Frequently Asked Questions

What does “Classical” mean?
Modern education focuses on teaching subjects. Classical educators focus on teaching students the tools of learning in preparation for further study of subjects after high school. “For the sole end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain” (Sayers, The Lost Tools of Learning).

What grades do you offer?
TCA  offers classes for grades PreK-12.

How old must students be to enroll in Preschool?
TCA’s Preschool accepts four and five-year-old students. Two, three and five day a week options are available.

Is there a dress code?
Yes. Students wear uniforms, available at Educational Outfitters in Franklin. Click here to learn more about TCA’s uniform policy.

Why do you teach Latin?
Knowledge of classical languages increases English vocabulary. About half of all English vocabulary comes from Latin and another 20 percent from Greek. These words tend to be the difficult, polysyllabic ones—“SAT words.” A thorough knowledge of classical languages will increase the student’s English vocabulary tremendously.  Latin students also perform exceptionally well on standardized tests and are sought after by competitive colleges. As a result of increased vocabulary and facility with English grammar, students of Latin consistently outperform their peers—including those who have studied modern languages—on the verbal portion of the SAT. Between 1997 and 2006, Latin students outscored the average by 157 points. Higher scores open doors to competitive colleges and scholarships.

How is TCA different from most Christian schools?
While many schools offer chapel or Bible classes, TCA incorporates Scripture into every facet of learning. The method is tried, tested and proven to equip students with a rich Biblical worldview.

What extra-curricular activities do you offer?
TCA offers a number of after-school activities including Archery, Yearbook Club, Chess, Math Club, Jiu-Jitsu and Keepers of the Faith. Piano lessons also are offered onsite.

Is before- or after-school care provided?
Yes. TCA is open 7 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., offering flexible drop-off and pick-up options for families.

How does TCA’s tuition compare to that of other private schools?  (updated February 2016)

  • TCA – $6,990 with discounts available for each additional child. 
  • BGA – $18,116 for k-5; $21,765 for 6-8;  $22,506 for 9-12
  • Currey Ingram – $37,380 for k-9; $38,524 for grades 10-12 
  • CPA – $12,655 for k-5, $16,490 for 6-8,  $16,970 for 9-12
  • Brentwood Academy  – $22,350 for 6-12
  • The Covenant School – $12,500 for non-members; $11,500 for members, k-6
  • FCS – $8,800 for K-6 for five day program; 7th-12th based on Humanities base price and electives chosen
  • New Hope Academy – $11,200 for k-6
  • Franklin Christian Academy – $9,725 for 5-6; $10,925 for 7-12

What does TCA offer homeschool families?
Families are the heart of TCA, and many of our families are current or past homeschoolers. TCA offers part-time homeschooling tutorials in all subjects for grades six through 12 as space allows.