Basic Information

Address: 16255 S. Virginia Street Reno, Nevada 89521
Phone Number: 775-544-5565

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Additional Information

Founder/President/Principal: Dr. Janet "Barbara" Cummings
School Type: Private
Founded: 2016
Ages/Grades: k-12
School Size: 8
Classroom Size: 1-2
Student/Teacher Ratio: 2-1


Financial Aid:

Yes- scholarships


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Percentage of Graduating Class: 100
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:

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, or on my cell phone (775-848-3677).


• “My son can focus so much better in a small class size with an individualized plan. St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy is able to provide him with that. The classical curriculum is excellent, and I like knowing that he is in a safe environment with a Christian viewpoint. At St. Nicholas, my son doesn’t feel like he needs to change his personality to fit the mold of mainstream secular society. Students are encouraged to think creatively, pursue their interests and reach to their full potential.”

• “I’ve been Orthodox all my life, but never really understood what that means. Father Paul makes Orthodox teachings come alive. I finally understand what it means to be an Orthodox Christian. Father Paul explains things from Scripture and the Church Fathers in ways that make total sense and actually apply to my life.”

• “My child has always had trouble fitting into a school environment. For some reason, he is a bully magnet. Also, he excels beyond his grade level in some subjects, but really struggles to keep up in other subjects. I have pulled him out of several private schools, either because he was being bullied or because the school just wasn’t meeting his academic needs. I home-schooled him for a while, which worked academically, but was a really lonely existence for him. He is thriving both academically and socially at St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy. I couldn’t be happier with the education he is receiving. I am thrilled that he has a group of friends who are good kids and who accept him as he is.”

• “Throughout most of my time in school, I’ve been bullied to the point where I hated to go to school. All schools say they have a zero tolerance for bullying, but they really don’t. However, at St. Nicholas, I am free from bullying because it really is a bully-free zone here. Also, I had trouble learning in some classes in the past but I didn’t know why. The teachers at St. Nicholas realized that I am an auditory learner and that I have mild dyslexia. They know how to help me make use of my strengths and work around my weaknesses, and I am excelling in school like never before. I love the music program here. I take piano lessons and voice lessons as part of my school schedule, and am learning so much. For the first time in my life, I actually look forward to going to school.”

Notes/School Information:

Our Orthodox Christian school sits on 14 acres just south of Reno, Nevada. At the center of our campus, stands this cross under which we gather to listen. On the desert breeze, the "still, small voice" of Father Kosmas proclaims the resurrected Christ as Church. In the deep stillness of the wilderness, stands a wooden deck such as Kosmas might have once stood upon. Here, around this cross poised high atop Steamboat Hills, at the mouth of Pleasant Valley and overlooking the Virginia Foothills eastward, as if planted by Saint Kosmas Aitolos himself so many centuries ago, the kerygma of life is carried out. From this platform, the voice of Saint Kosmas who erected crosses and platforms everywhere he traveled, catechizing and baptizing as he went, echoes in the high desert, calling all to Life.

The Mission

  • Increase access to high-quality, Orthodox Christian education for everyone, everywhere
  • Enhance teaching and learning at the local parish and online
  • Advance teaching and learning through bilingual education
  • Creating unique learning experiences aimed at achieving communication with understanding in cross-cultural environments, by utilizing effective global partnerships, inclusiveness, self-awareness, and innovative materials and services.

About Us

St Nicholas Orthodox Christian Academy (SNOA) seeks to offer online resources and a community to meet the educational needs of all Orthodox Christians as sketched out in the vision for Total Parish Education of the Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC).

Our APXEION platform for education and learning is one tool for transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location, and access. Fulfilling the demand for people to learn on their own terms, we are reimagining the possibilities of Orthodox Christian education, providing the highest-quality, stackable learning experiences.

Inspired by the life and example of Saint Kosmas Aitolos who urged the Orthodox Christians to build schools so that their children could learn about the Faith and be well-grounded in the life of the Church, it is our aim to support Orthodox Christian learning at every stage, whether in early childhood, middle school or high school, and beyond, by delivering courses for curious minds.

Father Kosmas is one of the most popular saints among Greek and Albanian Christians, a popularity which has increased as time has gone by. The impact Father Kosmas had on the people -Christian laity and clergy, as well as Muslims- was such that he was considered a saint many years before he was cruelly put to death for Christ. The secret of his great success was due, above all, to the fact that he not only preached the Gospel but lived it in such a way that many who heard him then -- and those of us who listen for his voice today- are moved to follow in his footsteps.