Academics - Philosophy
At NCA, we recognize that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. We strive to build leadership qualities in our students by focusing on more than just the academic aspect of education. We concretely value a well-rounded education and successfully deliver it by providing multiple enrichment programs.
In addition to our rigorous core curriculum, students attend Spanish language, Art, Music, Computer Technology, Library, and Physical Education classes on a weekly and bi-weekly basis. We encourage students to explore unique opportunities and new experiences by offering an extensive extracurricular program. We offer extracurricular opportunities in Visual Arts, Athletics, Band, Strings, Guitar, Choir, Chess Club, Math Club, Student Council, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and more. NCA students also actively participate in weekly Masses and multiple school performances. By the third grade, a student who started in NCA’s preschool program will have participated in a minimum of 12 performances and read at Mass at least 7 times. This exposure to public speaking at an early age helps develop poised, self confident and articulate individuals who are likely to be natural leaders in high school and adulthood.
Beyond the school environment, NCA organizes student service projects throughout the year. Whether it’s collecting canned goods for St. Ignatius Food Pantry and Care for Real or visiting a local nursing home, service becomes a way of life for our students.
For students who need regular or occasional care before or after school, NCA offers an Extended Day Program, which is designed to provide our students with a safe and exciting environment in which to learn, play and explore the extra-curricular activities that interest them.
The Before Care program begins as early as 6:30 a.m., and the After Care program ends at 6:00 p.m. Our program is divided by grade level and each class receives homework help, free play time outside or in the gymnasium as well as other engaging activities.
As you can see, NCA delivers on its promise to educate the whole child.