When was NCA founded? NCA was founded in 2000 with Grades K – 2. Our first senior class graduated in 2013.
What curriculum do you use? NCA uses a variety of curricula to achieve the goal of a classical, Christian education. For details on Classical education, please click here. For details on the curriculum for a specific grade, please click here: Preschool, Grammar School (K-5), Logic School (6-8), Rhetoric School (9-12).
How do you teach Bible? God’s word is an integral part of all classes at NCA as we believe He is the creator of all things and the source of all knowledge. Many Christian denominations are represented among the student body resulting in a diversity of discussion while maintaining the fundamental truths of the Christian faith. For our Biblical Worldview, please click here.
Are all of your teachers Christians? At NCA, we know how important it is that our students sit under godly women and men who will model what it looks like to serve and follow Christ. All of NCA’s teachers are active and professing Christians whose beliefs align with the school’s statement of faith. Click here for our Statement of Faith.
How are your teachers trained to teach classically? In addition to reading texts on classical teaching, our faculty meets regularly to study and discuss classical philosophy and teaching techniques. Experienced teachers mentor new teachers, sharing best practices for implementing classical ideas in the classroom. They also attend educational conferences held by national classical organizations such as the Association of Classical & Christian Schools (ACCS), the CIRCE Institute, Logos School and the Society for Classical Learning (SCL).
How do you use technology? NCA has a computer lab which is used to enhance class lessons, as a research tool and for clubs such as yearbook and computer science. We believe technology is a useful tool but it cannot replace the care and guidance of a qualified teacher and is therefore not used as a substitute for personal classroom instruction.
Is NCA accredited? NCA is a member of the Association of Classical & Christian Schools (ACCS) and Christian Schools International (CSI). The school is under the governance of a board of directors and at this time is considering pursuing accreditation. NCA is registered with the State of Illinois and our curriculum exceeds all state requirements for graduation. Our graduates have been accepted to many distinguished universities and colleges.
Can my child enter the school at any grade? Students may apply to NCA for any grade. Admissions testing is scheduled once a student’s application has been received. The testing is done to determine the best placement for the student and whether tutoring is needed prior to entrance. There is no admissions testing for preschool.
What is the class size? NCA aims to maintain a target class size of 16 students.
Does NCA anticipate remaining at its current location? NCA will remain at our current location at Trinity Church of the Nazarene for the foreseeable future. The school’s use of Trinity’s educational wing is beneficial to both organizations and the location so near I-88 allows families from further suburbs to attend.
Are you handicap accessible? Yes, the building is equipped to accommodate persons with physical disabilities.
What extra curricular activities are offered? To enhance the quality curriculum, NCA offers several areas of before and after school activities including athletics (i.e. basketball, cross country, volleyball, dodgeball), academic clubs (i.e. French, Math, Computer Science, chess), fine arts (i.e. instrumental ensemble, drama, art club) and social (i.e. yearbook, cooking, board games). For details, please click here.
Does NCA offer sports? NCA has several logic school (6th-8th) and rhetoric school (9th- 12th) sports teams. For details, click here. As we grow, we will continue to build our athletic program to meet student demand. In addition to NCA teams, Naperville and the surrounding communities offer many club sports, park district teams and traveling teams to meet the needs of students who desire additional athletic challenges.
Is there a before and after school program? Yes, we offer both before school and after school childcare for Preschool – 5th grade students. After care hours are 2:45 pm to 5:00 pm and before care begins at 7:30 am.
How is lunch handled at NCA? Students bring their lunches to school and eat under the supervision of parent lunch monitors. Hot lunch is available, provided by WT Cafe; full menu on Tuesdays and Thursdays and pizza on Fridays.