Admissions

Admissions Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If I schedule a Campus Visit, is my child allow to attend?

We strongly encourage the student to attend the Campus Visit as they are the ones who will be attending TCA in the fall.  It is a great time for them to experience TCA and what we have to offer. Immediate family is also invited to attend.

Is financial assistance available through TCA?

TCA has variable tuition which allows us to offer a custom fit tuition to help families who may need additional assistance.  These funds are available through TCA but families must apply using our FACTS program.  Once an application is received, the financial assistance committee will meet to discuss what can be offered to the family.  Aid is limited based upon financial need and availability.

What does the $75 application fee cover?

The application fee covers administrative fees associated with enrollment.

What is the purpose of the entrance exam?

To make sure all students are academically prepared for TCA, students entering grades K-12 take a placement test to measure their readiness for the grade they are applying for.  For students entering Kindergarten or First grade, this is an age-appropriate test administered by one of our teachers.  For students entering grades 2-12, it is a computer-based test to measure reading and math abilities.  Students cannot study or prepare for this.

What admissions procedures do you have in place for Pre-K or Kindergarten students?

PK student requirements:

  • Must be age 3 by September 1 of that school year to be considered for admission
  • Must be potty trained
  • Though an entrance test is not required, a “play date” may be requested by the division level principal to gauge how the student interacts with others.

Kindergarten student requirements:

  • Must be age 5 by October 1 of that school year to be considered for admission
  • Must take the entrance exam administered by our teacher to make sure they are developmentally ready for Kindergarten.
Are there other fees that we will be expected to pay?

We strive to make the application and enrollment process as simple as possible; however, at times the external programs we use require fees to make new profiles.

Typical fees include:

  • Application Fee – $75
  • Financial Aid Fee – $35 (Paid directly to FACTS)
  • Tuition Set Up Fee – Varies depending on how the family pays (Paid directly to FACTS)
  • Enrollment Fee – $250/K-12 Family; $125/PK family (Yearly Fee: non-refundable)
How long does the application process typically take?


The enrollment process can take upwards of two weeks or more.  The reason for the time is to make sure the family is a good fit for TCA and that the provided pieces of paperwork are provided.  It takes time to schedule the new family meet and greet and the financial aid application can take time to complete.

What paperwork is needed for families to enroll?

Besides filling out the application, in order to be considered for enrollment, all families must supply:

  • Any recent student report cards and/or transcripts
  • Updated immunizations (required by PA State)
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • IEP/504 if applicable

After admittance, families must pay the Enrollment Fee and sign the new family contract before being enrolled.

How do we go about setting up bussing, cafeteria, etc. with TCA?

After a family is officially enrolled (meaning they have gone through the admissions steps, been accepted, signed the new family contract, and paid the enrollment fee), THEN the student will be officially enrolled at TCA.

Once enrolled:

  • TCA will enroll the student into our programs to generate a class list.
  • TCA will contact the local school district to place on the bus list
  • The family will have access to their family profile and can set up cafeteria payments for lunch, see their schedule, and access their classroom pages.

Transportation to and from TCA

TCA is located in the Penn-Delco School District in Brookhaven, PA.  Below is a list of districts that traditionally bus to and from TCA.  Bus offerings are subject to change from year to year and each district has its own requirements for pick-up, drop-off and what grades they service.  TCA does run its own bus to portions of Philadelphia and Northern Wilmington at an additional charge.

Chester
Upland
Chichester
Garnet Valley
Haverford
Interboro
Marple Newtown
Penn-Delco (No Kindergarten)
Philadelphia (1st-8th, We offer a bus from Philadelphia* for 9th-12th)
Ridley (6-12th)
Rose Tree Media
Southeast Delco
Springfield (1st-12th)
Unionville/Chadds Ford
Upper Darby
Wallingford Swarthmore
West Chester
William Penn
Delaware (We offer a bus from North Wilmington DE*) *Additional charge to TCA

When and how do I purchase school uniforms?


TCA is blessed to offer an in-person school store and a school store website.  The school store website is available on the TCA main page.  Families are also invited to TCA to pay for their uniforms in person:

  • Back to School night in the fall
  • School Store open on Monday, Wednesday Friday at 8 AM at the start of the day
  • You can also contact the admissions office to set up a time for a new family to come to TCA to purchase their uniforms.

Becca Pritchard

Admissions Coordinator

April Open HouseOpen House, April 28th @ 1PM

Please join us on April 28th for our TCA Spring Open House! At this open house, you’ll get a personalized tour guided by one of our student ambassadors, meet our Head of School along with our other school administrators, get in person access to our Admissions Team to have all your questions answered, and have an opportunity to view a special preview performance of Beauty and the Beast Jr. We are excited to meet you and show you how TCA helps its students discern their gifts and abilities so they can pursue excellence while following God’s lead in their lives.

First Look Friday Open HouseFriday, April 16, 2021

First Look Friday Open Houses are held on the first Friday of every month, November – May. Open Houses run from 9 AM – 12 PM and include a student ambassador-guided tour of our school as well as a chance to meet our Admissions team and ask any questions you might have.

TCA GraduationClass of 2021

The Senior class of The Christian Academy announces its Commencement Exercises
Friday, June 4th, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

We would like to thank our parents, administration, faculty, and friends for the loving and prayerful support they have given us.
Limited Seating Available. You can watch the ceremonies live by clicking the link to our graduation page below.