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After much prayer from the Riverside Church of Christ and others, RCA began in 1996 with a dream to provide students with an exceptional education in a nurturing Christian environment. In the fall of 2001, that dream became a reality. Since that time, the RCA family has been expanding facilities, classes, and staff. The process has been and continues to be rewarding and challenging. As we grow both physically and spiritually, we ask that you pray that God will continue to bless RCA’s mission.

Students and staff from the 2001-2002 inaugural year pose with the current facility under construction in the background.



RCA’s campus is located on 38 acres of scenic land that runs along the Elk River in Fayetteville, Tennessee. RCA’s South-Central Tennessee location provides the ideal small-town experience although it is only 30 miles from metropolitan Huntsville and 70 miles from metropolitan Nashville.

Bus Service:

RCA provides a bus service from the North Alabama every day. The bus picks up students at Plainview Church of Christ in Hazel Green, AL each morning and returns at 3:15 every afternoon.

Recent aerial view of the RCA campus with Huntsville Hwy (231/431) to the west and the Elk River running to the east of the campus.


Accreditation and Memberships:

RCA is dually accredited. The school is fully accredited through AdvancEd, which accredits public and private schools. RCA is also accredited through the National Christian School Association (NCSA). RCA’s varsity athletics teams compete in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference.


RCA's enrollment traditionally averages around 300 students.


SAT Scores (2nd through 8th grades)

  • RCA students scored higher than 77% of the other schools in the country, and every grade tested above its current grade level.
  • RCA’s elementary students tested in the nation’s top 26% on the reading portion of the exam and the nation’s top 23% on the math portion of the exam.
  • RCA’s middle school students tested in the nation’s top 25% in reading and the nation’s top 17% in math.


ACT College Entrance Exam Scores by Graduating Class


Athletics & Non-Athletic Extracurricular Activities:

RCA believes that a student’s participation in extracurricular activities plays a vital role in the development of character and in the enrichment of the total school experience; therefore, RCA offers a variety of sports and scholastic activities, including:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • FFA
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Student Council
  • Robotics
  • National Honor Society
  • Local Civic Advisory Boards


Financial Aid:

RCA’s board of directors and administration understand that the decision to seek Christian education for your children is a decision that comes with a sacrifice; therefore, they are committed to keeping RCA’s tuition among the lowest of any comparable school in the Southeast. The cost of Christian education is never an insignificant one; therefore, RCA offers a limited amount of financial assistance for qualified families.