participate in the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment, which compares their overall growth and achievement progress with national averages. Our student body scores significantly above the national average on the exam.
25 station computer labs
Two 25-station computer labs are used for instruction. Classroom Chromebook sets are used for educational purposes in each classroom. New interactive whiteboards are integral to every classroom instruction. A 3-D printer is utilized in the middle school engineering club. Students are taught to use Microsoft Suite products, Google tools, Access, Publisher, Web Design, Photoshop, Game Design, and PowerPoint. Coding instruction begins in Kindergarten. Digital Integrity and Citizenship are taught at each grade level. Student tech ambassador program starts in 5th grade.
Multi-Cultural Student Body
Northshore Christian Academy includes families from as far north as Arlington/Stanwood and as far south as the Seattle area. Our students represent over 75 area churches and those with no current church affiliation. NCA has a ratio of 51% boys and 49% girls who attend. The rich, multi-cultural student body is reflected in 40% of our students, and PTF family cultural connection groups are active such as Chinese, Korean, African/African American, Filipino, Slavic, and Spanish speaking parent groups.
Fine Arts Performances
Fine arts instruction is a high value for our students. Instruction includes music, art, concert performance, drama, and public speaking education that builds each year as a child attends the academy. Every class performs twice a year in the auditorium. NCA 5th-8th graders can join band, choir, orchestra, drama, and worship team, classes. Art curriculum introduces students to renowned artistic masters. Advanced opportunities abound in art, band, choir, orchestra, drama, speech, and debate in middle school.
A Wide Variety of Curriculum
NCA uses material from a wide variety of publishers to meet the needs of our students and our academic objectives in each grade level. Please refer to our Curriculum Guides and Middle School Course Descriptions for details.
STEM Classes Offered
Weekly engineering classes are taught in a designated engineering lab with a trained specialist. It is a weekly highlight of all Kindergarten through 5th graders. Middle school offers a rigorous science program with additional engineering offerings. Math education provides accelerated opportunities starting in 2nd grade.
Foreign Languages Offered
Foreign languages are a vital part of K-8 education. Spanish is required for all 1st- 6th-grade students and is a Middle School elective. Mandarin, French, and German have been offered as an elective or an NSAE enrichment class.
PTF & Volunteer Opportunities
Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF) is a vibrant group offering many opportunities for parents to volunteer and connect with others. Every day, the Watch D.O.G. program (Dads of Great Students) provides our school fathers or father-figures an avenue to participate in the school day from monitoring the campus to working in the classroom.
Two librarians hold weekly classes introducing students to quality literature. The library has over 21,000 volumes. Accelerated Reader is part of the library resources.
Special Programs Offered
- Thrive Program offers specialized tutoring and speech therapy.
- Northshore School of Arts and Enrichment (NSAE) provides after-school enrichment classes and music lessons: Robotics, Chess, French, Science, Art, Cooking, Music, Sports, etc.
- Summer Adventure Camp provides a safe and fun summer childcare program for 1st – 5th graders.
- School Age Care: Starts at 7:00 AM and ends at 5:30 PM each school calendar day.
Events Throughout the Year
The school calendar is full of exciting events! We kick off with parent and student orientations at the start of school, and wind down with graduations for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 8th grade students in June. In between, students participate in field trips, classroom events, Christmas programs, Speech Meet, Middle School Musical, Mother’s Day Tea, Donuts with Dad, and Walk-a-Thon.
Campus Open 11 hours A Day
SCHOOL HOURS 2020-2021
EARLY LEARNING CENTER
7:00 AM-6:00 PM – MON-FRI
PRE-KINDERGARTEN (FULL DAY)
7:00 AM-6:00 PM – MON-FRI
HALF DAY KINDERGARTEN
8:30 AM-12:00 PM – MON-FRI
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-5)
8:30 AM-2:45 PM / K-2
8:30 AM-3:05 PM / 3-5
8:30 AM-12:10 PM / K-2
8:30 AM-11:55 AM / 3-5
MIDDLE SCHOOL (6-8)
MON-THURS 8:30 AM – 3:25 PM / 6-8
FRIDAY 8:30 AM-11:40 AM / 6-8
EXTENDED CARE (AM & PM)
Before Care: 7:00 AM- 8:00 AM – MON-FRI
After Care: 2:45 PM- 5:30 PM – MON-THURS
12:00 PM- 5:30 PM – FRIDAY
National Blue Ribbon School
NCA was selected by the US Department of Education as a ‘National Blue Ribbon School’ in 2019. This award was given to only 50 private schools accross the nation. Learn more here>
Kindergarten Students Start Age
Pre-Kindergarten is for students who are preparing for Kindergarten the following school year. This includes both students who are at least 4 years old by September 1st and those who are 5 years old, but who are not yet ready for Kindergarten. All Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 1st.
Assessments When Applying
Students are given an entrance assessment when applying for Kindergarten through 8th grade. This assessment is done to assist the administration in the placement process. This testing is covered as part of the application fee.
Uniforms for All Students
All students in Kindergarten through 8th grade wear uniforms. Please refer to our uniform information on the web site.