We aim to graduate young men and women, who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason persuasively and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God. We desire them to recognize cultural influences as distinct from Biblical, and to be unswayed towards evil by the former. We aim to find them well prepared in all situations, possessing both information and the knowledge of how to use it. We desire they be socially graceful and spiritually gracious; equipped with the understanding the tools of learning; desiring to grow in understanding, yet fully realizing the limitations and foolishness of the wisdom of this world. We desire they have a heart for the lost and the courage to seek to dissuade those who are stumbling towards destruction; that they distinguish real religion from religion in form only; and that they possess the former, knowing and loving the Lord Jesus Christ. And all these we desire them to possess with humility and gratitude to God.
We likewise aim to cultivate these same qualities in our staff. We desire them to be professional and diligent in their work, gifted in teaching, loving their students and their subjects. We desire they clearly understand classical education, how it works in their classroom and how their work fits into the whole; that they possess a lifelong hunger to learn and grow; and that they have the opportunity to be refreshed and renewed. We desire to see them coach and nurture new staff and to serve as academic mentors to students. We look to see them mature in Christ, growing in the knowledge of God, their own children walking with the Lord.
We aim to cultivate in our parents a sense of responsibility for the school; to see them well informed about the goals of our classical and Christ-centered approach. We desire them to grow with the school, involved in and excited about the journey. We aim to help them to follow Biblical principles in addressing concerns, to be inclined to hearing both sides of a story before rendering a verdict, and, to embrace the Scripture and injunctions to encourage and stir up one another in love and good works.
Finally, in our relationship with our community, we aim to be above reproach in our business dealings and supportive of the local business community. We further seek to exemplify the unity of the body of Christ, to develop greater fellowship and understanding with the churches, and to bring honor to our Lord in all of our endeavors.
Prior to opening enrollment for the new school year, the CCA Board has a Vision Meeting to inform families on the direction they feel God is leading our school and to cast vision for the future. The video below is from the 2017 Vision Meeting.
We believe our mission statement distinguishes us from other area schools, and our desire is for it not just to be a sentence hanging on our walls but a commission that is being carried out in our halls. CCA is committed to the pursuit of excellence in the execution of our three-fold mission: Joining families in classically educating students to become the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Ultimately, we believe education is best when families join teachers in the process, when we classically educate students how to think instead of what to think, and when we give our students the opportunities to put their knowledge of the Bible into action by serving our community.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."
-2 Timothy 3:16
"When the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth."
"Keep your conscience clear. Then those who treat the good Christian life you live with contempt will feel ashamed that they have ridiculed you."
-1 Peter 3:16
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth."
-2 Timothy 2:15
"Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church [and] their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ."
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
"In Christ we are one body, and each part of the body belongs to all the other parts."
"Continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus."
-2 Timothy 3:14-15
"For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes..."
In the fall of 1995, the First Presbyterian Christian School opened its doors with three teachers and twenty-four students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Classes met in the classroom section of the First Presbyterian Church. God blessed FPCS, and the school grew quickly. The original plan for the school was to add one grade each year. As enrollment grew and additional grades were added, the church realized that the school had outgrown the space that the church had available. As a result, plans were developed to build a separate building for the school. Again, God provided a school supporter who donated the land for the building site. First Presbyterian Church was also able to purchase some adjacent land for future school expansion. With the financial backing of the church and other supporters, a master site plan was developed and work began on the building. In the fall of 1999, FPCS moved into the new building.
In 2000, the School Board conducted an in-depth study of curriculum used at the school and then adopted a classical Christian methodology. Due to this change, the School Board also changed the name of the school to Christ Classical Academy in 2003. In the summer of 2008, CCA received the honor of becoming accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International. In the 2016-17 school year, the School Board unveiled our current vision, mission, and core values. We currently serve students in Pre-K 3 through the 8th grade from Dyer, Crockett, Lake, and Lauderdale Counties in Tennessee, Pemiscot County in Missouri, and Mississippi County in Arkansas.
Certainly God has blessed CCA since its inception and continues to provide whatever is needed to maintain the school. Through the generosity of underwriters, parents, contributors and the members of First Presbyterian Church, CCA continues to provide not only a quality education but also an exceptional opportunity to develop as disciples of Christ to the children in the area. With God’s blessing and continued providence, CCA hopes to continue to grow and expand so that more families can benefit from the advantages which CCA can offer their children.
Each student is expected to dress modestly and be appropriately groomed at all times. Each student will be required to buy one school t-shirt, which will be imprinted and sold through the school. These are worn on special days and some field trips.
Each student is required to purchase a white polo or white button-down shirt with the school crest for chapel days. These can be purchased through French Toast, or SezSew can embroider the crest if you take shirts to them. Chapel shirts are to be worn with navy bottoms every Wednesday and on special occasions like fields trips and showcases.
Every Friday is Spirit Wear Day for students who have followed dress code throughout the week. Students may wear any Spirit Wear top with jeans on Fridays.
For more information about our school, contact the CCA office at (731) 285-3727 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.