Why We Chose RCA

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Parents have many options when it comes to choosing a school for their children. See what some of our families have to say about their reasons for choosing RCA as the right choice for their family:


The Wares

When we were looking for a school for our son to begin his educational career, there were several options. They all “appeared” on equal plains. But it took one phone call to RCA for us to see the difference. After the initial interaction with the staff I felt we would be a part of something special. Although Shane was not of regular 4K age they were willing to have him come in any way to meet us. Shane is very bright, his entry to RCA was based on an evaluation of his knowledge level at 3 ½ to determine if he was mature enough to benefit with a class of 4 year olds He was really excited to begin school but we didn’t just want any school, we had requirements; a loving environment, challenging, safe, great communication, partnership, Christian based and an extension to the values and beliefs we were teaching him at home. We found all of that and more at RCA. Although the tuition is very reasonable, the investment the teachers and faculty are making into Shane’s future is priceless. The student body at RCA has a family connection from the seniors to 4K. I look forward to his growth as a student and a young man of God with the foundations being set with the help of RCA. It is a great place to call home.--Bobby & Simona Ware, Moscow, TN

The Graves

   In the troubled times in which we live,  trust is a commodity that can be hard to find. When enrolling our children in RCA, we were most concerned with finding a Christian school that we could trust. The best compliment that we can give RCA is that it has earned our trust. Our four children are thriving in their classes and it is such a peaceful feeling knowing that they are excited to go to school each day. We thank God for RCA and the Christian based educational opportunities that it affords our children.--In Christ, Steven and Kim Graves

Christy Norton

RCA is family! Mrs. Cindy (elementary secretary) has adopted each and every child as her own. She knows everyone by name and personality. I chose Rossville Christian for the education and Christian values that are taught. My son has been here for four years, and I've never seen him so excited over anything as when it's time for school.--Christy Norton

Kristy Kavicky

The week before the Sandy Hook shootings, I went in to speak to Ms. Garrett.  I thanked her for having a school where I felt safe to send my son.  A school that I felt the teachers care for the kids, and actually know what's going on with the students.  Through a nephew in another state, my family has dealt with bullying.  It has given me a great appreciation for Rossville Christian Academy.  A school where your child's teacher takes an interest in her kids.  Where else does your child's teacher attend their sports events to cheer them on?  Where when a fellow student is out of school for an extended time, the teacher goes to their home to keep them caught up in their work.  Only at RCA will you get that kind of support from the fellow teachers.  My family loves RCA and we feel blessed to be a part of this school that has become an extension of our family!--Kristy Kavicky

The Coils

"We have been so very pleased with the academic, spiritual, and foundational leadership that our son has received during the past 3 years at RCA. The school focuses on the successful development of the whole child, not just certain areas such as academics or athletics.  We truly believe our son has excelled because every aspect of development is priority at RCA and no area is neglected.  We are extemely thankful that God has blessed us with the opportunity for our children to attend Rossville Christian Academy."--Chris & Lisa Coil

The Simpsons

 As a family we were looking for a school that would meet the educational needs of our kindergartener. Arming ourselves with a former educator (Granny E) with forty years experience we started our journey. Upon entering Rossvile Christian Academy we immediately sensed the feeling of family. We saw a nurturing environment with everyone being courteous and friendly. Each classroom has a smaller child to teacher ratio which we feel is more conducive to learning. Rossville is not only meeting the educational needs of our child, but he is also learning life skills that will help make him a productive member of society. Our family has been very pleased with our decision and it is "grandparent" approved. To put it simply, our five year old says, "Mom, coming to Rossville was a good choice."--Laura and Greg Simpson

The Tilghmans

We are honored to be a part of the RCA family. It's more than just a school--- it is truly a place that cares for our son! The teachers are dedicated to education and the one-on-one attention with each child is so important and something you cannot put a price on.-- Michael & Jennifer Tilghman

Dr. Amy King

RCA has been an answered prayer for our family.  For several years we felt torn about our girls’ education.  After much prayer and discussion, we began to visit and research school options in the greater Memphis area.  Our goal was to find a school where our girls would receive a great education, grow in their Christian faith, and become confident young girls.  We were immediately drawn to the kindness and “family” atmosphere of RCA.  Our first interaction with RCA was a high school basketball game last winter.  We were warmly greeted by other parents who were happy to share their stories about RCA.  The next morning we scheduled a meeting to visit the school; soon after we brought the girls to visit the campus.  We have not regretted the decision to choose RCA.  They are both involved in many school activities and loving life at RCA.  It has been such a blessing for our girls to attend a school where they feel loved, supported, and encouraged.  They are flourishing in the classroom, in their friendships, and most importantly they are happy.  Choosing RCA has been the right decision for our family.  I would encourage any family looking for a school to consider RCA.--Amy S. King, DVM, Companion Animal Hospital of Collierville

The Simpsons

We have two children who attend RCA.  We love the small ‘family’ atmosphere at RCA.  When we began touring schools, it was important to us that the teacher-to-child ratio be small.  We didn’t want our children to be just a number.  We toured several private schools before visiting RCA.  The first time our daughter met the staff, she seemed at home.  The Christian-based teachings are very important to us, and the curriculum is great.  The kids have thrived, under the love and care from everyone at the school.  The elementary, middle school and high school are all on one campus, and the older kids seem eager to help the younger ones.  Another important factor for us is the bus/van service that is offered to and from RCA.--Susan and Doug Simpson

Brooke Cairncross

   I fell in love with Rossville Christian Academy as soon as I had my first interaction with them in choosing a school for my daughter, Gracie.  I had visited other schools in the area but only felt like a number and knew that my child would be no more than just another face in the crowd. At RCA, I felt like family the moment I walked in and still do. I enrolled Gracie into 4K in 2005 and, since then, she has flourished under the exceptional teachers and staff that are provided at RCA. 
    The school encourages academic excellence and develops the students to be leaders. The classes are not overcrowded so the students are afforded the opportunity of individual attention; this is an aspect that is not offered at the majority of schools in the area. The students thrive under this level of attention and it prepares them to excel at the next level. The staff is above reproach as well and my daughter and I love them all.
   We are also involved in the sports activities that are offered at RCA. The coaches at RCA strive for excellence not just on the court or field, but off of it as well.  Athletes are encouraged to display a high level of sportsmanship and leadership.  These values taught by our great coaches also help them be leaders in the classroom as well.
   I could go on and on about how great RCA is. My daughter and I love it and she enjoys being there which not something many parents hear, however, you will hear it too if you enroll your child here. If you want a school that will love, nurture, and educate your child in sound Christian doctrine as you yourself would, you should enroll your child with Rossville Christian Academy.  It is one of the best choices you will ever make. I know it was one of mine. All it will take is one visit and you will be just as impressed and convinced as I was on my first visit.---Brook Cairncross, Grand Junction, TN

The Bargers

Six years ago, my son and daughter were ready to start school.   I had been a stay at home mom since my oldest was one.  It was now time to go back to teaching.  Having taught in the public school before staying at home with my children I knew how important the teacher/student ratio was in a child's learning.  I knew that Shelby county schools were good but the teacher/student ratio was high.  This concerned me greatly.  My husband and I had both gone to a small private school and really wanted this same situation for our children.  A friend told me of a job opening for Third Grade at Rossville and so I jumped at the chance to interview.  The moment I drove on campus I knew that this was where we were suppose to be.  The campus reminded me so much of the school that I went to back home.  After my interview I knew that whether I got the job or not this school was where our children should be.  Fortunately, I got the job and my children and myself have been here for 6 years.  I love the atmosphere, faculty, students, and parents.  My children are receiving a great education and the school pride here is inspiring.  I love the fact that everyone is on one campus and the elementary has great role models to look up to in the Jr. High and High School.  Kids need good role models today.  You can find that here at Rossville with the older students.   The student/teacher ratio is small so my children are able to receive a lot of one on one help from their teachers.  Rossville is a family where everyone knows everyone and the teachers care about their students.--Gene and Leslie Barger

The Kinnins

Note: Recently, Rossville Christian Academy had the pleasure of hosting a visiting student from Brazil, who spent part of her summer break visiting friends of her family in Oakland. Instead of just being a "tourist" during her stay in the United States, Renata Santos asked her host family to find a school that would allow her to monitor classes for the month she was visiting. Renata spent most of the month of January being a typical Senior at RCA, but left to return to her home country at the end of the month. Recently, we received a short note to Headmaster Mike Coggins from her host family:

 My husband and I took Renata to the airport this afternoon and it was really hard to say goodbye to her. She is a gentle bright young lady that inspires everyone she gets in touch with. She absolutely loved the school and the new friends of all ages she made there. She loved telling everyone a little bit about Brazil, her home, her life and dreams and at the same time learn more about the American culture. Everyday, she came home telling us with excitement what she learned at school, how she was treated, and how much she appreciated every thing. We came to know the school, the staff and the students through her, and although we had been given excellent references of the school by parents of some of your former students, we really didn't know if it would be a good match for Renata. Well, it was a perfect match! There isn't  a better place! Her parents kept in touch with her and with us all this time, and are very, very pleased and appreciative of all of what RCA has done for Renata.
So, we all want to once more thank you for this wonderful experience and we will definitely recommend RCA to any parents looking for a good school to their children!--
 Sincerely, Lu Kinnin

The Terry's

When we first moved to Tennessee in 2006 from Kentucky, we didn't have any idea that Rossville Christian Academy would end up being our school home! After doing some research, we decided that our family would choose an independent school setting for our children, even though our entire academic experience had been with public education in Kentucky. However, from our first encounter with administrators and staff at Rossville Christian, we knew we had found a school that would work with our two children and make the transition to our new home that much easier. We knew we had found a school that was safe and affordable for our family. Our son, Theo, graduated from RCA in 2011, and our daughter, Emma, will be a graduating senior in 2013. Rossville Christian Academy has been a very positive experience for our family, and has prepared our children to become not only better students, but better persons, as well. --Theo & Robin Terry, Somerville, TN

Jennifer Bennett

My son has only been here for a short time & we love the school. The teacher is wonderful, the office staff are friendly and caring. He is learning so much. I feel the quality of education he is receiving is top notch.

The Loftins

"Rossville Christian has been a great choice for our family. There are many educational options (some not very good) in the area, and it is a big decision on where to invest. We spent several years at Harding and Briarcrest (good schools) before joining RCA. While we have other children who still attend RCA, our two oldest children (who graduated from RCA several years ago) performed exceedingly well at the next level, both excelling academically and in leadership positions on the way to earning undergraduate degrees at a major university...solid evidence that our educational dollars were spent wisely at Rossville Christian. We are confident that the school is an even better investment today."--Mark Loftin, Red Banks,