Ravenscroft School

5.00 5 1 (6 reviews)
7409 Falls Of Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
Tel: (919)847-0900
Founded in 1862, Ravenscroft has a 125-acre campus nestled in the heart of North Raleigh. Our extraordinary facilities include: dedicated library for Lower School; Middle and Upper School Library & Technology Center; Fine Arts Center with a gallery space, a 460-seat theatre and a 200-seat flexible performance space; 13 science labs; a 350-seat Dining Hall; and a Health Center.
Founded in 1862, Ravenscroft has a 125-acre campus nestled in the heart of North Raleigh. Our extraordinary facilities include: dedicated library for Lower School; Middle and Upper School Library & Technology Center; Fine Arts Center with a gallery space, a 460-seat theatre and a 200-seat flexible performance space; 13 science labs; a 350-seat Dining Hall; and a Health Center.
Ravenscroft serves students in pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 and is divided into three divisions: Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School, each with individual directors. The enrollment of the School is approximately 1,190 students. The average student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1 and 23% diversity. International students attend and currently represent 13 countries.
Ravenscroft offers a college preparatory curriculum with 35 honors courses and 24 AP courses in the Upper School; 3 levels of math and 2 levels of Language Arts in the Middle School; differentiated instruction in the Lower School. Typically 100 percent of graduates pursue their education beyond the secondary level.
Ravenscroft is a Google Apps for Education school; all students in grades 3-12 are provided with Google Apps accounts. Google Chromebooks are provided for all students in grades 7-12. A Digital Media Lab in the Middle School has Macs for audio, video, and photo production. PC computer labs are in all three divisions as well as both libraries.
Ravenscroft is the only school in the world with a Pre-K-grade 12 leadership program developed in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership. Student Council begins at first grade; Honor Council in Middle and Upper School. In this photo, Ravens Guides, which are Upper School students, visit a Middle School group to discuss age-appropriate topics.
Daily Physical Education (P.E.) for all students in grades 1-9, with an experienced faculty to guide them. All P.E. classes enjoy swimming during the year, and Middle School benefits from same-gender P.E. classes. With 53 competitive teams in 25 sports at the Middle School, JV, and varsity level, Ravenscroft has over 80 percent of students who participate in sports.
Violin instruction begins in Kindergarten; private lessons and studios available in the Lower School; General Music and Drama offered at all Lower School grades; Two Art teachers and studios dedicated to Lower School. Extensive Fine Arts electives, like AP Art History or Fundamentals of Stagecraft, offered in Middle and Upper School. And our faculty are professionally trained.
  • Ravenscroft School is located on a beautiful 127 acre campus in north Raleigh. The school serves Prekindergarten to grade 12 and is a coed, college preparatory day school with 1185 students.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1862
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2003

Student Body

Total Students1185 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by GradeRavenscroft School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers180 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
Number of AP Courses25 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1284
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 17 / rolling
Tuition Notes$9,940 to $22,650
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMargaret Mills
Admissions AssociateMeredith Secosky


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Field HockeyFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

School Notes

  • The Ravenscroft community, guided by our legacy of excellence, nurtures individual potential and prepares students to thrive in a complex and interdependent world. Ravenscroft enjoys a rich legacy of educating outstanding students in academics, athletics, fine arts and leadership. Founded in 1862, our School has always been an institution that values the unique interests and abilities of our students and challenges them to become globally aware citizens. Our values ground our School, programs, and initiatives in the most important aspects of the Ravenscroft community - people and their collective growth. They reflect our legacy of excellence with an inspired commitment to the future.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  5/20/2016
Three words describe the excellence at Ravenscroft for our family more than anything else: nurturing individual potential. As the school mission states: The Ravenscroft community, guided by our legacy of excellence, nurtures individual potential... This is done through the very strong academics, arts, sports and extra activities offered throughout the year which have a wide range from coding to macramé (for lower school). Our children have had the most loving, caring, excellent teachers. When our daughter was in second grade, her teacher said maybe she'd like to stay after school with me on Wednesdays. This wonderful teacher brought her up to speed this way for almost the whole year, to strengthen one weak area, and we never even asked! My daughter has had similar mentoring in her strong area from the wonderful lower school Art teacher. All the regular classes during the day are also excellent, but these two examples showed us how they support a child's weak areas when needed, as well as build their strengths. Although the school is 150 years old, the administration and board are looking at preparing students for the future. They show a real commitment to the second part of the school's mission: and prepares students to thrive in a complex and interdependent world. One new way is through a school-wide leadership program called Lead from Here. This was developed with consultation of the Center for Creative Leadership which works with many businesses on the subject. This was the first program they developed for a school. We would give the School Heads and the Board our highest praise for their vision, management and leadership. Communication and input from parents are welcome, carefully considered, and in my experience, often accepted. For a recent schedule change, they held six open forums to discuss reasons, explain recent research on best practices, and show data on how the school students and faculty felt about it. They invited Independent School Management (ISM) to bring its expertise on this. ISM reviewed facilities, curriculum, extracurricular activities, Fine Arts, and Athletics. They also created school culture surveys for the students and faculty. The results of the schedule analysis made it clear that the changes were a great direction and clear choice that would better meet the needs of our community. This not only showed excellent decision making process but great respect for including everyone when important decisions are made. Parents are children are very friendly and welcoming, with a vigorous parents association. We were new to Raleigh and each of our family has found so many great friends there. There are many international students and this diversity is celebrated through an International Day. All students are taught to respect differences and appreciate self through an Identity Day. One other thing -- that we take for granted now -- is that there is ZERO tolerance for any bullying, defined by the school as any repeated acts of meanness. The children are taught tools to identify it and address it, and if these fail then told to take it to an adult. At that point, the teachers, administration and related parents make sure it stops quickly and permanently. The counseling staff is exceptional and frequently provide sessions for parents relevant to children's growth and challenges.
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5  5/12/2016
As a new family to the area, we were welcomed into the Ravenscroft Community with open arms. Our children are in Lower School and we've been part of this community for over 5 years. The teachers at the school are excellent and with small class sizes, they are able to know the individual needs of each child. The Character Tree program in Lower School is such a fantastic compliment to the curriculum. Children are taught and able to show their understanding of words like spirit, responsibility, courage, dedication and compassion. Seeing a need to even take it a step further, Ravenscroft has partnered with the Center for Creative Leadership to develop and infuse a program called Lead from Here into the curriculum in Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. While there's no way to know what the world will look like in 10 years or types of jobs will be available then, we feel confident that by having our children attend and receive a Ravenscroft education, they'll be equipped with the tools to lead themselves, lead with others and change their world.
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5  5/21/2015
We are finishing up our third year at Ravenscroft (K-2) and could not be happier with our choice in sending our son there. As a former private and public school teacher in NY & NC I can say with certainty that Ravenscroft is among the best of any school in either category. Ravenscroft has a very strong Fine Arts program, even in Lower School. What is most exciting is the new Lead From Here initiative that Ravenscroft is developing with the Center for Creative Leadership. I have seen many positive changes in my son as it relates to working with others through collaboration, communication and cooperation. The goal of the program is to intertwine leadership skills into their already rigorous academic program to produce a generation of citizen leaders who will be responsible for running an increasingly complex and diverse World. Other schools in the area have strong academics, some of them strong fine art, but none of them have a robust leadership program like Ravenscroft.
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5  5/2/2015
Have two students in lower school and a third starting PreK in the fall. The new Lead From Here initiative is setting new standards in education, and the way it is being implemented at the elementary level at Ravenscroft is simply outstanding. This character and leadership curriculum combined with their already high-performing academic program and auxiliary services cannot be beaten in the Raleigh area. If you truly want to be a partner in your child's education and enjoy having a mutual language for discussing and cultivating excellence with faculty, staff, other parents, your children, and their friends, the Ravenscroft community will exceed all expectations.
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5  9/30/2014
Very happy with my experience in lower, middle and now upper school. Great academics and develops the full child. New Leadership initiative is a transformative program that reaches throughout school and faculty. My kids are thriving and feel like they will be so well prepared for life and fro college.
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5  4/9/2012
Academics are very poor, not a priority at all Good drama, some art, Emphasis is on athletics - giving scholarships (with tuition money) to students who rarely go to class
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