Arendell Parrott Academy
|Arendell Parrott Academy|
|1901 Dobbs Farm Road
Kinston, North Carolina, 28504
|Number of students||700 (estimate)|
|Campus||Rural, 55 acres (220,000 m2)|
|School colors||Red and Royal Blue|
The idea for this non-sectarian school was first envisioned by Marian Parrott in 1955, a former member of the North Carolina General Assembly and a local attorney. In 1964, Parrott and his wife came together with several other citizens, who wanted to create a school that would have the highest standard of education. They formed Arendell Parrott Academy, named after their deceased son, Marion Arendell Parrott Jr. 55 acres (220,000 m2) of land was donated for the school in 1965, and by 1971 the school consisted of kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Mewborne Hall and Whitaker Hall were the school's first elementary classroom buildings and they were completed in 1966. Since then, the school has grown to include eight instructional buildings, seven athletic facilities and one activity center. With these facilities the school is able to support over 700 students, approximately 65 full-time teachers and 25 sports teams.
Parrott Academy has campus facilities for most school teams. The school has separate American football, soccer, softball, field hockey and baseball fields. The school's athletic facilities also include six tennis courts and a recently constructed weight room.
Parrott Academy is a member of the NCISAA, which enables it to compete with other private schools in its division from across the state. Being a part of this organization also enables sports teams to compete for a state championship. In 2003, competing against all other Independent 2-A schools associated with the NCISA, Parrott Academy won the Wachovia Cup by obtaining the most points according to its performance in the state championships for all sports in that year.
The majority of middle school students are enrolled in five academic classes with a sixth activity period. In each grade students are taught both English and reading/communications. Math courses for middle school include pre-algebra, algebra and geometry. In the area of science, students are instructed in investigative science and physical science. History classes include both North Carolina and World history. Along with an elective class that is chosen each semester, students are also enrolled in a computer application class. 
This level of school focuses on important language, math, science and social studies skills. Through the Open Court Reading program, students develop their skills in reading, handwriting, spelling and composition. Students are introduced to mathematical concepts such as fractions, decimals and percentages. Science programs are divided into life science, earth science and physical science.