School Details

Arendell Parrott Academy

1901 Dobbs Farm Rd, Kinston, NC 28504
(252) 522-4222

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-12 730 students 12 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

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About this school

Arendell Parrott Academy is a private high school in Kinston. The principal of Arendell Parrott Academy is Mr. Bert S. Bright and can be contacted at 730 students attend Arendell Parrott Academy and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at Arendell Parrott Academy is 12:1. Kinston High is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 90% %
Asian 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% %
Hispanic 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Multiracial 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    My children have been at Parrott for 7 years and they could not be happier!!! The teachers are great and are willing to work with the children and parents. It is nice to know there is an open door policy and I have never felt unwelcomed. I have always been very involved at Parrott and they welcome volunteers. Parrott is like a family atmosphere and everyone is very friendly. They have a great cafeteria which my son loves!!! How many places have homemade biscuits for break and the best hand breaded fried chicken!!! The parents are encouraged to eat with their children also. Mostly when they are in the lower school!! I feel like my children are receiving a great education and will be well prepared for any college they choose. The other day I was working on something for school with my children and I asked them "If you could say one word about Parrott Academy what would it be?" They said "awesome!!!" I think that says it all.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have mixed feelings about this school. The academic are great compared to the other schools in the area. All the teachers are wonderful especially in elementary and middle school. Personally the biggest problem with the school is the students. I agree with the review bellow; most of the students are rude close-minded intellectually apathetic and cliquy. Sure there were a few really nice kids in middle school that made the school worthwhile but once high-school hit most of the nice and smart kids with any sense left in them got as far away from APA as possible. APA suffers from an serious lack of diversity. Many of the kids here were materialistic rich and spoiled. It was very difficult for any of the newcomers to fit in while still maintaining any resemblance of their former selves. Because the class size was so small if you did not fit in right away it was almost impossible to make new friends and you had to run the risk of getting picked on for the rest of your time here. Honestly APA still beats out the other public schools in Kinston but if possible you should definitely still consider other public schools in larger cities like Greenville.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is my first year here and so far it is the 4th week of school and I want to leave. I read all those reviews and thought hey this school is the best school ever. Well I was wrong! No one here is friendly even though they call each other friendly. The students here dont know how to deal with diversity so if there is anyone from a different culture they just simply ignore them. This next sentence makes me mad. This season I play a sport where people talk to me(plus my age mates) BUT when I am at school they imply ignore me. WHAT IS THAT? These peopleare fake and have no manners. I am sorry for my parents because they wasted 9 000 dollars and more on this school plus the 45 minute bus drive. It isn't just the people it is the teaching. I am used to challenging work so I use my brain a lot but since I have been here thinking too much is a disadvantage. That means that the work is not challenging. Just please I beg of you DO NOT COME HERE. I really dont want you to waste your money on your child. Don't listen to everyone that says they love this school because they will go behind your back and gossip about you the students and the parents. Thank you for reading.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children have went to Parrott for five years now and we love it. The academics are first rate and it is a very nurturing environment. We live one town away from Kinston so we were apprehensive about the distance to school but it has really been a non issue.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has attended APA for 13 years - K-12. The pros have far out weighed the cons - some highlights Pros Solid academics. Strong administration no bureaucracy - they expect much from the faculty but give them the time and support needed. Perfectly safe (but don't think all the teens are goodie-two shoes). Teachers are involved with the kids even after school hours. A small tight knit community. Strong push for ethical behavior and community service. Cons Little diversity. Most parents are white conservative doctors & lawyers - the country club set. Most children are given everything - every new techno-toy every extra-curricular opportunity and a car on their 16th birthday. This doesn't make them bad kids but they do have a skewed view of the world. Academically - too much emphasis on rote learning and piles of homework. That may change soon.

  • (5 years ago)

    This was our first year at Parrott; our daughter completed Kindergarten. We loved it! I can't believe how much she learned. However she was not over worked or over pressured. Her class participated in a huge amount of fun activities such as parties and field trips. The faculty and staff at Parrott is so nice and welcoming. The older students relate very well to the younger ones. They are helpful and role models for them. The food in the cafeteria is delicious and wholesome. (We aren't talking square pizzas but roasted pork tenderloin with steamed asparagus & hollindaise sauce for example.) EXCELLENT school overall! Tuition cost not bad compared w/ other private schools and is well worth the expense.

  • (8 years ago)

    gotta love parrott...a very sheltered environment like a very small closely tied community

  • (11 years ago)

    My children went to Arendell Parrott Academy for many wonderful years! It was a safe wholesome environment with strong academic standards. Discipline was an important factor in Parrot's success. In adition there were many terrific extracurricular activities. Committment to public service continues to be a strong component of the education at Parrott.

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