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Arendell Parrott Academy at a Glance

 Founded in 1964, Arendell Parrott Academy is the largest independent, non-sectarian, college preparatory school in the region. Located on a beautiful 80-acre campus in Kinston, we draw students from all over Eastern North Carolina including: Kinston, Greenville, New Bern, Goldsboro, and Jacksonville. The Academy is fully accredited by AdvancED and is a member in good standing of both the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS).

Campus and Facilities

  • 7 academic buildings
  • Fully wireless campus with multiple computer labs
  • Library and technology center
  • A full service cafeteria offering hot meals, a salad bar,  deli bar, and a fruit and yogurt bar
  • Fine arts building with a black box theatre and dedicated studios for dance, chorus, guitar, orchestra, audio, an audio lab, and three practice studios
  • 6 science labs
  • Cutting edge athletic complex with two gymnasiums, a field house, a fitness center and lighted facilities for football, soccer, baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, and softball



  • 100% NC licensed lower school faculty
  • Highly qualified and/or NC licensed middle school and upper school faculty
  • Counselors with advanced degrees
  • Dedicated college advising staff


  • College preparatory curriculum providing an academically rigorous environment for students at all grade levels
  • Small class sizes
  • Extensive offerings in Advanced Placement courses
  • Comprehensive college advising program
  • 100% college acceptance
  • Academic center offering on-campus tutoring
  • Academic honor societies: National Honor Society, Junior National Honor Society, and Cum Laude Society

Annual Testing

  • Terra Nova in grades 1-9
  • Otis-Lennon in grades 6 and 9
  • PSAT in grades 10 and 11
  • SAT or ACT in grades 11 and 12
  • AP testing in grades 10,11, and 12



  • Physical education for grades TK-5 emphasizes physical fitness and basic motor skills development
  • Physical education for grades 6-9 incorporates a greater emphasis on sports skills
  • Over 30 competitive teams in 14 sports at the middle school, junior varsity, and varsity levels

Fine Arts

  • Award-winning fine arts program
  • Professional trained and accomplished fine arts faculty
  • Arts instruction in Suzuki strings, orchestra, visual art, dance, drama, chorus, and guitar
  • Fine arts honor societies: National Art Honor Society, National Dance Honor Society, Tri-M Society, and International Thespian Society

Community Service

  • Community service encouraged in all grades
  • Local, regional, and international service projects available
  • A director of community service coordinating service opportunities for students in grades 8-12


Campus Life

  • Enrollment of 650+ students from all over Eastern North Carolina in grades TK-12
  • International students accepted
  • Opportunities for parent involvement at all levels