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.
Founded in 1862 by members of Christ Episcopal Church, Ravenscroft continued under their auspices until 1966 when it became non-sectarian. Housed for periods of time in Christ Church, St. Savior's Chapel, and then on Tucker Street, the School moved to its current Falls of Neuse location in 1969. The School is named for John Stark Ravenscroft, the first Bishop of Episcopal Diocese and first Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Raleigh.
The School, a non-profit organization, is composed of three educational divisions: Lower School (483 students), Middle School (307 students) and Upper School (445 students) with individual directors. The total school, with an enrollment of 1,235 students, is administered by Doreen Kelly, Head of School.
Our School has 242 faculty and staff, 198 of whom are full-time employees. The average faculty member has more than 17 years of classroom experience, and 60 percent have attained advanced degrees. Each School division has its own guidance counselor. A nurse is available on campus during school hours.
Typically, 100 percent of 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. We offer 24 AP classes in our 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).
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'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.