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Core Groups

Each student in grades 6-12 is assigned to a Core Group.  Group membership is long-term, helping our secondary students remain in their groups with the same students during their entire time at TCA.  Our goal is for these small groups to be an integral part of each students’ relationship to TCA, teacher sponsors, and other students.

Groups will meet several times over the course of the school year, including Fall Retreat, outside of school gatherings, and some days when we’ll just spend time playing and having fun in groups either during chapel time or during an assembly period. Groups are required to meet outside of school at least twice per year—once for a mission/service project and once just for fun.

Fall Retreat/Core Group Kickoff

The annual Core Group Kickoff is an exciting event for all 6th-12th grade students, typically occurring around beginning to mid-September.  All students are off campus for the day, gathering for a time of games and fun, worship, and Bible study. One of the most exciting aspects of this event is the introduction of Core Group Leaders and the announcement of Core Group assignments for incoming sixth graders and new students.


I-Term is designed to increase both educational and ministry opportunities for high school students at TCA. Students will have the unique opportunity to serve a variety of local or regional ministries, participate in family-organized mission projects, or literally travel around the country and the world through a variety of educational and mission-focused excursions. In addition, juniors and seniors may choose to plan and participate in internships which will enable them to experience a profession first-hand while gaining an understanding of what it means to work in a particular field. The goal of I-Term is to provide opportunities for academic and spiritual growth for TCA students.

Clubs and Organizations

There are several clubs and organizations students can be involved in at TCA.  Organizations students may participate in include: National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, High School and Middle School Student Councils, and the secondary Core Group Leadership Program.

All additional clubs at TCA are student led and initiated.  Clubs such as Book Club, Fishing Club, or the Chess Club are sponsored by TCA teachers, but are organized by students.  Any students desiring to begin a club must make an appeal to administration and complete certain agreed upon guidelines.  

Spiritual Emphasis Week/Spring Retreat

In the Spring each year, TCA secondary students participate in a Spiritual Emphasis Week which culminates with our overnight Spring Retreat for all students in grades 9-12.  During the beginning of the week, we will have special guest speakers on campus and worship led by our TCA Praise Team.

On Thursday, students in grades 9-12 load up on busses and head out to the annual Spring Retreat.  This is a highlight of the school year and a great time for high school students to renew their relationships with God and solidify their relationships with one another.  Students and teachers attend this overnight retreat which is organized and carried out by our Student Council.

Middle school students in grades 6-8 have their own day retreat in the Spring, which occurs while high school students are away on I-term.