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The mission of Northwood Academy is to engage, empower, and equip students with an emphasis on college preparation, through academic and character development supplemented by the arts, athletics, and the humanities, with Christian values forming the underlying foundation.

It is our vision to be a college preparatory Christian school:  college preparatory in that the curricular and extra-curricular opportunities will educate the student to succeed in the college of their choice, and Christian in that our teachers, administrators and staff will equip the student from a Christian perspective (in contrast to the morally equivalent, humanistic and naturalistic values prevalent in contemporary education) to live a victorious life.

Our vision will be evidenced in graduates who can reason from a Biblical perspective, who can apply Biblical principles to decision-making, and who can develop, model and promote behavior that reveals the character of Christ. With these competencies, our graduates will be able to compete in any academic arena without compromising their core Christian values.

Northwood Academy is a place where the combining of academic knowledge and Christian values produce maturing spiritual, intellectual, and social behavior.  Our philosophy of education is based on the following principles:

God reveals truth through Scripture, nature, history, and through Christ in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col 2:3).

As His people, created in His image, we are moral, social, physical, and rational.  We are, therefore, able to know and to value God, ourselves, others, and the physical universe.  

Education, the process of teaching and learning, involves the whole person developing the knowledge, values and skills which facilitate freedom to live a faith-based life.  It occurs most effectively when both instructor and student are properly related to God and each other through Christ.

Located on 40 acres in Summerville, SC 
Over 1000 Students 
Pre-school-12th Grade
13:1 Student to Teacher Ratio
$2M in Scholarships Offered to 2022 Graduating Class

Why Accreditation Matters

For Students
Students benefit from their institution or educational system’s commitment to raising student performance and accountability. Students that attend an accredited institution gain greater access to federal loans, scholarships, post-secondary education, and military programs.

For Parents
This standard of excellence ensures that institutions will find rich benefits from accreditation and that parents can confidently make informed decisions about their children’s education, knowing that their child’s school is accredited.

For Teachers
The accreditation process leads teachers to critically evaluate teaching and learning with a focus for academic excellence.

South Carolina Independent school Association

The mission of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) is to provide outstanding service to our member schools through academic, athletic, and student-centered programs.

The South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) is a non-profit voluntary association of independent schools with responsibilities to establish and maintain accreditation standards, coordinate athletic and academic competitions, and provide professional development opportunities for member schools.

Northwood Academy holds advanced accreditation from the South Carolina Independent Schools Association.


Cognia is a global network of enthusiastic educators whose purpose is to strengthen schools using a holistic approach to continuous improvement encompassing accreditation and certification, assessment, professional learning, and customized improvement services. 

Northwood Academy holds Cognia (formerly AdvancED) accreditation.

Association of Christian Schools International

The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is the largest organization of its kind with members in all fifty states, all ten Canadian Provinces, and sixty-three other nations. The association offers its members assistance in numerous educational areas, such as school accreditation programs, staff conferences, and administrative support.  

Northwood Academy is an ACSI affiliated school.