Welcome To St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy!

Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy!

We had our humble beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, in a small amount of office space donated to us in the Caughlin Ranch area of Reno. It soon became apparent that we would outgrow that space, so we began a search for a permanent location. In April 2018, we moved to our newly remodeled space on 14 acres just south of Reno. With 14 acres and 6 buildings, we have plenty of room to grow.

However, it is our plan to cap enrollment at 100 students total in our Kindergarten through 12th Grade program. This way, we can continue to educate each student as a unique individual with his/her own set of strengths, weaknesses and learning styles, as we are doing currently.

Our Academy is for ALL children, including other children who don’t fit well into other school settings, and who want to spend their school days in a loving, nurturing, accepting, bully-free Orthodox Christian environment.

We love visitors, so if you’d like to come take a look at our amazing campus, please contact the Academy’s Executive Director at:

Dr. Janet “Barbara” Cummings

Email: Barbara@OrthodoxSchoolReno.com

Academy’s Phone: 775.544.5565

Executive Director’s Cell: 775.848.3677

What's Going On Around Campus

Salmon Spawning Field Trip to Taylor Creek

  Field Trip to Taylor Creek 10/25/2019 On October 7th, our teacher’s took our amazing students on a field trip to Taylor Creek to learn and see salmon spawning. The students even were able to see bears! The students learned…

New Exciting Biology 2 Class focused on Equine Biology

St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy Has a New Biology Class! October 31, 2019 This year our high school students get to enjoy a one-year-long Biology 2 course that is focused on equine biology! Our 2 new mini horses have been great…

Field Trip to St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church!

October 24, 2019 Father Stephen invited our older students to St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church on October 15th and 16th, to assist with a funeral for a beloved parishioner on each of those days. Thanks to Father Paul’s Psaltic Arts…

Beautification of the Academy

St Nicholas Orthodox Academy is buzzing with workers! Our new parking lot is nearly complete, with lovely pavers instead of the old cracked concrete. The exteriors of all our buildings are getting a fresh coat of paint. It is exciting…

Visit from Bishop Ilia Katre of Philomelion

June 18, 2018 St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy is affiliated with Bishop Ilia Katre of Philomelion, Bishop of the Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America. The Albanian Diocese is directly under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. Today, we were…

Virginia City Fieldtrip

June 15, 2018 Our students and staff traveled to Virginia City for the day today. Virginia City is an old mining town in the mountains outside of Reno which has been restored and turned into a local attraction. We did…

We can accept boarding students for the 2018-2019 school year!

Out-of-area students can now receive an education at St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy! We have limited availability to accept out-of-area boarding students for the 2018-2019 school year. Our space for boarding students is limited, so please call Barbara, our Executive Director…

Weekly Liturgies in honor of St. Nicholas

You are cordially invited to join us on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. during the school year, as we celebrate Divine Liturgy in honor of our patron saint, St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra and Lycia. Our students are active…

Housing available on our campus!

We are in the process of remodeling the houses on our campus, and they will be available for lease to Academy staff and other Orthodox people who would enjoy living in our village. Please call Barbara, our Executive Director, at…

We have moved!

We have moved into our new location! Our new campus is just south of Reno, on a beautiful 14 acres that includes seven buildings. During Phase 1 remodeling, we have remodeled enough of the largest building to accommodate our current…


“Throughout most of my time in school, I’ve been bullied to the point where I hated to go to school. All schools say they have a zero tolerance for bullying, but they really don’t. However, at St. Nicholas, I am free from bullying because it really is a bully-free zone here. Also, I had trouble learning in some classes in the past but I didn’t know why. The teachers at St. Nicholas realized that I am an auditory learner and that I have mild dyslexia. They know how to help me make use of my strengths and work around my weaknesses, and I am excelling in school like never before. I love the music program here. I take piano lessons and voice lessons as part of my school schedule, and am learning so much. For the first time in my life, I actually look forward to going to school.”

Student Testimonial #1

“My child has always had trouble fitting into a school environment. For some reason, he is a bully magnet. Also, he excels beyond his grade level in some subjects, but really struggles to keep up in other subjects. I have pulled him out of several private schools, either because he was being bullied or because the school just wasn’t meeting his academic needs. I home-schooled him for a while, which worked academically, but was a really lonely existence for him. He is thriving both academically and socially at St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy. I couldn’t be happier with the education he is receiving. I am thrilled that he has a group of friends who are good kids and who accept him as he is.”

Parent Testimonial #1

“I’ve been Orthodox all my life, but never really understood what that means. Father Paul makes Orthodox teachings come alive. I finally understand what it means to be an Orthodox Christian. Father Paul explains things from Scripture and the Church Fathers in ways that make total sense and actually apply to my life.”

Student Testimonial #2

“My son can focus so much better in a small class size with an individualized plan. St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy is able to provide him with that. The classical curriculum is excellent, and I like knowing that he is in a safe environment with a Christian viewpoint. At St. Nicholas, my son doesn’t feel like he needs to change his personality to fit the mold of mainstream secular society. Students are encouraged to think creatively, pursue their interests and reach to their full potential.”

Parent Testimonial #2

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St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy
16255 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89521

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St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy is operated as an exempt school under the provision of NRS 394.211 and as such is exempt from the provisions of the Private Elementary and Secondary Authorization Act.
Our curriculum, exclusive of religious instruction, provides equivalent instruction of the kind and amount approved by the State Board of Education (NRS 392.070, 394.125, 394.130, NAC 389 Standards).

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