Academy of the Arts

A performing arts student in full costume on stage.
Upper School student in Visual Arts class.
Students perform The Little Mermaid as this year's annual spring musical.
The NCCS cast of Seussical on stage during a stellar NCCS theatrical production.
NCCS student working on a watercolor painting.
Two students play cello in the NCCS Orchestra.
Three NCCS students lead worship during chapel.

With options in Visual Arts, Vocal Arts, Instrumental Arts, and Theatre Arts, Upper School students who successfully pass an audition specifically designed for their discipline are invited to join an Academy.

These four arts tracks provide formal instruction, real-world context, and next-level performance experiences to further develop and hone student gifts, skills, and technical mastery. 


Two upper school students enjoying arts class.

“Being able to pick an educational track that lines up with my interests is a unique opportunity that most high schools don’t offer. It’s really rewarding to take courses that build towards my future.”

– NCCS Student

Academy of the Arts Courses of Study

Instrumental Arts

Mastery Band or Mastery Orchestra
Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory
Academy Showcase Performance 

Theatre ArtsStanislavski’s System
Chekovian Acting
The Meisner Method
Practical Aesthetics
Academy Showcase Performance 
Academy One Act Performance

Visual ArtsDrawing
Art History
Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art
Select one: 3D Design, Photography, or Mixed Media
Academy Visual Art Show
Vocal Arts
Advanced Choral Ensemble (Academy Singers)
Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory
Academy Showcase Performance


Listen to our amazing Academy Singers!

At NCCS, I was able to discover talents and a passion for the arts. My arts teachers, especially Mrs. Wallace through the Academy Singers, really helped me to develop and hone my vocal abilities. 

NCCS Alumni


 Mrs. Megan Pruitt
Director of the Arts + Director of Bands

Jennifer Maner
Arts Administrative Assistance