Ravenscroft School

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For the preparatory school in Somerset, England, see Ravenscroft School (Somerset). For the school in Asheville, North Carolina on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, see Ravenscroft School (Asheville, North Carolina).
Ravenscroft School
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7409 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27615
United States
Coordinates 35°53′03.00″N 78°37′47.74″W / 35.8841667°N 78.6299278°W / 35.8841667; -78.6299278Coordinates: 35°53′03.00″N 78°37′47.74″W / 35.8841667°N 78.6299278°W / 35.8841667; -78.6299278
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Non-sectarian, formerly Episcopal
Founded 1862
Head of school Doreen C. Kelly
Staff 207 staff
Faculty 146 faculties
Grades K-12
Number of students 1,225 students
Campus Suburban, 125 acres of land
Color(s) Green and Gold          
Nickname Ravens
Accreditation SACS, SAIS
Tuition $18,750 (grades 6–12)
$16,740 (grades 1-5)
Affiliations NAIS, NCAIS, JRPO
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Ravenscroft School is an independent, formerly Episcopal, college preparatory school located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It enrolls students from pre-school through grade 12. Founded in 1862 by members of Christ Episcopal Church, the school continued under their principles until 1969 when it became non-sectarian.


The idea of a parish school for Christ Episcopal Church was begun by Dr. Josiah Ogden Watson in 1852, when he bequeathed $5,000 to the church to fund and employ a teacher for a parish school. A small school was established in 1868, but, in 1937, the Ravenscroft School was organized using the original funds directed by Dr. Watson. Ravenscroft was founded in 1862 by members of Christ Episcopal Church, and Ravenscroft continued under their auspices until 1966 when it became non-sectarian. Housed for periods time in Christ Church, St. Savior's Chapel, and then on Tucker Street, the School moved to its current location on Falls of Neuse Road in 1969. The School is named for John Stark Ravenscroft, the first Episcopal bishop of North Carolina and first rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Raleigh.

School facts[edit]

There are three school divisions: Lower School (pre-K 5th), Middle School (6th-8th), and Upper School (9th-12th). The School incorporates athletics and fine arts into the academic schedule. The Lower School currently enrolls 444 students; the Middle School enrolls 304 students; the Upper School enrolls 459 students. The School's mission is: "The Ravenscroft community, guided by our legacy of excellence, nurtures individual potential and prepares students to thrive in a complex and interdependent world."


Ravenscroft is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). Ravenscroft was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2003.

School memberships[edit]

Ravenscroft is a member of the National and North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, Joint Research Project Organization (JRPO), as well as a number of other professional organizations.

School characteristics[edit]

Ravenscroft is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school enrolling 1,207 students, pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. The Lower School currently enrolls 444 students; the Middle School enrolls 304 students; the Upper School enrolls 459 students.

Organization and administration[edit]

The School, a non-profit organization, is composed of three educational divisions: Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School with individual directors. The Head of the Lower School is Mrs. Payton Hobbs, the Head of the Middle School is Mrs. Denise Colpitts, and the Head of the Upper School is Mr. Peter Bogue. The total School is administered by Mrs. Doreen C. Kelly, current Head of School.


Ravenscroft has over 240 faculty and staff, 201 of which are full-time instructors. The average faculty member has 18 years of classroom experience, and more than half have attained advanced degrees. Each school division has its own guidance counselor. A full-time nurse is available on campus during school hours. The Upper School's College Counseling Department includes director Angela Connor, who has been employed at the School since 1978.


Pre-Kindergarten (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.): $12,125; Pre-Kindergarten Plus (8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Plus: (Extended Day, 12 p.m.-2:30 p.m.): $13,200; Kindergarten (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.): $13,450; Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5: $17,450; Grades 6 through 12: $19,550.


Typically, 100 percent of Ravenscroft graduates pursue their education beyond the secondary level. In 2011, 237 students wrote 485 AP exams with 91 percent of the scores being a "3" or better. Ravenscroft offers 24 AP classes in its curriculum. The Class of 2011 with 102 students achieved an SAT average of 1277 (Critical Reading and Math) or 1924 (Critical Reading, Math, and Writing).

Fine arts[edit]

Ravenscroft's Fine Arts facilities include the 454-seat Christina B. Jones Theatre and the 180-seat black-box young peoples' theatre. Students can choose from offerings in voice, strings, band, photography, drama, visual arts, and a variety of instrumental ensembles.


Ravenscroft School football field and track

Ravenscroft's Athletic department offers 23 sports (boys and girls), and fields 53 teams in those sports at the Middle School, junior varsity, and varsity levels. More than 80 percent of Ravenscroft students in grades 7-12 participate in School-sponsored athletics. The school mascot is a Raven named Edgar, after Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Raven.

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