School Year & Location Information
Our School year runs 30 weeks: August 8, 2018 – April 24, 2019. We do take off a week for Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Spring Break.
When we meet:
ACA meets on Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm during our school year.
Where we meet:
ACA meets at The Gate Community Church, 3835 Carothers Pkwy, Franklin, TN 37067.
Our academy is based on the belief that you CAN have the best of both worlds through…
Division of Instruction
ACA provides middle school (grades 6-8) with a full-day traditional classroom setting to complement their in-home instruction. This design allows ACA instructors to handle courses that naturally lean toward a group setting or experienced instruction. We deliberately begin our day at 9:30 am to afford homeschooling students some time in the morning to work on their home-based courses even on academy day.
NEW for 2018-19 is the addition of select courses which will appeal to 9th grade students as well! It is our vision to grow ACA to provide the same service for grades 6-12.
We understand the time and energy ACA families put into the education of their children. It is our goal to provide both students and parents with the option of quality time apart to complement their time together. Therefore, parents do not remain on site during our academic day. ACA provides students time to continue their education with professional teachers while ACA parents get valuable time to direct towards other areas, interests or employment. ACA opens up the option of homeschooling to more families by lessening the demand of instructional time upon the parents.
ACA crosses denominations, but we agree on the essentials of Christian faith and the supremacy of Jesus Christ. We believe that education cannot be separated from our Christian faith and seek to incorporate a Biblical world-view into our subjects. Our curriculum may or may not come from a Christian publisher, but will always incorporate a Christian worldview.
We appreciate the commitment ACA families have made to building a strong family unit. We believe community plays a vital role in that, and ACA provides a forum of support and interaction for our homeschooling families. This takes the form of shared discussions, lunches, field trips, celebrations and other activities.
ACA offers homeschooling students opportunities that come from a group setting. In addition, ACA takes learning out of doors with regular, cooperative field trips. ACA students get the opportunity to supplement their learning with fun, interesting, and educational outings.
ACA believes that learning should be interesting and engaging. Our instructors craft lessons that include a variety of learning tools, in order to engage students with different learning styles. Although we operate within the traditional classroom setting, we put a high emphasis on hands-on, interactive experiences which engage the visual and kinesthetic, as well as the auditory, learner.
More about us…
ACA Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible alone to be the Word of God, the ultimate and infallible authority for faith and practice.
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary for the salvation of sinful men.
We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith.
We believe that faith without works is dead. Each person has a God-given purpose to further His Kingdom.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved to the resurrection of life, and the lost to the resurrection of damnation.
ACA Colors & Mascot & Foundational Scripture
Our school colors are hunter green (representing growth & youth), blue (classic leadership & strength) and white (faith). Our school mascot is a mason.
Our foundational scripture is Jeremiah 30:18-20, 22:
I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place. From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor and they will not be disdained. Their children will be as in the days of old, and their community will be established before me…So you will be my people, and I will be your God.”
Parent Participation Information
ACA is designed to make homeschooling more accessible by dividing the responsibility of education with the parent. In doing so, ACA does not require parents to regularly remain on site. This provides homeschooling parents with time to engage in personal activities or part-time employment. In our attempt to keep costs reasonable, however, we do rely on volunteers to assist in other areas such as special events and field trip transportation/chaperoning.
ACA’s Parent/Student Handbook contains answers to most questions you may about ACA.