College Guidance Overview

I consider it a tremendous blessing to work with your students during their high school years. It is my hope and prayer that each NRCA student be provided with the spiritual and academic tools and resources needed to be successful in finding their own life path. 

In addition to NRCA’s excellent instruction, strong curriculum, and diverse course offerings designed to prepare every student for college, we also offer several resources to assist in college guidance. On this page, you will find the Course Insider’s Guide, College Guidance Handbook, and a presentation which provides an overview of NRCA’s graduation requirements, what to be doing each year of high school, and many other important topics.  

High school students utilize SCOIR (app.scoir.com) to research, compare, and follow colleges, list colleges to which they have applied, request the sending of their high school transcript to colleges, and request teacher and counselor recommendation letters. In addition, SCOIR allows us to track acceptances and enrollments to colleges. Students can view a scattergram showing historical results for NRCA acceptances at many colleges as well as their own potential for acceptance.  

Junior students will take the Career Assessment within SCOIR to help guide them to a potential career path and college major. There is also a resume builder which students can use to store their lists of activities, awards, employment, community service, and so much more. Parents are encouraged to set up a SCOIR account and utilize its many tools as well.  

Each fall, I host a College Night for all high school students and parents to provide general guidance for college readiness. Each spring, I host a Course Registration meeting in which I discuss procedures for registering for the following year’s classes as well as several other important topics. Be sure to attend both meetings each year of high school! 

Freshmen take the PSAT in the spring. Sophomores and Juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall each year. Juniors take the ACT on campus in the spring and again in the fall of senior year. The ACT is an NRCA graduation requirement. Many links and resources are provided on the Testing Information page on this site. 

I highly encourage high school students to visit colleges. Juniors are permitted one excused College Day and seniors are allowed two excused college days. Parents should submit a written request to the attendance desk stating the date and college that their student is attending.  

I am happy to meet with your family to discuss your plans and the best fit for your student. I count it a privilege to partner with students and families as we seek the Lord’s plan for each student and as we live out Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  

2022 Insider's Guide Cover

Course Registration Information
Mrs. Etheridge presented the following notes and video at the Course Registration Meeting on March 14, 2022. This information applies to the 2022-23 school year and includes an overview of NRCA’s graduation requirements, grade level advice, courses of study, registration procedures, and much more.

Senior Information


All seniors will use the SCOIR System to list colleges they are applying to, request their high school transcript to be sent to college, and request teacher and counselor recommendation letters.


Access to more than 700 colleges and universities around the world, the Common App is the most seamless way to manage the application process.

Helpful Resources

College Day Permission Request

Seniors are allowed 2 excused college days and juniors are allowed 1 excused college days. To request permission for a future college day, write a handwritten note with the college you are visiting and the date of your visit. This note is to be given to the Attendance Desk in the school lobby. You must use your college day between August and April 30; college days are not granted in the month of May.

Dual Enrollment Program


North Raleigh Christian Academy has a dual enrollment agreement with the fully accredited College of Southeastern where eight classes taken at NRCA by NRCA teachers are eligible for college credit through dual enrollment.

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Mrs. Susan Etheridge
College Counseling Director