Northwoods Christian Academy

2015/2016 Family Handbook



“Let me understand the teachings of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.” Psalm 119:27

Each life is an original creation, made to be purposeful and precious.

God loves each of us and has an individual plan for each life.  In fact, He has ordered our appearance, our talents, and our heritage – all part of His plan to do great things through each one of us.  This is what we at Northwoods Christian Academy desire to communicate to the students entrusted to us.

We desire to educate and train the whole student – physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.  We share your commitment to provide your children an excellent education in academic training coupled with proper spiritual emphasis.  The thrust of our school is a Christ-centered education.

The foundation of all truth is God.  He has revealed Himself through nature (Psalms 19:1), through His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ (John 12:49), and through the Bible (2 Peter 1:19-21).  Consequently, for a person to be rightly related to his environment, to other men, to himself, and to God, he must have a personal commitment to God’s Word.

Part of the goal of education is self-discipline.  The Bible forms the best foundation for self-discipline and life decisions.  For a child to fully develop the unique talents and personality that God has given him, he must also have wisdom and the knowledge that all talents and skills are God-given and are to be used to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, the Bible is integrated into our total educational program.  The Bible is taught so the student will develop sound values that will govern every step in life.

Teaching children to be responsive and positive in their attitudes toward educational authority reinforces their positive response to God’s authority in their lives.  Just as it is a key in home training for parents to be mutually supportive, it is very essential in classroom education that the home and the school be mutually supportive.

God bless each of you this year!

Faculty and Board of Northwoods Christian Academy


Table of Contents


Teachers for 2015-16

K4, K

Mrs. Melody Baerg



Grades 3,4, and 5

Mrs. Lucy Davis  (head teacher)



Grades 6 and 7

Mrs. Laura Noren



7th grade math

Michelle Niemi



We recognize that in order to be effective in assisting parents with the responsibility to educate their children, communication must be frequent and clear between school staff and parents.  Our teachers appreciate the advantage of using e-mail to communicate with parents and therefore, we request parents to check their e-mail daily.  There are times when notices or requests will also be sent home in the student’s backpack.  Parents may call the school (715 561-2545) prior to 8:00 a.m., and shortly after school in order to talk via phone to their child’s teacher.



It is important to us that we assess our academic progress, so we routinely test our students using standardized testing material.  Standardized achievement testing provides a comparison of our students against national norms.  This is helpful to re-assess our strengths and weaknesses. Our students consistently score above the 75th percentile for Christian Schools, and above the 90th percentile for Public Schools.


Fund Raisers

We have four Fund Raisers that help raise money for the General Fund in order to keep tuition costs reasonable. Every family who has a student enrolled at Northwoods Christian Academy is expected to be actively involved in fund raising.

First Fund Raiser of the School Year is N.C.A.’s food booth at the Iron County Fair the end of July/ first of August.  Keep your schedule open to be available at Fair time.

Second Fund Raiser takes place in early October with the making of fresh Dutch apple pies.  Pie orders are taken by each family prior to pie assembly day.  Look for the date in early October and be available on Friday night & Saturday of this extremely profitable fund raiser.  We need dedicated assistance for this labor intensive event.

Third Fund Raiser is in late February or early March and it is selling cookie dough.  Again, take orders, collect funds and deliver cookie dough.


Financial Information

Northwoods Christian Academy relies on tuition fees, fund raisers, and donations for operating expenses of the school.  As a private Christian school, we are not funded by any governmental sources.  Therefore, prompt and consistent payments are necessary to maintain the efficient operation and on-going ministry of the school.  Realizing that choosing Christian education is a financial commitment, the administration of NCA is also committed to keeping operating costs to a minimum.


Admissions Policy

Admission to Northwoods Christian Academy is based on the following:

  1. NCA admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.It does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, nor national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.


  1. NCA admits students K4 through grade twelve and offers full-time and part-time enrollment options.Students being enrolled in K4 must be 4 years old on or before September 1.  Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before September 1.  Kindergarten testing done elsewhere would provide criteria for consideration for admission.


  1. NCA is not a correctional, remedial, or alternative school.Neither are we equipped to handle students with severe physical or learning disabilities which may require a separate classroom, program, or staff member in order to meet their educational needs.


  1. Students are entitled to receive special help through enrichment programs through the public school while attending NCA.


  1. Prospective students must demonstrate a desire to attend NCA and show an eagerness to submit to its policies in attitude and actions, and seek academic excellence through diligent study.


  1. The school must receive a completed application packet (available on website) which includes:
  2. NCA Application for Admission
  3. Pastor Reference Form
  4. Verbal or Written Disclosure Form
  5. Academic Records Release Request Form
  6. Health Status Report
  7. Emergency Medical Consent Form
  8. Parent Agreement Statement* (*you will be asked to sign this upon acceptance to NCA)


  1. After the completed application packet is received (it can be mailed to Northwoods Christian Academy, 610 Hwy 51 South, Hurley, WI 54534, or submitted to a Board Member personally), the Board will review the application and schedule a time for an informal interview.Note: All academic records and application records are required prior to interview in order to allow sufficient time for board to review.


  1. The interview is done involving board members, parents, and with prospective student if they are above the fifth grade.The process allows us to welcome, field questions, discuss the child’s uniqueness, allows us to clarify any questions we may have with regard to the application, and just generally get to know one another.


  1. After the interview with the Board and a decision made by the Board regarding acceptance or denial, a phone call will be made by a Board member to the Parent(s) with the decision.


  1. Upon acceptance of the student to NCA, a Registration Card must be completed and the Yearly Enrollment Fee paid at that time either to a Board Member directly, or mail to the school’s address (N.C.A. , 610 Hwy 51 South, Hurley, WI 54534).


  1. If, at any time, before or after the application process, you would like to visit the school, we would welcome it!It would be best to arrange an appointed time to visit by calling the school (715) 561-2545 Monday through Friday during the school year.  Leave a message if no one is available to take your call, and a school representative will return your call to arrange a time to visit.  If it is a time when school is not in session, you may call Dennis Maxinoski who serves as school principal.  His number is (715) 561-4678.

NCA’s Philosophy of Education

Education at Northwoods Christian Academy is inherently different than public education in philosophy and content.  NCA strives to operate as an extension of the family and church.  In all its levels, programs and teachings, NCA seeks to:

  1. Teach all subjects as parts of an integrated whole with the Scripture at the center (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
  2. Provide a clear model of Biblical Christian life through its staff and board (Matt. 22-37-40)
  3. Encourage every child to begin and/or grow in his/her relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:18-20)
  4. Promote a Biblical and Christian worldview that envisions all that we are and do as sacred in our lives of service for the Lord’s glory (1 Cor. 10:31)
  5. Encourage every student to develop a love for life-long learning and to achieve his/her academic potential.
  6. Provide an orderly atmosphere conducive to the attaining of these goals.
  7. Help students understand that they are created in God’s image, and that their bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit; therefore, they should apply biblical stewardship through proper exercise, nutrition, good health, and hygiene habits.(Luke 2:52, 2 Cor. 6:16)

NCA’s Vision Statement

To Teach:  NCA believes that each student should know and experience the love of God and the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We desire to teach them problem analysis and decision-making from a Christian worldview by providing an excellent Christ centered educational opportunity for the children of our community

To Reach:  NCA believes that each students should be equipped to let their light shine in this world and bring glory to God utilizing their unique gifts and talents, training them to serve Christ by serving others in their home, church, and community.  They need to be fully equipped to discern and teach truth in order to make disciples in the world. (Matt. 28:18)

To Complete: Our goal is to direct our students to an ongoing journey toward spiritual maturity that will continue their entire lives.  Our prayer is that they would bless the world by accurately reflecting Jesus in their work, in their play, and in every association.  “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:4 ).”


NCA’s Mission Statement

“The Mission of Northwoods Christian Academy is to provide a quality education from a Godly perspective.”


2015-16 Board of Directors

LeaAnn Schroeter – Pres. (906 932-0858,  cell:  906-364-0857) )

Dennis Maxinoski – Treas., Principal (715 561-4678,

The NCA Board typically meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.  Anyone is welcome to meet with the Board in the open meeting time that precedes a closed Board Meeting.  If anyone wishes to meet with the Board, it is requested that the Board be informed of such a request prior to the meeting time so that their presentation to the Board can be placed on the meeting agenda.


About Us

“Northwoods Christian Academy board of directors reserves the right to initiate policy changes throughout the school year as it deems necessary.”

Northwoods Christian Academy is an independent Christian K-12 school established in 1992. We established ourselves primarily because we felt that there is a joy in discovering the Lord’s hand in creation, and the magnificence of His glory in all we can learn.  Knowing that this opportunity does not exist in the public sector, we sought an opportunity to create an environment where students could learn about God, and experience God  in a setting that gives God rightful glory.  Though we believe that it is primarily the parents’ responsibility to raise godly children, it is NCA’s desire to partner with parents to accomplish this goal.

We are located in the facilities of the Range Community Bible Church,  (RCBC) and have been from our inception.  We are pleased that the church considers us a mission, and that they bless us in this way.  NCA is not an extension of, or controlled by R.C.B.C.

Our Board of Directors has developed the Mission, Vision, Philosophy of Education, Statement of Faith, and Policies governing the school.  Our teachers, families, and volunteers come from various churches in the area. Our graduates have gone out and truly occupy many corners of the globe.

We are members of the Association of Christian Schools International as our funds allow.

We look back and rejoice to see how God has provided for our needs for 20 years!   Encouraged by His provisions in the past, we look forward with great hope that He will continue to supply our needs as we continue to be faithful to Him.


Mailing Address:       Northwoods Christian Academy

610 Hwy. 51 S, Hurley, WI 54534

Phone:                        715 561-2545 (answering machine during non-school hours)




NCA’s Statement of Faith

“Provide a quality education from a Godly perspective.”

  1. The Scripture. The Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:20-21, Matt. 5:18, John 17:17)
  2. The Trinity. There is one triune God, existing as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  He is co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14)
  3. The Person and Work of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1-2, Luke 1:35)
  4. Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a representative, vicarious substitutionary sacrifice, and the sufficiency of this atoning sacrifice accomplishes the redemption and justification of all who trust in Him. This is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Rom. 3:24-25, 4:25, Eph. 1:7, 1 Tim. 4:10, Heb. 2:9, 1 Pet. 1:3-5, 2:24, 2 Pet. 2:1)
  5. Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10, Heb. 9:24, 7:25, Rom. 8:34, 1 John 1:1-2)
  6. The Lord Jesus Christ will return for His redeemed and to establish rule over His Millennial Kingdom (1 Thes. 4:13-18, Zech. 14:4-11, Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-6)
  7. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
  8. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment
  9. The Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11, 2 Cor. 3:6, 12:12-14, Rom. 8:9, Eph. 1:13-14)
  10. He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth.  He instills each believer with special gifts to minister within Christ’s body.
  11. It is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13, 1 John 2:20, 1 Cor. 12:4-11)
  12. The Total Depravity of Man. Created in the image and likeness of God, through Adam’s sin the race fell.  Alone, man is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:25-27, Rom. 3:22-23, Eph. 2:1-3, 12)
  13. Salvation. The gift of God brought to mankind by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins (Eph. 2:8-9, John 1:12, Eph. 1:7, 1 Pet. 1:18-19)
  14. The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers. The redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40, 10:27, Rom. 8:1, 1 or. 1:4-8, 1 Pet. 1:3-5).  It is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14)
  15. The Two Natures of the Believer. Every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the sin nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  All claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Rom. 6:13, 8:12-13, Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 4:22-24, Col. 3:10, 1 Pet. 1:14-16, 1 John 3:5-9)
  16. Separation. All saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord.  Separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded by God. (2 Tim. 3:1-5, Rom. 12:1-2, 14:13, 1 John 2:15-17, 2 John 9-11, 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1)
  17. Church.
  18. We believe that the Church, which is the Body and espoused Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers of this present age (Eph. 1:22-23, 5:25-27, 1 Cor. 12:12-14, 2 Cor. 11:2)
  19. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32, 1 Tim. 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-11)
  20. We believe in the ordinances of believer’s water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church age. (Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-42, 18:8, 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

Tuition Costs & Schedule for 2015-16

K4 Tuition Cost – (3) DAYS PER WEEK (Tue. Wed, & Thur.)

(10) equal payments of $82 beginning 8-1-12 & ending 5-1-13 = $820/yr.


$1,500.00 in 10 payments beginning August 20

Grades 1-7

1 student = $2600/yr. in 10 payments beginning August 20, 2015

2 students= $5100/yr. in 10 equal payments (a reduction of $100/yr.)

PAYMENT                 1st Child         2nd Child   3rd Child               Due Date         Late Charge

                                                                                                                        After 10th of month

1                                  $260                $247                $242                8-1-12              $15 per family

2                                  $260                $247                $242                9-4-12

3                                  $260                $247                $242                10-1-12

4                                  $260                $247                $242                11-1-12

5                                  $260                $247                $242                12-3-12

6                                  $260                $247                $242                1-2-13

7                                  $260                $247                $242                2-1-13

8                                  $260                $247                $242                3-1-13

9                                  $260                $247                $242                4-1-13

10                                $260                $247                $242                5-1-13

Totals                           $2600             $2470               $2418

Payments can be mailed to:    Northwoods Christian Academy

610 Hwy 51 South, Hurley, WI   54534


When school is in session, payment can be handed to a teacher in a sealed envelope with “tuition payment” written on outside.


2015-16 Registration / Enrollment Fee

Registration is an annual requirement.  Parent/guardian of currently enrolled students are encouraged to confirm their intentions of sending their student to Northwoods Christian Academy by completing a Registration Card and paying the Registration/Enrollment Fee by the early deadline of April 30, 2012 to take advantage of the discounted fee of $200 for the first child, and $75 for the 2nd child, $50* for the 3rd(and on) child for the next school year is due by May31st, 2014.

Registration remains opened throughout the summer and early fall, but after April 30, the Registration Fee increases to $250 for the 1st child, and $100 for the 2nd child.

*Enrollment Fee Increases by $50 per child if paid after May 31, 2015


Tuition Assistance

Currently N.C.A. has a Tuition Assistance Fund that is available to students entering the First Grade only.  Applications will be considered in the order they are received and awarded according to need and available funding.  All requests and information are kept strictly confidential and are only shared with the necessary personnel for the application to be processed.

Some area churches have ‘Scholarship Funds’ available to help with tuition costs of children in their congregations.  Parents are requested to inquire of their church’s leadership team about the availability of such a fund.


Monthly Parents’ Meeting

It is expected that at least one parent attends the Monthly Parents’ Meeting held on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.- although this may change, depending on the schedule of most parents.    This is the best way to stay abreast of what is happening at school, and be involved in the various needs of the school as a whole.  Parent attendance and involvement by all parents lightens the load for everyone.  Parent Meetings are mandatory so make a note on your calendar on the first Monday of the month from September through May.


Parent/ Teacher Conferences

Regular Parent-Teacher Conferences are held at the end of the first and third quarters of the school year.  Normally the school schedules a half-day of school for Conference times, so students will be dismissed prior to lunch.  Teachers will request parents to schedule a time to talk with them during the afternoon.  Parents are requested to keep their appointments.

It is important that each parent schedules a conference with a teacher whenever a need or concern is evident.  Parents should not feel limited to the personal conference.  Many conflicts can be avoided through a simple conference between parent and teacher.  Concerns need to be shared first between the parent and the teacher.  The administration is interested in all areas concerning students and the school, and will be available for parent-teacher conferences following the initial parent-teacher contact.


Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Parents are asked to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per month per family.  Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Substitute teaching.Make sure you tell the teacher of your willingness to supply this need.
  • Hot Lunch Days:Two important times a parent volunteer is needed is for our hot lunch program.  Wednesdays require a parent to physically pick up the prepared lunch from Ironwood High School, deliver it to N.C.A., prepare to serve it, and afterward clean up the used dishes, and leave the kitchen as found.  This takes approximately 2 hrs. per week.
  • On Fridays, a parent volunteer prepares a hot lunch and serves it.Again, clean up afterwards is required.  The cost of the meal is reimbursed to the volunteer up to $3 per student.
  • Covering Recess periods and lunch hour breaks are always a need.Ask a teacher what times are needed to be covered.
  • Offering your talent or ability to teach a class in addition to the academic basics is always welcome.These would include art projects, music lessons, Lego Robotics, technology (computer projects), or a physical education activity (such as archery or snow shoeing).  Again, check with the teacher regarding when you could offer your services.
  • Offering your time to read to a younger class, tell stories, put on a puppet show with them, create a skit or act out a story with them as the characters, etc.Again, if you have an idea regarding what you’d like to contribute, check with the teacher to see how she could use your willingness to benefit the class!
  • Help transport children on field trips.PLAN a field trip!

These are just some areas you could volunteer your time to N.C.A.  Again, ask a teacher in what way you could help them, and be available for them if they should call for your assistance.



Students must bring a noon lunch from home at least 3 days a week, and snacks for snack periods throughout the day.  Students are required to pack home their garbage generated by their own lunches brought to school.

On Wednesdays, the option of ordering lunch from the cafeteria of Ironwood H.S. for $2.25/meal (currently) is available (a parent volunteer is  required to pick up the lunch from IHS, deliver & serve the meal at NCA). On Fridays, a hot lunch is provided by a parent volunteer for $3.00.  Menus for both days are posted at school.

Milk is available at the school for currently $.35 / carton.

Microwaves are available; however, please send microwavable containers and utensils for use in the microwaves.


Part-time Students

Homeschooled students Grades 7-12 may participate in NCA’s classes. The regular enrollment process must be followed and the student must be admitted according to the same standards asked of full time students. Attendance in classes must meet with guidelines set forth in the family handbook.  Tuition is pro-rated according to the number of classes taken.


Field Trips

The NCA’s educational program shall include excursions and trips by pupils under the supervision and instruction of the teacher and volunteers.  The destination and the method of transportation shall all be arranged by the teacher assisted by a volunteer parent.  All such trips will require the prior written consent of the parents of each student attending.


School Days & Times

7:45 a.m. Doors Open

8:00 a.m. Classes begin

11:50 a.m. dismissal of k4 and Kindergarten.

12:10-1:00 p.m. Elementary Lunch and Recess*

2:50 p.m. School day ends

3:00 p.m. Students need to be gone from school premises

A half day of school ends at 12:00 Noon.

*Recesses will be outside unless there is rain or extremely cold temperatures.  Therefore it is necessary that students have appropriate outdoor clothing and shoes/boots so that they can be outside for recess.

NCA assumes no liability of or supervision for unattended students prior to 7:45 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m. unless directly involved in a school sponsored activity.


School Cancellations

Announcements of school closing due to weather or other reasons will be made as quickly as possible to parents and staff.  Announcements will be made over local radio stations and also via the parent’s ‘calling tree’.  If either Hurley School or Ironwood School is closed due to weather, NCA will also be closed.


Bus Service

Bus service is available for students living in the Hurley School District.  Students are picked up at the nearest bus stop to their home, taken to Hurley School where they board another bus that brings them to NCA.  The procedure is reversed at the end of the school day.

Bus service for NCA students to the Hurley School is provided for the STARS program. The STARS program is available to any child attending Northwoods Christian Academy.

There is no bus service for students living in Michigan, necessitating individual or car-pooled rides to and from school.



Chapel services are scheduled for Monday mornings.  All staff and students will participate in this service.  Students are required to bring a Bible with them and display an attitude of respect toward each speaker and reverence toward God and His Word. Students are asked to dress in dressier-than-everyday clothing for the Chapel Service.

The Chapel service begins with pledges (to the American flag, to the Christian flag, and to the Bible).  The guest speakers invited to share at Chapel includes pastors from various churches, missionaries home on vacation, teachers, and others who have been recommended.  Parents are welcome to attend.



I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands, one Savior, crucified, risen and coming again in glory, with life and liberty for all who believe.

I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word.  I will make it a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  I will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.


Attendance Policy

Regular and punctual attendance is conducive to scholarship, citizenship, and student progress. The educational activities planned for each school day contribute significantly to the curriculum objectives and are progressive and sequential. Absent students miss valuable learning experiences. Also, make-up assignments require extra time from the teacher’s schedule and are a disruption to other students. Therefore, parents are urged to see that their children arrive promptly and attend all classes.


Punctuality is a vital character trait and one that parents must seek to instill in their child.  Tardiness to class or school is not only poor training, but it is also disruptive to classes.  Any student arriving after 8:00 a.m. will be counted tardy.  Three unexcused tardies will equal an unexcused absence and may result in the loss of free time or after school detention.

Excused Absences:

To excuse an absence, a parent must call the school at 715 561-2545 by 8:00 a.m. on the day the student is absent stating the reason for the absence.

Students who are sick or running a high fever should remain at home during the illness.  Cooperation in this matter is fully sought for the health and welfare of all.

Students who miss one or more classes because of personal illness, death in the immediate family, or family emergencies will receive an ‘excused’ absence and will have full ‘make-up’ privileges.  These absences will be for reasons over which the student and his parents have no control.  A parent must also send a signed note with the student on the day he/she returns to school stating the reason for and dates of the absence in order to ensure an accurate attendance record.

Unexcused Absences  

All absences from school not covered in Excused or Pre-Excused Absences will be considered unexcused absences.  Unexcused absences result in a zero for all the day’s assigned work.  Three unexcused absences in a quarter will result in initiating the Discipline process.

Pre-Excused Absences:

Absences other than personal illness or family emergency must be prearranged in order to be excused.  Parents must make a personal contact or send a written note to the teacher advising of prearranged absence situations. Prearranged absences include: medical, dental, optometric, or other professional appointments, funerals, school or church sponsored activities, mission opportunities, hunting or family trips.

NCA requests that appointments are made for after school hours whenever possible, and family vacations are planned around days that school is not scheduled to be in session (holiday vacations and spring break).

Definition of Half-Day and Whole-Day Absences

If a student is absent for more than 2.5 hours in a day, he/she will be counted half day absent.  If the student is absent for more than 5 hours in a day, he/she will be counted a full day absent.

Limit of Absences Allowed per Quarter

Only 8 absences are allowed in a quarter unless specially arranged.  Over 8 absences invoke a potential meeting with the School Board.


Electronic Devices & Computer Use

Distracting items such as radios, ipods, mp3 players, electronic games, cell phones, or other electronic devices are not allowed to be used during school hours.

We ask that personal laptop computers used for school work be left at home, and students use the desktop computers provided by the school transferring any schoolwork between devices via a flash drive.

The use of computer programs or internet service at NCA is a privilege and designed for educational purposes only.  Students are allowed to use the internet only when a teacher is present in the room.


Emergency Procedures

Fire drills are conducted throughout the year.  The drills are conducted to prepare students and promote safety in the event of an emergency.

When the alarm sounds for a fire drill (or actual fire), all persons are to go quickly and quietly to the exit determined in advance for each class.  Students proceed as a group to the designated outdoor area.  The last person exiting a classroom should turn out the lights and close the door.  Students gather silently with their classmates while the teacher takes attendance.  When the return signal is given, everyone should return quietly and in single file to the classroom.

In the event of a real emergency, parents will be contacted as soon as possible.



Behavioral guidelines and disciplinary procedures at N.C.A. are designed to promote the righteousness of God and meet the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of Christian young people.  The emphasis of NCA is to focus the attention of the student on his need to develop a heart for God.  Once the heart is turned to God, outward behavior will reflect God’s morality.  Only rules that reflect the moral character of God and promote an orderly, controlled learning environment have been developed.  Students will be continually reminded that one’s relationship with Christ is of primary importance.

In Scripture, the Apostle Paul mentions behaviors we would “put off” as believers in Christ.  NCA works in the implementation of its code of conduct to eliminate these non-Christian behaviors in students.  The following will not be tolerated at NCA:

Ø      Falsehood (Eph. 4:25)

Ø      Unrighteous anger (Eph. 4:26)

Ø      Stealing (Eph. 4:28)

Ø      Unwholesome talk (Eph. 4:29)

Ø      Bad attitudes such as insubordination, deliberate disobedience, negative attitude, criticism and griping (Eph. 4:30)

Ø      Giving no offense (2 Cor. 6:3)

In other parts of God’s Word, Christ-like behavior is encouraged.  It is the desire of N.C.A. to not only have the students ‘put off’ inappropriate behavior, but to ‘put on’ those behaviors that mirror the character of Jesus Christ, such as the following:

Ø      Respecting people and property (Heb. 13:17 and 1 Pet. 2:17)

Ø      Caring for the Temple of God (1 Cor. 6:19)

Ø      Moral purity (1 Cor. 6:18 and 1 Thes. 4:3)

Ø      Appreciating God-honoring music (Eph. 5:19)

Ø      Attending Church (Heb. 10:25)

Ø      Dressing modestly to honor God and not one’s self (1 Sam. 16:7, 1 Tim. 2:9)

Ø      Making right friendships (1 Cor. 5:9, 15:33, and 2 Cor. 6:14)


Disciplinary Policies and Procedures

  1. Verbal correction (with the expectation of admission of wrong, & willingness to correct)
  2. Disciplinary measures such as work assignments, taking away small privileges, etc. if needed to obtain needed correction of behavior.
  3. Teacher-parent-student conference (again with expectation of the parents helping the teacher in correcting student’s behavior)
  4. Parent-student Conference(s) with the Principal and/or board representative
  5. Suspension from school
  6. Withdrawal/Dismissal from school

It is expected that parents will work closely with the student, utilizing school and church resources, to eliminate poor behavior for the good of the student and the school environment.


Code of Conduct

As the scriptures proclaim, our mode of behavior is to conduct our lives in love (2 John 1:4).  It pleases God for us to live a life renewed from the inside and to consider others of greater importance than ourselves. (Romans 12:3).  Further in the same chapter, we’re reminded: “Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.” (Romans 12:9-10). This is our conduct goal for each staff member, student, and volunteer at N.C.A.


Dress Code and Grooming

  • Clothing must be clean, neat, and modest, in good repair and appropriately sized.
  • Students are not to wear clothing with anti-Christian written messages or pictures.
  • Back, midriff and cleavage must be covered (backless tops, halter tops, strapless tops, spaghetti straps and tube tops are not allowed).
  • Clothing with shoulder straps must have a width of at least 2 inches.
  • Pants and tops should be of modest fit, not clingy.
  • Baggy oversized pants and shorts are not permitted.
  • Pants and shorts must be worn at the waist, not below.
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses should be of modest length (no shorter than half way to the knee.)
  • Under garments must not be visible (i.e. bras, sport bras, boxer or long underwear)
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Hats or other head coverings are prohibited inside the building during school hours.
  • Hair for both boys and girls should be clean and out of the eyes at all times.
  • Permanent tattoos, piercings (other than ear rings for girls), wild hair-coloring and extreme hairstyles are not allowed.
  • Jewelry should not be distracting or hazardous to student or others involved in school activities.
  • Make up, if worn, is to be neat and simple.
  • Facial hair is to be kept neat and clean.
  • Chapel Day: No jeans, no t-shirts
  • Dress should be appropriate for outside recess.
  • In winter, hats, jackets, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and boots must be worn.
  • Inside shoes (to be worn solely inside the building) are required by all students


Parents are responsible to enforce the dress code.  If a student is not appropriately dressed for school, parents will be contacted and asked to bring appropriate clothing to the school for the student.  Repeated violations to this dress code may lead to appropriate action to correct the situation and may constitute grounds for suspension.

The Principal or a Board Member is considered the final authority on all dress code issues.  The NCA Board of Directors also reserves the right to initiate policy changes throughout the school year as it deems necessary.


Hiring Policy

Northwoods Christian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color or ethnic origin in enrollment decisions, hiring practices, administration, staff or educational policies, scholarships, fees, educational programs, or extracurricular activities.

All applicants should apply using the following procedure:

  1. Complete an application (obtained from School Principal) stating background of training and experience.
  2. Present a resume and personal and professional references.
  3. Arrange to have college transcripts sent to the school.
  4. Make an appointment for an interview with the School Board.
  5. After careful evaluation, if the School Board believes the applicant is best qualified for the position, he/she will be notified.

Spiritual Qualifications:

  1. All employees at Northwoods Christian Academy shall be born-again Christians confessing Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
  2. All employees shall be active in a Bible-Based church that teaches doctrine in agreement with the school’s Statement of Faith.

Volunteer Policy

People (other than parents) who desire to volunteer their talents and time to work with students of Northwoods Christian Academy are asked to complete a NCA Volunteer Form which can be obtained from the School Principal.


Curriculum – Elementary

Our curriculum consists of textbooks and materials produced by varying Christian publishers including Alpha Omega, Apologia, Bob Jones, Hewitt, and Saxon.  Saxon Math is used from Kindergarten through Grade 12.  Every class is taught from a biblical perspective with the goal of teaching a Christian worldview.


4K and Kindergarten

The objective of our 4K and Kindergarten programs is to provide a lively academic program which gives students an enjoyable educational foundation that capitalizes on their innate curiosity.  The schedule includes Bible lessons, art projects, songs, puppets, numbers and skills, letters and sounds, language development, and active learning games.

Kindergarten students are usually able to read by the end of their school year.


Elementary (Grades 1-6)

Grades 1-6 are grouped together in a variety of ways.  Each grade is taught grade-specific material, and held to a high academic standard.  This multi-level class situation allows interaction between students of different ages and abilities.  It also facilitates student-to-student learning in addition to learning from the teacher and text book instruction.  It has proven an effective method of developing our students both academically and socially. Core subjects include Bible, Language Arts (reading, writing, spelling and grammar), Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science.  Special courses taught by volunteer teachers include music and art.


Curriculum – Secondary

Northwoods Christian Academy is here to provide quality and relevant Christian education through instruction, training, modeling, and prayer.  Our goal is to prepare Christian workers and leaders for tomorrow.


Junior High Classes

GRADE 7                                                                   GRADE 8                                                       

Saxon Math 87                                                            Algebra 1 / 2

General Science                                                          Earth & Space

Language / Literature 7                                               Language / Literature 8

Bible A – Old Testament                                            Bible B – Life of Jesus

World Studies                                                             American Heritage

State History                                                               Keyboarding


Grade Scale

4 Point System            5 Point System

90           –              100                         A                                             4                                              5

80           –              89                           B                                             3                                              4

70           –              79                           C                                             2                                              3

60           –              69                           D                                             1                                              2

0              –              59                           F                                              0                                              0