Donelson Christian Academy

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Basic Information

Address: 300 Danyacrest Drive, Nashville, TN 37214
County: Davidson
School District: Private
Phone Number: 6158832926
Fax Number: 6158832998
President: Headmaster, Dr. Keith M. Singer
Principal: Elementary, Mr. Kirk LaVeck and Middle/High School, Mr. Bret Schierling
School Type: Private Christian School

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Additional Information

Accreditation: Cognia (AdvancEd)
Founded: 1971
Organization Affiliation: TAIS, NCSA
Ages/Grades: 1-year-old through Grade 12
School Setting:

Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County. The city is a center for the health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries. It is most notably known as a center of the music industry, earning the reputation of being "Music City". Nashville is a dynamic city that hosts incredible history, arts, professional sports, and outdoor recreation. Home to twenty-four post-secondary educational institutions, Nashville earned the nickname of the "Athens of the South" because of its numerous colleges and universities. The warm and welcoming atmosphere allows people from around the world to call Nashville home.

School Schedule: 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
School days in Calendar Year: 180
Community:

The community DCA desires is one of close, partnering relationships so that parents and teachers are working in unison to support students as they achieve the highest potential academic success and spiritual growth. A key differentiator for DCA is a genuine sense of community. The school community places great emphasis on the nurturing and education of students, by sincerely caring for all family members. These community relationships form to challenge young people to excel in all areas of their educational experience. DCA parents are a true distinctive. Parents are engaged, supportive, and hard working contributors to the school.

School Size: 820
Classroom Size: 16
Tuition:

Please see website for full disclosure: Kindergarten: $9,665 1st-5th Grades: $11,271 6th-8th Grades: $12,770 9th-12th Grades: $13,316

Financial Aid:

Offered

Curriculum:

The curriculum at Donelson Christian Academy is ideally suited to challenge individual students in every area of their educational experience. The Academy offers college preparatory classes in every subject area. Honors courses are offered in a variety of disciplines beginning in middle school. At the high school level, students are offered the opportunity to receive college credit by taking up to 18 credit hours in dual-enrollment courses. In addition, up to 64 credit hours are available thorugh 11 AP courses taught enabling further study in college-level courses.
The Academy has developed a strong reputation in both athletics and fine arts. Twenty-four sports are offered on the varsity level. The fine arts department offers a wide range of classroom and performance opportunities for students.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100
Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

1 to 1 iPad middle and high school

Notable Graduates/Alumni:

Hillary Scott of Lady A, Nate Bargatze (comedian), Stephen Saine (computer software), Chloe Kohanski (2018 Winner) Joshua Swift (Bluegrass and Guitar Designer)

Uniform Guidelines:

Please See Website

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to serve Christ by assisting parents in providing students with a challenging, college-preparatory education taught from a nondenominational biblical worldview that develops the whole person into a Christ-like leader in the home, church, and community.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: Statement of Faith The foundation of the Corporation shall be the Word of God as interpreted by the following statement of faith. We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible authoritative Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16) We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons-Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (I John 5:4-6) We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (I Corinthians. 13:3, I Peter 2:21-24, John 3:1) We believe that for salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (Romans 3:21, Galatians 4:4-7) We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. (Galatians 5:22-25) We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life; and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:24, 28, 29) We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 17:21-23)
School History: https://www.facebook.com/DCAWildcats/
Programs and Services:

At Donelson Christian Academy our students are privileged to serve the community in a variety of ways. The first semester of each school year DCA Seniors serve in 8 locations as part of the requirement for the 12th Grade Bible Curriculum. These students serve in the following locations…

Elementary Schools

DCA students serve at 5 different Elementary Schools where they are a help to students and faculty ranging from kindergarten to grade 5. DCA students mentor, tutor and work one on one with students. When I observe them in the field I often find them helping students with their words and numbers. They also serve as aides to the teachers and often read to the children and play with them during times of PE or recess. It is beautiful to witness the bonds they form with children and faculty over the course of a semester. On their final day in early December the children stampede them with hugs and expressions of love. They never want to see them go. They serve DCA Elementary, Stanford Montessori, Tulip Grove Elementary, Andrew Jackson Elementary & Hermitage Elementary.

Having a DCA student has benefited my second grade classes through community service example. Modeling is one of the most impactful forms of teaching. Having a student is even more important. Right now in Social Studies we are talking about how we don't have to wait to be an adult to make a difference in our community. Students can have an impact too.

Also, having an exchange student from China provides the multicultural social skills so needed in society today. Cultural understanding and acceptance is a skill needed by everyone in our country, to keep it moving forward as the great country it is. My students are learning so much from his presence in our classroom.

I am thankful that I have a student to help me, but I am even more grateful to have a student that is so willing to help my students!

Lisa Riassetto
2nd Grade Teacher
Andrew Jackson Elementary School

I am so grateful for the ministry of the senior service students that serve in my classroom each year. The impact they make on our students throughout the school year is special.

Some of our students in our building are not lucky enough to have role models in their lives at home that set positive example. The students I have had from DCA have given 100% of their time into being that for my elementary students. They get to know their names, their interests, their talents, and beyond.

As I watched my 4th Grade students cry tears on the last that we had our senior from last year I realized how amazing this program is and I needed to be a part of it every single year. The students would miss out on so much if we weren’t a part of this special program.

Amanda Wilkins
4th grade teacher
Andrew Jackson Elementary School

It’s a pleasure to work with DCA. We have been blessed to have The DCA senior service program be part of our school for the last three years. Our students and teachers look forward to having the opportunity to interact and work with the DCA students. This is a program that not only benefits our AJS students but also benefits the DCA seniors by providing an opportunity to serve. This is a mutually beneficial program. Thank you for partnering with us!

Tara Loba
Executive Principal
Andrew Jackson Elementary School

Clayton comes in ready to help each day and I look forward to the support! He is always up for anything; from cutting out laminate, reviewing multiplication facts, copies, to playing Simon says with my class to review science vocab! Having extra hands is so helpful!

Katie Tarter (regarding Clayton Glascock from the DCA Class of 2019)
4th Grade Math and Science
Andrew Jackson Elementary

I have had a couple of DCA students throughout the years. I love getting to work with these young men and women. The DCA students have helped tremendously with reinforcing skills to that need to be mastered. Everyday, the thrill on my student’s faces when a DCA student walks in is priceless!

Wendy Grayson
Teacher
Andrew Jackson School

Alex comes to our 4th grade classroom everyday from 2:00-2:30. She is a huge asset as she works with the students individually on multiplication facts. They love this one-on-one time, and it is so helpful to me as I am working with a small group of students during our RTI time. I love this program and hope it continues!

Amanda Potton (Regarding Alex Behnke DCA Class of 2019)
4th Grade Teacher
Andrew Jackson Elementary

DCA seniors have made an impact on Hermitage Elementary! They have provided role models of Christian character to some of our students who might not otherwise be blessed with this in their lives.

Robyn Prescott
PE Teacher / SIT Lead
Hermitage Elementary School

My students are so excited to work on sight words with Mr. Daniel in the afternoons. He has really motivated them to practice so they can write their name on the sight word posters in the hall.

Erin Malone (Regarding Daniel Humphries DCA Class of 2019)
First Grade Teacher
Tulip Grove Elementary School

I am so enjoying have a student (Zach) from DCA in my classroom. He is very kind and helpful with the students. The students really look up to him and always ask about him on the days he is not here. He helps students with arrival, morning work, and participates in our morning meeting. It is beneficial for students to see a student who is in still in school and can talk to them about what high school is like. Not only do they think he is “cool” but he is a great role model for my class as well. I am thankful for Zach’s willingness to jump in and help wherever needed! Thank you.

Cristen Wasmer (Regarding Zach Neal DCA Class of 2019)
Kindergarten Teacher
Tulip Grove Elementary School

Hermitage Hills Grow U Program

The Hermitage Hills Grow U Program is a DayCare / Parents Day Out ministry predominately to the community of Hermitage and Donelson TN. They are always in need of extra hands to help with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. DCA students help by rocking the infants to sleep, feeding them, playing with the children, reading to them and assisting the staff at Grow U in the various rooms designated for the different ages. As with elementary school the children these little ones bond with DCA students over time and it becomes a very meaningful experience for everyone involved.

After the students toured the facility, the teachers always get excited because they know they may have help in the morning, at lunch, or in the afternoon. Most of them ask me specifically to put a student in their room because they are so helpful at engaging the kids. Every time the DCA students come in the morning the Grow U kids are super excited and want to start playing right away. We are always thrilled to have the students volunteer. The teachers appreciate their help and the kids love the attention! We are so glad to partner with DCA.

Brigitte Simpson
Grow U Director
Hermitage Hills Baptist Church

McKendree Village Assisted Living

McKendree Village Assisted Living provides medical and residential care for the elderly. DCA students who serve at McKendree assist the volunteer director with a myriad of tasks such as handing out mail, campus beautification, setting up the chapel for services and preparation for special events. DCA students also spend time with residents, play bingo with them, read the newspaper to them, participate in activities and help them get to their rooms. I am not allowed to quote McKendree residents in a document but many have shared with me that DCA students are like a ray of light in their lives. Tess Longmire from the class of 2018 developed a friendship with a resident through senior service that lasted until the resident passed nearly a year later. Many students continue to serve even beyond the classroom requirements due to relationships they form.

The volunteer students from DCA have made such an impact on our community at McKendree Village. Students like Tess Longmire and Haven Sanders have been instrumental in improving the well-being of our residents through one on one visits and group activities. We love the partnership we have with DCA and the amazing difference their students are making in the community.

Scott Rowencack
Volunteer Coordinator
McKendree Village Assisted Living

Tennessee School for the Blind

The Tennessee School for the Blind is renowned as possibly the best facility for helping the seeing impaired and special needs students, many of whom are residents there, grow in academics, athletics, the arts and life skills. DCA students assist TSB by working one on one with students in the classroom, assisting them at recess, helping the library and music departments and building relationships with students and faculty.

It is amazing to see the Seniors come over to the Tennessee School for the Blind with open hearts and after their experience they want to teach visually impaired students.
I also remember we had several students one year that wanted to go to TSB's prom and the DCA students went with them. When those students return to alumni weekend they are still talking about the prom and DCA students.

Andy Joiner, B.B.A, B.B.E. M. Ed.
Business teacher and Athletic Director
Tennessee School for the Blind

Winterim Program (DCA Sophomore Class Grade 10)

Every March DCA Sophomores serve the community for 3 days as part of our Winterim Program. These 10th grade students help local churches and benevolent organizations such as Thrift Smart, Feed the Children, Lantern Lane Farms and Brooks House. At Thrift Smart they help sort donated items into the appropriate bins and unload storage units with heavy cargo. At Feed the Children they work on an assembly line loading boxes with food and hygiene products for families in need. They also help to stack the donations onto pallets for transport. At Brooks House and Lantern Lane Farms they assist directors and staff by cleaning, sorting storage units and doing repair work. In the local churches they assist with landscaping, cleaning and repair projects. DCA students also help the international residents at the refugee housing of the Highland Apartments Complex where they play with children, sort donated goods and clean.

Although I was actually out of town when the DCA students served at our church, I returned to find some very nicely mulched beds! Our staff remarked on the great group of students who worked that day and how quickly they got it all done. Their service was a tremendous help to our facility staff and a blessing to our church family.

Sherry Anderson Operations Manager
The Donelson Fellowship

Every time the staff and students from DCA descend on Lantern Lane Farm it is a breath of fresh air! They are a true encouragement to our non profit staff and volunteers that serve faithfully day in and day out but don’t have all the time and energy it takes to tackle all the detail stuff that this group has accomplishes in such a short period of time. We are forever grateful and look forward to partnering with them again next year!

Joni Cook
Co-Founder
Lantern Lane Farm Counseling Services

We at Thriftsmart always have a great experience with students from
Donelson Christian Academy each year. They have been very helpful in
helping us sort clothing and merchandising, which improves the flow of
goods on our sales floor, leading to increased sales to help our
supported charities. We look forward to them helping us each year.

Bruce Krapf
Operations Manager
Thriftsmart, TN

Operation Christmas Child

Every Christmas the Senior Class of Donelson Christian Academy contributes one or two boxes per student to the Operation Christmas Child effort to provide Christmas gifts and clothing and a Bible for children around the world. Students choose a boy or a girl (or both) and provide the boxes with their own funds. In late November / early December many seniors choose to help load the Operation Christmas child trucks at the Tulip Grove Baptist Church location.

DCA Students have helped Tulip Grove Baptist Church with Operation Christmas Child to load semi-truck trailers to supply Gospel Opportunities to thousands of children around the world.

Jeff Gilliam
Operation Christmas Child Coordinator
Tulip Grove Baptist Church

Conclusion

DCA places a high value on service. This is not only for the good it does for those in need but also for the growth and meaningful experiences it brings to the lives of DCA students. Following Jesus’ example and remembering His words from Mark 10:45 and Matthew 20:28 DCA students learn the value of selflessness while providing for the needs of others.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

Notes/School Information:

OVERVIEW

Donelson Christian Academy is a rigorous, college-preparatory Christian school that has served the Nashville, Tennessee, community for over forty years. The school educates over 800 students from 12-month-old preschool to grade twelve. Donelson Christian Academy draws the majority of its students from Metropolitan Nashville and Wilson County. The secondary school facilities were expanded in March 2002, by adding science laboratories, a visual arts studio, athletic facilities including a second gymnasium, and other designated classroom areas. The first floor of the entire campus was fully renovated following the Great Nashville Flood of May 2010. The $2.7 million dollar project was completed in August 2010. Ongoing campus improvements include the Athletic Hospitality Center which was completed in August 2016.

The curriculum at Donelson Christian Academy is ideally suited to challenge individual students in every area of their educational experience. The Academy offers college preparatory classes in every subject area. Honors courses are offered in a variety of disciplines beginning in the middle school. At the high school level, students are offered the opportunity to receive college credit by taking up to 18 credit hours in dual-enrollment courses. In addition, up to 64 credit hours are available thorugh 11 AP courses taught enabling further study in college-level courses.

The Academy has developed a strong reputation in both athletics and fine arts. Twenty-four sports are offered on the varsity level. The fine arts department offers a wide range of classroom and performance opportunities for students.

DCA offers its students a traditional college-preparatory education centered on a Biblical worldview. The program is traditional in that it provides curriculum strengths in Christian studies, English, foreign language, mathematics, science, and social studies. It is Christian in that it recognizes the Bible as the final authority in matters of life and thought. Students are encouraged to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior and to develop a worldview that integrates Christian faith with all areas of learning. The Academy aims to develop students who are grounded in the Truth, challenged within a supportive community, transformed by the renewing of their minds, and equipped to serve as Christ-like leaders in their homes, churches, and communities.

The school functions as a nurturing community in which students are respected as unique individuals created in the image of God with special abilities and needs. They are taught by skilled and knowledgeable teachers who love students and are dedicated to helping them realize their highest potential - intellectually, spiritually, physically, socially, and creatively. Small classes allow each student to receive individual attention and have abundant opportunities to participate. Technology is utilized in all classes and students in grades 6-12 are issued iPads.

DCA takes an active interest in the development of its students' intellectual, spiritual, moral, and physical habits. The early development of a disciplined lifestyle in the context of a relationship with Jesus Christ will provide a solid foundation for a responsible and joyful future.

MISSION

Our mission is to serve Christ by assisting parents in providing students with a challenging, college-preparatory education taught from a nondenominational biblical worldview that develops the whole person into a Christ-like leader in the home, church, and community.

THE COMMUNITY

The community DCA desires is one of close, partnering relationships so that parents and teachers are working in unison to support students as they achieve the highest potential academic success and spiritual growth.

A key differentiator for DCA is a genuine sense of community. The school community places great emphasis on the nurturing and education of students, by sincerely caring for all family members. These community relationships form to challenge young people to excel in all areas of their educational experience. DCA parents are a true distinctive. Parents are engaged, supportive, and hard working contributors to the school.