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ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SINCE 1979Founded in 1979 in Troy, New York by Pastor John Massey, Jr., Redemption Christian Academy (RCA) provides quality education in an affordable structured, Christian environment. Pastor Massey believed that in the right environment, any student, regardless of race, sex, or background, could achieve academic excellence. Rev. Massey's vision was to provide a strong academic foundation to help hard-working, motivated students reach their ne plus ultra.
Redemption Christian Academy began as a day school and less than five years later welcomed its first boarding students. Since then, RCA has welcomed international students from around the world from countries which include: Switzerland, Venezuela, the Bahamas, Korea, France, Germany, Croatia, Bulgaria, Italy, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Canada, the Czech Republic, Ghana, Macedonia, Liberia, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and others. RCA now has affiliates in Texas, Liberia, and India. In 2012, Redemption Christian Academy expanded and purchased a 100-acre, traditional New England campus in Northfield, Massachusetts.
Over the years, RCA has attracted many volunteers, including a number of highly professional faculty members. What began as a small church-school has now grown into an interdependent community of educators, volunteers, students, and their families. Many of RCA's alumni have not only been a part of the school since the doors opened in 1979, but have returned to help educate future graduates.
RCA is an experience that consists of spiritual, academic, and athletic challenges. With the help of the staff, hard work, and family support, every student can succeed. Together we endeavor to cultivate tomorrow's leaders. We have produced future leaders that will continue to impact their families and communities as well as the world!
OUR CAMPUSESRCA's 100 acre campus in Northfield, Massachusetts, houses male and female dormitories for both domestic and international students, classrooms, computer labs, a library, dining hall, recreation room, laundry facilities, a gym, administrative offices, and private staff residences. Resident staff includes families and individuals who provide around-the-clock supervision and support for boarding students. Our unique family atmosphere aids students in making the transition to boarding life. RCA provides students the opportunity of having someone mentor them, not only in the classroom, but in real life situations throughout their day, creating more of a family atmosphere. The Northfield, Massachusetts campus is located in a traditional New England campus setting. Massachusetts has over 100 colleges and universities, most located near Boston. The cities of Springfield and Boston are within a one to two hour drive respectively of the campus, and shopping malls are also located nearby.
RCA's urban campus in Troy, New York, has over 80,000 square feet of space and houses male and female dormitories, classrooms, computer labs, a library, dining hall, recreation room, laundry facilities, a gym, administrative offices, and private staff residences. It also includes Goodway Bakery, part of RCA's Culinary Arts Program. The Troy campus is located in the heart of Tech Valley, a 19-county region of eastern New York State that spans from just south of Montreal to just north of New York City. Tech Valley's more than 40 colleges and universities offer incredible educational opportunities for RCA's graduates in many fields of study: nanotechnology, engineering, business, medicine, and law. New York City attractions are within a 3-hour drive of RCA's urban campus and Amtrak, Greyhound, and Albany International Airport are within 15 minutes of the campus.
OUR PROGRAMRCA's program provides a safe, structured, academic atmosphere for enhanced student learning. It includes the following academic levels: preschool, kindergarten, elementary, junior and senior high, and postgraduate. RCA accepts students from diverse backgrounds. International students from all over the world have attended, comprising as much as 50% of the student body.
The faculty encourages student achievement by providing a college preparatory curriculum with a foundation built on mastery of the fundamentals. Students are graded on a quarterly basis, and regular awards ceremonies are held to acknowledge student performance and academic excellence. This creates a friendly competitive environment that motivates students to push themselves and each other to achieve their ne plus ultra. Our students' daily schedules reinforce our school's mission by focusing on spiritual, academic, and athletic goals.
Spiritual - Students learn to apply valuable, life-changing Biblical principles to every aspect of their daily lives. An emphasis is placed on truth, character, and work ethics.
Academic - Students are encouraged to leave no room for regret by striving to excel to the best of their ability. With the support of staff and volunteers, students are able to maximize their individual learning potential. Advanced academic students are provided opportunities for advanced placement courses, dual college enrollment, and career development internships.
Athletic - Student athletes are expected to excel as students first and understand that athletics is a means to an end. Competition, teamwork, and personal discipline required for athletics are applied in all areas of a student's life. Those who excel have the opportunity to play competitively and compete for athletic scholarships to various colleges and universities throughout the country. Talented athletes have earned full college athletic scholarships.