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TABLE OF CONTENTS Why RCA? 2 How to Join the Pack 3 Our Approach to Technology 4 Flex Program 6 Dyslexia Instruction 7 Quest 8 Life After RCA 9 Fine Arts 10 Our Wolves Athletics 12 Clubs & Houses 12 Alumni Spotlight 14 RCA by the Stats 15 Frequently Asked Questions 15 Bell Schedule 15 Program of Studies Pup Pack Preschool 16 Jr. Kindergarten 16 Sr. Kindergarten - 6th Grade 17 Grades 7 - 8 18 Grades 9 - 12 20 4 Year HS Graduation Guideline 28 Tuition & Fees 29 Before & After Care 31 Bus Transportation 31 Financial Aid 32 Tuition Insurance 32 Let’s Connect 33

RCA is accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED/SACS), an accreditation organization with international scope.


At Rossville Christian Academy, we aspire to produce successful, well-rounded leaders, who will serve in a secular world, according to Christian principles. Our goal is to partner with parents in shaping their child’s character, while equipping students for post-secondary success in whatever path they may choose: university, career, or technical. Since 1969, Rossville Christian Academy has been serving families in Fayette County, Shelby County, and North Mississippi, who desire a quality, affordable, Christ-centered education for their children. Certified, experienced, and caring teachers, along with stellar athletic programs, fine arts opportunities, and extra-curricular activities, enable students to grow and excel academically, socially, and spiritually. With just one opportunity for your child to receive an excellent education, choose a school that will foster in your child a commitment to keep God first, treat all with dignity and respect, and work hard in all their endeavors. Choose Rossville Christian Academy. #JoinThePack

We chose RCA because it’s more than just a school; it’s a way of life! RCA has been our calm in the middle of the storm this past year, and we greatly appreciate that. They have worked hard to give all the students a normal school experience, and that peace of mind is worth every penny. We love the “down home” feel and the family environment. We love the smaller classroom sizes and the hands on learning that isn’t possible in all schools. The kids are all welcoming, and it’s a place where “everybody knows your name.” Myles loves his teachers, and we are thankful to all of the staff for making this year our best school year to date! We look forward to learning and growing at RCA for years to come. - The Jones Family


HOW TO

JOIN THE PACK

Applying for Admission

Students applying for admission to RCA must complete/submit the following information. All supplemental documents may be uploaded to your online application or brought in hard copy form to the school office. Upon acceptance, registration must be completed online, which includes signing an enrollment contract and selecting a payment plan through FACTS. Preschool, Junior & Senior Kindergarten Admission Procedures 1. Complete online Enrollment Application (online: rossvillechristian.com/admissions) 2. Complete Developmental Questionnaire (available in the online application) 3. Attend a Preview Day (Jr. & Sr. K only; email tcrouch@rossvillechristian.com to schedule) 4. Complete Interview/Evaluation with Dean of Academics and/or Teacher 5. Submit birth certificate and immunization records, and any professional report with diagnosis, if one has been administered (e.g. psychological, neurological, speech, etc.) Grades 1-12 Admission Procedures 1. A completed Enrollment Application (online: rossvillechristian.com/admissions) 2. Student’s Academic Grade Report • Grades 1-8: most recent report card/progress report • Grades 9-12: transcript and most recent report card/progress report 3. Any professional report with diagnosis, if one has been administered (e.g. medical, psychological, neurological, speech, etc.) 4. Discipline log from previous school (if student has no discipline record, a statement from the school stating such is still required) 5. One (1) Evaluation from Current Teacher (form available in online application) *This evaluation will be emailed or faxed directly from the teacher to RCA. 6. A signed Request for School Records form (Form available in online application. Records will not be requested from the school until the child has been officially enrolled in RCA.) 7. Testing will be administered if deemed necessary. 8. After all documents listed above have been submitted, the Head of School and/or Dean of Students will interview applicant.

God’s timing brought us to RCA when we were in search of a new direction. From day one, we felt so welcome that Jacob never felt like the new kid. The small setting provided him so much encouragement, support, and confidence. And incorporating faith into the daily routine is just icing on the cake! We feel so blessed to be a part of the family & only wish we started sooner! - The Deniston Family

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At RCA, one of our goals is to ensure that students are prepared to succeed in post-secondary education and careers in the 21st century—a landscape that hinges largely on the use of technology. However, we believe that we can and should accomplish this goal without completely saturating students’ school days with screen time. Why? As research continues to be published, psychologists, pediatricians, and tech industry moguls agree that too Our daughter began second grade at Rossville Christian Academy for the 2020 school year. We have been overjoyed with her class instruction and relationships she has built with her teacher and classmates. The faculty and administrators personify excellence, while providing a Christlike atmosphere for Ada to learn and grow. We look forward to another school year at RCA and all the wonderful experiences it will bring! - The Hoeflich Family

much screen time is detrimental to kids in many ways. Areas of particular concern include attention spans; social/ emotional interaction and skills, such as conversation, collaboration, and empathy; mental health (linked to anxiety and depression); physical activity, and sleep patterns. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports screen time can have even more extreme impacts on the pre-school and early childhood age group. For these reasons, at RCA, it is important to us that students are protected from the negative effects of excessive technology use, but also are trained in the appropriate use of current technology so that they can leverage it effectively post-graduation. While many schools promote a “one-to-one” (one device per one student) learning atmosphere, which can be beneficial, we believe that a balanced approach—one we call #SmartIntegration—is more beneficial for the whole child. At RCA, students are not buried in devices hour after hour with all their learning activities filtered through a screen. Instead, we provide opportunities for the


#SmartIntegration of technology in which students have ample opportunities to learn through and with technology. Teachers incorporate it into their instruction, and students use it to demonstrate their learning through projects and presentations. Classrooms are equipped with a variety of technology, and students have access to iPads, media centers, virtual reality devices, robotics, and an online LMS (Learning Management System). We believe this balanced approach—with purposeful rather than saturating use— encourages the development of sought-after soft skills, which employers report are severely lacking in today’s job applicants. These soft skills such as interpersonal communication, problem solving, collaboration, creativity, adaptability, manners, perseverance, and work ethic cannot be simulated through a device and are best learned when students have more face-to-face rather than face-to-screen time. In addition, current cognitive science research demonstrates that pen and paper have benefits over

digital writing mediums such as typing in terms of student performance in processing, retaining, and reproducing information. In short, handwriting activates important parts of the brain that typing does not. So at RCA, you’ll find our students engaging with technology in smart, fun, and creative ways, but you’ll also find them reading physical textbooks, writing with pen and paper, and engaging with each other more as they hone their listening and verbal communication skills, attention spans, and capacity for perseverance. Parents can be assured that when technology is being used at RCA, there is a true learning objective associated with that use. The successful connection between these two realms is vital to students’ success in 21st century life after high school graduation. #SmartIntegration

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Support for Students with Diagnosed Emotional, Medical, and/or Learning Differences

This program is directed by a certified Special Education Teacher, in tandem with our School Counseling Department, and provides assistance to students and parents in a variety of ways to support student success. There is an additional fee for participation in this program; see RCA Tuition and Fee Schedule for more information.

FLEX Program Goals: 1. Provide families with a plan to maximize the success of their child’s academic year at RCA. 2. Collaborate with teachers to create and implement appropriate accommodations and individualized modifications for each child’s needs. 3. Establish attainable goals for each student with frequent checks for progress, so they can monitor their own success and celebrate their achievements. The Flex Program and Bodine Reading program continue to amaze me by the progress I see in my students! I have seen a tremendous improvement in my student’s reading. She continues to progress by reading more assignments independently. She has made huge gains in reading nonfiction passages and finding the answers to comprehension questions. She has already met her AR goal and is currently working on doubling it. I enjoy watching her confidence grow along with her reading ability! - RCA Teacher

There are three facets of our FLEX Program to serve students’ unique needs. 1. Academic Support

2. Social/Emotional Support 3. Autism Spectrum Disorder Support


DYSLEXIA INSTRUCTION

THE ERIKA CENTER AT BODINE SCHOOL We are privileged to have a partnership with the Bodine School’s Erika Center. Bodine School leads the Mid-South in educating children who have dyslexia. It is one of only seventeen schools in the country to be accredited by the Orton-Gillingham Academy. The Orton-Gillingham instructional approach is a multisensory, structured literacy method that helps students with specific reading disabilities dramatically improve their reading, writing, and spelling skills. The Erika Center is Bodine’s outreach arm that seeks to serve families in the mid-south community impacted by dyslexia.

In an effort to better serve learners in the Wolf Pack family, we partner with the Erika Center at Bodine to offer a specialized instructional reading program on our campus for students diagnosed with (or showing signs of) dyslexia. Through this program, students receive five hours of instruction per week, in a small group setting, with an Orton-Gillingham certified reading teacher, provided by Bodine’s Erika Center.

GRADES 1ST - 6TH Explicit structured literacy instruction, using OG methods, will build students’ self-confidence and a foundation for them to achieve academic success.

GRADES 7TH - 8TH Instruction will focus on writing skill development and reading comprehension strategies, that will help students thrive in all content areas, while building a foundation for success in high school.

Typically, similar programs are quite costly and take place after school, when students are fatigued or have after school activities. We are thrilled to be able to offer this program during the school day and at a reasonable cost, including all curriculum materials: $2,000/year. If you are interested in receiving additional information about this program, believe your child may need to be screened for a reading difference, or are ready to sign your child up for the program, please contact rburnett@rossvillechristian.com. We so appreciate the Flex & Bodine programs and brag on them to people who ask how our daughter, Alina, likes RCA. These support/intervention programs and the wonderful caring teachers are game-changers for her. It is so nice, after four years of struggle, to finally watch her work hard and the expectations are obtainable. She is proud of her grades! Her confidence is building. She begs to read to me all the way home each day, and says, “I am a good reader.” She earns chore money and saved up to buy books through Scholastic, instead of blowing it each week at Dollar store. We can’t thank the RCA administration & staff enough for their patience and leadership. - The Trenary Family

Alina Trenary

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The Quest Program is RCA’s enrichment program for intellectually gifted elementary and middle school students. Students may qualify for this program on the basis of standardized test scores, semester grades, work habit and conduct behaviors, and teacher recommendation. Quest gives academically talented students space to thrive with opportunities to engage in higher-order thinking, creative problem-solving, and investigative learning. Students attend this pull-out program for three 45 minute periods a week with a certified teacher in gifted education. This teacher guides students on their quest to challenge themselves, as students seek to broaden and deepen their understanding and application of knowledge in fun, innovative ways. Students participate in activities such as creative, exploratory projects, fascinating field trips, logic puzzles, and more. Contact Rachael Burnett at rburnett@rossvillechristian.com for more information or to request application for the program. Mrs. Eskew is from a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood. She is certified in Gifted Education and Montessori. She received her National Board Certification in 2001 and renewed it in 2012. She has been teaching for 24 years and is excited to start the new Quest program at RCA in the fall! Mrs. Eskew is guided by her favorite quote: “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. “-Ignacio Estrada


College Counseling

Rossville Christian Academy’s education ensures that graduates have the tools they need to be successful in their post-secondary journey. Our School Counselor works closely with students to create an individualized and purposeful plan that is tailored to the student’s career and academic goals. Pictured to the left: Mrs. Hall, School Counselor

Asbury University Auburn University Austin Peay Baptist College of Health and Science Belmont Univesity Mississippi State University Princeton University Georgetown College Kansas State University University of Memphis

Christian Brothers University Arkasas State University University of Mississippi Concorde Career College University of Tennessee Vanderbilt University Moore Tech TCAT Belhaven University Blue Mountain College

Centre College Union University Liberty University Libscomb University University of Mobile Freed-Hardman University Lee University Murray State Louisiana State University University of North Alabama

30%

Class of 2021 Scored 30+ on the ACT

2,169,912

$

in scholarships for the class of 2020


FINE ARTS

At RCA, Fine Arts education is focused on helping students explore, develop, and share their God-given interests and talents. The arts remind us of God’s beauty and creativity, and through them, we get to reflect His goodness to the world. Whether it’s through vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, or theater, we encourage our students to learn, have fun, and glorify God through their creative pursuits! We welcome students with all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced, to participate in Fine Arts.

Introduction to Graphic Design and Screen Printing Class

Pep Band Performing at the RCA Football Homecoming Game


Choir Concert

“The trumpeters and singers joined together to praise and thank the Lord with one voice. They raised their voices, accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and musical instruments, in praise to the Lord: For he is good; his faithful love endures forever...” 2 Chronicles 5:13 Art 1 Class


OUR WOLVES ATHLETICS

Athletics is an important part of our school year, and students have many opportunities to participate in a variety of athletic activities, from elementary grades through their high school years. On the field and on the court, RCA studentathletes learn important lessons: from the importance of teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship, to respecting rules and authority, and using God-given talents to compete.

“[...]Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us[...]” -Hebrews 12:1b

CLUBS & HOUSE SYSTEM “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” -Hebrews 10:24

We believe that in order to attain a first-class education, the whole student needs to be taught. This means that not only do we need to develop their minds in the classroom, but we also need to offer other opportunities for students to engage with faculty, each other, and the larger community. Here are a few of the ways that we nurture the whole child at RCA: Pack Adventures (International Travel Program) Fellowship of Christian Athletes Drama Club Worship Team STEM Club Student Government Association FFA Chapter

At RCA, we value academic excellence and seek to recognize students for their commitment to prioritize their studies, along with integrity, and service. Students who demonstrate these characteristics can be selected to be members of the National Beta Club and/or Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honors).


Our Varsity and Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Teams have placed number 1 in the 1AA District 2 years in a row! Our Varsity Boys Head Coach, Kevin Rhyan, has won Coach of the Year 2 years in a row. In 2021, RCA had 6 All-State Athletes for basketball.

Our High School Sports • Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball • Varsity Baseball • Varsity Football • Varsity Softball • Track & Cross Country • Varsity Trap Team (Shooting Team) • Varsity Cheerleading • Varsity Volleyball Our Middle/Elementary Sports • Elementary Boys and Girls Basketball • Elementary Boys Football • Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball • Elementary Cheerleading • Trap Team (Shooting Team) Ages 10 & up

PACK ADVENTURES

HOUSE SYSTEM

14 Countries

explored by our student pack adventure programs

80 Students

have traveled globally since 2014

100% Focused

on providing a global educational experience Every student at RCA is part of a HOUSE. He/she remains with their House until graduation. Each HOUSE has a designated color, and they get to wear their house t-shirt on Thursdays. Students earn points for their House in each of the 4 pillars (see below), and the house with the most points at the end of the year wins a day off from school! The 4 Pillars of Purpose: 1. P - Increase school PRIDE & camaraderie among students 2. A - Take ACTION in service to our campus & community 3. C - Grow in Christ-like CHARACTER 4. K - Develop KNOWLEDGE through hard work in the classroom


RCA BY THE STATS

12 to 1 Ratio

Our student/teacher ratio of 12 to 1 and average class size of 15 mean more individualized attention for your child. Additionally, small class sizes foster stronger relationships amongst students and a more comfortable learning environment.

Greater Than 40% with Advanced Degrees

The majority of our faculty have advanced their education further than state requirements. This commitment to professional growth directly impacts the quality of instruction your child receives.

15 Years of Experience on Average

Our experienced faculty means that your child receives well-developed lessons steeped in a distinctive, tried and tested curriculum developed by our leadership.

$2,169,912 in Scholarships

Our 2020 graduating class received over $2 Million in academic scholarships. This means that our little wolves are well equipped when it comes time to go off into the wild on their own.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: How many students attend RCA? A: RCA averages 300 students enrolled Pre-K - 12th grade. Q: What is the typical number of students in a class? A: Average of 15 Q: What is the student:teacher ratio? A: 12:1 Q: What is the dress code? A: Uniform dress code guidelines are detailed in the Student Handbook. In general, the uniform is as follows: Bottoms: khaki/navy shorts/pants/skirts/skorts (jeans on Fridays) Tops: solid red/white/navy polo style or collared button down Shoes: closed-toed, closed-heel shoes Q: Outside of athletics, what other extra-curricular activities are offered? A: Clubs (STEM, FFA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Drama, Worship, Quiz Bowl); Choir; Pep Band; Student Government Association; International Travel Program, Honor Societies (Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta); Service Projects

Q: What curriculum do you use? A: Our curriculum is designed to be Biblically-based and college preparatory. Please refer to our Program of Studies on page 14, for course descriptions and graduation requirements. Q: Do you offer ACT prep? A: Yes, we offer a semester ACT Prep course which our high school students are required to take. Also, preparation for the ACT is incorporated into our courses. Q: What is your college acceptance rate? A: 100% of our students who apply to college are accepted. Since 2015, our graduates have been accepted to over 60 colleges and universities. Class of 2020 graduates were awarded over 2 million dollars in scholarships. Q: Do you offer Honors and Dual-Enrollment level classes? A: We offer honors level classes in various subjects including Math, English, and History. We also partner with U.T. Martin, Somerville to offer opportunities for dual-enrollment classes taught here at our campus.

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PROGRAM OF STUDIES

PUP PACK PRESCHOOL: 3 YEAR OLD CLASS RCA’s Pup Pack Preschool class is taught by a loving, experienced, and qualified teacher who specializes in Early Childhood Development. Our curriculum is designed to engage children in multi-sensory learning through Bible stories and great literature, movement, songs, games, art, imaginary play, and problem-solving. Early literacy and math skills are incorporated through an interactive, play-based approach. Also, children will have fun participating in enrichment classes, such as music and P.E., while developing their brains and bodies. Their growing brains and bodies need rest, so nap/rest time is part of each afternoon. RCA’s Pup Pack Preschool provides a safe environment that partners with you, the parent, to nurture your child in these formative early years. Pup Pack has a teacher/student ratio of 1:10, and parents may choose 3 days/week (Tues, Wed, Thurs) or 5 days/week option. Enrollment in our preschool automatically reserves your child a spot in our Junior Kindergarten program (pending readiness for promotion; parent/teacher conference will be held in early spring to determine readiness). Children must be 3 years old by June 1 and completely toilet-trained to apply for admission to Pup Pack Preschool. RCA’s Pup Pack program is licensed through the Tennessee Department of Education.

JR. KINDERGARTEN

The Junior Kindergarten program at RCA is designed to promote readiness skills for Senior Kindergarten that include listening, following instructions, literacy, phonemic awareness, handwriting, math, and science. Our Jr. K aims to foster independence and self-confidence in each child through physical, social, spiritual, cognitive, and emotional development in a Christian environment where Christian principals and Biblical truths are taught. We offer two schedule options for Jr. K students. Parents may choose the full-time (5 days/week) option which is Monday through Friday, or the part-time (3 days/week) option which is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Both schedule options follow the regular RCA school hours which are 8:00 am – 3:00 p.m. Students must be 4 years old by June 1 and completely toilet trained to apply for admission to RCA’s Jr. K program. A preview day and teacher evaluation are also required to determine readiness for the program. Our curriculum is based on the Weekday Early Education (WEE) curriculum, and various other curriculum elements such as Alpha Tales, Weekly Reader, Saxon Math, and STEM activities are incorporated in the development of the weekly thematic units of study. We strive to integrate Bible teachings in every area, and we use “One in Christ” Bible stories and Bible verse memorization for weekly lessons. Instruction includes both large and small group and learning center activities. Large group is a vital part of instruction and involves themerelated discussions, calendar counting skills, weather, story time, show and tell, Bible lessons, songs, and verse memorization. Learning center activities include art, computer, handwriting, math and science, dramatic play, STEM, fine motor skills, and literacy. Jr. K students attend weekly Chapel and special Enrichment classes including Art, Music, Spanish, P.E., and STEM. The Jr. K class participates in three music programs during the year: Grandparents Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. RCA’s Jr. K program is licensed through the Tennessee Department of Education. Students are assessed twice during the year (fall and spring) based on Tennessee Early Childhood Education Standards and developmentally appropriate benchmarks.


PROGRAM OF STUDIES SR. KINDERGARTEN - 6TH GRADE

In the elementary years at RCA, young minds and hearts are nurtured as students are challenged in core subjects, gaining the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to set them on a course for academic, college, and career success. All curriculum is conveyed from a Biblical worldview, with standards adapted from ACT Aspire and the State of Tennessee. Teachers use hands-on learning methods with whole group, small group, and individual instruction to meet students’ needs, while providing opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. • Bible: Study of Old & New Testaments, Biblical Character Education, Scripture Memory • English/Language Arts: Phonics, Spelling, Reading Literature & Informational Texts, Vocabulary, Grammar, Writing • Math: Conceptual and Procedural Knowledge and Skills with Real-World Application • Science: Exploring the Richness and Variety of God’s Creation and the Fundamental Principles of its Operation • Social Studies: Discovering the People, Places, and Events of our Community, Nation, and World, both Past and Present • Enrichment Classes (weekly): 1. STEM 2. Art 3. Music 4. Spanish 5. P.E. 6. Library

Enrichment Class: Art

• Accelerated Reader: Motivates students to read for pleasure, set goals, and practice comprehension skills. • Star Testing in Reading and Math: Benchmark and progress-monitoring throughout the year to identify goals, inform instruction, and track growth. • Social Emotional Learning: Through our School Counseling department, students receive research-based, Biblical coaching in developing the skills needed for effective coping strategies, healthy self-identity, and positive peer relationships.

Enrichment Class: Music

Enrichment Class: STEM


PROGRAM OF STUDIES MIDDLE SCHOOL: GRADES 7 - 8

At RCA, we are committed to maintaining academic excellence through rigorous curriculum and quality instruction, as well as supporting students to reach their full potential. As students progress to middle school in 7th grade, they gain more independence and develop the habits and skills needed to successfully navigate their learning journey. They build on the foundation of their elementary years and begin coursework that prepares them for more challenging high school level courses. Grading Scale

Conduct Grade

Score Letter Grade Point Average 93-100 A 4.0 85-92 B 3.0 75-84 C 2.0 70-74 D 1.0 69 and below F 0.0

Prepared for class, participates voluntarily, self-controlled E (Excellent) S (Satisfactory) Requires very little correction, prepared most of the time N (Needs Improvement) Requires correction and attention to task U (Unsatisfactory) Uncooperative, disturbs classroom progress

The following grading system is used for student’s grades:

Teachers evaluate the conduct of students each 9 weeks. These grades are indicated on the report card by use of the following letters:

Exam Exemption Policy Any student who has a final numerical average of 93 or above at the end of the second semester, a conduct grade of “E” or “S” average and no more than ten absences from the class, may be exempt from the final exam. School related absences only will not count toward the ten. The student has the right to take the exam if he/she so desires. There will be no exemptions at the end of the first semester or for a one semester course.

Bible Department 07 Bible This course is designed for middle school students as they wrestle with making wise choices. The students will also discuss issues like temptation, consequences, conflict, decision making, relationships and other topics. Students will learn from biblical characters on how to make wise choices and handle these life issues. 08 Bible This course is an overview of both the Old Testament and New Testament. An overview of each book, author and purpose will be discussed. Special emphasis is placed on major events, characters, key biblical words and themes. Special emphasis is also placed on the Life of Christ, His Sermon on the Mount, parables, miracles and His death and resurrection.

English/Language Arts Department 07 English This course is designed improve students’ reading comprehension, critical thinking, and vocabulary skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of literature including novels, short stories, drama, and poetry. Assignments will focus on developing and enhancing students’ ability to analyze spoken and written language. Also, there is a focus on strengthening students’ written communication skills by teaching grammar in the context of writing and instructing students in various writing styles and techniques. 08 English The goals of the 8th grade English/Language Arts class are to develop the student’s ability to think critically, persuasively, and creatively; to read actively and analytically; and to communicate clearly and confidently in both speech and writing using proper grammar and vocabulary. Being able to research and write effectively is a vital skill across all academic disciplines and in all fields of college study and the professional world, so this course is designed to set a solid writing foundation upon which to build as students progress through high school, writing with more depth and breadth. Various literary genres are explored in order to broaden a student’s perspective on writing style, author’s purpose, audience focus, etc.


Mathematics Department Pre-Algebra (7th grade) Pre-algebra is a precursor to Algebra I and teaches students problem-solving techniques to prepare them for future math classes. Pre-algebra guides the student through integers, one, two, and multi-step equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, percent, probabilities, powers, and non-linear functions. Students are also introduced to geometry. Algebra I (8th grade) *This course is a prerequisite for all high school math courses. This course will serve as the foundation for Algebra II and Geometry. Emphasis will be on exponents, inverse operations, formulas and algebraic expressions. Included in the course content will be graphing, the quadratic formula and factoring. *Students enrolled in Algebra I in the eighth grade will receive high school credit if they earn a minimum average of 75(C) for the school year, but the grade will not be calculated in the student’s high school GPA. Students earning a 74(D) or lower in Algebra I in eighth grade will be required to repeat Algebra I in the ninth grade. Students earning an Algebra I credit in the eighth grade will still be required to complete and pass one math class each year of his/her four years of high school.

Science Department 07 Science 7th grade Science is a combination of Life, Earth, and Space sciences. In all aspects, we encourage students to appreciate the role of God as Creator and Sustainer of this world. Life science includes study of life’s structure and functions, as we investigate cells and cell processes. We then look at plants, discussing bacteria, protists and fungi, plant reproduction and processes. After plants, students examine a variety of classes of animals. Finally, we study human body systems and ecology. In the earth and space portion of this course, students will study topics such as the earth’s structure, atmosphere, weather, climate, water, and solar system. Physical Science (8th grade) *This course is a prerequisite for all high school science courses. Physical science investigates the many aspects of matter and energy. It includes investigations of physics, chemistry, and astronomy concepts along with a limited study of earth science. Laboratory experiments will be provided along with classroom activities to strengthen the student’s grasp of the concepts in physical science. Students work to improve their organization & presentation of scientific data and their analytical & problem-solving skills. *Students enrolled in Physical Science in the eighth grade will receive high school credit if they earn a minimum average of 75(C) for the school year, but the grade will not be calculated in the student’s high school GPA. Students earning a 74(D) or lower in Physical Science in eighth grade will be required to repeat Physical Science in the ninth grade.

Physical Education 07/08 PE Physical Education in 7th and 8th is an organized program of exercise, instruction, and participation as our Middle School students develop physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally in a co-ed environment. The program is designed to build skills that will develop a balanced healthy lifestyle and glorify God in every way. The students will develop an understanding of personal fitness, along with learning the rules and skills of many team sports.

Fine Arts Students in 7th and 8th grade have the opportunity to participate, with high school students, in Choir or Pep Band. More information on these courses is available in the high school portion of this program of studies.


PROGRAM OF STUDIES HIGH SCHOOL: GRADES 9 - 12

Academic Requirements

At RCA, we are committed to maintaining academic excellence through rigorous curriculum and quality instruction, as well as supporting students to reach their full potential. High school at RCA provides a unique variety of course offerings that give students the opportunity to explore different interests and career pathways, as well as prepare for college through honors and dual-enrollment classes.

Graduation Requirements: A minimum of (23) credits is required for those graduating in 2021-2023. Beginning with the Class of 2024, students are required to have (24) credits for graduation. (4) credits of English – one English class per year of high school required (4) credits of Math – must include Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry; one math class per year of high school required (3) credits of Science – (2) units must be lab-based courses, one of which must be Chemistry or Physics (3) credits of Social Studies – must include American History and Government/Economics (2) credits of World Language (2) credits of Bible (1) credit of Fine Arts (4) credits of Electives (must include ACT Prep and Personal Finance) *(5) Elective credits required beginning with Class of 2024 *High School courses, such as Algebra I and Physical Science, taken in 8th grade and passed with a minimum grade of 75 are listed on the student’s transcript and are counted towards the required credits for graduation. However, grades for these courses are not calculated in the student’s high school GPA. **Additional details regarding academic requirements and procedures are outlined in the RCA Student Handbook.

Honors Diploma Endorsement Requirements: • 23 Credits / 24 Credits (beginning with Class of 2024) • 2 credits dual-enrollment or AP (minimum grade C) o 1 dual-enrollment course (1 semester / 3 hours college credit) is equal to .5 high school credit. o E.g.: English Comp I and English Comp II satisfy one high school English credit • 4 honors courses (minimum grade C) o Honors courses taken at a high school other than RCA are eligible to count towards the Honors Diploma Endorsement only at the discretion of the Dean of Academics and School Counselor. • 3.5 or higher weighted GPA (9th-12th 7 semester)

Grading Scale

Conduct Grade

Score Letter Grade Point Average 93-100 A 4.0 85-92 B 3.0 75-84 C 2.0 70-74 D 1.0 69 and below F 0.0

Prepared for class, participates voluntarily, self-controlled E (Excellent) S (Satisfactory) Requires very little correction, prepared most of the time N (Needs Improvement) Requires correction and attention to task U (Unsatisfactory) Uncooperative, disturbs classroom progress

The following grading system is used for student’s grades:

Teachers evaluate the conduct of students each 9 weeks. These grades are indicated on the report card by use of the following letters:

*Honors courses will be weighted at a rate of 1.05. A student must have a base average of 85 during a nine-week period in order to receive the weighted grade. Advanced Placement courses will be weighted at a rate of 1.10. A student must have a base average of 80 during a nine-week period in order to receive the weighted grade.


PROGRAM OF STUDIES HIGH SCHOOL: GRADES 9 - 12 (CONT.) Course Credits Students earn one-half (.5) credit for each semester course passed with a 70 or above. Students earn one credit for each year course passed with a 70 or above. Students must be enrolled in at least four high school classes to remain full-time. Students playing sports must be enrolled in and passing at least five classes per semester.

Exam Exemption Policy Any student who has a final numerical average of 93 or above at the end of the second semester, a conduct grade of “E” or “S” average, and no more than ten absences from the class, may be exempt from the final exam. School related absences only will not count toward the ten. The student has the right to take the exam if he/she so desires. There will be no exemptions at the end of the first semester or for a one-semester course.

Honors & Advanced Placement Level Courses Consideration for acceptance into Honors and AP courses is determined by the following: 1. Standardized test scores including, but not limited to ACT 2. Grades attained in previous relevant classes 3. Recommendations from prerequisite course instructors 4. Conduct 5. Approval by the Dean of Academics

Dual Enrollment Eligibility Requirements: Students must be a junior or senior and have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA, unless approved by the School Counselor & Dean of Academics. Students must exhibit strong initiative, work ethic, and dedication. These are college level courses with college level expectations. Dual Enrollment courses provide students the opportunity to accumulate college credit while also earning the high school credit necessary for graduation. Upon passing an approved dual enrollment course, the student will receive credit at RCA. Dual-enrollment courses are part of the requirements for earning an honors diploma. RCA partners with the University of Tennessee at Martin to offer dual-enrollment courses on our campus. If a student wishes to take a dual enrollment course through a different college/university, it is the responsibility of the parent to contact the RCA School Counselor to determine if the course is accepted for credit at RCA, and the parent is responsible for communicating with the college/university regarding the application/enrollment process. Important Notes Regarding Dual-Enrollment Courses: • Additional tuition and university fees may be incurred with these courses. If students are residents of TN, they can apply for the TSAC grant, which covers the cost of dual-enrollment courses. Students are responsible for the cost of textbooks and other course materials. • For classes taught by college/university professors who are not employees of RCA, RCA does not have control over the course material or way the class is conducted, including syllabus, grading, reading materials, required assignments, etc. • Students are required to follow the college/university’s academic calendar; this may mean that students are responsible for course work during RCA’s scheduled breaks/holidays.

Bible Department Two credits of Bible are required for graduation. • The goal of Bible teaching at RCA is first and foremost to ensure that students are presented with the truth and beauty of the Gospel (John 3:16-17) so that they have the opportunity to respond to God’s call of salvation. Secondly, RCA’s Bible courses are informed by 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and are aimed at fostering Biblical literacy and training in righteousness so that students may be equipped to live a life of love and holiness, through the power of the Holy Spirit, pointing others to God’s salvation and plan for life. • All courses shall be taught in alignment with RCA’s Statement of Faith (also available in RCA Student Handbook) • RCA does not align itself with a specific church denomination, therefore •“In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity” • If the curriculum leans heavily one way on a “non-essential,” the teacher shall adjust to follow the above statement.


SUGGESTED BIBLE COURSE SEQUENCE: • 9th grade: Bible I (1st or 2nd Semester) • 10th or 11th grade: Bible II (1st or 2nd Semester) • 12th grade: “Senior Bible” is required for all seniors for graduation. Bible I – .5 Credit This course builds on our middle school Bible curriculum and reveals the Bible as the true story of what God is doing to glorify Himself by redeeming His fallen creation. Students will explore the birth of the Church (Acts), the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles, and the growth of the Church (the Early Epistles). The book of Acts covers Christ’s role in the redemptive storyline of the development of His church. The Epistles show students the truths that ground believers and allow them to live out the Great Commission until Christ returns—these truths are the doctrinal propositions and applicational imperatives of Christianity. Bible II – .5 Credit This course continues the foundation laid in Bible I with students exploring the Unity of the Church (Paul’s Major Epistles), the Equipping of the Church (Prison & Pastoral Epistles), the Church as Enduring Sojourners (the General Epistles), and the Church Triumphant (John’s Writings). Students will see the climactic fulfillment of Christ’s triumph over all things in Revelation. Senior Bible – 1 Credit This course is designed to equip students for the world they will encounter post-graduation. Through this class, seniors will learn what it means to live with a “Christian Worldview,” as well as study how the Gospel should shape our perspectives on contemporary issues. In the first semester, the course outlines the differences between Christianity and other prominent worldviews including Islam, Postmodernism, Secularism, and New Age Spirituality. Students will learn how worldview beliefs influence our thinking and decision-making. In the second semester, students will study current life issues such as poverty, morality, suffering, and relativism through the lens of the Gospel.

English/Language Arts Department Four credits of English are required for graduation. All high school English classes must be taken in sequential order; no student is allowed to take two English classes in the same year. Standard English 9 – 1 Credit This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to think critically, read actively and analytically, and to communicate effectively in both speech and writing, by utilizing proper grammar and vocabulary. Units taught include grammar, vocabulary, short stories, drama, research, novels, poetry, and classical literary works. Honors English 9 – 1 Credit Requirements for acceptance must be met. This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to think critically, read actively and analytically, and to communicate effectively in both speech and writing, by utilizing proper grammar and vocabulary. Units taught include grammar, vocabulary, short stories, drama, research, novels, poetry, and classical literary works. Emphasis is placed on writing skills in preparation for higher learning. Standard English 10 – 1 Credit This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to think critically, read actively and analytically, and to communicate effectively in both speech and writing, by utilizing proper grammar and vocabulary. Units taught include: grammar, vocabulary, short stories, drama, research, novels, poetry, and classical literary works. Honors English 10 – 1 Credit Requirements for acceptance must be met. This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to think critically, read actively and analytically, and to communicate effectively in both speech and writing, by utilizing proper grammar and vocabulary. Units taught include: grammar, vocabulary, short stories, drama, research, novels, poetry, and classical literary works. Emphasis is placed on writing skills in preparation for higher learning. Standard English 11 – 1 Credit This course is a college-prep class designed for the student who is committed to being prepared for college and a professional career as well as understanding the importance of Christian life and values in the history of literature in America. Interpreting literature of the Americas, building vocabulary, improving writing skills, and improving test taking skills are major components of the course. Critical thinking skills are developed through reading and analysis of American literature, research projects, and presentations using communication technology and media forms. English 11 – 1 Credit Requirements for acceptance must be met. This course is an accelerated college-prep class designed for the student who has a serious interest in being prepared for college and a professional career as well as understanding the importance of Christian life and values in the history of literature in America. Interpreting literature of the Americas, building vocabulary, improving writing skills, and improving test-taking skills are major components of the course. Communication and critical thinking skills are developed through reading and analysis of American literature, research projects, and organizing and sharing ideas in presentations using communication technology and media forms.


PROGRAM OF STUDIES HIGH SCHOOL: GRADES 9 - 12 (CONT.) Standard English 12 – 1 Credit This course is a college-prep class designed for the student who is committed to succeed in college and/or a career of his/her own choosing. Students will study, interpret, and discuss British/World literature to develop critical thinking, communication skills, vocabulary, research, and test-taking skills. Writing skills are also a focus of this course. Various multi-media projects will be the products of these endeavors and will develop pride in accomplishment. Dual Enrollment English Composition I – .5 Credit Requirements for acceptance must be met. This one semester college course is offered for honors level seniors on campus at RCA through the University of Tennessee Martin. This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of written discourse. Students will study rhetoric, grammar, and style as a means to effective prose. Students complete readings and concomitant writing assignments to develop their skills. Successful completion of this course earns .5 high school credit and three hours of college credit. Dual Enrollment English Composition II – .5 Credit Prerequisite: English Composition I. Requirements for acceptance must be met. This one semester college course is offered for honors level seniors on campus at RCA through the University of Tennessee Martin. This course provides students with further study of written English and practice in composition, readings and research writing with documentation, and further opportunities to develop skills in a variety of discourses such as narration, causal analysis, comparison, and argumentation. Successful completion of this course earns .5 high school credit and three hours of college credit.

Mathematics Department Four math credits are required for graduation. Must include Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. Also, one math class must be taken each year of high school. SUGGESTED MATHEMATICS SEQUENCE: • 9th grade: Algebra I or Algebra II • 10th grade: Algebra II or Geometry • 11th grade: Geometry or Pre-Calculus • 12th grade: Senior Math, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus Algebra I – 1 Credit This course will serve as the foundation for Algebra II and Geometry. Emphasis will be on exponents, inverse operations, formulas, and algebraic expressions. Included in the course content is graphing, the quadratic formula, and factoring. Algebra II – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Algebra I In addition to reviewing concepts learned in Algebra I, students will be taught how to solve absolute value equations, inequalities, and system of equations. The curriculum will include graphing linear equations, inequalities, and conic sections, as well as introduce matrices and logarithms. Geometry – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Algebra I The curriculum is designed to master the use of formulas to determine area, volume, and surface area. Skills learned in Algebra will be used to evaluate and understand geometrical theorems and postulates. Students will learn to construct geometrical figures and analyze how geometry shapes our world. An introduction to trigonometry and pre-calculus is also included. Senior Math – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Algebra I, II, & Geometry This course is intended to build upon concepts taught in previous courses to allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of the real and complex number systems as well as the structure, use, and application of equations, expressions, and functions. Functions emphasized include linear, quadratic and polynomial. Students continue mastery of geometric concepts such as similarity, congruence, right triangles, and circles. Students use categorical and quantitative data to model real life situations and rules of probability to compute probabilities of compound events. Honors Pre-Calculus – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Algebra I, II, & Geometry Requirements for acceptance must be met. The curriculum is designed to focus on relations, functions, and graphs. This includes polynomial and rational functions. There is also a study of trigonometry as it relates to graphing, identities, equations, vectors, and parametric equations. The curriculum will also work with advanced functions and graphing including exponential and logarithmic functions, ultimately preparing students for both AP Calculus and college-level math courses.


Honors Calculus – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Algebra I, II, Geometry, & Pre-Calculus. Requirements for acceptance must be met. This course is primarily concerned with developing the students understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The courses emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The connections among these representations also are important. The course includes the study and application of differentiation and integration, and graphical analysis including limits, asymptotes, and continuity.

Science Department Three Science credits in grades 9-12 are required for graduation. Two units must be lab-based courses, one of which must be Chemistry or Physics. SUGGESTED SCIENCE SEQUENCE: • 9th grade: Physical Science or Biology • 10th grade: Biology or Chemistry • 11th grade: Chemistry, STEM, Anatomy, or Physics • 12th grade: Chemistry, STEM, Anatomy, or Physics Physical Science – 1 Credit Physical science investigates the many aspects of matter and energy. It includes investigations of physics, chemistry and astronomy concepts along with a limited study of earth science. Laboratory experiments will be provided along with classroom activities to strengthen the student’s grasp of the concepts in physical science. Students work to improve their organization & presentation of scientific data and their analytical & problem-solving skills. This course is a prerequisite for all science courses. Biology – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Physical Science This course provides students with a general understanding of the modern biological sciences. In the course of the year, students will become familiarized with the basic life processes at the molecular, cellular, systematic, organismal and ecological levels of organization within the biosphere. Students will be provided with an overview of an organism’s interdependence and interactions with the environment and one another. The class will also expose students to current and emerging technological advances and their benefits to biology. Chemistry – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Physical Science and Biology. Students must have completed Algebra 1. This course will include the composition, structure, and properties of matter and the changes it undergoes. The curriculum will primarily contain information concerning general inorganic chemistry and will be supplemented with multiple laboratory and investigative experiences. STEM – 1 Credit In this design-thinking, hands-on, learner-driven course, students will be designers who are given real world scenarios that challenge and enhance their critical thinking and team-work skills. They will learn how to research, design, create, and present their solutions as a team. The class will cross multiple facets of the 21st century job force as students have opportunities to talk with professionals in various STEM-related fields. The goal for this class is to allow students to learn in a non-traditional format that will challenge them and ignite a passion in them for more knowledge, application, and creation in our increasingly STEMbased world. Anatomy and Physiology – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Physical Science and Biology. *This course is available as an honors level course. Requirements for acceptance must be met. This course is designed to provide students with an in depth study of the body’s structures and relative functions. Students will acquire knowledge of the inner-workings of the body at the molecular, biochemical, cellular, tissue, organ, systematic, and organism levels. Through the aid of laboratory investigations, models, diagrams, and comprehensive studies, students will explore the various systems of the body and their interdependence with one another. Physics – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Physical Science and Biology. Students must have completed Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry. Physics is an algebra-based course covering topics that include linear and projectile motion, Newtonian mechanics, work and energy, momentum, waves, optics, sound, electricity, and magnetism. An emphasis on lab experiences and demonstrations is integral to this course to engage students in seeing the theories in action.


PROGRAM OF STUDIES HIGH SCHOOL: GRADES 9 - 12 (CONT.) Social Sciences Department Three social studies credits are required for graduation. These must include: American History or AP American History and Government/Economics or AP Government. SUGGESTED SOCIAL SCIENCE SEQUENCE: • 9th grade: World History • 10th grade: European History or Psychology • 11th grade: American History or Dual-Enrollment U.S. History • 12th grade: Government/Economics World History – 1 Credit This course is strongly recommended for freshman. *This course is available as an honors level course. Requirements for acceptance must be met. The curriculum design is formatted to enable the student to become aware of, and appreciate events that have occurred around the world. Students will be taught to appreciate their own cultures while respecting cultures of others. The actions of leaders in the world will be evaluated and studied in such a way that will bring awareness to the student, not only of history, but also allow the learner to relate current events to those of the past. European History – 1 Credit *This course is available as an honors level course. Requirements for acceptance must be met. The purpose of this course is to enhance students’ understanding of Europe. This course serves as both an orientation to European countries and a primer on Europe’s geography. It is about 25% Geography, 25% Travel Information, and 50% regular History. Another purpose of the course is to augment RCA’s travel program. Utilizing films, documentaries, and internet/computer lab resources, students prepare projects and presentations that improve their specific knowledge of European history. Philip Parker’s World History is one of the primary texts used. American History – 1 Credit This course is a requirement for juniors. The course is designed for the student to become aware of, and appreciate, the American way of life. The student will be instructed on how ethical and moral values influence characters and human relationships by examination of outstanding people in US history. The course will develop a knowledge of America’s past in order to better understand the contemporary social, political, and economic problems, and how to prepare for circumstances of the future. Dual-Enrollment History of the U.S. I & II – .5 Credits each Requirements for acceptance must be met. This college course is offered for honors level juniors on campus at RCA through the University of Tennessee Martin. This course explores events of U.S. history through the use and analysis of documents, images, cartoons, quantitative data, and other primary sources. The objectives of this course include developing an understanding of major themes in U.S. history, including American identity, economic and social life, political change and continuity, and the U.S. role in the world. Government and Economics – 1 Credit This course is a requirement for seniors. *This course is available as an honors level course. Requirements for acceptance must be met. The course is designed to develop a sense of awareness on how our government operates. Emphasis is on political parties, our leaders, and the process that keeps democracy alive. The workings of our government at all levels will be discussed. There will be an emphasis on our economic system, capitalism, and how it compares with other economic system of the world. The ultimate goal of this course is to develop an informed and active citizen. Psychology – 1 Credit Psychology encompasses broad areas of research about human behavior. The goal of this class is to create active intellectual and emotional involvement by the student, not only in learning about psychology, but in life as well. This course provides information that should be available to all high school students who want to understand themselves and their world better. There is also expanded coverage of the nervous systems, brain scans, limbic system, and the prefrontal area of the brain. We also added material on emotional intelligence and multiple intelligences.


World Language Department Two consecutive years in the same language in grades 9-12 are required for graduation. Spanish I – 1 Credit The student will be introduced to the importance of learning a foreign language. The course is designed to teach beginning grammar and basic vocabulary, with an emphasis on meaningful communication. There is also a cultural component which introduces the student to geography and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish II – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Spanish I The student will continue to develop their ability to translate, comprehend, and understand more fully the grammatical components of the Spanish language. Through the use of these skills, the student will be introduced to more cultural aspects of the Hispanic world. For the most advanced students the text is written entirely in Spanish with emphasis on attempting to broaden the student’s knowledge of the twenty one countries that comprise the Spanish speaking world. Honors Spanish III – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Spanish I & II. Requirements for acceptance must be met. This course surpasses the basic levels of translating, comprehending, writing, and listening in Spanish. The text is written almost entirely in Spanish except for grammar explanations. There is an emphasis on attempting to broaden the student’s knowledge of the twenty-one countries that comprise the Spanish speaking world. Honors Spanish IV – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Spanish I, II, & III. Requirements for acceptance must be met. Honors Spanish IV is designed to review critical Spanish language structures and vocabulary to support the student to pursue proficiency in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural components are provided to show comparisons of culture from country to country.

Fine Arts Department One credit in fine arts is required for graduation. Art I – 1 Credit The Art I curriculum is designed to introduce students to various forms of art, as well as different techniques. Examples of course content include Egyptian, Roman, and Renaissance art. Impressionism, surrealism, and abstract art will also be introduced. Students will be exposed to art history and will practice various techniques, in a relaxed setting, to create unique projects, Art II – 1 Credit In Art II students will continue to explore various media and artistic styles from both historic and modern times that were introduced in Art I, and will also expand their depth and breadth of art knowledge. Further studies and practices with the principles of design will be a major focus of the class, while students in this advanced setting will have more opportunities for greater incorporation of self-expression and development of individual style. Choir – 1 Credit Students will learn to use their vocal instrument to create a correct and pleasing singing sound. In addition to learning proper vocal production and technique, students will also learn music reading skills, sight-singing skills, and performance skills. Choir also offers opportunities for students to develop team building and leadership skills. This is a performance-based class. Participation in concert performances outside of regular class hours is required. Pep Band – 1 Credit The purpose of this class will be to introduce and re-enforce the fundamentals of how to play band instruments. In addition, students will learn how to read, interpret, and perform musical notation. Students will also learn about critical listening and self-evaluation through their own performance and that of the band as a whole. The goal of the pep band is to enhance the experience of sporting events by playing pep tunes during those events. Additionally, students will have other opportunities to perform at concerts and other extra-curricular activities. Multi-media/Yearbook – 1 Credit –see Electives


PROGRAM OF STUDIES HIGH SCHOOL: GRADES 9 - 12 (CONT.) Electives ACT Prep – .5 Credit ACT Prep is an intensive one semester course focused on covering the specific skills needed for success on each of the sub-tests of the ACT: English, Reading, Math, and Science. Students will have direct instruction on content and skills, as well as effective test-taking strategies. Efforts will be made to tailor instruction and practice to address the most crucial areas of improvement for individuals and groups of students. All students taking ACT prep are required to take the ACT at least one time while enrolled in the course in order to receive the credit for the class. Multi-media/Yearbook – 1 Credit The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the steps for creating a school yearbook. Students will be hands-on participants in the photography, layout design, editing, and fundraising processes necessary to publish a quality yearbook. *This course can be counted as a Fine Arts credit. Introduction to Graphic Design & Screen Printing – 1 Credit Intro to Graphic Design and Screen Printing is a course that explores graphic communication through the understanding of the elements and principles of design; as well as, the design process, from idea development through the final execution. In this course, students will also learn the fundamentals of screen printing. Students will learn how to design for a screen-printed image, how to improve technically, and most importantly, how to articulate their ideas to others. Our projects will start with the basics and move towards more complex approaches to making screen printed images. Throughout the year, we will work towards screen printing RCA’s Spirit Wear for the school and community. Screenprinting II – 1 Credit Prerequisite: Screenprinting I and Art I (Juniors and Seniors Only) Personal Finance – .5 Credit Personal Finance is taught by engaging students in real-life scenarios. The curriculum reinforces 21st century learning skills through activities requiring students to analyze, integrate, and apply new information to real-life problems. Material is presented in an interactive format, offering students a hands-on approach to situations they will encounter as they navigate college and adulthood. Our goal is to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to make sound, Biblically-based financial decisions in life. Service Learning through Student Government Association – 1 Credit *Elected SGA Officers and Representatives are eligible for this course. The purpose of the Service Learning through Student Government course is to plan, organize, prepare, execute, and evaluate school activities for RCA students. In so doing, students will aim to practice and improve their skills in teamwork, leadership, organization, and project planning/execution. SGA members in this course must participate in school and community service activities, which promote our school, and work together to enhance our school community and culture. Health & Wellness – 1 Credit Emphasis in this course will be on studying the whole person. This class will help students understand what it means to live well and how humans are to best live in the community. By equipping students with knowledge of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual development, wellness will help promote wise lifestyle decisions within the context of the Biblical truth found in 1 Corinthians 6:19: our bodies are indeed temples for the Holy Spirit, and we can honor God not only with how we develop our academic minds, but also by how we choose to live. Work-Based Learning – 1 Credit Work-Based Learning creates opportunities for students (ages 16 years and older) to explore career paths, learn skills to meet the demands of the current and future work force, and earn academic credit. Students are partnered with a local business, in a mutually beneficial arrangement, to intern as a non-paid employee. Students will be trained and held accountable for their performance in areas such as professionalism, attendance, punctuality, and responsiveness to coaching. Screenprinting II​ Strength and Conditioning – 1 Credit The course will have components of weight training, agility/conditioning and team sports. Non-athletes are welcome to take this course.​ “Boss Club” Entreprenuership – 1 Credit Project-based course in which students will be guided through the process of launching their own real business. Students will learn and practice the fundamental principles of work ethic, financial stewardship, people skills, and business basics. Students will develop their business idea, learn how to launch and market their product/service, grow their business, calculate financials, and give back the community.


4 YEAR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION GUIDELINE Requirements 4 English

(Must be sequential & an English class all 4 years of HS)

4 Math

(Must include Algebra I, Algebra II & Geometry, a Math class all 4 years of HS

3 Science

11th Grade

12th Grade

9th Grade

10th Grade

9 English 1C 9 Hon.English 1C

10 English 1C 10 Hon.English 1C

11 English 1C 11 Hon.English 1C

12 English 1C DE English Comp I & II 1C

Algebra I 1C Geometry 1C

AlgebraI II 1C Geometry 1C

AlgebraI II 1C Pre-Calculus 1C

Pre-Calculus 1C Calculus 1C SR. Math 1C

Biology 1C Chemistry 1C

Chemistry 1C Anatomy & Physiology 1C

Physics 1C Anatomy & Physiology 1C

(2 units must be lab-based courses, one of which must be Chemistry or Physics.)

Physical Science 1C Biology 1C

3 Social Studies

World History 1C

World History 1C Psychology 1C

American History 1C DE American History I 1C DE American History II 1C Psychology 1C

Economics .5C Government .5C Psychology 1C

2 Foreign Language

Spanish I 1C

Spanish I 1C Spanish II 1C

Spanish I 1C Spanish II 1C

Spanish I 1C Spanish II 1C

1 Fine Art

ART I 1C Choir 1C Yearbook 1C PepBand 1C

ART I 1C Choir 1C Yearbook 1C PepBand 1C

ART I 1C ART II 1C Choir 1C Yearbook 1C PepBand 1C

ART I 1C ART II 1C Choir 1C Yearbook 1C PepBand 1C

2 Bible

Apologetics .5C Biblical Foundations .5C

Apologetics .5C Biblical Foundations .5C

Apologetics .5C Biblical Foundations .5C

Senior Bible 1C

Wellness 1C STEM 1C Psychology 1C ACT Prep .5C HS Varsity Sports .5C

STEM 1C Psychology 1C Screen Print 1C ACT Prep .5C HS Varsity Sports .5C Personal Finance .5C

STEM 1C Psychology 1C Screen Print 1C ACT Prep .5C HS Varsity Sports .5C Personal Finance .5C

4 Elective

23 Total Credits Required for Graduation

Wellness 1C HS Varsity Sports

9th Grade Credits Earned:

.5C

10th Grade Credits Earned:

11th Grade Credits Earned:

12th Grade Credits Earned:

• Number beside course indicates credit value (1C = 1credit, full year course) (.5C = half-credit, semester course) • 70% Final Course Average required to earn credit • Guideline represents a possible 4-yr plan • Individual plans are adjusted annually based on academic eligibility, master schedule, & availability inside each individual plan • Credits earned in 8th grade for Physical Science and/or Algebra I count towards transcript credit total, but do not factor into HS GPA. • Beginning with the Class of 2024, students are required to have (24) credits for graduation. • Students may receive ½ credit (counted as an elective) per sport for participating in athletics; the maximum amount of credit that may be earned through athletic participation is 2 credits.


TUITION & FEES TUITION (per student)

TUITION INSURANCE

EARLY Registration

On or After March 1

EARLY Registration

On or After March 1

Pup Pack & Jr. K 3 Day

$5,150

$5,650

Pup Pack & Jr. K 3 Day

$90

$98

Pup Pack, Jr. & Sr. K 5 Day

$7,050

$7,550

Pup Pack, Jr. & Sr. K 5 Day

$123

$131

Grades 1-6th

$7,725

$8,225

Grades 1-6th

$134

$143

Grades 7-12th

$7,850

$8,350

Grades 7-12th

$137

$145

Non-Refundable (due in full with 1st payment for Semi-Annual & Monthly plans)

Fees: STANDARD (not included in tuition) Registration

$465 per student

Covers: Textbooks, Athletic Passes for Student, Yearbook & Class Dues

Maintenance/Building

$595 per family

Purpose: To help construct, acquire, repair, maintain, operate, or improve facilities & physical infrastructure of the school

Non-Refundable: Can be added to monthly payment plan

Fees: SPECIAL (not included in tuition) FLEX: Learning Differences Program

All Support Services fees per student Academic: $1,500 ES & $1,850 MS/HS Social/Emotional: $2,000 Autism Spectrum: $2,000 * Any combination of 2 = $250 discount

Mandatory fee for students participating in FLEX (diagnosed learning difference required)

Non-Refundable: Can be added to monthly payment plan

Bodine Erika Center Reading Program Grades 1-8

All fees per student RCA Students: $2,000 Non-RCA Students: $3,000

Optional program for students exhibiting signs of dyslexia (screening required) or have diagnosis

Non-Refundable: Can be added to monthly payment plan

Quest: Gifted Program Grades 1-8

All fees per student $2,000

Mandatory fee for students participating in Quest (Students must qualify for program)

Non-Refundable: Can be added to monthly payment plan

$250 per student, per program

Athletic Player Participation Fee

*$500 cap - No charge for participating in additional programs

Non-Refundable: Player Fees due in Full before 1st game

*Cheer - In lieu of $250, fee is $150 due to higher program cost (uniforms, etc.)

Bus Transportation Service (Sr. K-12th only)

See Transportation Bus Service Contract/Schedule

Subject to route availability based on location; due to State Regulations, Preschool and Jr. K students are not permitted to ride school bus.

After School Care

See After Care Contract/Schedule

Hours: 3:00-5:30PM each regular school day

10 Month Contract Required: Full payment up front or monthly

Before School Care

See Before Care Contract/Schedule

Hours: 6:30-7:30AM each regular school day

10 Month Contract Required: Full payment up front or monthly

10 Month Contract Required: Full payment up front or monthly


Payment Plans:

All Tuition & Fees MUST be paid through FACTS (online tuition management system with authorized bank draft or credit card) *Credit Card Payments: FACTS charges 2.85% processing fee per transaction *Bank Draft (ACH) Payments: FACTS does NOT charge a fee Annual

Semi-Annual

3% Tuition Discount (tuition insurance is optional)

12 Month

- Tuition Insurance Required - $10 FACTS Program Enrollment Fee

All Tuition & Fees: Due in Full by July 1, 2021

Tuition & Fees paid in two equal installments: July 1, 2021 & January 2, 2022

LATE Fee: NA

LATE Fee: Determined by FACTS

- Tuition Insurance Required - $45 FACTS Program Enrollment Fee 1st Payment: June 2021

LATE Fee: Determined by FACTS based on payment date selected by parent

* Credit Card Payments made at RCA through our Square Card Reader for tuition or fees will incur a 3% transaction fee. * All Returned Checks: $30 Referral Bonus!: Want to receive a $250 Referral Bonus Credit towards your child’s tuition? Do you have at least one child enrolled at RCA? Refer a new student & after they enroll, a $250 Referral Bonus Credit will be applied to YOUR tuition account!! The referring family’s name must be listed on the new student’s application in order for the credit to be applied. (Tuition credit may only be applied to referring Family’s account.) The charts on this page were created to communicate example payment plans. We wanted to assist parents/guardians with these calculations, so the process could be more user-friendly. These are meant to be used as references. The Maintenance Fee is per family, therefore, if you have more than one child, your cost for additional children will be lower than the cost listed below. EARLY Payment Plan DETAILS: Includes Required Fees *Example totals are based on 1 student Registration

Annual 3% discount (due 7/1/2021)

Semi-Annual 3% discount (due 7/1/21 & 1/2/22)

12 Monthly Draft Payments (1st due on 6/2021)

Pup Pack & Jr. K. 3 Day

$465

+

$5,590.50

OR

$2.872.50

OR

$478.75

Pup Pack, Jr. & Sr. K. 5 Day

$465

+

$7,433.50

OR

$3,8222.50

OR

$637.08

Grades 1- 6th

$465

+

$8,088.25

OR

$4,160.00

OR

$693.33

Grades 7-12th

$465

+

$8,209.50

OR

$4,222.50

OR

$703.75

ON or AFTER MARCH 1ST Payment Plan DETAILS: Includes Required Fees *Example totals are based on 1 student Registration

Annual 3% discount (due 7/1/21)

Semi-Annual 3% discount (due 7/1/21 & 1/2/22)

12 Monthly Draft Payments (1st due on 6/2021)

Pup Pack & Jr. K. 3 Day

$465

+

$6,075.50

OR

$3,122.50

OR

$520.42

Pup Pack, Jr. & Sr. K. 5 Day

$465

+

$7,918.50

OR

$4,072.50

OR

$678.75

Grades 1- 6th

$465

+

$8,573.25

OR

$4,410.00

OR

$735.00

Grades 7-12th

$465

+

$8,694.50

OR

$4,472.50

OR

$745.42


BEFORE & AFTER CARE BEFORE CARE

AFTER CARE

DAYS:

Monday - Friday

DAYS:

Monday - Friday

TIMES:

6:30 - 7:30AM

TIMES:

3:00 - 5:30PM

LOCATION

ES Building

LOCATION

ES Building

Days Per Week

Cost Per Month

Days Per Week

Cost Per Month

3

$60

2

$100

4-5

$100

3

$125

DAILY Drop-In Rate:

$25 x Day

4-5

$150

DAILY Drop-In Rate:

$25 x Day

Parents must annually commit & sign the Before and/or After School Care Agreement to reserve child’s spot.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Please contact the school office to determine which bus route your child may be eligible for based on your residence. 901.853.0200 • tcrouch@rossvillechristian.com Children under 5 years of age are not permitted to ride a bus, based on state law.

ONE child, ONE way

$175 month / $1,750 year

FAMILY, ONE way

$200 month / $2,000 year

ONE child, BOTH ways

$225 month / $2,250 year

FAMILY, BOTH ways

$250 month / $2,500 year


FINANCIAL AID A tuition discount is available to those who qualify based on financial needs. RCA does not offer athletic or merit-based scholarships. Financial need is determined by an evaluation process through FACTS (3rd party assisting schools in collecting financial data to inform aid qualification). Parents interested in applying are required to submit an online application through FACTS (required documents include: W-2, tax returns, etc). All aid is awarded based on the financial need communicated through the FACTS report. The RCA Board of Directors, not FACTS, determines the aid amount based on a tiered system previously set & approved by the RCA BoD. All applications for financial aid must be completed yearly. The amount of aid a family receives for one school year does not necessarily guarantee the same amount for the next year. In order to be eligible to receive financial aid, a student must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA. RCA is committed to protecting the privacy of its families; therefore, all information received by the Business Office is held in the strictest confidence. Parents can complete the Financial Aid Application by visiting: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3VWVM *After all required documents have been submitted, the approval process may take 2-4 weeks.

TUITION INSURANCE What is Tuition Insurance? Tuition insurance helps protect the investment you are making in your child’s education. Your enrollment contract with the school financially obligates you to pay the full amount of tuition and fees for your child to attend regardless of withdrawal for any reason. We understand unforeseen events occur. Take the worry out of your investment and pass the risk onto PROTECT MY TUITION™. For a covered cause of loss, Tuition Insurance will pay the remaining portion of tuition and fees up to the co-insurance percentage listed on the policy

What does the Tuition Insurance Plan Cover? Medical Withdrawal of Student: The policy will pay 100% of the remaining tuition if a student is unable to attend all scheduled classes for an extended period of time and is forced to withdraw by the direction of a licensed physician. This also includes death of a student. Academic Discharge of Student: The policy will pay 75% of the remaining tuition if a student is dismissed by their educational institution for failing to meet acceptable academic standards as established by the school. Disciplinary Discharge of Student: The policy will pay 75% of the remaining tuition if a student is dismissed by their educational institution for failing to meet acceptable standards of behavior as established by the school. Death of Tuition Payer: The policy will pay 60% of the remaining tuition if a student completely withdraws from the educational institution due to the death of the tuition payer. Date of death must occur during the policy period beginning 7/1/21. Involuntary Unemployment of Tuition Payer: The policy will pay 60% of the remaining tuition if a student withdraws from school due to the involuntary unemployment of the tuition payer. Date of involuntary unemployment must occur during the policy period beginning 7/1/21. Disease Contamination: The policy will pay 50% of the remaining tuition, up to policy limits,if a student is barred from attending all scheduled classes due to accidental contamination of a covered location which results in a covered illness requiring the closure of a covered location. Job Transfer of Tuition Payer: The policy will pay 60% of the remaining tuition if a student is forced to completely withdraw from school due to the job transfer of the tuition payer to a location greater than 100 miles from his or her current job. Date of job transfer must occur during the policy period beginning 7/1/21. Voluntary Withdrawal: The policy will pay 60% of the remaining tuition if a student voluntarily withdraws from school for a reason not excluded by this policy.


LET’S CONNECT

We understand that choosing a new school for your child comes with many questions, and we are happy to help! Please reach out to any of our staff listed below, and we will be happy to assist you! #JoinThePack How do I connect with someone about tuition or financial aid? If you have any questions about tuition or financial aid, contact Mrs. Marilyn Loftin at 901-853-0200 or email mloftin@rossvillechristian.com. Marilyn Loftin Finance Director

How do I learn more about student experiences? We invite all prospective students to schedule a preview day at RCA. They can schedule a full or half day and spend time with teachers and students in their grade. This will give them a good idea of what life at RCA looks like. To schedule a preview day, please contact Ms. Crouch at 901-853-0200 or email tcrouch@rossvillechristian.com. Ms. Taylor Crouch Admissions Team

I have a question about RCA’s athletics program. Who do I talk to? Coach Rhyan is RCA’s athletic director. He can answer any questions about our athletics program for you. You can contact him at 901-853-0200 or email krhyan@rossvillechristian.com.

I’m ready to join the Pack! What’s next? We are excited to have you join the RCA family! Please see page 3 of this magazine to see your next steps. Contact Ms. Crouch with any questions.

Coach Kevin Rhyan Athletic Director

Our Administrative Team

Chip Blanchard Head of School

Rachael Burnett Dean of Academics

Dr. Andy Hynes Dean of Students

Sarah Schwalb Director of Development

@RossvilleAcad


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