The History of Academic Excellence Since 1979

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Founded 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, regardless of background, any student could achieve academic excellence. His 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, students have come from around the world: 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 has affiliates in Texas and Liberia.

Over the years, RCA has attracted many volunteers, including highly professional faculty. Many alumni have returned to help educate future graduates.With this interdependent group of educators and volunteers, RCA has produced leaders that have impacted their families and communities!

Mission Statement

student in class Redemption Christian Academy's objective is to provide an environment conducive to learning. Our mission is to develop excellence by transforming our students SPIRITUALLY, ACADEMICALLY, and ATHLETICALLY. An emphasis is placed on TRUTH, CHRISTIAN CHARACTER, COMMITMENT, and BENEVOLENCE while teaching students to be problem solvers and standard-bearers in their communities.

RCA believes in Booker T. Washington's idea of educating the hand, head, and heart:

  • Hand- Hard work and manual labor produce lifetime skills while teaching discipline and responsibility.
  • Head- Education does not end in the classroom, but it is an ongoing process.
  • Heart- "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23 KJV).
RCA cultivates leaders to impact the world around them!

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Great Location of Troy Campus

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, cafeteria, recreation room, laundry facilities, a practice gym, administrative offices, and private staff residences. RCA's campus also includes Goodway Bakery, a component 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, medicine, law, and business. 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.

"Now no individual can help another individual unless he himself is strong. You notice that the curriculum here goes along in three directions along the line of labor, of academic training, and of moral and religious training. We expect those who are here to keep strong, and to make themselves efficient in these three directions, in each of which you are to learn to be leaders." - Booker. T. Washington

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