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FAQ

Admissions

Is TCPS Accredited?

Yes, TCPS is a fully credited, diploma-granting independent school. Our accrediting body is AdvancED (formerly SACS). TCPS has received some of the highest ratings among public and private institutions according to the AdvancED accreditation team.

How are admission decisions made?

Each student’s application is reviewed by an admissions committee which includes the principals, admissions representative, president, and other administrative staff. Admission decisions are based upon a student’s academic and behavioral record as well as the student’s potential to thrive at TCPS where the desire is for a Christ-centered education. All discussions of applicants are kept in strict confidentiality and parents/guardians will be notified of an admission decision as soon as it is made. Find out more here.

Is tuition assistance available?

Yes, all families interested in tuition assistance (needs-based scholarships) must complete the online application through FACTS. Financial assistance is based upon determined financial need. Please see more information and complete an application here.

How do I apply for my child to attend TCPS?

All applicants must complete and submit an online application. Once an application is received, families will be contacted for a tour, applications will be reviewed by a committee, and students must be screened in math and English for placement. Find out more and begin the application process here.

Curriculum

Do you use Common Core or Tennessee State Standards?

No, we are an independent school, and have aligned our curriculum to our intended outcome: the ACT. In grades K-3, students are tested annually using the Stanford-10 in the spring. Grades 4-10 are tested using the ACT Aspire in May, and our 11th grade students take the ACT on campus each spring. To prepare our students for the skill sets required in college, we integrate ACT standards into our curriculum as well as review periodic and summative test results, set goals based on our test data, and modify instruction to serve the unique learning needs of our students. That said, we do not “teach to the test” as ACT standards are about skill sets and not content.

What curriculum do you use?

We do not have a specific publisher we use for all of our curriculum needs. Instead, we pick and choose the best curricula for each subject area and grade level. Because of this, you will see a combination of classical Christian curricula as well as secular publishers.

Additionally, we are very particular about hiring skilled teachers who can effectively teach from a Biblical worldview and incorporate Biblical principles into the curriculum. If you have more specific questions about curriculum, schedule a campus tour today and discuss curriculum more in-depth.

How much homework is there?

We are intentional about trying to balance college preparatory education with precious family and church life. Students in K-5 can expect homework on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only. In addition, students in upper grades, 6-12, will often have weekend homework as well. We do not give homework on Wednesday nights so families may attend church. Additionally, homework will not be assigned over holidays or breaks. We value and respect your family time. Homework is on average 10 minutes per night per grade level.

Do you have services for students with special needs?

We do not have services, staffing, or funding for students with special needs; however, we are glad to serve high-functioning students with ADHD, Asperger’s, and similar learning styles. If you have any questions, please contact us today.

College Preparation

What is the average ACT scores of your students?

The average composite ACT score for the state of Tennessee is 19.9 out of a possible 36. The national average is 20.8 out of 36. Our students scored an average 23.5 in 2017-2018 with a range of 16-29 for composite scores. In recent years, we have had several students score over 30 with a few receiving perfect scores in subject areas.

TCPS ACT Average: 23.5

Cleveland City Average: 19.5

Bradley County Average: 20.3

Tennessee State Average: 19.9

National Average: 20.8

How many students go on to college?

In 2017, 87% of the graduating class went on to college. In 2016, 91% of students went on to college. Whether students take a gap year before going to college, decide to enter into technical or career training, or take the traditional route to college, all of our students are prepared for rigorous college work and are required to apply to three colleges before they graduate.

What colleges do your students attend?

Our alumni are students of a variety of public and private institutions including Lee University, Lipscomb University, American University, Bryan College, University of Tennessee, Tennessee Wesleyan University, and more.

How much money do your students get in scholarships?

Our 2017 graduating class received a combined $636,850 of scholarship money. Our students over the years have received numerous academic and athletic scholarships to the universities of their choice.

Athletics and Extracurricular

What sports do you offer?

We offer a variety of sports programs including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, golf, soccer, and tennis. We try to serve the needs of our families, and our sports programming is determined by student interest. Our men’s and women’s basketball teams compete annually at the SCAA conference and have won in recent years. Find out more about our athletics offerings here.

What extracurricular offerings are there?

We try to serve our families’ interests by offering a variety of extracurricular activities including fine art contests, theatrical performances, ballet for younger students, choir, sports, cheer, clubs, and Bible study. In addition, we have several annual events such as the Fall Festival, Multicultural Week and International Day, Christmas Musical, Upper School Bonfire, Dances, Prom, Mystery Night, Constitution Bowl, Poetry Night, Spirit Week, Homecoming, Book Fair, Grandparent’s Day, Pastor’s Chapel, Winterim, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Science Week, Science Fair, service projects, and a variety of field trips and travel options. Our calendar is full from August through May!

What trips do you offer for families?

Each year, TCPS has travel options for U.S. as well as international destinations. TCPS students and families have traveled to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, England, and Scotland.

TCPS Environment

What is the average class size?

The “average” class size is about 12-15 students. Some classes may be smaller and some may be slightly larger. It varies from year-to-year, grade-to-grade, and subject-to-subject.

Are parents involved in the school?

YES! We are proud to boast of regular parental involvement in our school. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to get involved in the school and join our FTO (Family-Teacher Organization). Parents are frequently on campus, in classrooms, attending field trips, and volunteering to help out with events.

Is there a uniform and, if so, what does it look like?

All students in K-12th grades wear school uniforms. There are slight differences between lower school (K-5) and upper school (6-12) students, but the basic daily uniform includes a polo or oxford-style shirt in our school colors with a logo paired with khaki or grey chino pants or shorts. There is a dress uniform for upper school students to wear on chapel days which includes an oxford shirt, school tie, and dress slacks for boys and plaid skirt for girls. Students also wear a TCPS gym uniform which consists of a grey TCPS tee and red athletic shorts. Our dress code is governed by three guiding principles: maintaining a Biblical perspective of modesty and appropriateness, promoting college preparatory standards, and supporting an academic setting.

Is there after school care available?

Yes, we have after school care available for grades K-8th until 5:30 p.m. each day. Students will be monitored in a safe and loving environment as well as given the chance to do school work, play, and have outdoor time. The cost is $8 per day.

Schedule a Visit Today

Take the next step in your child’s education journey! Schedule a visit to our campus and learn more about a college preparatory education from a Biblical worldview, or feel free to ask any other questions you may have.