The education of our children is among the most important decisions that parents make. RHCA is pleased to partner with Christian parents who desire that their children learn in a focused environment, with a biblically based curriculum, and receiving individual attention.
The purpose of the RHCA Admission Process is to ensure that the values of each family and the school align, that our mutual expectations for the educational outcomes are agreed, and that the school can faithfully provide the education that each child requires.
Who makes admission decisions?
The admission process is informed by various factors and the contributions that members of the RHCA Admissions Committee make in understanding each student. The committee is appointed by the Principal and may include Academy staff, school board members and trained volunteers. Based on recommendations from the committee, the Principal makes all final admission decisions.
Who knows what?
All information supplied by families in the application process is considered confidential. Admissions Committee members, whether staff or volunteers, are committed to keep the affairs of each family and student private. The reasons for students being either accepted or denied will not be shared with anyone other than that student’s parents.
What is the basis of admissions decisions?
At this stage of the school’s existence, RHCA is equipped to teach students of average to above average academic ability. This is determined through the combination of RHCA admission testing and a student’s previous academic performance. In addition, the following criteria are articulated in the Admission Policy:
- At least one parent is a professing Christian.
- The family and the school agree on basic standards of Christian living.
- The family and the school agree on the goals of classical Christian schooling.
What is the process?
For detailed instructions on how to apply, see the enclosed Instructions for Completing the Application for Admission sheet. The process follows this outline:
- Families submit an online application and application fee for each child applying.
- Families schedule admission testing for each child applying.
- Families submit teacher recommendation forms and school records forms to the child’s current school.
- Families submit current report cards and standardized test scores.
- Families interview with the Admissions Committee.
- The Admissions Committee reviews each application and makes recommendations to the Principal.
- The Principal notifies families of the school’s decisions.
How long does the process take?
We aim for the process to not take more than thirty days. This timeframe depends on several things, especially the following:
- Availability of students for testing
- Prompt return of confidential teacher recommendations
- Prompt submission of academic records
- Availability of both parents for family interviews
- The number of families applying at any given time
If my child is accepted, what then?
When students are admitted, families are notified by email and invited to enroll online within fifteen days. Enrollment consists of the following:
- Online registration process and agreements
- A signed Tuition Agreement
- Tuition Deposit (1/11 of the total tuition due for each family)
- Submission of previous school records, health forms, etc.
What are the tuition payment options?
We want to make the tuition payment plans as simple as possible. For detailed information see the Affording RHCA sheet enclosed. Generally, however, families will choose a one-time, full payment option or a 10-month option in which payments will be made from August-May.
What if my child is accepted, but there’s no room?
Your child’s name will be placed into a “wait pool.” The wait pool is made up of qualified applicants available to fill a specific opening in a specific grade. Wait pools are not prioritized wait lists. When and if an opening becomes available, the Admissions Committee and the Principal meet to select the most appropriate candidate for the opening. Included in wait pool decisions is a priority for siblings of already enrolled students.
Does that mean that siblings of enrolled students are admitted automatically?
Each child is evaluated on his or her own, as an individual with whom RHCA will have a long relationship. It may be that children from the same family have different needs, requiring different schooling options. That said, we try to keep families together in school, when possible.
What if my child is denied admission?
Not every student can be served by RHCA, and we want to be honest and open with families if that is determined to be the case. Not being admitted to RHCA in no way diminishes a child’s worth or our loving concern for each child and family.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
River Hills Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs