Nurturing Hearts and Challenging Minds
For Service in God's Kingdom

Testing

ACT Averages by Graduating Class

Graduating Class Class Average National Percentile
2017 23.7 70th
2016 21.1 58th
2015 20.8 55th
2014 23.3 70th
2013 24.1 75th
2012 22.5 65th
2011 20.8 52nd

Ten Year Average - 22.8

Maximum score is 36.  From 2009-2016 all NMCS Juniors took the test.  A few students who had no intentions of going to college did not take the test in 2017.
College-bound students averaged a 25.7 for the class of 2009, 27.1 for the class of 2010, 23.1 for the class of 2011 (68th percentile), 25.5 for the class of 2012 (81st percentile), 26.3 for the class of 2013 (+84th percentile). 

The following is the editorial by Principal Rick Klooster, taken from The Northern Star, June 2013:

   Recently, the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) reported on a study which found a variety of advantages for students in faith-based schools (CAPE Outlook, May 2013, Number 385).  The study was a statistical analysis which examined the findings of 90 different reports comparing traditional public, charter, and religious schools.  The authors of the report stated, “The results indicate that attending  private religious schools is associated with the highest level of academic achievement among the three school types, even when sophisticated controls are used to adjust for socioeconomic status.”  The report found that, compared to traditional and charter public schools, faith-based schools have a significant academic advantage, narrower gaps in achievement by race/ethnicity and income, and have better student behavioral outcomes.  [In other words, the study shows that students perform better academically, socially, and behaviorally in religious schools than in public schools.]

     The study was conducted by William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey, and a professor at California State University.  CAPE reports that Jeynes told them: “Students who attend religious schools have fewer behavioral problems than their counterparts, even when adjusting for socioeconomic status, race, and gender.”  Cape continues: “That translates into fewer gangs, less drugs, and greater racial harmony in religious schools than in public schools.”

     At NMCS, our vision and mission both focus on Christian practice, discernment, and discipleship.  The purpose of education at NMCS is developing a Christian mind and nurturing a heart for service. 

     More easily measured than Christian character is the secondary goal at NMCS - academic achievement.  Students in third through eighth grade took the Iowa Assessments this past March; the results show that our students are about twelve months ahead of their counterparts nationally - a figure in line with the findings of the Jeynes study.  Again this year, the ACT and Michigan Merit Exam (MME) results show that NMCS students are more prepared for college when compared to students at other schools.  The chart which accompanies this article details the significant difference.

     Certainly academic achievement is an important consideration when choosing a school.  Christian perspective is more important.  Because Christ is at the center of what we do, at NMCS it is not necessary to choose between academic achievement and Christian perspective.