ST. NICHOLAS ORTHODOX ACADEMY

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Basic Information

Address: 16255 S. VIRGINIA STREET, Reno, NV
County: WASHOE
Phone Number: 775.544.5565
School Type: Private

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Additional Information

Founded: 2016
Organization Affiliation: St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Academy is affiliated with His Excellency, Metropolitan ILIA (Katre), Archbishop of the Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America. The Albanian Diocese is under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and His All Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch. However, St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy is Pan-Orthodox in that we serve Orthodox families of all jurisdictions, as well as other families in our community.
Ages/Grades: k-12
School Schedule: 6
School Size: 9 students
Classroom Size: 1-2
Student/Teacher Ratio: Average is 2 students to 1 teacher
Tuition:

$6,000.00

Financial Aid:

Yes- scholarships

Curriculum:

Memoria Press

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100
After School Programs: No
Uniform Guidelines:

Dress Code for Women and Girls

We encourage our students and teachers to dress comfortably, so that they may participate in recess, art projects, etc. Comfortable pants, including black jeans, are encouraged.
Skirts/dresses should be knee length or below. Shorts should be knee length.
Pants should not be too tight-fitting, but may be tight if a longer top is worn with them. Leggings may also be worn under tunic-length tops.
The following are not permitted:
Bare midriffs, spaghetti straps, short skirts, low-cut tops or sheer clothing of any kind.
Make-up and nail polish are permitted for staff and high school girls, but should not be distracting.
We discourage high heels and shoes without back-straps, for safety reasons.
Girls and women may wear headscarves during Chapel services, if head coverings are part of their home parish’s traditions. For questions on head coverings for women, students and parents are encouraged to speak with their parish priest.

Dress Code for Boys and Men

Boys and men may wear collared shirts (polo or button-down) with slacks or black jeans. Vests, cardigans, and pullover sweaters are permitted. Only the top button of a shirt may be left unbuttoned.
Boys and men may not wear hats or caps indoors.
Boys and men should wear closed-toe shoes or sandals with a back-strap for safety.
Casual Fridays
On Fridays, students and staff may dress more casually. Jeans are permitted if they are not overly tight. Tight jeans may be worn under tunics. If jeans are torn, they may be worn only if leggings or tights are worn underneath. Boys may wear shirts that are not collared. Graphic T-shirts are permitted, as long as they are non-offensive.

Mission Statement:

To offer an Orthodox Christian alternative to public, charter, homeschool, and other Christian-based educational ministries for the next generation of Orthodox believers.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Through our values, St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy demonstrates to our students, faculty, staff, partners, and larger community that we are a unique educational institution, aimed at making a positive difference for all those who interact with us. Our values are based on Scripture and the Church Fathers, with their emphasis on the uniqueness and worth of each individual. We place a high value on treating each person with respect and dignity, as each person is a unique creation of God. We strive to emulate Christ and our patron saint in all that we do, especially in that we educate regardless of ability to pay.

School History:

About Our Founder & Our Humble Beginning

Thank you for visiting our website. I'm Dr. Janet (Barbara) Cummings, the Executive Director of St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Academy, and I would like to introduce you to our school.

We had our humble beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, in a small amount of office space donated to us in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno. It soon became apparent that we would outgrow that space, so we began a search for a permanent location. In April 2018, we moved to our newly remodeled space on 14 acres just south of Reno. With 14 acres and 6 buildings, we have plenty of room to grow.

However, it is our plan to cap enrollment at 100 students total in our Kindergarten through 12th Grade program. This way, we can continue to educate each student as a unique individual with his/her own set of strengths, weaknesses and learning styles, as we are doing currently.

As a mother, I have had a very difficult time finding schools to educate my children. I have pulled my children out of several Christian schools in two states for various reasons. In one case, my child was being bullied daily, and the administration refused to intervene appropriately. In another, my children were being exposed to such a negative environment that they both started showing signs of depression.

There were times when I resorted to homeschooling, out of sheer desperation. Although homeschooling was an excellent choice academically, it quickly became a lonely existence for my children. I struggled to find opportunities for socialization, but my children were not able to form significant friendships when they only saw other children occasionally in after-school activities or in weekly home-school meetings.

For years, I complained because there were no Orthodox schools in the vicinity or close enough that my children could board without being too far from home. In talking with my parish priest, I realized that I had the ability to start the Orthodox school that I had been wanting. I had started and managed a number of successful for-profit and non-profit businesses, including a fully online university. So, why couldn't I start an Orthodox school?

I received a blessing from my parish priest and our bishop, recruited very dedicated and talented people to work with me, and about five months later, St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy opened its doors to our first cohort of students.

I have had the pleasure of seeing my children thrive and blossom at the Academy, my younger child as a student and my older child was a classroom aide and music teacher. However, the Academy isn't just for my children. It's for all other children who don't fit well into other school settings, and who want to spend their school days in a loving, nurturing, accepting, bully-free Orthodox Christian environment.

I would love to speak with you, and give you whatever information I can in order to help you decide if St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy is right for your child.

You can reach me via email at Barbara@OrthodoxSchoolReno.com, or on my cell phone (775-848-3677).

Notes/School Information:

I'm Dr. Janet (Barbara) Cummings, the Executive Director of St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Academy, and I would like to introduce you to our school.

We had our humble beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, in a small amount of office space donated to us in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno. It soon became apparent that we would outgrow that space, so we began a search for a permanent location. In April 2018, we moved to our newly remodeled space on 14 acres just south of Reno. With 14 acres and 6 buildings, we have plenty of room to grow.

However, it is our plan to cap enrollment at 100 students total in our Kindergarten through 12th Grade program. This way, we can continue to educate each student as a unique individual with his/her own set of strengths, weaknesses and learning styles, as we are doing currently.

As a mother, I have had a very difficult time finding schools to educate my children. I have pulled my children out of several Christian schools in two states for various reasons. In one case, my child was being bullied daily, and the administration refused to intervene appropriately. In another, my children were being exposed to such a negative environment that they both started showing signs of depression.

There were times when I resorted to homeschooling, out of sheer desperation. Although homeschooling was an excellent choice academically, it quickly became a lonely existence for my children. I struggled to find opportunities for socialization, but my children were not able to form significant friendships when they only saw other children occasionally in after-school activities or in weekly home-school meetings.

For years, I complained because there were no Orthodox schools in the vicinity or close enough that my children could board without being too far from home. In talking with my parish priest, I realized that I had the ability to start the Orthodox school that I had been wanting. I had started and managed a number of successful for-profit and non-profit businesses, including a fully online university. So, why couldn't I start an Orthodox school?

I received a blessing from my parish priest and our bishop, recruited very dedicated and talented people to work with me, and about five months later, St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy opened its doors to our first cohort of students.

I have had the pleasure of seeing my children thrive and blossom at the Academy, my younger child as a student and my older child was a classroom aide and music teacher. However, the Academy isn't just for my children. It's for all other children who don't fit well into other school settings, and who want to spend their school days in a loving, nurturing, accepting, bully-free Orthodox Christian environment.

I would love to speak with you, and give you whatever information I can in order to help you decide if St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy is right for your child.

You can reach me via email at Barbara@OrthodoxSchoolReno.com, or on my cell phone (775-848-3677).