Our 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 Christlike leader in the home, church, and community.
The phrase Lead for the Kingdom is indicative of a desire for DCA students to become servant leaders in their homes, churches, and communities. The Academy cultivates a culture of service that helps students understand the timeless axiom Jesus is quoted as saying in Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Service learning is conducted in both formal and informal manners. School-wide student-led fundraising efforts and food drives help community members in need. Various grade-level activities, events of service clubs, chapel program initiatives, and other service-oriented projects abound throughout the entire school to further impact the hearts and lives of students and families inside and outside the school community. One ministry leader thanked the DCA family by stating, “You have demonstrated the love of Christ and have been servants of our amazing God. The testimony of your love for us brings light into a neighborhood too often shrouded in darkness. The witness you share with us through your unselfish giving calls us to action and energizes us for service. Through your humble spirit you have made our steps lighter.”
In addition, each fall DCA senior students serve in the community four days per week as a part of their course, “Engaging the 21st Century.” These students are involved with the Academy’s own elementary classrooms, other local elementary schools, the Donelson YMCA, retirement homes, the neighboring Tennessee School for the Blind, and other local organizations. Each week, for approximately four months, DCA seniors are following the biblical admonition Jesus reiterated in Matthew 22:37 to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
We are hopeful that students will leave DCA with a sense of responsibility to give back in any and all future settings. We believe an important aspect of living out the mission of the Academy is this commitment to service. It is a tangible expression of a service-oriented community striving to develop Christlike leaders who will Lead for the Kingdom in their homes, churches, and communities.