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Admissions Process

The Admission Process

The Admissions Office at Donelson Christian Academy is dedicated to assisting families through the following steps for enrollment.

Admissions Events

DCA recommends that interested families attend an on-campus admissions event. These experiences allow families to learn more about what makes DCA special.  

Open House/Curriculum Previews give you the opportunity to meet our staff, faculty and administration as we showcase our campus and present a preview of our curriculum from preschool through twelfth grade.  

We also encourage interested rising 1st - 12th grade students to Shadow for a Day where they are paired with a student who has similar interests.  This will give prospective students a feel for our culture and experience a typical day at DCA.

Please call the admissions office at 615-577-1216 for a complete list of events and the dates offered.  We look forward to meeting with you and having you visit Donelson Christian Academy.


An Online Application for Admission must be completed for each prospective student wanting to begin the DCA admissions process. Go to and click on on the Admissions tab and choose Apply Online. A $75 fee is required for each application.

Preschool Must be at least 1 year old and walking. Bottles and pacifiers are not allowed in the classroom.

Pre-K – 1st Grade To be considered for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, or first grade, students must be 4, 5, or 6 years old respectively by August 15 of the year they plan to enroll.

6th – 12th Grade In addition to the Application, all students applying for grades 6-12 must complete the Student Application in their own handwriting.


Preschool – Kindergarten One (1) recommendation must be completed and e-mailed directly to the DCA Admissions Office by the student’s current preschool teacher, daycare worker, Sunday school teacher, or someone other than the parents who has worked with the student.

1st – 12th Grade Three (3) recommendations must be completed and e-mailed directly to the DCA Admissions Office by teachers or other school personnel.

Academic Records

A copy of the student’s most recent progress report, report card, and achievement test scores must be uploaded or submitted to the Admissions Office to complete an application file.

9th – 12th Grade In addition to the above documents, an official copy of the student’s transcripts including GPA and course grades must be uploaded or submitted to the Admissions Office.

Student Testing and Interview

Pre-K – 12th Grade Once the application, recommendations, and applicable academic records have been received, the Admissions Office will schedule an appointment for student testing and interview.

Admissions Decision

Applicants will be notified via e-mail once a decision has been made by the Admissions Committee. Upon acceptance the online enrollment, including the non-refundable registration fee ($60 for Pre-K) or tuition deposit ($225 for K-12), is due within one week of notification.