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Teach in Truth • Challenge in Community • Lead for the Kingdom

Founded in 1971 and located in Nashville, Tennessee, Donelson Christian Academy is a Christian private school that serves students from preschool through twelfth grade. DCA’s mission is to serve Christ by assisting parents in providing students with a challenging, college-preparatory education taught from a nondenominational biblical worldview that develops the whole person into a Christ-like leader in the home, church, and community. The Academy focuses on Teaching in Truth and Challenging in Community to prepare students to Lead for the Kingdom. 

Donelson Christian Academy has high expectations for each student in all aspects of his or her educational experience.  DCA offers a rigorous academic program and a wide variety of extracurricular programs. In addition to weekly chapels and Bible classes at each grade level, mentoring relationships are a key component of a student’s spiritual formation. Furthermore, we are committed to helping our students develop into young men and women of exemplary character.  At DCA, we believe we are partnering with parents in providing an opportunity for students to grow in every area to their fullest potential.

DCA serves approximately 800 students through its preschool, elementary, middle, and high school programs. Having students who represent a wide range of ages on one campus provides a family atmosphere and an ideal environment for student mentoring opportunities across grade levels. 

  • The preschool, which includes pre-kindergarten, currently serves children starting at age one. There are 21 full‑time teachers and a full-time director. DCA’s preschool is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education. 
  • The elementary school includes kindergarten through fifth grade.  The faculty consists of 29 educators, with 45% having advanced degrees.
  • The middle school includes sixth through eighth grade and the high school includes ninth through twelfth grade. The faculty consists of 38 educators, with 61% having advanced degrees.

Donelson Christian Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and AdvancED/Cognia, and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, and the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA).