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Secondary Student Life

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 group of 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, Unity Retreat, outside of school gatherings, and some days when we’ll just spend time playing and having fun in groups during the school 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

The annual Fall Retreat 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

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.

This year’s I-Term trip options include:

  • Costa Rica
  • Boston/NYC
  • South Florida
  • San Francisco
  • South Africa

Student Council

Student Council provides TCA students leadership opportunities and the chance to participate in a representative governing body at the middle school and high school levels. Student Council members provide input, organize, coordinate, and carry out plans for special events throughout the year including homecoming, spirit week, spring retreat, movie nights, etc.  The council is made up of five elected officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Publicist) and two elected representatives from each grade.  Officer positions are elected in the Spring of each school year.  

Spirit Week/Homecoming

Spirit Week and Homecoming is a time of celebration at TCA.  The week begins with themed dress days chosen by our Student Council and culminates with our Friday night homecoming game where we welcome home our alumni.  We also have a powder puff game on Wednesday of Spirit Week and a Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon.  

Community Ministry

All students in grades 9-12 complete at least 10 hours of community ministry per year.  Examples of organizations we work with are: Center of Hope, Grace House, Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, Beautiful Feet, Mission/Backyard VBS, A Place for Grace, Upward Sports, Habitat for Humanity, and I-Term and Church Mission Trips.  Service should be extended directly to people and done in a ministry context.

TCA’s Community Ministry program seeks to accomplish the following:

  • TCA students will put their faith to work and share the love of Jesus Christ with the world around them, imitating Jesus’ model of servanthood.
  • TCA students will fulfill the scriptural mandate to love their fellow man.
  • TCA students will experience the sense of satisfaction that comes from serving others.
  • TCA students will gain valuable life experiences (often outside of their “comfort zone”) as they minister to people and in places they might not ordinarily experience.

Students spending four years of high school at TCA will graduate with at least 40 hours of documented volunteer service, rendering them more competitive for scholarships and college admission.

Clubs and Organizations

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

All clubs at TCA are student led and initiated.  Clubs such as the Young Republican Club, 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/Unity Retreat

In the Spring each year, TCA secondary students participate in a Spiritual Emphasis Week which culminates with our overnight Unity Retreat for all students in grades 7-12.  During the beginning week, we will have special guest speakers on campus and worship led by our TCA Praise Team.  

On Thursday, students in grades 7-12 load up on busses and head out to the annual Unity Retreat.  This is a highlight of the school year and a great time for 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.