Admission

At RCA, we use centuries-tested methods to inculcate a love of knowledge, a desire for wisdom, and a reverence for the source of both, our Heavenly Father. The RCA community contains parents, teachers, volunteers, and board members all pulling in the same direction with respect to educating children as an act of faith and obedience. 

Our admissions process is designed to educate prospective parents on the classical Christian tradition, and to connect with families who want this particular education for their children. The families that make up our community come from diverse backgrounds but share the desire to educate their children in this way. As a result, there is a high degree of trust between them.

Please see below for the steps needed for admission to RCA.

 

1. Attend a Rochester Classical Academy Open House (required)

Applications are welcome at any time during the school year. Attendance at an Open House is required for admission, but we understand that some families’ schedules may not allow them to attend one before applying. In such a case, we advise you to apply and make plans to attend the next available Open House by Zoom or in person.

Please click here to view our schedule of Open Houses during the 2021-22 school year.

2. Submit Application Materials for Admission

The admission application should take less than an hour but will require several considered answers. The birthday deadline for entrance into the respective grades is December 1st (PreK—age 4, Kindergarten—age 5, 1st Grade—age 6, 2nd Grade—age 7, 3rd Grade—age 8, 4th grade—age 9). See application checklist below for all applicable materials.

CLICK HERE to apply for admission to Rochester Classical Academy.

3. Submit Application Materials for Financial Aid (if applicable)

Families interested in applying for tuition assistance should do so at the same time they apply for admission. Families that do not desire tuition assistance can skip to the next step.

The application for tuition assistance should take about an hour and will require parents to submit several different pieces of financial information. Each page of the application can be saved separately.

CLICK HERE to read more about our tuition assistance program and to apply.

4. Upon review of your application materials, RCA will schedule a parent interview

The purpose of the interview is for us to get to know the parents and for the parents to know the school well enough to make an informed decision. The setting is casual and will last 30-45 minutes.

5. Admission Decision

Parents will receive a decision within five weeks after the interview and evaluation. Accepted students have two weeks after the acceptance notification to enroll by submitting a signed parent contract and $300 nonrefundable deposit which will be subtracted from the family’s annual tuition contribution. Only after submitting these two items is a student’s spot reserved.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

PreK

  • Pastor recommendation letter for family (download here)
    • We expect regular church attendance and good standing from the members of our community but for families in transition, a letter from a former pastor is acceptable. Similarly, we are happy to receive a letter from a deacon or small group leader. The important part is that families seeking to join the RCA community are accountable to a fellowship of believers.
  • Provide any Special Learning Tests, Records, Documents

Kindergarten to Third

  • Pastor recommendation letter for family (download here)
    • We expect regular church attendance and good standing from the members of our community but for families in transition, a letter from a former pastor is acceptable. Similarly, we are happy to receive a letter from a deacon or small group leader. The important part is that families seeking to join the RCA community are accountable to a fellowship of believers.
  • Completed teacher recommendation form (download here)
  • Provide any Special Learning Tests, Records, Documents
  • Grades 1, 2, and 3 – Transcript and/or Report Cards

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS

Rochester Classical Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Admissions and Enrollment Deadlines 2022-23

Oct 15th 2021

Applications are available for new families for following school year

Feb 1st 2022

Re-enrollment contracts distributed to current families.

Feb 15th 2022

Re-enrollment contracts due from current families

In order to hold a spot, the family must pay tuition deposit ($300/family) and return contract by Feb 15. Failure to do either may result in your child losing his or her seat. Extensions on deposit payment may be available with prior notice and board approval.

Mid-Feb 2022

Applications for new families are considered and interviews are scheduled

Mar 15th 2022

Confirmation and Acceptance Letters are mailed to new families

Mar 15th 2022

Notification of tuition assistance/scholarships are mailed to all families, current and new

Mar 30th 2022

Signed tuition contracts due

Jun 1st 2022

First payment due for the upcoming school year

Aug 1st 2022

Student paperwork is due (emergency forms, vaccinations, etc)

Aug 18th 2022

Back-to-School Parents’ night (all families)

Sep 6th 2022

Supply drop-off for new students

Sep 7th 2022

First day of school for all students

New applications are accepted for the 2022 school year until August 15.

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