Prospective Family FAQs

  • What countries are your students and teachers from?
    We have had students from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Germany, Ghana, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, and Switzerland. While most of our staff members are from the USA, we also have had teachers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the UK.
  •  Are all of your students from NTM families?
    No. While the majority of our students are from NTM families, some come from other mission agencies in the area such as ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism), MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship), CRMF (Christian Radio Missionary Fellowship), and EBC (Swiss E.B. Mission). A smaller number of our students are PNG citizens or are from expatriate families here in PNG on business. While most of our teachers are with NTM, we have also had teachers from ABWE and MAF.
  • Where do students live?
    Most of our students live with their families at the NTM PNG support center where the school is located. For NTM students whose parents work in remote tribal locations, we have a boarding home program. We also have students who come each day from locations in the surrounding area. (more information on Boarding Program)
  • What computer resources are available at NCA?
    We have a fully equipped computer lab and offer courses in computer literacy and keyboarding. We have mobile laptop carts that are available for any classroom. We have classroom sets of iPads in the elementary.
  •  What is your curriculum like?
    Traditionally our school has followed a U.S.-based curriculum and our standards are based on AERO standards. Our resources come from a variety of sources, both Christian and secular. In view of the fact that our students come from many different countries, we try to integrate an international perspective into our curriculum as well.
  •  What about science courses?
    We have a fully equipped science lab for our junior and senior high science course.
  • Do you offer music or band?
    Yes! When we have staff we are able to offer music to the elementary grades and various choir and band programs in the secondary grades. A wide variety of band instruments can be rented by students for a small fee.
  • What foreign languages are offered at NCA?
    When staff is available we offer two years each of Spanish, French and German. Students are required to take two years of one of these foreign languages (or an equivalent) in order to graduate.
  • What extracurricular sports do your students participate in?
    We have varsity programs in both boys and girls soccer, volleyball, basketball, and touch rugby. Varsity teams participate in tournaments held once or twice each term. These tournaments include national schools from the Eastern Highlands Province along with Ukarumpa International School, another MK school run by SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics). In addition, the center often organizes informal sports activities such as roller hockey. We have a soccer field, gymnasium, outdoor sports complex (tennis, volleyball, and basketball), and fitness / weight room.
  • How is your school year divided?
    The school year begins in August. There are four 8 1/2 week terms separated by three or four week breaks, with a longer break in June and July. The longer breaks between terms allow students who board here at NCA to spend more time with their parents out in the tribal locations. (see Important Dates)
  • Does the school require students to have any vaccinations?
    The following vaccines will be considered mandatory for all students:
    – Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (DTaP)
    – Polio (either OPV or IPV)
    – Pneumococcus (Prevnar)
    – Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
    – Hepatitis A
    – Hepatitis B
    – Meningococcus (AWYC)
    – Typhoid
    – Varicella

    The following vaccines are recommended, but not mandatory:
    – Japanese Encephalitis
    – Influenza- In the event of an outbreak, this could become a mandatory vaccine.
    – HPV- For prevention of cervical cancer.