North Central Texas Academy

3846 N. Hwy. 144
Granbury, TX 76048
North Central Texas Academy Photo #1 - Boarding residences are modern and more like a home than a dorm.
North Central Texas Academy Photo #2 - The NCTA cheer leading squad travels with the sports teams in various seasons.
North Central Texas Academy Photo #3 - The NCTA choir has many opportunities to perform around the state, including the Dallas Cowboy Luncheon. Here, the choir poses with Tony Romo, the Cowboys quarterback.
North Central Texas Academy Photo #4 - With a 500-acre campus, horseback riding and instruction are very popular. An active FFA chapter is also available for those students desiring to raise and show livestock. Roaming the campus are a host of animals, including buffalo, alpacas, llamas, ducks, geese, donkeys, cows, horses, and miniature animals.
North Central Texas Academy Photo #5 - The Academy Complex features over 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities. The campus also includes gymnasiums, tennis courts, swimming pool, baseball and football fields, fine arts building, recording studio, wood shop, a student activities building, and much more.
North Central Texas Academy Photo #6 - The NCTA music department produces some outstanding musicians and singers -- many taking #1 ratings at State TAPPS meets. The NCTA art team captured the TAPPS State Championship three years in a row -- 2011, 2012, and 2013 . . . an amazing feat!
North Central Texas Academy Photo #7 - The Lady Pioneers have won the State Championship in TAPPS basketball for FOUR years in a row -- 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014! The Pioneers were DOUBLE winners in 2014, with the boys also taking the State Championship!
North Central Texas Academy Photo #8 - School Seal
North Central Texas Academy Photo #9 - Elementary students have their own wing in the Academy, including a gym and a playground.
North Central Texas Academy Photo #10 - The NCTA Pioneers captured back-to-back State Championships in 2002 and 2003 and are consistently in the TAPPS State playoffs each year.
  • North Central Texas Academy's goal is to prepare students for advanced education through a rigorous, college-preparatory educational program taught within a Christian worldview framework.
  • Students are also prepared for life as informed, ethical, moral, and productive citizens through a host of other opportunities that promote intellectual, social, and emotional growth.

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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
North Central TexasBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)K-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denom. / ChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded19751910
Campus Size500 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment192 students318 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
Average Class Size7 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered817
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Liberal Scholarships Available)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsAmanda Schwausch


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1215
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Football, Golf, Riding, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations1023
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Athletic Programs, Chess Club, Community Service Activities, jtyjtj, Metamorphosis, National Honor Society

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics Club, Painting/Drawing, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Winter Musical

School Notes

  • Balance; "to keep steady; the power or ability to decide; considering everything" At North Central Texas Academy, the curriculum provides students with a balanced and strong foundational knowledge base in the areas of history, science, government, and economics as well as core academic skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and technology. Regardless of the academic subject, instruction in all classes focuses on building critical thinking, problem solving, communication, organization, study, and social skills. North Central Texas Academy`s goal is to prepare students for advanced education through a rigorous, college-preparatory educational program taught within a Christian worldview framework. Students are also prepared for life as informed, ethical, moral, and productive citizens through a host of other opportunities that promote intellectual, social, and emotional growth. North Central Texas Academy is a boarding, day, and international school that provides opportunities very much like a university but on a K-12 level. The Academy prepares students for university life educationally, socially, and physically. The student body is extremely diverse, yet each member shares a common goal of excelling educationally while demonstrating Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Self-Discipline, and Compassion. What distinguishes the Academy from almost all other boarding schools at this level is the dedication to raise scholarship funding for most of the students in the program. Tuition is expected of those who can afford it, but for those families with motivated students who deserve the chance to attend a quality boarding/day/international school, but do not have the financial means, there is a liberal financial aid program. Similar to universities, the Academy seeks out underserved students with high abilities, and provides scholarships in order that these highly-motivated boys and girls receive the same opportunity to learn, commit, grow, and eventually assume positions of responsibility and leadership in society. North Central Texas Academy offers its students a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum, fosters the development of social and emotional well-being, deepens spiritual growth and moral maturity, encourages an appreciation for the arts and creativity, emphasizes the value of good work and study habits, and promotes regular physical exercise and healthy lifestyles. This balance creates a learning environment where amazing things happen.
  • North Central Texas Academy accreditations: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS); The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS); The Texas Association of Non-Public Schools (TANS); The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS); The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

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