History of NCA - Matagalpa
Nicaragua Christian Academy began as the result of three evangelical missionary families seeking an English-language Christian education for their own children. The school began as a cooperative homeschool program in 1991 with two teachers and seven students meeting in a house. In 1995, NCA purchased its own land and began the construction of a school through the labor and donations of hundreds of volunteers and school supporters. The English-language school grew quickly, but it also became clear that there was a strong need for a second school, which would maintain the same commitment to academic excellence with a Christian foundation but in the Spanish language. In 2005, the newly formed association opened its second school, NCA - Nejapa, which offers Christian education of academic excellence in the Spanish language. NCA - Nejapa began with 54 students in February 2005 and has grown quickly to its current size of over 460 students and 34 full-time teachers.
In 2013, NCA - Matagalpa opened its doors with 37 students as the third NCA school. It now has over 340, and has now graduated its first sixx high school classes in 2017-2020 (a total of 165 students.) Between the three schools, we are currently meeting the educational needs of roughly 1000 students. For a more detailed history of the whole NCA association, visit our NCA Association History page.
- February 2013 - Classes started with 37 students in Grades 1-7 and a staff of 20 under the direction of Carey Franklin.
- 2014 - Over 100 students were added in year two and two additional grades were added (Kindergarten and 8th).
- 2015 - 9th grade was added, and the student population rose to 201.
- 2016 - Greg Kynast was brought in as Director, and 10th grade was added.
- 2017 - 11th grade and Preschool, level II were added; NCAM had its first high school graduation in the Municipal Theater December 2 (22 students)
- 2018 - Second graduating class raised the total alumni to 45.
- 2019 - Third graduating class added 23 to the list of alumni.
- 2020 - The school topped 300 in enrollment, ending the COVID-pandemic year with 305 (and 24 graduates)
- 2021 - The 5th graduating class added 25 alums, bringing the total to 117.
- 2022 - 10th consecutive year of increased enrollment (328 at the semester break)
- 2023 - All classes are full (341 students enrolled)