New Covenant Academy believes that academic excellence is best achieved in a Christ-centered and Christ-honoring environment. The combination of excellence, intellectual openness, and a biblically based philosophical perspective is unique among educational institutions.
New Covenant Academy enrolls students with a wide range of talents and interests. Helping each student to achieve the potential God intended is a paramount concern of the faculty at New Covenant Academy. Students who took the Stanford Achievement test averaged in the top 19 percent in the nation. New Covenant Academy’s 2011 senior class scored above national and state average on the ACT college entrance test.
Each division (elementary, intermediate, middle school and high school) has an academic program that enables students to develop the resources to become independent critical thinkers, decision makers and leaders.
NCA Academic Handbook 7th-12th Grade: 2012-2013 Course Catalog Electronic Copy.pdf
The administrative staff will determine grade placement for all students upon review of appropriate placement documentation. All new students will be given an entrance test or screening to help with this placement, unless adequate documentation, as determined by the administration, already exists.
Achievement testing provides both parents/guardians and teachers with an evaluation of the student’s general achievements, strengths, and weaknesses. At NCA, achievement tests are used as a tool in meeting each student’s individual needs, in determining how the school is meeting its goals, and in class placements for the following year. Attendance is vital during these testing days. Students should be encouraged and well rested during this time, and parents should pray with students prior to each day.
Stanford Achievement Tests: Elementary to High School Division
The Stanford Achievement Tests are administered in the spring of each school year for students in grades Kindergarten – 9th grade.
OTIS LENNON School Ability Test: Elementary to Middle School Division
The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) is administered in the spring of each school year to elementary students in 1st, 4th and 7th grades.
EXPLORE Test-Middle School Division
The EXPLORE test is given to all 8th grade students. This is a preliminary test to the PLAN and is given in the spring of each school year.
PLAN Test: High School Division
The PLAN test is given to all 10th grade students. This is the next step in preparing students for the ACT and is given in the fall of each school year.
PSAT/NMSQT: High School Division
All 10th grade students take the PSAT/NMSQT. Eleventh grade students who score at or above the 90th percentile on any section of the PSAT/NMSQT as a sophomore will be asked to take the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior. The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifier test for the National Merit Scholar Program.
ACT: High School Division, College Entrance Test
NCA will use the ACT as the test for measuring performance and progress for 11th and 12th grade students. All junior and seniors are required to take the ACT at least once during each of those years. After a student has submitted test scores to NCA for both the junior and senior years, he or she will receive a credit on his or her account equal to the cost of one standard ACT registration fee. Students who plan to take dual credit as juniors will need to take the ACT during their sophomore year.
ASVAB--Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery: High School Division
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), which is administered to the 11th grade in the fall, discovers student’s interests and uses that information to help students become aware of possible careers available that work with their interests and abilities.
TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES
All students will be issued textbooks that are the property of NCA. Some textbooks are consumable; however, others are texts that will be used from year to year. All non-consumable textbooks must be covered by the end of the first full week of school. Book fines will be assessed for damaged or lost books. A classroom supply list will be furnished so that appropriate supplies may be purchased prior to the start of the school year. The Pride Yearbook is not included in the book fee and will need to be purchased separately.
STUDENT ACADEMIC PROGRESS AND PARENT COMMUNICATION
At New Covenant Academy, the partnership between the family and the Academy is considered to be vital to the student's overall success. Therefore, NCA has instituted an online password protected system, by which parents may log on to their students online record and be provided on-the-spot information regarding grades, homework assignments, and important class information. Additionally, teachers welcome the opportunity to visit with parents regarding their student's progress via scheduled parent/teacher conferences, as well as phone calls and email exchanges.